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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.
Two women were treated and released from the hospital after Thursday night’s Boston Bruins hockey game when a safety net fell at the TD Garden rink, officials said.The two women were taking pictures after the game next to the glass behind a protective net skirting the rink when they were hit in the head by an “unknown object” about 9:40 p.m., a police report stated.
A Cambridge man died after he was struck by a car on Route 1 in Saugus Thursday night, State Police said. David C. Gartland, 55, was walking in the center lane of the northbound highway at about 8:40 p.m. when he was hit by a sport utility vehicle. He was taken to the North Shore Medical Center Union Hospital in Lynn, where he was pronounced dead.The operator of the 2003 Nissan XTerra SUV was a 30-year-old Malden man. He reported no injuries. No charges have been filed at this time, State Police said. A second man, who may have been walking with Gartland at the time of the crash, was found about 35 minutes after the crash farther down the highway.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh has fired 14 employees at the Boston Redevelopment Authority as the administration continues a shakeup at the city’s planning and development agency. Administration officials would not identify the employees who had been let go because they said the workers had a right to a termination hearing. The dismissals included the entire department of business development, according to a statement from the redevelopment authority.
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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.
The Planning Board at its meeting on Thursday will hold a public hearing on a proposed zoning measure to regulate the location of medical marijuana dispensaries in town. Under the draft plan, dispensaries would be allowed in all areas of town that are zoned general industrial, high-rise industrial, or retail industrial, according to Josh Morris, the town’s assistant planner. Burlington has an existing temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries to allow it time to develop the zoning rules The moratorium is set to expire on June 30. The 2012 state ballot law legalizing medical marijuana allows for up to 35 dispensaries, with at least one but no more than five per county. The state last month awarded 20 initial licenses to open dispensaries, none of which identified Burlington as a location for a facility. The board’s meeting starts at 7:30 p.m., and the hearing is set to begin at that time.
Pending salary negotiations, Wenham Town Clerk Trudy Reid has been hired to take the same position in Lynnfield. Reid, who has been town clerk in Wenham since her election in 2010, was selected to succeed Amy Summers, who left earlier this year to take the same position in Stoughton. In Lynnfield, town clerk is an appointed position.
StonehamBank is scheduled to host an educational seminar for first-time home buyers from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the bank’s Billerica branch, 493 Boston Road. Attendees will have an opportunity to request free prequalification applications and credit reports. Presenters include Judy Cronin, a StonehamBank loan originator, as well as MassHousing business development officer Lisa Fiandaca, realtors John Lynch and Kristin Duffy from RE/MAX Encore, and attorney Eric M. Sigman. The panel will share information about the home-buying process and answer individual home-buying questions. “StonehamBank knows the value of strong communities and those who live there,” StonehamBank marketing officer Josh Mahoney said in a written statement. “We know that educated home buyers, especially those looking for their very first home, will benefit from the knowledge our loan officers and other specialists provide. We also hope that they will choose to settle in our community and become involved in the fabric that makes our community so special.” Space is limited. Register by visiting www.stonehambank.com/events or by calling Cronin at 781-481-5722.
The Chelmsford Board of Health is scheduled to hold a health and wellness fair from 9 a.m. to noon on March 22 at the Senior Center, 75 Groton Road. The event is designed for both adults and children. Topics being explored include aromatherapy, meditation, drinking and driving safety, heat health information, and diabetes education. The event also will feature healthy food cooking demonstrations, free blood pressure and blood sugar screenings, and CPR demonstrations. For children, there will be face painting, games, and “pluggy” the fire plug. For more information, contact town nurse Sue Rosa at 978-250-5243.
The Amesbury Council on Aging is seeking volunteers for its “Friendly Visitors” program. Under the program, the council pairs the volunteers with homebound adults for scheduled visits one to three times per week, for an hour or more. The volunteers help meet social needs, help caregivers, and sometimes run errands (no transporting of people) for those with whom they are paired up. Those interested are asked to contact Lee Ford, friendly visitor coordinator, at 978-388-8138 on Friday mornings, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The Dracut Town Manager Screening Committee has presented three finalists in the search for a new town manager. Dennis Piendak, who held the position for 28 years, retired last November; negotiations at that time with Andover Assistant Town Manager Steven Bucuzzo did not result in an agreement. The three finalists, drawn from an initial pool of 22 applicants, are Gloucester Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan, North Reading Town Administrator Greg Balukonis, and Salem, N.H., Town Manager Keith Hickey. The Board of Selectmen was presented with the names of the top picks, as well as their professional and educational backgrounds, at a recent meeting. Public interviews of the candidates will be scheduled as the next step in the selection process.
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Officials got word last month that the town will be named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the third year, according to Town Administrator Michael McCue. The designation honors communities that are committed to urban forestry, he said. “Participation in the Tree City USA program helps residents feel good about the place they live and work,” the foundation says on its website. “Annual recognition shows visitors and prospective residents that trees, conservation, and the environment are an important part of life in the community.” About 75 Massachusetts cities and towns received the designation last year. To qualify, communities must have a tree department, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, enforce laws protecting public trees, and host an Arbor Day celebration, McCue said.
Students from three towns went to Beacon Hill to support a bill to give young people more time practicing behind the wheel before getting a driver’s license. Nick Waltz of Duxbury and Bonnie Pajic of Pembroke testified before the Transportation Committee on Feb. 12. Tyler Kindy and Patrick O’Connor, both from Hanson, were also on hand for the hearing of the bill written and filed by the students, with the help of state Representative Josh Cutler, who represents the towns. Cutler said in an interview that he encouraged students to draft a bill as part of a student legislative summer program he ran out of his office. “I wanted the kids to come up with an idea,” he said. The bill, House Bill No. 3755, would lower the age that students could receive a permit to allow for more time and more experience driving in all seasons and all types of weather, Cutler said. Another student involved with writing the bill was Matthew Paru of Hanson.
Rockland Trust bank is offering six $2,500 college scholarships to students in its coverage area. Graduating high school seniors in Plymouth, Barnstable, and Bristol counties and in the towns of Braintree, Cohasset, Quincy, Randolph, Somerville, Stoughton, Watertown, Weymouth, and Wellesley are eligible to apply. The bank has been offering scholarships to local students for decades, but began its modern application process program in 2008, according to Ellen Molle, head of public relations for the bank. She said in the past five years, the company has given out nearly $100,000 in scholarships. “We began this program because we wanted to do something that would promote education and be impactful for community,” Molle said in a phone interview. She serves on the scholarship selection committee, and said it is “a tough decision every year.” “When I read these applications, I am in awe of these students,” she said. “They have 4.5 GPAs, they do all these extracurriculars and sports, they’re just really impressive.” Applications for the scholarships are due March 15. Forms are available at any Rockland Trust office, and can be downloaded at www.rocklandtrust.com
Come July 1, the minimum age for buying tobacco products in Norwood will be 21. The Board of Health voted last Thursday to raise the tobacco buying age from 18, and also expanded regulations to include e-cigarettes, not allowing permits to be renewed if there are outstanding fines, and insisting that cigars be sold in packs of four or at a minimum price of $2.50 each. Health director Sigalle Reiss said there was some opposition to the changes, but board members felt they were important to the health of residents. “For me, it was huge deal and this is why I got into local public health,” Reiss said in a phone interview.
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The number of residents holding gun licenses in communities south 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. “People want to get [a license] while they can,” said Kingston Police Chief Maurice J. Splaine. “There’s nothing more to it than that. . . . It’s not just Kingston; it’s throughout the state.” The number of people in Globe South communities with a Class A license, the most popular in the state, jumped 5 percent between 2012 and last year.
Communities south of Boston with large gun ownership increases in 2013
Gun ownership licenses in 2013 for communities south of Boston
Mozart and Mardi Gras are claiming local musical attention this weekend. While the Choral Art Society, a South Shore-based community chorus, will host its annual fund-raiser “Cabaret au Chocolat” Saturday night in Hingham, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra offers the sweet sounds of an all-Mozart concert. The concerts represent firsts for both regional music groups. In choosing a Mardi Gras theme for “Cabaret au Chocolat,” the Choral Art Society will present an outside group for the first time, the Wolverine Jazz Band, for a Dixieland jazz performance. And the Atlantic Symphony is performing its first all-Mozart concert in its home venue, the Thayer Academy Center for the Arts. The Choral Art Society’s sweet-toothed nightclub style event will take place a few days after Mardi Gras, the day before the beginning of Lent, is celebrated in New Orleans and elsewhere.
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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.