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Bill Callahan April 09, 2014 at 08:41 PM
What could be more ironic than someone like you posting public records under a pseudonym?
Jay April 05, 2014 at 10:17 PM
I agree, this man is a disgrace to North Andover.
MikeA April 06, 2014 at 11:26 AM
Its possible to know someone convicted of a crime where your interaction with the convict providedRead Moren o clues. If one of my teenage acquaintances (say a priest) who I'm known and worked with without incident were convicted of a crime (say stealing from the collection plate), its conceivable that I wouldn't believe he committed the crime and that the convict shouldn't be punished for the crime. But in this particular case, its very hard for a citizen not that familiar with the convict to believe that crimes weren't committed. Having our elected officials say otherwise doesn't inspire confidence.
Lynne Rudnicki April 06, 2014 at 05:26 PM
Couldn't agree more, except I can. Don't forget to add the insurance discounts the home ownerRead Morerecei ves can outweigh over time the cost of the system. The home builder should be selling it as a feature and talking about all the benefits! The safety of the residents in the property greatly increases, along with vastly reducing the damage of the home should a fire occur. It's incredibly expensive to retrofit a home that adding systems is almost cost prohibitive but new construction is different. Most new homes have irrigation systems which cost about the same as fire sprinklers. Dead grass or a dead family member? Given an option of buying a newly constructed home, if I could only afford one......
Jim Demotses March 26, 2014 at 10:36 AM
MikeA: I'm sorry we have not done a better job of describing our restaurant. My wife and IRead Morecreated Pazzo Gelato Cafe over the course of 3 years. We are not a franchise but a true mom and pop operation. Our signature product is gelato which is the Italian version of ice cream. The difference is that gelato has much less fat in it than ordinary ice cream because of the fact that it is made mostly with whole milk and a much smaller quantity of heavy cream than regular ice cream. The other main differences are that gelato has much less air whipped into it during production so it more dense and creamy than ordinary ice cream and because it has less fat in it, we serve it at a warmer temperature so that you do not get an instant cold sensation in your mouth but rather the full flavor of the gelato. Along with our gelatos, I also make sorbets which are completely dairy free, fat free and vegan and a great option for people who have dairy allergies or want an even lighter frozen dessert. We also serve pressed sandwiches (paninis) adn baked goods such as cookies, brownies, cakes. Everything is made here in the true old world tradition. I make all the gelato and all the baked goods from scratch. I get my milk and cream from Shaw Farm in Dracut and use no artificial colors, preservatives, dyes or extracts. Any fruit flavor you try is made from real fruit and real fruit only. We are located at 99 Turnpike Street in the Eaglewood Shops which is the plaza directly across the street from the Eagle Tribune on Rt 114 and the same plaza where Burton's is located. I hope you will come by and give us a try and introduce yourself. My name is Jim Demotses.
MikeA March 26, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Jim, Thanks for the detailed description of you shop. Now that I know the "scoop", I'll Read Moremention it to my family and you might get tired of seeing us. Best wishes, MikeA
Jim Demotses March 26, 2014 at 11:28 AM
My pleasure-hope to see you soon!!
Michael Quinlan March 19, 2014 at 04:51 PM
"If she herself had had any picture of the future, it had been of a society of animals setRead Morefree from hunger and the whip, all equal, each working according to his capacity, the strong protecting the weak, as she had protected the lost brood of ducklings with her foreleg on the night of Major's speech. Instead–she did not know why–they had come to a time when no one dared speak his mind, when fierce, growling dogs roamed everywhere, and when you had to watch your comrades torn to pieces after confessing to shocking crimes. There was no thought of rebellion or disobedience in her mind. " -- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Chapter 7
tribble April 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I believe Anne C posted a threat on Boss Hogg's blog. Do you remember the old saying, don't shootRead Moret he messenger? Is there a reason this blog upsets you so much? Perhaps the truth hurts? Well, you can close your own eyes. Don't expect the rests of us to do the same.
CtLynn5 April 14, 2014 at 02:42 PM
Why is it when a person commits an act of violence people blame the weapon, the environment, theRead Morecri minal's educational level, their upbringing, etc. but when a pit bull is violent it is the dog's fault?
MikeA April 14, 2014 at 03:22 PM
Who's blaming the pit bull when it becomes violent? I don't think anyone. There are those thatRead Moresay the breed is dangerous (e.g. like tigers, when they kill, it's tigers doing what tiger's do). There are others who say the owners breed and/or train a dog to be dangerous and many of these dogs are Pit Bulls (e.g. its the owner or the breeder who is at fault). In the first case, the breed should be banned. In the second case, the individual dog, owner, or breeder should is at fault. In both cases, the dog's victim and the dog are punished.
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