The Wilmington Insider For June 21 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, June 21, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Light and variable wind becoming east 5 to 7 mph in the morning.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Elderly Services Commission meets at 1:30pm at the Senior Center. Read the agenda HERE. … The Wilmington Water & Sewer Commission meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: Four Wilmington dance schools are once again joining forces to raise money for the American Cancer Society.The Warrior Moms and Kids, a Wilmington Relay For Life team, recently announced it will hold its fourth annual “Wilmington Dances For Hope” from 7pm to 10pm in the Wilmington High School Auditorium (159 Church Street).  All proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Relay For Life.The fundraiser will feature performances from Wilmington Dance Academy, Debi’s Dance Studio, Lorraine Spada School Of Dance, and The Dance Company.The evening will also include raffle baskets, a 50/50 raffle, and a bake sale.Tickets cost $10 in advance and $13 at the door. Contact any of the four studios to purchase tickets in advance.In The Community: The Red Cross is holding a Blood Drive from 1pm to 7pm at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. Afternoon Concert: Savoir Faire at 2:30pm. Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9:15am. Intermediate Bridge Group at 9:30am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Game Night from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)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 this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 15, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 1, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img

CES 2019 The Rocking Bed is for adults that want to sleep

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice CES 2019 Health and Wellness 26 Photos Russell’s observation on the effects of rocking motion during sleep is backed up by scientific studies done in Switzerland by Geneva University Hospital as well as pretty much anybody with a baby.The Rocking Bed comes with legs and can be used as a base for your mattress. It can also replace a box spring and sit on your current bed frame. The rocking motion, controlled by a timer built into the the unit, ramps down the movement as the time ends. I like that the bed isn’t dependent on a phone to control it. It’s all about unplugging from the world and falling asleep faster. There are frames for full-size, Queen or King sized mattresses. Each Rocking Bed costs $3,450 (roughly £2,700 or AU$4,800) and is available for purchase now from the company’s website. Over-the-air wireless charging will come to the smartphone Samsung’s CES 2019 robots just want to give you a helping hand The weirdest, wackiest products from the show See all our CES coverage See also Tags CES 2019: Every story so far: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.  CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect.  The Rocking Bed uses movement to help you fall asleep faster. Patrick Holland/CNET Mark Russell, the founder of the US company Rocking Bed, was on a cruise ship and loved the gentle way the boat made his bed move back-and-forth. He said that the rocking motion helped him fall asleep faster. At CES, his company brought the Rocking Bed which rocks you asleep like a baby without having to be on a cruise ship.The bed doesn’t really rock, rather the frame glides the mattress smoothly back-and-forth. I tried the bed out for a few minutes in the middle of a packed exhibition hall and felt calm as well as relaxed when I got up. I’d be curious to see how this made me feel after sleeping on it. Post a comment 0 5:32 CES Products These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 Smart Home CES 2019: A pet dryer, a bed that rocks you to sleep…last_img

Why Is Julián Castro The Only Democratic Presidential Candidate With An Immigration

first_img Listen 00:00 /03:39 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTJulián Castro speaks at the She the People forum for 2020 Democratic presidential candidates at Texas Southern University last month.Immigration is likely to be a key issue in the 2020 presidential election, but so far Democratic candidates have largely shied away from the issue in their campaigns.Julián Castro hasn’t.The former HUD secretary and mayor of San Antonio is currently the only major Democratic candidate with an actual plan on how to tackle immigration.Earlier this year, Castro released a plan to decriminalize immigration, as well as rollback several Trump administration policies. It’s a sweeping plan that would revamp the way the U.S. handles illegal immigration – as well as legal immigration programs like visas, refugee resettlement and asylum.During a small fundraiser earlier this month at a bar in a stylish hostel in East Austin, Castro talked about his plan, as well as what he saw as serious issues with the way the Trump administration is handling families seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.“This president has been the worst president when it comes to opening up our arms to people seeking asylum for legitimate reasons,” he said.Recently, the Trump administration has been “metering,” or limiting, the number of asylum-seekers allowed in the U.S. each day. Officials are also requiring asylum-seekers to stay in Mexico while their claims are considered. X Castro said he wants to end both policies, but his plan goes farther. According to Castro’s “People First Immigration Policy,” he also wants to increase access to legal assistance for those families. Castro basically wants to make the asylum process better for people who are seeking it.“I am telling the American people, ‘Hey, there’s another better way to do this and this is it,’” Castro told KUT. “And make it a fight about who we are. Are we a cruel nation, or are we a kind nation?”Castro is not only the only major candidate with a comprehensive immigration plan, but he is also the only Latino running for president, so far. Immigration activists have said the fact that Castro comes from an immigrant family could be part of the reason he’s not shying away from this issue.So far, Castro isn’t just disagreeing with Trump administration policies; he has also created a long list of things he thinks the U.S. should be doing when it comes to immigration. That’s something he said any candidate is going to need if they end up challenging Trump in 2020.“You have to do that, because that’s what he’s going to run on,” he said. “That’s how he thinks he’s going to win with a narrow electoral college victory again.”Immigration rights advocates say this is something that Democratic candidates should be taking seriously, as well.“I am convinced that no candidate will make it out of the Democratic primary who does not provide a realistic, sensible solution and set of policy ideas related to the immigration crisis that we are facing in this country,” said Jose Garza, the executive director of the Workers Defense Project.Garza said there’s no way candidates can avoid talking about immigration.Adrian Reyna, director of strategies for the immigrant rights nonprofit United We Dream, said he is certain immigration will be a key issue in 2020.“Just like we saw that it was in 2018 and how it was in 2016,” he said. “And it’s mostly going to be coming from the Trump camp.”Reyna said Trump made immigration the main mobilizer of his base and he said he did it by “stoking fears” about immigrants.He said any candidate that doesn’t have a comprehensive plan that lays out their vision for what immigration should look like will fall into the same trap that Democrats fell into in 2016.“I think that a key challenge we faced in 2016 was the approach of just saying, ‘I am not like Donald Trump,’” he said. “And that comes with the inability to get voters to understand what the Democratic candidate is truly behind.”The problem is that Democrats also have many reasons to stay away from immigration.For one – it’s divisive. According to recent polling, Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire – where the first nominating contests in 2020 will take place – say health care, education and climate change are more important problems.However, Alec Tyson, a senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, said immigration has been gaining.“A larger share of voters – at least in 2016 – said it was very important to their vote than they did in 2012 and 2008,” he said. “So, we have seen a recent uptick in the share of voters viewing this as very important.”Tyson said surveys show that immigration falls in “the tier just read more

Windows 7 First Look A Big Fix for Vista

first_img How Success Happens 15+ min read Brought to you by PCWorld First Look: Windows 7 Microsoft hopes it’s new operating system will make up for some of Vista’s failures. Check out our slideshow of the biggest changes.What if Microsoft waved a magic wand and everything people hated about Windows Vista went away? You might have an operating system that you liked–and that’s what Microsoft appears to be striving for with Windows 7. We checked out an early beta of the future OS, and though at this point many features are either missing or works in progress, the improvements to everything from user interface to memory management look highly promising.Along with several dozen other reviewers and analysts, we got our first real look at the OS, preinstalled on loaner notebooks, over the weekend at a workshop on the eve of the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. Microsoft planned to hand out installation discs later Tuesday, after the head of engineering for Windows and Windows Live, Steven Sinofsky, delivers his scheduled keynote formally introducing Windows 7 to PDC attendees. (We’ll report on our experiences upgrading PCs from Vista to 7 later on.)Of course, some of the promised features are things that Microsoft has pledged–and failed to deliver–before. Wasn’t Vista supposed to be faster than its predecessor? We won’t be able to test performance (and other under-the-hood features) for some time, obviously, but we can share with you what Microsoft is saying to back its claims.On some details, Microsoft has said very little. As of Monday, the company had offered no new word on when the OS will ship–the official target date continues to be early 2010, but some insiders say that the actual date may move forward by a few months. Likewise Microsoft hasn’t said anything about editions (and pricing) other than to indicate that they probably won’t mirror the Vista lineup.Microsoft has said all along that Windows 7 would refine (but not rewrite) the Vista kernel. However, some of the anticipated changes depend on support that Microsoft may not be able to control. For example, a number of cool network features will work only if your employer installs Windows Server 2008 R2 (also handed out to reviewers). Other new features require cooperation by hardware vendors, though this time their contribution won’t extend to rewriting drivers. Still other changes involve slimming down the code by offloading applications (such as e-mail and photo management) that were once bundled with the code. With Windows 7 you’ll get them either as downloadable apps or as Web services.But the OS that remains tries very hard to please users by addressing some of the biggest gripes people had about Vista, and by generally making everyday tasks accessible and easy to perform. To the extent that these efforts are visible in our early beta, they look pretty good.The Interface: A Kindler, Gentler WindowsWindows Vista’s interface makeover emphasized style over substance: Among its most-hyped new features were the Aero user interface’s translucent window frames (woo-hoo!) and the Flip 3D window switcher (flashy, but not particularly useful). It didn’t do much to repair Windows’ reputation for being annoying; in fact, the in-your-face tactics of the new User Account Control security feature made Vista more aggravating. And much of what was new in Vista, such as its desktop search, amounted to Microsoft playing catch-up with Apple’s OS X.Windows 7 takes a strikingly different approach. Its interface contains plenty of tweaks, but they’re relatively subdued and they emphasize everyday efficiency rather than sizzle. Several of the changes aim specifically to get the OS out of your way so you can work without distractions. And virtually none of what’s new feels like warmed-over OS X.The changes start with the Windows Taskbar, a core component of the Windows experience that has changed very little since it debuted in Windows 95. With Windows 7, it undergoes its biggest remodeling job ever: The familiar bars containing the name of a running application and a tiny icon are gone, and in their place are unlabeled, jumbo icons that represent running applications. The icons look like gargantuan versions of the tiny icons in the old Taskbar’s Quick Launch toolbar–as well they should, since they supplant Quick Launch in W7. (The new Taskbar also looks a bit like OS X’s Dock, though it doesn’t behave like the Dock.)Vista’s Taskbar introduced thumbnail-size previews of windows that would appear when you hovered the mouse over an app in the Taskbar. They were fairly handy, but if you had multiple windows of an application open–say, several browser windows or several word-processing documents–you could see only one of them at a time. In Windows 7, thumbnails for multiple read more