Bedford News

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The countdown is on for the 103rd Feast of the Blessed Sacrament in New Bedford, and we'd like to know: What does the Feast mean to you? The Standard-Times/ would like to hear from you and publish your thoughts with our special 2017 Feast coverage.  In 75 words or less, please share your sentiments by sending them to or The Standard-Times, 25 Elm St., New Bedford, Mass.

NEW BEDFORD – Maps & Legends Two: If By Sea… is the second in an annual series of art events at historic Haskell Public Gardens in New Bedford. This year, the month-long exhibition will be housed in the greenhouses on the property and feature the sculpture of Kelly Zélen and the maps and print work of Zachary M. White – with some added surprises throughout the summer from curator Steven Froias.

Yoga in the Garden: July 14. 6 p.m. Please bring a mat or blanket, and a donation, if possible. Rotch-Jones-Duff House Garden Museum, 396 County Street, New Bedford. Red Cross Blood Donor Van: July 16. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Almost anyone who is in good health, weighs at least 110 pounds, and is 17 years of age is eligible to donate. Congregational Church of South Dartmouth, United Church of Christ, 17 Middle St, Dartmouth.

Lexington News

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Massachusetts drivers would be banned from using handheld devices behind the wheel under legislation approved by the Senate on Thursday.  Bill supporters said it would make roads safer and force behavioral changes in an era when people have become addicted to using cellphones, email and social media, even while driving vehicles at often high rates of speed.  "We know people are still texting even though we passed a texting ban a number of years ago," Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Thomas McGee said. "This morning as I was heading into the Sumner Tunnel, three or four different drivers were driving like this as they headed towards the Sumner Tunnel, looking at their phones, holding them up to their faces.

After all, the 83-year-old is a mainstay of the Longsjo Classic bicycle race with an incredibly rich voice, one that's instantly recognizable, and he is known to take his time in relaying wonderful homespun yarns about cycle races lodged within the cortexes of his memory. He even has his own lingo for money -- a $10 bill is a sawbuck, while $50 is half a yard -- which he uses frequently when announcing prime laps to the riders and spectators along the famed Longsjo courses in Fitchburg and Leominster.

Cindy Friedman, state Rep. Sean Garballey and Mary Ann Stewart are on Tuesday's Democratic primary ballot in the 4th Middlesex District. The district includes Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, precincts in Lexington, and Woburn.

Concord News

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In this May 23, 2017, file photo, actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., a board member of the Walden Woods Project, applauds during the dedication of the U.S. Postal Service's new Henry David Thoreau postage stamp at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass. Thoreau is being honored on the 200th anniversary of his birth.

A couple walks along the shore of Walden Pond in Concord, Mass., Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Author Henry David Thoreau, who was born in Concord 200 years ago on July 12, 1817, wrote of the beauty of the pond, woods and landscape of the area while living simply in his book "Walden."

In March of 1845, 27-year-old Henry David Thoreau borrowed an ax and headed into the woods outside Concord, Massachusetts to build a one-room cabin.