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March 3, 2013

Around the Region

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---- — Fenway Park to host fundraiser for Newtown museum

BOSTON (AP) — A group of Boston residents with ties to Newtown, Conn., is set to gather at Fenway Park to raise funds for a children’s museum in the town where a gunman shot and killed 26 elementary school children and educators in December.

Organizers say proceeds from the March 23rd fundraiser will go to the EverWonder Children’s Museum, an initiative launched in 2011 to establish a children’s museum to Newtown.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung, who died in the shooting, was one of the earliest supporters of museum plans.

The museum will operate in a recently donated temporary space while officials raise money for a permanent location.

Future plans for museum exhibits include a tribute to the shooting victims.

The fundraiser at a Fenway Park pavilion will include live music, special guests, food and drinks.

NH collects $1.2 M in undeserved unemployment $

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire officials say they collected $1.2 million in unemployment benefits in February that had been paid to people who didn’t report their real earnings.

New Hampshire Employment Security said Friday that the money was taken from federal income tax refunds. The agency started participating in the U.S. Treasury’s program to offset federal income tax refunds on Oct. 1.

The Nashua Telegraph says New Hampshire has submitted $10.6 million in overpayment debt to the U.S. Treasury for offsets and expects to submit a total of $11.6 million during the current tax filing season.

State Employment Security Commissioner George Copadis says that should serve as an example and deterrent to those considering unemployment fraud.

New England groups push for immigration reforms

BOSTON (AP) — A coalition of New England immigrant advocates has launched a bus tour in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island to highlight the impact of deportation on families.

The tour is part of the “Keeping Families Together” campaign sponsored by the Fair Immigration Reform Movement, a coalition of organizations promoting support for immigration reforms in 30 states.

The New England campaign began Saturday morning when the bus left Boston Common for Nashua, N.H., where immigrants and their supporters will gather at St. Louis de Gonzague Church to share stories illustrating the trauma of family separation caused by deportation. In the afternoon, the tour will stop at the Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation in Worcester.

The tour will also stop in New Haven, Conn., and Providence, R.I. on Sunday before heading to Brockton and Boston on Monday.

Mass. Gov. Patrick to join black bear cub survey

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick is set to join an annual survey of black bear cubs in Massachusetts.

Monday’s survey will allow researchers to check in on the health of the state’s population of black bears.

MassWildlife began its study of the bears in 1970 in cooperation with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. When the study began, there were about 100 black bears in Massachusetts. The population has since grown to about 3,000 bears.

Researchers track a small number of the bears wearing radio collars.

Patrick is set to join the survey Monday morning in South Deerfield.

It won’t be his first time.

In 2009, Patrick helped watch over two small bear cubs while researchers checked the health of their 200-pound mother.

Black bear cubs are typically born mid-January through February.

Latest round of NH job training grants awarded

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Six New Hampshire companies have been awarded state grants to train nearly 100 workers in new skills.

The chosen companies will match the grants from the Department of Resources and Economic Development, bringing the total funds to just over $96,000.

Recipients range from Eptam Plastics in Northfield to Teleflex Medical of Jaffrey. Training will be provided by the University of New Hampshire, Manchester Community College and other organizations.

Since 2007, the job training fund has awarded $5.4 million to train 16,481 workers.