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Merrimack Valley

March 24, 2013

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Police say the suspect is believed to have left the area in a car with a Massachusetts license plate.

Anyone who has information is asked to call the Newington Police Department at 431-5461.

Mass. city seeks sale of vacant lots to neighbors

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Springfield officials are offering property owners a chance to buy blighted vacant lots next to their own properties.

The lots were taken over the by the city after their previous owners stopped paying taxes.

Under the city’s “Abutter Lots Sales Program,” owners of adjacent residences or businesses can buy the vacant lots if they are valued at $25,000 or less and are not needed by the city for public use.

The lots would be sold at a price of 25 cents per square foot and can be used by their new owners for a variety of purposes, including additions to existing properties, gardens, landscaped yards or off-street parking.

Mayor Domenic Sarno says the program seeks to reduce blight and return unused parcels to the the city’s tax rolls.

Dem. House Leader Pelosi to visit Boston for event

BOSTON (AP) — House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi is heading to Boston to mark the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Pelosi will join with union leaders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano on Monday to celebrate the federal law that guarantees American workers protected time off to care for loved ones.

The 1993 law offers 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which workers can use to care for a new baby, sick family member or to recover from an illness.

The law applies to workers hired by companies with 50 or more employees, who work more than 1,250 hours a year and who have been on the job for at least a year.

Labor activists say the law still leaves out more than half of the workforce. They are pushing for measures they say would toughen the law.

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