Moms Fight High Food Costs, Wind Power and Turnaround Schools for Boston, Trees for New York, More

Moms Fight High Food Costs, Wind Power and Turnaround Schools for Boston, Trees for New York, More

America’s moms are cutting back the grocery bill with homemade products, Maui preserves lifestyle in new urban growth plan, Boston’s new wind power facility, Arthur Simpson talks trees in New York and more in today’s headlines.

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Moms’ new battle: The food price bulge

“As American families face the double whammy of higher gas and food prices, moms nationwide are resorting to considerable ingenuity to stretch their monthly grocery budget … Many more moms are cooking at home, growing their own vegetables, breastfeeding instead of buying expensive formula, using leftovers to stretch the week’s meals, and even hoarding discounted products.”

Growth plan seeks to preserve isle lifestyle in Hawaii
-The Maui News

“Debate over Maui’s General Plan is focusing on a philosophical question: Should the county plan for the growth it wants or for the growth it expects? Released this month by the county Planning Department, the proposed plan calls for 40,000 new units on Maui in the next two decades. That’s enough to accommodate a projected 42 percent increase in population growth, or 186,300 people by 2030.”

Wind power data center project planned in Boston area.
-Computer World

“A developer who plans to build a data center in Fall River, Mass., about 50 miles south of Boston, will install two large wind turbines — as tall as two high-rise buildings — to help generate its electricity. Roland Patenaude, a local developer, won local zoning board approval Thursday to install two wind turbines that can each be as high as 300 feet on an industrial-zoned 4.5-acre parcel. The parcel includes an existing but unused smokestack factory that’s only a short walk from Fall River’s government center.”

For Urban Tree Planters, Concrete Is the Easy Part
-The New York Times

“Arthur Simpson, a professional forester, always thought that everyone likes a tree. Then he moved to New York … If you’re a forester perversely inclined to ply your trade in New York City, the initiative makes now a pretty good time to make a go of it. The city hired 24 foresters in the past year, a good majority of them hailing from places where trees are not exactly controversial. Mr. Simpson, 32, lived and worked in the open spaces of Montana, Oregon and, most recently, Arizona, before hitting it off with a New York-based opera singer whom he met at a party. Now he lives in Queens.”

Turnaround Schools Featured in Boston Area

OPTIMISTS often implore us to see the glass as being half-full. Yet only a full-fledged Pollyanna would find much to celebrate in a recent study issued by America’s Promise Alliance. The study, sponsored by the Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that only about half of public school students in the nation’s largest cities are receiving high school diplomas. Think about it: Half of our children are being left behind.”

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