The most affluent section of Newton
, itself the wealthiest city, as opposed to town, in Massachusetts. Waban is characterized by large, tudor houses, a small shopping district of "upscale" mom-and-pop retailers, and an MBTA
Green Line stop to whisk commuters to jobs in Brookline and Boston.
It has been cheekingly said that Waban has the highest per-capita number of Volvo
s outside of Scandinavia!
Waban is relatively close to the interchange of Route 128/I-95 and I-90 Mass Pike
Waban's Zip Code
, 02468, is one of the most "desirable" within Route 128. US Census
data from 2000 shows that more than twice as many residents over 25 hold graduate degrees than bachelor's degrees (as the highest educational attainment). Residents who hold "only" a high school diploma are about 1/5 of those who have bachelor's degrees and 1/10 of those who have a master's degree or higher.
Waban is NOT to be confused with Woburn
, a middle-class city about 10 miles to the north-east.
While an unincorporated neighborhood of Newton, Waban is sometimes considered a W Town
, along with Wellesley
, and Wayland
, due to socio-economic similarities. Waban is located just across the Charles River from Wellesley.
The close-to-Boston suburbs of Milton
, and Braintree
are arguably considered a part of the "Irish Riviera." They are definitely a part of the South Shore
Inland South Shore
towns including Holbrook
, and Pembroke
are often considered part of the "Irish Riviera."
neighborhood of Fieldston
is the most Irish-American
section of the second-most Irish-American
suburb in the country. The town of Stoneham
, north of Boston
, home to figure skater Nancy Kerrigan
, has the highest-percentage of people with Irish ancestry
in the USA.
A popular term for Acetylsalicylic Acid
. In Canada
, among other countries, Aspirin
is a patented trademark of the local Bayer subsidiaries. Therefore, any non-Bayer products are labelled as ASA (Canadian English), AAS (Canadian French), and ASS (German). I am not making the last one up!
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning!
A Canadian analgesic
containing 325mg Aspirin
, 15mg Caffeine
, and 8mg Codeine
. Available without a prescription, but one must ask for it at the pharmacy
A popular brand name is 222
, or "two-twenty-twos," although the generic version is much less expensive and more popular.
AC&C and its non-Aspirin counterpart, Tylenol 1, are popular purchases for Americans visiting Canada.
In Canada, "Aspirin" is a patented trademark of Bayer Canada. Any non-Bayer products are labelled as having ASA Acetylsalicylic Acid
. The French abbreviation is AAS.
Boston area drivers are known for acting as if they are the only ones on the road, but there is a phenomenon in Wellesley (a very affluent suburb) which I have dubbed the "Wellesley Wait."
Drivers from other parts of Massachusetts and especially from out-of-state should pay heed to the example if they have the chance to drive through this beautiful town.
You are driving along one of Wellesley's major streets, notably Route 135 (Great Plain Ave) and Route 16 (Washington St). A driver (sorry to say, it is almost always a female) of an expensive SUV or European Station Wagon comes to a complete stop at the end of a side street or long driveway (many of Wellesley's "driveways" are longer than actual streets) and common sense/consensus would indicate this means the driver will wait for you to pass and then pull on to the state highway.
But nooooooo. You are driving along at 30-40 mph; there is nobody behind you nor in front of you. Just as you approach the intersection/driveway, the Wellesley driver will obliviously pull out right in front of you and proceed at a cement mixer's pace.
I don't condone jack rabbit starts, but if you are going to cut somebody off in your "Limited edition" Jeep, Lexus, Mercedes, or BMW SUV, inevitably equipped with the optional V8 engine, or turbocharged Volvo or Audi station wagon, please try to get up to at least 25 mph within 30 seconds after causing a driver minding his/her own business to nearly rear-end your yuppiemobile due to a mixture of selfishness and sense of oblivion.
The offending "Wellesley Wait" driver is almost always yacking away on her cell phone, impervious to the world around her.
The worst intersection for this infraction is where Benvenue Street intersects with Route 135/Great Plain Ave.
If you come to this intersection and one of these drivers abruptly cuts ...
The largest city in Québec’s Eastern Townships
, about 60 mi/100km east of Montréal
and 30 mi/50 km northwest of Québec’s border with Vermont
and New Hampshire
Sherbrooke is known among many New Englanders as the closest city where one can legally buy codeine
at the pharmacy without a prescription (Google
” and “AC&C
” for more information). Also, since Québec’s drinking age is 18, many northern New England youth frequent Sherbrooke’s pubs and clubs.
The Eastern Townships are similar in topography to nearby New Hampshire and Vermont and, by Québec
standards, a fairly large Anglophone
(English-speaking) community, many of whom trace their ancestry to New England
loyalists who fled north after the American Revolution
Sherbrooke resembles a large, northern New England city, albeit with a French flair.
Sherbrooke is also the name of a major street in Montréal.
Tylenol 1 and its Aspirin counterpart, AC&C, are popular purchases for Americans visiting Canada
Tylenol 1 is NOT to be confused with the much-stronger Tylenol 3, available only by prescription in both the USA and Canada.