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Lunch at the Wayside Inn

Our snowy day trip destination - the Wayside Inn in Sudbury

Our snowy day trip destination - the Wayside Inn in Sudbury

A couple of weeks ago my parents and I drove out to the Wayside Inn in Sudbury for lunch.  It was the day after the snowstorm and the scenery was the perfect excuse for a day trip.  The wet snow still blanketed the tree branches and with the brilliant blue sky it was just dazzling to drive out Route 20. The Wayside Inn is under an hour from Cambridge.  The historic inn, memorialized by Cambridge's own Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, has charming dining rooms as well as a gift shop to browse in after your meal.  Several dining rooms have fireplaces though only the fireplace in the tap room burns wood. It's a beautiful place to soak up some atmosphere and enjoy classic New England style cooking.  There's more to see when you've finished lunch.  Henry Ford owned the Wayside Inn in the 1920s and built or moved several historic structures to the complex.  In the warmer months you can walk over to the Little Red Schoolhouse (believed to be the school mentioned in Mary Had a Little Lamb) or up the rise to the Martha Mary Chapel.  Down the road is the Grist Mill, a water powered mill built for Ford in 1929. Be sure to save room for fudge or candy from the Wayside Country Store just over the line in Marlborough.  It's one of the best candy shops around and the gift shop is packed with books, collectibles and more - much more. Route 20 has many shopping options including Country Curtains, Patti Bros Lighting, antique shops, bookstores and more.  Plenty to make a day of it - or a weekend by spending the night.  The Wayside Inn is an operating inn, the oldest in the country, and celebrating its 300th birthday this year.  Whether you're looking for a day trip or a weekend destination the Wayside Inn in Sudbury won't disappoint.

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Stop and Shop Coming to Route 16

 
Stop and Shop Coming to Route 16

Stop and Shop Coming to Route 16

You've probably seen the signs - but in case you haven't - Stop and Shop is coming to Route 16 in Somerville.   The closing of Foodmaster on Route 16 at Broadway on the Cambridge / Arlington line has left a lot of people without a handy supermarket.  A number of the former Foodmasters are becoming Whole Foods stores but the Route 16 location didn't fit the bill since it's sandwiched between two Whole Foods with one at Alewife and one down the street in Medford. Happily, it looks like Stop and Shop will be opening soon.  The parking lot was filled with pickup trucks the other day - lots of work going on it seems. I hope to see some of my favorite Foodmaster employees back on the job and have my fingers crossed that Stop and Shop gives them first dibs for positions in the new store.

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Best Places to Buy Thanksgiving Turkey, Pies and Sides

Get Your Thanksgiving Turkey at the Mayflower Poultry Co in Cambridge

Get Your Thanksgiving Turkey at the Mayflower Poultry Co in Cambridge

It seemed like I was ahead of the game when I set out today to order the turkey and pies for Thanksgiving.  Turns out I'm late to the party - some places stop taking Thanksgiving orders tomorrow.  So if you still have some shopping to do here are the best places to buy Thanksgiving turkey, pies and sides. Live Poultry Fresh Killed in Cambridge You have through Friday (November 18, 2011) to place your turkey order at Live Poultry Fresh Killed aka the Mayflower Poultry Company for their it-doesn't-get-any-fresher-than-this birds.  Our Thanksgiving turkey from LPFK was a hit last year so I'll be swinging by the Mayflower Poultry Co. at 621 Cambridge St in Cambridge on Wednesday to pick up my Thanksgiving turkey.  Orders for turkey or "Turducken" (turkey-duck-chicken) can be placed in person, by phone at 617-547-9191, or online. Petsi Pies in Somerville and Cambridge Petsi Pies stops taking orders for its Thanksgiving pies on Friday at 7 pm (November 18, 2011).  I put in my order for mixed berry pie today (believe me - you never forget your first taste of Petsi Pies' fresh mixed berry pie).  Petsi Pies has pies for Thanksgiving including: brown butter pecan, chocolate bourbon pecan, sweet potato, apple pear cranberry, pumpkin and more.  Yum!  Petsi Pies is located at 285 Beacon St Somerville and 31 Putnam Ave Cambridge. Pemberton Farms in Cambridge You have until Monday at 5 pm (November 21, 2011) to place your Thanksgiving order at Pemberton Farms.  Pemberton offers several versions of Thanksgiving dinners with all the fixings - traditional, organic, turkey breast or half-turkey.  The dinners come with several sides, gravy and rolls.  Pemberton also has pies, tarts, and a bakers dozen of sides that can be ordered a la carte.  Orders can be placed in person at 2225 Mass Ave in Cambridge or by phone at 617-491-2244.  Russo's in Watertown Russo's in Watertown has a large Thanksgiving menu.  In addition to being a super place for produce, Russo's has a large catering department.  You can order all sorts of appetizers, side dishes, deli platters and desserts.  Not sure you want turkey this Thanksgiving? Russo's also has lasagna, pork loin or ham on the menu.  To order visit Russo's at 560 Pleasant Street in Watertown or call 617-719-4107. Wilson Farm in Lexington Procrastinators take note - Wilson Farm will take Thanksgiving turkey orders through Tuesday though all sizes may not be available.  A week before Thanksgiving and Wilson Farm was already bustling (isn't it alway?!). They have beautiful Fall flower arrangements and centerpieces, Autumn wreaths, dazzling produce, and a glorious array of food and fixings: homemade pies, desserts, cheese plates, fruit bowls, vegetable platters, more than 20 side dishes, and in addition to turkey they offer geese, duck, beef. pork of lamb for those who want something different for Thanksgiving.  They also offer full heat-and-serve- turkey or ham dinners.  Wilson Farm is located at 10 Pleasant Street in Lexington - just off Mass Ave or heading West on Route 2 take exit 57. Verrill Farm in Concord The pumpkin pie from Verrill Farm in Concord has become my parents' favorite indulgence so they headed out to Concord today to place a Thanksgiving pie order.  Check out the mouth watering menu of sides and pies. Verrill Farm turkeys are from Vermont's Stonewood Farm.  I love Verrill's  Thanksgiving centerpieces in pumpkins - if you want one you've got to get your order in by Friday (November 18. 2011).  Verrill Farm at 11 Wheeler Rd in Concord is a quick (and scenic!) drive from Cambridge. Do you have any other favorites?  Let us know what you think are the best places to buy Thanksgiving turkey, pies and sides - before it's too late!

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Self Magazine Rates Cambridge Healthiest City for Women

Cambridge - Healthiest City for Women

Cambridge - Healthiest City for Women

We recently posted about Cambridge and Somerville superlatives.  Here's the lastest kudos: Self magazine, in its December 2011 issue, ranked Cambridge as the "healthiest city overall" for women. Cambridge got great scores in nearly every category the magazine looked at including wellness, safety, and how many women walk to work.

"Plus it's easier to afford the doctor in a place where 97% of women have insurance, thanks in no small part to a state that requires residents to be covered by law and chips in to help."

Look for the December issue of Self on newsstands.

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Watertown Election Results

Watertown Election Results

Watertown Election Results

Watertown has posted the results of the town election of November 8, 2011.  16.65% of  the 21,061 registered voters in Watertown cast ballots in yesterday's municipal election.

Watertown Town Council Election Results

Incumbent councilors from Districts A, B and C ran unopposed and all were reelected.  Angeline Kounelis, Cecilia Lenk and V.J. Piccirilli will be returning to the council.  They will be joined by Kenneth Woodland who ran, without opposition, to fill the seat representing District D, currently held by John Lawn. Incumbents also won the four council-at-large seats.  However, write-in candidate Michael Mandel, who ran an anti-Walmart campaign (this is the first I've heard about the possibility of Walmart coming to Arsenal Street - if I lived in Watertown Mandel would have had my vote), came in just 91 votes behind the next highest vote getter, Stephen Corbett.  According to the Watertown Tab, Michael Mandel is considering filing for a recount.  You would think his strong showing - given that he entered the race just a couple of weeks before the election - is a reflection of many residents' sentiment about Walmart.  Here's what the town council members and candidates have to say about Walmart.

Watertown School Committee Election Results

Three seats were up for grabs on the Watertown School Committee.  Eileen Hsu-Balzer won reelection.  She will be joined by two new school committee members: Michael Shepard and Julie McMahon.  Christopher Beach did not win reelection.

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Medford Election Results

Medford did have an election yesterday but you wouldn't know it if you went to the city website.  No results have been posted.  November 2011 Medford election results were available on the Medford Transcript website however:

Mayor McGlynn won a 13th term.  Given that his opponent Anthony D'Antonio didn't seem to be a proponent of the Green Line extension I'm relieved that McGlynn won.

Medford will have one new face on the City Council - Richard Caraviello was elected to the council. Councilor Mark Arena failed to win reelection, falling short by just 37 votes. Incumbents Breanna Lungo-Koehn, Robert Maiocco, Paul Camuso, Frederick Dello Russo, Michael Marks and Robert Penta were all reelected.

Turns out you can get a better sense of the Medford City Council on Youtube than you can on the city website.   Search "Medford City Council" on Youtube and you'll pull up quite the collection of videos, some hilarious, with titles like "Medford City Council - What Year is This?", "Joe Viglione tells Medford City Council Off" or "Medford City Council Calls for a Battle".  Watch 'em and weep - or laugh. By far the most popular Medford City Council video is this one of City Councilor Paul Camuso, titled "Perfect Boston Accent".  It's been viewed over 650,000 times. Now I have to say - Councilor Camuso's accent doesn't really leap out at me.  I hear worse (better?!) all the time.  See what you think. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbK4cL3QSc0[/youtube]

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Somerville Election Results

Nov 8, 2011 Election results in Somerville

Nov 8, 2011 Election results in Somerville

There were a lot of sign waving supporters on Somerville street corners on election day.  Wondering who won the Board of Alderman and school committee races?  Here are the preliminary Somerville election results for the municipal election on November 8, 2011.

Somerville Election Results

Somerville publishes the unofficial election results.  Races aren't final until the absentee, overseas and other provisional ballots are counted.  The posted unofficial results are based on the 9,071 votes cast and counted at the polls. Since most seats were not contested, however, there's not a heck of a lot to report.  Mayor Curtatone and all seven members of the School Committee ran unopposed and were reelected.

Somerville Board of Alderman Election Results

The Board of Alderman races resulted in just one new face among the eleven members. All four of the Board of Aldermen members with at-large seats won re-election: John Connelly, Dennis Sullivan, William White and Bruce Desmond.  William Roche (Ward 1), Maryann Heuston (Ward 2), Sean O'Donovan (Ward 5) andRebekah Gerwitz (Ward 6) ran unopposed and were re-elected. Thomas Taylor was re-elected to represent Ward 3, beating Stephen Delani.  In a bit of a squeaker in Ward 7, Robert Trane was re-elected, beating challenger Katjana Ballantyne by 40 votes, 1068 to 1028, according to the unofficial tally. In Ward 3, Alderman Walter Pero did not run for re-election.  The unofficial tally shows Tony Lafuente beating Christine Barber in that race by 857 t o 623.

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Cambridge Election Results

Nov 8, 2011 Election results in Cambridge

Nov 8, 2011 Election results in Cambridge

This morning, whether it's reading the Boston Globe or watching Morning Joe, you'd be tempted to think we didn't have an election yesterday. But we did. Wondering who won in the Cambridge school committee and city council voting? From the City of Cambridge here are preliminary results for the city council election and the school committee election of Nov 8, 2011:

Cambridge City Council Election Results

Cambridge votes by proportional representation.  You can vote for multiple candidates but you rank your choices - only one candidate can get your important #1 vote and you vote in order of preference for other candidates.  15,393 votes were cast and counted last night.   Candidates who received 1540 #1 votes were elected on the first count.  Tim Toomey, David Maher and Leland Cheung each received enough votes to win re-election on the first round.  Frankly after that I get a bit lost in how votes are apportioned but we do know who won.  We think.  Cambridge calls all election results "preliminary".  The results aren't deemed final until November 18th after write-ins, absentee ballots, etc are counted. That being said, per the preliminary results, in addition to Toomey, Maher and Cheung; Henrietta Davis, Denise Simmons, Marjorie Decker, Craig Kelley and Ken Reeves were reelected.  Sam Seidel did not win reelection.  That meant we had one seat change - Minka vanBeuzekom won and is the newest member of the Cambridge City Council.

Cambridge School Committee Election Results

 Preliminary school committee election results show that Alfred Fantini, Patricia Nolan, Alice Turkel, Mervan Osborne, Richard Harding and Marc McGovern won.  Nancy Tauber did not win reelection.  Mervan Osborne is the newly elected member of the Cambridge School Committee

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