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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
‘Outrageous’ parties upset neighbors
Sour start at Holy Cross
By Scott J. Croteau TELEGRAM & GAZETTE STAFF
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WORCESTER — Police said the partying by off-campus students from the College of the Holy Cross was outrageous over the last two days.
Calls from residents started coming in late Sunday night into Monday morning, according to police. The parties continued from Monday night into Tuesday morning. Police said cars were vandalized, a chair was thrown into the street and students clustered at parties.
Though Holy Cross students have arrived, classes did not begin until today.
“This year it seems right out of the gate. In the first couple days the students are living in their off-campus housing we had roughly 10 calls,” Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said.“It is something we’re just not going to tolerate.”
Calls came into police around 12:45 a.m. Monday for reports of parties at 33 and 31 Caro St. Police broke up the parties. About 50 students had gathered at one party, police said.
At 11:55 Monday night, a woman flagged down officers working the Caro Street/College Hill detail at the college. She said a windshield wiper had been thrown through her window on Boyden Street. The window was shattered. Police said the windshield wiper had been torn off a nearby car.
Tuesday morning, police found two cars on Clay Street that had been damaged. The windshield wipers were pulled off and one car had a side fog light torn off.
Then around 1 a.m. police were called about more cars undergoing damage in the area of 25 Caro St. There was a loud party with 50 students and alcohol inside, police said.
Officers said a man wearing a Hawaiian style shirt tossed a wooden chair from the porch of 25 Caro St. onto the road below.
Criminal complaints are being sought for at least five students at the 25 Caro St. address. Police would not release the names because they haven’t been formally charged. The students could face destruction of property and noise and disorder charges.
Ellen M. Ryder, director of public affairs for Holy Cross, said the identified students involved in the vandalism have been placed on interim suspension pending further investigation by the college.
The students will not be allowed on campus or to attend classes while on interim suspension, she said.
“The college will pay for the damaged property in the neighborhood whether the students are determined to be responsible or not,” Ms. Ryder said.“We’re taking this very, very seriously.”
Police usually respond to parties on College Hill at the beginning and end of the school year, but they are never at this level, Chief Gemme said.
“I have instructed the officers, through their supervisors, who patrol that area that we are going to have to make arrests,” he said.“We are going to have to show the students and the public that the Police Department is serious about maintaining peace and order in the College Hill area. If it means we’re going to have to make arrests every night, that’s what we’re going to have to do.”
Students know they can be arrested for illegal behavior, Ms. Ryder said.
The college stands by the compact with the city and constantly educates students on the expectations of being good neighbors, she said.
City Manager Michael V. O’Brien, who has worked with the college on these issues, was clearly upset with the behavior.
“These laws and rules are crystal clear and could not have been reinforced any stronger, by both the city and the college, to these students,” he said.“They must be held accountable, if guilty, and pay the price for this boorish, abhorrent and immature behavior.”
The Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, the school’s president, sent a message to students Tuesday.
“I am writing today to remind all of you of the shared responsibility we have for our community, as presented in both our Mission Statement and Community Standards,” he wrote.“This responsibility does not stop at the gates on College Street. On the streets adjacent to our campus are the homes of families with infants and school-aged children; senior citizens and others who have grown up or lived many years in the area; as well our own faculty members and other Holy Cross employees.”
The work with the city to solve problems and ease tensions in the off-campus areas will continue, he said.
He urged students to review the Holy Cross Community Compact.
“No one is taking away your right to socialize with friends on and off campus, to have fun, and to drink in accordance with clearly established alcohol policies and Massachusetts law,” Rev. Boroughs wrote.“But you must respect our community and our mission.”
Fitchburg University is much worse than Worcester University. In Fitchburg Antonuccie/FSU has absolutely ZERO respect towards their neighbors.
Their is a sense of arrogance and entitlement to ignore and disrespect the University neighbors that is clear in Fitchburg.
We have had lawn furniture smashed, plants destroyed, siding broken, fence destroyed and hit over a dozen times. Then there is broken glass everywhere. Parties held till 5 am on workdays.
The University police have accomodated these parties by allowing them to take place. Underage drinking, destruction of property, fires, fights and drinking and driving.
There is absolutely ZERO consequences for students at FSU. The more that they are allowed to completely ignore nor respect thir neighbors the worse it gets. And their only response is, "it is only Fitchburg"!
The University's arrogance is displayed through their shining of a bright blue light through neighbors windows which has caused them to have to move their furniture around and to keep the affected areas of their house closed off.
When the University breaks for the summer within days all the glass is swept up by all our neighbors and the destruction of property fixed. The first appearance of broken glass is a sign that "school is back".
This year it seems like the amount of off campus students is very small. Maybe it is due to the new housing buildings.
These students have broken dozens of side view mirrors, car windows, tipped over cars, fires that have destructed houses, damaged and destroyed mail boxes. And "Chairs" broken? These students smash furniture constantly as it is left in the street for weeks.
These kids will urinate and defecate on your car as I have seen them do to neighbors cars. When you address the urination they tell your mother to "------!"
The campus police should be dismantled and the University needs a new president that will display respect and not fear!
My neighbors who are affected by the light will not complain because their family members work at the University. This is the same affect the mob has on citizens.
Fitchburg is strangled by the "good ole boy network" which has its tenacles throughout the University.
If this was a problem concerning slashed tires, broken windows and/or broken side view mirrors in any other area of Fitchburg then it would be reported in the local newspaper and suspects sought after and prosecuted.
The Sentinel and Enterprise is strewn with elements of the "good ole boy network" as well unlike the Worcester Telegram who reports the news.
We're talking about college kids partying? That's a shock to you? The college was there long before you were. Move. Don't like it, move away. Partying on and around colleges is going to happen. Unless you can convinve Fitchburg to become a dry town you're SOL.
How's your battle with the blue light going? Is it still winning?
We have made suggestions to the Police and the city in regards to holding these students accountable.
"They are University students" is the answer as if it is an exemption to break the law. Arrest these students, if you want to pamper them then just give them community service instead of marks on their records.
The University police could work them cleaning up their mess as a punishment. What is wrong with such a punishment?
I am tired of watching the Campus police act as chaperones to these students as they walk from party to party at 5AM! What about recording their names and student IDs?
I have listened to and heard many neighbors complain about the students as they are constantly disturbed. Some of these neighbors work the first shift and have just one hour of sleep due to these parties till 5 am!
Now if these neighbors fall asleep at the wheel and have a fatal accident they will not be exempt from prosecution!
Everyone understands that there is partying in college areas but till 5AM???? NO!! They are outside yelling at the top of their lungs at 5AM screaming highly intoxicated, destroying property and urinating and yelling at their neighbors!
We need a Mayor with guts! A Mayor that will tell Antonucci point blank that this behavior will not be tolerated and that if he does not address it then he will be reported to the Governor and a replacement will be requested.
I have noticed that the street lights are off on Willow street near the new University housing! Now Antonucci will deman from the Mayor that these lights to be turned on and the Mayor will jump and put the lights on!
I have seen the total disregard given by the Mayor to the concerns of the citizens of Fitchburg. Their has been thousands of signatures gathered from these citizens requesting for our lights to be turned back on and the Mayor has snubbed her nose at this request!
The Mayor is suppose to represent the citizens and not just the special interests within Fitchburg! I would like to know who this Barnaby from Boston is and why he is so special in recieving free city property? Does he have relations to the State Treasuror whom the Mayor donates to?
We need to follow these links as the Sentinel isn't going to as they seem to enable such behavior through their ignoring of these situations when it relates to certain people within Fitchburg!
I encourage all citizens of Fitchburg to stand up, register to vote and to vote out all that are currently in office.
Both Stephen and Marcus DiNatale seem to be the only ones who care about fitchburg. City councilor Bean seems to care a bit also for a better Fitchburg.
The battle is ongoing. It will take a few years as the Mayor and Antonucci snub their nose at the situation!
Neighbors have had to move their furniture around. They have put shades up to attempt to block this light out of their homes but it still shines throughout and onto their home.
Any court in America would rule for the citizen in such a case. Unfortunately the Mayor and University President are both arrogant and non caring towards the citizens in the University area. I have written to our Ward councilor and he hasn't addressed it neither.
This blue light even displays horribly onto the University building that it is implanted in front of as all the beams/columns on this renovated H.M Francis building reflect this line of blue light.
They spent all this money on renovating the place, it looked very good and then they totally destroyed all the work by placing this obstructive light in front of the building!
This building has had a big gun sprayed onto the side of the building for roughly two months now! They haven't attempted to clean off this grafitti. It seems like this building which has been full for the past years is now empty due to these two new corporate student housing buildings.
No one thinks about consequences. They are all about headlines! And with the Sentinel in their pockets they do not need to worry about negative stories being written! It is obvious as the Telegram is unbiased and reports the news unlike the Sentinel.
The student overlay has only benefitted a couple millionaires while everyone else is destroyed , tax revenue decreases as a result and home maintenance workers are once again unemployed.
Fitchburg is suffering from massive unemployment, massive loss of job opportunities and a rise in violent crime.
Drugs, robberies and violence are on the climb within Fitchburg. Leominister seems to be the place to live! Business is booming in Leominster, their Mayor cares for a better and safer Leominster. Too bad its twin city Fitchburg cannot even follow Leominsters example!
All this from a person that killed a man!! Lives with mommy in her basement with his boyfriend and collects welfare. WOW!!
You just go against me anytime I state anything! Yes, this situation can easily be addressed. Telling residents who maintain their property and have a want and desire for a better and safe Fitchburg is beyond arrogant as it is just plain ridiculous!
Now if you are being honest then we don't need your surrendering attitude. It is then obvious that you do not care for a better Fitchburg.
The bars are empty in Fitchburg, maybe making it a dry town can be achievable. Too be serious, i wouldn't want to see it become a dry city just a responsible one!
And to answer your question, Fitchburg has made strides at becomming a better and safer city since I have lived here. I have made a positive difference and I will continue to do so. No matter how difficult or rocky my attempts have been I have been successful. I have a past record which they have been able to point at. This behavior has made my attempts for a better and safer Fitchburg tougher but not impossible.
I have brought issues to the table. Some have been discussed and things have changed for the better. The "good ole network" has been outed. There has been attempts to bring about more accountability. I understand that there is a very long way to go but atleast it has begun to address these problems. Citizens need to be more vocal. Point out the drug dealers and the gang bangers to the police. We need more community involvement!
I strive for a better and safer Fitchburg. i want to develop a sense of community within Fitchburg that visitors will be able to recognize immediately entering Fitchburg. It can be done.
All the city councilors talked of a better way to market Fitchburg. We need to better Fitchburg at the same time. There is a homeless problem as our local leaders would rather ignore than to deal with. The Mayor gave a building to the University but the homeless is still flooding Tedeschis asking for change.
Why not convert an old building into a better homeless shelter that focuses on education and bettering the situation with job opportunities?? All cities have a better homeless program.
The fact is that we are thge last stop on the commuter rail, there is also thousands of tennament housing within Fitchburg so the homeless population is going to be greater. All this money has been spent on shifting the University students downtown leaving all this empty housing between the University and downtown.
Why doesn't the city develop and encourage a program of funding as is customary with any and all cities who have community development funds and accounts that involves funds for home maintenance and beautification? Where is the CDC ?
It is very unfortunate that our Mayor is not hands on concerning our community. No decorations have been displayed around holiday seasons as it seen in ALL of our neighboring cities and towns!!! These holiday decorations assist the business atmosphere within its respective local area. Our Mayor has cut this out!
This Mayor is a traditional politician. Cut services, raise taxes, cut employees to appear fiscal conservative and at the same time significantly give salary increases and raises to certain employees. It is all smoke screens and BS and gets the city nowhere!
I don't collect welfare. I didn't kill a man and I do not live in with my "mommy"!
And why is it that you bring up my sexual identity? It is ignoring the situation again is all!
Point fingers instead of offering solutions. Now you will go on a gay hate rhetoric....
Tell me what your candidate that you have voted for has done for the better?!!
You state "all this from..". So you admit that I have sensible solutions?
So, for a momment; forget I am gay, forget that I got arrested 20 yrs ago!!
So, does my solutions encourage more responsibility and accountability?? Are these two suggestions are bad thing?? I have suggested for more effort, a better approach to matters, an honest and accountable approach and you have not a single thing to say that adreeses and/or counters my suggestions??
So this is "personal" then, right??
Unlike yourself, I assist my mother and father. I will do what I can for them until I die! If this includes bathing them in the coming years then I will be bathing them. It is unfortunate that many ignore their parents who committed their lives to their children!!
I can tell that you are of the cloth that would rather ship their parents off to a home so they will be out of site and out of mind!?
I am a candidate who would propose a tax exemption for our elders still living in their homes instead of encouraging them into facilities in order to receive greater funding from the federal and state government!
Water and Sewer rates have risen greatly! Taxes and every fee has risen greatly since Wong has been Mayor. Electricity rates have risen significantly as President of FSU is on the board of trustees at Unitil and who tells the Mayor to jump to which she replies "how high?"
Our elders should be respected and assisted and not forced into assisted living! Fitchburg has NO residential tax exemptions for seniors! This I have proposed.
As of recent tedeschis is the site of obnoxious, filthy and offensive sex rap music blarring from vehicles as our seniors shutter while walking into the store. Addressing this music and fining its operators would assist our elders quality of life. This is a small thing that will go a long way in building a sense of community.
Create a memmo to be given to all of our teachers in creating a "respect your elders campaign" at our schools. We can have elders, the Mayor and others speak at our schools. Their is a great history to Fitchburg that our elders have experienced. We need to pay attention to this history, capture it and educate our residents concerning this history.
What you posted this on this form saying
"To answer you question, before trial I changed my plea and accepted a deal where I was sentenced for manslaughter. I was told that I would do 2 and a half more years after I had been in for one. I had a previous situation where they ran a 2 year sentence concurrent with the 1992 case.
Law . the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
the killing of a human being by another; homicide.
To me that sounds like you killed a man!!
If you hate the police, Fitchburg state, Firefighters, the Mayor and Fitchburg all together why don't you move away from here??
So Wong and Antonucci are not playing fair? They're using an unfair advantage?
You are nothing but a trouble maker!! Once again, I never killed a man. Now, you should give your name so I can bring a lawsuit against you but you will not!!LMAO. You will continue to state your filthy lies!
I do not hate the police! I do not hate any firefighter! And i do not hate the Mayor!
I disagree with the Mayor on some issues. I have family and friends who are firefighters and police! I would assist any of these people that you falsly state that I hate!
I FULLY support the police! I fully support the firefighters!!! And I support any and all positive efforts made by our leaders!!
In fitchburg we have the best and most qualified firefighters!! Our firefighters are highly trained!! It is obvious that you want to stir up trouble!
Our police I FULLY support! I beleive that our police are doing a much better job and I fully support them as they deal with criminals, drug dealers and the like.
I strongly oppose any illegal behavior of law enforcement. I never hide this feeling! At the same time I have and will assist the police in making Fitchburg a safer and better place to live! I encourage all Fitchburg citizens to work with the FPD by assisting them!
You are just a nasty person with an obvious agenda against me personally!! I never killed anyone, FACT! And I would never kill a human being! I swerve and would hit a tree before I kill an animal!
Ummmmmm...excuse me whiney boy, you pled guilty to manslaughter, which means you pled guilty to the "killing of another human being" by definition.
You are collecting some means of public assistance, so stop lying.
This thread isn't about you so unless you are going to offer solutions instead of the normal whining coming from you, how about you STFU.
and why are you posting this? this has nothing to do with Fitchburg. So now because FSU has an irritating blue light, and they let go of your brother, you are going to start posting about EVERY college in the country. GET A LIFE! In face, why don't you go out and pick up some of the trash you have been so worried about.
you would swerve and hit a tree before killing an animal? how would you do that if you do not have a license? Or are you admitting to driving illegally?
If you never killed a man then why did you say this????
"I changed my plea and accepted a deal where I was sentenced for manslaughter.
I will give you the definition of manslaughter
Law . the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought.
the killing of a human being by another; homicide.
Why did you take the plea ??
He took the plea because it was his best chance at not having to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Everything filters through this good ole boy network. From the judges at the court through the license board. Everything in Fitchburg is tainted by this network.
Everything is failing in Fitchburg. The only way to repair Fitchburg is to eliminate this networks control. They prevent business. They cripple job growth. They completely destroy a sense of community as they only want a small percentage of the population to be involved.
They have succeeded on isolation. It can be seen as there is a very few businesses in operation in Fitchburg and they have very few customers. This is how they want it. This is anti business and has ruined Fitchburg.
They control everything from the University through the utilities. Nothing is working in Fitchburg. We need State audits and investigations. The Governor needs to step in and change state employees that operate in Fitchburg.
And Yes, the blue light on Cedar street is a sign of this complete arrogance. It is a symbol of their corrupt and arrogant power that is used to destroy the community of Fitchburg.
And by the way, I have been spoken to by many employees of the FPD and the courts as they agree and support my statements. They are controlled from saying anything due to this network hold over everything. If you want to know who they are then just look at who is the most professional in their jobs at their respective departments!
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