Both the decisions of the board were correct for the reason (if no other) that neither of the plaintiff's lots has the required one hundred twenty five-foot width measured along its front lot line or along the thirty-foot building front yard set-back line established by Section 4-2 of the zoning by-law.
1. We need not decide whether on the record before us the trial judge can be said to have taken judicial notice of the accuracy and general acceptability as authority of the life expectancy tables issued by the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare (Life Tables, Vital Statistics of the United States, 1976, volume II-Section 5) and certified by the Department. [Note 1] We take judicial notice that standard mortality tables are regularly used by attorneys, accountants and actuaries and that these HEW tables on their face are reliable. Morris v. Morris, 302 Ky. 615, 617 (1946). Mckibben, v. Mckibben, 567 S.W.2d 538, 539 (Tex. Civ. App. 1978) (both cases in which the appellate court took judicial notice of such HEW tables). See Gowdy v. United States, 271 F. Supp. 733, 748-749 (W.D. Mich. 1967)(applying Michigan law), reversed on other grounds, 412 F. 2d 525 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 396 U.S. 960 (1969); Treas. Reg. Section 20.2031-10(e), T.D. 7077, 1970-2 C.B. 183 (IRS regulations using such HEW tables); 31A C.J.S. Section 99 (1964); 29 Am. Jur. 2d Sections 113, 896 (1967). See also Turcotte v. DeWitt, 332 Mass. 160 , 164
(1955); Mazzaro v. Paull, 372 Mass. 645 , 653 (1977) ("A professional directory that was the authorized publication of medical boards, which verified or certified the information contained therein . . . . would be admissible under G. L. c. 233, Section 79B"). Compare School Comm. of New Bedford v. Commissioner of Educ., 349 Mass. 410 , 416 (1965); Sorensen v. Sorensen, 369 Mass. 350 , 362 (1975); Hardy v. Jaeckle, 371 Mass. 573 , 581 (1976). See generally Nantucket v. Beinecke, 379 Mass. 345 , 352 (1979). A majority of the panel therefore holds that there was no error in the admission of the tables for consideration by the jury.
2. There is no merit to the other question which has been argued by the defendant.
[Note 1] Mass. R. Civ. P. 44(a) (1), 365 Mass. 807 (1974). Flythe v. United States, 405 F.2d 1324, 1326 (D.C. Cir. 1968) (weather reports). United States v. Ghaloub, 385 F.2d 567, 571 (2d Cir. 1966) (Syrian census figures).