MAC: DJ Gary Titus joins BoSox guest listBy Joe DeFelice
Canton’s own DJ Gary Titus is on the Boston Red Sox’s long list of qualified candidates to be a “guest in the chair” as PA announcer for a Red Sox game. Longtime announcer Carl Beane passed away in May, leaving big shoes to fill. Red Sox president Larry Luchino told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan show that the club was looking for a “rising star.” MAC thinks they don’t need to look any farther than Canton!
As of January 1, 2013, the U.S. government will be requiring everyone to have direct deposit for social security checks.
There is a bill before Congress (HR4646) recommending a 1 percent transaction fee (tax) at any financial institution (banks, credit unions, savings and loans, etc.) The bill is called “The Debt Free American Act.” The government is still out to get us — one way or another.
State health officials recently said mammal-biting mosquitoes in Canton tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Health officials have been urging residents to take precautions when outside from dusk to dawn and have advised that people wear long sleeves, slacks, and socks and use insect repellant.
The Canton Men’s Slow-Pitch Softball League is still going strong. Founded in 1946, the league has ten teams fighting for six playoff spots. The Hanningtons Club and Halfway Café teams sit in a first-place tie with records of 19-1. Six of the ten teams have losing records.
The Canton A’s semi-pro baseball team earned the sixth and final playoff spot in the nine-team Cranberry League but was eliminated by first-place Braintree. The A’s boasted one of the league’s top pitchers in Tyler Hitchcock, who finished with six wins and an earned run average (ERA) of 1.02.
NSTAR Electric & Gas Company recently gave notice to cities and towns (including Canton) of its intentions to apply herbicides along the length of the right-of-way of its power lines. Any questions regarding the herbicides may be directed to William Hayes, senior arborist at NSTAR, 781-441-3932.
Massachusetts General Hospital earned the top spot in the U.S. News and World Report’s Annual “Best Hospitals in the United States” for the first time in the survey’s 23-year history. The Boston hospital switched places with Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, which had held the top slot for the past 22 years. Mass General employs 23,000 people.
The average interest rate for a deep sub-prime loan to someone with a credit score below 550 is 12.9 percent for a new car. The average credit score for a new car buyer in the first quarter of this year was 760, while the average score for a used car buyer was 659.
In the United States, 20 percent of the professional baseball players come from the Dominican Republic.
One of MAC’s favorite sports columnists, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe, will be retiring after the London Olympics. He will continue to write occasional columns for the Sunday Globe.
It is estimated that there are now over 10,000 coyotes; 90,000 deer; and 4,000 bears in the state of Massachusetts.
The state agency that oversees hundreds of housing authorities statewide has imposed a salary cap that would allow pay no higher than $160,000. A few months ago, state officials were embarrassed by the disclosure that the Chelsea Housing Authority’s executive director was receiving $360,000 in annual pay.
“Ough” can be pronounced in eight different ways. The following sentence contains them all: “A tough, dough-faced ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough, coughing and hiccoughing thoughtfully.”
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
This is all for now folks. See you next week.
Joe DeFelice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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