Ten men, charged with sexual conduct for a fee, were arraigned in Westborough District Court today as part of a prostitution sting conducted by the State Police and local police departments, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Last night, the Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victim Unit, in collaboration with the Northborough, Shrewsbury, Westborough and Southborough police departments, executed a sting operation in an effort to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women. The sting was at the Econo Lodge, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough.
“The focus of this operation was to attack the demand side of human trafficking, where we too often see women forced into prostitution,” Mr. Early said.
January 2017 was designated by President Barak Obama as Human Trafficking Month. January 11th was proclaimed Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Massachusetts to spread awareness of commercial sexual exploitation.
The men were arraigned before Judge Dennis Sargent.
Yu Kang, 46, of Westborough had his case continued without a finding for three months.
The other defendants pleaded not guilty. Their cases were continued for pre-trial conferences and they were released on personal recognizance. They are: Kenny Leng, 24, Shrewsbury; Joseph Maiocchi, 53, of Marlborough; Christopher Sullivan, 43, of Westborough; Goutham Uppuluri, 28, of Westborough; Matthew Waters, 37, of Milford; Anthony Veloso, 39, of Worcester; Mark Svendbye, 54, of Framingham; Anand Vaidyanathan, 43, of Shrewsbury; and Farley Brito, 33, of Marlborough.
Born in Marlborough, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Lillian (LaBossiere) Padula. She had been married to the late Paul J. Minehan for 69 years at the time of his death Sept. 28, 2016, and was the mother of the late Michael Minehan, a proud Marine, who was killed in action in Vietnam in 1968.
She had been employed by the CETA Program in Marlborough as a counselor, retiring after many years of service.
Marlborough residents for many years, Mr. and Mrs. Minehan retired to Florida and later Georgia, before returning to Massachusetts to be closer to their family.
Family and friends were Mrs. Minehan’s passion and delight. She touched everyone she met with her warm smile and winning personality. She loved to cook, read, bird watching and going to the movie theatre.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Nickerson and her husband Matthew of Sugar Hill, Ga., Carol Lynch of Yarmouth, Pamela Foley and her husband Timothy of Wareham, and Kathleen Beaudoin and her husband Paul of Whitinsville; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. She was also the sister of the late James and Alfred “Fred” Padula and the mother-in-law of the late Thomas Lynch.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, Jan. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, Inc., 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Jan. 28, at 9 a.m., at the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough.
Burial will follow at the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Beach Street, Marlborough.
Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association of NE, 260 Cochituate Rd., #200, Framingham, MA 01701.]]>
Caroline is with Girl Scout troop 30326. Since Girl Scouts do not accept tips, any donations received above the price of the cookies are used to buy cookies to send to service members stationed overseas.
Northborough – The Marlborough High School girls’ varsity gymnastics team defeated Westborough High School with a final score of 133 to 126.9 in a varsity meet held Jan. 17 at Algonquin Regional High School. The top individual scores for Marlborough were Abbie McNikol, 35.5 and Jacqueline McKinnon, 32.1. For Westborough Diya Mathew and Cecilia Goetz both scored 31.5.
Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury High School Colonials hosted the Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks for a basketball doubleheader Jan. 20.
In the first game of the evening, the Algonquin girls staged a late comeback, outscoring the Shrewsbury girls 22-5 in the fourth quarter to come from behind and walk away with a 39-26 victory. Senior Elyssa Nicholas scored 13 for Algonquin and freshman Zibby Gibbons contributed 7. Junior Breena Carey was the top scorer for Shrewsbury with 9 points while senior Blair Govoni added 6.
In the second game of the evening, the Algonquin boys built a 28-16 lead by halftime, only to have Shrewsbury chip away at it during the second half. Shrewsbury pulled within 2 points with just 18 seconds remaining, but Algonquin was able to keep possession of the ball and hang on for a 51-47 win. Algonquin’s top scorers were Dustin Branson with 12 and Nick Casapulla with 10 points. Jack Taitel and Jared Godek each scored 18 for Shrewsbury.
Grafton / Millbury — Grafton versus Millbury in any high school sporting event is more than worth the price of admission, and the teams’ Jan. 12 matchup between girls’ varsity basketball teams in Millbury was no exception.
Border rivals for decades, the spirited and ardent competition between the two schools embodies what sports at the high school level should be all about and these two schools seldom disappoint.
Add to the equation that both teams were undefeated heading into the matchup and one can expect an even more passionate contest and a packed house besides. Neither team wished for a blemish in their heretofore perfect records, but it was Millbury (9-0, SWCL C) holding on to that distinction with a 53-43 triumph over the visiting Indians.
Millbury jumped out to an early 11-4 advantage before Grafton struck back with a 13-2 run in the second quarter. Baskets by Gigi LeMay, Anna Kopyra and Lauren Eddy led to the resurgence that put the Indians up 27-25 at the break. LeMay and Kopyra would go on to lead the team in scoring with eleven points each while Eddy hit for eight.
The third quarter would spell the undoing for Grafton (6-1, SWCL A) as Millbury broke from the gates with ten unanswered points that put them up 35-27. The Woolies defense stiffened holding Grafton to an uncharacteristically low point total. A key 3-point bucket by LeMay tightened the gap to 42-37 before a fourth quarter surge put this one in the win column for Millbury.
“We got away from what was working well in the second quarter, looking inside and using our post players,” said first-year GHS coach Jessica Shlager of her team’s second half struggles. “We were shooting too early in the shot clock, not giving our players time to set up for the offensive boards. We needed more patience against their zone and make sure we’re getting the best shot with a balanced floor.
“Zones give you offensive rebounding opportunities; quick shots can deny those opportunities. Defensively we were not getting out on their shooters. We needed to close better. Our press is often our best offense. When we don’t score, we can’t press and turn them over for transition hoops.”
“They’re our rivals, so it’s a huge win,” said Millbury head coach Steve Reno. “They’re one of the best teams in scoring in central Mass. so we knew our defense was going to be key.”
The 2016-2017 Indians are led by senior captains LeMay, Eddy and Meghan Montgomery. LeMay, a 1,000-point career scorer and SWCL MVP a year ago, is second in the conference in scoring with an average of 14 points per game and can bring it night after night offensively and defensively. Eddy and Montgomery are solid contributors on and off the hardwood and are counted on for leadership by Shlager.
‘They (captains) are a great group and all contribute in their own way,” Shlager said. “Gigi and Meg are more outspoken and lead by voice, while Lauren leads more by example. Their leadership is vital to our success thus far and going forward as we move through the season. Half our team is 9th and 10th graders. They all really look up to the seniors. Our seniors are excellent role models for the younger girls and will be missed next year.”
Other contributors to the Indians success are junior guards Mackenzie Breen and Erin Tyldesley along with sophomore guards Jenna Gordon, Calleigh Herren, Abigail Rogers and Kopyra. Promising freshman Taylor Paulauskas has looked solid and is expected to contribute for years to come. Kopyra is currently third in SWCL A scoring with an average of eleven points per game while Rogers is right behind her with ten.
“Gigi has a balanced game. She is strong and athletic, can take the ball inside off the dribble and her shooting continues to improve. She is also a willing passer, filling up the box score,” explained Shlager. “With Anya, she can step out and shoot the 3 opening the floor for the inside game. She continues to develop off the dribble. Erin is very quick, defends well and has good ball-handling skills. Off the bench, we also have guards who make plays and defend Jenna Taylor, and Meg.
“Inside we have two post players who play very smart in Abby and Lauren. It’s great because they look for each other, are willing passers and rebound well. We also have Mackenzie who can come out and shoot the 3 but also play down low and we have Calleigh who brings maximum effort working hard off the bench.”
The teams will match up once more when the Indians host their rivals Friday, Feb. 3. Expect the teams and their supporters to be out in full force especially so as this is a later-season matchup and playoff pairings will be decided in the campaign’s final homestretch. Shlager will continue to appreciate what her teams brings each and every night out.
“What I love most about this team is their attitude. They never give up and they work hard,” she said. “I love their spirit. Every game they come out and play hard with so much heart. They always leave everything they have out on the court. They’ve really meshed well together.”]]>
The Friends’ intent for this award is to assist in the purchase of the student’s textbooks and other course materials. Scholarship applications can be obtained through applicants’ guidance departments or downloaded at https://shrewsburyma.gov/398/Friends-of-the-Library.
Applications should be mailed or dropped off at the Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main St., no later than Saturday, April 1.]]>
Shrewsbury – A simple thermometer has been turned into a valuable tool for teachers at Shrewsbury elementary schools. A five-point thermometer, created by Suzanne Margiano and Cara Demoga, psychologists at Floral Street School, has helped students to identify their feelings and recognize stressful situations.
“The thermometer itself is a tool that’s used to serve a larger purpose of helping students to self-regulate and to be fully present in where they are and whom they are with,” Floral Street School Principal Lisa McCubrey said. “It’s one tool, the anchor tool.”
Using the thermometer, students are taught to listen to clues their bodies give when their feelings or “temperature” starts to rise along steps from one to five. Teachers use the phrase “3 is the Key” and students know that when they have reached a “three” on the thermometer they need to use a calming strategy.
McCubrey explained, “We teach students to be aware and to recognize [key time] because when you recognize it, you can plan.”
By planning, the students use their calming strategies, including deep breathing, relaxation exercises and yoga.
The thermometer was first used in small social skills groups and was primarily used for students on the autism spectrum. However, other teachers saw how it worked and realized how it could work in their own classrooms so its use spread throughout the school and to other schools in the district.
“[The thermometer] is really the foundation tool to help kids self-regulate by assessing their self-control,” said Demoga, who works specifically with students in first and second grades. “If you have a student who is disregulated you are never going to get to what you need to cover in a day. Morning meeting is a natural opportunity to model what you need to do to get ready!”
“It is absolutely the anchor tool to everything else that we do,” added Margiano.
Margiano and Demoga, along with Ellen O’Leary, a retired school speech pathologist, wrote a grant proposal, “Strengthening the School Community through Social Thinking and Self-regulation.” The grant was awarded by the Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF). With this funding, and a supplemental grant from the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce, they were able to create a library of resources which would be available to all teachers, specialists and staff.
“It is through the generosity and support of the Shrewsbury Education Foundation that much of this work has been possible,” Margiano said.
The Walter J. Paton Elementary School is just one of the other Shrewsbury schools seeing benefits from using the thermometer.
“The five-point thermometer has had a positive impact on Paton’s school climate,” noted school psychologist Angelina Adams. “We are observing our students becoming more aware of their thoughts and feelings both in themselves as well as others. Some students have asked for a second thermometer to take home. We encourage all Paton families to brainstorm appropriate calming strategies for use at home.”]]>
Marlborough – Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School’s Robotics Team, the Aztechs 157, hosted a local kickoff for this year’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition Jan. 7. Local high school teams, who had been waiting since last fall, gathered to learn the name of this year’s game and to pick up game kits. Twenty-five dedicated teams with over 300 people attended the event in spite of a winter storm advisory that was in effect.
FIRST is a nonprofit worldwide youth organization, with over 38,000 teams. FIRST’s primary goal is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology.
According to the FIRST website, www.firstinspires.org, students ages 14-18 compete with 120-pound robots of their own design. Team members work together cooperatively and are judged by how well they work together.
This year’s game is called FIRST STEAMWORKS featuring “two adventure clubs from an era in which technology relied on steam power to prepare their airships for the ultimate long distance race.” What is unique about this year’s game is that there will be human players on the playing field.
Marcus Fletcher, Assabet paraprofessional and Aztechs’ project manager, explained, “We are exposing kids to things that they might never have been exposed to before. You are able to show them things and help kids push their boundaries.”
Teams will work for the next six weeks, planning and strategizing as they develop their robots to meet this year’s challenge. Because they work closely together and often share meals and travel experiences, teams become very tight-knit communities within their schools.
“You learn from your failures and you don’t necessarily learn from your successes,” said team parent and mentor John Vedder, who is an engineer. “You never want to squelch an idea because you don’t know where that idea is going to lead you.”
He also shared about the upcoming build season, “The build season is loads of fun. You don’t know what your challenge is going to be and then we go to competition and see how all the other teams have solved the same problem.”
Cindy Zomar, corporate liaison for the Aztechs and the admissions and public relations coordinator for the school said, “We want to thank Boston Scientific who has been a major sponsor for our team and has been for several years. They provided the breakfast food for the kickoff and have been a terrific partner.”
Northeast regional competitions begin the first weekend in March and the season culminates with two world championship events that take place in Houston, Texas, April 19-22, and St. Louis, Missouri, April 26-29. For more information about FIRST, visit www.firstinspires.org.]]>