Treasurer Steven Grossman today pressed fellow gubernatorial candidate Attorney General Martha Coakley to support Massachusetts granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, a policy she has...
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...
Dallas Seavey won the Iditarod Trail Dog Race in a dramatic finish today, rallying from third place. A storm knocked out the front-runner and Seavey...
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....
The Broad Institute, a Cambridge genomics research center, has notified 22 employees that they will be laid off at the end of the month due to decreased federal funding for a grant, according to a...
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...
Students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst rallied in protest today against the police response to an unruly outdoor party last weekend, alleging that local officers overreacted by using riot gear and pepper spray to break up the large crowds. Referring to videos that show police aggressively detaining partiers, UMass students denounced the Amherst department’s handling of the Blarney Blowout, a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, which led to 55 arrests. “The videos definitely show that students were treated like animals,” said Zac Broughton, president of the university’s student government association. “They wanted to send a message.”
A 24-year-old Somerville man pleaded not guilty in Boston Municipal Court to charges that he broke into a Boston police station, officials said. Michael Naughton, was charged with breaking and entering, trespassing, and resisting arrest after he allegedly broke in to the Boston Police District A-1 neighborhood station on Sudbury Street about 2:30 a.m.
Two Revere men pleaded not guilty in Chelsea District Court, after they were allegedly involved in a shooting at a Dunkin’ Donuts, officials said. Nelson Aguilar, 19, and Justin Montgomery, 18, were each charged with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and assault and battery, at their arraignment Monday.
Temperatures this afternoon rose to a relatively tropical 60 degrees in some parts of Massachusetts. But don’t worry: winter will be back Wednesday.A winter storm Wednesday and Thursday is expected to dump an inch or two of snow in most of Massachusetts, with up to 7 inches in the northwestern corner of the state. But the storm’s bookends — today and Friday — are expected to be dry and sunny.
The mysterious breeding habits of sharks may become a little clearer this spring as a female great white shark makes her way toward Europe, where scientists are hoping she’ll give birth. Monitoring Lydia, a great white shark, has been exciting from the start, according to expedition leader Chris Fischer who helped place trackers on the shark last year. He and his team from OCEARCH, a non-profit organization that researches great whites and other predators, found her off the coast of Jacksonville, Fla., where they never knew sharks swam.
The Boston police bomb squad investigated a pressure cooker found in East Boston this morning, but determined it did not contain explosives, police said.The incident happened on Lexington Street. Boston firefighters also responded to the scene, officials said.At the nearby Hugh Roe O’Donnell elementary school, the investigation led staff to put the school into “safe mode,’’ said Boston public schools spokesman Brian Ballou. The school backs up to the property that police were investigating.
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Two people were killed in a crash on Route 44 in Middleborough on Tuesday, authorities said. A 63-year-old Middleborough man driving a Toyota and a 40-year-old woman driving a Buick were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sergeant Joe Perkins, a Middleborough police spokesman. No other injuries were reported. Police responded to the crash at about 1:15 p.m. on Route 44 near Exit 6, in front of a Holiday Inn Express, Perkins said. The names of the victims were not immediately released on Tuesday. No other details were immediately available.
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Twenty-five University of Massachusetts Lowell student veterans are participating in a new program offered through a partnership between the university and Edge4Vets, which offers specialized training for careers in life sciences. In three workshops, which conclude at the end of March, the students will learn how to leverage their education and experience to build contacts in preparation for a career. Executives from four companies sponsoring the program will act as mentors, and participants who complete the course are guaranteed a summer internship with one of those companies. UMass Lowell is the first campus in the state to host Edge4Vets, which was developed by Tom Murphy, director of the Human Resiliency Institute at Fordham University.
This spring will mark the first season of Methuen Crew, a new scholastic rowing team formed through a partnership between the Methuen public schools and the Essex Rowing Club. The program is open to students in grades 5 through high school from Methuen High School or the Timony, Marsh, Tenney, and Comprehensive Grammar schools. Younger team members will participate in a skills development program, while older athletes will train to compete against other clubs and scholastic teams throughout Massachusetts and the rest of the Northeast. The last preseason practices will be held on the next two Mondays, before the regular spring regatta season kicks off. There is no fee to register; interested students can contact head coach Travis Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Massachusetts School of Law will host an open house beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. The event allows prospective students to talk with professors and learn about the school and its offerings. Preregistration is not required. Refreshments will be served. The is located at 500 Federal St. Its mission is to provide a high-quality, practical, and affordable legal education to deserving persons who have been unfairly excluded from law school. For more information about the school or the upcoming open house, visit mslaw.edu or call 978-681-0800.
Wenham town clerk Trudy Reid submitted her letter of resignation last Monday, to take effect this Friday. Reid, who has been town clerk since the annual town election in 2010, left for a similar position in Lynnfield and will start there on March 17. The Board of Selectmen is expected to provide an interim replacement until at least the April 10 annual town election.
The Middleton Board of Selectmen recently appointed Anthony Torra as building inspector. Torra, a contractor for 27 years, fills a vacancy created when Gerard Noell left the position last fall.
The City Council has asked Attorney General Martha Coakley to investigate the actions of Healthy Pharms Inc. in obtaining the signature of then-council president Robert Scatamacchia on a letter that was used by the Mashpee-based company to secure a provisional license for a medical marijuana dispensary at 114 Hale St., just outside downtown. Scatamacchia has said he was duped into signing the letter last November and did not know the correspondence would be used to help Healthy Pharms in its bid to operate a facility in Haverhill. James Jajuga, a registered lobbyist and former state senator who until recently worked for Healthy Pharms, had originally asked the mayor to sign the letter of nonopposition. The mayor refused, insisting it was a council matter, and asked his aide to call Scatamacchia and ask him to come to the mayor’s office to sign the letter. Scatamacchia said he complied with the request because he believed the letter was needed to show the state that the city was extending its ban on dispensaries while it worked to determine an appropriate site for such a facility. The City Council voted 8-0 to send separate letters seeking an investigation to the attorney general and the state Department of Public Health, which is charged with overseeing the licensing of dispensaries.
The Peabody Rotary Club is holding its 10th annual Taste of the North Shore on Tuesday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club. The event, which features entertainment and a variety of dishes prepared by area restaurants, is the club’s primary annual fund-raiser. Over the past nine years, the Rotary Club has raised $135,000 to support its community projects. Recent initiatives have included sponsoring a swimming safety course, a CPR training program for teachers and faculty, and a technology and innovation series. In addition to food and entertainment, Tuesday’s event will feature a raffle with a $10,000 grand-prize drawing. There will also be a silent auction. For reservations or to donate to the auction, contact Vanessa Silveira at email@example.com or Brian McHugh at firstname.lastname@example.org. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any member of Peabody Rotary. For more information, go to www.rotarypeabody.org for more information.
Mayor Kimberly L. Driscoll recently named Rosalia Velazquez as the city’s new Council on Aging director. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Velazquez recently moved to Salem from North Charleston, S.C., where she spent the last three years serving as executive director of AccessHealth Tri-County Network, a nonprofit coalition of health care providers that serves low-income and uninsured residents. Velazquez previously served as executive director of the Solano Coalition for Better Health Care in Fairfield, Calif., and in San Francisco as deputy director of programs for Jewish Vocational Services and chief of strategy and operations for United Way of the Bay Area. She has also been president of the United Way of Central Massachusetts in Worcester. Velazquez was selected from a pool of 28 applicants for the Council on Aging post, which is being restored after having been eliminated through budget cuts in 2006. “Rosalia will bring a high level of professionalism and expertise in management and human services to our Council on Aging,” Driscoll said in a prepared statement. She is set to begin work on an interim basis on Monday with the council set to vote on her confirmation on Thursday.
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The head of the group seeking to renovate and reopen the historic State Theatre showed supporters what the restored exterior would look like if the group can obtain the $2.5 million to $3 million needed to do the work. John Stagnone said the artwork on the Facebook page of the Friends of the State Theatre shows an exterior that incorporates the storefronts on each side of the theater and brings back the original marquee and missing facade. Stagnone met recently with group members and supporters on the business plan for the downtown theater, which he hopes will be completed by mid-April, and on the grant application to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The group won preliminary approval last month from the Community Preservation Committee for $500,000 in matching funds toward the threater’s restoration. The grant will require approval from two-thirds of voters at Town Meeting.
After I wrote a recent column about acts of kindness for my family and others, several readers shared their own stories with me. Consider this their act of kindness; I’m just paying it forward. Grace McMann of Quincy wrote that she often buys $15 worth of gas with a $20 bill and then tells the attendant to buy a coffee or hot chocolate with the change, in the winter, or an iced coffee or lemonade on a hot summer day. “I love seeing the look on their faces,” she says. When she was going through breast cancer treatments, she opened her door one day to find a gift bag with lotions, creams, and a gift card to a Hingham restaurant. She never learned who sent the bag, but she put the card to good use: “I went to lunch with my girlfriends who supported me so well during my journey.”
The School Committee last week approved the addition of club lacrosse programs for boys and girls at the East Bridgewater Junior-Senior High School this spring. The total cost would be $24,000 — $12,000 for each team — with the money coming from the East Bridgewater Youth Lacrosse League Inc. The arrangement is similar to one used when the high school began an ice hockey program, said Principal Paul Vieira and Athletic Director Thomas Kenney. In that case, parents of the players shouldered the costs for years. Superintendent John Moretti said Kenney would monitor the program and decide when it might be moved up to a junior varsity, and ultimately varsity, level. Moretti told members of the youth lacrosse program that they might have to fund the program for several years until “the School Committee feels it viably could be put in the school budget.”
The superintendent of Weymouth’s public schools says the developer of SouthField has vastly overestimated the amount of state aid that the school district would receive for educating children who live in the new development.
Hanover resident Rob Quinn has been trying to get Columbia Gas to install a main on Maplewood Drive since 2012. When company representatives told him that the project would be more affordable if more of his neighbors agreed to switch to gas, he went door-to-door, getting commitments from residents interested in the more affordable heating fuel. Still, with the initial costs of installing the new gas line, it would take several years before residents starting saving money on heat. The neighbors’ dilemma is not an unusual one as homeowners try to cut their heating expenditures by switching fuels and are thwarted by a lack of infrastructure.
A consultant recommended hiring an experienced music director for the entire Weymouth school district as a step toward bringing the town “back to its musical glory days of 20 to 30 years ago.” The 52-page report from Boston University professor Sandra Nicolucci also suggested requiring general music classes for all students from kindergarten through grade eight, developing a coordinated music curriculum, and updating classroom technology. Nicolucci told the School Committee at its Feb. 27 meeting that it is essential to find out why so many students drop out of the music program in high school. Her report said the number of students in band, for example, fell from 121 in fifth grade, to 34 in grades nine through 12.
Caroline “Calle” Cronk of Norwell, who was 5 years old when she died last July — less than nine months after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor — loved American Girl dolls. So it’s fitting that her family and friends are holding an American Girl doll fashion show to help raise money for the Hope for Caroline Foundation. There will be two shows – at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. – Saturday at the Boston Marriott Quincy. Tickets cost $50 per person and may be ordered through www.hopeforcarolinefashionshow.com. “When my sister and brother-in-law got the diagnosis and were informed that there was no hope, it was devastating,” said Sharon Ramos, Calle’s aunt and the foundation’s secretary. “The money raised through the foundation will go to research for this type of cancer – [diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma] – and help families who are facing this. My sister wants the next mother who hears this devastating news to be able to have more hope and encouragement than she did.”
Mixed-use zoning for the center of Holbrook remains “in the talking stages” after previous discussions, and at least six months are likely to pass before a proposal is on the table, according to Wayne Crandlemere, chairman of the Planning Board. The idea is to allow apartments above stores and offices in a commercial zone in the town center, he said in an interview. The zone would probably include parts of South Franklin, Plymouth, and Union streets, he said. Crandlemere said the zoning could enable reuse of a historic house that has been threatened with demolition because it is not being used commercially. Members of the Board of Selectmen, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Planning Board have discussed the potential zoning change, he said.
The investigation into “sexting” at Walpole High School continued last week, officials said. Superintendent Lincoln Lynch III said both the high school administration and the Walpole Police Department are looking into “several alleged instances of inappropriate texting between students.” Lynch issued a press release Feb. 26 about the investigation, calling attention to it on his Twitter account and posting it on the school’s website. “I want to assure the entire Walpole Public Schools’ community that this matter is being dealt with appropriately and with the best interests of our students in mind,” he wrote. “Due to student confidentiality laws and regulations, there will be no further comment at this time.”
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Down by 14 pointscq with time running out, there was nothing Joita Diecidue could do to win the game for the Lincoln School when her teammate passed her the basketball at midcourt. She dribbled the ball forward anyway, drove to the paint and took a shot that bounced off the rim and ended a 36-22 loss to the Lawrence School. But for that brief moment, as the ball was leaving her hand, Diecidue didn’t have to think about her cerebral palsy, needing crutches to walk to school, or undergoing multiple surgeries. The 8th-grader was just playing a game with her teammates, and that, she said, is what she enjoys the most.
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The Millis and Norfolk garden clubs are cosponsoring a special program by Massachusetts Horticultural Society official Suzanne Mahler at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Norfolk Public Library , 139 Main St. In her free presentation, “Gardening in the Shade,” Mahler will show how to have flourishing flowers and foliage in areas without strong sunlight. Mahler, who is past president of the New England Daylily Society, writes a weekly gardening column for the South Shore Mariner newspapers, and her Hanover garden was designated as a National Display Garden for the American Daylily Society. For more information about “Gardening in the Shade,” contact Beverly Temple at email@example.com.
Residents have until Thursday to make their nominations for the community’s fourth annual Youth Awards, which are being cosponsored by the town and a local news website that launched the effort, BrooklineHub. The program honors teens who have contributed to the greater good of the community or to their peers. Nominations can be submitted online at www.brooklinehub.com . The awards ceremony will be held April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with the free event also serving as a benefit for the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry through corporate sponsorships.
During its meeting Monday night, the Board of Selectmen is scheduled to discuss the possible storage of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel on a Bearfoot Road property. Iron Mountain Information Management has applied for a permit to store 10,300 gallons of diesel fuel in seven above-ground tanks. The hearing is slated for 7:05 p.m. in the selectmen’s meeting room at Town Hall, 63 Main St.
Concord-Carlisle High School’s senior class has invited area senior citizens to a traditional St. Patrick’s Day luncheon Saturday in the school cafeteria, at 500 Walden St. in Concord. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A traditional boiled dinner of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread, and sweets will be served from noon until 2 p.m. To RSVP and for transportation from Carlisle, contact the Council on Aging at 978-371-2895.
Greg Maichack will present “Sublime Sunflowers: Pastel Paint Like the Masters,” a class for artists of all skill levels who want to learn about the work and techniques of the old masters, at the Dover Town Library on March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. Maichack is an award-winning pastel artist from Western Massachusetts who will include cultural and historic anecdotes in his presentation. Participants will learn techniques used by artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Georgia O’Keeffe to create sunflowers with pastels. Supplies will be provided. For more information, contact the library at 508-785-8113.
Chris Evans, who has had a string of movie superhero roles, put down his theatrical roots nearly 20 years ago at Concord Youth Theatre where his mother, Lisa Capuano Evans, has been artistic director since 1998. So when Vanity Fair provided a donation in his name for hosting the magazine’s pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, Evans directed it to the youth theater. In other news, chef and food writer Terry Golson of Carlisle will discuss the newest edition of her book, “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook,” on March 16 at the Concord Bookshop. And Anisha Gundewar of Marlborough was presented with a plaque and $1,000 scholarship as part of the 2014 Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award, which she recently received through the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester. Chris Evans, who has had a string of movie superhero roles, put down his theatrical roots nearly 20 years ago at Concord Youth Theatre where his mother, Lisa Capuano Evans, has been artistic director since 1998. So when Vanity Fair provided a donation in his name for hosting the magazine’s pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, Evans directed it to the youth theater. In other news, chef and food writer Terry Golson of Carlisle will discuss the newest edition of her book, “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook,” on March 16 at the Concord Bookshop.And Anisha Gundewar of Marlborough was presented with a plaque and $1,000 scholarship as part of the 2014 Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award, which she recently received through the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester.
A boys’ ensemble from the St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge will perform Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 8 Church St. The program will feature music by Handel, Pergolesi, Faure, and a contemporary British composer, John Rutter. John Robinson conducts the ensemble, and Jonathan Wessler will accompany on organ. There is no admission charge for the concert, although a basket will be available for donations.