OBITUARY Robert M Ford 91

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Robert M. Ford, “Bob”, age 91, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Newton, passed away peacefully on February 21, 2019.Bob was born on December 30, 1927 in Newton, MA; he was the dear son of the late Patrick and Hannah Ford. Bob was raised and educated in Newton and was a graduate of Newton High School. Bob went on to further his education at Boston University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism.Bob married his beloved wife Alyce in 1950; the couple resided in Newton where they raised four wonderful children. Bob was a very devoted and loving husband and father; he and Alyce along with their family had many great times together before her passing in 1988.Bob was very ambitious, he was the Co-founder and editor of the Watertown Press weekly newspaper for over 37 years; retiring in 1993. Following his retirement, Bob, continued to write a weekly column for the paper for 10 more years.Bob loved politics and was very active in the political world; he was a life-long Democrat and proud of it. Bob was an elected member for 12 years for Ward 7 Democratic Committee in Newton and Vice-Chair for 4 years. He was the Co-Chair in Ward 7 for Rev. Robert F. Drinan in his elections to Congress and work diligently in the State Representative campaigns of Mayor David Cohen of Newton.Bob was also very involved in the Watertown Community for many years; he was a former member of the Board of Directors at the Watertown Boys and Girls Clubs, former member of the Watertown Rotary Club and former member of the Board of Directors for the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.Bob started dating his wife Eunice in 1992; he moved to Wilmington in 1995 and Bob quickly became involved in the community as well as its politics. For several years, Bob was a delegate from Wilmington to address Democratic Party issues at several political conventions throughout the years. He was also very active at the Wilmington Senior Citizen’s Center where he made many friends.Bob will be remembered as a “great guy” who was “well read” and up on all current events. He was very knowledgeable in Politics and enjoyed a “friendly” debate. Bob loved people and would go his way to help others. He was certainly “one of a kind” who will be greatly missed by his family and friends.Robert was the husband of Eunice Case of Wilmington and the late Alyce Ford, beloved father of Donna Murphy & husband Paul of Arlington, Kathleen Ford & husband Stephen Bashford of Reigate, England, Michael Ford & wife Pat of Knoxville, TN and Christopher Ford & wife Helen Tapping of Seattle, WA. Loving Grandfather of Alicia Murphy, Logan Bashford and Johnathan Ford. Cherished son of the late Patrick and Hannah (O’Leary) Ford, dear brother of Catherine Garoian of Natick and the late Margaret McCarthy of Newton.Family and friends will gather for Visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Tuesday, March 5th from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon followed by a Service at 12:00 noon.In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Doctors Without Borders USA, P. O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.Robert M. Ford(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: John “Kevin” Murphy, 77In “Obituaries”last_img read more

UNICEF says over 200 children killed in Yemen

first_imgYemenis gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Saad. Photo: AFPA top United Nations official in Yemen said on Monday that a total of 201 children have been killed in the Yemeni ongoing civil war since the beginning of 2017.“In 2017, 201 children have been killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls,” UNICEF resident representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano said in her twitter account on Monday, Xinhua reported.Relano’s remarks came three days after an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition hit a family’s home in Mahdha area in the Yemeni northern province of Saada, killing six children and three women.Commenting on Friday’s airstrike, Relano condemned the attack but did not accuse any party behind it.Relano also said that “377 boys have been recruited and used in the conflict since the start of 2017. We know there are many more…unfortunately.”Relano did not provide further details about which cities the children were recruited from nor parties behind the recruitment.According to UN agencies, more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed during more than two years of war in Yemen that also displaced over 3 million.In March 2017, UNICEF put the death toll of children from the war at 1,546, and other 2,450 injured. The country has also been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and is on the edge of famine.The war started in March 2015, after Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict by launching a large-scale air campaign to back internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who invaded the capital Sanaa militarily and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.last_img read more

Whats Next For Houstons Economy After OPEC Agrees To Cut Oil Production

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Courtesy University of HoustonEd Hirs, energy economist at the University of Houston, says the success of the OPEC agreement depends on whether the member countries stay true to it.This week, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed to cut oil production for the first time in eight years. That’s good news for the Houston economy: the price of oil immediately rose above $50.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, University of Houston energy economist Ed Hirs talks about the OPEC agreement and its potential long-term impact.You can listen to the interview by clicking on the play button below. Listen 00:00 /03:47last_img read more

Trumps Divisive Pick To Run NASA Wins Narrow Confirmation

first_img Share via bridenstine.house.govCongressman Jim Bridenstine  was confirmed Thursday as the 13th NASA administrator.NASA’s latest nail-biting drama was far from orbit as the Senate narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump’s choice of a tea party congressman to run the space agency in an unprecedented party-line vote.In a 50-49 vote Thursday, Oklahoma Rep. James Bridenstine, a Navy Reserve pilot, was confirmed as NASA’s 13th administrator, an agency that usually is kept away from partisanship. His three predecessors — two nominated by Republicans — were all approved unanimously. Before that, one NASA chief served under three presidents, two Republicans and a Democrat.The two days of voting were as tense as a launch countdown.A procedural vote Wednesday initially ended in a 49-49 tie — Vice President Mike Pence, who normally breaks a tie, was at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — before Arizona Republican Jeff Flake switched from opposition to support, using his vote as leverage to address an unrelated issue.Thursday’s vote included the drama of another delayed but approving vote by Flake, a last-minute no vote by Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth — who wheeled onto the floor with her 10-day-old baby in tow — and the possibility of a tie-breaker by Pence, who was back in town.NASA is a couple years away from launching a new giant rocket and crew capsule to replace the space shuttle fleet that was retired in 2011.“I look forward to working with the outstanding team at NASA to achieve the president’s vision for American leadership in space,” Bridenstine said in a NASA release after the vote.Democrats opposing Bridenstine said his outspoken divisiveness, earlier rejection of mainstream climate change science and lack of space experience made him unqualified. Republicans praised him as a qualified war hero.“His record of behavior in the Congress is as divisive as any in Washington, including his attacks on members of this body from his own party,” Florida Democrat Bill Nelson said. “It’s hard to see how that record will endear, and by extension NASA, him to Congress, and most importantly, endear him to the American people. “Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, cited past Bridenstine comments that rejected mainstream climate science, invoking the movie “Apollo 13.”“Houston, we have a problem,” Markey said. “NASA’s science, NASA’s mission and American leadership will be in jeopardy under Congressman Bridenstine’s leadership.”During his confirmation hearing, Bridenstine said he acknowledges that global warming is real and man-made, but wouldn’t say that it was mostly human-caused, as the overwhelming majority of scientists and scientific literature do. And Bridenstine told Nelson, “I want to make sure that NASA remains, as you said, apolitical.”Texas Republican Ted Cruz praised the NASA nominee as “a war hero.”“NASA needs a strong leader and it will have that strong leader in Jim Bridenstine,” Cruz said.Sean O’Keefe, who was NASA chief under President George W. Bush and was confirmed unanimously, said the close vote “is a consequence of an erosion of comity in the Congress, particularly in the Senate. Political fights will always break out, but now most policy choices are more likely to emerge based on the party with the majority than the power of the idea.”Alan Ladwig, a top NASA political appointee under Democrats, said this was a case of both party politics and a divisive nominee who doesn’t accept science.last_img read more

Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica slashes prices for upcoming grand opening

first_imgAzul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica slashes prices for upcoming grand opening Share Tags: Jamaica, Karisma Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img NEGRIL — In anticipation of its grand opening on May 1, Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma in Negril is offering up to 57% off rates when booked by May 30 for travel until Dec. 22.Reservations are now being accepted for stays starting May 1, with rates priced from US$175 per adult, per night. Price includes the Gourmet Inclusive Experience of à la carte dining, premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, full-service concierge and 24-hour room service. This represents a savings of up to 57% off as part of the grand opening special.Located on Negril’s world famous Seven Mile Beach, the Gourmet Inclusive, all-suite property comprises 285 suites and 10 room categories, all of which are oceanview and many with private swim-ups. Also available are Honeymoon Suites, Family Suites, and a Presidential offering. Other resort amenities include 10 Gourmet Inclusive restaurants and Gourmet Corners to choose from, as well as eight Gourmet Inclusive bars and lounges. Wednesday, April 19, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more