Swim At Your Own Risk In Bourne
Citing the tough economy, the town of Bourne is not hiring any lifeguards for their beaches this summer. The move, approved by town voters in May, saves the town about $75k.
There's a board of selectmen meeting tonight, and you can air your views there. You can also stand on your head and recite the Lord's Prayer, which will have an equal chance of getting the Buzzards Bay-watch back.
Swimming lessons and the popular floats that the town provides are also being nixed. Bourne kids can go to Sandwich for swimming lessons, as Sammich is keeping some spots open for Bourne residents.
Vineyard Stabbee Passes
Michael Trusty, 45, of Edgartown died yesterday of stab wounds sustained in a wild battle last week at a Martha's Vineyard babysitter's residence.... because, well, you know how things get at the day care center.
Ovando Eghill, 30, did the stabbing, and looks to be doing some time soon. He used to be married to Trusty's wife, and both men had children at the same home-based day care center. The men crossed paths as they dropped off their children at a babysitter's house. A heated argument about Trusty's verbal abuse of their wife/ex-wife began, and then turned physical.
Trusty went to his truck for a machete. Ovando pulled out a "work knife." Trusty went for an overhead lumberjack swing with the machete. Ovando blocked the machete blow with his left arm while landing the deathblow with his own knife.
Trusty died yesterday, upping the charge from AB/DW to Murder or at least manslaughter. Ovando looks to have a fairly good case, as Trusty went for the weapon first, and took the first swing.
Eghill, a Jamaica native, left the scene, but almost immediately turned himself in. If he makes bail, he has to report to court three times a week, turn in his green card, stay in Massachusetts, adhere to a 7 PM curfew, and wear a GPS device.
Fed Unemployment Benefits Cancelled For MA
Massachusetts saw her unemployment rate fall below 8% in the last three months, in a development that will suddenly cut off benefits to 20,000 residents.
Under the law, if your state has an unemployment rate of over 8%, you qualify for 20 weeks of emergency federal unemployment benefits. When the rate falls below 8%, the benefits are taken away.
Massachusetts posted a 7.6 rate, which will X out any emergency federal UI benefits for any sort of unemployment beyond Tier III. Anyone more than 14 weeks into the fed bennies after July 14th will be cut off.
Massachusetts currently has at least 180,000 people out of work. The numbers of underemployed reaches into the millions.