EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 27, 2012

JFK Library to host live chat with astronauts


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON (AP) — The JFK Library and Museum will host a live chat via satellite with two astronauts on the International Space Station.

Boston audience members will be able to see and hear astronauts Suni Williams and Joe Acaba as the two participate in the interview from space on Aug. 27.

Williams, who went to high school in Needham, Mass., will do her fifth walk in space a few days later to repair one of the space station’s main electrical units.

Library officials say the event, co-sponsored by NASA, is among those being held to commemorate President John F. Kennedy’s dedication to space exploration.

To register for free tickets or suggest interview questions for the forum, call (617) 514-1643 or click the events tab at jfklibrary.org for more information.

Police interview ‘apparent driver’

in biker death

WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) — Police have interviewed someone they say was the apparent driver of a truck that fatally struck a bicyclist in Wellesley on Friday.

The Boston Globe reports that police said Sunday they also are asking another motorist who may have witnessed the crash to contact law enforcement.

Wellesley police said officials located the vehicle and its “apparent operator” after reviewing traffic camera footage of the crash.

Alexander Motsenigos, a married father of a 6-year-old boy, was killed.

A driver travelling north on Weston Road hit the 41-year-old man as he was riding in the same direction near the intersection of Linden Street on Friday.

Ann Romney

has Secret Service protection now

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now has Secret Service agents assigned to her at all times. The move comes as her husband is set to formally receive the GOP presidential nomination later this week.

Mitt Romney has had Secret Service protection since January.

It’s standard practice for the wives of presidential candidates to receive such protection as Election Day approaches.

Agents accompanied Ann Romney to a supermarket near the Romneys’ New Hampshire vacation home on Sunday morning.

State shields western Mass. farms from development

EGREMONT, Mass. (AP) — The state has bought development rights to Berkshire County farmland, setting aside 445 acres.

The Berkshire Eagle reports the deal is valued at $6.7 million.

Baldwin Hill Farm is owned by Richard and Priscilla Burdsall and has been in the family for more than 100 years. Next door, Proctor’s Bel-Air Farm, owned by Charles and Ellen Proctor, has been in the family for 55 years.

The Berkshire Natural Resources Council and Egremont Land Trust contributed 5 percent, or about $360,000. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources provided the remaining funding.

Tad Ames, president of the Berkshire group, said part of the intention is to protect open space, preventing farms from being sold for residential or commercial development.

Westborough hunkers down in face of mosquitos

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Westborough officials are curtailing outdoor activities such as youth sports and neighborhood barbecues in response to mosquitoes carrying Eastern equine e

ncephalitis.

The Boston Globe reports that Westborough has been designated “high risk.” That means the state Department of Public Health considers the community very likely to see multiple cases of the disease in humans.

Paul McNulty, Westborough’s director of public health, said school, recreation and health officials are working to ensure that local organizations follow state guidelines to curtail outdoor activities between dusk and dawn.

The Board of Health also is advising residents to limit after-sunset outdoor activities, not just organized recreation. For example, McNulty says a person walking a dog at 10:30 p.m. is taking a risk.

Police: Driver unable to explain fatal crash in western NH

WESTMORELAND, N.H. (AP) — An elderly driver who crashed into a group of motorcyclists on a memorial ride in New Hampshire, killing two of them, couldn’t explain why he crossed the center line and drove head-on into the procession, police said.

More than 200 motorcyclists were riding in Westmoreland on Saturday morning when a car driven by 87-year-old Robert Lockerby of Walpole swerved into their lane and struck seven of them. The collision killed 59-year-old Gary Champney of Alstead and 41-year-old Aaron Robar of Newport. Five others were injured.

When police arrived, the scene was chaotic and there was a general feeling that the accident had happened “in a flash,” Trooper Sean Eaton said Saturday. Lockerby couldn’t shed any light on exactly what had happened, he said.

Police are investigating the accident but said alcohol and speed do not appear to be factors.

NH AG says some may qualify for foreclosure review

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s Attorney General is reminding homeowners whose primary residences were in foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 that they may qualify for relief if lender misconduct was to blame.

Attorney General Michael Delaney says homeowners should first apply for a free, independent review — a prerequisite for applying for restitution.

Delaney says homeowners who qualify should have received notification and a review application form in the mail. Review requests must be postmarked no later than Dec. 31 of this year for homeowners to qualify for relief that could range from $500 to $125,000 if lenders committed misconduct.

Review application forms may be obtained by calling 1-888-952-9105.

To qualify for review and possible relief, homeowners must have been in any stage of foreclosure during the years 2009 and 2010.

NH woman sentenced in road rage stun gun assault

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman has been sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in prison for using a stun gun on a pregnant woman during a road rage incident.

A Merrimack County Superior Court judge sentenced 24-year-old Carissa Williams of Pembroke on Friday.

Williams was convicted in February of assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal trespass for the March 2011 attack in Concord.

The Concord Monitor said Williams got out of her car on an Interstate 93 exit ramp, opened the door to Corinne Leclair-Holler’s car and shocked her in the thigh with a stun gun as Leclair-Holler screamed “I’m pregnant, I’m pregnant.”

The incident began eight miles away, where Williams had yelled at Leclair-Holler to get off her phone as the two drove on Route 3.

NH agency sets game bird hunting dates, limits

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Fish and Game officials have set the dates and limits for the upcoming migratory game bird hunting season.

Hunters may bag up to five Canada geese from Sept. 4 through Sept. 25.

The season for snipe runs from Sept. 15 through Nov. 14, with an eight-bird limit per day.

Woodcock hunting season runs from Oct. 1-Nov. 14, with a three-bag limit.

Sea duck season begins Oct. 1 and runs until Jan. 15, with a seven-bird limit per day.

Open season on crows is already underway and runs through Nov. 30. The two-week spring season on crows opens March 16.

All hunters must have a current New Hampshire hunting license, and waterfowl hunters must also obtain a federal duck stamp and a New Hampshire migratory waterfowl hunting license.