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Bellingham mother charged with child abuse for duct-taping kids

Posted April 1, 2008 09:02 AM

A Bellingham mother who allegedly admitted duct-taping her children to chairs and then placing their photos on MySpace.com is facing charges of child abuse along with her fiance, TheBostonChannel.com is reporting.

Amber Green, 23, and her live-in fiance, Lee Smith, 29, have been charged by police with two counts of assault and battery. Both Green and Smith are free on bail and are due back on court Monday.

"The pictures clearly depict that Amber and Lee went to the extreme in wrapping duct tape around the kids,'' Bellingham Oficer David Ayotte wrote in a police report. Police said Green admitted to taping her 5 and 6-year-old children, saying they "asked to play with the tape and wanted to be tied up,'' the report said.

The tape was wrapped around the children's stomachs and chest and close to their throats, police said. The pictures show the children upset and crying.

If at first you don't succeed ...

Posted October 3, 2007 09:23 AM

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham planning officials are gearing up for another push for their proposed Pulaski Boulevard Overlay District, as the Oct. 10 Special Town Meeting approaches.

A similar proposal failed at the spring town meeting, but Planning Board Coordinator Mary Chaves said last week that she feels more confident this time around. The overlay district would allow mixed-use buildings with retail facing the street, and office and residential space filling out the buildings.

Opponents say that the added residential development will hurt, not help, Pulaski Boulevard by adding traffic and safety problems. The Oct. 10 town meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Bellingham High School.

-- Alexandra Perloe

Teen killed in Bellingham crash

Posted July 3, 2007 12:11 PM

BELLINGHAM

A 16-year-old male passenger was thrown from a car and killed last night on Interstate 495 in a crash involving a juvenile driver, State Police said.

The driver of the car, also a 16-year-old male, lost control of a Ford Focus and struck an embankment, State Police said. The front-seat passenger, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver and two 16-year-old girls in the rear seat, who were all wearing seat belts, were taken to Milford Hospital with minor injuries. Police did not release any information about the identities of those involved in the crash.

Speed appears to have factored in the crash, police said. The accident forced the closure of the middle, right, and breakdown lanes on the southbound side of the highway and the Exit 18 ramp for two hours.

-- Globe City & Region staff

A gusher of savings in Bellingham

Posted May 25, 2007 06:19 AM

BELLINGHAM

Refurbishing the town's Grove Street standpipe will cost the town much less than anticipated.

Town Administrator Denis Fraine told this week's selectmen's meeting that said seven companies had bid on the project, which has been scheduled for this summer. The lowest bid of $559,500, Fraine said, was just over half of the $1 million the town anticipated spending.

In a letter to the selectmen, Public Works Director Don DiMartino called the low bidder, Hemi Enterprises Inc. of South Attleboro, a well-respected company. Selectmen unanimously approved awarding the contract to Hemi.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham veteran loses his seat

Posted May 2, 2007 03:16 PM

BELLINGHAM

Longtime incumbent selectman Jerald Mayhew lost to challenger Dawn Marie Davies by just 20 votes in Bellingham's municipal election yesterday.

Just over 13 percent of Bellingham's registered voters turned out to decide four contested races.

Incumbent School Committee chairman Ronald Martel was returned to his post by voters, along with Francis E. Cartier, who prevailed over three other challengers.

Stephen Bartha and Patricia Buckley won the two available seats on the Planning Board.

Richard Martinelli, William A. Spear Jr., and Paul J. Kearns were elected to constable, beating two other candidates.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham ballot fills out

Posted April 9, 2007 11:55 AM

BELLINGHAM

When residents go to the polls May 1, there will be many choices to make, including between incumbent selectman chairman Jerald Mayhew who is challenged this year by Dawn Marie Davies.

Kathleen Harvey will run uncontested for clerk, but there are six candidates for four town constable positions, three candidates for two planning board seats, and five residents running for two positions on the school committee.

Planning Board candidates include Stephen W. Bartha, Patricia M. Buckley, and Steven D. Choiniere Sr. School committee candidates are incumbent Ronald Martel, Francis E. Cartier, Nicole M. Day, Richard V. Dill, and Lynnmarie Foley.

Wednesday, April 11 is the last day for Bellingham residents to register to vote. In addition to the town clerk's office being open to 8 p.m. that night, Clerk Kathleen Harvey will hold a special registration opportunity for 18-year-old Bellingham High School students at their school that day.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham plans for new town hall

Posted April 2, 2007 06:14 PM

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham is cobbling together funds from several sources to restore and renovate the former town hall, said Town Administrator Denis Fraine.

At a recent selectmen’s meeting, Fraine said the town hoped for a $50,000 grant from the state, to go with $181,000 in proceeds from the sale of the former North School and $34,000 approved at last year’s Town Meeting to repair the 200-year-old wooden building.

Town Meeting approval is necessary before any money is spent, Fraine said.

When the building is complete, the town’s Planning Office and Historical Society will be housed there.

— Alison O’Leary Murray

Brush fire rages in Bellingham

Posted March 29, 2007 06:41 PM

BELLINGHAM

Fire departments from six communities are battling a brush fire this afternoon in Bellingham off route 495.

The blaze broke out about 5.30 p.m. in a wooded area near Exit 18 and 19 off the interstate.

No injuries are reported but authorities are worried about the fire spreading near homes.

The National Weather Service has issued a red flag throughout the region warning because of high winds and dry weather conditions in the area.

-- Globe City & Region staff

Water tank repairs mulled in Bellingham

Posted March 28, 2007 10:58 AM

BELLINGHAM

Town Meeting voters in May will be asked to approve $900,000 in repairs to the Grove Street standpipe, a 130-foot-tall water tank that holds 1.3 million gallons.

Part of the cost would be offset by lease payments from additional cellular phone antennas on the structure. The tank has not undergone significant work for a decade, according to Selectwoman Ann Odabashian.

The board backed the repairs by a unanimous vote.

— Alison O’Leary Murray

Residents speak out against gas station, convenience store

Posted March 23, 2007 04:56 PM

BELLINGHAM

Residents who oppose the Cumberland Farms store and gas station proposed for the corner of Elm and South Main streets brought their concerns to the Board of Selectmen this week.

Although the new business was approved by the Planning Board following hearings in the fall, selectmen are weighing whether to permit self-service gas pumps and a common victualer’s license.

Residents urged the board to put a stop to the development, saying it will make storm water runoff in the area worse and will disrupt their neighborhood with traffic, parking lot lights, and noise. Selectman Ronald Picard said he is concerned about whether the gas station could control and clean up a fuel spill.

Chairman Jerald Mayhew said selectmen will take neighbors’ concerns into consideration when making a decision, and held the public hearing open until the board’s next meeting on April 2.

— Alison O’Leary Murray

In Bellingham, police and town seeking harmony on contract

Posted March 14, 2007 10:58 AM

BELLINGHAM

The police union and town officials are asking the Joint Labor Management Committee to help resolve their contract dispute.

The contract expired last June, according to Town Administrator Denis Fraine, who said he hoped an agreement would be reached by Town Meeting in May.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham budget to be scrutinized

Posted March 9, 2007 10:25 AM

BELLINGHAM

The Finance Committee has scheduled meetings for the next several weeks on town department budgets and spring Town Meeting warrant articles.

The meetings start Monday with the town clerk, treasurer/collector, and assessor budgets. All meetings are at 7:15 p.m. Mondays. The agenda for the March 19 meeting includes discussion of a proposal to sell town land on Judy Lane. The town's inspectional services budget will also be scrutinized.

Town Administrator Denis Fraine told the committee at a recent meeting that he considered eliminating one inspector position but need for inspections has picked up and the inspectors' salaries are generally justified by the fees collected.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham DPW director warns on road funds

Posted February 16, 2007 04:33 PM

BELLINGHAM

Public works director Don DiMartino warned selectmen during a budget review that Bellingham's road maintenance budget is too low at $55,000 a year.

The department has lost two employees to retirement in the past year and as a cost-saving measure will not replace them, DiMartino said.

But the shortage in manpower meant the town's Hartford Road sewer project took much longer than anticipated, and the town's fire hydrants are not being flushed on schedule. In addition, some roads are rapidly deteriorating under the scant repair budget, he said.

Instead of repairs, some will need complete rebuilding due to the lack of attention. DiMartino is currently preparing a report on the town's roads for the finance committee.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Plow now, pay later

Posted February 15, 2007 03:07 PM

BELLINGHAM

Somehow, before the Valentine's Day storm materialized, Bellingham had run through its $100,000 annual snow and ice budget. But the town's selectmen had no qualms with approving deficit spending to keep the trucks rolling this week, voting unanimously Monday night to OK emergency spending.

Chairman Jerald Mayhew noted that on the bright side, the town public works director, Don DiMartino, sent his memo about the dwindling funds a full month later than last year, when the $100,000 budget was already spent in late December.

"We always set the budget at $100,000 and it's never enough," Mayhew said.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham man killed in Georgia car accident

Posted February 13, 2007 05:33 PM

BELLINGHAM

A Bellingham resident was killed Saturday when he was struck by a car in Savannah, Ga.

Roger Viens, 55, was reported to have been lying in the southbound lanes of US-17 and waving to cars shortly before he was hit. The Savannah Morning News reported the accident Monday, but Viens was not identified until today.

-- Adam Sell

Sounding off on Bellingham development

Posted February 12, 2007 05:20 PM

BELLINGHAM

The 120-unit Lakeview Estates development will get a public hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals tomorrow.

The development, which will include affordable housing under the state's Chapter 40B law, has been trimmed down to 60 duplex units, for a total of 120 homes, in an area near Chamberlain and Silver Lake roads and Geordan Avenue.

Developers have filed an Environmental Notification Form with the state because the proposed project will affect 27 acres of the 63-acre site, creating nearly 10 acres of new impervious surfaces by the time it is completed in 2010. The disclosure also notes the $31 million Fafard Development project will introduce 33,000 gallons of wastewater and over 800 new car trips in the area per day.

Residents may comment on the project by mail until Feb. 26 to state analyst Deirdre Buckley at the state's Environmental Policy Act Office, 100 Cambridge St., Boston, MA, 02114, or obtain more information by calling 617-626-1044.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Two men arrested after video posted on Youtube

Posted February 7, 2007 07:00 PM

FRANKLIN

Matthew and John Terrio weren't aware they were doing a screen test that would receive national attention when they purchased items at a Bellingham Home Depot in December.

The duo were caught on store security cameras using a credit card that was allegedly stolen from a local man's car while it was parked at a Franklin gym, said Franklin police officer Bryan Johnson. The Terrios were arrested by Middleboro police Tuesday night and were to be arraigned today on charges from several towns in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Johnson said.

Franklin Police made the Terrios stars by posting the Bellingham store video on the popular video sharing Web site YouTube. It was an unusual use of technology by local police. Johnson said tips received after posting the video helped to identify the Terrios and connect him to other police departments who also had warrants for their arrest.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

New York woman sentenced in murder for hire case

Posted January 23, 2007 05:11 PM

BELLINGHAM

A New York woman was sentenced to two to six years in state prison yesterday for offering someone $10,000 to kill her former father-in-law, a Bellingham resident.

Karen Chambers, 42, of Fort Covington, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree criminal solicitation, a Class D felony.

She admitted she had planned the murder so she could inherit money to open a day-care center.

Chambers promised her neighbor a $10,000 pay check for the murder of Thomas Bartlett, 70. She provided the would-be killer with an atlas and directions to Bartlett's Bellingham home, authorities said.

Fort Covington is 180 miles northeast of Syracuse.

Tight budget seen in Bellingham

Posted January 13, 2007 09:17 AM

BELLINGHAM

Budgets for town departments have been submitted to Bellingham's chief financial officer, Marilyn Mathieu, who says the fiscal outlook is bleak this year.

At a meeting of the Finance Committee last week Mathieu said the town is facing an approximately $800,000 budget shortfall and state aid is not expected to increase. Capital Committee Chairman Joseph Collamati suggested that the town put all of its proposed building projects on hold and look closely at the needs of each town department.

Collamati said residents should get a chance to vote on whether they want to raise their taxes through an override. Committee member Toni Picariello said many residents are already too cash-strapped to support higher taxes.

The Finance Committee will meet with the selectmen on Jan. 22.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham man convicted of rape is freed

Posted January 10, 2007 12:17 PM

BELLINGHAM

Sean Dwyer is a free man -- for now.

Dwyer, 26, of Bellingham was released from the state prison in Norfolk Monday after serving nearly three years of a four- to six-year sentence for allegedly raping a cousin when he was a teen.

The state Supreme Judicial Court ruled Dec. 29 that Dwyer didn't get a fair trial in January 2004 because his attorney wasn't given access to the alleged victim's counseling records, which contained information that could have helped his case.

Another cousin, Fred Lomberto, was also convicted of raping the same girl in a separate trial. He remains in prison.

The Norfolk County district attorney's office has said it's deciding whether to retry Dwyer.

Dwyer's attorney on the appeal, Carlene Pennell, said the SJC decision is shaking up the state's judicial system because it lowers the threshold for defense attorneys seeking victims' counseling records.

Advocates for victims say it's unfair to allow easier access to the records.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Getting foot-friendly in Bellingham

Posted January 9, 2007 09:02 AM

BELLINGHAM

Take a walk.

That's center activity that town officials will be urging residents to consider as they gather tomorrow night to talk about rezoning the town's busiest areas.

The workshop, for public officials only set for 7:30 p.m. in town hall, will focus on mixed-use development on Pulaski Boulevard and in the town center, aiming to blend businesses and residences. The public will be invited to a Jan. 31 forum addressing the same areas.

"Mixed use zoning is intended to bring more pedestrian activity into an area, enhance economic vitality and promote more efficient use of land and resources by allowing residential units to share a building or site with offices, retail and/or restaurants," Bellingham town planner Stacy Wetstein wrote in the meeting invitation.

The workshop will include discussion of the desired appearance of the two areas of town, boundaries of the proposed new zoning, consideration of the allowed density and ideas for parking. The town received a $29,000 smart growth grant from the state to develop a plan for future growth of the two sites.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham selectman: drunk driving arrest was "my error"

Posted January 8, 2007 04:19 PM

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham Selectman Chairman Jerald Mayhew is speaking out about his drunk driving arrest yesterday.

"I made a mistake, and it was my error," he said in a telephone interview today.

"It has nothing to do with my family or my job on the Board of Selectmen. I made the error and I will do the penance for it," he said.

He added that he hopes to put the issue behind him and "get on with my life."

Mayhew, 70, who is in his fourth term on the board, was arrested yesterday after he was involved in a 1:15 a.m. auto accident on Pulaski Boulevard, Police Chief Gerald Daigle said.

Mayhew refused field sobriety and Breathalyzer tests, which automatically trigger a 180-day suspension of his driver's license, Daigle said.

Mayhew, who was recognized by the officers who arrested him, was cooperative and "gentlemanly" during the booking process, Daigle said. Mayhew was held briefly, then bailed out yesterday morning.

He is slated to appear in Milford District Court for arraignment on Thursday. He is facing charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, operating to endanger, and failure to use caution in operating a motor vehicle.

Mayhew lauded the way the situation was handled by Bellingham police.

"I have nothing but high regard and praise for the police force. They handled it in a professional and courteous manner," he said.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

A fire truck for the holidays

Posted December 28, 2006 12:05 PM

BELLINGHAM

Did you ever want a shiny new fire truck for Christmas? Well, the town of Bellingham is getting one.

Selectmen recently voted to approve paying $388,217 to Pierce Manufacturing for a new pumper truck. According to Chief Richard Ranieri, the truck will replace a 1989 vintage pumper the department currently uses.

The new truck will have the ability to deliver 1,500 gallons of water per minute, Ranieri said, and includes some new cabinets for EMS supplies.

He told selectmen it was important to order the truck before the end of December because state emissions standards are getting tougher, which would add about $10,000 to the price.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Bellingham board working through the holidays

Posted December 27, 2006 02:33 PM

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham's Planning Board is one hard-working group.

One of the few town boards meeting between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, the board will continue discussions tomorrow night on W/S Development's plans for a major retail center on undeveloped land between North Main Street and Interstate 495.

The company, which created the Home Depot, Stallbrook, and WalMart shopping areas in town over the past decade, hopes to bring 80 stores to its latest project, an outdoor mall similar to the Shoppes at Blackstone.

The board has until Jan. 26 to make a decision on preliminary subdivision plans.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Smile, alleged thieves, you're on YouTube!

Posted December 20, 2006 02:38 PM

FRANKLIN

The novel approach of using YouTube to post video of two suspected thieves using a stolen credit card at a Home Depot has yielded several leads, Franklin police say.

Officer Brian Johnson tells Globe West that the video, posted both on the wildly-popular Internet video-sharing site and the Franklin police website has greatly expanded the department's ability to reach people who might be able to identify the men.

Several people have called with information on the possible identity of the two burly men, who were caught by a surveillance camera at a Bellingham home improvement store allegedly using a credit card stolen from a car in Franklin, Johnson said.

Video is more effective for identifying people than the still photos that are more commonly used by police, Johnson said.

"One lead specifically said it was the way the guy wore his shirt open and his swagger" that made him identifiable, Johnson said. No arrests have been made yet.

Johnson said the investigation has turned up some still surveillance photos from another crime at a different store, which have also been posted on YouTube.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

17-year-old returns unharmed after disappearing last night

Posted December 6, 2006 05:19 PM

WRENTHAM/BELLINGHAM

The 17-year-old woman who went missing on break from her job at a mall in Wrentham has returned unharmed after sparking an intense search that involved dogs, helicopters and some 75 police officers.

Nicole Vivieros, 17, voluntarily turned herself into police late this afternoon after disappearing from the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Mall Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. while on break from her job at Eddie Bauer.

Wrentham Police Chief Joseph Collamati Jr. told reporters at a press conference that Vivieros voluntarily turned herself in to another police department after she was contacted by investigators. Collamati gave few details about how she was found, but said investigators did use information they found on Myspace.com, a social networking website used by teens.

Girl missing from Wrentham Mall

Posted December 6, 2006 12:09 PM

WRENTHAM/BELLINGHAM

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Nicole Vivieros, 17, of Bellingham, Mass., has not been seen since she went on break from her job at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Mall at 8:45 p.m. last night.

(Robert E. Klein for The Boston Globe)

State and local police are using dogs and a helicopter to search woods around the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets Mall for a 17-year-old woman from Bellingham who took a break from her job at Eddie Bauer last night and disappeared.

Nicole Viveiros took her 15-minute break at about 8:45 p.m. and never came back to work, according to police Sergeant Detective William McGrath. Investigators found her car in the parking lot with some other personal items inside.

"Thus far we have no evidence that there is foul play involved," said McGrath this morning at a news conference outside police headquarters.

-- Connie Paige

Comment period open for major project

Posted November 27, 2006 06:02 PM

BELLINGHAM

Now's the time to express your opinion on a major project proposed for a 200-acre parcel in Bellingham.

Residents have until Dec. 12 to file comments with the state Executive Office of Environmental Affairs on the Shoppes at Bellingham, a retail and office development slated for land between North Main Street and Interstate 495.

According to the environmental notification form filed by W/S Development Associates, the plans call first for a shopping center comprised of about 80 stores, while the second phase of development will create about 600,000 square feet of office space.

More than 80 acres of the site will remain open space. The environmental impacts include creation of about 65 acres of impervious surface, alteration of wetlands and creation of about 145,000 gallons of wastewater per day.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Overload on convenience stores?

Posted November 18, 2006 09:33 AM

BELLINGHAM

A Cumberland Farms store and gas station proposed for the corner of Elm and South Main streets is under review by the Planning Board. At a recent meeting, residents complained that the area doesn't need another convenience store and that homes will be razed for the project. It is the site of the current Log Cabin restaurant.

Cumberland Farms plans a convenience store and four islands with gasoline pumps. Town planner Stacey Wetstein advised residents that the board's jurisdiction is limited to determining whether the project meets requirements, and the project cannot be legally rejected just because residents don't want it in their neighborhood.

Abutters are seeking fencing around the property and would like the building and canopy over gas pumps to be designed to blend in with the character of the neighborhood.

The project will be before the Conservation Commission on Nov. 29, then back before the Planning Board on Dec. 28.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Woman admits to murder-for-hire plot

Posted November 14, 2006 09:34 AM

BELLINGHAM

A Fort Covington, N.Y. woman has admitted that she tried to hire her neighbor to kill her ex-father-in-law from Bellingham so she could inherit money to open up a daycare center.

Karen Chambers, 42, pleaded guilty to second degree criminal solicitation, the Press-Republican of Plattsburgh, N.Y. reports.

Her neighbor has said that she tried to hire him to kill Thomas Bartlett, 70, of Bellingham, and gave him directions to Bartlett's house, provided details of his habits, and told him to make it look like a robbery.

She is expected to be sentenced on Jan. 8.

-- Erica Tochin

Taking a stand in Bellingham

Posted November 7, 2006 12:06 PM

BELLINGHAM

On the eve of statewide elections, members of the Bellingham Board of Selectmen made public their individual positions on ballot question 1 last night. The initiative, if passed, would allow more food stores to sell wine.

The board did not vote or take a public stand on the issue at last night's meeting, but Chairman Jerald Mayhew and selectmen Ann Odabashian and Skip Goodnow said they oppose the ballot question. Selectman Ronald Picard, who has said in interviews that he is in favor of Question 1, was absent.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Convicted priest released from prison, sex offender treatment uncertain

Posted October 24, 2006 05:51 PM

BELLINGHAM

A retired Roman Catholic priest from Bellingham who was convicted of molesting altar boys has been freed from prison but will not find out until later this year whether he has to undergo further sex offender treatment.

The Rev. Paul M. Desilets, 82, left the state prison in Shirley on Monday after serving a year and five months behind bars. He was sentenced in May 2005 after pleading guilty to 32 counts of assault and battery committed from 1978 to 1984 at Our Lady of the Assumption parish, where he was associate pastor.

Desilets asked Worcester Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Locke last week to excuse him from sex offender treatment because he is too old and sick. Desilets' lawyer, Dennis J. Kelly, said his client suffers from diabetes, anemia and episodes of vertigo, among other health problems.

Locke took the request under consideration.

Desilets was given permission to return to his religious retirement community in Canada, Les Clercs de St. Viateur at Joliette, Quebec, but must return to Worcester Superior Court for a hearing in December, his lawyer said. At that time, a judge will decide if he must undergo the sex offender treatment.

-- AP

Septics failing in Bellingham

Posted October 21, 2006 09:21 AM

BELLINGHAM

Some residents who live near Pulaski Boulvevard and Wrentham Street in Bellingham are in dire need of sewer service and are seeking to connect to the town's system immediately, Town Admininstrator Denis Fraine told selectmen at a recent meeting.

Selectmen exprssed concern that it's unusual to let people hook up before a sewer project is completely done. Fraine said some septic systems are failing in the area of about 60 homes that are slated to tap into the public system.

Selectmen asked Fraine to research the issue to determine if any residents could be assessed a betterment and connected to the system before the project is finished.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

No action on convicted priest's bid to avoid counseling

Posted October 20, 2006 05:59 PM

BELLINGHAM

A Worcester judge postponed action today on an 82-year-old retired priest’s request that he not be required to undergo sex offender counseling as a condition of his probation on sexual assault charges.

Dennis J. Kelly, a lawyer representing Rev. Paul M. Desilets, told Judge Jeffrey A. Locke during a hearing in Worcester Superior Court that his client is too old and sick to take part in a sex offender treatment program after his release from prison Monday, the Telegram & Gazette of Worcester reports.

Rev. Desilets was sentenced to one year to one and a half years in state prison on May 11, 2005, after pleading guilty to charges of sexually assaulting 18 male victims from 1978 to 1984 in Bellingham.

-- Telegram & Gazette

Convicted priest says he's too ill for sex offender treatment

Posted October 19, 2006 07:05 PM

BELLINGHAM

A retired Roman Catholic priest who spent more than a year in prison after pleading guilty to molesting boys at a Bellingham church more than 20 years ago is asking a Worcester judge to excuse him from court-ordered sex offender treatment because he is too old and sick, the Associated Press reports.

The Rev. Paul M. Desilets, 82, plans to return to his religious community in Canada, Les Clercs de St. Viateur at Joliette, Quebec, and is "too elderly and infirm" to participate in counseling, his lawyer, Dennis J. Kelly said in the motion, scheduled to be heard Friday.

"Father Desilets' advanced age and infirm physical condition render him incapable of participating in a treatment program. Further, sex offender treatment would serve no useful purpose because he will not be in a position to have contact with children at the Les Clercs de St. Viateur infirmary," Kelly wrote in his motion.

-- AP

Traffic concerns in Bellingham

Posted October 10, 2006 05:23 PM

BELLINGHAM

Residents concerned about potential traffic headaches on Maple and High streets in Bellingham are likely to turn out for Thursday's Planning Board meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the municipal building.

Representatives from EMC Corp. are expected to unveil their plan for mitigating traffic issues near the Maple Street industrial property that the company plans to subdivide.

The data storage company's plans have been in the works for a long time, as EMC considered building its own campus on the site at least four years ago. The current plan to subdivide the parcel has been circulating since at least last winter.

Also on the agenda for the meeting are public hearings for D & N Estates and Thundermist Car Wash.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Ghost writer goes to war

Posted September 20, 2006 03:41 PM

BELLINGHAM

Ghost hunter Jeff Belanger of Bellingham is conjuring up a new literary niche in his latest book “Ghosts of War: Restless Spirits of Soldiers, Spies, and Saboteurs.”

The book, his sixth, “explores the history, legends, and modern-day ghost sightings from more than a dozen wars from around the world over the last millennium,” according to a press release. Belanger also runs ghostvillage.com, which gets more than 5 million hits monthly, he says, and features articles, stories about sightings, book reviews, and message boards all dedicated to the supernatural.

-– Lisa Kocian

On duty in Iraq

Posted September 14, 2006 02:36 PM

BELLINGHAM

Joshua Simonson, a 22-year-old corporal from Bellingham in L Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, is shown on duty in Iraq in a picture posted recently on the Marine Corps News website.

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The picture shows Simonson, a squad leader, watching over Iraqi women and children on a rooftop east of Fallujah.

Simonson is serving a seven-month deployment in the Habbaniyah area under Regimental Combat Team 5.

Barry Hutchinson, 47

Posted July 24, 2006 08:42 AM

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham High basketball coach Barry Hutchinson is remembered as dedicated, enthusiastic, and energetic in an obituary today.

Mr. Hutchinson, who was 47, died Thursday of a heart attack at Metro West Medical Center.

"He was quite a role model and I think he was a father figure to a lot of his players," said Dennis Baker, the high school athletic director.

Coach's death shocks community

Posted July 21, 2006 08:21 AM

BELLINGHAM

People in the high school basketball world are shocked this morning after the death of Bellingham High coach Barry Hutchinson.

Hutchinson died early yesterday morning at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham. He had suffered a heart attack hours earlier at his parents' home in Framingham. He was 47.

"Everybody's still in a state of shock. It's so hard to believe. I don't think we'll ever get over this one. He was like family to all of us," Bellingham athletic director told the Globe in a story this morning.

Gay marriage or not?

Posted July 13, 2006 10:40 AM

REGION

Two Globe West residents were among those demonstrating at the Statehouse yesterday as the Legislature pondered, then postponed a vote on, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.

Lori Hill of Newton, an opponent of the amendment, says she will "keep fighting for another four months" -- until the issue comes up again after the November election.

On the other side, Sister Agnes Marie of Bellingham supported the amendment. "From the beginning, God ordained that it should be a man and a woman," she told the Globe. "It's not a matter of choice. We have to obey him."

-- Erica Tochin


Bellingham Marine in Fallujah

Posted June 28, 2006 10:48 AM

BELLINGHAM

A story from Iraq yesterday about how reservists are shouldering a heavy burden in Iraq includes an interview with a local soldier.

Sergeant Mark Sabourin, a carpenter from Bellingham, told The Associated Press that being away for months was a stress on the family, but he agreed to deploy for a second time to "take care of my Marines."

"I wouldn't feel right sitting at home watching these guys on TV, doing what they need to do. That's not why I joined the Marine Corps," Sabourin said.

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