Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced a new partnership between the U.S. Department of State and five prestigious all-female colleges.
The Women and Public Service Initiative will bring together the resources of Smith, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Barnard and Bryn Mawr, with the State Department to increase the participation of women around the globe, in public service and political leadership, Clinton, a 1969 Wellesley alumna, said on Friday.
“Together we will seek to promote the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed,” Clinton said.FULL ENTRY
Classes will be held as usual tomorrow morning at Wellesley High School after a boiler mishap caused 400 gallons of heating oil to leak from an outdoor tank. Some of the oil reached wetlands and waterways leading to the Charles River.
A “minor sheen” of oil could be seen in a Charles River tributary in the aftermath of the spill, according to Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Ed Colletta.
A pressure release valve blew on an external line from an oil storage tank coming into the school, spilling oil onto the boiler room floor, according to Wellesley Fire Captain Jim Dennehy.
The oil leaked from at least one drain on the boiler room floor into a nearby pond. From there the oil spilled into Fuller Brook, which runs through Nehoidan Country Club, toward the Charles River.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 man was struck and killed by a train about 100 yards outside of the Wellesley Farms station on the Worcester commuter rail line this afternoon, according to MBTA officials.
A preliminary investigation suggests the collision was “self-inflicted and not accidental,” said Wellesley Police Lieutenant Marie Cleary.
Cleary said the commuter rail train departed from Boston around 2:30 p.m. and was heading toward Framingham when a white male, believed to be in his 30s, went in front of the train.FULL ENTRY
DEDHAM -- A Dorchester man charged with bringing a "machine gun" to a college campus in Wellesley had no idea the weapon was in his backpack, his defense attorney said today.
Darryl Max Dookhran, 18, stayed out of public view when he was arraigned in Dedham District Court on several charges, including being a felon in possession of a firearm, illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a high-capacity ammunition clip, and resisting arrest.
District Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan ordered Dookhran held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing sought by Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s office. Dookhran was arrested in the registrar’s office at Massachusetts Bay Community College Thursday after what authorities described as a furious struggle with police.
But in court today, defense attorney Larry Tipton said Dookhran believed he had become embroiled in a “gang fight’’ when police confronted him. Tipton also said that the weapon did not belong to Dookhran and that his client was mystified when police found the Tec-AB10 firearm in his backpack.
“The firearm was not his and he doesn’t know how it got into his backpack,’’ Tipton said. He also said that prosecutors did not provide “one reason, one motive, for my client to be carrying around a firearm on campus for so many days.’’FULL ENTRY
Carole Berotte Joseph, who sparked controversy as president of Massachusetts Bay Community College, will be taking a new job in New York.
Joseph has been appointed president of Bronx Community College in New York, the City University of New York announced Monday on its website.
Joseph, who has been president of Massachusetts Bay since 2005, had previously worked for the City University of New York as vice president of academic affairs at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.
Benno Schmidt, chairman of the board of trustees of CUNY, and Chancellor Matthew Goldstein welcomed Joseph's return in a joint statement, saying, "She has a deep commitment to student success and to the University’s mission of access to a high quality education."FULL ENTRY
A Norwood man police dubbed the “U-30 Bandit” pleaded guilty today in federal court to eight counts of armed bank robbery.
Dimitri Long, 34, faces up to 25 years imprisonment on each count, followed by five years of supervised release, and fines and restitution, according to United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz.
Long pleaded guilty for robberies committed at Bank of America in Wellesley on March
26, 2009, and April 24, 2009; TD Bank in Needham on April 3, 2009; Village Bank in Newton on May 13, 2009; Ukranian Credit Union in Dedham on May 29, 2009; Bank of America in Dedham on June 5, 2009; Sharon Credit Union on June 16, 2009; and Sovereign Bank in Needham on July 1, 2009.
The state’s highest court has upheld the high-profile murder conviction of a prominent allergist from Wellesley who bludgeoned his wife with a hammer and slit her throat after she discovered his secret sex life of prostitutes and Internet pornography.
A Norfolk Superior Court jury found Greineder guilty in 2001 of murdering his wife, Mabel, by beating her with a hammer and slitting her throat at a Wellesley pond on Halloween. Prosecutors argued that Greineder killed his wife of 32 years after she found out about his scandalous sex life.
Defense lawyers had argued that the wife had been slain by an elusive, unknown killer.FULL ENTRY
An elderly Arlington man and his wife were fatally injured Monday afternoon in a single-car crash on I-95 in Wellesley, State Police said.
Robert Bibeau, 80, was brought to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and died of his injuries today. His wife, 77-year-old Joan Bibeau, was pronounced dead at the scene. They were the only two occupants of the vehicle.
Robert and Joan were the in-laws of James Crocker, the Republican nominee for the Cape and Islands state Senate district. He faces Democrat Dan Wolf in the November election for the seat, vacated by Rob O’Leary of Barnstable when he unsuccessfully ran for Congress.FULL ENTRY
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