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Cambridge Savings Bank recently completed its first ever CSBsmart course at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, engaging the entire senior class, according to a press release.
Superintendent Charlie Lyons required the CSBsmart program of all 323 seniors at the school.
“The practical skills shared will enable our students to be fully prepared for future success," said Lyons.
Evan Diamond, CSB Financial Education program manager, noted that financial education is particularly important for Shawsheen seniors who have already entered the work force.
"These hard-working students now possess the money-management skills to budget and save their money, successfully use a checking account, prevent unmanageable debt, build a favorable credit history, and avoid becoming victims of fraud," said Diamond.
Superintendent Lyons said 54% of his seniors are currently employed in co-op positions as part of their education. Shawsheen students come from numerous communities, including Billerica, Tewksbury, Bedford, Burlington, and Wilmington.
Based on pre- and post-session survey results, the seniors on average gained understanding of more than five new key financial concepts each.
Carlisle Man Arraigned On Charges of Dissemination of Matter Harmful to a Minor and Dissemination of Obscene Material
The following is a release from the Middlesex District Attorney's Office
WOBURN– A Carlisle man has been arraigned on charges of dissemination of matter harmful to a minor and dissemination of obscene material, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone informed the public today.
David Rodriguez, 28, of Carlisle, has been arraigned in Woburn District Court on a charge of dissemination of matter harmful to a minor. Woburn District Court Judge Marianne Hinkle ordered the defendant held on $5,000 cash bail with conditions that he have no contact with minors except his own children, and that he not access the internet.
The defendant was previously arraigned in Concord District Court on charges of dissemination of obscene material (6 counts), identity theft and criminal harassment. In that matter, Concord District Court Judge Peter Kilmartin ordered the defendant held on $500 cash bail with conditions that he have no contact with children under the age of 18 except his own children, stay away from public libraries, not access the internet, not possess devices which can access the internet, and that he be subject to random checks by the probation department to confirm that he is abiding by these conditions.
His next court date in Woburn District Court is March 1 for a pretrial conference. His next court date in Concord District Court is March 26 for a pretrial conference.
“These are very disturbing allegations, where a person, hiding behind the anonymity of the internet, has been able to access and exploit unwitting victims, including at least one child,” District Attorney Leone said. “These cases are a stark reminder of the potential dangers of predators who manipulate the relative freedom of the internet for their own ends. As adults we have to be mindful and vigilant about the people we interact with on-line and especially so when it comes to our children.”
According to authorities, this past fall, a California resident contacted the Concord Police Department to allege that a person had taken photographs from her Facebook page and posted them without permission on pornographic websites. Authorities began an investigation and identified the defendant, a resident of Carlisle. Through their investigation, authorities learned that the defendant’s on-line activities extended beyond that alleged by the initial complainant.
It is alleged that the defendant created fake Facebook accounts and initiated on-line contacts through these accounts, using the aliases “Danny Hyde,” “Chad Best” and “Tommy Holmes.” Once the defendant initiated these on-line contacts, he would then send the victims shocking and unsolicited sexual images, including some that showed a printed photograph of the recipient covered with what appeared to be a bodily fluid. In at least one case, the defendant is alleged to have continued to engage in this behavior despite repeated requests by the recipient that he stop doing so.
Recipients of these harassing and obscene communications have been identified in Massachusetts and in other states. At least one victim has been identified as a minor as young as 14-years-old. In some instances, the defendant is alleged to have also engaged in sexual conversations with underage persons.
The investigation remains ongoing. The case is being investigated by the Concord, Carlisle and Wilmington police departments in a joint effort with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Cyber Protection and Child Abuse Units, and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
Members of the public who may have information that could be helpful to the investigation can contact the Massachusetts State Police at 781-897-6600 or the Child Abuse Unit at 781-897-8400.
These charges are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The prosecutor assigned to handle these matters is Assistant District Attorney David Solet, Chief of the Cyber Protection Program.
The following was submitted by Visiting Nurse and Community Health, Inc.:
Harry Allen of Arlmont Fuel (pictured left) was the MC for Visiting Nurse and Community Health’s (VNCH) 7th annual “Pot of Gold” event at the Sons of Italy Hall in Arlington. Pot of Gold attendees enjoyed a tasty buffet dinner from Blue Ribbon BBQ, and the top silent auction bidders walked away with great items. As the night progressed and numbers were eliminated, hope was kept alive as fantastic “loser prizes” were periodically distributed. The final and “Luckiest Loser” of the night received a night stay at the Westin Hotel! This year, the top 10 finalists unanimously decided to split the “Pot of Gold”, which made for 10 very excited $1,000 winners! Pot of Gold Committee members were, Harry Allen, Bob Bowes, Bowes Real Estate; Harry Allen; Kathleen Darcy, Cambridge Savings Bank; Tim Haley, Prakash Ellenhorn, LLC; Meredith Lambroff of VNCH; (pictured above at right); Lisa Lorgeree, Brookline Bank and Starry Poe, Brookline Bank. VNCH serves the following communities: Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelsea, Concord, Everett, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Revere, Somerville, Stoneham, Tyngsboro, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westford, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn.
Daniel Fishman, the libertarian, first-time politician from Beverly running for Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District seat held by Democratic incumbent John Tierney, is filing an official complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) after being barred from Thursday's televised debate with Tierney and Republican challenger Richard Tisei held by WCVB-TV.
Fishman is arguing that the station's criteria for participants to join the debate - specifically that participants must have $50,000 in campaign contributions - violate FEC rules governing candidate debates.
The section of the commission's rules governing federal elections regarding debates reads: "For all debates, staging organization(s) must use pre-established objective criteria to determine which candidates may participate in a debate."
In his complaint, Fishman argues that the two weeks notice he was given by WCVB - he received an email from the station outlining its criteria on October 11, exactly 14 days before the debate - does not constitute pre-established criteria, and that "the requirements seem tailor made to exclude my campaign, which makes them not objective."
Fishman has staunchly refused to accept any corporate money throughout his campaign, and falls well short of the $50,000 requirement.
"The idea that you have to raise $50,000 is, that might make sense business-wise, but it's not what we want government to be," Fishman said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "That's the one that's probably the most glaring and not objective...everything else [criteria-wise] there is probably some debate about, but the $50,000 one is really unreasonable.
"The idea that a person wanting to run a grassroots campaign would deliberately be excluded, that's not very objective."
WCVB also requires that candidates have a campaign staff of at least three, a daily campaign schedule, regular communication with news media, and at least a 10 percent showing in the two latest independent polls.
"At the time of WCVB's [email], there had not been two independent polls indicating my support at less than 10 percent, so the criteria was impossible to achieve," Fishman writes in his complaint. "To this date there still have not been two polls indicating my support is less than 10 percent, only polls which did not include me."
He also argues that "regular communication" with the news media is a vague term that "lends itself to being used in a discriminatory manner."
A spokesperson for WCVB declined to say whether the station will concede to include Fishman, or file a response to the FEC defending its position, but did issue a comment regarding the complaint.
"We believe that the complaint is factually and legally unfounded," WCVB said in a statement. "In the fullness of time we believe the FEC will resolve the complaint in favor of WCVB."
But Fishman's complaint mostly hangs on the $50,000 requirement. In a phone interview, he accused the station of trying to preserve its advertising base with candidates by requiring them to at least have the means to advertise with them, under the assumption that those who do will.
Fishman says that setting the precedent that someone can win an election without spending the kind of money that Tierney and Tisei are spending on their campaigns - well more than $1 million each - would be bad business for T.V. stations.
He acknowledged that the station has never said anything to base his claims on, but alludes to it in a not-so-subtle way in his complaint.
"I appreciate that WCVB charges a great deal for advertizing (sic) and is concerned that candidates who have not raised $50,000 cannot afford to by ads from them," he wrote to the FEC. "My campaign is not less legitimate for not reaching their criteria however.
"With modern citizen based journalism, Social Media and Youtube (sic), the opinion that a campaign MUST raise cash like that is arbitrary."
With Election Day less than two weeks away, the next 6th District Representative will be decided long before anything comes of Fishman's complaint unless WCVB lets him participate, or he withdraws the complaint. Based on FEC timeframe guidelines for complaints, WCVB is not even required to respond until after the election.
If the FEC finds that there is reason to believe the station has violated its rules, an investigation can be launched, and the entire process from start to finish could take months.
A spokesperson for the FEC said that the station could face fines if found to be violating FEC rules.
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The following was submitted by Anne Stetson, the owner of Snap.
This is a story that has just about everything in it – a gentle dog who has been lost for weeks in the WoBurWil area, her loving and broken-hearted family, and a community brought together across neighborhoods and even towns to help get Snappy home safely. Incredible Journey and Homeward Bound – watch out! – now we just need a happy ending and we are bound for Hollywood.
On a beautiful late summer day on September 6 – five weeks ago – Snap, a four-year-old Weimaraner (looks like a taller and skinnier version of a Labrador retriever, but gray-brown) -- disappeared from the Burlington side of the Mill Pond Reservoir (owned by Woburn, Burlington, and Wilmington -- or WoBurWil). Another dog’s aggression scared Snap, and the dog walker who had her off-leash lost control of her.
Since then, neighbors in the three towns ranging from young mothers, children, letter carriers and postmasters, a former State trooper and his stunning Friesian horses, the leaders of Spence Farm (Woburn), an auto body expert who knows the woods like the back of his hand, police officers, joggers, churches, and dog and animal lovers everywhere have come together to help find Snap and get her safely home.
Snap’s human mother, Anne Stetson of Cambridge, says the only way she has made it through the worry and heartache of these last weeks is thanks to the kindness and generosity of strangers now friends who have rallied around her and her family to help find Snap.
“We are in Burlington, Woburn, and Wilmington every day now looking for Snappy, and not a day goes by without practical help and moral support flowing from the neighborhoods. So many are praying for Snap – we just know she will come home. This is a tremendous community.”
Stetson and her family and team are moving heaven and earth to find Snap and are working with the Animal Rescue League and Granite State Dog Recovery, as well as with a private animal recovery expert and the animal control officers throughout the region. They have hired bloodhounds to track Snap’s scent, ridden horseback and bikes throughout the reservoir in hopes of seeing her, hiked the woods at odd hours throughout the night, and secured helicopter surveillance of the area. Through it all, it is the power of the community and all the eyes of WoBurWil that they believe will bring Snap home safely.
“We have met amazing people throughout the WoBurWil community and once we have Snap back, we are going to have a big party to thank everyone,” says Stetson, who works with foundations and non-profits.
Snap has been sighted in all three of the WoBurWil towns, as well as in Reading. If you see Snap, please call Stetson immediately at 617-256-8772.
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