Sunday, March 10, 2013
Check out our blow-by-blow Swampscott Patch Facebook chronicle of Swampscott vs. Medway
Here are the posts we put up on Swampscott Patch Facebook as Swampscott hung tough and prevailed in a heart-stopping game Wednesday on the Chelmsford Forum ice. * it was actually a 12-minute OT
Sunday, January 20, 2013
We should know the difference
A kid is new to Facebook. He is looking to build his network so he “friends” everyone with whom he has mutual friends. It doesn’t even matter if he knows these people. That’s how it’s done. The problem is that he might end up with people he really does not want in his network like the grandmother of a few friends or the mother. I have gotten numerous friend requests from random middle schoolers who clearly have no idea who I am, but are likely “friends” with my children and their friends. Another problem is that fake people sneak in this way. I know of at least one or two adults who have created a fake persona to get a pulse on the children in their lives. They have been stunned by how fast their network grows with little effort on …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Resident Elise Scanlan's photograph of Linscott Park wins not just bragging rights, but also a $50 gift card from us.
The readers have voted, and the winner of our Swapscott Patch Facebook page cover photo contest is Elise Scanlan for her nicely-composed shot from Linscott Park. Voting was very tight between Scanlan's photo and Kelsey Lombard's kayak's-eye view of the town. Scanlan's photo has now be set as Swampscott Patch's Facebook photo, and she will receive a $50 gift card as well. Thanks for voting, and thank you for your submissions! Follow Swampscott Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Friday, November 16, 2012
Upload a picture taken by you that best represents Swampscott. Not only will your photography gain exposure, but we're throwing in a $50 gift card.
Our readers are our site’s biggest assets and when we were thinking about what photo to use for the top of our Swampscott Patch Facebook page, we figured we’d leave it up to you. We are inviting you to share your favorite photo of your hometown. So readers, now is your chance to get your best town photo out there for all to see. Upload a picture taken by you that you think best represents the town of Swampscott. The winning photo will be the featured photo at the top of the Swampscott Patch’s Facebook page. We've extended the contest until noon on Monday, Nov. 19 to upload a photo you think best represents Swampscott. Here’s how to enter: Our readers will help us pick the winner. You, the reader can vote for the winner in the comments …
Sunday, August 19, 2012
How much vigilance is needed online?
In the Harry Potter series, the character of Mad Eye Moody, was fond of saying, “Constant vigilance!” While Mad Eye was referring to a different time and place, his apt phrase applies to nearly every aspect of parenting. I am reminded of him as I ponder the parental role with regard to technology use by children. As increasing levels of technology come into the hands of children at younger ages, parents struggle with questions of monitoring. How much is too much and how much is not enough? At what ages should it start and stop and should it be constant? There was a time when a parent felt vigilant if she took the occasional peek into her child’s cell phone. Maybe others felt they were “strict” because they kept a list of their child’s …
Monday, April 23, 2012
A Peabody dog bolted in Lynn Thursday and ran Swampscott's beaches Friday while a posse of social media-informed searchers followed his trail.
Cooper sightings came fast and furious after the German short-haired pointer lit out from his boarder's care on Thursday. Word of his whereabouts flashed on Facebooks and phones, and the owners' friends and family scoured the North Shore landscape for the black dog. Meanwhile, his owners, Nicole and Nino Sorrentino of Peabody, scrambled to find an early flight home from the Caribbean, cutting short their vacation and beach time to join the search party on beaches in Swampscott. Soon, Swampscott police joined the effort. In the end, police located the scared pup on Burrill Street in Swampscott and he was captured, said searcher and friend Sarah Gagnon. Sarah is a bit foggy on the final chapter in the search for the elusive pointer. A …
Monday, February 6, 2012
So what happens when we see something about a child in conflict online?
In between the Facebook posts about what people are eating for dinner, Rob Gronkowski's ankle and requests for a reliable plumber, you might see a post that indicates a child is in some sort of pain. It might say something vague like, "You shouldn't hurt the ones you love." Maybe an outpouring of support will pique your curiousity. You might see posts that say, "We're with you" or "Be strong." These are obviously kids in some sort of confict, but there is usually not enough information to know the exact problem. Is it the heart? Maybe a breakup of a young romance? It might be minor. I once saw an adult express a vague but deep sadness on Facebook, prompting people to think his elderly parent had died, but he was only upset about the …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
The Swampscott Public Library's website has brains and beauty. It is both informative and attractive.
We turn our attention this week to a local website and the latest Swampscott Patch facebook poll. For patrons and prospective patrons the library's website is a trove of information about upcoming events for adults and children as well as library services. It's well put together, too. Recent postings highlight info on speakers and a tasting. Speakers highlighted include an author who tells the story of a 1961 plane crash that killed 18 members of the US national skating team. among them Bradley Lord of Swampscott. The postings also highlight upcoming speakers who will help people learn to be more productive and one who will lead a wine tasting. You know you've spent too much time in Swampscott if ... We've touted this one before. The …
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Let's resolve this debate once and for all.
Personally, the egg always comes first. At breakfast. But that's not the question, I guess. Which do you think appeared on the earth first? Chicken? Egg? Or maybe you think they arrived simulataneously. Cast your ballot.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Each week Swampscott Patch asks residents for their opinion on a particular issue. Click on the link below to make yourself heard.
Swampscott Patch is interested in what residents have to say. Let us know what you think about certain issues going on in town via our Facebook page and poll. We will share your opinions on our Social Media Saturday column. Also, feel free to submit questions you would like to see answered in the future. This week's Facebook poll deals with yesterday's decision on Swampscott's trash program. Here is the question. Follow the link below to answer it. Do you agree with the three bag trash limit? Be part of the conversation and discuss your answers in the comments below or on our Facebook page.