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Yearly Archives: 2013

Official Music Posted on Nov 25

     Music plays an important role in our society. It is used in many different ways and has been since the beginning of time. Drums have been used to send messages over long distances. Parents play music and sing to calm crying babies. Protestors use   …Continue Reading Official Music

Words Long Remembered Posted on Nov 19

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation   …Continue Reading Words Long Remembered

Turkey time Posted on Nov 19

In his argument to make the wild turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo) the national bird, Ben Franklin argued that the turkey is “a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America.”  Although the wild turkey did not prevail over the bald eagle as our national bird,   …Continue Reading Turkey time

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Supreme Court issues 1st ruling! Posted on Nov 7

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Supreme Court issues 1st ruling!

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe now has it’s own Supreme Court.  They issued their first ever ruling from the Mashpee Tribal headquarters where the courtrooms are located in a double-wide trailor. On the inside, the setting looks like any other courtroom on Cape Cod and they   …Continue Reading Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Supreme Court issues 1st ruling!

Drug Information Posted on Nov 3

Are you looking for information on a medication but don’t have the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR)?  Try RxList, the Internet Drug Index, for medications, prescription drug information, supplements (vitamins, herbs, and dietary supplements), explanation of diseases, conditions and tests, symptom checker, pill identifier, medical dictionary, and pharmacy locator   …Continue Reading Drug Information

Tabby Cat is the official cat of Massachusetts Posted on Oct 30

This may be news to some people. The tabby cat was named the official cat of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1988, in response to the wishes of school children. Massachusetts General Law chapter 2, section 30  simply states the cat’s offficial status. It does not   …Continue Reading Tabby Cat is the official cat of Massachusetts

“Sugarloaf Street: A Memoir” Posted on Oct 21

Thomas W. Merrigan (1927-2013) chronicles his childhood years in South Deerfield in his memoir “Sugarloaf Street.”  He became a lawyer at age 55, and practiced in Franklin and Hampshire Counties from 1982 until 2011 – in private practice, as an Assistant Clerk of the Superior   …Continue Reading “Sugarloaf Street: A Memoir”

How Can I Get A Copy of a Massachusetts Brief? Posted on Oct 19

Go to the source: in the last six years, many SJC briefs have been made available on the State court website, shortly before they are argued. Links to briefs are found on a case’s docket page, just above docket entries. The Trial Court Law Libraries are working to set up links to briefs directly from individual   …Continue Reading How Can I Get A Copy of a Massachusetts Brief?

“I’ve been served with a complaint, what do I do?” Posted on Oct 12

If you need to respond to a summons and complaint that has been served on you, our Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries have materials that can help.  If I get served with a complaint, what do I do? Read the summons and the complaint or   …Continue Reading “I’ve been served with a complaint, what do I do?”

Real Estate Atlases Available On-line Posted on Oct 11

The State Library has completed the digitization of the majority of its Massachusetts real estate atlas collection.   The collection, most of which dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, provides information about property boundaries, plot sizes, ownership, building shapes, and materials.  The altases   …Continue Reading Real Estate Atlases Available On-line