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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
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 MassFishHunt.org.
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.
The following is a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney
A Brockton woman has been charged with motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence of alcohol after she allegedly struck and killed a man who had pulled over into the breakdown lane of Route 128 in Reading last night, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.
Mary Grigoriadis, 32, of Brockton, was arraigned today in Woburn District Court on charges of motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence of alcohol. Woburn District Court Judge Marianne Hinkle ordered the defendant held on $10,000 cash bail with a condition of no driving.
Her next court date is January 17 for a pre-trial hearing.
“This defendant’s reckless actions have had tragic consequences,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Anytime a person gets behind the wheel after consuming alcohol they put themselves and others at risk. This is an unfortunate reminder that there are still drivers who have not heeded the warnings regarding the risks presented by consuming alcohol and driving. Our thoughts today remain with the victim’s family and friends.”
At approximately 8:20 p.m. Tuesday, Reading Police and Reading Fire officials responded to Route 128 north near Exit 38 for a report of a car crash. Upon arrival, police discovered the victim appeared to have been struck by a vehicle while he was outside of his vehicle, which was pulled over in the breakdown lane.
The victim, Vittorio Recupero, 71, of Wakefield, suffered extensive injuries and was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities allege that a Toyota Scion, driven by the defendant, was traveling in the right lane just prior to the collision. It is alleged that the defendant struck Recupero and his vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson. While being interviewed by police, the defendant exhibited signs of being under the influence of alcohol and failed multiple sobriety tests. She was arrested and charged.
The case is being investigated by Reading Police and Massachusetts State Police.
Mayor Scott D. Galvin earned a third term in Woburn by trouncing John P. Flaherty, a local philanthropist, by 6,378 votes to 3,043.
The race drew attention when the Globe reported in September that Galvin had avoided questions about his 2011 crash in a city-owned car after he had consumed alcohol, and that Flaherty had a criminal record and allegedly threatened to kill a business partner. Galvin won handily in a three-way preliminary.
“I feel great about the outcome,” Galvin said Tuesday. “I’m grateful to the voters and my supporters, particularly my inner campaign committee. They supported me through the long campaign months and stuck with me and worked hard to push me over threshold. It was a great win.”
Elsewhere around the state, Mayors Setti D. Warren of Newton and Carlo DeMaria of Everett cruised to reelection wins Tuesday while several other mayors were battling to retain their seats in city elections outside of Boston.
In Brockton, Mayor Linda M. Balzotti was narrowly unseated in her bid for a third term, losing to School Committee member Bill Carpenter by 55 votes, or 7,035 to 6,980. Balzotti, the city’s first female mayor, had topped the field in a four-way preliminary.
In Newton, Warren easily outpaced Alderman Tedd Hess-Mahan to earn a second four-year term, picking up 9,313 votes to 3,706 for Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan.
“What I believe this vote says tonight is that our residents want this administration to continue the work that we started four years ago,” said Warren, 43, who watched the results come in with his family in his home before heading to Terry O’Reilly’s pub to celebrate with supporters. “I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of Newton over the next four years.”
The Middlesex District Attorney's office is launching a campaign to educate parents on putting their infant to sleep safely, an initiative timed with recognizing October as National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, Awareness Month.
SIDS is the leading cause of death in babies aged 1 month to 1 year of age, and an average of 41 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly each year in Massachusetts, according to Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan's office. Reviews founds that many of those deaths are because of accidental suffocation, which can happen when infants are put to sleep unsafely, the district attorney's office said.
The office will distribute “Let Your Baby Breathe” fliers to hospitals, birthing centers, pediatricians, and community organizations. The campaign will also include a website with tips and resources for parents.
Partnering medical centers will also train their pediatricians to discuss infant sleeping safety with new parents at initial follow-up visits following the baby's birth.
The Middlesex District Attorney's office will also produce a public safety video about the issue.
In a statement, Ryan said the safest place for a baby to sleep is in a blanket- and pillow-free area that is also devoid of bumpers.
"There are a lot of mixed messages out there about what is a safe sleep environment and we hope this campaign provides clear information for parents and caregivers," Ryan said. "SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants, thus this campaign is one way we can make sure no family has to suffer the loss of a child."
Parents and caregivers can reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related deaths by following these guidelines:
• Always place baby on his or her back to sleep -- for naps and at night
• Keep baby’s sleep area free of pillows, soft or loose bedding, padded bumpers, soft objects, and toys
• Place baby to sleep in a separate sleep area close to where you or others sleep
• Place baby in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and a tightly fitted sheet
• Do not smoke during pregnancy, and do not allow smoking around the baby
• Give baby plenty of tummy time when awake and when someone is watching
• Prevent overheating by not over-dressing baby and by keeping the room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees
• Frequently checking on your baby
• Call 911 immediately if the baby is not responding
• Talk to ALL caregivers about the importance of safe sleep practices
Partners in this initiative include Lowell General Hospital, Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, Lawrence Memorial Hospital, and Winchester Hospital.
The safe sleep initiative was developed by the district attorney's new task force Safe Babies Safe Kids, which grew out of the Middlesex Shaken Baby Task Force and the Middlesex Child Fatality Review Team by expanding the focus to include all types of preventable death and injury to infants and children.
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With only one holding cell, Lowell Superior Court shackles female prisoners to a chair in a hallway. At the nearby district court, which a top court official described as “jammed to the gills,” judges pass through the crowds in their robes and the lone elevator switches between prisoner transport and use for the general public.
“This is totally unacceptable, I mean just grotesque, in terms of, among other things, constitutional standards. That courthouse has worn out its years as a courthouse,” said Court Administrator Harry Spence, who said construction of a new 17-courtroom justice center in Lowell is the judiciary’s “highest priority.”
Spence told the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets on Wednesday that a study determined needed repairs at the state’s 101 courthouses would cost $3 billion, an insurmountable sum, which led court officials to look at consolidating real estate.
The first focus for consolidations, which require legislative approval, will be the 15 smallest courthouses where the lack of activity drives up the cost, he said.
“If we were Walmarts we would have shut down every one of those. They’d be loss leaders for the system,” said Spence, adding that in some cases, such as Great Barrington, the expensive court house must remain in place to serve the area. He said, “If we don’t make those decisions on the contraction of the system, the system will still contract, but it will contract in an unplanned, irrational and crisis method, through the gradual failure of systems in court houses that have to be closed.”
Construction of a new Lowell facility would allow the aging Cambridge Family and Probate Court, which is now nearly the only place for family court in all Middlesex County, to shut its doors, moving proceedings to Lowell and to a new southern Middlesex justice complex likely in Somerville or Malden, Spence said.
“We have to close that courthouse. It must be closed,” Spence said of the east Cambridge facility, which he said is plagued with structural problems and has the worst accessibility of all the court buildings.
The Middlesex Superior Court, moved from a high rise in East Cambridge with a jail at the top, to rental space along Interstate 95 in Woburn, which Spence said in written testimony is “very expensive.” The district court was moved to rental space in Medford, and the old building is slated for redevelopment.
A new 30-court facility in Malden or Somerville would be able to temporarily house the Suffolk Superior Court, currently residing in a high-rise near the State House with drafty windows, structural problems and 1930s-era elevators, Spence said.
“Over the next 10 years there is a strong likelihood that that building will be forcibly evacuated,” Spence told the panel of lawmakers.
In the next few months, Spence hopes to present a plan for closing a small number of courts, which he said will serve as the foundation for future closures over the next five to seven years.
Spence told the News Service court officials will meet with municipal leaders in the area where a courthouse is suggested for closure, and any closure would require legislative action.
Consolidation offers opportunities for savings on overhead and better use of clerks and courtrooms to meet particular needs, Spence said, singling out the consolidation of Framingham and Natick courts as an example of what not to do.
“It is, frankly, an operational disaster. It’s an operational disaster,” said Spence, who said the operations of the two courts were not integrated.
Construction of a regional justice center in Greenfield offers new efficiencies, as clerks will spend Mondays in district court dealing with the usual glut of weekend arrests and Thursdays in housing court, dealing with the fallout from evictions, Spence said.
Spence said the judiciary is developing a capital plan, and said Quincy District Court is a “mess,” the Springfield Hall of Justice is “exhausted” and Taunton Superior Court “no longer keeps the weather out.”
About a year and a half into his new position overseeing administrative aspects of the Trial Court, Spence, who was involved in the state’s receivership of Chelsea in the 1990s, focused in on Lowell, whose courts he visited on Tuesday.
“This is a city where there is significant gang activities,” said Spence, who noted the prisoner transfer into Lowell Superior is a backdoor on a public street. He said, “This is right on the street on a public street. It’s probably the most dangerous transfer point in the state.”
Chairman Antonio Cabral, a New Bedford Democrat, said the New Bedford Superior Court has the same kind of prisoner transfer, which is why the high-profile murder case of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is taking place in Fall River, a more modern facility.
“My staff will follow up to schedule a trip to New Bedford,” said Cabral, who said he hopes for a regional justice center in his city as well.
Spence, who is traveling to the state’s 101 courthouses, said he had not yet visited the courts in New Bedford.
The judiciary has already purchased the property for the Lowell justice center for $11 million, and Spence said Middlesex Community College and UMass Lowell both expressed interest in using the district court building, located downtown, and the Superior Court, which is in a “beautiful” if antiquated building.
The judiciary is emerging from a period of shortened public hours at many courts and judges and other court officials are receiving their first pay raises in years.
Spence said he is “optimistic” about the potential to dramatically change the courts’ operations, and said 90 percent of court employees surveyed said they are in favor of change.
“I thought 10 percent would be in favor of change,” Spence said. He said capital improvements are the “most daunting challenge” in the courts.
Spence said the judiciary plans to hire new regional directors for the east and west who will work with judicial leadership to ensure more efficient use of courtrooms.
“In general, the history of the Massachusetts court system is the judge says, ‘My courtroom is my court room. If it’s empty, nobody else uses it,’” Spence said. “We need to make a shift. We need to recognize that’s not an efficient way to operate.”