A man was found dead after firefighters extinguished a fire at building in Scituate last night, authorities said.
Plymouth District Attorney Tim Cruz said the man was found inside the bathroom area of a home at 3 Bound Brook Court about 10:17 p.m.
In a statement issued this morning, Cruz said investigators are trying to determine the victim's identity and it will be released pending notification of his family.FULL ENTRY
A Yale University student from Scituate died early this morning in what school officials called a "tragic accident" involving equipment in a student machine shop.
Michele Dufault, a Yale physics and astronomy major, died in Sterling Chemistry Laboratory, which was shut today because of the death. All classes and labs were also canceled.
University officials would not release the time of her death or specific details about the accident. But New Haven police said they received a 911 call about a medical injury in the Sterling lab around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday. Their officers responded to the call, said spokesman Joe Avery, but the case is now being investigated by Yale police, which has directed all inquires to the university's public affairs office.FULL ENTRY
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In a first step toward ending its long struggle over parish closings, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston today announced that it will solicit public comment on a plan to remove the sacred standing of seven closed churches, a change that under canon law would allow the buildings to be sold for other uses.
The churches, in East Boston, Everett, Lowell, Quincy, Revere, Scituate and Wellesley, have been in limbo for years, since the archdiocese ordered them closed and angry parishioners objected. Four of the parishes are occupied by protesters.
In response to appeals from parishioners, the Vatican has upheld the archdiocese's decision to close the parishes. But the parishioners are now asking the Vatican to intervene to prevent the archdiocese from declaring the church buildings no longer sacred -- a formal process the church calls "relegation to profane use.''
Although local Catholics protesting parish closings have repeatedly been rebuffed by the Vatican, they got a rare boost this week, when it became public that the Vatican had upheld appeals by parishioners of three closed churches in the Springfield Diocese of western Massachusetts. Church officials in Rome found that Bishop Timothy A. McDonnell acted appropriately in deciding to close or merge the parishes in Chicopee and Adams, but not in seeking to convert the buildings from religious to secular use.FULL ENTRY
A Scituate-based fishing boat has sunk in the harbor after it collided Tuesday night with a 600-foot-long bulk carrier while both vessels were 20 miles off the coast of Hull, according to the Coast Guard and the Scituate harbormaster.
Three members of the 51-foot-long fishing vessel Michael Brandon were taken off the damaged ship after efforts by the Coast Guard and the crew to keep it safely afloat failed.
The smaller vessel sustained damage to its hull during the collision, but the West Bay was undamaged, officials said.
The Coast Guard towed the Brandon back to Scituate Harbor late Tuesday night where fishermen and the town’s harbormaster struggled to safeguard the Brandon.
“We had pumps, a crane, but unfortunately, the extent of the damage was too much, so she ended up sitting on the bottom,’’ said Harbormaster Mark Patterson.
No one was injured. The Coast Guard said the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
HOLBROOK -- As residents started digging out their driveways in this South Shore town, a teenager living in a two-decker on South Street said he felt lucky to have awakened unscathed this morning when a massive tree snapped under the weight of snow and crashed down on the roof over his bedroom.
"All of a sudden, I hear this loud boom and then I wake up to stuff falling all over me,'' said 19-year-old Nicholas Occhipinti, standing in his second-floor bedroom, where two large holes caused by the downed tree allowed snowflakes to drift to the floor.FULL ENTRY
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SCITUATE – The Christmas weekend nor’easter may have caused millions of dollars in damage to this South Shore town, including ripping open a 60-foot breach in the sea wall along Turner Road, leaving 1,000 residents without power, and damaging dozens of oceanfront homes.
John Danehey, chairman of Scituate’s board of selectmen, told reporters today the town is examining homes one by one to determine the extent of the damage along the oceanfront. Scituate is prepared to seek state or federal funds to repair what Danehey thinks will be millions of dollars in damages, which he said the town cannot currently fund.
Approximately 100 people were evacuated from the storm’s path. Today, seven people remained at a shelter at Scituate High School.FULL ENTRY
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The nor'easter that dumped a heavy blanket of snow across Massachusetts Sunday night into this morning also battered the coastline, causing flooding and power outages on both the North Shore and South Shore.
Several dozen people were evacuated from their homes in Scituate due to flooding, said Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi. Pounding waves damaged but did not breach a seawall. At the same time, a couple of hundred people lost power due to wires downed by a "fierce, fierce wind" Sunday night, she said.
Scituate's problems were compounded when an electrical short caused a fire in a home on 7th Avenue, and a neighboring home caught fire.
"We're sort of dealing with a lot of elements coming together right now," she said. She said town officials urged people to go to a shelter at Scituate High School if they had concerns, but otherwise, she said, people should "stay off the roads, it's not a good time to be outside."FULL ENTRY
Tens of thousands of people remain without power late this afternoon, and coastal communities are still picking up the pieces after being pummeled by the strong winds and heavy snow of a powerful winter storm.
A little more than 23,000 National Grid customers were without power this afternoon because of storm-related damage to power lines, towers, poles, and other electric facilities, according to the company.
The North and South Shores were the hardest hit areas in the National Grid network, according to the utility. More than 300 crews are working to restore power today.
About 8,700 NSTAR customers, mostly on the Cape, were without power as of 4 p.m, said spokesman Michael Durand. Persistent strong winds caused such significant damage that the company is warning some customers may remain without power into Tuesday afternoon.
The storm dumped 18.2 inches on Boston, making it the 10th largest snowfall since the National Weather Service began keeping official records in 1892. The storm may also qualify, officially, as a blizzard, since it appeared to muster sustained wind gusts of 35 mile per hour and to cut visibility to a quarter-mile for three consecutive hours, the two criteria necessary for that august appellation.
The National Weather Service warned of high winds -- and potentially more downed lines -- this afternoon in Eastern Massachusetts, with northwest winds blowing 20 to 30 miles per hour, gusting up to 60 miles per hour, before diminishing slightly late this evening.
State Police spokesman David Procopio said traffic on the roads was light for the evening rush hour during a holiday week, but he cautioned drivers to beware of blowing snow and the possible formation of treacherous black ice.FULL ENTRY
MARBLEHEAD -- Here and there on deserted, snow-swept streets, fans of wild winter weather came outside to watch today.
On Hawkes Street, where the wind whipped sheets of powdered crystal through the orange arc of streetlights, Bob Howe met the blizzard's rising fury with giddy appreciation. Lingering on the sidewalk with his 12-year-old grandson beside him, the self-described "snow freak" said he had been tracking the storm since Tuesday, his excitement growing by the day.
"This is my Christmas present," said Howe, 49. "They're saying it's going to be one of the top 10 snowstorms ever in Boston -- I want to be part of it."
At Marblehead House of Pizza on Atlantic Avenue, sport-utility vehicles were lined up outside, and snow-dusted patrons found a toasty oasis. Owner Athena Zachariadis said she had sold 50 pizzas in two hours. "It's a pizza night," she said. "Everyone is calling to see if we're open."
Outside, Mara O'Halloran pedaled a bicycle through the snow-caked intersection. She said her car had failed to start this morning, forcing her to ride her bike to work despite the weather forecast.
"The cars are the only thing that scare me," she said. "Other than that, it's beautiful, stunning, magical."
-- Jenna Russell
PORTSMOUTH, NH -- In this seaport city, shoppers, like Dave Beadling, were leaving nothing to chance today.
"I put the rock salt down before the snow and it makes it easier to clear off the snow," explained Beadling, as he hoisted a bag of rock salt into a shopping cart at Home Depot.
He was also buying a shovel.
"I have a snow blower; this is for detail work," he said.FULL ENTRY
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