Newton North takes the No. 1 spot in the Globe's final Top 20 rankings. The Tigers finished the season 19-0-2 and captured their first state title since 1999. No. 2 Franklin was the Division 1 South champions for the second year in a row and was the only team to score on the Tigers in the postseason.
Acton-Boxboro entered the Division 1 North tournament as the five seed, defeated top-seeded Central Catholic in the semifinals and came one goal short of the North title to finish No. 3. Central Catholics regular season performance earned it the No. 4 spot. The Raiders scored 75 goals in 19 games and was ranked as high as seventh in the nation at one point.
Notre Dame (Hingham) locked up No. 5 with a Division 2 state championship. Division 2 runner up Wilmington comes in at No. 6 and Division 3 state champion Newburyport takes No. 7. The Clippers went undefeated and were without a doubt the best team in Division 3. The turn-around team of the year, No. 8 Austin Prep, ended a 14-year tournament drought with a 19-2-2 season and appearance in the Division 4 state final.
No. 10 Concord-Carlisle and No. 11 Scituate both had new head coaches this year, both made it to their respective Division 2 sectional finals and both lost by a penalty shot. No. 12 Needham, a Division 1 South semifinalist, finished the regular season with a whopping seven ties. Two of those came against Newton North, providing the only blemish on the Tigers otherwise perfect record. No. 13 Masconomet also had a handful of ties and no losses until the Division 1 North semifinal.
Expectations were high for No. 14 Beverley after returning to Division 2 this year and having the reigning state scoring leader on hand. The Panthers lost in overtime of the Division 2 North semifinal and finished the year 16-4-2. Division 3 North finalists Lynnfield and Division 3 state semifinalists Cardinal Spellman land at No. 15 and No. 16, respectively.
Rounding out the Top 20 are Division 4 South finalists East Bridgewater, Division 3 South finalists Dedham, Division 4 South champs Ursuline and Division 1 South semifinalist Walpole.
Tonight marks Newton Highlands' second annual Holiday Stroll and sing along. The event showcases small businesses Take advantage of great prices amid holiday cheer, and don't forget to stop by the tree lighting a t the intersection of Lincoln and Hartford.
The event begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.
The state transportation board on Wednesday voted unanimously to reduce fares for The Ride from $4 to $3. The reduced fares will go into effect Jan. 6, 2014 and will collectively save riders $6 million a year.
“For two years now we have come before you. First we came to warn you of the consequences we would suffer if you approved such an extreme fare hike,” said Ann Stewart, the former president of Massachusetts Senior Action Council.
She said, “Let’s not stop here.” In 2012, when the MBTA raised fares an average of 23 percent to help close a budget deficit, fares for seniors went up disproportionately higher, and fares for the Ride were doubled to $4 with a new $5 charge for late-scheduled trips or visits to a "premium service area."
MBTA and state transportation officials are mulling fare increases that would go into effect next summer, as well.
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Two men were arrested in Quincy after allegedly assaulting a man while attempting to rob him. One of them was also charged in the robbery of a Newton CVS.
According to police, a 29-year-old Quincy resident was walking on Chapman Street on Friday when a grey Nissan came driving toward him. Two men jumped out of the car and started beating the victim, punching him to the face and knocking him to the ground, police said.
As the suspects were kicking the victim, they demanded money, police said.
Police later located one of the suspects near the Wollaston T station. Police found the second suspect at his Quincy home.
Darius Mosfegh, 26, of Newton, and Jeffrey Cheung, 27, of Quincy, were charged with unarmed robbery, receiving stolen property, and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
Police said the stolen property was Mosfegh’s mother’s car, which had been reported stolen out of Newton.
Mosfegh was also charged with resisting arrest. He already had an outstanding warrant for armed robbery out of Newton, police said.
Newton police confirmed that the charges stemmed from an armed robbery by knifepoint at a Newton CVS that had occurred the same week.
Newton Mayor Setti Warren is spending the week in Saudi Arabia as part of a delegation of US mayors from around the country.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia is sponsoring the trip, according to a statement from the city, and the delegation will meet with top ranking Saudi government officials and private sector representatives to talk about city management.
The delegation will visit the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the Eastern Province, the Empty Quarter, and Jeddah on the west coast, according to the statement. They will tour educational institutions and visit one of the world’s largest oil fields.
The trip runs from Friday, Dec. 6 to Friday, Dec. 13, according to the release.
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Santa Claus will be halting his reindeer at the Mall at Chestnut Hill on Saturday, marking his first time bringing Christmas magic to the shopping center.
His debut will be accompanied by a meet and greet with a performer from the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker from 10 a.m. to noon. Land of Nod will host a craft table, complete with holiday treats.
Santa will be available for photos on Dec. 7 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Find him at the Center Court Level 1, where he'll be busy spreading holiday cheer.
The Mall at Chestnut Hill is at 199 Boylston St.
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Newton police warned residents today of a family of coyotes that were recently spotted in the area of Auburndale Avenue and River Street.
The warning, targeted to residents of Auburndale and West Newton, advised people to use caution if they have outdoor pets. Residents are also urged not to feed or ever attempt to approach wild coyotes.
The Governor’s Council unanimously approved two of Gov. Deval Patrick’s judicial nominees Wednesday, but did not address a controversial nominee for the Superior Court whose confirmation vote was suddenly postponed by the governor two weeks ago.
Thomas Kaplanes, Patrick’s pick for a judgeship in the Boston Municipal Court West Roxbury division, and Dennis Sargent, his nominee for the Clinton District Court, were confirmed to serve on the bench.
Sargent, 48, currently works as the assistant clerk magistrate in the Clinton court, a position he has held since 2008. He will succeed the late Judge Martha Brennan, who died suddenly last October. Sargent previously practiced at the Worcester law firm Fletcher, Tilton & Whipple, handling criminal and civil matters, municipal cases and divorces.
From 1996 to 2008, Sargent worked as the town solicitor in Clinton. He received his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and his bachelor's degree from Fitchburg State University.
A private attorney focusing on criminal defense and civil cases, Kaplanes previously worked as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, prosecuting cases before the Superior Court. He was selected as a "Safe Neighborhood Initiative" prosecutor focusing on community-based crime prevention and public safety. Kaplanes earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Providence College.
The council did not vote Wednesday on the nomination of Joseph Berman, Patrick’s pick for a seat on the Superior Court. The governor two weeks ago opted against putting Berman up for a vote in the face of opposition to his candidacy from councilors.
During his confirmation hearing, Berman was criticized for $110,000 in campaign contributions, his representation of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, and his affiliation with the Anti-Defamation League due to some council members’ objections to the organization’s stance on the Armenian genocide.
Councilor Marilyn Devaney called the ADL hypocritical because she said it refuses to recognize the Armenian genocide by the Turks, and for decades lobbied against a Congressional resolution recognizing the atrocities that killed more than 1.5 million people from 1915 to 1918.
Some councilors said Berman should have resigned from the ADL. Berman, a Weston resident who is a partner at the Boston law firm Looney & Grossman, was questioned for more than four hours by the council.
Berman’s supporters say he led the effort of the New England chapter in demanding the national organization change its position. Berman, 49, told councilors he did not agree with the ADL’s stance and was tempted to resign, but changed his mind because the organization does great work in so many other areas. He thought one commission member resigning would not make a difference, and decided to stay and work for change from the inside.
“I asked Mr. Berman if he belonged to an organization who denied the Holocaust would he remain a member ‘because of all the other good things they do?” Devaney said during an assembly meeting following the hearing.
In 2007, ADL national director Abraham Foxman released a statement describing the actions of the Ottoman Empire against the Armenians as “tantamount to genocide.”
With the votes appearing to lean against Berman’s confirmation, Patrick said he would delay the vote in the hopes of securing enough votes for his confirmation.
In a letter to councilors this week, Boston Bar Association President Paul Dacier urged them to consider the qualifications of judicial nominees. While noting the association does not endorse judicial candidates, Dacier also addressed other issues he said were “pertinent to judicial nominations in general,” including their work with charitable organizations and their pro bono representation of low-income individuals.
“Any automatic imputation by association to a judicial nominee of institutional positions taken by a charitable organization which that nominee has served - and most especially such positions with which that nominee has expressly disagreed - would be unfair and inappropriate, and could damage the judicial confirmation process itself,” Dacier wrote. “Qualified candidates for the bench who participate in organizations that take positions on public issues that might be controversial to some will be inhibited from applying to become judges. Others who might want to become judges would be deterred from joining possibly controversial organizations that would benefit from their time and talents.”
Dacier further wrote, “Legal representation for all criminal defendants is one of the pillars of our justice system and of our democracy. Representing an unpopular defendant, especially on a pro bono basis, has always been an honorable thing for a lawyer to do, and should not disqualify anyone from the bench.
To aid the ongoing conversation about vision loss, The Carroll Center for the Blind will feature Going Blind and Going Forward, a 90-minute film by Peabody Award-winning producer/director Joe Lovett.
The film examines each aspect of vision loss: detection, treatment, and coping.
The screening will be followed a discussion about the need to coordinate professional services with earlier referrals to low vision therapy than can improve quality of life. Low-vision products will be available for purchase.
The free event at The Carroll Center, 770 Center St., Newton will be held on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m., and is open to the public. For more information, call Dina Rosenbaum at 800-852-3131 ext. 238 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s new ambulatory care center at 159 Wells Ave. will house the hospital’s outpatient rehabilitation services department, spine center, and pain management service. The center’s amenities include private evaluation and treatment areas for all specialties, pediatric speech therapy rooms, an aquatic therapy pool, training gym, and sports and cardiovascular rehabilitation equipment. The center opens Dec. 16.
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