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This Saturday, July 4, marks the country’s 244th birthday. Actually, the original date intended by John Adams to celebrate the new nation’s independence from Great Britain was July 2. But, things happen, as is the case this Fourth of July. Even so, enjoy the day in small and safe ways.

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After what may have seemed a not too snowy winter and a long and dreary spring compounded by the pandemic, summer is here. The warmer weather may be here and the coronavirus pandemic remains here. Please, even if you feel uncomfortable about wearing a mask in public, do so. If not for yourse…

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In Milton and beyond, the mood is tense. Tense about work itself and what it will look like in the future. Tense about how and when school children will return to classes. Tense about how we decide to plan for our future and live our daily lives. Tense about COVID-19 and when a vaccine will …

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The country, and if by humble extension, Milton, is full of angst. In one corner of Milton, however, the angst is not borne of current civil unrest nationwide.

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Opening email is seldom a pleasant experience.

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April is National Poetry Month and on this last day to mark the occasion, the final stanza of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “Ulysses” comes to mind. The last stanza talks about resolve to get through difficult times and experiences. At the least, that’s what makes it a favorite to read and review:

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I am contemplating and thinking about all the people up in arms with fossil fuels.

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At this point in time, including in Milton, it is unknown what the world will look like in a week’s time or a month as this pandemic unfolds. For younger people, especially, their world is Milton.

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Will grade school students return to physical classrooms this year? Will more cultural activities and organized sports games be canceled through the summer?

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In times of crisis or catastrophe, what is most important and most enduring rises to the surface. Caring about other people, looking out for other people and wanting the best for other people are the emotional cream that rises to the top.

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Newspapers all over the country celebrate Sunshine Week in March.

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The word gratitude is defined as the “quality of being grateful.” Gratitude can be found in many ways. It could be as simple as the feeling you get when a stranger holds a door open for you, or in the pleasing support of a friend or family. Gratitude is exhibited from the journey of life, a …

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This is an especially good time to be a good neighbor.

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While the presidential primary may be top of mind for some readers or residents, the challenges facing Milton’s future are important. Early voting for the presidential primary continues through Friday, Feb. 28. Those who believe in tradition will choose on Tuesday, March 3 a person who they …

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The staff and friends of the Milton Times are having a party May 1 to celebrate the newspaper’s 25 years of existence.

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 The Milton Times took three awards in the New England Newspaper and Press competition’s 2020 Better Newspaper contest.

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It was the sound of rapid two-finger typing on a vintage shiny black Royal typewriter in an upstairs bedroom that brought comfort to these ears day or night.

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A childhood memory of riding in a light blue-green 1970s-era Buick or Chevrolet station wagon through East Milton Square to Blue Hill Avenue as a faster way to get to Boston Children’s Hospital comes to mind with every walk taken through the square.

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It’s now here – the year 2020 – the start of the third decade of the 21st century.

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For its steadfast focus, dedication, and community outreach, the Milton Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MSAPC) is the recipient of a national award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

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The town is facing several financial hurdles now and into the coming years. Three new fire stations are needed, a building project long put off until the situation has become nearly unbearable for the men and women who comprise the entire department. It is important to note that in New Engla…

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In 1979, as a 20-something college student in the Midwest and an avid football fan, the power and impact of Coke’s Mean Joe Green TV ad knocked me over. If you haven’t seen it, stop now and take a look (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xffOCZYX6F8).

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Until Republican attacks on the loyalty of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, it was possible to make a cogent argument: President Trump may not personify one's idea of what a president of the United States should be, but he is trying to move American policy from "A" to "B"; and there has…

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Unrest overseas. Unrest in this country. At this writing session, it is difficult to turn to the local issues facing Milton. For the Milton families of servicemen and women stationed overseas, especially in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, all good thoughts for your relatives’ safet…

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For the second consecutive year, the Milton Times has been named a Distinguished Newspaper by the New England Newspaper & Press Association. The award, given out at NENPA’s annual New England Newspaper Conference, represents overall excellence in writing, layout and graphic design presen…

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Two upcoming public meetings at which comment is welcome by attendees will help determine the future look of Milton, and its livability. Please consider attending. Both meetings address the need for additional housing options — note the word options — in Milton. The first forum is on the tow…

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Another school year is underway and here’s a wish to all students, from pre-kindergarteners to high school seniors, to public and private school students for a successful school year. With increased pedestrian traffic on the road, along with motor vehicle traffic, let’s all look out for one …

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On Adams Street, near the Forbes House Museum and Gov. Hutchinson Field, the land opens up to reveal the Boston skyline. The distant scene offers enough visual room to bring perspective to the viewer. The view of a world beyond Milton, the thought of what people are doing in another city and…