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Nashoba Valley Tech receives $100k grant to boost STEM curriculum

January 7, 2014 01:52 PM
Nashoba Valley THS Receives $100K Life Sciences Grant (via The Groton Line)

WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School has received a $100,000 grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center to boost the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics — STEM. This is the second consecutive year Nashoba…

Groton School students have an angelic connection with village in Tanzania

December 24, 2013 12:19 PM
A Village of Angels Connects Groton With Tanzania (via The Groton Line)

Christmas angels are a common Christian holiday theme … and it turns out Groton is an important hub of angelic activity, not just in December but all year ’round. Groton School student Lucy Brainard visited Tanzania two summers ago as part of a…

Groton-Dunstable schools freeze spending, lay off staff

December 12, 2013 10:31 AM
Groton-Dunstable Schools Freeze Spending, Lay Off Staff After $4000,000 “Accounting Error” Surfaces (via The Groton Line)

Interim Groton-Dunstable Regional School Superintendent Tony Bent told parents about the unanticipated layoffs of a dozen nonteaching staff and a districtwide hiring and spending freeze in an email Wednesday morning. The financial surprise arrived in…

NECN to air televised debate between two candidates seeking to replace Ed Markey in Congress

December 5, 2013 11:29 AM

With less than a week to go before a special election, Congressional candidates Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and Republican Frank Addivinola are set for their first televised debate.

New England Cable News announced Thursday morning that Clark and Addivinola will debate at 3 p.m. Friday and the cable channel will air the debate at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Rebroadcasts are planned for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

The special election to fill the seat formerly held by Sen. Edward Markey is Tuesday.

Independent James Aulenti of Wellesley and Justice Peace Security candidate James Hall of Arlington are also on the ballot.

- M. Norton/SHNS

Groton to auction fire vehicles, other surplus equipment

December 4, 2013 06:25 PM
Psst … Wanna Buy A Fire Truck? How About a Fire Station? (via The Groton Line)

Art Campbell | The Groton Line If you’re dreaming of getting a fire engine as the perfect holiday gift — a real fire engine, mind you — not a toy, your dreams could come true Tuesday December 10. If you dream a little bigger and you’ve been…

Local students honored by Middlesex District Attorney for avoiding drugs and alcohol

December 2, 2013 04:55 PM

About 85 middle school students in Middlesex County were honored for their leadership, judgment, and decision-making -- especially when it came to avoiding drugs and alcohol -- at an annual peer leadership conference hosted by the Middlesex District Attorney's office.

The conference, which was also hosted by nonprofit Middlesex Partnerships for Youth and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association, was held Monday at the Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford. Students from nine local schools who were chosen as role models by school officials were recognized at the event, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.

The nine school districts include Bedford, Dover-Sherborn, Groton-Dunstable, Littleton, Lowell, Reading, Somerville, Weston, and Wilmington.

The event included a keynote address by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, and a presentation by Interscholastic Association's "You Lead" program that supports and connects resources for young people choosing not to use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke tobacco.

“Our youth are under a tremendous amount of pressure whether it to be to fit in with their peers or to be academically or athletically successful,” Ryan said in the statement. “It is refreshing to see these youth who have made good choices in their lives and are committed to healthy living.

"This program is about supporting those who exhibit the confidence, maturity and strength to make positive decisions everyday and to help them continue to be a role model in their community.”

A similar event will be held next month for high school students, officials said.

For more information, visit the Middlesex District Attorney's website.

Kevin McKenzie of Nashoba Valley Technical High school committee dies

November 28, 2013 10:48 AM
Obituary: Kevin McKenzie (via The Groton Line)

Kevin Myles McKenzie, Groton’s representative to the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Committee, lost his courageous battle with lung cancer — a fight that he had waged for well over a year. This once-active man spent the last 10 months…

Weekend train service resumes on Fitchburg Commuter Rail line

November 22, 2013 03:05 PM

After a series of MBTA improvement projects along the Fitchburg Commuter Rail line, regular weekend service has resumed to all stations between North Station and Fitchburg Station.

Commuters should note that due to additional track work, passengers travelling both inbound and outbound will be bused between the South Acton and Littleton stations on Nov. 23 and 24. A shuttle bus will be available between the West Concord and Littleton stations for passengers who need assistance or have disabilities.

Passengers should accept delays of up to 20 minutes, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company.

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Fun ways to celebrate Halloween west of Boston

October 20, 2013 12:27 PM

On the one hand, there is the kitschy Halloween beloved by small children, with silly or clever costumes, jack-o’-lanterns, and mountains of candy. On the other hand, there is the haunted-house fun of a good scare — be it from a gory costume or a spooky noise.

While traditional house-to-house trick-or-treating may still be the best way to spend Halloween itself, there are also any number of ways to explore the other dimensions of the holiday -- whether your preference leans more toward a walk through a graveyard or a craft activity.

Here some of the many ways to celebrate Halloween in communities west of Boston this year.

-- Halloween Walk and Tour of the Old Burying Ground in Lexington takes place Saturday (Oct 26) at 6:30 p.m. and leaves from the Depot Building, 13 Depot Square. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children, with discounts for Lexington Historical Society members. For reservations, more information, call 781-862-1703 or go to

-- Frightful Friday at Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, in its final installment this week, has tours starting at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $10 for ages 5 through 12 and Gore Place members. Capacity is limited. For tickets, call 781-894-2798 or visit

-- Murder at the Masquerade takes place at Merchants Row in the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15. The ticket price, which includes a gourmet three-course dinner, is $69. For reservations, e-mail or call 978-371-2908, ext 544.

-- Spookapella, a concert by North Shore Acapella and guests, takes place Saturday Oct 26 cq/ts at the Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $22, or $20 for TCAN members. For tickets or information, call 508-647-0097 or go to

-- Halloween Open House at Dana Hall School of Music, 103 Grove St. in Wellesley, is next Sunday, (October 27)2-4 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged; call 781-237-6542 or e-mail

-- Pumpkin Patch, a seasonal party held annually by the Sudbury Valley Trustees at Wolbach Farm on Wolbach Road in Sudbury, is scheduled for Saturday(Oct 26). Admission is free for SVT members; $2 per person for nonmembers, with a family maximum of $10. For more details, call 978-443-5588 or go online to

-- Decorate a Bag at Artbeat, 212A Mass Ave. in Arlington, Saturday (Oct 26)from noon to 7 p.m., and next Sunday (Oct 27) from noon to 5 p.m. Admission and supplies are free. For more information, call 781-646-2200 or go to

-- Halloween Family Day at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, on the Regis College campus at 235 Wellesley St. in Weston, takes place Saturday (Oct 26)from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 781-768-8367 or go to

-- Welcome to Our [Halloween] Home at the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord, offers a special after-hours tour Saturday scheduled for Saturday(Oct 26)from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Admission $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $8 for ages 6-17, and $4 for ages 2-6. A family rate for two adults and up to four youths for this event will be offered at $30. Space is limited; reservations can be made by calling 978-369-4118, ext. 106; for more information, go to

-- Tales of the Night at Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road in Lincoln, takes place Thursday and Friday (Oct 24 and 25)from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $11 before Wednesday, Oct. 23, or after that for $13. Call 781-259-2218 or go to

Governor Patrick's daughter endorses Sciortino in congressional race

October 2, 2013 02:47 PM

Gov. Deval Patrick’s daughter Katherine recently said she would love it if her father were president some day. On Wednesday she made her best pitch for another elected official.

Rep. Carl Sciortino’s Congressional campaign announced that Katherine Patrick was endorsing his candidacy in the busy 5th Congressional District Democratic primary.

Go here for other endorsements in the race.

“This is the first campaign I have gotten to endorse in . . . other than my dad’s,” Katherine Patrick said in a statement released by Sciortino’s campaign.

Katherine Patrick praised Sciortino’s work on LGBT rights, the law requiring a protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health clinics, closing corporate tax loopholes and supporting investments in infrastructure.

She also praised Sciortino’s decision to launch his State House career by challenging and unseating former Rep. Vincent Ciampa of Somerville in 2004.

“Though he and his volunteers were called terrible slurs in one of the most homophobic campaigns Massachusetts has ever seen, Carl beat him by 93 votes and took his spot in the State House. Carl’s got guts, and he will always stand up for his values.”

Asked about his daughter’s endorsement Wednesday, Gov. Patrick said, “I just heard . . . She’s talked to me about it and what’s she’s interested in doing and I’m proud of her.”

The governor said he would not be following his daughter’s lead, and doesn’t plan to endorse in the Democratic primary.

- M. Norton, M. Murphy/SHNS

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