Monday, April 15, 2013
Here are the results as they come in for today's Boston Marathon.
More than 25 Plymouth runners participated in today's Boston Marathon. Here are the results, finish times, splits and how they placed overall. You can also search any name in the Marathon database to see their results.
Monday, April 8, 2013
New tales about our favorite royal family getting nutsy on Martha's Vineyard.
Snap quiz: Which of the Kennedys smoked three packs of cigarettes a day? You might suppose it was red-faced, over-weight Ted who looked like the kind of fellow who’d puff away in the dark of his limo while his driver dashed into the Dairy Queen for two Blizzards (and a third one for himself.) But no, it was Jackie O! Jackie who, as we’ve reported in this column, kayaked, swam, and cycled, only stopping to nibble carrot sticks and sip blueberry smoothies along the way to her yoga class. It came as a complete shock, then, when she died so relatively young, at the age of 64. Jackie O?! This paragon of healthy living? But no, in her final days, Jackie confided to her close friend, fashion designer Oleg Cassini, that she had smoked three packs …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Tales of woeful mismatches in the Vineyard social scene.
It may have started as far back as two thousand years ago when, let’s just say hypothetically, a Wampanoag sachem invited tribesmen to share roasted beached whale around the campfire. Later an assistant-sachem might have taken the honcho host aside and berated him, “Didn’t you know one of your tribesmen resented another tribesman for planting corn too close to his ancestor’s burial mound?” To which the sachem might have responded with the Wampanoag equivalent of “Yikes!” Another for-real sketchy Vineyard dinner, this one taking place in 1874, was organized by a Methodist minister in honor of sitting prez Ulysses S. Grant. Famously fond of brandy, Ulysses S. was aghast to find himself in the midst of a strenuously abstemious church society…
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI will retire this week.
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pope in more than 600 years to retire. The cardinals of the Roman Catholic church will meet in Rome this week to bid farewell to Pope Benedict as well as to decide when the conclave will begin to elect the next pope. The church has said it plans to have a new pope in place before Easter on March 31. Speculation has already started on who might be the next pope, including Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston. What issues in the Roman Catholic Church would you like to see the next pope address? What qualities would you like to see in the next pope? Let us know in the comments section.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Are you satisfied or frustrated with how the town handled the area’s 5th largest snowstorm in history? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Now that the snow has fallen, and started to melt, it’s your time to rate how the town’s plows handled the more than 2 feet of snow that fell Friday and Saturday. Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments below, and keep in mind, the blizzard was the 5th largest snowstorm in New England history. Blizzard 2013: Plymouth Storm Center Your Photos of the Blizzard of 2013 in Plymouth
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Super Bowl ads cost as much as $3.8 million this year. Which were the best Super Bowl commercials of 2013? Which were your favorites? Watch some of them right here on Patch.
Millions of sports enthusiasts watched Super Bowl 47 on Super Bowl Sunday. Even more, likely, tuned in to watch Super Bowl commercials. According to Ad Age, CBS essentially sold out its ad inventory for Super Bowl XLVII at prices averaging between $3.7 million and $3.8 million. More from Ad Age: The usual coterie of big sponsors is more or less on board again -- hello, Pepsi! hello Bud Light! -- accompanied by opportunistic, smaller brands that want to make a big splash, such as Century 21 and GoDaddy.com, both of which are also returning to the game. In addition to Ms. Patrick and Mr. Fogle, celebrities and pseudo-celebs on the ad roster will include Willem Dafoe, Amy Poehler, Bar Refaeli, Tracy Morgan, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Psy, …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur. ~Muriel Spark
I’m restless and a little bored. Feeling like a change is needed. A kick-start. Is this a mid-life crisis? If so, it’s kind of lame. I have no desire to buy a fancy car or get a newer model husband. But I do feel as if I need to do something. I wonder, am I too late to make a big splash? Fifty is toying with me. Out there in the semi-near distance; so close at times I swear I can feel its breath on my neck, warm and slightly revolting. It makes me shiver. Melancholy. Maybe that’s what I’m feeling. Both kids are in high school and their paths are starting to emerge. They all lead away from home. That’s not what’s bothering me. I’m proud and happy of the people they are becoming but I’m starting to see the holes that will be left in my life …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The existence of forgetting has never been proved: We only know that some things don't come to mind when we want them. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
I’m afraid of forgetting. Forgetting Pat. Forgetting the kids. Forgetting a lifetime of existence. Gives me the chills just thinking about it. I’m struggling with medication-induced memory loss and I hate it. There was a time in my life when I could remember everything and anything. Names, faces, random facts. I was a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit. Not so any longer. Cue Viking music as I load my fabulous memory on a boat, set it on fire, and send it out to sea. I mention this because last night I watched The Notebook for the first time. It was just starting when I turned on the TV so I thought "Why not! I've heard so much about it, may as well see what all the fuss is about." The last thing I expected was the philosophical …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Three years after a Kansas man donated his sperm, the state wants him to pay child support.
A mechanic who answered a Craigslist ad to donate his sperm to a lesbian couple, is now being pursued by the State of Kansas for child support, reports the Kansas City Star. In 2009, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner entered into an agreement with the donor, William Marotta to provide his sperm. They signed a contract that outlined he would be free from any financial responsibility as well as parental privileges, according to the newspaper. The legal contract stated Marotta was not responsible “for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private, including any district attorney’s office or other state or county agency, regardless of the circumstances or said demand.” Although the women offered…