Friday, December 7, 2012
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled police don't need a search warrant to look at a cellphone's call list after arresting the phone's owner. As courts around the country grapple with the issue, tell us: is this reasonable search and seizure?
What's the difference between personal information and correspondence you have physically stored in your home, and similar information that's on your cellphone? And what should police have access to without a warrant? It's a question that courts across the nation are dealing with it and one that arose here in Massachusetts on Wednesday, when the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that police don't need a search warrant to look at the call list of a person's cellphone during while searching that person's personal property after an arrest. However, in writing the court's opinion for Commonwealth vs. Demetrius A. Phifer, Justice Margot Botsford cited other court cases that raise questions about the extent that law enforcement officials can access …
Monday, November 26, 2012
Congratulations to the winner and Thank you to all the entrants and voters.
The votes have been counted and we have a winner. The new cover photo for the Tewksbury Patch Facebook page is a picture of the Mico Kaufman statue of Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller. The photo was submitted by George Rebeiro Brooks Jr. In addition to bragging rights, George will also be receiving a $50 gift card! Congratulations to the winner and a big 'thank you' to all those who entered photos and those who took the time to vote!
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Readers have their say on the Verizon strike, public safety issues and more.
Welcome to Sound-Off Sunday. Here's what you, the readers, were talking about this week. Who do you blame for the Verizon strike? Regarding Verizon Officials: Cable Lines Are Being Sabotaged In Tewksbury (Poll) From Dan: Amazing that something like this happens at the exact same time as a Strike!!!!Just an Act of God I assume!!! From John: Seems to me these people should be the first workers fired. They're at the end of my street, picketing right below the lines they cut. This is ridiculous. The unions are behind the times and don't realize these are all things the "public sector" has been doing for years. Oh no... we have to pay part of our medical care? We get paid based on how we perform? The horror! From Andrea: Really, when Verizon …
Sunday, August 7, 2011
The readers of Tewksbury Patch are talking and here's what they are saying.
Welcome to the latest edition of Sound-off Sunday. Every week, we compile reader feedback elements from tewksburypatch.com, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed to find out what you've been talking about this week. Do You Plan To Take Advantage Of The Upcoming Sales Tax Holiday? News that Walmart was in the home stretch of coverting to a Super Walmart generated some strong comments and an interesting discussion on grocery shopping. From Kirsten: This is definitely bittersweet news. I'm happy new jobs are available and that a little cash was donated to the town, but I'm curious about the upkeep of the grocery dept. If they had a hard time maintaining the very small grocery section before and the removal of expired goods, how do they plan …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Readers share their on what makes Tewksbury, Tewksbury.
A couple of days ago, we asked followers of Tewksbury Patch's Facebook page to finish the following sentence: "You know you're from Tewksbury when ..." Readers had some terrific answers, from both the past and the present. Here is a sampling of the responses we got. Patty Flynn you remember Trainors' Restaurant.... Danielle Majahad when u want ice cream in the middle of winter and go down to Macs and its still open Katie Hadden you watched the planes take off and land while eating your Happy Meal at the outside tables at McDonald's. KimNwayne Carroll Your neighbors own buffalo Justin Robert Messina When there is a traffic jam that starts at the Wynn on route 38 at around 5:00 Monday-Thursday during the school year, CCD just got out. …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Readers share the top priorities in their lives.
We asked Tewksbury Patch readers on our Facebook Page what things they absolutely had to have -- things they couldn't be without, even for a day. The consensus Top 3? 1. Family 2. Coffee 3. Pets Here are some of the responses from reades: Lynn Scott: My husband and Daughter! (my kitties Tyson and Harry too!) June Boyle Fullerton: My three wonderful children but coffee is a close second. Roberta Donovan: My Great GIRLS- my dog and my Dunkin's French Vanilla - makes Tender Loving Mom!! Mary Reitano: Coffee is a must here too but.....i have to go with my family. Cannot imagine even a second without my kids and family in my life.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Here's what Tewksbury Patch Readers were talking about this week.
If it's Sunday, it must be Social Media Sunday! Here are some of things that have had Tewksbury Patch readers talking this week. Were two brothers were justified to beat and rob a drug dealer after learning the man had been selling oxycodone to their 15-year-old brother? Two stories that generated strong reaction this week were the story of three men who beat and robbed an admitted drug dealer and our Mom's Council Q & A dealing with the issue of whether circumcision should be banned. On the beating and robbery From Bonnie -- "This is the second incident in a week that one of the suspects was a Lynn resident. I guess when they say Lynn, the city of sin, is politically correct. Good Job Tewksbury Police and detectives! Looks like a long …
Sunday, June 26, 2011
What have Tewksbury Patch readers been talking about this week.
Welcome to the latest edition of Social Media Sunday! Here's what you've been talking about and following this week. A story on the plan being floated by a community group to build a privately funded, fully it, artificial turf field at the new Tewksbury High generated several comments. Here is a sampling: From Karyn -- "Good for the residents who will be most effected coming out...if you don't stand up for your rights, no one else will. I guess the promises made to work with the residents will remain to be seen, but I'm glad to see more outreach being done now as it WASN'T in the past." From Citizen -- "A key point that needs to be made is that the issues these residents have will not be going away if this group is not successful in …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Welcome to the latest edition of Social Media Sunday.
Welcome to Social Media Sunday, where we put the spotlight on you, our readers and what you've had to say this week. What Are Your Plans for Father's Day? Our readers were thrilled to hear that the dogs rescued from a van near the Motel 6 were making a remarkable recovery and many were ready for adoption. From Bonnie -- I got to see these dogs in person. They are all beautiful and yes, Denise, they do deserve a better life! I hope that anyone out there that is in the market for a beautiful dog would consider adopting one of these animals. If I didn't already have a dog, I would be first in line for one of them. Please consider them. From Mary Ellen Fernald -- I am very glad that they were not destroyed. Going to check with friends who are …
Saturday, June 4, 2011
What were you, the readers, talking about this week?
It was a busy week of news in Tewksbury and our readers were active on our Facebook page and the comments section. Here are some of the highlights. Facebook/Comments of the Week The hot story of the week was the wicked midweek weather. Tom Deveau posted this video of the weather from his home on our Facebook Wall. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=G7vJ-sx9ytQ.. Kathleen Brothers commented on "New Tornado Warning Issued for Tewksbury; Second Wave of Storms Coming," noting the heavy damage done by the storms in Western Mass. "What a terrible afternoon, and early evening ! My heart goes out to all the people in Western Ma. who felt the rath of these Tornadoes. It was very frightening around 9:00 with all that lightening …