LETTER TO THE EDITOR Buckey Does An Amazing Job Wherever She Dedicates

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first_imgDear Editor,This letter is in strong support of Erin Buckley for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex!I’ve known Erin for nearly a decade. Together with her husband, we were some of the very first people to both maintain and grow the Tewksbury Hospital Trail System as a destination for dog walkers, mountain bikers, and hikers. She has always been a passionate woman when it comes to being involved in her community. I am never surprised by the amazing job she does wherever she dedicates her time, be it in the State House as a Legislative Aide or her work for the Republican party in the 2016 election cycle. I can recall seeing her holding signs in Tewksbury, as well as surrounding towns, somehow finding time to go above and beyond in her job with the MassGOP and still volunteer in numerous positions and for numerous causes.Erin finds the time. But not everyone does. We have an opposing candidate in the Republican primary whose empty excuse for only having voted once in her life was that she was too busy building her career. Well, Erin was busy building her community at that same time! During that candidate’s massive voting gap, Erin found the time to work, graduate from university with the highest honors, be accepted to the most sought-after internship in Governor Baker’s Office, and then dedicate herself, full-time, to her community and the political causes she values so highly.There is no excuse for a lack of participation, especially from someone pretending to an elected seat. Erin Buckley will continue to dedicate herself to both Tewksbury and Wilmington — and we will better better off for it! Come September 4th, vote Erin Buckley for State Representative!Steve BagleyTewksbury, MA(Correction: Wilmington Apple accidentally excluded the the writer’s name, which has been updated.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Buckley Will Fight For Residents At State House Like She Does On Tewksbury Finance Committee & Housing PartnershipIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We Must Send Republican Erin Buckley To Beacon HillIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Buckley Is The Only “Legitimate” Republican Candidate In State Rep. RaceIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Geeks Favorite Console Launches of All Time

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first_imgNINTENDO 64Submitted by: Nick MangioneThe console that began my lifelong love of video games. I was always a Nintendo kid growing up. One of my earliest memories is struggling with Super Mario Bros., and asking my mom to help me get across a really hard jump. She knew how to make Mario run. I, at three years old, was afraid to. I never owned a Super Nintendo, though I played it at friends’ and cousins’ houses. That NES lasted me until I was nearly 10. It finally died after years of constant Mario, Zelda, Kirby and The Little Mermaid. (What? That game was awesome.)We needed something to replace our beloved NES and were naturally considering a Super Nintendo. With one of those, we could rent games at Blockbuster. Our priorities changed when we heard that Nintendo was releasing something new that year. It was a video game system capable of 3D. I may not have been quite sure what that meant at ten years old, but I knew I wanted it.For a year, my sister and I did extra chores around the house, saving up everything we earned for a Nintendo 64. Finally, the day came. My sister and I had saved up enough money between the two of us to buy the system and one of its two launch titles. Pilotwings 64… I’m kidding. Let’s not be crazy here. Pilotwings was cool and all, but it was up against the greatest game ever made.The N64 only launched with two games, but it only needed one great one. Super Mario 64 was more than enough to tide me over until Shadows of the Empire and Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out. The system’s not much to look at now, and it had some severe technical limitations even for the time, but it was the first system that was mine (and my sister’s). I still remember being amazed by making Mario run around 3D environments. I was in awe that a video game system could produce such clear voices. Mario could talk. Link could shiver. The Nintendo 64 was magic.SEGA DREAMCASTSubmitted by: Tony PolancoMy love for Sega and Dreamcast is without measure. I could easily write an entire editorial about why the Dreamcast was one of the greatest systems of all time. For this piece, however, I’ll give you a quick summary of my experience with Sega’s magnificent final console.The Dreamcast was the very first system I purchased with my own money. I remember waiting for nearly a year for it to come out and had even paid it off completely at my local game store (which is now a GameStop). It came out on September 9, 1999. I was 19 and had just started college. I purposely skipped classes that day to spend it with the Dreamcast, though. Higher education, be damned! This was a new Sega console!To this day, the Dreamcast has the greatest launch lineup in history. Sonic Adventure, Soul Calibur, Power Stone, Ready 2 Rumble, were just some of the games for the system on day one. The system would eventually get other classics like Shenmue, Jet Set Radio, Skies of Arcadia, Resident Evil: Code Veronica, and so many more. If you had a Dreamcast in your home, you were one happy gamer.Unfortunately, the dream died shortly after two years. Though Sega is merely a shadow of its former self, many still have fond memories of the company and its brilliant Dreamcast.SEGA GAME GEARSubmitted by: Sheilah VillariI loved my Game Gear. I think it was the first real portable console I had…not having to share with anyone in my family was pretty key. Looking back on it now it was a total brick of a system, weight, size, design, the whole thing was not aesthetically pleasing. I mean seriously, why was the battery pack as big as the actual system?! No wonder the bag was essentially a briefcase. But young Sheilah didn’t care, and my mom was happy to keep me occupied on vacations and long trips. I was so excited to have a colorful (yes I had the ‘sport’ blue) and colorful way to play games while traveling. The hours I put into Echo the Dolphin was everything to me at that time. And I felt personal satisfaction for dominating Legend of Illusion in mere days. I could still tell you exactly how to defeat the caterpillar monster at the end of the crystal level. I eventually moved onto PlayStation, then Xbox, and now PlayStation 4. But I began to miss that tangibleness of playing video games.  Last year I bought a DS3 for my commutes and fell in love all over again. I will never forget the not super convenient but wonderful handheld console Game Gear of my youth. We here at Geek are enjoying all the hype around Nintendo’s Switch at the moment and rightfully so. Caught up in all the excitement we start discussing our favorite consoles over the years. Here’s what gave us goosebumps and hours of entertainment. Leave your favorites in the comments section below!NINTENDO WiiAdChoices广告Submitted by: Jordan MinorThis is an easy one for me. I don’t think I’ll ever be as excited for a video game system as I was for the Wii.I already wrote a whole story about my Wii love affair.The Wii hit at the perfect time in my life, days away from my 15th birthday, when I was old enough to be seriously following gaming news but young enough to be hyped and not cynical. I didn’t even care about many launch titles, Zelda included, but the E3 promises of Mario and Metroid were irresistible. And while motion controls didn’t end up being quite as magical as the initial pitch, Wii Sports at the time really was a game changer. The only thing that gave me more sleepless nights than waiting for the Wii itself was waiting for its entry of Smash Bros.SEGA DREAMCASTSubmitted by: Keenan McClelland9.9.1999. I remember it like it was yesterday. Toonami finally started airing new DBZ episodes into the Namek saga, and the Sega Dreamcast was finally released! Being an anime fan already, the Dreamcast was like a love letter written specifically to us fans. In the states, we were aware that the Playstation had fantastic Japanese titles. The only problem was the games did not score well with the Sony marketing departments here in America, so they would never see the light of day (unless imported). The Sega Dreamcast embraced these games and knew there was a viable market for them here in the U.S. Titles like Jet Grind Radio, Shenmue and Project Justice were largely influenced by Japanese culture and sold extremely well here. The VMU (Visual Memory Unit) was the future when it came to sharing save files and Chaos. Sonic had a home again, and it felt good. While it lasted anyways. Rest in peace you beautiful bastard.SONY PLAYSTATION 2Submitted by: K. Thor JensenI’m not an “early adopter” kind of guy. I grew up in a single-parent household, and while my mom certainly did right by me, we weren’t one of those families who got the latest and greatest thing the day it hit store shelves. I never had an NES. I bought a SNES second-hand from a thrift shop. I bought a PlayStation two years after it came out. So when Sony announced their second entry into the home console market, I figured I’d wait a while to try it.Here’s the thing, though. At the time, I was working at UGO, which old-school heads will recognize as the precursor to today’s Geek. It was a scrappy, independent nerd culture site that was for people like us. We had no time for marketing or bullshit and that just made companies want to work with us more.Sony sent us a PS2 on release day. I remember the whole editorial department coming over and plugging it in. The only game we had was NHL Hockey 2001, but it didn’t matter. The controller felt great. The graphics were sharp. The next generation was officially here.We all knew that this would be big, and it was – the PS2 became the single best-selling console ever released, and has a software library that you could spend the rest of your life in. That magical feeling of being able to dive in on the first day was unforgettable.last_img read more

Delhi to host IFLC

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first_imgA joint collaboration between Educational Endowment Trust, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, it aims to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote universal peace. This event will see the participation of school children from these 17 countries – India, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine, Hungary, US-TX, Georgia and Russia.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The city will boast international presence as 43 international students and 18 mentors will participate along with 350 Delhi Schools on the theme- “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – ‘The world is one family’. The Capital’s Springdale’s School, The Frank Antony Public School, Ahlcon International School, Mata Gujri School, Tagore International School and Bluebells International School are also participating. Bilal Acikgoz, one of the coordinators of IFLC 2016, said: “We believe that understanding different languages and cultures helps us understand each other better, and that is the motive behind IFLC.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Lauding the potential of Indian students he said, “I would also like to share that in India we have seen tremendous talent and potential in the students. They deserve serious attention of global educational and cultural organisations.“I think the international education fraternity should work in close cooperation with their Indian counterparts to provide the opportunities the Indian students truly deserve. The Educational Endowment Trust itself is keen to explore the talents of Indian students in other parts of India as well, especially in states like Maharashtra, UP, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.” IFLC is a global effort to facilitate a cordial engagement between the young change makers from different parts of the world. Their mission clearly says- “It is our mission to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love, and cultural encounters throughout the world’. India will witness the event for the first time since its inception in 2003.last_img read more