Acton Eats: The Orchards of Stow

Part 1 of a series

So, you still haven't bought your fall apples and your Halloween pumpkins yet? Not to worry. The autumn bounty is still plentiful and the foliage in Eastern Massachusetts hasn't even peaked yet. Weather permitting, the next two weekends will be great for getting outdoors to visit the area's orchards and farm stands.

Welcome to Acton Eats!

Hello everyone and welcome to Acton Eats, Acton Forum's new blog for food-related topics. My name is Mark Lo, and I'll be your host and moderator.

I've been following the local dining scene since moving back to the area in 1998 and am looking forward to sharing some of my opinions on where to eat in the Acton vicinity. I hope to bring you reviews of new restaurants that open in the area and will also revisit some of the many establishments that have been around for years. And I'll also be posting on other subjects dear to my heart, such as locally raised produce, craft-brewed beers, home cooking, and more.

Prescription for Post Season Depression

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Robert "Boog" Powell Dalton's Hero

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In the world of professional sports oftentimes we champion individual players but in towns and cities across America there are heroes on the sidelines working every day in youth sports to help kids learn life skills and to grow up. In my hometown Dalton Mass, we lost the school's athletic director this week, Robert "Boog " Powell, who was a natural coach of youth sports teams since he was in the 8th grade,a span of 40 plus years.

Massachusetts' Unfair Taxes and Mandates

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has taken many steps that have foreseeable results that are detrimental to the citizens and businesses in the state, yet our leaders seem oblivious to the logical results from those actions. Our politicians don't care when they make decisions that have a net-negative effect, so long as their constituencies are protected.

The issue we are all paying for now is the increase in the state's sales tax, from 5% to 6.25 - 7%. This is a 25% - 40% increase and is going to prove detrimental to all of us, directly or indirectly.

Pennant Previews

If you are a baseball fan you know we are coming up on the best week of the season. When the playoffs start and you can follow the top 8 MLB teams and watch 2, sometimes 3 games a day, it's awesome. Besides alot of late nights, bleary eyes,terrific drama and artistry, here is a quick take on what I think you can expect this fall.....

AL Yanks and Red Sox

Sports Camps at Dan Duquette Sports Academy

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Why Sewers are a Loser for Acton

Acton had a sustainable water system in the past. Now we are at risk of throwing it away.

Are Acton Leaders Turning their backs on the Public?

Last year, in the name of transparent government, the Acton Leadership Group (ALG) changed its seating arrangement to the same open arrangement used by the Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the School Committee. This was an excellent improvement and was taken in response to requests from members of the public who regularly attend the ALG meetings. It allowed the public to hear the debates of the ALG, which is arguably the most powerful budget and tax rate setting entity within Acton.

Government Spending Run Amok - Part Two

PART TWO: Government-employee unions are initially to blame; secondary blame goes to voters.

Massachusetts is leading the nation in its support for the Democratic Party and President Obama. And these guys are endorsed and supported by labor unions, which in the public sector are paid for by the government using tax dollars. These generous salary and benefit increases are obviously payback for their electoral support.