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Have you seen this dog lost in Wakefield?

May 1, 2014 07:56 AM

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Frankie was lost in Wakefield; the last reported sightings were on April 10 in the Pleasant Street area.

She weighs 100 pounds and is brown with a white face. Her owners live in Winthrop and searchers think she might be trying to get home. So besides Wakefield, they are asking residents of Lynnfield, Melrose, Reading, and Saugus to be on the alert.

If you see this gentle giant, please call 781-334-8364.

Patrick Administration announces downtown revitalization grants

February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation:

The Patrick Administration’s Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) today announced $80,000 in Massachusetts Downtown Initiative (MDI) awards to grants for Great Barrington, Reading, Westminster, Wakefield, Maynard, Harwich, Amesbury, and Ipswich. The grants awards will be used to help pay for technical assistance as these communities to further their pursuit of downtown revitalization efforts.
 
“These grants are critical to supporting municipalities across the Commonwealth in their effort to breathe new life into their downtowns,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein. “We will continue to invest in the revitalization of our communities to make Massachusetts a better place to live, work and do business for all residents.”
 
The communities were chosen through a competitive application process. DHCD received a total of 26 applications in seven eligible categories: design, economics of downtown, parking, way-finding, housing, business improvement districts and creative economy. The following awards of $10,000 each were made:
 
Amesbury: funding to establish a way finding plan to guide the implementation of a signage system to increase awareness, sense of place, and visitors to downtown
 
Great Barrington: funding to develop the initial tools and strategy for implementation of a Business Improvement District (BID)
 
Harwich: funding for a parking plan that will analyze parking shortages, design additional parking spaces, and review management options
 
Ipswich: funding to develop a way finding program which would include logo development and public signage
 
Maynard: funding for an updated downtown market study to help guide economic development strategies in downtown
 
Reading: funding for assistance to complete the process for Downtown Cultural District designation
 
Wakefield: funding to strengthen existing businesses in the downtown and implement a retail retention program
 
Westminster: funding for a design charrette resulting in design recommendations for the downtown

Reading honors extraordinary class of Eagle Scouts

February 22, 2014 10:00 AM
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Troop 728's newest Eagle Scouts. Front row: Jón Ásgeirsson, Nathan Strack, Rob Ciaccio. Back row: Jimmy Houston, Dan Staffier, Nathan Terry

The following was submitted by Sean Martin of Regan Communications:

Six Reading teens were recognized with the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, Eagle Scout, recently at Wood End Elementary School.  The new Eagle Scouts are Reading Memorial High School seniors -- Jón Ásgeirsson, Rob Ciaccio, Dan Staffier, Nathan Strack, and Nathan Terry, and 2013 RMHS graduate Jimmy Houston.   More than 200 friends, family members, and dignitaries attended the ceremony.

All six Eagle Scouts are affiliated with Troop 728, which is sponsored by St. Agnes Church. To advance to the rank of Eagle Scout, each boy mastered various outdoor, first aid, and leadership skills and then provided leadership on a significant service project.  Less than four percent of boys who enter the Boy Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, so to recognize six at one Boy Scout Court of Honor is almost unheard of.

Eagle Scout projects:

Jón Ásgeirsson replaced a run-down chain link fence at the parking lot of the Stoneham Memorial Seventh Day Adventist Church.  He and his team of volunteers removed the fence, replacing it with attractive granite posts that he raised funds to purchase.  He also marked the driveway with two large granite posts that the church had lying on the property unused.  Jón and his advisor, Jim Strack, secured the assistance of Tom Baille and Bond Brothers for the installation of the large granite posts.  Jón is the Drum Major and president of the RMHS Marching Band and is a programmer for the "Robockets," RMHS's first robotics team.

Rob Ciaccio's project involved creating the St. Francis Garden at St.Agnes Church.  The area was overgrown and difficult to maintain, so Rob led a team in removing the weeds, planting hardy plants and shrubs.  They also obtained a beautiful statue of St. Francis and installed a base for the statue in the garden.  What had been an eyesore is now an attractive area that everyone parking at St. Agnes sees.  At RMHS, Rob throws the discus and the javelin on the spring track team and is a member of the Alliance of Veterans and Students, Relentless, and the Right Club.

Jimmy Houston led a team in surveying a neighborhood in town, coordinating with the Fire Department to ensure the safety of Reading residents - visible address numbers can be critical in emergency situations, and difficult-to-spot or absent numbers can mean the loss of precious time for first responders. Jimmy played trumpet in the RMHS Marching, Stage, and Concert bands, participating in the bands trip to Disneyworld in April of 2013.  He was a varsity wrestler and was active in the Drama and Right Clubs. Jimmy also served as the Youth Liaison to the Board of Selectmen. He is studying computer science at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Dan Staffier led a group of volunteers in the refurbishment of the Linnaea Thelin Bird Conservation Grounds.  

The project involved  clearing the entrance of built up debris (both natural and unnatural), building a new staircase using railroad ties and stone dust, creating water diversions to prevent erosion, and re developing a long-unused trail and  three observation points.  A long neglected nature area is now much more inviting since Dan's project.  Dan is a member of the National Honor Society, the Envirothon team, and the Leo Club.

Nathan Strack involved several scouts and adult volunteers to address a long-standing drainage problem at the Church of the Good Shepherd.  He raised two concrete window wells and regraded the adjacent area to divert water runoff.  The project also involved repitching an existing gutter and connecting it to a new drywell that he and his team dug onsite.  Since the project was completed, there has been no flooding in the church basement, despite numerous heavy rains.  Nathan is a member of the RMHS Marching, Stage, and Jazz bands, the Robotics team, Model United Nations, and the Drama Club.

Nathan Terry has played and officiated at innumerable baseball and soccer games at Symonds Field.  His project involved building and installing bat houses there to alleviate the bug problem. Nathan and his volunteers built ten bat houses and installed them on 16 foot posts along the third base line.  He is a three-sport varsity athlete at RHMS: soccer, indoor track, and baseball.  Nathan is also active in the Alliance of Veterans and Students.  He participated in the Assistant Principal Selection process last year and is a long-time altar server at St. Athanasius Church.

Q&A with Mystic Valley Elder Services executive director Dan O’Leary

February 19, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Mystic Valley Elder Services:

Q: Although I continue to live in our home, my wife now lives at a nursing facility nearby.  While I’m delighted that I’ll still be able to see her every day, I’m also really worried about the cost—and I’m worried that she’s worried, too. The last thing I want is for my wife’s health to deteriorate because she’s stressed out over my financial health.   Anything to bring us both piece of mind?
 
Answer: First, let’s take a moment to focus on the good: your wife is receiving the high-quality care that she needs, and you’re able to visit her every day.  What a relief this must be!
 
Of course, when you and  your wife decided it was the best course for her to move into a nursing facility, I’m sure you faced a great deal of anxiety over the decision – both emotional and financial. If your wife has MassHealth coverage, however, some of the financial burden has been relieved: MassHealth covers long-term care, and protects your assets as well.  So the short answer is, you and your wife can both stop worrying about going bankrupt from the cost of her long-term care.  MassHealth offers some protection for your financial well-being.
 
Income: It is important to note that your income, as the spouse remaining in the community (MassHealth refers to you as “the community spouse”), is not counted when determining MassHealth eligibility for your wife in the nursing facility.  Only the income in your wife’s name is counted.  Even if you are working and earning, say, $4,000 a month, your income does not count toward cost of caring for your wife in a nursing facility if she is covered by MassHealth. As the community spouse, you can keep most of your own income, no matter how much that totals. 
 
MassHealth will determine a “minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance” level for you that takes into account your housing costs and reflects the minimum you need to live independently in the community.  

That “monthly maintenance” ranges up to a maximum of $2,931.  If your monthly income alone is not enough to meet the “minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance” MassHealth set for you, you are eligible to divert some income from your wife in the nursing facility to meet that minimum.  If your housing costs are particularly high, you may be able to divert an additional percentage of your wife’s income.
 
MassHealth also determines a Patient Paid Amount for your wife.  This is the amount/percentage of your wife’s income must go to pay for her care in the nursing home. 
 
Assets: For MassHealth to cover your wife’s nursing facility care, your wife must have assets that amount to less than $2,000. While that may sound low to some people, remember that property such as your house, your car, or prepaid burial are exempt from that $2,000 – so most likely, we’re talking about cash and savings, unless you own real estate in addition to your home. 

Because you are “the community spouse,” you are allowed to hold half of your marriage’s communal assets—up to $117,240, not including your house, your car, or prepaid burial.  (But note that, if, for example, you sell your shared home, MassHealth does have the authority to recover money they’ve spent on your wife’s care from that sale’s assets; this is known as “estate recovery.”  If you have a lot of assets to protect, you may want to consult a certified Elder Law Attorney first. )
 
This is most certainly a stressful time for you and your family, and the MassHealth guidelines can be complicated.  If your loved one needs to go into a nursing facility, please contact our SHINE program by calling 781-388-4845 to speak with a counselor.  The SHINE counselors will work with you for free to navigate the requirements of Medicare, and screen you to see if you may qualify for MassHealth.
 
And don’t forget that MassHealth covers home-based care for people who would rather live at home. Our experts can answer your questions about home-care, personal care, and other care planning issues, as well. Please call Mystic Valley Elder Services’s main office at 781-324-7705 to get started.

Mystic Valley Elder Services provides critical, life-supporting care and resources to older adults, adults living with disabilities, and caregivers residing in Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, North Reading, Reading, Stoneham, and Wakefield. Visit www.mves.org or call 781-324-7705 to find what you need to live the way you want.

Local students earn honors at Malden Catholic High School

February 8, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden Catholic High School:

Malden Catholic High School, one of New England’s leading college preparatory high schools for young men, has announced that the following local students received honors for distinguished academic performance during the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year:

Second Honors - all grades 80 percent and above.
First Honors - all grades 85 percent and above.
Headmaster’s List - all grades 90 percent and above.

Wenhao (Ben)    An      FIRST HONORS        Allston
Hengshen (Kim)  Li       SECOND HONORS   Allston
Tianshu (Sean)  Xiao     SECOND HONORS   Allston
Qin (Bill)      Xu             FIRST HONORS        Allston
Michael Cahill               SECOND HONORS   Amesbury
Michael Addorisio         SECOND HONORS   Arlington
Timothy Matthews         FIRST HONORS       Arlington
Anthony Palazzo           FIRST HONORS      Bedford
Joshua  Soldan             FIRST HONORS      Bedford
Reilly  Peters                FIRST HONORS      Beverly
John (Jack)     Adams   SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Samuel  Palmisano       FIRST HONORS       Boxford
Nicholas        Puleio     SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Cameron Walter           SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Cameron Arrigo            HEADMASTER'S LIST Burlington
Corey   Forester           SECOND HONORS     Burlington
Kyle    Forester            SECOND HONORS     Burlington
Riley   Gilberg             SECOND HONORS      Burlington
Thomas  Sullivan         FIRST HONORS           Burlington
Han     Yan                 SECOND HONORS      Burlington
Jeffrey Wang               HEADMASTER'S LIST   Charlestown
Ryan    Corliss            FIRST HONORS           Chelsea
Sanjey  Singh             SECOND HONORS      Chelsea
James   Irving, Jr.        SECOND HONORS      Danvers
Kristopher Mullaney    SECOND HONORS      Danvers
Zachary Sasso           FIRST HONORS          Danvers
Matthew Bruno           SECOND HONORS     E. Boston
Michaelangelo Gerardi SECOND HONORS     E. Boston
Ryan    Sherman         SECOND HONORS     E. Boston
James   Augustin        FIRST HONORS          Everett
Luisadrian Bernal        SECOND HONORS     Everett
Hardy   Jean               FIRST HONORS         Everett
Brendan LaVallee        FIRST HONORS         Everett
Peter   Le                    SECOND HONORS   Everett
Gerardo Lopez-Picardi  FIRST HONORS        Everett
Brenden McCarthy       HEADMASTER'S LIST Everett
John    McCormack      SECOND HONORS   Everett
Louis   Sierra               SECOND HONORS   Everett
David   Strott               SECOND HONORS   Everett
Kellen  Field                HEADMASTER'S LIST  Gloucester
Jacob   Horrigan          FIRST HONORS         Gloucester
John    Camozzi          SECOND HONORS    Groveland
Hualiang (Tony) Li       SECOND HONORS     Hartford
Yixiao (Eric)   Liang     HEADMASTER'S LIST Hartford
Yihan   Zhao               HEADMASTER'S LIST  Hartford
Cameron Betz             SECOND HONORS      Lynn
Samuel  Cappuccio     HEADMASTER'S LIST   Lynn
Matthew Derby           SECOND HONORS        Lynn
Colin   Harvey            HEADMASTER'S LIST     Lynn
Matthew Filipe            FIRST HONORS            Lynnfield
Devin   Kelly               SECOND HONORS       Lynnfield
James   Mortellite       SECOND HONORS       Lynnfield
Patrick Passatempo    SECOND HONORS      Lynnfield
Joseph  Spinosa         SECOND HONORS      Lynnfield
Joseph  Veglia           SECOND HONORS      Lynnfield
Andrew  Andrade        FIRST HONORS          Malden
Andrew  Barros          SECOND HONORS      Malden
Colin   Blake             SECOND HONORS      Malden
Daniel  Coelho           FIRST HONORS          Malden
Garphey Crevecoeur     FIRST HONORS        Malden
Jharem  Crevecoeur      FIRST HONORS        Malden
Carlos  Dominguez       SECOND HONORS   Malden
Christopher Fitzgerald    FIRST HONORS      Malden
Riley   Hennessey        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Christopher Hopkins     SECOND HONORS   Malden
Run Chen Huang         SECOND HONORS   Malden
Rohit   Jaisinghani       FIRST HONORS       Malden
Karlens Joas               FIRST HONORS       Malden
Cameron Koizumi       SECOND HONORS   Malden
Matthew McCarthy      SECOND HONORS   Malden
Peter   Melendez        HEADMASTER'S LIST Malden
Brendan Murphy         SECOND HONORS   Malden
Shane   Norton           FIRST HONORS        Malden
Brian   O'Callaghan     SECOND HONORS   Malden
Kevin   O'Callaghan     SECOND HONORS   Malden
Joshua  Ouellette        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Mark    Panzini           FIRST HONORS        Malden
Umang   Patel            FIRST HONORS        Malden
Tyler   Ransom          SECOND HONORS    Malden
Logan   Sprague        SECOND HONORS    Malden
Michael Ssentongo     HEADMASTER'S LIST Malden
Jack    Stockless       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Malden
Russell Sully             SECOND HONORS      Malden
Adam    Surette         HEADMASTER'S LIST  Malden
Alexei  Teague          FIRST HONORS           Malden
John (Jack) Albanese HEADMASTER'S LIST  Medford
Javier  Barria             SECOND HONORS      Medford
Brendan Bunker        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Medford
Christopher Cafferty   SECOND HONORS      Medford
Krzysztof Cefalo       HEADMASTER'S LIST   Medford
Frederick DeNisco    FIRST HONORS           Medford
Alejandro DePeña     FIRST HONORS           Medford
Anthony DeSouza     FIRST HONORS           Medford
Nicholas DeSouza    SECOND HONORS       Medford
James   Donlan        HEADMASTER'S LIST    Medford
Thomas  Donlan       FIRST HONORS            Medford
Michael Endicott      SECOND HONORS       Medford
Matthew Hirl            HEADMASTER'S LIST    Medford
Andrew  Kelly          FIRST HONORS             Medford
Cameron Kelly         SECOND HONORS       Medford
Logan Lanciloti-Stark SECOND HONORS      Medford
James McQuaid        HEADMASTER'S LIST  Medford
Joseph  Morrissey     SECOND HONORS      Medford
Andrew  Murphy        FIRST HONORS           Medford
Brendan O'Donnell      SECOND HONORS     Medford
Steven  Passatempo   FIRST HONORS         Medford
Victor  Ramos            FIRST HONORS         Medford
William Riley Jr          HEADMASTER'S LIST Medford
Liam  Shaughnessy    SECOND HONORS    Medford
Jared   Silva              FIRST HONORS          Medford
Peter   Skerry           SECOND HONORS      Medford
Wei (Kevin) Su          FIRST HONORS          Medford
Edward  Tan            HEADMASTER'S LIST   Medford
Joseph  Toomey      FIRST HONORS            Medford
Michael Upton         SECOND HONORS       Medford
Gregory Viola          SECOND HONORS       Medford
Dylan   Bagley        FIRST HONORS             Melrose
Jack    Barresi        SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Jared   Bernis         FIRST HONORS             Melrose
Timothy Brown        FIRST HONORS             Melrose
William Carreiro       SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Jack    D'Errico        FIRST HONORS            Melrose
Luke    D'Errico        FIRST HONORS            Melrose
Ian     Dolaher         SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Steven  Doucette      HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
Patrick Driscoll         SECOND HONORS      Melrose
Robert (Trey) Durant III  HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Anthony Gill              SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Austin  Goldstein       SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Corey   Goldstein       HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
John    Graf                HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Harrison Hahn           SECOND HONORS       Melrose
Robert  Hannula         FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Benjamin Hanover      FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Jonathon  Havey        SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Troy    Healy             FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Brandon Heng           FIRST HONORS          Melrose
Stephen Holmberg      SECOND HONORS    Melrose
Candan  Iuliano         SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Lucas   Janzen         HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Kyle    Jones             SECOND HONORS     Melrose
Lucas   Kaestner        SECOND HONORS    Melrose
John    Kezerian         FIRST HONORS         Melrose
SungHyun (Sean) Kim  HEADMASTER'S LIST Melrose
Adam    Lew               FIRST HONORS         Melrose
Brian   Liwo                HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Michael Loycano        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
Liam    Lynch-Galvin    FIRST HONORS           Melrose
Michael McElligott      SECOND HONORS       Melrose
Christopher McKenna  FIRST HONORS           Melrose
Luke    McKenna       SECOND HONORS        Melrose
Max     Meier             HEADMASTER'S LIST   Melrose
Michael Moschella      SECOND HONORS      Melrose
John  O'Brien             SECOND HONORS       Melrose
Matthew Oteri           FIRST HONORS             Melrose
Derek   Packard       HEADMASTER'S LIST     Melrose
Michael Ronayne     HEADMASTER'S LIST     Melrose
Benjamin Scarpa    SECOND HONORS          Melrose
Christopher Schwarze HEADMASTER'S LIST  Melrose
Michael Shea         SECOND HONORS          Melrose
Joseph  Tansino     HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Joseph  Valente     HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Kevin   Walsh        FIRST HONORS                Melrose
Tyler   Webb         FIRST HONORS                Melrose
Jacob   Witkowski SECOND HONORS           Melrose
Cameron Zahner    HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Zachary Zahner     HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Joseph  Crowley   HEADMASTER'S LIST       Middleton
John    McLean    SECOND HONORS          N. Andover
Ryan    Connor     FIRST HONORS              N. Reading
Ryan    Cristiano   FIRST HONORS             N. Reading
Joseph  Marini Jr.   HEADMASTER'S LIST   Nahant
Matthew Borges     FIRST HONORS            Peabody
Gianmarco Cappuccio  SECOND HONORS  Peabody
Michael Cashman  SECOND HONORS        Peabody
Frank   Celona       SECOND HONORS       Peabody
Alex    Gomes        FIRST HONORS           Peabody
Giuseppe Limoli      FIRST HONORS          Peabody
Alex  Massa          FIRST HONORS           Peabody
Rocco   Prestia     SECOND HONORS       Peabody
Kolbi   Shairs        FIRST HONORS           Peabody
Stephen Mayes     SECOND HONORS      Reading
Paul    McCarthy    SECOND HONORS     Reading
Kyle    Skinner      HEADMASTER'S LIST  Reading
Peter   Squeglia III  SECOND HONORS     Reading
Peter   Ventola       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Reading
James   Zaccardo    SECOND HONORS    Reading
Alexander Aguilar     FIRST HONORS        Revere
Phillip Antonucci IV    FIRST HONORS      Revere
Brendan Dao            SECOND HONORS   Revere
Christopher Dixon     SECOND HONORS   Revere
Joseph  Leone          SECOND HONORS   Revere
Nicholas Leone        HEADMASTER'S LIST Revere
Daniel  Marks          FIRST HONORS        Revere
Byung Kwon Moon   SECOND HONORS   Revere
Zachary Moore         HEADMASTER'S LIST Revere
Hugo    Palacios       SECOND HONORS   Revere
Juao-guilherme  Rosa HEADMASTER'S LIST Revere
Hans    Rosin           SECOND HONORS     Revere
Corey   Sanville        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Salem
Christopher Alihosseini  SECOND HONORS  Saugus
Benjamin Amico        SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Daniel  Barletta         HEADMASTER'S LIST  Saugus
Paul    Cook              SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Nico    DeFlorio         SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Nolen   Dube             SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Rachid  Elkhaouli       SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Antonio Fiorentino      FIRST HONORS          Saugus
Eric    Kalton             FIRST HONORS          Saugus
Christopher Kimmerle  FIRST HONORS         Saugus
Steven  Lima             SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Matteo  Mannara       SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Mark    Panetta         FIRST HONORS           Saugus
Nicholas Papageorge  SECOND HONORS     Saugus
Matthew Pelletier       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Saugus
Cameron Pozark       SECOND HONORS       Saugus
Joseph  Quatieri        SECOND HONORS       Saugus
Dennis  Scannell        SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Robert  Shields Jr.     SECOND HONORS       Saugus
Christopher Sparages  SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Richard Swierk           SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Charles Vozzella        SECOND HONORS      Saugus
Andrew  Ward            HEADMASTER'S LIST   Saugus
Brendan Costa           SECOND HONORS     Somerville
Maxwell Smith           SECOND HONORS     Somerville
Brian   Bialock           SECOND HONORS     Stoneham
Joseph  Cameron       FIRST HONORS          Stoneham
Michael Carbone        HEADMASTER'S LIST  Stoneham
Brian   Coles             SECOND HONORS      Stoneham
Stephen DiMauro       HEADMASTER'S LIST  Stoneham
Cameron Doyle         SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Raymond Dufour       SECOND HONORS        Stoneham
Alexander Galbraith   SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Kenneth Graczyk      SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Daniel  Lattarulo        SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Ronald  Mastrocola   FIRST HONORS             Stoneham
Thomas  Mello          FIRST HONORS             Stoneham
Joseph  Monteiro       FIRST HONORS            Stoneham
Mark    Mozzicato     HEADMASTER'S LIST    Stoneham
Owen    Noonan        SECOND HONORS        Stoneham
Connor  O'Neill          HEADMASTER'S LIST    Stoneham
Francesco Puopolo    SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Nicholas Rolli             FIRST HONORS           Stoneham
Kyle    Soares           SECOND HONORS       Stoneham
Cole    Iovine             FIRST HONORS            Tewksbury
Michael Welton        SECOND HONORS        Tewksbury
Timothy Guinee       SECOND HONORS         Topsfield
Brian   Cameron      SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Shamus  Coyne      SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Matthew Curran      SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Joseph  Delory        FIRST HONORS             Wakefield
Ethan   Dupuis       SECOND HONORS         Wakefield
Joshua  Germino    FIRST HONORS             Wakefield
Nicholas Grande    FIRST HONORS             Wakefield
Christian Hannabury HEADMASTER'S LIST  Wakefield
Connor  Henry        FIRST HONORS            Wakefield
Thomas  Ireland     FIRST HONORS            Wakefield
Robert  Mickolsz    SECOND HONORS       Wakefield
Ryan    Murphy       FIRST HONORS           Wakefield
James   Pasqua      SECOND HONORS      Wakefield
Matthew Sullivan     FIRST HONORS           Wakefield
Michael Valenza     SECOND HONORS       Wakefield
John    Aroush        SECOND HONORS        Waltham
John    Corbett        HEADMASTER'S LIST   Watertown
Joseph  Ascolese    HEADMASTER'S LIST   Wilmington
Christopher Babcock SECOND HONORS     Wilmington
Stephen Cardarelli   SECOND HONORS       Wilmington
John DiFava            HEADMASTER'S LIST    Wilmington
Alexander Frye        SECOND HONORS       Wilmington
Quinn   Reynolds      SECOND HONORS     Wilmington
Daniel  Marino          FIRST HONORS         Winchester
Ian     Steckel           FIRST HONORS        Winchester
Sean    Arria             FIRST HONORS        Winthrop
David   Fisher           FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
Daniel  Garcia          FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
David   Giuffre          FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
Nicholas Napoli       SECOND HONORS     Winthrop
Connor  Sullivan       FIRST HONORS         Winthrop
Kyle    Chute           HEADMASTER'S LIST  Woburn
Max     Doherty       HEADMASTER'S LIST   Woburn
Thomas  Ferullo      SECOND HONORS       Woburn
Christopher Flemming   HEADMASTER'S LIST  Woburn
David   Lennon, Jr.    HEADMASTER'S LIST   Woburn
Dennis  Nicolas       FIRST HONORS            Woburn
Ryan    Tarby          SECOND HONORS       Woburn
Huan (Kevin)    Zhou  SECOND HONORS

Somerville man pleads guilty to luring teen online

January 28, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Middlesex District Attorney: 

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan informed the public today that Justin Koser, 31, of Somerville, pleaded guilty to charges of enticement of a child under 16 (two counts) and attempted rape of a child. 
 
 Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced the defendant to two and half years in the House of Correction with five years probation to be served after his jail sentence with the following conditions: must register as a sex offender, GPS monitoring, have no contact with victim, have no unsupervised contact with children under 16, and submit to searches of his computer by probation.
 
“The defendant lied about his age and identity online and knowingly approached a 15-year-old girl seeking to engage in sexual conduct,” District Attorney Ryan said.  “Thankfully this victim told her parents and police were able to step in to protect the victim.  The unfortunate reality is that anyone can hide their identity online and predators are very good at deceiving their victims.  

As District Attorney, I am committed to educating our teens on these issues and working with parents to keep communication open so that no child is victimized by someone they engage with online. On Friday, I was addressing these important issues with middle school students in Waltham as we continue to spread this message to our students.”
 
In addition to speaking in Waltham last week, District Attorney Ryan also spoke about cyber safety to more than 1,000 students in Arlington, as part of the “Navigating the Cyber World” program run by the district attorney.
 
According to authorities, the defendant began communicating online September 12, 2012 with the victim through instant messaging.  The victim identified herself as 15, while the defendant claimed to be a 17-year-old high school senior from Andover and his instant messenger profile photo appeared to be that of a teenage boy.  It was not a photo of the defendant.
 
The conversation then moved onto telephone texts and the defendant began to make sexual remarks.  He told the victim he was older than 17.  On September 24, 2012, Reading Police were notified of the sexual nature of the communications and the juvenile and her parents allowed police to access her chat conversations.  Police obtained records that the account and computer being used to communicate with the victim was assigned to the defendant’s Somerville home.
 
The defendant continued to text the victim and suggested an in-person meeting, offering to pick the victim at her home or to meet her in a secluded location.  The defendant continued to discuss the sexual nature of his intentions with the victim through text messages. 
 
On October 6, 2012, the defendant confirmed he would meet the victim in a wooded area after dark and went to the location around 6:30 p.m.  He was arrested at the scene by Reading Police and among the items seized from him were his Iphone, from which he had been texting.  
 
"Thanks to the collaboration between the Reading Police Detective Division, the NEMLEC Cyber Crime Unit and the Middlesex District Attorneys Office, this defendant was caught and taken off of the street,” said Sgt. Detective Mark Segalla, Criminal Division Commander of Reading Police.  “We are all committed to the common goal of keeping our children safe.”
 
The case was investigated by Reading Police.  The case was prosecuted by General Counsel David Solet.  The Victim Witness Advocate was Rani Scott.
 
This school year, District Attorney Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. have launched “Navigating the Cyber World,” an Internet safety presentation for middle school and high school students in Middlesex County.  The MDAO and MPY also host programs geared toward parents and school officials to help keep children safe online.  In addition, a helpful brochure, Technology Tips for Parents, is available online and in many schools. 
 
The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office also provides the following safety tips:
 
Online Safety Tips for students:
 
Do not share personal information on social media sites, including your address, birthday or phone number
Never share your passwords
Do not post or send nude or semi nude photos
Never arrange to meet someone you met online
Do not click on links or download files from someone you do not know
 
Online Safety Tips for parents:
 
Talk to your children about their use of the Internet and social media to set guideline and determine what is appropriate use
Make Internet use a family activity by keeping computers and iPads in a central location in the home
Keep cell phone and chargers out of child’s bedroom at night to discourage late-night texting
Remind your children that people they talk to online are strangers and may not be who they claim to be
Let your child know it is OK to come to you if he or she is uncomfortable with something that took place on the Internet
 
Middlesex County is the largest county in Massachusetts and one of the largest counties in the country with 54 towns and cities and 26 colleges in urban, suburban, and rural areas, comprising over one quarter of the population of Massachusetts.   The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office prosecutes more than 35,000 cases a year in nineteen superior, district and juvenile courts and has offices throughout the county, including in Ayer, Cambridge, Concord, Framingham, Lowell, Malden, Marlborough, Newton, Somerville, Waltham and Woburn.

Somerville man sentenced for attempting to lure teen online

January 27, 2014 12:09 PM

A Somerville man has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail after he pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his online efforts to lure a teen into engaging in sexual conduct.

District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office announced Monday that Justin Koser, 31, was sentenced on Jan. 22 after he pleaded guilty to two counts of enticement of a child under 16 and attempted rape of a child.

“The defendant lied about his age and identity online and knowingly approached a 15-year-old girl seeking to engage in sexual conduct,” Ryan said in a release about Koser’s case. “Thankfully this victim told her parents and police were able to step in and protect the victim.”

The sentencing comes as Ryan has recently met with students in Arlington and Waltham to discuss cyber safety.

According to Ryan’s office, Koser began communicating online with a girl who identified herself as 15 years old in September of 2012. Koser claimed to be a 17-year-old student from Andover and instead of using his own photo on his instant message profile, he used a photo of what appeared to be that of a teenage boy, according to Ryan’s office.

Soon Koser began sending the girl text messages that included sexual remarks and told her he was older than 17 years old. Reading Police were notified of the messages, and tracked the origin of messages sent by computer to the girl back to Koser’s home in Somerville, according to Ryan’s office.

Koser continued sending messages to the girl and offered to pick her up or meet her in a secluded location and he continued to discuss the sexual nature of his intentions. When Koser attempted to meet the girl in a wooded area after dark on Oct. 6, 2012, he was arrested by Reading Police, who seized the cell phone he had been using to send the text messages, according to the district attorney.

In addition to his sentence to more than two years in a House of Correction, Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman sentenced Koser to five years of probation, is requiring that he register as a sex offender and ordered that he must have no unsupervised contact with children under 16.

--brock.parker@gmail.com

HD Physical Therapy earns silver medal on national scale

January 10, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by HD Physical Therapy:

HD Physical Therapy is honored to announce that they received the silver medal in ADVANCE Magazine for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine’s 12th annual Practice of the Year contest! The award was recently broadcasted in the December 2013 issue.

“For being a single-location clinic only in practice for 18 months, winning second place in this prestigious, national competition is an immense honor,” said HDPT co-founder Glenn D’Addario, MSPT, DPT.

“My partner, Ed Harding, PTA, and I have similar values and share the same vision. We wanted to create an exceptional place where we could help as many people as possible,” D’Addario said. “We are very proud and excited to have accomplished that, and to be recognized for it in such a significant manner. This award is a true reflection of the diligence and dedication we have put into HDPT, and of our extraordinary team that we share this with.”

Now in its 12th year, the ADVANCE Practice of the Year Contest tallies anonymous entries from across the globe, and scores them on a range of success metrics. They look at customer service standards, practice growth, revenue growth, recruiting and staff development and professional standing. The contest is free to enter and is never connected with advertising contracts or other incentives. The judging panel is made up exclusively of physical therapy private practice owners and previous winners of the contest.

The physical therapy practices that were chosen as runners up in this year's installment of the contest are all focusing on expanding their offering of services, staying true to the guiding principles of the profession, using new media to promote themselves and the physical therapy profession, and above all, offering superior consumer service through evidence-based care.

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Malden councilor eyes Clark's senate seat, but also recruiting others

December 16, 2013 02:14 PM

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.

– A. Metzger/SHNS

Middlesex DA pushes for domestic violence bill after Jared Remy case

December 14, 2013 10:02 AM

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.”

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