<![CDATA[NBC Boston - Local News]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local http://media.nbcboston.com/designimages/clear.gif NBC Boston https://www.nbcboston.comen-usMon, 11 Dec 2017 02:56:20 -0500Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:56:20 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Winter Wonderland Images Across New England]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:19:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Bonnie+Woods+Danvers+MA+snow+121017.jpg

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<![CDATA[Target Holds Sensory Friendly Shopping Hours ]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:54:38 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Target_Holds_Sensory_Friendly_Shopping_Hours.jpg

The Target store in Framingham held a sensory friendly day of shopping in conjunction with the Asperger/Autism network.

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<![CDATA[Black Ice Concerns for Morning Commute]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:35:54 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Black_ice_Concerns_for_Morning_Commute.jpg

NBC's Perry Russom was in Framingham, Massachusetts talking to residents concerned about tomorrow's commute.

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<![CDATA[Suspicious Item Found in NH Police Station]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:45:22 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Goffstown+Police+Substance.jpg

Police in Goffstown, New Hampshire are investigating a suspicious item that was dropped off in the police station lobby Sunday afternoon.

According to Goffstown police, security cameras captured a young man approaching the police station carrying a 12-ounce soda bottle around 1:15 p.m. Once in the lobby of the station, footaged showed the man place the bottle on the table with a note suggesting the bottle contained hazardous material.

The suspect then left the building without making contact with police, authorities said.

Officers found a brown-colored liquid inside the bottle. The Goffstown Police Department was placed on a temporary lock down until the New Hampshire State Explosives Disposal Unit arrived and rendered the area safe.

Officers remained able to answer calls for service as the suspicious liquid was safely secured.

The contents of the bottle remain unknown at this time. Further testing will be done on the liquid, said police.

The suspect can be seen in security footage driving a dark grey Honda Accord with New Hampshire license plates. Goffstown police are requesting the public's assistance identifying the suspect captured on camera planting the water bottle. Anyone with information can contact Lt. Hammond at (603) 497-4858.



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<![CDATA[Red Sox Pitcher Arrested on Domestic Assault Charge]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:42:26 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-667818360.jpg

Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright, 33, was reportedly arrested Friday night in his Tennessee home and charged with domestic assault.

According to NBC Sports Boston, a statement attributed to the Wright family released by Wright's lawyer confirms that the knuckleball pitcher was charged with domestic assault, but states that he did not "raise his hand at anyone."

According to the statement, Wright was arrested following a verbal argument. "Although he said things he deeply regrets, he did not raise his hand at anyone during the incident," said the statement. "We are working together as a family to make our relationship stronger, and we ask that we respect our privacy as we do."

The Red Sox reportedly wrote in a separate statement that they are aware of the incident and taking it seriously.

"Both local police and Major League Baseball are looking into this," wrote the club, which declined to comment further.

Wright's arrest will be reviewed by the MLB and the Players Association, reports NBC Sports Boston.

Wright is one of two active knuckleball pitchers currently in the MLB. He has been with the Red Sox since his MLB debut in 2013.



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<![CDATA[Fenway Health CEO Resigns Amid Harassment Controversy]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:43:23 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/hospital+generic2.jpg

The Fenway Health Board of Directors announced Sunday that their CEO would no longer be employed by the organization, following a weekend of controversy surrounding the institution's reported handling of harassment complaints.

Dr. Stephen Boswell's resignation was made effective immediately upon the release of a statement by the Board of Directors on Sunday.

Boswell's resignation comes at the heels of reporting by the Boston Globe, published online Friday, detailing allegations of harassment and bullying against Dr. Harvey Makadon.

Makadon allegedly sexually harassed at least three male employees and bullied co-workers, reported The Globe.

The first serious complaint against Makadon was filed in 2013. The Globe reported that Boswell allegedly ignored an outside law firm's explicit recommendation to fire Makadon in 2015. Boswell neglected to tell the board about allegations against Makadon, or of a $75,000 settlement with a former employee. Makadon was eventually forced to resign in April of 2017.

"It is important to make clear that Dr. Makadon’s responsibilities at Fenway Health involved solely research and never included physician-patient relationships," wrote the organization in a statement.

On Sunday, Boston-based LGBT publication Bay Windows demanded Boswell's resignation, saying he "recklessly put Fenway Health's reputation at risk," by protecting Makadon, reported The Globe.

Sue O'Connell, host of necn's The Take, is a co-publisher of Bay Windows.

Robert Hale, the board's chair, defended the organization's handling of Makadon and Boswell in a late-night statement to the press on Sunday.

According to Hale, when the board first learned of allegations against Makadon in early 2017, they took "prompt" and "appropriate" action to address the matter. "We believe our actions with respect to this matter have stayed true to our values," wrote Hale.

Hale writes that the board created a comprehensive update to policies on discrimination, harassment and workplace bullying, which took effect in October.

Hale also said that while continuing support for Boswell's leadership at Fenway Health, the board "advised Dr. Boswell of our considered concerns" regarding how Makadon had been handled by upper management -- specifically with management's failure to promptly bring reports of abuse to boardmembers.

"Fenway exists to enhance the well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities," wrote the organization in a statement, "Fenway Health is bigger than any single person."

The board has implemented a review of Fenway's management structure, focusing on human recources and reporting procedures, which is due in January.

"The staff of Fenway Health deserves a workplace that is based on respectful and fair behavior toward all," wrote Hale.

Boswell said in a statement that his actions should not reflect the values of Fenway Health. "With the benefit of hindsight, it is clear to me that more timely and direct action on this situation was warranted," wrote Boswell. "If my actions in this matter sent an inadvertent message to the Fenway Health community that this behavior will be tolerated, I am sorry."



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<![CDATA[PD: 1 Person Killed in East Boston Shooting]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:43:52 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/214*120/1+person+shot+in+East+Boston.png

One person was killed after being shot in East Boston late Sunday afternoon.

According to the Boston Police Department, the shooting happened in the Jeffries Point neighborhood, near the intersection of Orleans and Marginal streets.

The victim, described as an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. 

The identity of the victim is not known at this time.

According to Boston Police Commissioner William Evans, police received a radio call of a person shot just before 5 p.m. on Sunday.

First responders found the victim suffering from gun shot wounds. 

"We don't believe this to be random," said Commissioner Evans to the press, "we believe the parties involved here know each other."

Police are searching for a dark-colored Toyota Rav4 in connection to the shooting.

Investigators believe that the victim was shot inside of the car and then pushed out into the street, according to Evans.

"Something happened in that car," said Evans, "We're looking for the car and the occupants of that car."

The shooting happened down the road from a restaurant, which employees told NBC Boston was packed at the time of the shooting. Police told customers in the restaurant to get away from the windows during the investigation, employees said.

Police asked the restaurant's owners for security camera footage of the street during the time of the shooting.

The last two weeks have seen an uptick in Boston shootings, said Evans. "It seems like everybody has a gun out there," he said, "We've got to work hard to get those guns off the street."

The shooting was the first in East Boston in 2017, and with just three weeks left in the year, Evans expressed regrets that the borough wouldn't be able to claim that record into 2018. "I was hoping we wouldn't have one here this year," he said.

Police are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects and lending information which could lead to an arrest. Anyone with information relevant to the shooting is asked to call (617) 343-4470 or to make an anonymous tip by texting the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

This is a developing story.

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<![CDATA[December Gets Off to a Snowy Start!]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:56:35 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Weather1210.jpg

Our first moderate sized snowstorm of the season is on the books. At Logan Airport, the official observation for a storm total was 6.1”. Most snowfall amounts ranges from 4 to 7”, but there were locally high amounts. The top amount in the Commonwealth was Boylston in Worcester County at 8.2”. Framingham also hit 8”. These amounts could have been higher if a) most of the snow fell at night and b) we had cold precede the storm.

As snow fell, the warm ground melted the snow from the bottom up. It took heavier snowfall rates to help sustain the accumulation. Today, the snow melted with temperatures above freezing, but this thaw wasn’t as dramatic as what we saw last year. In Boston, after 4.3” fell on December 17th, temperatures on the 18th climbed into the upper 50s! We haven’t received a whole lot of snow during December over the last 5 years. In 2012 only 3.4” fell at Logan Airport, in 2013 11.7”, in 2014 only 0.3”, in 2015 0.9” and in 2016 we received 5.9”. We still have 21 days left in the month, so we could add to that 6.1”.

Flurries or snow showers are possible tonight with a vigorous disturbance moving though, not much more than a coating. The bigger storm will move in on Tuesday. It could begin with a burst of snow everywhere. If the day starts with snow, a quick inch is possible. Along and south of the Mass Pike it will quickly change to rain. In the higher elevations we will likely stay all snow. In the higher elevations of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine up to a foot of snow is possible.

Behind the storm will come some of the coldest air of the season so far. Temperatures Wednesday, Thursday and Friday might not hit 30°. It will also be blustery. We are expecting below zero wind chill at times as well. Bundle up!

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<![CDATA[Police Investigating Indecent Assault of Tufts Student ]]> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:44:52 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Tufts+University+sign.JPG

Authorities are investigating after a female student at Tufts University reported an indecent assault to police that occurred Sunday morning.

According to an advisory sent to students, the assault happened while the student was walking to her home near Tufts' campus.

The student reported that while walking home around 12:15 a.m., a male followed her to her front porch. When the student turned around, her pursuer indecently touched her.

The male suspect then fled the area towards Conwell Avenue. The victim was not injured.

An initial search by university police, Somerville police and Medford police did not locate or identify a suspect.

The suspect is described as a male in his late teens to early 20s, 5'8'' in height, wearing a black and blue jacket and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tufts police at 617-627-3030 or Somerville police at 617-625-1600.

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<![CDATA[2nd Accusation of Inappropriate Conduct at Lowell HS]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:46:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Lowell_High_School_Students_Split_on_Move.jpg

A second Lowell High School teacher reportedly is under investigation for inappropriate conduct involving a student.

The charge comes less than a week after Science teacher Scott Hughes was also investigated for misconduct earlier this year, according to the Lowell Sun.

Bryan Sheckman, a social studies teacher at the high school, resigned Tuesday after it was allegedly discovered that he sent love letters to a former Lowell student.

It is not clear what prompted the investigation against Sheckman or whether it involved the same student, reports the Sun.

Hughes was placed on paid administrative leave earlier this week, people briefed on the situation told the Sun, but no wrongdoing has been found.

"The individual has been put on administrative leave, which is our policy pending an investigation," School Committee member Jackie Doherty told the Sun.

Sheckman's resignation on Tuesday prompted students at the high school to begin raising questions about the allegations against Hughes, reports the Sun.

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<![CDATA[When Will It Snow Next? Sooner Than You Think]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:14:42 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Monday+1pm+NECN.png

The snowfall New England saw Saturday was what we call an overachiever.

We had talked about competition to see who could get more snow: Corpus Christi, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, or Boston, Massachusetts?

About six inches of snow fell in and around Boston giving us the edge by just an inch or two over our southern snow sister cities.

Also a little above and beyond the call of the forecast is how far west and north the snow reached. Ski areas from the Berkshires, through southern Vermont, into north central New Hampshire, and even Sugarloaf Maine came in with five to eight inches of fresh powder snow.

Along the coast south of Boston it was a heavy two- to four-inch snowfall. It was probably more of a challenge removing those three or four slushy inches than it was to remove the six to eight inchces further inland where the snow was colder and drier.

The liquid equivalent of this precipitation was generally four to seven tenths of an inch. On Cape Cod, it was a half inch of rainfall, which is a bit of an underachiever in the rain forecast.

There is a weak front that's over New England Sunday night with a few snow flurries. Otherwise we are fairly quiet and seasonable through Monday afternoon.

The low temperature Sunday night will be in the 20s to lower 30s with a few icy spots where we had some melting. Under a mixture of sun and clouds on Monday, temperatures will get well into the 30s.

On Tuesday we're going to have a weak low pressure system moving out of New York, strengthening rapidly over New England during the day. It is an incredibly dynamic event, and we may have to call the play by play on Tuesday weather as it evolves.

The early call is for most of us is to wake up to some snow on Tuesday, with a quick change to rain from Boston to Providence to New York City. But along and north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, we may see a burst of heavy snow, moving toward the north during the day.

Areas along the south coast probably miss any new snowfall accumulation, but once we get to central and northern New England, it may be a double digit accumulation storm.

And we can call it a storm. Unlike this last snowfall that fell gently with no wind, we are going to have rapidly increasing wind from the north late Tuesday and Tuesday night.

This storm is fueled by really warm water south of us in the Atlantic Ocean and arctic cold coming into Ontario.

Tuesday night and Wednesday that arctic cold will blast right to the coasts. Any slush and water will freeze very quickly making an icy and snowy start possible Wednesday.

With a good amount of sunshine and scattered flurries on Wednesday, high temperatures only reach in the 10s north to 20s south, with wind gusting past 30 mph from the north.

Thursday should be quiet, with less wind and plenty of sunshine. The high temperature will still only be in the teens and 20s.

Another fast-moving system will race into New England from the Midwest on Friday, and it will probably deliver snow to anyone who has no snow on the ground after the Tuesday - Wednesday event.

The outlook for our weekend is that it MAY be quiet, with more seasonable temperatures back to the 30s to near 40 degrees. 

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<![CDATA[Driver Rescued After Car Crashes Into Icy Pond]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:56:16 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/driver_rescued_after_car_crashes_into_icy_pond.jpg

A car crashed into a pond Sunday morning in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

The accident happened on Spring Street around 4 a.m.

Corey Wilson, a Winchendon business man who was plowing a nearby parking lot on Front Street, saw a car drive off the road and into Hunts Pond, and called 911 for help.

NBC Boston spoke to Wilson Sunday afternoon about his quick thinking that firefighters say was lifesaving.

“I was just in the right place at the right time,” Wilson said. “I saw the headlights go through the snow banks, I saw the car land in the water and just grabbed my phone.”

Wilson said the firefighters and police officers are the true heroes and were on scene within seconds of his call.

“They did a great job,” Wilson said. I’m glad they could get there as quick as they did and it’s great that everything turned out as good as it did. That’s what’s great about this town, everyone always tries to help each other.”

The driver was able to pull himself from the car and onto its roof. The vehicle was in about eight to 10 feet of water, a little more than 10 feet from the shore.

As the car started quickly sinking, first responders jumped into action pulling the man to safety using a rope.

Multiple responding officials helped pull the man safely to shore.

The driver, whose identity hasn't been released, was not injured in the accident. Deputy Fire Chief Ricci Ruschioni said he is extremely lucky.

“Once he got wet, you’re talking less than 5 minutes until severe hypothermia would have set in and the outcome would have been a lot worse,” Deputy Chief Ruscioni said.

The Winchendon Fire Department says this was a great team effort. Those involved included the Winchendon Fire Lieutenant, a foreman for the Winchendon Department of Public Works, the Winchendon Police Sergeant and a deputy chief.

Fire department members from the dive team worked with Brooks Automative to recover the vehicle from the water.

All agencies cleared the scene by 6 a.m.

It's not immediately clear what caused the accident.

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<![CDATA[Most Roads Cleared But Slick Conditions Still a Concern]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:13:52 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/202*120/Jackie+Layer+Littleton+MA+snow2+121017.jpg

New England saw its first measurable snowfall of the season Saturday.

Meteorologist Jackie Layer was out Sunday morning in the Weather Warrior to survey the roads in Littleton and Harvard, Massachusetts.

While most roads were cleared, slick conditions were still a concern.



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<![CDATA[Cleanup Begins After First Snowfall of the Season]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 14:13:43 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Worcester_residents_cleaning_up_after_first_snowfall.jpg

Cleanup is underway Sunday morning as people in New England are dealing with the first plowable snowfall this season.

While the snow has stopped, there are some slick conditions in the Worcester, Massachusetts area where there is a couple of inches of snow on the ground.

Some people were up as early as 5 a.m. Sunday morning to shovel snow. 

"Personally, if I could be somewhere else, I would be. But I've been here all my life so it is what it is," Worcester resident David Perez said.

Worcester's Department of Public Works had about 300 pieces of equipment working to clear the streets Saturday night, into Sunday. 

So by the time the sun came out Sunday, people were able to go about their usual routines.

"I've been here for like 25 years, so this is nothing new to me, you know what I'm saying" Worcester resident Rhodney Dover said. "Those guys down in Atlanta that got some snow, they don't know how to handle it. But here man, in Massachusetts, come on, you know what I'm saying. It's snow, man. And it is December, so what are you going to expect?"

A parking ban was put in place by the city. It's not immediately clear if the ban has been lifted.

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<![CDATA[Underground Fire Sends Smoke Barreling Out of Three Manholes]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:30:31 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/195*120/manhole+fire.JPG

Boston fire officials responded Sunday morning to reports of multiple manhole fires.

According to a work crew on scene, the fire was in one MBTA manhole but caused smoke to erupt out of three manholes by Lake Street and Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton.

People in nearby neighborhoods, which are usually quiet, were rocked by what they described as three loud explosions around 7 a.m. 

A man who lives down the street said he heard what sounded like a bomb going off. When he went outside, he saw thick, black smoke in the air, and fire crews immediately told him what was going on.

Crews are on scene working to repair the damage that was done. There was an electrical issue that caused a fire and then forced three manholes to explode.

Officials were not able to get into the manholes until they were deenergized.

Once the MBTA cut the electricity, fire officials began working.

NBC Boston's crew was asked to keep its distance until the power was turned off because officials were unsure if other manhole covers could explode into the air.

No injuries have been reported.

There is no estimate as to when the power will be restored.

There are some delays being reported on the MBTA.

There is no word on what caused the line to catch fire.

The incident is under investigation.

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<![CDATA[Business as Usual After First Snow Storm of the Season]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 18:39:39 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/business_as_usual_after_first_snow_storm_of_season.jpg

There were not many cars on the street early Sunday morning, but relenteless New Englanders were determined to get back to business as usual after the first snow storm of the season.

Many towns in New England got their fair share. 

In Arlington, Massachusetts, residents woke up to about eight inches of snowfall.

There were mixed emotions about waking up to the snow Sunday morning. You either love it or you hate it. 

The optimists, like Lauren Hurley, were excited.

"I like it because I like the cold and it gives me more Christmas vibes."

There's the pessimists, too, including one man who says it's just the beginning of a long winter.

For those that woke up Sunday and were unhappy to be in the midst of a snowy mess, Richard Khouri at Bagels By Us on Massachusetts Avenue opened early to give you a pick me up.

With the sidwalks clear and room for parking, Khouri was able to open at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. 

Bagels By Us has been in Arlington for 22 years. The owner sells over 50 dozen bagels on a Sunday, so unless he physically can’t get out of his house, he's always there to serve his regulars.

"People will go insane to get one of these bagels. They come from New York. And it’s just a Sunday ritual," Khouri said.

It's a ritual you don't miss because of some snow.

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<![CDATA[Storm Causes Delays at Logan Airport]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 12:19:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/224*120/delays+at+logan.jpg

The first snowfall of the season in New England has caused frustration for travelers at Boston's Logan Airport.

We are in the thick of the holiday travel season, which can be frustrating by itself, but when you add a winter storm on top of it, there are a lot more headaches than usual.

People all over Massaschusetts had a difficult time getting around on Saturday.

There were several reported crashes with dangerous road conditions.

Those coming to Logan on Saturday were met with delays and cancellations. More than 300 flights were delayed and more than 60 were canceled on Saturday, according to flightaware.com.

On Sunday, as of 12:00 p.m., there were 70 delays and 25 cancellations.

Those numbers were increasing throughout the morning and are likely to change again, especially with winter weather across several states.

There were a number of delays and cancellations at other airports in New England, as well.

At Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, there were 15 delays and four cancellations as of noon.

At T.F. Green Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, there were three delays and four cancellations as of 12:00 p.m.

At Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, there was one delay as of noon.

Be sure to check with your airline if you have a flight to catch Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Melting Will Be Muted by New Batch of Cold]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:57:39 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Southern+New+England+Snow+Forecast.png

Cleanup is under way Sunday morning. Is a meltdown next up? Not necessarily.

The melting will be muted by a new batch of cold that will come down in the coming days.

We should be able to make it the mid and upper 30s Sunday before we fall to the low 30s Monday.

As all that happens, our attention turns to a developing storm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unfortunately, this isn't a cut-and-dry event (not like many are here in New England).

The rain/snow line is a major player as marginally cold air will be available during the storm.

In fact, most of Southern New England is getting wrapped in that milder air - the exception should be across Central/Western Massachusetts where it could be cold enough for some snow.

I say that because of the storm's timing. As it tightens and intensifies, it will be passing into the Gulf of Maine - a little too late to slap significant snow across Southern New England.

We have our eyes peeled for any switch in the storm path since a small jog here or there will have serious implications for snow or rain.

Nonetheless, several inches of snow is likely in Northern New England this time around – including the ski areas.

Whatever we get from the storm, the cold is certain to surge in later next week.

Bitter air will slam down with wind chills well below zero and highs struggling to make it into the teens and low 20s.

We might as well cave...winter is here.

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<![CDATA[Snowfall Totals for Saturday's Storm]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:45:56 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/Katie+Kelley+Ridge+Hill+Reservation+Needham+MA+snow+120917+EDIT.jpg

Everyone loves the first snow of the year, right?

Right?

Who couldn't with the landscape transformed into a winter wonderland? The snow tallies are still coming in, but the sweet spot seems like it was Metrowest. A solid half foot blanketed the ground.

Next up, a meltdown? Not necessarily.

The melting will be muted by a new batch of cold that will come down in the coming days. We should be able to make it the mid and upper 30s. As our attention turns to a developing storm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Unfortunately, this isn't a cut-and-dry event (not like many are here in New England). The rain/snow line is a major player as marginally cold air will be available during the storm. In fact, most of Southern New England is getting wrapped in that milder air - the exception should be across Central/Western Mass. where it could be cold enough for some snow.

I say that because of the storm's timing. As it tightens and intensifies, it will be passing into the Gulf of Maine - a little too late to slap significant snow across Southern New England. We have our eyes peeled for any switch in the storm path since a small jog here or there will have serious implications for snow or rain.

Whatever we get from the storm, the cold is certain to surge in later next week. Bitter air will slam down with wind chills well below zero and highs struggling to make it into the teens and low 20s.

Might as well cave...winter is here.



Photo Credit: Katie Kelley
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<![CDATA[Police Looking for 2 Suspects in Armed Robbery in Chelsea]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:31:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/Chelsea+armed.PNG

Police in Chelsea, Massachusetts are looking for two suspects in an armed robbery.

According to police, the two masked suspects went into a convenience store at 14 Central St. on Saturday afternoon.

The suspects, described as two males, both had firearms.

No one was injured in the robbery.

The suspects are still at large.

If you have any information, please call Chelsea police.



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<![CDATA[Snow Doesn't Stop Holiday Shoppers]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:33:27 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011007449.JPG

Even with the dipping temps and falling snow, it was still shop till you drop for people around New England.

At Shopper's World in Framingham, Massachusetts, the parking lots were a little emptier than usual at this time of year. However, some braved the elements to take advantage of some of the deals this holiday season.

For some, the snow actually made the season seem a bit brighter.

"This completely changed my mood," said shopper Alison Bauriedel. "Now that the snow has come down, all the gifts I'm getting are all geared towards sweaters, jackets, hats. I just spent an extra $300 because of the weather."

While the smaller crowds may be enticing for shoppers, people are still asked to be a little bit more cautious with the road conditions.



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<![CDATA[1st Snowstorm of Season Moves Through New England]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 23:35:44 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011007552.JPG

Slick roads. Several crashes. Downed power lines. Shovels and plows scraping the pavement. It's official: winter arrived as the first snow of the season moved through New England on Saturday.

In Foxboro, it was a winter wonderland as several people came to Gillette Stadium. The home of the Patriots is home to an ice rink today as people from around the country came to visit.

"A month ago I was like alright, great, come to Gillette Stadium. It's going to be an awesome time. Then we find out a couple of days before our trip it was going to snow. Severely underestimated how much it snows up here," said Oscar Guzman of Long Island.

In Mansfield, sales were brisk at a Christmas tree sale for Boy Scout troop 51. Some scouts felt that the snow was a good thing.

"What other kind of weather would you sell it in?", said scout Jerry Ridlin

Drivers in Boston Saturday night found roads getting dicier as the snow kept falling.

"They’ve been really slippery," said Tony Dubay of Roslindale. "A lot of slush, real wet heavy snow, rain and snow mix. I’ve been sliding everywhere."

It’s not just drivers getting adjusted to winter weather, it was time for countless people to get out the gear and get back into shoveling.

On Temple Street in West Roxbury, Michael Boucher says this is no big deal but it’s early December.

"I’m ready for it," said Boucher. "Depends how many storms we get. One or two are fine. Seven or eight is too much."

In Wellesley, a local hardware store was busy today as people were making their final preparations for the upcoming winter. Some people were also out shopping for the holiday season.

"It's what New England is all about, right?"



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<![CDATA[Several Crashes Across Massachusetts During Storm]]> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:22:57 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/212*120/auburn+police.PNG

As the first measurable snowstorm for many of the season moves through New England, police are reporting several crashes and accidents across Massachusetts.

In Tyngsborough, Chestnut Road, Jacques Road, and Primrose Lane were closed after a crash where a vehicle hit a utility pole. Police there say that National Grid is on the scene as several wires were down. There was reports of another utility pole down in Auburn.

The Massachusetts State Police said roads were getting worse "especially in central and western Mass." State police have also reduced speeds on the Mass. Pike (I-90) to 40 miles an hour through exits 1 (New York) and Milbury (Exit 11).

Currently the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has more than a thousand pieces of equipment deployed for snow and ice removal and they are asking people the be mindful of workers using the hashtag #mindtheplow.




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<![CDATA[1 Killed, 1 Seriously Injured in Crash]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 09:42:28 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011003227_1200x675_1113014851963.jpg

Police in Oxford, Massachusetts, are investigating a fatal crash Saturday morning.

The town's police chief tells NBC Boston one woman was killed and another woman was seriously injured in the crash on Sutton Avenue.

The driver of the car, 28-year-old Ashley Corbett of Oxford, died, while her passenger, 30-year-old Ashley Dunne of Webster, was taken to UMass Medical Center.

Dunne is currently undergoing surgery, according to Oxford's police chief.

No other details about the crash were immediately available.

Police have asked drivers to avoid Sutton Avenue just east of the Home Depot as detectives investigate the crash.

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<![CDATA[Phone App Can Help Get You Shoveled Out In Storms]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:26:24 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Susan_11p_Snow_App.jpg

Are you looking to get your driveway or sidewalk shoveled but really don't want to leave the house? Well there's an app for that.

A Connecticut-based company is behind an application called SnoHub.

Think of it like the Uber of snow removal.

"It's cashless, simple, and convenient. It's simply the best way to order snow clearing today," said SnoHub founder James Albis.

Here's how it works: A user downloads the app to their phone and gets paired with a contractor in the area who is offering shoveling services. A match is made and a time is set for snow removal. For some contractors it's a great way to make some extra money on those cold, snow days.

"I have two commercial parking lots I take care of. I can keep my phone on during the entire storm. I can take 15 minutes to go do a driveway that's five minutes away. I'll go, make a quick 50 bucks, then go back to my commercial obligations," said plow driver Christopher Jenkins.

Much like Uber, the rates do change on a storm-by-storm basis. Charges are based on things like the length of a driveway and just how much snow there is to remove.

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<![CDATA[Weymouth Man Evacuated During California Fires]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:32:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Weymouth_Native_Fire.jpg

With the wildfires continuing to burn out of control, thousands are being evacuated from their homes. That includes a Weymouth native who had moved out to California to pursue his dream.

Curtis Linden was forced from his Los Angeles home as the fires continued to spread. Linden took video of the fires that were burning just down the street from his home.

"So many emotions going on," said Linden.

Linden moved to Los Angeles from Weymouth about two years ago to grow his business called Major Look, a popular street wear brand that is inspired by 90's culture. He moved his entire business into his new home.... a home that was at risk of being gone.

"That's what puts knots in my stomach. This could be the end. We could just have to leave our dream behind," said Linden.

Linden's entire neighborhood was evacuated by police for safety reasons.

"It was just traveling so fast," said Linden.

Luckily, Linden's home remained untouched as the fire had moved elsewhere.

So far, these recent fires have burned more than 141,000 acres and forced more than 212,000 residents from their homes.

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<![CDATA[Thousands of Plows Ready for 1st Snowfall of Season]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:05:54 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000011003953.JPG

Saturday marks the first measurable snowfall of the season for many around New England, which means snow removal crews are hitting the road.

MassDOT officials say they have more than 500 pieces of snow-fighting equipment on the ground before noon to treat roads before they ice up, and will have about 2,100 plows ready to clear off 15,000 miles of roads throughout the Commonwealth as the snow starts to accumulate.

Drivers are also being reminded to lower their driving speeds and to not crowd plows on the road.

In Somerville, shoppers were stocking up on salt and shovels at Home Depot on Friday afternoon.

"I ended up getting out of there with paying less than $200," Charlestown resident Jack Castro said. "The shovels are going quick and, obviously, the ice melt."

Snow showers may redevelop again as soon as Monday night, with a rain and snow combo possibly hitting on Tuesday ahead of a cold air front.



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<![CDATA[Images: Snowfall Around New England]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:46:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/160*120/Amelia+Swanson+Framingham+MA+snow+120917.jpg

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<![CDATA[1st Measurable New England Snowfall to Continue Overnight]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 21:38:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Southern+New+England+Snow+Forecast+120917.png

The first measurable snowfall for New England metropolitan region continues overnight.

During the day we had intermittent snow adding up a few inches, with rain mixed at the shore. But darkness brings a little bit more intensity, and colder air, allowing for snow to accumulate a bit more rapidly, with icy roads overnight.

We doubt New England gets as much snow as the suburbs north of Atlanta, where 11 inches fell in Dallas, Georgia, the most in 25 years.

Most of the inland area of New England is picking up about 5 or 6 inches, with a more dense 2 or 3 inches at the shore, and mostly rain on Cape Cod. In western and northern Vermont, the snow is mostly a miss, so we just have a few flurries.

For most of the region, if you do not have to travel this evening, that would be best. Even where it rains tonight, it may snow early in the morning, with icy conditions developing.

One thing about this snow, not much wind, more of festive snow unless you have to drive very far.

The sun will work it's way out tomorrow for some minor melting, a pretty December day with sun and clouds and fresh snow cover. Breezes will pick up from the west at 10 to 20 mph adding a chill, high temperature in the 30s.

The weather pattern remains loaded though, with another front coming through tomorrow night and a chance of a few snow showers into early Monday.

Another more vigorous system comes at us on Tuesday with a chance of more snow. That one also has a bit of rain at the coast, likely changing to snow. It's a situation Tuesday where a storm is actually developing right over New England, the question is "how fast?"

We will have to fine-tune the timing, but the early estimate is for a double digit snowfall possible on the ski areas of Northern New England, and another coating of snow for areas that are getting the most out of this one.

Either way, much colder air is working on the backside Wednesday with a high temperature only in the 10s and 20s, wind gusting from the north at 20 to 40 mph. We may get a little day off on Thursday, but very cold with high temperature in the 20s. Then another fast-moving system brings a layer of snow for our Friday.

If we had up all of these events, most of New England gets close to a foot of snow all together by next weekend. There's very little change to this weather pattern in the near future, odds of a white Christmas are pretty high for most of New England.


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<![CDATA[Boston Officer Indicted in Connection With I-93 Shooting]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 10:23:40 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Boston+police+cruiser1.JPG

A Boston police officer has been indicted by a grand jury after being accused of lying about a deadly shooting in September.

Thirty-seven-year-old Monicka Stinson is charged with lying to investigators about her contact with a homicide suspect in the hours after two murders on Interstate 93, in which 30-year-old Lance Holloman has been accused of committing.

Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said Stinson has been suspended without pay.

"I hold my officers to the highest of standards, and expect them to cooperate with investigations, regardless of any personal connections to those involved," he said in a statement.

Stinson is a 10-year veteran of the Boston Police Department.

Holloman, of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood, was arrested in mid-September on three unrelated warrants, but was eventually charged in two separate homicides in Boston.

Thirty-two-year-old Scott M. Stevens Jr. of Taunton and his 53-year-old father were shot as they rode their motorcycles on Interstate 93 near the Neponset Avenue exit; the younger Stevens eventually died from his injuries, while his father survived.

Holloman is also accused of gunning down 24-year-old Michaela Gingras of Manchester, New Hampshire, inside a Dorchester residence the same day of the Interstate 93 shooting.

He's been ordered to be held without bail.

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<![CDATA[1st Measurable Snowfall for Many Across New England Today]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:49:07 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Matt+Noyes+updated+snow+totals+map+Boston+120917.png

The season’s first measurable snowfall for many across New England bears down on the region today.

Winter weather alerts are in effect through tomorrow morning from Connecticut to Northern Maine. When all is said and done, we’re expecting a swath of 3 to 6 inches across most of New England.

By the afternoon, snow is lightly falling with a few pockets of moderate intensity with visibility becoming reduced for a time.

As we get into the afternoon and early evening, snow will begin to accumulate on pre-treated roadways before plowing operations take over.

The heaviest part of the storm will be between 2 to 7 p.m. as bands of snow pivot across New England.

A north-northeast wind off of 50-degree ocean waters will result in lesser snowfall amounts along the coast where rain and sleet mix in: 1 to 3 inches are expected.

By this evening, most of New England will see plowable snow falling with a coastal front determining where it snows and where it rains across southeastern New England near the Cape Cod Canal.

Snowfall is expected to taper off significantly around 10 pm as the coastal low pulls away from our area. Lingering moisture behind the low will trigger scattered snow showers overnight into the early morning hours.

Tomorrow will feature improving conditions as drier air is ushered into the region. Skies will be sunny with highs reaching near 40 degrees across the south and near 30 degrees across the North Country.

Looking ahead to the start of the work week, temperatures look right around normal for this time of year as we eye another system dropping out of the Great Lakes that may bring more wintry weather to New England on Tuesday.

Stay tuned to NBC Boston (Channel 10) and necn for the latest weather updates throughout the day and into the evening.


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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Warnings as Snow Pushes Into Region]]> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 06:56:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Matt+Noyes+updated+snow+totals+map+120917.png

After a quiet Friday night with a low temperature in the 20s to lower 30s, snow and rain is now arriving at our South Coast.

Any snow at the immediate shore changes quickly to rain, as the snow shield with advance to central New England by lunchtime, and then to the Canadian border by late in the day.

Temperatures will be in the 30s to near 40° along the coast to near 30° well inland.

There's not a lot of wind with the system, so the snow should fall gently to the ground, accumulating 1/4 to a 1/2 inch an hour over at 10 to 14 hour period.

That gives us a general 4 to 6 inch snowfall.

It's a different story at the beaches from south of Boston to Cape Cod, and over most of southeastern Massachusetts, where we get mostly rain, it may end is a little bit of snow, and in this region the wind will be from the northeast gusting 25 to 30 mph. Rain may end as snow at the coast, and any slush likely freezes with lows in the 20s tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow may begin gray with some lingering snow in eastern Massachusetts and the state of Maine, but the breeze will pick up from the west so we will dry out with a mixture of clouds and sunshine and a high temperature in the 30s.

It looks clear and cold tomorrow night, except for a few snow showers in the mountains.

Low temperatures Monday morning in the teens and 20s, with a mixture of sun and clouds highs on Monday will be in the 30s.

The next system will be closing in on us on Tuesday with a mixture of rain and snow once again.

In southern New England the rain/snow line will be further inland than this time, but colder air will be working in and any rain will likely change to snow as the system advances in to the Gullf of Maine late Tuesday and Tuesday night.

By Wednesday morning most of New England should have a fresh coating of snow, and perhaps double digit snowfall in the high country and ski areas.

The coldest air since last winter arrives Wednesday night with windy conditions, low temperature on Thursday in the single numbers north and teens south.

The second half of next week to also features cold air with a chance of a few more snow showers intol next weekend.

The long range outlet is favorable for a white Christmas in most of New England.

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<![CDATA[Former Fugitive Found Guilty of Rape, Assault]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:00:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-846110442.jpg

A Billerica man was found guilty Thursday of several charges, including aggravated rape and assault and battery in four assaults that took place over four years.

Robert Gardner was found guilty of the charges in the assaults that happened in Lowell and Tewksbury from 2011 through 2015. Gardner was also convicted of witness intimidation after he called the victim in the assaults in 2017.

"The defendant in the case demonstrated the all too common pattern of subjecting the victim to escalating verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse over several years," said Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Police began their investigation into Gardner in June of 2015 after reports of a domestic assault at Bridge and Fourth streets in Lowell. The victim suffered a skull fracture and concussion and had to undergo surgery. An arrest warrant was issued for Gardner, who was known to the victim.

Later that year, Tewksbury Police responded to a domestic disturbance at a Motel 6 where they found the victim from the earlier assault. The victim said she was held against her will and assaulted by Gardner in the room. The defendant then fled the scene.

An investigation showed that Gardner had assaulted the victim in two separate incidents in 2011 and 2014.

Following a manhunt, Gardner was found in New Jersey in August of 2015. He was extradited to Massachusetts in September of that year.

After he was ordered held without bail following his arraignment, Gardner repeatedly tried to communicate with the victim, asking her not to testify.

Gardner is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 18.





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<![CDATA[Mass. Lawmakers Want Own Review of Scathing DCF Audit]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:26:18 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Massachusetts+State+House1.JPG

Following the release of a scathing audit of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, several lawmakers called for their own review on Beacon Hill.

"We need to get to the bottom of what's going on," said Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield.

As a member of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Farley-Bouvier says she and other lawmakers are already planning to schedule an oversight hearing to discuss the issues with DCF.

"When you see a report like this it leads to more questions," Farley-Bouvier explained. "The Department of Children and Families is not in a position to police itself."

The audit, released Thursday, found that the agency failed to report rapes, abuse and serious injuries committed against children under its care. Focused on the years 2014 and 2015, the audit also determined DCF was unaware of 260 incidents of what appeared to be serious bodily injury to children in its care.

"I do find it incomprehensible. They don’t have an accurate picture of what's going on and what the state needs to address it," said State Auditor Suzanne Bump.

The day after the release of the report, Bump’s office said they heard from several lawmakers who expressed various concerns with the findings. While she hopes the department makes internal policy changes, legislative action is also a possibility.

"They need to work with us and share and be transparent with the legislature," Farley-Bouvier said, "And they just haven’t been willing to do that."

The DCF has initiated "significant system-wide reforms" and new policies in the two years since the audit period. And it is also taking several other steps in the wake of the audit's findings, including: 

- Centralizing its reporting of critical incidents in which children in its care are involved;

- Working with the Office of the Child Advocate to ensure expectations are met for "critical incident reporting" and reviewing the critical incidents cited in the audit.

- Updating its procedures for referring incidents of abuse, neglect, and/or sexual abuse of children to district attorneys’ offices for investigation; and

- Recording child-on-child injuries in case files.

The DCF said in a statement Thursday that it agrees with Bump's suggestion to streamline the fatality reporting process to ensure more timely submissions to the Office of the Child Advocate. It will also look into her suggestion to use MassHealth claims data.

"The department’s priority is to protect our most vulnerable children and it relies on mandated reporters, such as health care providers, physicians and teachers, to provide us with up-to-the-moment information about serious instances of suspected abuse and neglect so that we can respond with the urgency they deserve and ensure safety," DCF spokesperson Andrea Grossman said. "DCF regularly conducts trainings for mandated reporters across the state and offers online trainings developed by local District Attorneys to encourage reporting for any instance of suspected abuse or neglect among children."

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<![CDATA[Winter Storm Warning for Boston as Snow Turns on New England]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:59:14 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/LKN_SFC+MAP4.png

Well here we are. First snow of the season. From Texas to Alabama, this storm has left its mark over the last two days. Here in New England, folks are lighthearted. Especially on social media, where no one seems to mind the weekend interruption. Better still, the bread aisles at the store remain intact - what's not to love??

So far.

This is a festive time of year with a jovial "it's winter in New England" slant to the storm tomorrow. Mother Nature isn't pulling any punches this time around. It's a pretty straightforward forecast as the snow moves in tomorrow...then out..by Sunday morning.

Timeline:

Mix, rain and snow will start up late night and establish on the Cape into the morning. Thereafter, the precipitation will migrate north and northwest into the rest of New England by the mid-afternoon and evening.

Pacing of the snow will pick up late tomorrow and tomorrow night. This is when roads will become snow covered and slippery. Rain will firmly take over on the South Shore and the Cape at this time too.

Snow continues through the midnight hour, as we take the edge off any moderate snow after midnight. Snow showers will linger into early Sunday morning, adding another inch or two.

At no point are roads impassable, buried in white-outs, or caked in drifting snow. The winds are tolerable, the cold is seasonable, and the snow's pace is manageable.

A rather pleasant start to the winter season.

Longer range, the Tuesday storm may be more bark than bite. Milder air is now coming into view and the rain/snow line is getting shoved farther north. Storm snowfall may be limited to Northern New England, and not ALL of New England. 

However, if there's anything that's certain, it's the cold to come AFTER the storm. Numbing wind chills, bitter mornings, frigid afternoons. Get ready for the other side of winter.

We'll have updates through the storm!

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<![CDATA[Library Using $10K Grant to Teach Kids How to Find Books]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:22:20 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/Fitchburg_Library.jpg

Who knows what a card catalog is? When is the last time you checked out a book? One Massachusetts library is using $10,000 to teach kids how to use the library and check out a book.

"Some kids are surprised they can check out a book without paying for it," said librarian Nicole Irvin.

Irvin says she has been at the Fitchburg Public Library for four years, and she’s seen kids come in and out for story time. She says she would love to see more take advantage of their programming and finding books.

"I think we do have a lot of distractions," she said. "This day I struggle with my own son to put down his device and pick up a book."

Irvin hopes the grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help teach kids how to use the library, a lost art.

"Our job is teaching children how to find the resources they need. We don’t make anyone memorize the Dewey Decimal System. But we do share with them how to get into our stacks and look around," said Irvin.

Kids like Genesis Guadalupe, a high school freshman, come to the library often. She says she doesn’t know what the Dewey Decimal System is, but she browses for the books she likes to read.

Fifth-grader Emma Bourbeau is a library regular. She comes in three times a week, checking out 15 books at a time. It shows too, as she’s reading at an 8th-grade level.

"I have a lot of friends who are smart but don’t come to the library," said Bourbeau.

The money will be used to make presentations and visits to schools to encourage kids to come to the library. Also, they hope to draw attention to their programming like homework labs, book club, chess club, craft classes, and gaming clubs.

"We have digital needs now which has replaced some needs for books. We have Google, we have databases they can look at. But what is important to us, it's getting children in and together to learn new things,” said Irvin.

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<![CDATA[NH School District Loses Funding for Fruits, Vegetables]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:58:37 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010993699.JPG

A New Hampshire school district is trying to figure out how to get some of its students nutritious food after losing a federal grant that paid for fruits and vegetables.

Without this grant, more than 900 students will be missing out on fresh fruits and vegetables that they used to enjoy at school.

"These kids, they need it, they need it to keep going," said Raymond mom Tammy Reardon.

Years ago, when Reardon’s husband got laid off, the free and reduced lunch program was a lifesaver.

"It was a relief," she said. "It was a nice knowing it was there for them."

The program isn’t going anywhere, but this year, the Raymond School District lost tens of thousands of dollars in federal funds that paid for the fresh fruits and vegetables.

"It was disappointing"” said Raymond Superintendent Tina McCoy.

She says the grant is based on need and because the number of kids enrolled in the free lunch program dropped this year, the district lost the funding.

"Right now, we are at 25 percent, which I think is still high, but we didn’t make the cut off they determined," McCoy explained.

While administrators come up with a long-term plan, they’re asking local businesses for help.

The donation bin at Tuckaway Tavern is filling up.

"Yeah, it hits close to home," said the restaurant’s Assistant General Manager Coach Miller.

Before this job, Miller actually spent years as the food service director in a nearby school district.

"I could tell you stories that would make you cry," he said.

Miller simply can’t bear the thought of a child trying to learn on a hungry stomach, so, like many other businesses in town, they’ll do everything they can to help fill the gap the lost grant has left behind.

"It’s just a nice reflection on the town of Raymond that there’s so many caring people," McCoy said.

"In the end, everyone comes together and it’s a big family," Reardon said.

Administrators are now considering all options.

They’re even thinking about planting gardens on school property so students can learn how to grow their own fruits and vegetables. 

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<![CDATA[NBC Boston Weather Team's Snow Timeline, Projections]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:31:19 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/storm7.jpg.PNG ]]> <![CDATA[Could Maine Sen. Collins Change Vote on GOP Tax Plan?]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:44:39 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/AP_17272640870476.jpg

Speculation is swirling about Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) potentially changing her vote to "no" on the GOP tax plan. The Senator’s spokesperson says Collins remains uncommitted and is waiting to see how the bill changes in committee.

The possibility that Collins could end up opposing the bill is giving some protesters hope.

"There’s always a little bit of hope – that’s why we’re here," said Isabella McCann, a Bowdoin college student protesting the tax bill at Collins’ Portland office Friday.

Twice this week, protesters staged a sit-in at one of Collins' offices. A group of five were arrested and charged for refusing to leave the Senator's office in Bangor. Thursday night, nine clergy members staged a similar protest and were arrested.

"We all have a lot of poor people in our congregation, so we feel it’s our duty to speak on behalf of them," said Rev. Christina Sillari, of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist church.

Collins initially supported the Senate plan because she received a promise from party leaders that her amendments would be included, and that the party would vote on two additional pieces of legislation to mitigate the effects of the tax bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) reportedly said this week that he never committed to the Collins deal, raising some questions about the future of her conditions.

Annie Clark, a spokesperson for the Senator, said Collins remains confident that her amendments will be included. She said the Senator is waiting to see the full picture of the bill that emerges from committee before declaring how she will vote.



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<![CDATA[Crews Prepare for Saturday's Snowstorm]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:17:23 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010991410.JPG

Massachusetts is preparing for the first significant snowfall of the season, which is expected to drop several inches of snow in the region.

A winter storm warning is in effect in Boston from 4 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has 700 staffers ready to combat potential icy roads with 2,100 plows and plenty of salts. They say that drivers should remember to slow down and not crowd plows.

"Our greatest priority is ensuring the safety of the traveling public and we encourage everyone to make smart, informed decisions if they must head out onto the roadways on Saturday, drive the conditions, and exercise safe driving behavior," MassDOT Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver said.

Ahead of the storm at Somerville’s Assembly Row, some people could be seen cramming in their holiday shopping. They said they'd rather shop Friday than take a chance with this weekend’s snowy conditions. 

"Six inches is nothing to me man, it's nothing to anybody in the city," said one shopper.

People were also spotted at Somerville's Home Depot, stocking up on salt and shovels.

"I ended up getting out of there with paying less than $200," said Charlestown resident Jack Castro. "The shovels are going quick and, obviously, the ice melt."

Snow showers may redevelop as soon as Monday night, with a rain and snow combo a possibility yet again on Tuesday ahead of a shot of colder air for the end of next week in the exclusive Early Warning Weather 10-day forecast.

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<![CDATA[Boston Herald Sold to GateHouse Media]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:17:52 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/herald2.jpg

The Boston Herald has been sold to GateHouse Media, Publisher Patrick J. Purcell announced to the newspaper's staff at a meeting Friday.

Multiple reporters from the newspaper tweeted the news on Friday, and the newspaper published a story on its website detailing the pending sale.

"I am very proud of the spectacular management team with whom I have worked hand in hand over the years," Purcell said in letter to employees. "And I am equally as proud of the excellent staff in all areas of our company who have worked tirelessly to make the Boston Herald a relevant and respected provider of local and regional news for Boston and the area."

The Herald employs about 240 people, down from 900 at its peak.

Purcell has owned the paper since the mid-1990s, when he purchased it from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

The newspaper filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday in order to maximize its value.

Purcell said the newspaper will continue to operate, and employees were told no buyouts will be offered.

GateHouse publishes the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the Cape Cod Times, The Patriot Ledger and more than 100 other newspapers.

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<![CDATA[Water Main Break Causes Street Flooding in Allston]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:59:30 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/allston2.jpg

A water main break at Harvard and Linden streets in Boston's Allston neighborhood caused serious flooding on Friday afternoon.

Video from the scene showed water bubbling from below the street around 2 p.m., with numerous cars parked in the middle of a small river of flowing water.


A witness said some homes and businesses in the neighborhood are currently without water.

City officials were at the scene on Friday dealing with the issue.



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<![CDATA[Local Target Store Offering Quiet Shopping Hours]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:48:17 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-74250465.jpg

A local Target store is offering a one-day shopping experience tailored to those who find difficulty with holiday shopping or have a sensitivity to loud noises and bright lights.

The Framingham, Massachusetts, store on Cochituate Road is partnering with the Asperger/Autism Network for "Sensory Friendly Shopping Hours" on Sunday, from 7 to 10 a.m.

During those hours, the store will shut off music, dim lights and minimize flashing screens. There will also be a quiet corner where guests can relax.

The event will be open to the public.

"This is the first time we have held such an event," said Dania Jekel, executive director of the Aspergers/Autism Network. "Many people with special needs avoid shopping, so this is a way to help everyone feel welcome."

Target recently announced plans to open two more smaller-format stores in the Greater Boston area.

One store will open in the Porter Square neighborhood in Cambridge near the intersection of Massachusetts and Somerville avenues. The other small-format store will be in Burlington on Route 3A, just inside the Interstate 95 loop. 



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<![CDATA[Police: Employee Put Camera in Stop & Shop Bathroom]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:48:15 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010983140.JPG

A police investigation is underway after a Massachusetts Stop & Shop employee was suspended Thursday for allegedly spying on co-workers in a bathroom with a camera. 

The company said the employee, who has not been identified, is accused of placing a single camera in an employee bathroom in the store on Temple Street in Framingham. The bathroom is not accessible to customers. 

Shoppers who spoke with NBC Boston on Friday said they were left feeling uneasy. 

"You just go in there, you wouldn't think that you'd need to be concerned about that or worry about that,” said one customer who did not want their name used. “It's just unfortunate." 

A Stop & Shop spokesperson said in a statement that employees’ privacy is of the utmost importance. 

"We were shocked to learn of the allegations that a store associate attempted to violate the privacy of other associates at our Temple Street Framingham store and immediately suspended the individual," the statement said. 

Despite the store management's shock, one customer wasn't so surprised. 

"I mean, it happens quite a lot, so I'm not surprised,” said Dick Clark. “That's the way the world is. People do these things. I don't know what companies can do to stop them." 

It is not clear if the employee will face any charges. 

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<![CDATA[Police Troll Man Who Made Offensive Hand Gesture by Cruiser]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:45:04 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/181*120/DPD+Photo.PNG

A Massachusetts police department took a very tongue-in-cheek approach to a photo they recently came across showing a resident disrespecting their department.

The Dartmouth Police Department posted a Facebook response Friday morning to a photo of a man posing in front of one of their cruisers while flashing his middle finger.

The department called out the "GQ wannabe" who they said let them know what he thinks of the police "by showing us that we are '#1' with a very recognizable single digit attached to his right mit."

The author Dartmouth police Facebook post sarcastically wrote that the police department has no problem with people posing next to their cruisers, but did have an issue if the paint was scratched by their "probably bought out of someone's trunk Air Jordans."

It continued to explain that police are not looking for the "nice young man," but want to report him to the fashion police. They wished him well on pursuing his "modeling career."

Some commenters praised the department’s sense of humor, while others questioned the appropriateness of the post.

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<![CDATA[Cops: Man Took Secret, Explicit Photos of Women at Air Base]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:56:46 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/183*120/Jason+Venne+Chicopee+PD.jpg

A Massachusetts man has been arrested after he allegedly took secret explicit photos of women inside a locker room at Barnes Air National Guard Base in Westfield and in a Chicopee home.

Jason Venne 35, of Chicopee, was charged with four counts of electronic secret surveillance, two counts of child pornography possession and two counts of pose/exhibit child in a nude/lascivious pose.

He was arrested outside of Barnes Air Base Friday morning.

Police say they started their investigation in mid-November, when they were alerted to the existence of disks containing explicit photos of women who were recorded without their knowledge in what appeared to be a home in Chicopee and as well as locker rooms at the Barnes Air Base.

Investigators were able to identify and speak with the victims.

An investigation led detectives to Venne, and a judge granted them an arrest warrant along with a search warrant for his home on Summit Avenue.

He's due in Chicopee District Court Friday. It's unclear if he has an attorney.



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<![CDATA[Officer Expected to Recover After Being Hit by Vehicle]]> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 20:28:48 -0500 https://media.nbcboston.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000010978506.JPG

A police officer who was hit by a vehicle in Quincy, Massachusetts, on Friday morning is expected to make a full recovery.

State and local authorities say 14-year-veteran Detective Thomas Pepdjonovic was hit on the Fore River Bridge shortly before 11 a.m. Quincy fire officials said Pepdjonovic was working a paid detail.

Aerial video showed multiple police vehicles and an ambulance on the bridge, which just opened a few months ago and is still in the process of being completed.

Pepdjonovic was taken to Boston Medical Center with serious head and shoulder injuries, but is in stable condition, Quincy police say. 

"He’s in a great deal of pain, but he is in good spirits," Quincy Police Chief Paul Keenan said.

A Quincy Police Department source said the female driver who hit the officer stopped after the crash.

"The woman was very forthcoming. She was very distraught when the incident occurred," Chief Keenan said.

Interstate 93 north was temporarily shut down at Neponset to assist in the escort of an ambulance leaving the scene.

Route 3A at the Fore River Bridge remains closed as the state police's crash reconstruction unit investigates, according to Quincy police.

Pepdjonovic is expected to remain at Boston Medical Center through Friday night. He is well known in the community for solving high profile cases such as the "Puppy Doe" case in 2013.



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