Would-be candidate Scott Brown would trail New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen by double-digits, according to a new poll released today....
Meredith Weenick, Boston’s chief financial officer, announced today she will leave city government in April after helping Mayor Martin J. Walsh submit his first budget.Weenick worked for the administration of former mayor Thomas M. Menino...
The nation's first bitcoin ATM was installed today next to Track 6 at Boston's South Station. Is it cool? Is it dangerous? Is this the...
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You know Boston drivers are seriously angry when they start comparing our great state to . . . New Jersey.This week, I received e-mails from two readers convinced that a new traffic maneuver conducted by...
A Boston scientist poised to launch a pioneering Alzheimer’s prevention study was awarded an $8 million grant Thursday to expand the research and further explore potential causes of cognitive decline in the mind-robbing disease....
In an effort to bring clarity to one of the most controversial and confusing scientific findings in recent memory, three Japanese scientists have released a detailed protocol explaining step by step...
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is not quite a household name. But this year continues to be one of remarkable ascent for the unassuming Capuchin friar who just celebrated a decade as archbishop of Boston....
After Revere voters endorse Suffolk Downs casino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston will explore its options
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday that Boston would continue to explore its options after voters in Revere endorsed a proposal to build a $1.3 billion gambling resort at Suffolk Downs.Walsh said he still believed...
The annual summer fighting season is now well underway in Afghanistan, with nearly daily suicide bombings, assassinations, and other high-profile attacks by the Taliban and other militant groups. But one thing appears decidedly different this...
As Karmaloop seeks to raise next round, it stretches some vendor payments and shutters underperforming sites
Hipster apparel merchant Karmaloop has been one of Boston's rare consumer e-commerce hits: the Back Bay company, founded in a Jamaica Plain basement in 2000...
Transit Police have released photos of a man suspected of stealing a woman’s bag on the Orange Line Monday morning in the hopes that the public will help to identify him.
Two people were rescued from a burning New Bedford home thanks to a young boy’s 911 call early this morning.
Lanes are again open on Interstate 93 after a two-car crash left four people with non life-threatening injuries on Neponset Bridge in Dorchester and tied up traffic just before noon, officials said.State Police briefly diverted traffic for all northbound I-93 lanes at exit 11 before clearing the scene just before 12:30 p.m., State Police spokesman Lieutenant Daniel Richards said. The crash left four people injured, though all four people were talking to first responders before being transported to the hospital, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn’t located the jetliner several hours later.The plane lost communication two hours into the flight over Vietnam at 1:20 a.m. (18:20 GMT Friday), China’s state news agency said. The radar signal also was lost, Xinhua reported.There were rumors the plane had landed safely, but Fuad Sharuji, Malaysian Airlines’ vice president of operations control, told CNN that they were untrue and the airline had no idea where the plane was. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes sent a tweet saying that the radio failed and all were safe, but the tweet was later deleted.
A convicted sex offender from Wakefield who had been accused of molesting 13 infants and toddlers died Friday night from injuries he suffered during a suicide attempt earlier in the day at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge, authorities said.John Burbine, who had been held without bail since 2012, died at Massachusetts General Hospital about 10 hours after he was found hanging in his cell by a correction officer, according to the Middlesex County sheriff’s office and a source close to the case.Burbine, 50, was treated immediately in the jail by the sheriff’s medical staff before being taken to Mass. General, said Kevin Maccioli, spokesman for Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.
A small earthquake was recorded this afternoon in the Southeastern Massachusetts town of Bellingham, the US Geological Survey says.The 1.7-magnitude temblor shook the earth in the town, which adjoins Woonsocket, R.I., at 1:38 p.m., the agency said.Bellingham Police Sergeant Lee Rolls said late this afternoon he wasn’t aware of the department receiving any calls, but he had felt it earlier at his home in nearby Blackstone.
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AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — An early St. Patrick's Day celebration around the University of Massachusetts' flagship campus known as "Blarney Blowout" spun out of control Saturday as police officers in riot gear arrested more than 40 people while dispersing massive crowds, including unruly students throwing beer cans and bottles.
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Harbor Place promises big change for downtown Haverhill.Public dollars will be invested to open up access to the Merrimack River for the first time in several decades.Private investment will be used to build a new commercial/residential development that will redevelop nearly an entire block on Merrimack Street.
With legislation barring discrimination against transgender individuals in public establishments in limbo on state and national levels, some Massachusetts cities and towns are taking matters into their own hands. In Salem, a new law approved unanimously by the City Council and signed by Mayor Kim Driscoll last Monday protects access for transgender individuals to public accommodations, including hospitals, transportation, nursing homes, supermarkets, retail establishments, and all other places open to the public. By doing so, the city joins four other Bay state communities — Boston, Cambridge, Amherst, and Northampton — that have passed similar laws in the past year protecting access for transgender people to public accommodations.
Candidates are speeding towards the finish line in special elections for two area legislative seats after victors emerged in three Democratic primary contests last week.State Representative Jason M. Lewis of Winchester will vie with Melrose Alderwoman Monica C. Medeiros in the race to fill the Fifth Middlesex Senate seat that Katherine M. Clark vacated after the Melrose Democrat was elected to Congress last Dec. 10.Revere Democrat RoseLee Vincent and Chelsea Republican Todd B. Taylor are competing for the 16th Suffolk House District seat left empty by the resignation of Revere Democrat Kathi-Anne Reinstein in January. Lewis and Vincent advanced to the April 1 special elections in the two districts by winning competitive Democratic primary fights, while Medeiros and Taylor ran unopposed in GOP primaries.There will also be a special election in the Second Suffolk House district April 1, but Charlestown Democrat Dan Ryan is running unopposed after winning Tuesday’s primary.
The feeling did not hit James Foye and his Phillips Exeter teammates until they finally caught their breathe and embraced one another in the postgame locker room. Last Sunday, the Phillips Exeter boys’ basketball team captured its second consecutive New England Prep Class A title with a thrilling 49-46 victory over Hotchkiss last Sunday, when Jeb Helmers knocked down the title-clinching 3-pointer with under three seconds on the clock. “It was pure ecstasy when that buzzer sounded,” recalled Foye, who played his first two seasons at Hamilton-Wenham before transferring to Exeter. “The jubilation you feel after all that hard work is amazing.” The 6-foot-3 sophomore guard played crucial minutes down the stretch for Jay Tilton’s Big Red (17-9), as he has all season.
Joseph Saade selects his Players of the Week and Top 10 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from high school programs north of Boston.
The Merrimack River flows through downtown Haverhill mostly out of public view, hidden behind a concrete flood wall and old brick buildings. But now the river is poised to take a star turn with Harbor Place, a development that promises to bring a new dynamic to Merrimack Street. Office and retail space, apartments, restaurants, and a boardwalk are planned as part of the multimillion dollar project proposed by the Greater Haverhill Foundation and the Planning Office for Urban Affairs in Boston. An entire city block — starting at the old Woolworth building at the corner of Main Street — will be torn down starting in spring, opening up 1½ acres of waterfront land.
Flint Memorial Library has selected its title for North Reading Reads 2014, the town’s 11th annual community reading program: “Beautiful Ruins,” by Jess Walter, a novel about love, big dreams, responsibility, and the movies. The settings for this well-received bestseller include the Italian coast, Hollywood, Scotland, and the Pacific Northwest as the story moves through time from 1962 to the present day. In addition to book discussions, The Friends of the Library are sponsoring several related programs, which kick off this month: “Pasta and Conversation,” with Jaclyn Strycharz, the cooking librarian; “Books into TV Movies,” with producer/director Fred Barzyk; and an evening of armchair travel in Italy with David and Nancy Dillon. An art exhibit featuring drawings by local middle school students also is planned for March. Copies of the novel and the audiobook are available at the library. For more information, call 978-664-4942 or visit flintmemoriallibrary.org/home/n-reading-reads/
Somerville will host a public meeting Thursday to discuss the impending sale of the historic Somerville Main Post Office in Union Square. The meeting will be convened by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission at 7 p.m. in the third-floor conference room of City Hall, 93 Highland Ave. The US Postal Service is selling the Post Office at 237 Washington St. and transferring distribution operations to Chelsea while opening a smaller retail office on Bow Street in Union Square. Built in 1900, the Washington Street Post Office was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 and designated as a local historic district in July 2013. Because of the building’s historic designations, any alterations to its exterior would be subject to review by the Historic Preservation Commission. The Postal Service has also agreed to restore a 1939 mural in the building’s lobby whether it remains in its current location or is moved to another public space, according to the city.
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With no break in the weather in sight, the town has authorized up to $370,000 in deficit spending to handle the Department of Public Works’ current and future snow-removal costs. DPW Director Todd Korchin told selectmen last week that more than $500,000 has already been spent this winter, far over the $250,000 budget. Chapter 44 of Massachusetts General Laws allows communities to allocate such funds during weather emergencies. Westwood, like other towns around the region, had been dealing with a dearth of road salt and treating only main and secondary roads. But during his update to selectmen, Korchin said that supplies had finally been replenished.
A fired West Bridgewater police officer said he will appeal his firing, his attorney said. Selectmen voted unanimously on Feb. 20 to fire Officer Daniel J. Desmond Jr., 41, charging him with lying, possible criminal perjury, conduct unbecoming an officer, and harassment, possibly criminal. The firing became official Feb. 26. Attorney Timothy Burke said he will appeal the decision to the state Civil Service Commission. “We’re looking forward to a hearing before a neutral fact finder,” said Burke. “Once he knows and understands what’s going on, I’m confident Mr. Desmond will be returned to full duty status.” Selectmen said the evidence against Desmond included testimony from West Bridgewater and Brockton police officers, video surveillance, and an audio tape of Desmond’s testimony in Brockton District Court. The board had held two closed-door disciplinary hearings against Desmond on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 before holding a two-hour determination meeting in executive session on Feb. 20.
The Wareham Fire District will hold its annual election April 19, and it won’t be any contest, according to Wareham Fire District Clerk/Treasurer Wendy A. Lemieux. The only candidates to return nomination papers were two incumbents: Richard H. England Jr. is seeking re-election to the Prudential Committee, and John B. English III is looking for another term as water commissioner. Both positions are for three years, Lemieux said. The Wareham Fire District, which is home to 12,146 registered voters, also has its annual meeting coming up: That’s scheduled to be held April 14. In Wareham, the village of Onset has always had its own fire department and water department, while the Wareham Fire District covers the rest of town.
Selectmen signed a three-year contract with William Keegan on Tuesday, agreeing to pay him a salary of $172,380 for this first year as Foxborough’s town manager. Keegan, a Seekonk resident and longtime town administrator in Dedham, will take over in April from acting Town Manager Bob Cutler. Cutler has been filling that job, as well as the post of town clerk, since the town bought out the last year of former Town Manager Kevin Paicos’s contract last August. During Tuesday’s selectmen’s meeting, Keegan said he sees the job as an exciting beginning for himself and the town. Selectmen seemed relieved. “OK, well, see you tomorrow,’’ Chairman Mark Sullivan joked.
Easton Police Chief Allen Krajcik has issued a public warning for residents and business owners to be wary of a phone scam that has been identified in town. Krajcik said he has received reports of people receiving a phone call from someone who claims to work for the utility company National Grid. The caller says payments are overdue and electric service will be shut off unless immediate action is taken. “If residents or business owners receive such a call, they should not make a payment, but can call National Grid to verify that the phone call was a scam,’’ Krajcik said. He issued his warning in an e-mail to media that was also posted on the town’s website. Krajcik said police have traced the calls to an overseas phone number.
The Planning Board will ask Town Meeting for bylaw changes that would restrict medical marijuana dispensaries to industrial zones, allow stores to seek permits for indoor lighting from the board, and permit solar-energy developments on the North Carver landfill. The town is seeking bids for a solar development on the capped landfill, but a solar project isn’t likely there without a change in the current zoning rules, Town Planner Jack Hunter said in a telephone interview. Plans call for annual Town Meeting to approve the zoning change for the landfill and at the same time accept a bid from a solar developer if the town receives a viable bid. Hunter also said that while Carver has not been solicited by anyone seeking to open a marijuana dispensary, the town needs a bylaw to protect residents in the future.
The town is gearing up for some spring restoration projects. Selectmen last Tuesday approved up to $80,000 to restore the Canton High School tennis courts and up to $75,000 for repairs to the police station. The money for both will come from the town’s mitigation fund, which Selectman Victor Del Vecchio said is used when officials have to act quickly. Selectmen agreed both projects fit the bill. The tennis courts at the high school are the only public courts in town and have been in disrepair, School Superintendent Jeffrey Granatino said at the meeting. The School Department is working to repair them in the coming months. The police station work, which includes mold remediation, painting, and other exterior work, will begin before July 1, according to Town Administrator William Friel.
City officials held a ceremony recognizing Mort Schleffer, director of the Brockton Emergency Management Agency, who has decided to retire after 15 years. In a statement, Mayor Bill Carpenter equated Schleffer’s role to that of an umpire. “No one ever notices the job you do when you do the job right,’’ Carpenter said. “It was always seamless the way he handled every emergency. He has served this city proudly.” Douglas Forbes, the local coordinator for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, echoed those sentiments. “Because of Mort’s efforts, this community is a safer place to live and work,” he said. “His hard work and dedication is unparalleled.” Schleffer said it had been his pleasure to be able to work with the city. “It was a total team effort involving all public safety workers,” he said.
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Newton will spend an additional $100,000 on programs to identify at-risk teens and provide more suicide prevention programs at the high schools and throughout the city. The funding was initiated by Mayor Setti Warren and the city’s Department of Health and Human Services commissioner, Dori Zaleznik, last month after the third suicide by a local high school student since October. The Board of Aldermen approved the expenditure Monday night. Zaleznik said the funding is to provide services for the next six months, at which time the city will reassess, and decide how to proceed. “What we know is that we need to continue to work on these issues of suicide prevention and mental health,” she said.
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A survey of 53 communities outside Boston cites the total number of Class A firearms licenses held in 2013, and the percentage change from 2012.
“Rhapsodizing” may be the most accurate word for how Kellie Weeks talks about encaustic, an art form that traces its roots back to ancient Greece but fell out of favor for many centuries before being rediscovered by American artists just in the past couple of decades. Encaustic, as Weeks explains, is a process in which layers of beeswax pigment and resin are fused. “Each layer adheres to the layer beneath it. It can be applied to anything from birch board to ceramic to plaster,” said Weeks about the medium featured in “Fabrications,” her current exhibit of approximately 40 encaustic works on exhibit now through April 6 at Fountain Street Fine Art in Framingham.
A survey of 53 Greater Boston communities found 10 with increases in Class A firearms licenses of more than 12 percent from 2012 to 2013.
The number of residents obtaining gun licenses in communities west of Boston climbed last year, continuing a long-term trend, as the state considers stricter laws that would give police chiefs more power to deny licenses to people. Police chiefs say the surge in licenses is driven by a fear that changes in state and federal laws are coming that will make it more difficult to obtain a license. The number of area residents with a Class A license, the most popular in the state, jumped 6 percent last year over 2012. A Class A license allows the holder to carry a concealed handgun, or rifles or shotguns with a large capacity for ammunition.
She’s only 15, but Andrea Labonte of Bolton already has several colleges on her list and knows for sure which ones won’t make it. The Nashoba Regional High School junior started looking last year while her sister, now a senior, started the process and quickly learned she wants a small school close to home. She came to that decision not by searching online or browsing through brochures but by seeing schools in person. “I don’t like the bigger schools and I was able to figure that out by looking around,’’ she said. While many high school seniors are anxiously awaiting word from their top college picks, juniors and their parents are entering a critical period in the college search process.
Last Friday’s decision on the state’s lone slots parlor brought joy to Plainville, but disappointment to Raynham.In Plainville, a construction-and-design team arrived on Monday morning, and by Friday, just a week after winning the coveted slots license from the state, plans for an official groundbreaking on the $225 million casino at Plainridge Racecourse should be in place, according to Penn National Gaming chief executive Timothy Wilmott.Twenty miles away the mood was somber in Raynham, where a slots proposal by Raynham Park was unsuccessful. Board of Selectman chairman Joseph Pacheco said the hundreds of jobs going to Plainville should have come to his community.“My reaction was shock, and tremendous disappointment,” he said.
Ever since he first hit the track with his middle school team, Coby Horowitz has been determined to “beat everyone and beat my personal best time.’’ Horowitz, a nine-time cross-country and track All-American at Bowdoin College, accomplished both in dramatic fashion on Saturday. Competing in the all-division Open New England Championships at Boston University, the 21-year-old senior from Stow ripped off the fastest one mile clocking in NCAA Division 3 history, pacing the entire field with his time of 4:00.41. The previous Division 3 record, 4:00.96, was set in 1997. Horowitz, who had already qualified for the mile run at the NCAA championships, scheduled for March 14 in Lincoln, Neb., was whisker-close to becoming the first runner in his division to post a sub-4 minute mile.