Words I Dread – “Cooler by the Coast”


I know, the weather men and women have been talking about the record setting warmth that we would see this week. I’ll admit it, I got excited too….and then I saw it. The small print on the 5-day or 7-day forecast. “Cooler on the coast.” 

I forgot, it’s always “Cooler on the coast.” I knew that….but they suckered me in anyway.

In Fairhaven and other parts of greater New Bedford, we’re not going to see 65 or near 70 degrees this week. We’ll have the 50s and maybe NEAR 60, but you just can’t get over the sea breeze or sea temperatures this time of year.

Oh well….it’s the price we pay for the beautiful view and the cooler days in July and August.


I saw this in the Boston Herald:

Orders for bullet-resistant school supplies have been coming in “fast and furious” to a Lowell manufacturer since the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

Joe Curran, the founder of Bullet Blocker, says “We are definitely seeing an increase in sales from all over the country and world.”  He said, “The last time we had an upswing like this one was after Sandy Hook.”

Through largely online sales, Bullet Blocker will custom-design requests for school-safety gear, but has ready to ship backpacks, notebooks, three-ring binder inserts and nylon and denim jackets stealthly fitted with anti-ballistic panels.

They are certified to provide protection against most handgun and shotgun rounds. He stressed that they will not block against a rifle. He says that’s a whole other level of ballistic protection.

Curran said the most unusual order he’s received since starting came from the Bible Belt for a gunfire-resistant lectern that a preacher could duck behind.

“To me, that was probably one of the most eye-opening things,” Curran said. “It’s a sad commentary.”


School was canceled today for two New Hampshire towns after police said someone made threats. Local police and the FBI are investigating.

According to the superintendent, a threat was scratched into a cafeteria table at John Stark Regional High School on Friday.

In a separate incident, buses were delayed when police received information about a possible second threat.

The superintendent said they decided to cancel school out of an “abundance of caution.”

it’s a tough spot to be in. I’m sure the majority of the claims are just “copycat” cases, but how can you be sure? Hopefully, there will be stiff punishments dished out so we see the number of threats decrease.



It was 15 years ago today that we experienced The Station Nightclub fire in Rhode Island, the 4th deadliest nightclub fire in the U.S. 100 people died and hundreds more were hurt that night.

I know many people who were there that night. The memories are still vivid and the pain of those that were lost is still real.




One of my favorites! It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (though untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree. Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.


This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.


Sen Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is 76

Phil Esposito is also 76

Charles Barkley is 55. Born in Leeds, Alabama.

Cindy Crawford is 52

Rihanna, real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty is 30. She was born in Saint Michael, Barbados.



 “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” – Abraham Lincoln




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