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Three new Westford Eagle Scouts awarded

State Representative James Arciero (D-Westford) recently attended the Eagle Scout induction ceremonies for Dakarai Barnard-Pratt, Brandon Chasse, and Luke Giacalone of Westford Boy Scout Troop 437. All three scouts attained the Eagle Scout Badge, the highest award given in scouting. To achieve the r

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-20 17:30:43

Westford Recycling Commission to collect brush chipping, Styrofoam

Westford Recycling Commission will host collections for brush chipping and Styrofoam on Oct. 14 at the Westford Highway Garage, 28 North St., Westford. The brush chipping collection will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Proof of Westford residency is required. Accepted items include brush and br

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-20 16:39:00

Westford dog park location remains uncertain

The discussion over possible locations for a dog park in Westford will continue at the Sept. 26 selectmen meeting. The location for a proposed dog park remains uncertain as town officials and Dog Park Task Force members continue to examine and eliminate possible sites. Westford had 2,769 licensed do

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-20 15:10:25

Westford's Trahan eyes 3rd District U.S. rep seat

WESTFORD -- Lori Trahan, a consulting firm CEO who served as Marty Meehan's chief of staff when he was a congressman, appears to be positioning herself for a shot at replacing in Congress the woman who replaced Meehan, Rep. Niki Tsongas. The Westford resident is the fifth person to express serious

LOWELL SUN - 2017-09-19 10:35:02

Westford resident launches campaign for Tsongas seat

Lori Trahan, a Westford resident who served as chief of staff to former Congressman Rep. Marty Meehan, has launched a fundraising effort to succeed Rep. Niki Tsongas in Congress. "Lori Trahan is a proven, dynamic leader with deep roots in the 3rd Congressional District who will bring a fresh, result

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-18 18:53:18

Westford students volunteer at Emerson Hospital

At Emerson Hospital in Concord, 86 student volunteers, including 12 from Westford, contributed nearly 9,000 hours of service this year. The students volunteered in a variety of departments at the hospital, including transport, pediatrics, front reception and sports therapies. The students from Westf

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-18 17:25:07

State Rep. Arciero donates AED to Recreation Department

State Rep. James Arciero, D-Westford, recently donated an Automated External Defibrillator device to the Westford Recreation Department for use by the Westford Youth Baseball and Softball Association during games at the American Legion ballfields located on River Street in Westford. The need for su

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-20 17:51:00

UMCW to host Trunk-or-Treat, chili cook-off

The United Methodist Church of Westford invites the greater community to wear their costumes and go trick-or-treating from car-to-car in the church parking lot from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29 at 10 Church St., Westford. There will also be a chili cook off and games hosted by the youth group. The facility i

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-20 17:14:00

Chelmsford, Tewksbury join forces in area opioid fight

It's a health and public safety crisis that knows no boundaries of towns, cities, economic class or background. Battling the abuse ofincluding legal prescription drugs, and traditional street drugs such as heroin -- takes more than arrest and prosecution, according to those on the front lines. They

WICKED LOCAL - 2017-09-19 19:24:34

Boxer LaMotta, immortalized in 'Raging Bull,' dies at 95

MIAMI (AP) -- Jake LaMotta, the former middleweight champion whose life in and out of the ring was depicted in the film "Raging Bull," for which Robert DeNiro won an Academy Award, has died, his fiancee said Wednesday. He was 95. LaMotta died Tuesday at a Miami-area hospital from complications of p

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 16:29:13

GOP governors launch 'news' site critics call propaganda

ATLANTA (AP) -- Republican governors are getting into the "news" business. The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, w

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 16:06:10

Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake toll rises to 217

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities stood at 217. Adding poignan

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 12:02:36

Cops: Man who didn't want to drink alone breaks in with beer

STEWARTSTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Police say a drunken Pennsylvania man who didn't want to drink alone forced his way into a woman's home and sat down with two 12-packs of beer. Thirty-nine-year-old Sean Haller, of Stewartstown, faces charges including criminal trespass and remained in the York County jail

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 12:02:29

One last last chance: GOP strains for Obamacare repeal votes

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Time growing short, President Donald Trump and Republican Senate leaders dove into a frantic hunt for votes Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace "Obamacare." The pressure was intense, the outcome uncertain in a Capitol newly engulfed in drama over health care. Sen

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 12:02:17

Try these gourdeous pumpkin tacos

It's the high season for all things squash, pumpkin and gourd. They look great decorating front entries and tablescapes, and they taste delicious whether roasted or toasted, in soups or in coffee. (Ha, doubtful any actual pumpkin is used in coffeehouse drinks, but it's the thought that counts.) The

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 11:33:51

Director of Worship & Music: Paul Ciotti

DRACUT -- Paul Ciotti did not hesitate when asked what challenge stands ahead for him as the new Director of Worship & Music for the River of Divine Mercy Catholic Collaborative. "I'd say the biggest challenge is really following no one in this job," he said. That's because Ciotti's position is br

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-20 10:36:03

Friedman fighting for $15 minimum wage bill

By J.D. Capelouto Statehouse Correspondent BOSTON -- Increasing the state's minimum wage to $15 per hour would give more than a million people across Massachusetts -- a third of all workers -- a pay increase, state Sen. Cindy Friedman told a legislative committee Tuesday. Friedman, an Arlington D

LOWELL SUN - 2017-09-20 10:34:29

Middlesex DA: Opioid crisis has grandparents taking on bigger roles

LOWELL -- An increase in grandparents stepping up to raise their grandchildren touched by the opioid crisis and the trauma facing children who have witnessed overdoses in their own homes are some of the new issues facing Middlesex County, according to District Attorney Marian Ryan. These issues, an

LOWELL SUN - 2017-09-20 10:35:21

Man gets 18 months for accidentally shooting friend

LOWELL - A judge says he handed down a lighter penalty than prosecutors requested for a Massachusetts man who accidentally shot his friend because his actions in the aftermath may have saved that friend's life. The judge said Tuesday that 19-year-old Benjamin Khammanivong, of Lowell, could have worr

BOSTON HERALD - 2017-09-20 07:00:00

7.1 magnitude quake kills 2, collapses buildings in Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least two people, collapsing buildings and causing widespread panic less than two weeks after another quake left 90 dead in the country's south. Mexican media broadcast images of multiple downed buildings in

THEVALLEYDISPATCH.COM - 2017-09-19 20:56:25