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The view of Groton Town Center blocked off from a school bus detouring around police barricades on March 23td

FBI and State Police Add Forensic Muscle to Groton Hoax Investigation

"We're working with the FBI and state police to see if we can come to some sort of resolution or conclusion," on the phone calls that shut down Groton Center for almost two hours yesterday afternoon, Groton Police Chief Donald Palma said. "We're still playing with the tape (of the 911 calls). We've asked them to assist with some high tech forensics," he said. Police shut down Route 119, Main Street, on Monday March 23rd after receiving two phone calls at 1:46 p.m. The first reportedly talked about a stabbing and a potential hostage situation; the second reported a pipe bomb in a local building. Both calls referenced Groton's Main Street near the Main Street Cafe; Prescott School building; and the Boutwell House, the Groton ...
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Police barricaded Route 119 , Main Street, for about two hours this afternoon while they searched the area after they received threatening calls

Hoax Phone Calls Shut Down Groton Center

Groton center was shut down for about two hours this afternoon, when Groton Police received a terse phone call at 1:46 p.m. reporting a possible stabbing. At least one other phone call followed, in which the caller alleged that an individual with a pipe bomb might be in the town center. Officers quickly closed state Route 119, main street and other streets leading into the town center to establish a secure perimeter. Fire equipment, ambulances, and additional police from area ...
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Who’s Feeling Unsafe In Selectmen’s Meetings? It’s Hard to Tell

Stuart Schulman was up front about what Board of Selectmen's meetings are not: "We are not The Jerry Springer Show." But the last prime time meeting of the board, on Monday March 16th, had its TV-like moments. But after a confusing open-to-the-public executive session apparently intended to discuss Town Manager Mark Haddad's feeling of being "unsafe" enough to request a police officer at the previous week's meeting, residents in the Town Hall lobby were making comparisons to the Read More

Groton Girls Are Counting Down The Days To Mom Prom 2015

Groton Girls Are Counting Down The Days To Mom Prom 2015

Kelsey McCormick is excited. So is Marlena Gilbert. And so is Margot Bouvier. They have their dresses picked out and they’re all counting down the days to their prom, the Fifth Annual Mom Prom Nashua. McCormick, one of the organizers of the effort several years ago, reported in an email that “Last year we had more »

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FBI and State Police Add Forensic Muscle to Groton Hoax Investigation

FBI and State Police Add Forensic Muscle to Groton Hoax Investigation

“We’re working with the FBI and state police to see if we can come to some sort of resolution or conclusion,” on the phone calls that shut down Groton Center for almost two hours yesterday afternoon, Groton Police Chief Donald Palma said. “We’re still playing with the tape (of the 911 calls). We’ve asked them more »

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Arts & Leisure

NRWA Offers Spring Wildlife Programs, Indoors and Out

NRWA Offers Spring Wildlife Programs, Indoors and Out

Winter is turning to spring, wildlife is stirring, and so are the nature programs at the Nashua River Watershed Association. On Sunday, March 29, 2015, at 2 p.m., Mary Holland will present a free program on the wonders of New England wildlife. Holland is the author of Naturally Curious: A Photographic Field Guide and Month-by-Month more »

Will Premru’s “Hiker’s Home” Photo Receives National Silver Medal

Will Premru’s “Hiker’s Home” Photo Receives National Silver Medal

Will Premru, a local outdoor photographer and sophomore at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, has been awarded a Silver Medal for his photograph “Hiker’s Home” in the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2015. The photograph, taken in Iceland, won a regional gold key, and was displayed with other regional winners at the School of more »

Check It Out: Climbing Mountains With Tom Ryan and Atticus and Groton’s Craig John

Check It Out: Climbing Mountains With Tom Ryan and Atticus and Groton’s Craig John

This year’s Groton READS book is Following Atticus: Forty-Eight Peaks, One Little Dog, and an Extraordinary Friendship by Tom Ryan, a 2011 memoir. All are invited to read the book (copies are available for check out) and take part in the many Groton READS 2015 activities. All Groton READS events are made possible by the more »

Chefs Are Prepping For the 14th Taste of Nashoba Valley

Chefs Are Prepping For the 14th Taste of Nashoba Valley

Chefs from one end of the Nashoba River Valley to the other are prepping for the 14th Annual “Taste of Nashoba Valley,” on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Produced by the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce, it will serve up the area’s finest food from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Academy Stone Athletic Center in Groton. more »

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Brings “Wicked Awesome”ness to Groton On Sunday

Boston Gay Men’s Chorus Brings “Wicked Awesome”ness to Groton On Sunday

The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus (BGMC) will perform selections from its “Wicked Awesome” show of Broadway songs by Stephen Schwartz on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m. at the Groton-Dunstable Performing Arts Center, sponsored by the First Parish Church of Groton, Unitarian Universalist and the First Parish Church United of Westford. The churches are co-sponsoring more »

Sports and Outdoors

Crusaders Girls’ Hoop Team Wins First Post Season Game; Knocked Out in Second

Crusaders Girls’ Hoop Team Wins First Post Season Game; Knocked Out in Second

The Groton-Dunstable Crusaders girl’s basketball team took off hot in its first post-season game last week, but got knocked out of MIAA Division 2 play this weekend, falling to the Medfield Warriors.

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Dear Editor: There’s Too Much Buzzing Overhead…

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Girls’ Basketball: G-D Routs Auburn In First Round Upset

Girls’ Basketball: G-D Routs Auburn In First Round Upset

AUBURN – As far as Lindsay Werner is concerned, the theme of the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders’ tournament run this year is “revenge” – for missing out on the tournament the past two years, and for being eliminated in the first round in their last appearance in 2012. The no. 3 seed Auburn Rockets were the first more »

Lawrence Academy Athletes Tapped For Post-Season Play

Lawrence Academy Athletes Tapped For Post-Season Play

Four Lawrence Academy athletes are slated to compete in postseason or conference competition. Wrestler Francis Corvino is off to Pennsylvania this weekend for the National Prep Wrestling Championships and three members of the girl’s basketball team, Erin Antosh, Emily Pratt, and Gabby Reuter have earned slots on the 2014-15 NEPSAC Class B East All-Star Team.

LA Girls’ Basketball Team Struggles; Loses to Rivers 47-23

LA Girls’ Basketball Team Struggles; Loses to Rivers 47-23

WESTON – Passing, defense, rebounding – the Lawrence Academy girl’s varsity Spartans struggled with key playmaking skills and came up short in a 74-42 loss to the Rivers Red Wings Saturday at Benson Gymnasium. It was the second time the Spartans had given up 70 points in a game, and both instances resulted in losses more »

Obituaries

Obituary: Thomas Wyatt

Obituary: Thomas Wyatt

Thomas E. Wyatt of Fitchburg, died on March 24, 2015 at his winter home in Spring Hill, Florida. He was born on the Williams farm in Groton Massachusetts. on June 30, 1942, son of the late Alfred and Mary Williams Wyatt. He grew up in Groton and attended Groton High School. Tom worked at Hollingsworth more »

Obituary: Bennett Raddin Black

Obituary: Bennett Raddin Black

Former Groton Fire Chief, police officer, and town official Bennett Raddin Black, 92, passed away on March 22, 2015 at his home in Groton, Massachusetts. He was born on October 26, 1922 in Everett, Massachusetts. Bennett, “Ben,” graduated from Lawrence Academy in 1941 and from the University of New Hampshire at Durham in 1947. After more »

Obituary: Aldo F. Luca

Obituary: Aldo F. Luca

Former Groton Treasurer and Tax Collector Aldo Luca, 94, passed on March 23, 2015 with his loving children, Linda and Tim, and his son-in-law, Jerry Tarpey, by his side. Born in New York City on June 25, 1920, Aldo was the son of Italian immigrants Domenico Luca and Maria Monetucci. Raised in Brooklyn, he graduated more »

Obituary: Irene Collette

Obituary: Irene Collette

Irene M. Richard Collette, 91, formerly of Emery Road in Townsend, died Sunday, March 15, 2015, at Rivercourt Residences, West Groton. Her husband of 63 years, Richard O. Collette, died in 2009. She leaves three sons: R. Lee Collette and his partner, Lee McTighe of Townsend; Stephen J. Collette and his wife, Michelle, of West more »