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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

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.”

A look at the two candidates in Tuesday's special election to replace Ed Markey in Congress

December 4, 2013 11:25 AM

Katherine Clark, the 50-year-old Democratic nominee for the Fifth Congressional District, is heavily favored in the Dec. 10 special election to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives.

Yet Clark, a state senator from Melrose, still faces one last test.

Her Republican opponent, Frank J. Addivinola Jr., a businessman and lawyer with six graduate degrees and conservative views on the Affordable Care Act, guns, gay marriage, and abortion, says he is going to win.

Here are brief biographies of the two candidates. Go to Thursday's Globe North and Globe West for more.

Katherine Marlea Clark
Born: 1963 New Haven, CT
Undergraduate education: St. Lawrence University
Profession: State senator
Self-described political views: Progressive Democrat
Personal life: Married with three school-age boys
Current residence: Melrose
Grocery store of choice: Market Basket
International adventure: Studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan, in 1983

Frank John Addivinola Jr.
Born: 1960 Malden, MA
Undergraduate education: Williams College
Profession: Doctoral student, teacher, lawyer, owner test prep business
Self-described political view: Smaller government, traditional Republican
Personal life: Married
Current residence: Boston
Grocery store of choice: Market Basket
International adventure: From 2002-2006, lived in Odessa, Ukraine, and ran a tourist-focused business there

Middlesex Sherriff's Office wishes all a happy and safe holiday season

December 4, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Middlesex Sheriff's Office:

The most wonderful season of the year is upon us; a time of joyous celebration with family, friends and loved ones. We want this season to remain a happy, healthy time for all of us and, here in Middlesex County, we’re working to ensure that we do all we can to get important safety information out to our community.

The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office has identified two areas of safety we want you to be especially aware of this time of year in order to keep your family safe: holiday shopping and home safety.

Holiday shopping safety is paramount this time of year as, despite the good will and giving of the season, there remains the sad reality that there are those who don’t share those good intentions. A few basic tips to keep in mind when out holiday shopping:

  • If visiting multiple stores, store your bags in the trunk of your car. If you must store them in the passenger compartment, make every effort to keep them out of sight.
  • Be aware of loiterers near your vehicle. If you have any concerns, return to the store and ask to be escorted. Park your vehicle in a well-lit area that is populated by fellow shoppers.
  • Consider using a credit card and not a debit card when shopping online. Federal law limits your liability to $50 if your credit card is used fraudulently. Also, only carry the amount of cash you expect to use when shopping in stores as thieves are on the look-out for people holding large amounts of money.
  • Consumers are typically in a generous mood and often distracted during the holidays. Be leery of strangers approaching you asking for something that may ordinarily raise suspicions. A favorite holiday scam involves someone approaching you in a parking lot with a gas can looking to "borrow" some money for gas. Mall or department store security is better equipped to handle stranded motorists.
In addition to keeping safety in mind while out tackling those holiday shopping lists, it’s just as important to remember to put safety first at home. When it comes to holiday lights and trees, fire safety should always be a priority. Some things to keep in mind:

  • Keep trees away from heat sources and be sure to water your tree daily.
  • Never leave a lit tree unattended and use only fire retardant decorations.
  • Use a “non-tip” style tree stand.
  • Dispose of your tree properly, soon after the holidays, before the needles dry out.
  • Never hang lights on a metallic tree.
  • Check all lighting for frayed wires, broken plugs, and sockets and never overload outlets. Use no more than three strands of lights on a single extension cord.
  • Never use candles on trees, near live or other flammable decorations, and be sure to never leave candles burning unattended.
  • Consider buying new energy efficient LED lights that don't get as hot and always use appropriate weatherproof lights outdoors.
  • Make sure grills and outdoor cookware are not used indoors.
By paying attention to the safety tips above, we can ensure a happy and healthy holiday season for our families, loved ones and neighbors. Enjoy this special time and, from all of us at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Happy Holidays!
Peter J. Koutoujian is Sheriff of Middlesex County.

Massachusetts hunting, fishing licenses for 2014 available

November 30, 2013 04:48 PM

BOSTON (AP) — The new year is a few weeks away but it’s not too early to think about 2014 hunting licenses.

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says 2014 hunting, sporting, fishing, and trapping licenses will be available for purchase starting on Monday.

They can be purchased at all license vendor locations, MassWildlife District offices, the West Boylston Field Headquarters, and at

Anyone 15 or older needs a license to hunt or for freshwater fishing.

Freshwater fishing licenses for minors ages 15 to 17 are free and can be obtained online.

The department also reminds hunters that all deer harvested during shotgun season must be checked at a check station. Online checking is not available from Dec. 2 until Dec. 14.

Local students earn honors in first quarter at Malden Catholic High School

November 26, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the 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 fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 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       FIRST HONORS    Allston
Michael Addorisio         FIRST HONORS    Arlington
Timothy Matthews        FIRST HONORS    Arlington
Alexandros Reissis      SECOND HONORS   Arlington
Anthony Palazzo          FIRST HONORS    Bedford
Noah    Paredes           SECOND HONORS   Bedford
Joshua  Soldan            FIRST HONORS    Bedford
Reilly  Peters               SECOND HONORS   Beverly
John (Jack) Adams       FIRST HONORS    Boxford
Samuel  Palmisano      HEADMASTER'S LIST      Boxford
Nicholas Puleio           SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Cameron Walter          SECOND HONORS   Boxford
Cameron Arrigo           HEADMASTER'S LIST       Burlington
Corey   Forester          SECOND HONORS   Burlington
Kyle    Forester            FIRST HONORS    Burlington
Riley   Gilberg             SECOND HONORS   Burlington
Thomas  Sullivan         SECOND HONORS   Burlington
Huan (Kevin)    Zhou    SECOND HONORS   Burlington
Brennan Carrier           SECOND HONORS   Charlestown
Jeffrey Wang               HEADMASTER'S LIST       Charlestown
Ryan    Corliss            SECOND HONORS   Chelsea
Sanjey  Singh              FIRST HONORS    Chelsea
James   Irving, Jr.        FIRST HONORS    Danvers
David   Morrill III           SECOND HONORS   Danvers
Kristopher  Mullaney        SECOND HONORS   Danvers
Kyle    Mullaney          SECOND HONORS   Danvers
Zachary Sasso             FIRST HONORS    Danvers
Matthew Bruno           SECOND HONORS   E. Boston
Michael Gerardi            FIRST HONORS    E. Boston
Ryan    Sherman           FIRST HONORS    E. Boston
James   Augustin          FIRST HONORS    Everett
Luisadrian Bernal          FIRST HONORS    Everett
Joseph  Coviello           SECOND HONORS   Everett
Hardy   Jean                FIRST HONORS    Everett
Brendan LaVallee         SECOND HONORS   Everett
Gerardo Lopez-Picardi   FIRST HONORS    Everett
Brenden McCarthy        HEADMASTER'S LIST       Everett
John    McCormack       SECOND HONORS   Everett
Nico    Paskos              FIRST HONORS    Everett
Louis   Sierra                FIRST HONORS    Everett
David   Strott                SECOND HONORS   Everett
Kellen  Field                 HEADMASTER'S LIST       Gloucester
Jacob   Horrigan           SECOND HONORS   Gloucester
Byun Kwon  Moon        SECOND HONORS   Jamaica Plain
Samuel  Cappuccio       FIRST HONORS    Lynn
Matthew Derby             SECOND HONORS   Lynn
Timothy Donnelly          SECOND HONORS   Lynn
Colin   Harvey                FIRST HONORS    Lynn
Marcus  McKenzie        SECOND HONORS   Lynn
Caige   Sadler               SECOND HONORS   Lynn
Brendan Tobey              SECOND HONORS   Lynn
Matthew Filipe              FIRST HONORS    Lynnfield
Devin   Kelly                  FIRST HONORS    Lynnfield
James   Mortellite          SECOND HONORS   Lynnfield
Patrick Passatempo      SECOND HONORS   Lynnfield
Joseph  Spinosa             FIRST HONORS    Lynnfield
Joseph  Veglia               SECOND HONORS   Lynnfield
Yixiao (Eric)   Liang         HEADMASTER'S LIST       Malden
Bojian (Sam)  Zhang        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Alexander Andrade          SECOND HONORS   Malden
Andrew  Andrade            FIRST HONORS    Malden
Colin   Blake                  SECOND HONORS   Malden
Kevin   Cajuda                FIRST HONORS    Malden
Daniel  Coelho                SECOND HONORS   Malden
Garphey Crevecoeur       SECOND HONORS   Malden
Jharem  Crevecoeur         SECOND HONORS   Malden
Lucas   Cunha                 SECOND HONORS   Malden
Carlos  Dominguez        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Ahmedine  Fall               SECOND HONORS   Malden
Christopher Fitzgerald      FIRST HONORS    Malden
Riley   Hennessey           FIRST HONORS    Malden
Christopher Hopkins        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Run Chen  Huang            FIRST HONORS    Malden
Rohit   Jaisinghani           FIRST HONORS    Malden
Karlens Joas                  SECOND HONORS   Malden
Cameron Koizumi           SECOND HONORS   Malden
Matthew McCarthy         SECOND HONORS   Malden
Peter   Melendez           HEADMASTER'S LIST       Malden
Brendan Murphy              FIRST HONORS    Malden
Sun Yiu Ngo                    SECOND HONORS   Malden
Shane   Norton                 FIRST HONORS    Malden
Joshua  Ouellette             SECOND HONORS   Malden
Mark    Panzini                 FIRST HONORS    Malden
Umang   Patel                  FIRST HONORS    Malden
Tyler   Ransom                SECOND HONORS   Malden
Nicholas   Rodriguez        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Bryan   Smith                 SECOND HONORS   Malden
Michael Ssentongo         FIRST HONORS    Malden
Andrew  St. Gourdin        SECOND HONORS   Malden
Jack    Stockless           HEADMASTER'S LIST       Malden
Russell Sully                 SECOND HONORS   Malden
Adam    Surette              FIRST HONORS    Malden
Yihan   Zhao                   HEADMASTER'S LIST       Medford
John (Jack)  Albanese        HEADMASTER'S LIST       Medford
Javier  Barria                  FIRST HONORS    Medford
John    Breau                   SECOND HONORS   Medford
Brendan Bunker            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Medford
Christopher Cafferty        SECOND HONORS   Medford
Krzysztof  Cefalo              FIRST HONORS    Medford
Ryan Covelle                  SECOND HONORS   Medford
Frederick  DeNisco         SECOND HONORS   Medford
Alejandro DePeña           SECOND HONORS   Medford
Anthony DeSouza           FIRST HONORS    Medford
Nicholas  DeSouza          SECOND HONORS   Medford
James   Donlan              HEADMASTER'S LIST       Medford
Thomas  Donlan             FIRST HONORS    Medford
Matthew Hirl                   FIRST HONORS    Medford
Andrew  Kelly                 HEADMASTER'S LIST       Medford
Logan   Lanciloti-Stark     SECOND HONORS   Medford
Anthony Matarazzo       SECOND HONORS   Medford
James   McQuaid             FIRST HONORS    Medford
Andrew  Murphy               FIRST HONORS    Medford
Brendan O'Donnell         SECOND HONORS   Medford
Steven  Passatempo      SECOND HONORS   Medford
Victor  Ramos                FIRST HONORS    Medford
William Riley Jr             FIRST HONORS    Medford
Liam    Shaughnessy     SECOND HONORS   Medford
Jared   Silva                 FIRST HONORS    Medford
Peter   Skerry              SECOND HONORS   Medford
Wei (Kevin  Su                SECOND HONORS   Medford
Edward  Tan                  HEADMASTER'S LIST       Medford
Joseph  Toomey             FIRST HONORS    Medford
Gregory Viola                 SECOND HONORS   Medford
SungHyun (Sean) Kim      FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Dylan   Bagley               HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Jack    Barresi                 FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Jared   Bernis                   FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Alec    Brophy                FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Timothy Brown                HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Andrew  Canario             FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Noah    Cheema             SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Andrew  Delani              SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Jack    D'Errico              FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Luke    D'Errico             FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Ian     Dolaher                FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Steven  Doucette           HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Patrick Driscoll            SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Robert (Trey)   Durant III      HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Anthony Gill                  FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Austin  Goldstein           FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Corey   Goldstein          HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Nicolas Gonzalez           SECOND HONORS   Melrose
John    Graf                  HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Robert  Hannula             SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Benjamin Hanover           SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Jonathon Havey              SECOND HONORS   Melrose
William Heafey               SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Quinn   Healy                 FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Troy    Healy                 SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Brandon Heng                FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Stephen Holmberg        SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Candan  Iuliano              FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Lucas   Janzen             HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Kyle    Jones                SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Lucas   Kaestner          SECOND HONORS   Melrose
John    Kezerian            FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Adam    Lew                  FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Brian   Liwo                  HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Michael Loycano            FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Liam    Lynch-Galvin        FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Christopher McKenna      FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Luke McKenna              FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Max     Meier                 HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Patrick Norton                SECOND HONORS   Melrose
John    O'Brien               SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Matthew Oteri                 FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Derek   Packard             FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Michael Ronayne             FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Christopher Schwarze        HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Brian   Senier                 SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Michael Shea                 SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Matthew Short                SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Ryan    Smith                 SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Joseph  Tansino              FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Joseph  Valente               HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Kevin   Walsh                  FIRST HONORS    Melrose
Tyler   Webb                    HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Jesse   Wogan                SECOND HONORS   Melrose
Cameron Zahner               HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Zachary Zahner               HEADMASTER'S LIST       Melrose
Joseph  Crowley              HEADMASTER'S LIST       Middleton
Tyler   Sifferlen                SECOND HONORS   N. Andover
Ryan    Connor               FIRST HONORS    N. Reading
Ryan    Cristiano             FIRST HONORS    N. Reading
Joseph  Marini Jr.            FIRST HONORS    Nahant
John    McLean              SECOND HONORS   North Andover
Brian   Bloom                SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Matthew Borges            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Peabody
Michael Cashman          SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Tyler   Fitzgerald           SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Jeremiah (Travis) Foster  SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Alex    Gomes               SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Simon   Gonzalez          SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Martin  Guinee               SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Giuseppe Limoli             SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Alex    Massa                FIRST HONORS    Peabody
Kolbi   Shairs                 FIRST HONORS    Peabody
Alexander Vitale             SECOND HONORS   Peabody
Thomas  Albert               SECOND HONORS   Reading
William Lawrence           SECOND HONORS   Reading
Stephen Mayes              FIRST HONORS    Reading
Paul    McCarthy           SECOND HONORS   Reading
Kyle    Skinner              HEADMASTER'S LIST       Reading
Peter   Squeglia III         FIRST HONORS    Reading
Peter   Ventola              HEADMASTER'S LIST       Reading
Richard Wronski           SECOND HONORS   Reading
Young Jin  Eo                SECOND HONORS   Revere
Hualiang (Tony) Li           SECOND HONORS   Revere
Alexander  Aguilar          SECOND HONORS   Revere
Phillip Antonucci IV         FIRST HONORS    Revere
Alexandro Correia          SECOND HONORS   Revere
Brendan Dao                  FIRST HONORS    Revere
Christopher Dixon            FIRST HONORS    Revere
Alex    Eaton                  SECOND HONORS   Revere
Joseph  Leone                SECOND HONORS   Revere
Nicholas Leone              HEADMASTER'S LIST       Revere
Daniel  Marks                FIRST HONORS    Revere
Zachary Moore              FIRST HONORS    Revere
Hugo    Palacios           SECOND HONORS   Revere
Juao-guilherme  Rosa    FIRST HONORS    Revere
Hans    Rosin                 FIRST HONORS    Revere
Nicholas Botticelli         SECOND HONORS   Salem
Corey   Sanville              FIRST HONORS    Salem
Benjamin Amico            SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Daniel  Barletta            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Saugus
Jeffrey Campanile          FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Nicholas Dascoli           SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Nico    DeFlorio             FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Nolen   Dube                 FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Antonio Fiorentino         SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Thomas  Frati               SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Seth    Horvath              SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Michel  Jeha                 SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Devin   Jones                 SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Eric    Kalton                FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Christopher Kimmerle        FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Matteo  Mannara           FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Mark    Panetta             FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Nicholas Papageorge      FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Daniel  Pasco              SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Matthew Pelletier          SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Constantino Politis         SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Cameron Pozark           FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Joseph  Quatieri           FIRST HONORS    Saugus
Steven  Ruggiero          SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Dennis  Scannell          SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Robert  Shields Jr.        SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Timothy Smith              SECOND HONORS   Saugus
ChristopherSparages        SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Richard Swierk               SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Charles Vozzella            SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Andrew  Ward               HEADMASTER'S LIST       Saugus
Brendan Wood             SECOND HONORS   Saugus
Brendan Costa              SECOND HONORS   Somerville
Matthew McCune         SECOND HONORS   Somerville
Mathew  Moniz            SECOND HONORS   Somerville
Maxwell Smith             SECOND HONORS   Somerville
Joseph  Cameron          FIRST HONORS    Stoneham
Michael Carbone          HEADMASTER'S LIST       Stoneham
Stephen DiMauro          HEADMASTER'S LIST       Stoneham
Cameron Doyle            SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Raymond Dufour           FIRST HONORS    Stoneham
Timothy Francis           SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Alexander  Galbraith       SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Paul    Garozzo            SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Kenneth Graczyk          HEADMASTER'S LIST       Stoneham
Daniel  Lattarulo            SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Ronald  Mastrocola      SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Thomas  Mello              FIRST HONORS    Stoneham
Joseph  Monteiro        HEADMASTER'S LIST       Stoneham
Mark    Mozzicato       HEADMASTER'S LIST       Stoneham
Owen    Noonan          SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Connor  O'Neill           HEADMASTER'S LIST       Stoneham
Francesco Puopolo       FIRST HONORS    Stoneham
Nicholas Rolli             SECOND HONORS   Stoneham
Dereck  Elysse           SECOND HONORS   Tewksbury
Cole    Iovine              FIRST HONORS    Tewksbury
Michael Welton          FIRST HONORS    Tewksbury
Timothy Guinee           SECOND HONORS   Topsfield
James   Hutchinson      SECOND HONORS   Topsfield
Brandon Swarts            SECOND HONORS   Topsfield
Adam    Bouhlal          SECOND HONORS   Wakefield
Shamus  Coyne           FIRST HONORS    Wakefield
Matthew Curran             HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wakefield
Joseph  Delory               FIRST HONORS    Wakefield
Ethan   Dupuis              SECOND HONORS   Wakefield
Joshua  Germino          HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wakefield
Nicholas Grande           SECOND HONORS   Wakefield
Christian  Hannabury       HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wakefield
Connor  Henry                 FIRST HONORS    Wakefield
Thomas  Ireland            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wakefield
Robert  Mickolsz        SECOND HONORS   Wakefield
Ryan    Murphy           HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wakefield
James   Pasqua            SECOND HONORS   Wakefield
Joseph  Porter             SECOND HONORS   Wakefield
Nicholas  Porter            FIRST HONORS    Wakefield
Liam    Smith              FIRST HONORS    Wakefield
Matthew Sullivan         FIRST HONORS    Wakefield
John    Corbett            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Watertown
John    Camozzi          SECOND HONORS   West Newbury
Cameron Albert           FIRST HONORS    Wilmington
Joseph  Ascolese        HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wilmington
Christopher Babcock    FIRST HONORS    Wilmington
Stephen Cardarelli       FIRST HONORS    Wilmington
John    DiFava            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Wilmington
Alexander Frye           SECOND HONORS   Wilmington
Quinn   Reynolds        SECOND HONORS   Wilmington
Nicolas Rufo             SECOND HONORS   Wilmington
Daniel  Marino          SECOND HONORS   Winchester
Ian     Steckel            SECOND HONORS   Winchester
Sean    Arria             FIRST HONORS    Winthrop
David   Fisher            HEADMASTER'S LIST       Winthrop
Daniel  Garcia             FIRST HONORS    Winthrop
David   Giuffre            SECOND HONORS   Winthrop
Connor  MacIsaac        SECOND HONORS   Winthrop
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Andrew  Nicolas           SECOND HONORS   Woburn
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Since 1932, Malden Catholic High School has maintained a tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2013 applied to 239 colleges and universities distributed across forty states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Graduates last year received college scholarships with a four-year value of more than $19 million. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. The school is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.  Further information on the school may be found at

Donate a Christmas tree to a military family through Mahoney's

November 22, 2013 03:21 PM



Troops at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri thank those who participated in the Trees for Troops program. The simple gesture of buying a tree means much more to a military family who faces incredible challenges each day.

Mahoney's Garden Centers is selling Trees for Troops trees to provide Christmas cheer for military families this holiday season.

The trees, which cost $24.50, can be bought in stores, online, or through a hotline at 781-721-4691. Last year, Mahoney's donated 1,500 trees. This year's goal is 2,000, according to marketing manager Natalie Decker.

“The program has become a deeply-rooted holiday tradition for Mahoney’s and the surrounding communities,” Decker said in a press release. “Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, we’re proud to announce that Mahoney’s has become the top contributor of trees in North America and received the Industry Spirit Award this past summer from the Trees for Troops program.”

Customers can add holiday greetings for the families to donate with the trees. The program ends on Dec. 1, when Mahoney's will chop trees from its Nova Scotia farm. The trees will be distributed to troops and families on military bases around the world by the Trees for Troops program and FedEx.

This year, Mahoney's trees will be sent to the east coast, including the Coast Guard Station in Chatham.

Mahoney's has locations in Winchester, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Falmouth, Brighton, Osterville, Concord and Wayland.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at

Milford casino defeat fuels call for repeal of state's gambling law

November 20, 2013 06:39 PM

In the aftermath of Tuesday’s overwhelming defeat of a proposed casino in Milford and a string of losses statewide, a group of local officials are calling on Governor Deval Patrick and the legislature to rethink the future of casino gambling in Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, an anti-casino group says it has the signatures necessary to put a referendum on the ballot repealing the law.

Members of the MetroWest Anti-Casino Coalition -- made up of selectmen from Hopkinton, Holliston, Medway and Ashland -- see the defeat of Foxwoods’ plans to build a $1 billion casino at Route 16 and Interstate 495 as just another sign that casinos may not be the right fit for Massachusetts.

“How do you reconcile the legislation that allows this with wave after wave of rejection?” Selectman Jay Marsden of Holliston asked.

“I don’t know how the legislation gets matched up with the fact that basically no one wants to take the plunge and take everything that goes along with saying yes to one of these things,” he said.

The governor, however, has no second thoughts.

Speaking Wednesday to reporters at the State House, Patrick said the law is working exactly as it’s supposed to.

“I think this is something we can do well if we do it the right way. I think the framework of the legislation is the right framework. This has never been central to our economic growth strategy; it’s, for most people, harmless,” he said, according to a transcript provided by Deputy Press Secretary Bonnie McGilpin.

State Representative Carolyn Dykema, a Holliston Democrat who has been a vocal opponent of casino gambling statewide and the Foxwoods proposal in particular, said she sees voters saying the cost of casinos is too high.

“It seems that towns considering casino projects are paying close attention to the details, weighing the economic potential against the costs to residents’ quality of life, and deciding that the costs are just too high,” she wrote in an email to the Globe.

“It’s hard to look at the results of the recent local votes and not question whether casinos can or should be part of Massachusetts’ future,” she wrote.

Meanwhile, the Repeal the Casino Deal campaign says it has collected and filed more than 90,000 signatures from across the state in its effort to put a question repealing the casino law on the 2014 statewide election ballot, according to the group’s spokesman David Guarino.

The group is optimistic the signatures filed by Wednesday’s deadline with local election officials will result in the certification of the necessary 68,911 needed to put the measure before voters. The signatures certified by local communities must be filed with Secretary of State William Galvin’s office by Dec. 4.

The campaign gained momentum after votes defeating casino proposals in East Boston and Palmer earlier this month and built through the final days of the Milford campaign, according to Guarino.

“This has been a huge grassroots effort,” he said. “After the East Boston and Palmer votes, hundreds of new volunteers signed up, and donations started to come in so we were able to pay some people to gather signatures.”

Tables were set-up to gather signatures outside polling places in Milford on Tuesday, and volunteers worked right up until Wednesday’s 5 p.m. deadline, he said.

“We’re very hopeful the necessary number of signatures will be certified allowing us to jump this next hurdle,” Guarino said.

In addition to gathering the signatures, Repeal the Casino Deal has also filed a court challenge of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s decision not to allow residents to vote to overturn the state’s casino law. The state’s Supreme Judicial Court allowed the signature drive to continue pending a hearing on the appeal.

Former Attorney General Scott Harshbarger is leading the appeal effort.

“This is a truly remarkable statewide, grassroots citizen movement,” he said, according to a press release from the group.

“This is still an uphill battle but we get stronger every day with more and more support around this great state for ending this bad idea. Our hats go off to the citizen leaders in community-after-community who are standing up to big money with grassroots might.”

Ellen Ishkanian can be reached at

Stolen beagle from MSPCA in Methuen returned; Couple faces charges

November 20, 2013 09:34 AM

MSPCA-Angell photos

Sophie appears to be walked out the door by the man and taken to the couples' car.

The MSPCA has reported that Sophie, the beagle taken from the MSPCA-Nevins Farm in Methuen, was returned Tuesday morning by the man seen on videotape along with his wife as they left the shelter with her over the weekend.  

ccording to MSPCA spokesman Rob Halpin, the couple is facing larceny charges, but the Methuen Police Department will not release their names or place of residence until an arraignment date has been set. Halpin said the MSPCA has been assured the couple will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

The publicity surrounding the case prompted the couple to come forward and return Sophie to the MSPCA’s care, Halpin said. 

The dog is well and is under close watch by the shelter staff, Halpin said. Would-be adopters can contact Nevins Farm director Mike Keiley at

The dog was taken from the Methuen adoption center at about 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The stolen dog, a 7-year-old beagle named “Sophie,” weighs about 40 pounds, is mostly white with a brown face, and has black fur covering much of her back. Surveillance video from Nevins Farm’s recently installed video monitoring system shows a white couple, who appear to be in their 60s, standing in the adoption center lobby before the man — wearing a white jacket over black slacks — is seen exiting the rear door with Sophie.


Sophie's alleged abductors getting into their silver Jeep Liberty.

The couple was then filmed getting into what appears to be a newer model silver Jeep Liberty and driving off.

This is the second beagle (and third dog) stolen from Nevins Farm in the past year. The previous three dogs all were returned anonymously to the organization’s fenced outdoor exercise area within 48 hours of being taken. 

Mike Keiley, director at Nevins Farm, hoped that the video monitoring system would enable the Methuen police to identify the suspects.

It’s possible that these are the people who have made previous attempts at stealing a beagle from our facility," Keiley said. "They clearly did their homework and knew the layout of the adoption center and how to escape with a dog without being seen by staff.”

Keiley said the couple likely arrived with their own leash, making it easier for them to escape with Sophie. 


The couple in question - circled in red - in the crowded MSPCA Nevins Farm lobby before allegedly leaving with Sophie.

Milford voters overwhelmingly reject proposed casino

November 19, 2013 11:20 PM

Milford voters emphatically rejected a $1 billion Foxwoods-backed gambling resort on Tuesday, crushing a casino proposal five years in development, and shrinking the field of applicants for the state’s most lucrative gambling license.

The casino plan proposed by Foxwoods and its partners, the last of 11 original Massachusetts casino or slot parlor applicants to reach the ballot box, joins a prominent list of pricey projects to die at the hands of the voters.

“There was always a lot of opposition,” acknowledged somber Foxwoods chief executive Scott Butera, after the votes were counted. “We tried to change people’s minds and educate people, but we weren’t able to do it. “It just wasn’t meant to be.”

The Bay State suburbs have proven to be the graveyard of casino dreams, and Milford voters followed suit, defeating the proposal 6,361 to 3,480 in a town-wide referendum. Turnout was 57 percent of 17,400 registered voters, according to the town clerk’s office.

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