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December 15, 2012

News Around New England

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---- — Bridge work will stop traffic on I-95 in NH

SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Transportation says night-time motorists will face stoppages as bridge work is being done over Interstate 95.

Structural steel will be set into place on the New Hampshire Route 107 bridge over I-95 in Seabrook as part of the $6.4 million bridge-widening project.

The work will take place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. from Monday night through Thursday night. It will require some short-term traffic stoppages on I-95 between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Officials say the I-95 closings should not exceed 15 minutes at any one time. State police rolling roadblocks will be used to control traffic along I-95 during the shutdown periods.

New head of Boston transit system begins work

BOSTON (AP) — The MBTA has a new leader at the helm.

Beverly Scott officially takes over as general manager of the Boston-area transit system on Monday. She comes to Boston after five years at the helm of Atlanta’s transit system.

Scott plans to greet customers at two T stations and unveil new countdown clocks that will let customers know how long before the next train arrives.

The new GM will face some major challenges in the coming months.

The MBTA’s projected deficit for the next fiscal year starting July 1 is $130 million.

The T raised fares by an average 23 percent in April to address a deficit in the current year.

Gov. Deval Patrick and lawmakers are expected to discuss proposals for overhauling transportation finance in the next legislative session.

Man arrested in NH bank robbery

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Concord police say a 29-year-old man’s been arrested in connection with a bank robbery in New Hampshire’s capital city earlier this week.

Concord police, United States marshals, state police and Pembroke police arrested Timothy Ruff of Concord on a warrant Friday evening.

Ruff is charged in the robbery of Citizens Bank on Tuesday. Charges include theft by unauthorized taking and unarmed robbery, both felonies.

Ruff was seen walking in the area of East Side Drive in Concord when he was apprehended by patrol officers without incident.

Ruff refused the services of a bail commissioner and will be arraigned Monday.

Young reindeer resting in Mass. after knee surgery

GRAFTON, Mass. (AP) — A young female reindeer is back home in Boston for the holidays and resting comfortably after undergoing knee surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Willow, a 1½-year-old reindeer, is in stable condition after clinicians performed the procedure to treat a condition caused when a kneecap dislocates or moves out of its normal location.

Willow lives with two other reindeer at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. She was taken to the Cummings School after suffering from a condition known as luxating patella.

Prof. Robert McCarthy, a veterinary surgeon who performed the procedure , expects a full recovery with no limp on the affected leg.

Willow is resting in the zoo hospital at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, which is managed by a group that also runs Stone Zoo.

Manchester, NH, seeks to make schools health hubs

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The public health department in Manchester, N.H., has won a grant to transform three of the city’s public schools into destinations where residents can access a range of services aimed at improving community health.

More than 400 agencies applied for the funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Manchester was one of 18 selected. The grant is being matched by several local funding sources, bringing the total to $332,000.

The project is based on the idea that when neighbors feel connected, the stressors of crime and poverty diminish and people are able to improve their health. It will involve revamping schools so they become the hub for neighborhood events and places where residents of all ages can attend educational programs and get connected to health and social services.

Mass. electors to cast votes for Obama, Biden

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly backed President Barack Obama’s re-election last month and members of the state’s Electoral College will make that vote official next week.

On Monday, the state’s 11 electors will cast their ballots for Obama during a Statehouse ceremony.

The electors are scheduled to gather in the Massachusetts House chamber at 3 p.m. where they will be sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick.

Massachusetts voters chose the electors when they cast more than 60 percent of their votes for the Democratic presidential ticket in November.

Electors will cast separate ballots for Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Once the electoral ballots are tabulated, the votes are sent by registered mail to the president of the United States Senate, the archivist of the United States and the federal judge of the Massachusetts District.

Group of all 56 signers of Declaration on sale

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — A rare collection of Revolutionary War-era autographs is going on the auction block in New Hampshire.

The complete set of all 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence is expected to fetch more than $1 million at an auction in Nashua on Saturday afternoon.

Amherst-based auction house RR Auction calls it the ultimate accomplishment in American autograph collecting, with only 40 complete collections of Declaration signers known in existence. Most of the signatures in the collection for sale are part of historically significant letters written by the Founding Fathers, not cut-out signatures or signatures on routine documents that are part of some Declaration signer collections.

The auction is being held at the Crowne Plaza hotel.