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NRWA Family Workshop rescheduled for March 15th

March 4, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Nashua River Watershed Association: 

The sap is not running quite yet, so the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) is rescheduling its “Maple Sugaring Workshop for Families” to Saturday, March 15th, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m., at our River Resource Center at 592 Main Street in Groton.  

On the 15th, we’ll celebrate a classic New England treat—fresh maple syrup, a delicious sign that spring is not far off.  

This workshop is appropriate for all ages, but especially fun for those with children ages 4 to 10; and backpack babies are welcome.  We’ll explore the entire process of making maple syrup, from identifying a sugar maple, to drilling and tapping the tree, to boiling down the sap to make syrup. And, we’ll play an active sugaring game, read a book about maples, and enjoy a delicious sample.  

Fee: NRWA members- $6/person or $18/family; Non-members $8/person or $24/family.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, please contact Mary Marro, NRWA Education Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email 

The NRWA is a non-profit environmental organization that depends on memberships for support.

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Months after her office was criticized for its handling of a domestic violence case that ended in murder, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan is pushing legislation that increases penalties on defendants with a history of violence and in cases where the victim is a household or family member.

Ryan testified before the Joint Committee on Public Safety Thursday in favor of a bill (H 3242) that broadens the aggravated assault and battery statute when the defendant has previously been convicted of certain crimes, including violating a restraining order. The bill, entitled “an act relative to protecting domestic violence victims from repeat offenders,” was filed by Rep. Carolyn Dykema, a Democrat from Holliston.

The legislation also increases penalties for a defendant on an assault and battery charge who violates a judge’s order not to contact the victim as a condition of release on bail. Currently, a defendant is subject to increased penalties only when the assault and battery occurs in violation of a restraining order, according to Ryan.

“Right now the legislation does not provide for violation of the court order, a stay away order, to be an aggravating factor. This bill would remedy that,” she said. “This bill would say that if you have been ordered by the court to stay away from the victim and you, in fact, violate that order, commit an assault and battery, that will be an aggravating factor. It just increases the number of aggravating factors.”

The legislation gives prosecutors more tools to recommend higher sentences, and gives judges more discretion in sentencing, without creating mandatory minimum sentences, Ryan said.

Ryan is pushing for passage of four domestic violence bills, according to a spokeswoman. “It is part and parcel of a broader review of domestic violence legislation to increase penalties and discretion in sentencing that began when the DA took office,” spokeswoman MaryBeth Long said.

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