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SALEM — With grief-stricken family members of his alleged victim looking on, a 14-year-old boy on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges that he robbed, raped, and murdered popular Danvers High School teacher Colleen Ritzer in October. Philip Chism, who was shackled at the ankles and wore tan pants, a shirt and tie, and dark sweater, is charged as an adult with murder and as a youthful offender with armed robbery and aggravated rape. He pleaded not guilty in Essex Superior Court here to the murder charge, and the same plea was entered on his behalf to the additional counts.Chism sat between his lawyers and stared straight ahead during the arraignment, and he looked at the floor as he was led away by court officers.
Andrea Brazier was questioned by Lunenburg police and an FBI agent on Nov. 25, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Far fewer students than projected enrolled in Boston public schools this year, causing the School Department to potentially have opened more classrooms than necessary, according to a report presented to the School Committee Wednesday night.School officials had boldly predicted earlier this year that fall enrollment would increase in preschool through second grade by more than 1,000 students, bringing districtwide enrollment to its highest level in eight years. But only 382 additional students actually enrolled in the lower grades. Making matters worse, enrollment in grades 6 and 12 unexpectedly tumbled by the hundreds.Now enrollment for preschool through grade 12 stands at 56,735 students—slightly lower than last school year and significantly less than the 58,284 that was originally planned for.
Police have issued an arrest warrant for 44-year-0ld Dat Trong Nguyen for trafficking marijuana after a Roxbury fire exposed a house full of marijuana plants.
Fifteen iPads, a projector, and an iPhone were stolen from the Bridge Boston Charter School in Mattapan Monday, police said.Police responded to a breaking and entering at the McLellan Street school at 7:05 a.m., police said.Officers spoke to witnesses about the stolen items, and officers observed iPad cases left at the elementary school, police said.
Richard Serino is coming home.Serino, widely considered a founding father of Boston Emergency Medical Services, has been the number two man at the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2009. He is leaving FEMA next month.“It's been great,'' Serino said in a telephone interview today. “But it’s time to come home.’’
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His senior season, and college football-playing career ended on Nov. 9, when Bowdoin bounced NESCAC rival Colby, 32-22, in Brunswick.
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With the Gloucester City Council considering making changes to its dog ordinance, specifically to its leash law, the council’s Ordinance and Administration Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on an ad hoc committee to review the law. The issue stemmed from a proposed amendment from Ward 5 Councilor Greg Verga for more stringent enforcement of leash law violations. Letters or e-mails of intent should state the applicant’s name, address, telephone number and e-mail address, along with a brief explanation of their background and reason for wanting to serve on the committee. All applications should to sent to: the City Council O&A Ad Hoc Committee, City Clerk’s Office, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930, or e-mailed to City Clerk Linda Lowe at LLowe@gloucester-ma.gov. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 13. Those selected for the committee will be notified prior to Jan. 6, 2014.
Groundwork Lawrence has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Peter R. Lee Healthy Communities Award, created to recognize organizations that make significant contributions to building healthy communities in Massachusetts. Peter Lee was a leader in the movement for healthier communities who died in 2013. In accepting the award at a recent ceremony, Groundwork Lawrence executive director Heather McMann expressed gratitude for the recognition, citing her organization’s efforts toward building greenways, cleaning up parks, and hosting farmers markets, all of which are geared toward helping individuals, families, neighborhoods, and the city as a whole. McMann was presented the award by Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett and interim director of public policy Geoff Wilkinson.
Governor Deval Patrick has signed a law stemming from a Topsfield home-rule petition to allow a pouring license for wine poured and consumed at Alfalfa Farm Winery, 267 Rowley Bridge Road. The bill was championed by state Senator Joan Lovely, a Salem Democrat, and state Representative Brad Hill, an Ipswich Republican, and was signed into law on Nov. 20. Before the farm can begin serving, owner Dick Adelman will need approval from the town and state.
The Newburyport Choral Society will launch its 80th annual winter concert at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St. The society will perform Handel’s “Messiah,” under the baton of Gerald Weale, the choral society’s music director for 27 years. The program also will feature the voices of children who represent the future of choral singing. The Molin School Children’s Chorus, an after-school chorus of fourth- and fifth-grade students, will perform under the direction of Gina McKeown and join the Newburyport Choral Society in the popular “Patapan.” The society also will perform “Hymn to the Virgin,” by Benjamin Britten, and “O Magnum Mysterium,” by Morten Lauridsen. As always, the concert will include a professional orchestra and soloists, and audience members will be able to join the 120 voices of the society in singing familiar carols. Tickets are available online and at ticket outlets. Cost: $22 for adults; $20 for students and seniors; and $15 per ticket for parties of 10 or more. Tickets purchased at the door will cost $25 each. For more information, visit www.newburyportchoralsociety.org or call the society at 978-462-0650.
Several community groups recently held a kick-off ceremony to mark the start of their joint effort to restore the McIntire/Washington Arch on Salem Common, near the intersection of Washington Square and Winter Street. The existing arch is a replica built in 1976 for the nation’s bicentennial and to honor the four original Salem Common arches designed by renowned Salem architect Samuel McIntire that were erected in 1805. The Salem Common Neighborhood Association, which has made restoration of the arch a longtime goal, is teaming on the project with Winter Street Architects, the Salem Veterans Council, the Salem Lions Club, Historic Salem, Alpine Woodworks, and Salem Boy Scout Troop 24. The effort has the support of Mayor Kimberley L. Driscoll, the City Council, and the Salem Historical Commission. The city paid to erect the scaffolding that allowed the initial work on the project to begin Nov. 22, the date of the ceremony. That work involved performing a detailed survey of the condition of the arch and removing the carvings, which will be replicated as part of the restoration. The carvings from the original arches are in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum.
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The Whitman-Hanson Education Foundation is recruiting adults and high school students to participate in its second spelling bee fund-raiser, scheduled for Jan. 23 at the regional high school. All funds will go to support the foundation, a nonprofit that provides grants for programs in the Whitman-Hanson district’s schools. The foundation hopes to enlist local elected officials, members of charitable organizations, business people, and the general public to form teams, which can have three to eight members each. “It’s a great event, with people from all walks of life getting together to support the schools and have fun,” foundation president Laura Fitzgerald-Kemmett, of Hanson, said in an interview. The entry fee for the bee, which is open to anyone high school age or above, is $150 per team. Teams can also buy a $50 “mulligan” allowing them to stay in the game even after misspelling a word. To apply or for more information, go to www.whedfoundation.org.
A team from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will visit the Hull public schools the week of Dec. 9, according to school officials. The purpose is to document steps that the district has taken to improve learning since the state’s previous visit in 2005. State spokesman J.C. Considine said Hull was randomly selected. The team will review piles of documents, visit classrooms, and meet with administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders, according to Hull’s Assistant Superintendent Judith Kuehn. She said in an interview that school officials are eager to show off the district’s achievements, and are “of course, a little nervous.”
As of Sunday, Albert Bangert is officially retired after 5½ years as director of Scituate’s Department of Public Works. But even after he leaves, he’s embedded everywhere. His voice directs callers to different DPW divisions on the department’s automated phone message. He had directed behind notable town projects – the wind turbine, expansion of the sewer system, the solar array, $22 million water pipe replacement project, and new sidewalks and streets strewn throughout Scituate. “I’ve said this publicly and I’ll say it again,” said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. “[He’s] probably one of the finest managers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.” As of Sunday, Albert Bangert is officially retired after 5½ years as director of Scituate’s Department of Public Works. But even after he leaves, he’s embedded everywhere. His voice directs callers to different DPW divisions on the department’s automated phone message. He had directed behind notable town projects – the wind turbine, expansion of the sewer system, the solar array, $22 million water pipe replacement project, and new sidewalks and streets strewn throughout Scituate. “I’ve said this publicly and I’ll say it again,” said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. “[He’s] probably one of the finest managers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.” As of Sunday, Albert Bangert is officially retired after 5½ years as director of Scituate’s Department of Public Works. But even after he leaves, he’s embedded everywhere. His voice directs callers to different DPW divisions on the department’s automated phone message. He had directed behind notable town projects – the wind turbine, expansion of the sewer system, the solar array, $22 million water pipe replacement project, and new sidewalks and streets strewn throughout Scituate.“I’ve said this publicly and I’ll say it again,” said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. “[He’s] probably one of the finest managers I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with.”
When I was growing up in the ‘60s, the popular girls’ names were Debby, Sue, Cathy, and Linda, with some Judys and Pattys and Sallys in the mix. I was named after my great-aunt Isobel, and I wasn’t thrilled about it. It would be decades before I met someone else named Bella, and she was the former congresswoman Bella Abzug, whom I was interviewing for a story. Since then, I haven’t met another adult named Bella. Unless you’re talking about dogs. When I first googled my own name some years ago, what came up was a bunch of English bulldogs named Bella. When I did this again the other day, “images of bella english” came up: some very cute pups.
As a freshman at Pembroke High, Brendan Benoit was an immediate factor on the mat, placing third at the Division 3 South Sectional meet. Competing at 182 pounds, he was also beating Division 2 foes at the varsity level. He was a favorite to capture a state title a year ago, as a sophomore, but his work in the classroom was not as impressive, and he was academically ineligible for the last month of the season, including the tournaments. “I was really sad about that,” said Benoit, the regret very clear in his voice. And now, at 6-feet-4 and a bulked up 200 pounds, he is determined, and poised to make an immediate impact for the Titans this winter after maintaining a rigorous training schedule that included travel tourneys.
For the first time in four seasons on the court at Roger Williams University, Westwood’s Ari Renwick is truly healthy, her knee woes behind her, and she is playing with confidence. In the third game of the season, on Nov. 21, the Hawks trailed visiting Connecticut College 54-47 with just over four minutes to play when the Fontbonne Academy graduate stepped forward for the best performance of her college basketball career. She sailed in for a layup, then converted a pair of free throws, followed by another layup. Her corner jumper with 1:18 left gave Roger Williams a lead, 55-54, that it would not relinquish en route to a 60-58 victory. The 5-foot-7 Renwick delivered a career-high 19 points, 15 in the second half.
Donations have been pouring in to help the Ford family, whose Pearl Street home was destroyed by a fire last Monday. Fire Lieutenant J. Edward Bulger said firefighters responding to a 911 call found John and Peggy Ford, along with their daughter Abbie, standing outside the burning home when they arrived just after midnight. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but not before it had gutted the house and caused an estimated $300,000 in damage. The home was built for the Fords in the 1990s by Habitat For Humanity. Now, a relief fund established by Kirk Porter, a friend of the family, has collected more than $17,000 in donations as of midweek. “The outreach has been amazing,” said Porter. “I didn’t know how close that community was.” Businesses are collecting donations and holding fund-raisers that include a raffle at the Braintree Brewhouse. The Fords and their dog were not injured in the fire, while a firefighter was treated for a minor injury from slipping on ice, Bulger said. For more information, visit www.giveforward.com and type in “John Ford.”
NFL Hall of Fame member and former New England Patriot John Hannah will appear Thusday at Kingston’s Book Shack in a book-signing event to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Plymouth. Hannah’s autobiography, “Offensive Conduct: My Life on the Line,” tells of a career that included a 1981 Sports Illustrated cover story that called him the best offensive lineman of all time. Proceeds from the silent auction of a Patriots helmet signed by Hannah will go to the Boys & Girls Club, which serves about 800 youths. The book signing will begin at 7 p.m. on the stage of the Book Shack, which is in Independence Mall.
Randolph is one step closer to renovating several municipal buildings and constructing a new community center and fire station, after the Town Council voted to borrow $1.9 million for design work. Councilors voted unanimously to borrow $900,000 to commission building plans for renovations to the Turner Free Library, renovations and an addition to the police station, and construction of a fire station. But citing high costs, the Finance Committee had voted 2-1 to recommend that the council not borrow to design an “intergenerational” community center that would serve seniors and youth. The council ultimately voted 6-3 in favor of borrowing $1 million to design the center, which is expected to cost $10 million overall. Councilors Jason Adams, Andrew Azer, and Arthur Goldstein voted against the measure, arguing that the town should take a slower, phased approach to the project and prioritize other needs. Town Manager David Murphy applauded the vote, and said the town could afford to construct the center. “We have a very low debt-to-budget ratio,” he said in an interview. “I view the center as a substantial investment in the community that will raise property values and increase the quality of life.”
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Area residents are invited to participate Saturday in the annual Holiday House Tour sponsored by the Westborough Woman’s Club. The fund-raising tour will feature five beautifully decorated homes. Refreshments will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Congregational Church, at Church and West Main streets, and the homes will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets are $20 , and can be purchased at the church on Saturday, or in advance by calling 508-654-3762 .
Even though doctors, nurses and other health care providers in Boston’s western suburbs are doing a good job, they need to think of new ways to help seniors and immigrants receive medical attention, according to a new study by the MetroWest Health Foundation.The Framingham-based nonprofit foundation unveiled the 100-page study called the 2013 Community Health Assessment last week after a year of collecting data, conducting surveys and holding focus groups with residents in 22 towns throughout the region. MetroWest Medical Center, Marlborough Hospital and other health care agencies in the region funded the study.The study showed that most residents in the suburbs west of Boston tend to enjoy slightly better health than Massachusetts residents on average, suffering less often from asthma, diabetes and poor mental health, and less frequently engage in binge drinking and smoking. Most towns in the study posted slightly lower levels of cancer than the statewide average, too.But immigrants often suffered health problems at a higher rate than other residents, and seniors often struggle to find rides to their numerous medical appointments.
Two Chapter 40B affordable housing projects are under construction in town, according to local planning officials. Sunset Ridge is a 28-unit condominium project that includes seven units set aside for income-eligible households on Wattaquadock Hill Road. The other is the Regency at Bolton on Main Street, a 60-unit development for ages 55 and older that has 15 affordable units.
The Ayer Public Library and ArtsNashoba, a regional nonprofit organization, will hold a Yuletide celebration Dec. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Town Hall to benefit the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry of Devens. Some of the activities featured will be crafts, music, and games for all ages. For further information, e-mail email@example.com or call 978-772-2545.
On Dec. 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard the plane, along with 11 people on the ground. Exactly 25 years later, the Berlin Theater Company will perform “The Women of Lockerbie,” a play by Deborah Brevoort, to commemorate the victims of the terrorist bombing. Performances will be on Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the 1870 Town Hall. Tickets are $13, $10 for seniors and students, and can be ordered in advance by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to the curriculum in the Berlin-Boylston Regional school system throughout the year will be regularly updated on the district’s website, www.bbrsd.org. The elementary schools have also made a shift to standards-based reporting, which will also receive regular updates on the website.
State Representative Cory Atkins, a Concord Democrat, says the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Drinking Gourd Project in Concord to plan the core exhibit for the Robbins House, a home built by the son of former slave and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins in the early 1800s. The house was originally on a small farm at the edge of Concord’s Great Meadows. The last African-American occupants left the house in the 1860s, and in the winter of 1870-71 the building was moved to Bedford Street. In 2011, the Drinking Gourd Project moved the house to land adjacent to the North Bridge parking lot, where it is prominently displayed for visitors. It will serve as an interpretive center for Concord’s early African-American history.
Two town conservation areas will be open for cutting Christmas trees this month. The Flat Rock Hill Conservation Area on Mill Street and Amos Kendall Conservation Area on High Street will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and again on Dec. 17. The cost is $20 for any tree. For more information, contact the Conservation Commission at 978-649-4514, ext. 230.
The Massachusetts Development Finance Agency has issued a $75 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of the Groton School that will go toward renovating a historic building and consolidating previous bond issuances under better terms. The private college-preparatory school will use $10 million toward the $48 million renovation project, and $15 million as temporary bridge financing for the work. Renovations to Groton’s 1899 Schoolhouse building will include an addition dedicated to science, technology, engineering and math disciplines, spaces to enhance collaboration and social interaction, and a new location for the school’s library.