Tuesday, March 5, 2013
When do we "spring forward?"
You know the old saying "spring forward, fall back?" Well, it's almost time to spring forward. A reader inquired on the date Daylight Saving begins this year. Well, You Ask, Patch Answers. This year, we move the clocks overnight on Sunday, March 10. Don't forget to move your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. (Don't worry, we'll remind you again.) Officially Daylight Saving Time is 2 a.m. on Sunday. Yes, moving the clocks ahead does mean we all lose an hour of sleep, but in return it will be light later in the day. Besides, the lost hour falls on Saturday night, so just sleep in a bit on Sunday before getting up and starting the day with your Patch Newsletter.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
The latest 'You Ask, Patch Answers' addresses that question.
Why are there no sidewalks on much of Route 9 asked a MetroWest Patch reader. Patch asked Massachusetts Department of Transportation spokesman Michael Verseckes. "Sidewalks along state highways are typically provided as a result of a request from the municipality during project design or are constructed by a private developer as a form of impact mitigation. "Right now, on Route 9, there are sidewalks through sections of Shrewsbury, a small piece of Southborough, and some through Framingham and Natick. "Sidewalks are typically located in area where pedestrian traffic exists or is expected, such as residential areas and central business districts. Sidewalks are often added sporadically over the years, which leads to disconnected sections…
Thursday, January 3, 2013
You Ask, Framingham Patch answers.
A Framingham Patch Facebook reader recently asked when Christmas tree curbside removal is in Framingham. Framingham will do curbside pick-up of Christmas trees the week of Jan. 14. Remove all decorations from the tree, including tinsel. Trees in plastic bags will not be collected. Residents may put out their tree to be pick up on their regularly scheduled trash day. Questions may be directed to the solid waste management department of the Framingham Public Works Division.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Today is the Winter Solstice, normally the shortest day of the year. On the plus side, the days will start to get longer on Sunday.
Sunset was quite early today. Today is the Winter Solstice, traditionally the day that marks the shortest day of the year. Sure this means we don't get a lot of sunshine today, but on the plus side the Solstice marks the time when the days begin to get longer. However, though today is the Solstice, the actual shortest day of 2012 will be tomorrow. According to timeanddate.com the December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees. It is normally on Dec. 21, but the actual shortest day can be between Dec. 20 and 23 depending on the year. According to sunrisesunset.com, the shortest day of the year in this area will be on Dec. 22. On that day the sun will rise at 7:12 a.m. and set at 4:15 p.m. After…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The winter moth is a pest that strips trees of their leaves and ultimately kills them.
You arrive home at night and there are dozens of them flying around your lights at the front door. They seem to be attacking the Christmas lights you recently hung too. What's with all the moths? These winter moths are in the midst of their annual mating season, albeit a bit late this year. Typically, it's November but the unusual warm temperatures this spring have them abundant in December. An invasive species in New England, these winter moths. The adult winter moths emerge from the ground from now until January.The female moths climb trees and homes and wait for males to mate.The females are gray and because they are almost wingless, don’t fly. The tan-colored males can only fly in temperatures above freezing. Both males and females are…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
There is something about the sun going down before most people get out of work that is depressing.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Winter can be tough on the emotions. The cold weather can be difficult to deal with, snow can be a pain (though also fun) but what really seems to get people down is the short days. There is something about the sun going down before most people get out of work that is depressing. So when can we expect longer days? The days will begin to get longer after the Winter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year. According to timeanddate.com, the December solstice occurs when the sun reaches its most southerly declination of -23.5 degrees is normally on Dec. 21, but the actual shortest day can be between Dec. 20 and 23 depending on the year. According to sunrisesunset.com, the shortest day of the year in this area will be on Dec. 22. On …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Over the weekend, New England Compounding Center of Framingham voluntarily recalled all of its products, after recalling steroids, that have been linked to a national meningitis outbreak.
Over the weekend, New England Compounding Center of Framingham voluntarily recalled all of its products. The Waverly Street specialty pharmacy recalled more than 17,000 steroids after health officials determined they were the likely cause of a national meningitis outbreak. Since the recall, more than 115 people have contracted fungal meningitis from the steroid injections and 11 people have died in 9 states. Health officials said 13,000 of the steroids distributed in 23 states, could be tainted with meningitis. Although the specialty pharmacy is licensed to distribute in all 50 states, the steroids were not distributed in Massachusetts, according to NECC and health officials. Readers from Framingham, and all over America, have been sending…