West of 495

By - 4/2/18 - 9:34 am
Basket Market

Valerie Vande Panne checks in from Oklahoma, reports a sense of unease.

By - 3/24/18 - 3:12 pm
By - 3/13/18 - 6:10 pm
Eagle shoveling snow in Medford

Meghan captured a hydrant shoveler at work in Medford today.

Meanwhile, Thor Olsen shows us just how deep the snow got in one of those snow bands out in Groton: Read more.

By - 3/13/18 - 12:45 pm

As part of planned student walkouts Wednesday around the country to call for gun reform after a massacre of students and teachers at Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland Florida, a group of students, teachers and clergy plan to protest at the Smith & Wesson plant,

The rally is set to begin at 3 p.m. at 2100 Roosevelt Ave and last an hour. It is expected to draw high school students from Springfield and Holyoke, and from as far away as Boston, according to organizer Tara Parrish of the Pioneer Valley Project.

By - 3/10/18 - 12:47 pm

In 2014, UMass Amherst senior James Haidak made headlines with a lawsuit alleging the college sexually discriminated against him for expelling him in what he said was a he said/she said case involving a UMass student he'd been dating.

Yesterday, a federal judge in Boston threw out his suit, saying that while UMass made a mistake in its disciplinary proceedings by delaying them five months, in part because of summer break, Haidak deserved everything he got. Read more.

By - 3/8/18 - 10:21 am
Getting French toast ready in Uxbridge

Hardy New Englander Annette Fox had some French toast a la snow this morning in Uxbridge. She adds:

10 ish inches and no power, no problem.

By - 2/5/18 - 4:37 am

UMass Amherst students gathered on the plaza at the base of the high rises of Southwest quad last night for the traditional post-sportsball riot, which this year resulted in at least 12 people being taken to the hospital and six being arrested after campus, Amherst and State Police in riot gear and on horseback dispersed the crowd with the aid of at least one shot of PepperBall, the school reports. Read more.

By - 2/1/18 - 7:54 pm
No Philly cream cheese at UMass Amherst until after the Super Bowl

These signs went up this week in the cafeterias at UMass Amherst, which has the best food in the country and where the motto this week is "You Were. You Are. You Can't Get Any Philly Cream Cheese This Week."

By - 10/18/17 - 9:17 am

The Telegram reports Worcester officials have proposed more than $500 million in tax breaks to entice Amazon to move to there, as well as a 20-year holiday from personal-property taxes. The city would also throw $1 million at Amazon to train workers.

By - 9/4/17 - 11:36 am
Quabbin Reservoir

We took the scenic route out to Amherst to drop the kidlet off at school this weekend (2 to 202 to 9), but instead of heading straight there, once we got to Rte. 9, we headed east for a couple miles to check out our main source of water, the Quabbin Reservoir. Read more.

By - 8/20/17 - 10:13 pm

Littleton Police report the death this afternoon of the bull that had been wandering the countryside for several days after it escaped a livestock auction. Read more.

By - 6/12/17 - 10:26 am

When the heat gets too hot, Worcester and Needham Line trains have to go extra slow because, of course, the tracks weren't designed to handle regular-speed trains in the heat. Or as Goodband-C puts it when talking about what is normally 33-minute ride on the Needham Line:

Crawling into South Station a quick 80 minute trip from Hersey.

By - 5/17/17 - 3:50 pm

UMass Amherst practiced some good IT hygiene last week and required students to change their network passwords. Students were sent to a password-change page with helpful password tips, including words not to use:

No popular terms such as umass, redsox, password, etc.

By - 3/26/17 - 2:45 pm
Batter'd and Fried in Nashville, TN

Stop by Batter'd & Fried Boston Seafood House, 1008 Woodland St. in East Nashville, where the walls are lined with photos of Sox players and the dishes include New England fish and chips, Boston clam chowder, Atlantic whole belly clams and Boston Cream Pie. Sam Adams is on tap, of course, and when the Sox are playing, their games are on the TVs. Read more.

By - 2/26/17 - 7:30 pm

The National Weather Service reports a tornado touched down near Conway, on the west side of the Connecticut River, during yesterday's storms.

The maximum estimated speed was 110 MPH, however most of the damage is estimated to have occurred with 80 to 100 MPH winds. Most of the damage occurred in Conway, MA with a brief touchdown in Goshen, MA in Hampshire county.

By - 2/18/17 - 1:57 pm

West Mass is new brand identity for Pioneer Valley tourism, business

Where'd western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley go? Apparently, they've been replaced by something called West Mass. But, wait, why'd they stop there? Was WeMa already taken? Read more.

By - 12/29/16 - 1:03 pm

Prevailing sentiment in progressive haunts is “2016, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.” Between a stressful election season, acts of terror, and the crisis in Syria, many of us will be glad to see the calendar page turn on Sunday night. Still, to every cloud there is a silver lining, and at least when it comes to tackling climate change in the US, Massachusetts was a bright spot amidst the clouds of 2016.

By - 12/6/16 - 6:14 pm

SAN DIEGO: Dunkin' Donuts Opens to Huge Crowds and Rave Reviews.

Here, a new Dunk's would be greeted like, "Oh, cool, now we don't have to cross the street to get to the Dunkin' Donuts there." But in San Diego, people reported waiting more than an hour to get some donuts.