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A 22-year-old Roxbury man was ordered held on $30,000 bail today on charges including armed assault with intent to murder after allegedly shooting another Roxbury man before being chased and arrested by police, prosecutors said.Hasan Sharif Davis had a not-guilty plea entered on his behalf in Roxbury District Court. Davis also faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm as a second offense, carrying a loaded firearm as a second offense, unlawful possession of ammunition, trespassing, and receiving stolen property, Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office said.
Boston firefighters used an aerial ladder this morning to hoist a man from a Dorchester rooftop where he had been injured, fire officials said.Technical rescue team firefighters rescued the man, whose name and age were not released, using Tower Ladder 10 from the roof of 28 Bishop Joe L. Smith Way, fire officials said.“The easiest way to get him down was with the aerial ladder,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.
President Obama acknowledged on Thursday that he lived with his Kenyan uncle for a brief period in the 1980s while preparing to attend Harvard Law School, reversing a statement more than a year ago that the White House had no record of the two ever meeting.Their relationship came into question on Tuesday at the deportation hearing of his uncle, Onyango Obama, in Boston immigration court. His uncle had lived in the United States illegally since the 1970s and revealed in testimony for the first time that his famous nephew had stayed at his Cambridge apartment for about three weeks. At the time, Onyango Obama was here illegally and fighting deportation.
Attorney General Martha Coakley sketched out plans Thursday for how she would improve the state’s education system if she were elected governor next year, including lengthening the academic day and calendar.At a South End school, Coakley said she wanted increased access to pre-kindergarten and to bolster underperforming school districts with “wrap-around services” that help children beyond sheer education.
A three-alarm fire tore through an Abington home, nearly igniting an adjacent 100-pound propane tank that was leaking, officials said.“The greatest danger would be if the tank itself overheated, which weakens the steel,” said Abington Fire Chief John Nuttall. “Had that weakened and ruptured, we would have had a catastrophic explosion.”
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Residents who favor building a new Billerica Memorial High School on Nov. 22 filed a statement of organization with the town clerk’s office to form a ballot question committee called “Building Billerica’s Future.” Jennifer Cedrone, vice president of the Hajjar Elementary School Parents Association, will serve as chairwoman of the group. Town Meeting last month approved the establishment of a 16-member high school building committee and the appropriation of $2 million for a feasibility study of the dilapidated high school, which opened in 1955. The town is seeking support for the project from the Massachusetts School Building Authority; the feasibility study is a necessary step to secure state funding. Architects and engineers with the School Building Authority visited the high school Oct. 16 to evaluate its condition and assess capacity issues. The next step in the process would be an invitation from the School Building Authority to submit a feasibility study. Notification is expected to come in January, at about the same time Building Billerica’s Future is planning to hold an official kickoff event.
Located on the banks of the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Lowell’s Boat Shop has inspired many artists and photographers over the years. Now, more than 50 are displaying their work as part of “Wood and Water: a Mixed Media Exhibit.” This past year, the boat shop completed a historic whaleboat project, with eight local high school apprentices building a 28-foot replica whaleboat. The whaleboat is on view during the holiday open house, which is the shop’s main fund-raiser to support its youth educational outreach programs.
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SOMERVILLE — Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone stood on a bridge in Union Square that can be seen from Prospect Hill, where George Washington ordered his troops to raise the Grand Union flag on New Year’s Day in 1776. The new Union Square station, part of the $1.43 billionGreen Line extension, will be completed in 2017. From the bridge, Curtatone pointed to a gritty metal scrapyard and a used radiator shop next to a set of commuter rail tracks. “This will change,” said Curtatone, looking over the 3.8-acre site, where up to 600,000 square feet of new development is expected — buildings as high as 10 stories — with the subway stop as its hub. “It’s the transformation that we all dreamed about.”
As the final seconds ticked away in host Bishop Fenwick’s 36-27 Thanksgiving Day win over the Pingree School, a referee approached Fenwick head coach Dave Woods. “He told me he’s done games all over — Xaverian, BC High, Central Catholic — and he said Nick Bona is the best two-way player he’d seen in Eastern Mass,” recalled the 16-year head coach. I told him, “I’m not going to argue with that.” Bona has been the rock, and unquestioned leader, of an 11-0 squad that will play Northbridge (9-2) in Saturday’s Division 5 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. At quarterback, the senior captain has passed for 1,300-plus yards while running for 900 more. At weakside linebacker, he has racked up 198 tackles, breaking his own school record (171) set last fall. He is only 5-feet-8, 150 pounds.
The whistles, calls to the bench, and line shifts come to a grinding halt in certain situations for the Saint Anselm College men’s hockey team. If the Hawks have a one-goal lead, and the puck is in their zone, Greg Crovo will be on the ice. “If we have a penalty to kill that may win or lose a game for us, he’s the first to go out,” said Saint Anselm coach Ed Seney. “That’s what he brings to the table.” The senior from Melrose is a backbone on the blue line, and his experience – as well as the trust that Seney has in him – reflects that. Crovo entered this season as a co-captain, his third straight year carrying the leadership mantle (he was an alternate his sophomore year).
Chelmsford, Dracut, and North Andover are getting added help from the state to carry out preservation projects supported by the Community Preservation Act. The state recently announced a significant increase this year in the matching dollars that will go to cities and towns that have adopted the act’s property tax surcharge. Statewide, 148 communities, including 21 in this region, will receive a 52 percent first round match this year, nearly double last year’s level of nearly 27 percent. Those that have adopted the maximum 3 percent surcharge will receive more money through two additional funding rounds. The expanded state support will mean $211,400 more for Chelmsford, $193,546 for Dracut, and $401,525 for North Andover. “It was a welcome increase,” Ann Vandal, Dracut’s interim town manager said of the town’s expanded funding “The Community Preservation Committee has done a lot of good with the fund we have. Now we have an opportunity to continue to use the funds wisely.”
17 local applicants remain in the running for one of the 35 medical marijuana licenses to be awarded by the state. At least one but no more than five dispensaries will be licenses in each of Massachusetts’ 14 counties.
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After the Hanover Mall closed on the night of Nov. 13, a crew of flight mechanics set to work building a Cessna 150. Now, the two-seater, fixed-wing tricycle plane sits like an enormous toy outside the Sears in the mall’s east concourse. The stunt was meant as a promotion for Plymouth’s Pilgrim Aviation company, which is offering flying lessons as a holiday gift. But mall management saw the plane as an opportunity. “We knew this would be dramatic and bring in buzz, and it’s definitely drawn some people down to that wing of the mall,” said Lisa Berardinelli, assistant manager for the Hanover Mall. Online retail sales can eat into the returns of brick-and-mortar stores. With online sales continuing to rise, malls are doing what they can to draw foot traffic.
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The public library is hosting a community blood drive on Dec. 9 from 1 to 6 p.m. The American Red Cross will be conducting the drive in the library’s community room with assistance from the Friends of the Norton Public Library. At first glance, a blood drive might not seem an activity that many residents would associate with a library. But library director Lee Parker said in an interview that since regaining its state certification about a year ago — part of which involved restoring previously cut hours—the library has been looking for new ways to be a resource to the town. “We are trying to be a place where people see us as the hub of the community,” she said. The increasing use of its community room for events such as the blood drive is one reflection of that effort. “We have the biggest community room in town that is available free for nonprofits to use,,” Parker said, noting that other town departments also make use of the space. Expanded services have also included adding new computers, extending the library’s Wi-Fi access area into its park, and providing patrons with more materials to download from the library’s website.
Shannon Brady lost just one game her senior season at Scituate High, a heartbreaking 71-64 overtime defeat to Reading in the Division 2 state semifinals at TD Garden. But from that loss, though, Bowdoin College women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles knew that she had a winner in the 6-foot Brady, who sent the game into OT with a patented right-handed hook shot that beat the buzzer. It was the signature moment of a closing 28-point, 17-rebound performance. “We had high expectations for Shannon,” said Shibles. The NESCAC Rookie of the Year a year ago as a freshman, Brady has powered the Polar Bears (5-0) to their best start since 2009, when Bowdoin advanced to the Division 3 Sweet Sixteen.
When Duxbury citizens gather at Town Meeting in March to consider important local matters, they will decide whether they want to be the first among area communities to voice their yays and nays electronically. Susan Kelley, a member of the town’s Electronic Balloting Committee, said Duxbury is coordinating with Orlando-based Option Technologies International to hold a trial run of its hand-held electronic balloting devices at the March 8 Town Meeting. A nonbinding question will ask voters for their feedback on the system, and whether the town should consider leasing the equipment for future meetings. Balloting equipment companies and community officials say that Duxbury would be the third in Massachusetts with the open Town Meeting system to use electronic voting, after Wayland and Westborough.
Forgive Xaverian Brothers junior Joe Gaziano for breathing heavily at the conclusion of the Hawks’ 28-22 win over host St. John’s Prep on Thanksgiving Day. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gaziano, a two-way starter at tight end and defensive end from Scituate, is also the team’s punter. He’s on the field for kickoffs and is occasionally called on for PATs and field goals. Gaziano’s play on both sides of the ball has been a catalyst in the Hawks’ success this year and will be made more important against Central Catholic in the Division 1 Super Bowl on Saturday. The same can be said for the roles of Mansfield senior tandem Kyle Hurley and Miguel Villar-Perez, who will face St. John’s Shrewsbury in the Division 2 Super Bowl.
Seasonal joy, inspired strings, and a host of heavenly choruses are among the ingredients in this month’s offerings of holiday entertainment. Four regional orchestras offer holiday concerts, local dancers bow to “The Nutcracker,” choruses raise their voices, and other offerings include an old-fashioned Christmas at a Pilgrim grist mill. This weekend the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra performs its first Handel’s “Messiah” in collaboration with the Braintree High School chorus and the adult singers of the Braintree Choral Society. The weekend’s holiday season offerings also include holiday pops concerts by the Brockton Symphony Orchestra and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, and programs of seasonal song by the Choral Art Society of the South Shore and Eastern Nazarene College’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers.
For 30 years, it was a Friday evening ritual. Christos Tsaganis, the owner and patriarch of Christo’s Restaurant in Brockton, would step solemnly to the microphone and announce: “Donovan, party of four, the Gold Room.” For that party of four — my parents Tom and Rose Fahey, and my aunt and uncle Fran and Margie Donovan, all of Randolph — and many others like them, a trip to the Crescent Street eatery on the East side of Brockton was a chance to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a graduation, or, in the case of my family, just simply the beginning of the weekend. Tsaganis died last Feb. 4 at 87, and on Nov. 20, his daughter Gigi Johnson, who co-owns the restaurant with sister Maria Samson, announced that the restaurant will close on Dec. 31 after almost 50 years of operation.
Duxbury’s newest firefighter is one of its most senior veterans. Jeff Chandler was a call firefighter assisting the department for 25 years before graduating on Nov. 22 from the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Asked whether many of his fellow recruits were younger, he said: “I’m 55; everyone was younger.” He was told he was the oldest of the 23-member class and the second-oldest ever to complete the academy’s nine-week course. Chandler, who grew up in Duxbury, said he tried at different times over the years to join the department, but others were selected. But now with the department looking to boost its in-house maintenance operation, he was a good fit, he said, since he has 30 years of experience in automotive technical work and has helped around the fire station.
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Plans for an international marathoning center in Hopkinton were aired publicly for the first time this week, with the town’s Planning Board enthusiastically endorsing the concept of a museum that will showcase not just the sport but the history and spirit of the race first run in Ancient Greece.The Hopkinton-based 26.2 Foundation, which says it will raise the $15 million to $20 million necessary to build the 30,000-square-foot center, has an agreement to purchase approximately 17 acres off East Main Street at Legacy Farms, less than a mile from the starting line of the Boston Marathon, according to foundation board member Tim Kilduff.On Tuesday, Kilduff, Michael Neece of the 26.2 Foundation, and architect Scott Richardson, with the local firm Gorman Richardson Lewis, outlined general plans for what they say will be a world-class facility that will encompass all aspects of the running event, and feature interactive and changing exhibits, a library and archives, an auditorium, community space, and a conference and educational center.
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It didn’t take long for Littleton High coach Mike Lynn to realize that change was coming. He knew four years ago, the first time he saw quarterback Alex McLaughlin — then a freshman running the wing-T offense for Littleton’s junior varsity team — break free from a sack and sprint for an 80-yard touchdown.Clearly, McLaughlin was the kind athlete who needed to be set free from the governors of Littleton’s traditional style.Over the last three seasons, with McLaughlin taking snaps, Littleton has overhauled its offense to change to a fast-paced spread system that has become one of the most prolific in the state and helped the Tigers (12-0) to the Division 6 Super Bowl on Saturday against Cohasset.
Framingham State University football coach Tom Kelley will coach the North squad in the Division 3 Senior Classic in Salem, Va., next Friday, Dec. 13.“I’m humbled and honored,” said the Milford resident, who has guided the Rams to four straight postseason games. The Rams are 35-8 in that stretch.This season, Framingham State (9-2 overall) won the inaugural MASCAC title with an 8-0 mark.The Rams will have four players in the game: running back Melikke Van Alstyne(Salem); linebacker Pat McGrath (Everett); offensive lineman Aaron Ferreira (Methuen);and defensive end Chevere Archer (Lynn).
Some of the people who come looking for free groceries these days at the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe in Framingham were once on the other side of the United Way’s ledger: as volunteers and donors.But then they lost their jobs, and began struggling to feed their families. And those who rely on food stamps saw their benefits cut last month after the 2009 federal stimulus package expired.“They’ve now come into a situation where they are struggling to find work or they’ve found work but they’ve taken low-wage jobs,” said Jen Maseda, senior vice president for the United Way of Tri-County, based in Framingham. “It’s a different face of hunger.”
The nonprofits and chief executive officers listed below are among 100 finalists for marijuana dispensary licenses selected by state officials. They are in the running for up to 35 licenses that will eventually be granted, with no more than five in any one county.
In Franklin, Rina Cametti envisions a warm and welcoming wash of earth tones, a medical marijuana dispensary less clinical than homey, filled with couches and lots of natural wood.In Brockton, John Greene’s dream dispensary is painted in subtle aqua blues and greens, the atrium walls hung with succulents — a healing space where patients could come to pick up their medical marijuana and get free acupuncture, nutrition counseling, and massages.And in Brookline, Kevin Fisher hopes to set up an inviting and contemporary dispensary on Beacon Street, with window sheers and translucent lighting that will allow the building, currently a liquor store, to blend into the streetscape.They are three of the 100 finalists, announced at the end of November, vying for licenses to open up medical marijuana dispensaries across Massachusetts.
Newton officials want the Police Department secretary who has filed a lawsuit alleging she was framed on theft charges to undergo an independent mental examination, according to court filings.
With 1:04 to play and Babson College trailing by a point, Matt Palazini wanted the ball. ”I like to take the big shot at the end. I just seem even more focused in those situations,” said Palazini, a senior guard from Franklin, who drained a 3-pointer from NBA range, on a no-hesitation catch and shoot play that sealed the Beavers’ 62-60 win at Becker last week. It was the third win of a 4-0 start for Babson, which was dealt its first defeat with a 66-54 loss at Bowdoin Sunday afternoon. Lincoln-Sudbury graduate John Swords, a 7-foot junior center, had 13 points and seven rebounds in the Polar Bear win. The 6-foot-3 Palazini, a former Hockomock League MVP and 1,000-point career scorer at Franklin High, is playing a more all-around game this season.