The Wilmington Insider For September 30 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, September 30, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Sunny, with a high near 67. Northwest wind 3 to 8 mph.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.Next Door: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents Wilmington and the rest of the the 6th Congressional District of Massachusetts, is holding a Town Hall from 1:45pm to 2:45pm at Tewksbury Town Hall (1009 Main Street, Tewksbury).Next Door:  The Tewksbury Public Events and Celebrations Committee (TPEC) will host its fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival from noon to 5pm at Livingston Fields. TPEC is bringing a variety of food, fun and entertainment for this year’s harvest festival. If you have attended in years past, you will see some familiar faces in Rattlesnake Alley, Wicked Cornhole, and Wicked Cheesy. In addition to live musical entertainment and a couple of wicked Tewksbury businesses, the festival will include a number of craft and food vendors. Carnival rides include round-up, super slide, train ride, and moonwalk. Unlimited-ride bracelets can be purchased for $10 per person — cash only. Kids can ride any ride as often as they like with these bracelets. There will also be pie-eating contests, kids’ crafts, and additional live entertainment. Parking is available at Tewksbury State Hospital with free shuttle buses to the festival. Parking on Livingston Street is limited to vendors, volunteers, handicapped-placarded vehicles.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

US gay mayor to launch presidential bid

first_imgSouth Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a meet-and-greet at Madhouse Coffee on 8 April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo:AFPPete Buttigieg, the gay, liberal mayor of a small American city in the conservative bastion of Indiana, was expected to officially launch his presidential bid Sunday, joining a crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s nomination in 2020.The 37-year-old Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan war veteran is the two-term mayor of his hometown of South Bend — a left-leaning bubble in America’s so-called “Rust Belt” region, where the decline of industries such as steel and automobile manufacturing has hurt local economies.Voters in states such as Michigan and Wisconsin helped hand Republican US President Donald Trump his victory in the 2016 election.Buttigieg, who is credited with helping turn South Bend around, has couched himself as a can-do reformer who can speak to voters across the political spectrum.”Here you have this moment, probably the only moment in American history, where it just might make sense for somebody my age, coming from experience in the industrial Midwest, non-federal, different background, bringing something that will actually help Americans,” Buttigieg told NBC’s “Meet The Press” last weekend.Buttigieg was expected to officially launch his candidacy Sunday afternoon in South Bend, giving his already surprisingly strong campaign an additional boost.In the three months since he declared an exploratory committee to test a presidential run, he has gone from relative obscurity to drawing large crowds at campaign stops.He has raised $7 million dollars, more than most other candidates, and jumped to third place in the latest polls of voters in Iowa and New Hampshire — the earliest states to vote in next year’s primary elections.Buttigieg versus PenceThe popular mayor who speaks eight languages and plays classical piano has been the focus of countless news stories and profiles.The fascination has been in no small part due to his background: he would be the youngest, first openly gay, first millennial, and first mayor to become president.He has had headline-grabbing moments, the most recent being his faith-based challenge of Vice President Mike Pence’s views on same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.Former Indiana governor Pence, a religious conservative, infamously supported a 2015 law that was widely interpreted as codifying discrimination against LGBT people. It was quickly changed after nationwide outrage.”Speaking only for myself, I can tell you that if being gay was a choice, it was a choice made far, far above my pay grade,” Buttigieg said in a 7 April speech.”And that’s the thing I wish the Mike Pences of the world would understand, that if you’ve got a problem with who I am, your problem is not with me. Your quarrel, sir, is with my creator.”It was a soundbite-ready moment — like several others he has enjoyed — that replayed throughout the week in American media.Destined for national politicsButtigieg’s Sunday launch event was scheduled to take place at an expansive South Bend building that once housed an assembly plant for defunct auto manufacturer Studebaker.The plant’s closure in 1963 still reverberated in the city in 2011 when he was elected mayor. He set out to tear down decaying, abandoned homes and restore the blighted Studebaker complex to make it suitable for new high-tech companies.In an unlikely feat, the city has reversed decades of population decline and attracted new businesses and development, with the mayor’s popularity growing in the process.”His appeal, for many people in South Bend, is his ability to look forward and to focus on better days ahead,” South Bend-based political science professor Elizabeth Bennion of Indiana University told AFP.”Once people looked at his resume and heard him speak, many started talking about the fact that he was destined for national politics.”last_img read more

Get louder

first_imgBacardi and Only Much Louder bring you the fourth edition of the festival featuring more than 200 bands across six stages. All set to take over the Capital on 30 Nov and 1 Dec, Millennium Post talks to Nischay Parekh and Prateek Kuhad who will be a part of the madness…NISCHAY PAREKH: How did your journey with music begin?My first ever brush with music was my mother’s cassette collection. I had the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye and my world was changed forever, I just didn’t know it yet. I started playing and writing songs at 11. Once the songs started coming, I knew that this is what I had to do with my life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Tell us about your album, Ocean.Ocean is an experimental pop album filled with playful orchestration and cinematic moments. In terms of sound it’s very lush and I’m very proud of the production. The songs themselves are about relationships, longing and other very universal themes. However, I enjoy making these larger than life themes very intimate, that’s why you’ll find pandas, ghosts and secrets in my Ocean.Your most memorable gig?The Pune edition of Bacardi NH7 Weekender a few weeks ago. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCould you give us a little insight of your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender?The live experience at the Bacardi NH7 Weekenders will be intimate, interactive and full of colour. We have a surprise in store for the audience as well. Our mission is to create a very special experience for everyone. Immersing people into the story that music is telling is of prime importance. Bring your imagination.What is your take on Bacardi NH7 Weekender shaping music in India? Bacardi NH7 Weekender just injects the Indian scene with huge amounts of positive energy. It creates a vibe like no other.Besides music, tell us something more about Nischay Parekh?I love television, food and reading. Outside of music I’m a pretty ordinary guy.PRATEEK KUHAD: Which bands/musicians have been the biggest influences on your music?Musically, especially my guitar playing is influenced a lot by Nick Drake, John Mayer, Elliot Smith and The Tallest Man On Earth. What I love about all these artists is their incredible ability to write the most amazing songs, both musically and lyrically. I aspire to do the same.What can we expect from your set at Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Delhi?I’m playing at all four editions of Bacardi NH7 Weekender (Pune, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata), so there’s a lot to be brought to the table. You’ll just have to come to the gigs and find out for yourself!last_img read more

Heavy smoking may damage vision

first_imgSmoking more than 20 cigarettes a day may damage your vision by affecting blood vessels and neurons in the retina, a study warns. The study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research, included 71 healthy people who smoked fewer than 15 cigarettes in their lives and 63 who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day, were diagnosed with tobacco addiction and reported no attempts to stop. The participants were between the ages of 25 and 45 and had normal or corrected-to-normal vision as measured by standard visual acuity charts, said researchers from the Rutgers University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThey looked at how participants discriminated contrast levels (subtle differences in shading) and colours while seated 59 inches from a 19-inch cathode-ray tube monitor that displayed stimuli while researchers monitored both eyes simultaneously. The findings indicated significant changes in the smokers’ red-green and blue-yellow colour vision, which suggests that consuming substances with neurotoxic chemicals, such as those in cigarettes, may cause overall colour vision loss. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey also found that the heavy smokers had a reduced ability to discriminate contrasts and colours when compared to the non-smokers. “Cigarette smoke consists of numerous compounds that are harmful to health,” said Steven Silverstein, director of research at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. “It has been linked to reduction in the thickness of layers in the brain, and to brain lesions, involving areas such as the frontal lobe, which plays a role in voluntary movement and control of thinking, and a decrease in activity in the area of the brain that processes vision,” said Silverstein. Previous studies have pointed that long-term smoking doubles the risk for age-related macular degeneration and causes lens yellowing and inflammation. “Our results indicate that excessive use of cigarettes, or chronic exposure to their compounds, affects visual discrimination, supporting the existence of overall deficits in visual processing with tobacco addiction,” Silverstein said.last_img read more

Apple Applies for iWatch Trademark in Japan

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Apple Inc. has applied for a trademark for “iWatch” in Japan, a patent official said on Monday, signaling the iPhone maker may be moving ahead with plans for a watch-like device as gadget makers turn their attention to wearable computers.The trademark application, submitted on June 3 and released on the Japan Patent Office website on June 27, would cover computers, computer peripherals and wristwatches, the official said. He said it was unknown how long the application process would require.An Apple spokesman in Japan could not immediately be reached for comment.Speculation has mounted that Apple is preparing to launch an iWatch and CEO Tim Cook told a gathering of tech and media executives a month ago that wearable products were ripe for exploration, but added he was skeptical, including about Google Inc.’s recently unveiled Glass, which combines a mobile computer and eyeglasses.”There’s nothing that’s going to convince a kid who has never worn glasses or a band or a watch to wear one, or at least I haven’t seen it,” Cook said.Wearable devices are considered a potential area for hit products as smartphones such as the iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co’s Galaxy series are losing their ability to impress consumers and investors.Samsung, which has leapfrogged Apple as the world’s leading smartphone maker, is also developing a wearable device similar to a wristwatch, a source with knowledge of the matter has said.The New York Times reported in February that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same iOS platform as its iPhone and iPad and would be made with curved glass.Related: Apple’s Next ‘Wild Card’ May Not Be What You Think(Reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo; Writing by Edmund Klamann; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » July 1, 2013last_img read more