Not much happening this week—must be those last, lazy days of summer:
- In a blog post providing some back-story to her Herald piece on plans for expansion New England-based Friendly’s, Donna Goodison reports that new CEO Harsha Agadi “believes Friendly’s needs to better-market its New England heritage”—the chain’s restaurants extend from Maine to Florida—“including by adding New England items to its menu of ‘mainstream American fare’ and ice cream.” Seeing as Friendly’s menu already includes clam chowder, I’m curious what else qualifies as “New England items.” Lobster rolls, perhaps? (Friendly’s beef burger served between two grilled cheese sandwiches is presumably “mainstream American fare.”)
- A group of fishermen protested this week off of Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama was vacationing, objecting to new federal rules designed to preserve the long-term health of New England’s fishing stocks, and disputing the science behind the regulations. The event was covered most extensively in right-leaning outlets, including the Herald and Fox News .
- Meanwhile, due to warmer waters, there seem to be more sea turtles off of New England’s coasts.
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