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Spotty reverse 911 performance in Milford prompts school officials to purchase secondary system

Posted January 7, 2008 07:48 AM

MILFORD

After hearing complaints about spotty performance by the town's reverse 911 system during last October's precautionary lockdown at Milford High School, the school committe has made plans to purchase its own emergency alert system.

The AlertNow system, which the district plans to implements as soon as possible, sends automated text messages and e-mail emergency alerts to all parents and educators. It will also be used to pass along standard announcements.

School Committee member Pacifico Decapua, Jr. said the committee first loosely discussed AlertNow during a meeting in September meeting, but made the purchase a priority when some school officials and parents complained they weren't informed about the October lockdown by Milford's reverse 911 system. School officials ordered a precautionary lockdown after a report from a group of students who believed there might have been a gun under a classmate's shirt.

The cost of AlertNow -- $10,710 a year, for three years -- will be paid for through the department's unanticipated retirement funds until it becomes a separate line item on next year's school budget, officials said.

-- Anna Fiorentino

Milford man charged with wife's stabbing death

Posted November 27, 2007 09:19 AM

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Joseph Ventola was arraigned in Milford District Court yesterday after allegedly stabbing his wife, Ester, to death. His lawyer said he is "distraught and extremely depressed."
(Photo by Ellen Harasimowicz for the Boston Globe)

MILFORD

A 63-year-old man with a history of depression was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation yesterday after he was accused of fatally stabbing his wife of 18 years inside their home.

Worcester County prosecutor Sarah Richardson said in court yesterday that Joseph Ventola called police shortly after 8:30 a.m. and said, "I stabbed my wife to death," staff writer Megan Woolhouse of the Globe's City & Region staff reports today.

James Gavin Reardon Jr., a public defender who represented Ventola at his arraignment yesterday, entered a plea of not guilty on Ventola's behalf.

"He's very distraught and extremely depressed," Reardon said outside the courtroom.

A balding and frail-looking Ventola appeared in court in handcuffs, shackles, and a white jumpsuit. Milford District Court Judge Robert B. Calagione ordered him to be sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for a 30-day psychiatric evaluation.

Police responding to the call from the suspect found Esther Ventola, 60, unresponsive, seated in a chair in the couple's family room. Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said during a news conference after the arraignment that she had been stabbed repeatedly with a large knife.

He did not disclose a possible motive or number of stab wounds, saying the case remains under investigation. Ventola initially did not let officers into the house and appeared distressed because opening the door might let out his dog, Early said.

The Ventolas had lived in the house for 18 years and had no history of problems or domestic disputes, according to Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin. The couple lived on a quiet cul-de-sac in one of the town's nicest subdivisions, authorities said. Ventola recently retired from NStar, where he was an engineer, Reardon said. Esther Ventola was a secretary for a company in Leominster, said a neighbor.

"It's a shock not only for the neighborhood but everyone, including us," O'Loughlin said.

Court officials said the killing is the second this year in the town of 40,000.

Read more about the stabbing in the online edition of today's City & Region section.

Apartment inspection fee results in poison pen incident in Milford

Posted November 9, 2007 09:29 AM

MILFORD

A Hopedale man questioned by Milford Police detectives for writing a threatening letter to Milford's Board of Selectmen now says he plans to apologize.

Investigators say the two-page letter was received on Friday, Oct. 26, from 41-year-old Craig S. Glatky, who owns rental property in Milford. Milford police Lt. James Falvey said Glatky's letter was written in response to the town's new bylaw requiring landlords to have their units inspected and measured and to pay a $50 inspection fee.

The following is a expert from Glatky's letter:

As an American, I will declare war on the town of Milford. No threats. I will start a civil war against the communist party here in [the] town of Milford. As an American - I will lead the good old US of A back to freedom.

William Buckley, the chairman of the Milford board, said he doesn't know Glatky personally, but that he took the letter seriously enough to turn it over to police. Buckley said he wouldn't comment further because he didn't want to encourage Glatky's behavior.

Glatky said he didn't think the letter was threatening, but admitted that he was upset when he wrote it. He said he planned on writing an apology letter to the board and would like to put the incident behind him.

Police said Glatky was not charged because he has no criminal record or known history of violence.

-- Nadia Salomon

More power, Scotty!

Posted October 16, 2007 10:58 AM

MILFORD

The proposed expansion of a power plant in Milford has been short-circuited.

Officials at International Power America, which runs a power plant in Milford, said they were recently notified by regional energy regulators that the plant did not qualifty for a upcoming auction for expansion rights in the area.

A company spokesperson said that the reason given was that a key interconnection with the regional power transmission system would not be completed by a 2010 deadline.

The natural gas-fired plant currently generates 140 megawatts during peak usage periods. The proposed expansion would have added a gas turbine to more than double the plant's output during peak loads to 310 megawatts.

The company has already re-submitted qualification documents for the next auction, which has a deadline in 2011, officials said.

-- Nadia Salomon

Milford's seniors get town support

Posted October 7, 2007 08:25 AM

MILFORD

Milford's Geriatric Authority has been promised support by the city's selectmen in its bid to renovate the town's senior center with a low-interest loan, officials said.

"We're doing a major renovation and we're $500,000 short," said Barry Chiler of the Geriatric Authority. "So we're trying to get the town to borrow the money for us because they can get it at a cheaper rate."

The money would help with some upgrades like reconfiguring bedrooms, enlarging living room and dining room areas and adding a rehabilitation gym.

The board unanimously voted to accept the Geriatric Authority's request to borrow $500,000 to complete the renovation project and for a 20-year suspension of its payments to the town in lieu of taxes, said William Buckley, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.

-- Nadia Salomon

Father killed in head-on crash two years after son

Posted October 2, 2007 09:10 AM

MILFORD

The New Hampshire man killed in a truck crash last week died just two years after his son was also killed in a head-on collision, the Associated Press reports.

Police said Rodney Gladle was driving a tractor trailer on Interstate 495 in Milford when he lost control of the rig Friday night. He ended up in the oncoming lane, where he collided head on with a car driven by a Stoughton man, who also was killed. Police didn't identify the victims until Sunday.

In 2005, Gladle's son, Rodney Gladle Jr., was one of two drivers killed in a head-on collision in Belmont, N.H. At the time, Laconia police said they had tried to stop Rodney Gladle Jr. for a motor vehicle violation, but he sped up and crossed into Belmont.

-- AP

Milford man's R.I. death was caused by heart attack

Posted August 30, 2007 09:50 AM

MILFORD

The death of a 50-year-old Milford man at a Rhode Island beach earlier this month has been blamed on a heart attack.

Kurt D. Vinacco Mass., was reportedly boogey-boarding in the ocean with his eight-year-old daughter when he began to feel unwell, the Block Island Times reported. The family was at Baby Beach on Block Island.

Vinacco reportedly sat in a beach chair, then suffered a convulsion. Onlookers shouted for a doctor and telephoned police dispatch.

Members of the Block Island Volunteer Rescue Squad worked on Vinacco for more than 20 minutes, said squad captain Beth Rousseau. He was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m. by a Block Island Medical Center doctor.

Saying "Thank You" to military families

Posted August 24, 2007 11:08 AM

MILFORD

After years of hosting an annual Memorial Day Veteran’s lunch in his home town of Milford, Michael Shain decided it was time to recognize military families as well.

All families of active duty service members from the greater Milford area are invited to his "Thanks to Yanks" chicken dinner on September 11, which will be held in the Myriad Ballroom in Mendon. The free, nonpolitical event is intended simply to pay tribute to the sacrifices service families make.

"They have to deal with this on a daily basis," said Shain. "I have a friend in Milford whose son was in Iraq for a year, and that kind of stress, it just changes you. You’re always worried about that knock on the door."

Both cash donations as well as in-kind donations of decorations and small thank you gifts for the families are being sought. Volunteers are also invited to help with planning and decorating.

Due to privacy laws that protect the identities of military families, invitations are being made mostly via word of mouth. Anyone who knows families with a loved one on active duty or who wishes to attend should contact Shain at 508-330-8487 as soon as possible. Donations may be sent to Thanks to Yanks, c/o Medway Cooperative Bank, 70 Main St., P.O. Box 740,
Medway, MA 02053. All contributions will be acknowledged.

-- Denise Taylor

Milford officials frowning on big rental complex

Posted August 11, 2007 10:26 AM

MILFORD/NEWTON

Town Administrator Louis Celozzi said officials will notify the state that the town does not support a proposed 180-unit apartment complex on East Main Street.

Celozzi said selectmen objected to the development primarily because it would create rental housing, rather than owned units.

"The rental units are sometimes not conducive to long-term stability," he said.

The town's ability to affect the project, however, may be limited because Newton-based Northland Quarry Pond LLC has proposed setting aside a portion of the units as affordable.

Under state law, towns with less than 10 percent affordable housing have limited ability to reject projects that create more affordable housing. Milford's affordable housing stock is just over 7 percent, Celozzi said.

-- Calvin Hennick

40B blues

Posted July 19, 2007 12:22 PM

MILFORD

Board of Selectmen members said at a recent meeting that they are upset about a proposed 180-unit(cq) apartment complex. Developer Northland Investment Corp.(cq) of Newton wants to build the complex on the site of the former American Athletic Club(cq) on Route 16(cq).

The complex has been proposed under the state's Chapter 40B law, which allows a developer to avoid some local reviews so long as 25 percent of the proposed housing meets affordable guidelines.

Selectmen said the project could become an eyesore and complained that Milford bears the burden of 40B projects in the region.


-- Kyle Alspach

State's premier medical system gains western toehold

Posted July 19, 2007 10:01 AM

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FRANKLIN/MILFORD

The physicians' group for Milford Regional Medical Center is joining Partners HealthCare System Inc., giving the state's preeminent medical system a toehold in a key area of the state and enabling it to funnel more patients to its network of downtown teaching hospitals.

Tri-County Medical Associates of Franklin signed an agreement with Partners Community Healthcare Inc., the physician network for the hospital network, last month after two years of negotiations, according to people involved.

A key issue in the discussions was that doctors at Tri-County didn't want to feel obligated to send their patients to Partners hospitals unless local physicians felt they needed specialized care that only those facilities could provide, Globe staff writer Jeffrey Krasner reports in the online edition of today's Business section.

"We were concerned about losing our independence," said Philip Ciaramicoli , chief executive of Tri-County. "We had to feel comfortable that what should be done in the community hospital gets done in the community hospital."

Dr. Thomas H. Lee , chief executive of the Partners' physician organization, said the affiliation agreement doesn't require Tri- County doctors to send patients to Partners hospitals. But should they choose to send patients to Partners hospitals, referrals and medical records transfers will happen more smoothly.

"The board and the doctors asked me 20 times, 'Are we going to have to send our patients to Boston?,' " said Lee. "I told them, 'You send your patients where they need to go.' We'll get the patients who really need to come into town."

Partners Community Healthcare is the largest physicians' network in the state, with more than 4,900 physicians, up from about 4,200 in 2002. Read more about the agreement in today's Globe.

Hospital Brook is ailing in Milford

Posted July 6, 2007 11:53 AM

MILFORD

Town officials expect to learn next month whether the state Department of Environmental Protection will help fund repairs to ailing Hospital Brook.

The town is hoping to reconstruct the walls that create a channel for the brook, which runs behind the Milford Regional Medical Center. The walls are currently crumbling badly, according to Town Planner Larry Dunkin said.

Milford officials have applied for a grant from DEP that would cover 60 percent of the $500,000 repair project, Dunkin said. Town Meeting voters would have to approve paying the remaining 40 percent of the costs, he said.

Two other waterways in town, Godfrey Brook and and O'Brien Brook, are in a similar state, and officials are hoping to repair them in coming
years, according to Dunkin.

- Kyle Alspach

Meeting on new landlord fee stays quiet in Milford

Posted June 23, 2007 07:14 AM

MILFORD

A Board of Selectmen meeting last week saw no major problems during a discussion about a new fee being charged to landlords.

A previous discussion of the subject had brought an outburst of booing and yelling from those in attendance, most of them landlords from the Portuguese-speaking community.

During the meeting last week, attendees remained quiet as landlords spoke both for and against the $50-per-unit fee. Money from the fees is being used to pay for a new program to inspect all rental units in Milford for overcrowding.

Selectmen did not make any decision about whether the fee will continue to be charged in future years.

Kyle Alspach

Milford mother charged in death of infant found in garbage truck

Posted June 20, 2007 09:28 AM

MILFORD

A 28-year-old mother accused of killing her newborn son and dumping his body in the trash was arrested yesterday following a five-month investigation.

Allissa Pugh surrendered to authorities in January after trash collectors found her baby in a bag they had loaded into their truck in the Purchase Street neighborhood. She told investigators the baby was stillborn.

But a medical examiner's report indicates the child died from injuries sustained "around the time of birth," Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said in a statement yesterday.

Authorities provided few details about the case at an afternoon news conference at the Milford police station. They would say only that the baby was born at home on Jan. 2 and later placed in a trash bag.

"The baby was alive during birth," Early said. He declined to answer questions about what happened between the baby's birth and the discovery of the body several days later.

A Worcester County grand jury indictment was issued before the arrest yesterday, charging Pugh with involuntary manslaughter and improper disposal of a body. She was taken into custody at the Milford home of her father, whom police did not identify.

Pugh, who lives with a boyfriend and her 8-year-old son, is scheduled to be arraigned this morning in Worcester Superior Court. She could face 23 years in prison if convicted on both counts, Early said.

Read more about the arrest.

-- Kyle Alspach

Quarry death prompts parking curbs in Milford

Posted June 17, 2007 01:10 PM

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Teens jump into Milford quarry last month
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)

MILFORD

The town will erect "No Parking" signs along part of Route 85 in an effort to prevent people from parking on the road to access nearby water-filled quarries.

A Framingham teenager drowned in one of the quarries recently. At the request of Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin, selectmen have approved placing signs on the road from the Interstate 495 ramps to the Hopkinton border. The signs will indicate that vehicles can be towed if parked on the road.

- Kyle Alspach

Go strolling in the park Satuday

Posted June 15, 2007 10:02 AM

MILFORD

A grand opening celebration for the Milford Upper Charles Trail will be held tomorrow at Fino Field.

The event will mark the recent completion of the 3.4 mile walking and cycling trail, which runs north from downtown Milford to just north of Interstate 495. Several more phases are planned for the town.

The trail is the first section to reach completion in a proposed 27-mile loop spanning from Milford to Framingham. The grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will include food, activities and presentations on fitness and bike safety.

Kyle Alspach

No-Tylenol proposal gives school committee a headache

Posted June 13, 2007 04:00 PM

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MILFORD

Some Milford School Committee members said a recent meeting that they dont support a proposal to require students to bring their own Tylenol to school.

The new policy was put forward by Milford schools nursing director Judy Dagnese, who said her staff is seeing an excessive amount of visits from students seeking the pain medication. But committee members said they wouldnt be comfortable telling students they cant get Tylenol if they need it.

Committee member Lori Baranauskas also said the policy might pose a problem for students who cant afford to bring in their own Tylenol. The committee put off a vote on the proposal until a future meeting, Baranauskas said.

- Kyle Alspach

Out of order

Posted June 10, 2007 10:21 AM

MILFORD

Police responded to a selectmens meeting at Town Hall last week after a group of about 60 residents jeered and yelled at a town official.

The residents, mostly Portuguese-speaking landlords, had filled the selectmens meeting room to protest Milfords new $50-per-unit inspection fee for owners of rental property. The crowd booed and yelled at Health Director Paul Mazzuchelli, drowning him out as he tried to defend the fee. Mazzuchelli and an audience member could then be seen shouting at each other as the crowd continued to make noise.

Two officers and Police Chief Thomas OLoughlin appeared on the scene moments later and helped to clear the room. No one was arrested during the incident.

Selectman Brian Murray called the response from the crowd absolutely disgraceful, but Maria Valenca, a Milford landlord who helped organize the protest, argued that the Portuguese-speaking landlords are the ones who have been mistreated. Selectmen agreed to schedule a separate meeting on Thursday at Town Hall to hear from the residents.

- Kyle Alspach

But if they improve the road, won't they sell fewer tires?

Posted June 9, 2007 10:55 AM

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MILFORD

A Boston developer is hoping to receive town permitting for a new Goodyear store on Route 85 by the end of the summer, as part of project that will include road improvements for the area.

Ernest Pettinari, and attorney for the development firm Samuels & Associates, said the company will soon submit paperwork to the towns planning, zoning and conservation boards for the new retail store. If the project wins approval, the firm has agreed to pay for the relocation of a road leading up to the proposed store from Dilla Street.

The road, Old Cedar Street, would be relocated to a new spot behind Wendys on Route 85. As the final part of the plan, the town would then block off the left turn option into and out of Wendys, which officials say has been to blame for numerous accidents.

- Kyle Alspach

Studying what the kids study in Milford

Posted June 7, 2007 11:10 AM

MILFORD

For the first time in several years, Milford schools will have supervisors monitoring the curricula the students are taught this fall, Superintendent Thomas Davoren said.

One supervisor will be in charge of curriculum for kindergarten through fifth grade, while another will cover grades 6-12, Davoren said. The staffers will be responsible for revising curriculum and arranging professional development, he said.

The district hasnt had full-time staff in charge of curriculum for the past three or four years, following budget cuts that caused curriculum positions to be eliminated, according to Davoren.

Kyle Alspach

Framingham teen drowns in Milford quarry

Posted May 28, 2007 11:49 AM

MILFORD/FRAMINGHAM

A 16-year-old boy drowned yesterday after plunging into a water-filled quarry that attracts young people despite warnings from authorities to stay away.

Brian Kerr of Framingham was hanging out with friends at the edge of the quarry about 3:30 p.m. when he apparently tripped, said fire officials. Kerr apparently struck his head on an outcropping of rock before hitting the water, officials said.

A team of State Police divers searching the quarry's waters recovered Kerr's body on an underwater ledge about 40 feet below the surface, the officials said.

He was pronouced dead at Milford Regional Hospital at 5:10 p.m.

Fire officials said the quarry, located behind Louisa Lake and an apartment complex, is 120 feet deep in places. It is filled with underwater ledges that make diving and swimming precarious. Even hiking around the quarry is forbidden by local authorities.

Read more about this story in the Local News section of Boston.com.

-- Michael Naughton and Raja Mishra, Globe Correspondent and Globe Staff

Milford Town Meeting stiffs library director

Posted May 24, 2007 12:15 PM

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MILFORD

Apparently, saving a few bucks trumps keeping a promise in Milford, as delegates to this weeks Town Meeting voted down a proposed $6,500 raise for the Milford Town Library director.

Finance Committee chairman Al Correia said Milford officials had promised the money to library director Jennifer Perry in 2001 as long as she stayed in the position for five years. She has met her obligation, Correia argued, so town officials should keep their word and pay her the money.

But Paul E. Curran, an elected delegate to the Town Meeting, requested an amendment to the fiscal year 2008 town budget that would lower the directors proposed salary for the coming year from $76,935 to $70,556. Curran said such a large increase should only be given if there is proof that Milfords library is successful.

Delegates to the Town Meeting defeated the proposed raise by a margin of 77 to 60.

- Kyle Alspach

Milford man accused of bilking elderly

Posted April 27, 2007 01:05 PM

MILFORD

A Milford man has pleaded innocent to charges that he stole about $400,000 from five people through an investment scam.

Michael J. Minnehan, 60, a former insurance broker, stole the money over the past decade, according to the Worcester County district attorney's office.

Prosecutors alleged that Minnehan took people's money, promising to invest it in annuities, and then pocketed it. Three of the five victims were 60 or older.

Minnehan was arraigned today in Worcester Superior Court on larceny and other charges.

Minnehans lawyer, Daniel T. Doyle of Blackstone, declined to comment after the hearing.

Outside the courtroom, Kathy DAlessandro of Milford told reporters that her 91-year-old mother, Jeanne Trotta, was one of the alleged victims. Trotta lost tens of thousands of dollars through the scam, DAlessandro said.

What has crushed us really is to know what my mom and dad did to earn that money, said DAlessandro. Her parents operated Teds Diner in Milford for more than three decades, she said.

Jeanne Trotta stood quietly as her daughter recounted the family's story, saying only, It really was a tough road to get here for all of us.

Several other alleged victims also attended the arraignment but did not want to comment.

-- Kyle Alspach

N.E. adoption conference in Milford this weekend

Posted April 23, 2007 12:28 PM

MILFORD

Adoption Community of New England will hold its 34th annual New England Adoption Conference on Saturday from 8 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. at Milford High School.

Dozens of speakers are scheduled to present workshops on a wide range of adoption topics affecting adoptees and their families. The group will honor longtime WBZ-TV broadcaster Jack Williams with the 2007 ``Friend of Adoption Award'' for his TV segment ``Wednesday's Child.''

This year's conference also marks the 40th anniversary of the Westborough-based adoption education and advocacy organization, said executive director Joan Clark.

For more information or to register call (508) 366-6812.

-- Erica Noonan

Disoriented Milford man found in Framingham

Posted April 3, 2007 06:39 PM

MILFORD

Christopher Hoyt, 55, of Congress Street, was uninjured when Framingham police picked him up around 11 p.m. Sunday at the Sheraton on Route 9, 12 hours after he went out for a walk in the morning in his neighborhood, Milford Police Officer Frank Minichiello said yesterday. Police and community members searched the area for Mr. Hoyt most of Sunday afternoon, Officer Minichiello said.

How he made it out there, we dont know, Officer Minichiello said. But we dont think there was any foul play.

Officer Minichiello said Milford police traveled to Framingham to return Mr. Hoyt to his home. Mr. Hoyt told police he did not remember how he got there, Officer Minichiello said. He said family members told police that recent medical issues may have caused him to become disoriented.

-- Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

The back story on Javier Mojica

Posted March 15, 2007 03:55 PM

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Javier Mojica in action
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MILFORD

Javier Mojica won't be fazed tonight when his Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils face the heavily-favored Ohio State basketball team in the NCAA tournament.

He's already handled situations much more serious, the Globe reports today.

At the age of 10, Mojica saved his mother from a suicide attempt at their house in Milford, the profile says. (Mojica also lived as a kid in Framingham, Oxford, and Worcester.)

Now his mother, Nancy, tries not to miss any games.

"There's nothing better than to be alive, especially seeing my son," she said. "I sit out there and make a fool out of myself. I want to show him I'm his No. 1 fan."

CCSU faces OSU tonight at 7:10 in Lexington, Ky.

-- Adam Sell

Meeting slated in Milford on principal's leave

Posted February 28, 2007 12:22 PM

MILFORD

Parents will meet at 7 p.m. tonight in the Middle School East cafeteria, hoping to get some answers about why principal Joseph Pfeil has been placed on paid administrative leave.

A law enforcement source told the Globe last week that Pfeil is being investigated on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

An FBI spokeswoman said today that she could neither confirm nor deny that an investigation is underway. She did say that, to date, she was not aware of charges being filed against Pfeil.

School Committee chairman Pacifico DeCapua said the allegations against Pfeil, who has been a principal at the school of 330 students for six years, "came as a complete and total shock."

DeCapua said that faculty has been briefed with the limited information that the district knows and additional counselors have been brought into the school this week to help students.

Craig Consigli, who is the assistant principal at the Stacy Middle School has taken over for Pfeil, DeCapua said. There is no assistant principal at Middle School East.

Parents will meet tonight to discuss any issues they may have, DeCapua said.

We want as little disruption as possible, said DeCapua. We have the right people in place and were all just trying to take this one day at a time.

Pfeil could not be reached for comment.

-- Melissa Beecher

Milford Middle School principal caught up in child pornography investigation

Posted February 25, 2007 08:02 AM

MILFORD

A middle school principal has been placed on paid leave after federal authorities seized his work computer during a child pornography investigation, stunning school officials and unnerving parents in town.

School and police officials confirmed yesterday that Joseph Pfeil , the principal of Middle School East, is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to a law enforcement source, federal agents have targeted Pfeil on suspicion of child pornography possession, and also seized a computer at his North Providence home, Peter Schworm reports in today's Globe.

No charges have been filed. The source, who has been involved in the investigation, asked not to be identified, citing the sensitive nature of the ongoing case.

School officials placed Pfeil on leave after learning about the investigation Thursday. Milford's superintendent of schools, Thomas J. Davoren , announced that he plans to meet with school personnel and students tomorrow morning to address the situation, and counselors will be on hand to help students. A forum for parents is scheduled for Wednesday night, according to the town's School Committee chairman, Pacifico DeCapua Jr. , who yesterday assured parents there was no evidence that Pfeil had mistreated students.

There have been no complaints about inappropriate behavior during Pfeil's approximately six-year tenure, DeCapua said. About 330 eighth-graders attend the school.

Attempts to reach Pfeil at his home were unsuccessful. You can read more about the controversy in today's Globe.

Milford hotel wins energy award

Posted February 8, 2007 04:46 PM

MILFORD

A Milford hotel was recently given an Energy Star designation for its display exemplary conservation of energy.

The Milford Courtyard Marriott on Fortune Boulevard won the distinction.

The New England office of the EPA estimates that the 12 Massachusetts Marriott hotels given the Energy Star designation saved an amount of energy comparable to taking 1,700 cars off the road for a year.

That's 17 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions prevented.

The Energy Star program was created in 1992. The EPA estimates that American consumers saved more than $12 billion through its efforts last year.

-- Adam Sell

Milford fight ends in shooting death

Posted January 30, 2007 10:38 AM

MILFORD

A fight in an apartment on Main Street in Milford turned deadly overnight when police said someone fired a gun and killed a 29-year-old man.

Police have not announced the arrest of any suspects in connection with the crime, the Globe reports.

Officers responded to a 911 call about gunshots in an apartment at 20 Main Street at 11:12 p.m., according to a release from Milford police. Investigators found the 29-year-old man bleeding from several gunshot wounds.

The man was rushed to Milford Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police did not release the name of the victim because his family in Brazil had not yet been notified about his death.

The case remains under investigation, said police, who did not release additional details.

-- Andrew Ryan

Milford mulls requirement for common space in apartments

Posted January 13, 2007 09:13 AM

MILFORD

Letting people sleep in the living room may soon be outlawed in Milford.

As part of ongoing efforts to fight overcrowding in rental housing, the Board of Health is considering new regulations that would require most residences to have a minimum amount of common space.

Director of public health Paul Mazzuchelli says that the proposed regulations are aimed at homes in which common spaces such as living rooms have been converted into bedrooms. Such conversions can lead to health problems for residents and have sparked complaints from neighbors about noise, excessive trash, and parking problems, he said.

If enacted, residences with two to five bedrooms would need to include at least 150 square feet of common space, with 250 square feet required for homes with five or more bedrooms.

-- Will Kilburn

Chief: Milford woman accused of dumping baby gave birth unexpectedly

Posted January 8, 2007 02:26 PM

MILFORD

The Milford woman who allegedly dumped her newborn into the trash this weekend was not aware how far her pregnancy had advanced and gave birth unexpectedly, Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin said today.

"The labor was fairly rapid as she described it," O'Loughlin said in a telephone interview.

The 27-year-old woman and her long-time boyfriend were interviewed by police on Sunday. O'Loughlin said the woman told investigators that her boyfriend did not know she had given birth in the single-family home where the couple lives with their other child, who is six years old.

"He did not know she delivered," O'Loughlin said, adding that it appears the boyfriend did know his girlfriend was pregnant.

-- John R. Ellement

Body of infant found in Milford

Posted January 7, 2007 11:29 AM

MILFORD

A neighborhood of well-kept homes was shocked yesterday after two trash collectors made a gruesome discovery as they were about to compact a load -- the body of an infant that appeared to have tumbled out of a split bag.

A trash collector had tossed bags from about 10 houses on Purchase Street into the back of the truck and was about to activate the compactor when he spotted the body about 11:30 a.m., according to Milford Police Chief Thomas O'Loughlin.

"It's awful, just plain awful," said O'Loughlin.

Police did not know the cause of death, said O'Loughlin, who said the infant was Caucasian. He did not know the child's gender.

"If the baby was stillborn, we want to make sure the mother gets help," O'Loughlin said.

The body was taken to the Boston Medical Examiner's office, and an autopsy is expected to be performed today, State Police Lieutenant Richard McKeon says in a Globe story today.

-- Connie Paige and Kathy McCabe

Regretting the past

Posted December 21, 2006 10:19 AM

MILFORD

Gail Hanssen Perry of Milford got pregnant in 1968 when she was 18 and followed her parents' well-meant directive to give up her baby for adoption.

Now 56, Perry, a grandmother and widow who recently remarried, tells her story to the Detroit News.

The article focuses on young women who gave up their children for adoption and the effect it has had on them in adulthood.

-- Erica Tochin

Milford hospital surgery error leads to license suspension

Posted December 21, 2006 08:27 AM

MILFORD

The state Board of Registration in Medicine yesterday suspended the license of a surgeon who mistakenly removed an 84-year-old woman's right kidney instead of her gallbladder.

During the surgery in June at Milford Regional Medical Center, Dr. Patrick M. McEnaney misinterpreted test results designed to help guide surgeons when the patient has internal bleeding and swelling, according to the board's order, leading him to believe he was operating on the patient's gallbladder.

The board indefinitely suspended McEnaney's license, but stayed the suspension because he entered a probation agreement that will require a UMass Memorial Medical Center surgeon to monitor many of his surgeries, among other requirements. McEnaney, 34, is also on staff at UMass Memorial.

-- Globe City & Region staff

Serious business, glittery ornaments

Posted December 20, 2006 07:45 PM

MILFORD

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Chip Lehrer, vice president of sales at Photofabrication Engineering Inc. in Milford, with some of the company's baubles
(Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Photofabrication Engineering Inc. in Milford makes metal parts that have gone into space with the shuttle and into the deep on submarines. They also go into people's bodies to repair shattered bones.

But 30 percent of the high-tech photochemical etching business is in making Christmas ornaments.

Read more about the glitzy side of the company's business in tomorrow's Globe West.

Parente seeks pension upgrade

Posted December 17, 2006 09:31 AM

MILFORD

Outgoing Milford state Rep. Marie Parente is among a number of prominent retired state officials who have quietly requested boosts in their state pensions.

The officials are making the move after former University of Massachusetts President William Bulger won a legal battle to increase his pension, the Globe reports in a front-page story today.

"I feel I earned my retirement," said Parente, a 26-year member of the House who is seeking a pension boost of about $8,000 to about $60,000.

Library renovations begin in Milford

Posted December 11, 2006 06:41 PM

MILFORD

They're ending one chapter and beginning another at the Milford Town Library.

Renovation work began last week after staffers and volunteers cleared out furniture and materials on the lower level.

When complete, the library will have new carpets and lighting, a new ESL classroom, and the ability to divide the large community room into two spaces to better accommodate classes and community meetings.

The library will remain open during the project, which includes renovations to both the upper and lower levels, but ESL classes will be held at the Senior Center, and some of the childrens programs will take place next door at Memorial Hall.

-- Will Kilburn

Leaning a little bit to the right

Posted November 10, 2006 12:15 PM

MILFORD

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(Rep. Marie Parente, Globe Staff Photo by David L. Ryan)

Outgoing state Representative Marie Parente, a gay marriage opponent, voiced her frustration yesterday when lawmakers prevented a vote on allowing a proposed ban on same-sex marriage to go to voters. She also gave a colorful description of her political leanings, according to an Associated Press story.

"I'm probably 3,000 feet to the right of Attila the Hun. But the gracious people, the socially conscious people, the liberal people, you're the ones who always want everyone to be heard. What about these 170,000 people?" Parente, a Milford Democrat, said, referring to the number of people who signed a petition for the ban.

Parente was defeated in the Democratic primary in September by John V. Fernandes, a former Milford selectman. Fernandes went on to easily defeat Republican Robert Burns in Tuesday's general election.

-- John C. Drake

Local woman wins world powerlifting championship

Posted November 9, 2006 11:54 AM

MILFORD

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(Liane Blyn training for the championships, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Milfords Liane Blyn has won her weight class at the world powerlifting championships today in Stavanger, Norway.

Competing in the 181-pound weight class, Blyn lifted a combined total of 1,234 pounds in the squat, bench press, and dead lift, besting competitors from Norway, Finland, and Poland.

Blyns win also gave the U.S. the lead in the points race for the team title. Globe West profiled Blyn on Sunday.

--Will Kilburn

She's stronger than you are

Posted November 5, 2006 03:05 PM

MILFORD

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(Powerlifting champ and strongwoman Liane Blyn, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Much of the time, elite athletes are elite at an early age, throwing 80-m.p.h. fastballs in Little League, say, or running marathons at age 12. Others like Liane Blyn of Milford, who is representing the United States at the world powerlifting championships beginning today in Norway, don't find their true calling until much later.

In her case, that call came 10 years ago when, at age 24, she met a man at a local gym who competed in so-called "strongman" competitions.

"He one day convinced me to come to his house to strongman train," said Blyn, who played field hockey and softball as a kid in Southwick and later as a student-athlete in college. She had thought her competitive career was behind her, but she changed her mind before the sun went down.

"I pulled my first truck, picked up my first stone, and flipped my first tire, and I was hooked ever since," she said.

Read more of correspondent Will Kilburn's story about Liane Blyn in today's Globe West.

Welcome back, Marines

Posted October 27, 2006 12:04 PM

MILFORD

Many families were able to breathe a sigh of relief yesterday as they welcomed home members of the 1st Batallion, 25th Infantry from Iraq.

The unit, deployed about a year ago, spent seven months in Fallujah. Eleven members of the unit died.

One of those returning was Lance Cpl. Brian Shepard, who was met by his aunt, Julia Wenck of Milford.

"I'm so happy he's home. So relieved," she told the Telegram and Gazette of Worcester.

-- Erica Tochin

Area man arrested in Maine drug bust

Posted October 9, 2006 12:16 PM

MILFORD

A Milford man is facing charges of drug trafficking in Maine after police searched the vehicle he and another man were riding in during a routine traffic stop.

Luis Paleaz, 54, of Milford and Mark Merchant, 38, of Hopedale were pulled over by police on Friday night for speeding and a broken taillight.

The responding officer became suspicious after the two mens' stories conflicted, and upon searching the vehicle found 46 grams of crack cocaine and half a pound of marijuana, the Sun Journal of Lewsiston reports.

The two men were both charged with felony aggravated trafficking in crack cocaine and the misdemeanor of furnishing marijuana. As of yesterday, both were being held on $2,500 bail in the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

-- Erica Tochin

Local Marine in Iraq

Posted September 20, 2006 02:51 PM

MILFORD

Sgt. Flavio D. Mendes, 25, of Milford, a rifle team leader assigned to 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, questioned local citizens recently in Fallujah in this photo released by the Marine Corps.

Mendes was part of Operation Matador, which took place in the Andaloos District of the city and was intended to make sure no insurgents were living or operating there, the Marines said.

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Waters CEO gives $5m to his alma mater

Posted September 18, 2006 05:34 PM

MILFORD

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst announced today that it had received the second largest donation in the school's history, a $5 million gift from Doug Berthiaume, an alumnus and chairman and CEO of Waters Corp., based in Milford, and his wife.

The gift will be used to support programs within the Isenberg School of Management.

The donation comes as UMass Amherst gears up for a major fundraising campaign with a target of $350 million, which will be used for scholarships, professorships, and construction projects

-- Sarah Schweitzer

Hungry? This guy can help you out

Posted August 31, 2006 03:39 PM

MILFORD

Starving? Just ask for the B.O.G. at Oliva's in Milford.

That stands for Babe Oliva Grinder. It weighs a pound and, by all accounts, it's tasty.

Correspondent Alison O'Leary Murray reports in today's Globe West on the little market run by the Oliva family that has grown into a big catering business and even caters to the Red Sox and visiting teams at Fenway.

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(Babe Oliva at work, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Pawn shops, anyone?

Posted July 26, 2006 10:55 AM

MILFORD

In what Town Administrator Louis Celozzi quipped was a bizarre situation, the Milford Board of Selectmen received state approval for the town's new pawnbroker regulations.

Selectmen chairman Brian Murray asked Celozzi during Monday's meeting how many pawnbrokers Milford currently licenses. "There are none in town," Celozzi responded.

But if there were...

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Milford's immigrants

Posted July 9, 2006 03:00 PM

MILFORD

State Representative Marie Parente, a Democrat from Milford, says it's time to "get tough" on illegal immigrants.

Parente was quoted today in an article in the San Francisco Chronicle that looked at Milford as a good example of "the changing face of immigration and its divisive effect in the mostly liberal state of Massachusetts."

Ali Noorani, director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, told the Chronicle that the state is in the middle of a demographic transition.

Noorani says immigrants make up 17 percent of the state's workforce and there's "a monumental disconnect between the reality of immigration and the politics of immigration."

Smelling the Dairy Air

Posted July 8, 2006 09:29 AM

MILFORD

A Milwaukee newspaper columnist says he had an unpleasant experience while on vacation recently in Milford.

Mike Nichols says that a Target store was selling a T-shirt that proclaimed "Wisconsin -- Smell the Dairy Air."

"We Wisconsinites, I am sorry to have to report here today, are Target Corporation's idea of America's new whoopee cushion," writes Nichols, who made some calls and found the T-shirt is also sold in Target stores in other states.

"So there you have it, the straight poop. People everywhere from Alabama to Minnesota to Massachusetts are buying shirts made in Guatemala that extol the rear air quality of Wisconsin," he writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


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