Malden City Councilor David D’Arcangelo might run for Sen. Katherine Clark’s former state Senate seat, though he said he is also recruiting others to try for the seat and evaluating other options.
“It’s such a short race and then you’ve got to run again,” D’Arcangelo told the News Service, referring to the April 1 special election, followed by another election in November.
He said, “Maybe there’s a November run rather than a run in April. We really need to try to make sure there’s a full marketplace of ideas, instead of just a steady diet of tax and spend.”
After long-time Republican Sen. Richard Tisei gave up the Senate seat to run for lieutenant governor in 2010, Malden City Councilor Craig Spadafora lost to Clark, of Melrose, in the 2010 race to replace Tisei in the Senate.
D'Archangleo said he's encouraged Spadafora to try again in the 5th Middlesex District. After winning a special Congressional election last Tuesday, Clark traded the state Senate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
D’Arcangelo also mentioned as potential GOP candidates Melrose Alderwoman Monica Medeiros and Melrose Republican David Lucas, who lost a bid for Clark’s former House seat in 2010.
“We want somebody who’s going to take it seriously who’s going to have the time to invest,” said D’Arcangelo, who said he is concerned what effect the back-to-back campaigns would have on his Archangel Communications business.
As a former aide to Tisei, who held the seat and the title of minority leader before Clark won it for the Democrats, D’Arcangelo said he would meet with the state party Tuesday to discuss his options. “Our system of government was not designed to work with just one party, and that’s what we have right now, unfortunately,” said D’Arcangelo.
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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.
Ryan testified before lawmakers in July on a handful of bills, including one to create a new crime of strangulation and strangulation with serious bodily injury. In October, the Senate passed a domestic violence bill that included the strangulation measure. The bill is awaiting action in the House.
In August, the Middlesex District Attorney’s office was criticized for how it handled the case against Jared Remy, who was in court on an assault and battery charge two days before he allegedly killed his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, a case that has spurred a reexamination of laws intended to prevent domestic violence.
Remy was arrested for allegedly slamming his longtime girlfriend into a mirror, and the DA’s office was publicly criticized for not asking a judge to continue to hold him, based on a past history of domestic violence charges, or ordering him to stay away from Martel following his arraignment.
In the wake of Martel’s murder, House Speaker Robert DeLeo asked Attorney General Martha Coakley to partner with him in looking at the state’s restraining order laws.
Dykema, who filed the bill in January, said abusers often have a history of violence before the domestic violence incident that should raise a red flag.
The bill recognizes if the defendant has a past history of violent behavior, they would be eligible for increased penalties on the domestic violence charge, Dykema said.
Dykema told the News Service the issue hit close to home for her after a Westborough mother was murdered in a domestic violence incident several years ago. After the woman’s death, she worked with former Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone, and then Ryan when she took office, Dykema said.
One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, Dykema said.
“The most frustrating thing I hear from the public when you read these tragedies in the paper, there is a clear history of violence. People ask themselves, and I ask myself, why weren’t we able to recognize this…to discern the clear signs. This (bill) allows us to recognize those past patterns of behavior.”
The Reading Pop Warner A Team made history in style on Thursday, as it won the Unlimited Division national championship in Orlando, pummeling the Shaker Fire Raiders of Ohio, 39-13.
After being halted on its first drive of the game, Reading scored on every remaining offensive possession, until the Rockets kneeled on the ball late in the fourth, clinching the town’s first ever Pop Warner football national title and a 15-0 record.
Andrew Bruckner, Jack Geiger, and Matt Panacopoulous were three of many key offensive contributors, while coach Dave Erwin said his defense “played a phenomenal game. I think they only held the other team to one first down in the first half, and that was on a penalty.”
He added, “The coaches are very proud of the effort this year. The kids were great teammates for each other, and it was a great season all-around.”
Voters in Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield and parts of Winchester will head to the polls April 1 to choose a successor to former state Sen. Katherine Clark, who resigned this week following her election Tuesday to Congress.
The primary will be held March 4, according to the Associated Press.
The Globe reported earlier this fall that three of Clarks’ legislative colleagues, Paul Brodeur of Melrose; Christopher G. Fallon of Malden; and Jason Lewis of Winchester — said they are weighing runs for the Fifth Middlesex state Senate seat.
Lewis announced this week that he is in the race to fill Clark’s state Senate seat.
Elected to the House in 2008 and representing Stoneham and Winchester, Lewis issued a press release to announce he’s running. “I’ve learned that hard work, independent leadership, and a commitment to the concerns of local families can produce great results, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished in the legislature these five years,” Lewis, a South Africa native, said in a statement. “We’ve had great success in Stoneham and Winchester and I’m looking forward to getting to know the families of Malden, Melrose, Reading, and Wakefield as we kick off this campaign for State Senate.”
Lewis is vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health and played a role in helping to create the state’s Prevention and Wellness Trust to fund community-based public health and wellness programs. Lewis and his wife Susan live in Winchester with their daughters, Sophie and Jessie. Clark on Tuesday won a special election and is scheduled to join the U.S. House on Thursday.
The special election to replace Clark in the Legislature is the latest in a long line of special elections held since last January. Additional specials are on the horizon as well, with Rep. Marty Walsh due to step down around the end of the year to be sworn in as the next mayor of Boston.
The House has not yet set a special election date to fill the seat formerly held by Donald Humason, who is now a senator after winning a special election to succeed former Sen. Michael Knapik.
Another special election is already underway in the district south of Boston formerly represented by Dan Winslow, who left the House for a private sector job. The winners of the upcoming special elections will represent their districts during an important stretch of the two-year session - formal sessions in 2014 are scheduled to run until the end of July - before likely ramping up their reelection machines for next November's regularly scheduled elections.
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The West Lynn Rams of the Division 2 Midget Division are bound for the national championship game of the 57th Pop Warner championship in Orlando, Fla., after eliminating the Greensboro (N.C.) Ravens, 8-6 in overtime, in a semifinal game on Tuesday.
On fourth-and-goal from the opponent’s 2-yard line, Cody Mullen bolted up the middle for the equalizing score, before Tony Garcia kicked the 2-point conversion.
This marks the fourth time in coach Maurice Cordy’s five-year tenure that the Rams have qualified for the tournament, but they have yet to walk away champions.
They will play in the championship game on Friday at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN3), facing off against the Palm Bay (Fla.) Rockets, who knocked West Lynn out of last year’s tournament.
“We still have one more thing to accomplish; We want to try to keep that in perspective," Cordy said. “But as far as what we’ve accomplished so far, this is something that no [Pop Warner] team from Lynn has ever done, and that’s huge.”
In the unlimited bracket, the Reading Rockets face the Shaker (Ohio) Fire Raiders Thursday at 3 p.m. for the national title.
The following was submitted by Autumn Gould:
Somerville and Norwood Orange Leaf shop owners are donating canned goods to their respective local food banks on Dec. 10 and 13.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop owners in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are collecting canned goods during the week of Dec. 2 as part of a holiday season effort to donate a minimum of 3,000 nonperishable food items to local food pantries where their stores are located.
Customers who bring in a canned good during the week of Dec. 2 will get three free ounces of frozen yogurt with every eight ounce purchase.
WHAT: Pickup of food donated by Greater Boston area residents collected by Orange Leaf. Each participating Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop has identified a nearby food bank where they will donate their canned goods, including the Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville and the Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood. Media is invited at that time to take a photo and speak with the shop owner or general manager about their commitment to local hunger causes.
WHEN: Somerville (Globe North): Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Norwood (Globe South): Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Somerville (Globe North): Somerville Orange Leaf Yogurt, 256 Elm St., Somerville, MA
Norwood (Globe South): Norwood Orange Leaf Yogurt, 38 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood, MA
The canned food drive is part of the “Three for Free” campaign. Customers can find out what the promotion is each week by checking on the 3 for Free Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/3forfreeorangeleaf), and following #3forFree on all social media outlets.
A full list of participating Orange Leaf shops and food pantries is below:
Acton, MA—Acton Community Supper & Food Pantry
Amherst, NH—Share Food Bank
Andover, MA—Lazarus house
Brockton, MA—The Charity Guild and the Easton Food Pantry
Burlington, MA—Burlington Food Pantry
Canton, MA—Canton Food Pantry
Chelmsford, MA—Chelmsford Community Exchange
Concord, NH—Friends of Forgotten
Danvers, MA—People to People Food Pantry
Dover, NH—Community Food Pantry
Dracut, MA—Dracut Food Pantry
Epping, NH—Providence Baptist Church
Exeter, NH—The St. Vincent de Paul Society
Gloucester, MA—The Open Door
Lexington, MA—Interfaith Food Pantry
Marblehead, MA—Marblehead Food Pantry
Methuen, MA—Lazarus House Ministries
Natick, MA—Natick Service Council
Needham, MA—Needham Community Council Food Pantry
Newburyport, MA—Salvation Army
Norwood, MA—Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood
Portsmouth, NH—Seacoast Family Food Pantry
Reading, MA—Reading Food Pantry
Salem, MA—Plummer Home
Seekonk, MA—Doorways Food Pantry
Somerville, MA—Elizabeth Peabody House
Swansea, MA—Annelle Delorme Hagerman Food Pantry
Tewksbury, MA—Tewksbury Community Pantry
Wayland, MA—Parmenter Food Pantry of Wayland & The Sudbury Pantry
About Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert chain with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia. Ranked one of the fastest growing limited service chains by Technomic, Orange Leaf’s pro-franchisee culture encourages owners to become a part of their communities and provides them with the necessary ingredients for success. Orange Leaf offers a multitude of delicious, traditional and original flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan alternatives. Customized with a generous selection of do-it-yourself toppings, Orange Leaf provides an innocent indulgence, self-served in a stimulating atmosphere. For more information, visit www.orangeleafyogurt.com, like Orange Leaf Yogurt on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @myorangeleaf.
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.
The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney
A Brockton woman has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol after she allegedly struck and killed a man who had pulled over into the breakdown lane of Route 128 in Reading last night, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.
Mary Grigoriadis, 32, of Brockton, was arraigned today in Woburn District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of alcohol. Woburn District Court Judge Marianne Hinkle ordered the defendant held on $10,000 cash bail with a condition of no driving.
Her next court date is January 17 for a pre-trial hearing.
“This defendant’s reckless actions have had tragic consequences,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Anytime a person gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol they put themselves and others at risk. This is an unfortunate reminder that there are still drivers who have not heeded the warnings regarding the risks presented by consuming alcohol and driving. Our thoughts today remain with the victim’s family and friends.”
At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Reading Police and Reading Fire officials responded to Route 128 north near Exit 38 for a report of a car crash. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim appeared to have been struck by a vehicle while he was outside of his vehicle, which was pulled over in the breakdown lane.
The victim, Vittorio Recupero, 71, of Wakefield, suffered extensive injuries and was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities allege that a Toyota Scion, driven by the defendant, was traveling in the right lane just prior to the collision. It is alleged that the defendant struck Recupero and his vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson. While being interviewed by police, the defendant exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol and failed multiple sobriety tests. She was arrested and charged.
The case is being investigated by Reading Police and Massachusetts State Police.
The following was submitted by the City of Medford:
The communities of Malden, Medford, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield have been working together as a coalition on Emergency Preparedness for over 9 years through their boards of health. This coalition, the Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition, applied as a cluster and was awarded the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative grant by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the misuse and abuse of prescription painkillers was responsible for more than 475,000 emergency department visits in 2009, a number that nearly doubled in just five years. Additionally, about one-half of prescription painkiller deaths involve at least one other drug, including benzodiazepines, cocaine, and heroin. Alcohol is also involved in many overdose deaths.
About two thirds of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, as well as the home medicine cabinet. Safely disposing of expired or unused prescription medications is a critical step in helping protect your community prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids.
As Mystic Valley Public Health Coalition begins its journey to inform the public of issues related to opioid use and abuse. The most important outcome from this grant will in the form of strategies to change the current culture in the region and be a part of the state and national effort starting with reducing access to prescription drugs. To help safeguard your family, take an inventory of all of the prescription drugs in your home. Start by discarding expired or unused prescription drugs. The Police Departments in the Mystic Valley Region have taken the initiative to provide 24 hour- 7 day a week a Dropboxes to safely dispose of your prescription drugs.
Malden Police Department
Lobby of 200 Pleasant Street
Medford Police Department
Lobby of 100 Main Street
Melrose Police Department
Lobby of 56 West Foster Street
Reading Police Department
Lobby of 15 Union Street
Stoneham Police Department
Lobby of 47 Central Street
Wakefield Police Department
Lobby of 1 Union Street
Additionally, if you live in Medford or Melrose you are encouraged to participate in a drug take back event on Saturday October 26th from 10 am to 2 pm.
In a partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Medford and Melrose Police and Health Departments have been actively encouraging their residents to drop off unwanted and unused prescription drugs giving the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired medication. This service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.
To drop off medication on October 26th please go to
The rear parking lot at Medford City Hall, 85 George P. Hassett Drive.
The Melrose Police Station and the Walgreens Pharmacy at 897 Main St.
Parents are encouraged to speak to their children and take the appropriate preventive steps to ensure that prescription medications do not end up in the wrong hands.
- Set clear rules for teens about all drug use, including not sharing medicine.
- Be a good role model by following medical provider’s advice and dosages.
- Safeguard all drugs in the home and monitor quantities and control access.
- Be sure to ask your family and friends, particularly grandparents to safeguard their prescription drugs. (www.TheAntiDrug.com)
For more information contact: Your local Police Department or email Mvroap@gmail.com or call Penelope Funaiole at 781-393-2560.