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Re: Cellphones while driving - article in Boston Herald

from the dictionary...one definition:

Main Entry: town 
Pronunciation: 'taun
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English tun
enclosure, village, town; akin to Old High German zun
enclosure, Old Irish dún fortress
Date: before 12th century

6 : a New England territorial and political unit
usually containing under a single town government both
rural areas and urban areas not having their own
charter of incorporation; also : a New England
community governed by a town meeting

--- Shawn Mamros <mamros@MIT.EDU> wrote:
> >While you might still have a 'town meeting' in
> Brookline...I thought it was
> >population that actually deined town/city verbiage.
>  Is there a purist in
> >the house?
> I'm no purist, but on occasion I can play one on the
> radio...
> AFAIK, in the Commonwealth of Masochistic, the legal
> distinction between
> city and town is based solely on the form of
> government.  If there's
> a mayor/council, it's a city; if there are town
> meetings that actually
> still run things, it's a town.
> Last time I checked, Framingham is the largest town
> in the state, with
> a population larger than that of many cities.  The
> Framinghamians have
> steadfastly refused to change to a city govrenment
> (unless there's been
> a recent election to reverse that since I left that
> town a number of
> years ago).
> Other states do it differently.  In my native
> Pennsylvania, there are
> townships, boroughs, cities, and perhaps one or two
> other concotions
> that I don't remember.  Townships are laid out by
> geography, and may
> incorporate (in whole or part) into boroughs or
> cities, depending on
> population size, or at least that's what I vaguely
> remember.
> -Shawn Mamros
> E-mail to: mamros@mit.edu

Joe Pappalardo


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