They are grown men, but forever the children of the man who served for years as a popular teacher and coach at Middleborough High School about 40 miles south of Boston.
In just the past few days, readers of Boston newspapers have been seen several articles about tragic car accidents involving teen drivers. In a Sunday accident in Ohio involving a speeding SUV driven by a teen, six young people lost their lives.
The Boston Globe reports that a New Hampshire judge was killed in a car accident about 60 miles north of Boston this past weekend.
Most people use a crosswalk when deciding to cross the street. In Massachusetts, the pedestrian in the crosswalk is supposed to have the right of way. This does not always mean that people use the crosswalk, nor does it mean that drivers adhere to this rule of driving.
New Year's Eve is always a time for celebration. The possibilities brought on by the new year, new resolutions, and a new outlook for what lies ahead are endless. While the evening's festivities are intended to lead to a good time, one Massachusetts man may regret where his excessive drinking this New Year's Eve directed his possibilities.
Over the holiday, an incident at a local Boston hospital reinforces the statistics and reasoning behind the rearview cameras discussed in the last blog. One life that was just lost could have potentially benefitted from such a requirement in vehicles, especially large ones with many blind spots.
At about 4:00 in the afternoon on a school day, a mother and her 9-year-old daughter may be running errands. Perhaps the mother takes the daughter to dance class or soccer practice. Or maybe they run to the grocery store after school to get one last ingredient for dinner.
According to the weather almanac, Saturday December 8th in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, the high temperature was 44 degrees and the low point was 40 degrees. 0.32 inches of rain fell amid a five mile per hour wind. The moon was a waning crescent when the sun rose at 7:04 and set at 4:15. What do the weather conditions have to do with a car accident in Shrewsbury that killed a woman? Maybe nothing - but perhaps everything.
The weight disparity between a tractor trailer truck and a bicyclist is enormous. Should an accident occur, the person on the bicycle is almost certain to suffer serious personal injuries. It was recently reported that there have been five fatal bicycle accidents in the Boston area, each of them caused by a truck, bus or trolley.
In some ways the New England Country Musical Festival is like many others. There are young people attending, many of whom are underage drinkers. Tailgating is an exceedingly common activity although the venue staff may patrol the area to curb excessive or illegal consumption.