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  1. Fitchburg man charged in Acton robberyRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 10 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Two men were arrested after allegedly assaulting a man and stealing his cellphone and BB gun near the Concordian Motel on Hosmer Street shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday. George Niemi, 41, of Acton, and Joseph Manero, 20, of Fitchburg, were both charged with unarmed robbery, according to Acton Deputy Police Chief Jim Cogan.


  2. Police BriefsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Sep 4 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    A Fitchburg man was found in possession of multiple bags of heroin and cocaine packaged for sale on Thursday, police said. Mizael Rodriguez-Gomez, 31, of 135 Charles St., was arrested on two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and disorderly conduct, according to court documents.


  3. Pot shop Q&A in FitchburgRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 20 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    About a dozen people listened and asked questions on the latest proposed cannabis venture in the city, which plans to turn warehouse space at 644 River St. into a recreational marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and retail facility. From parking to smell to perks for regulars, many of the questions during a community outreach meeting Monday night were focused on pinpointing the effects of this business, proposed by Blue Collar Botany Corp., on the city.


  4. Busse is option to senator's 'socialist' ideasRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 11, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The good news is that the sanctuary amendment in the state budget has been voted out. The only vote in the Senate against taking it out was by Senator Jamie Eldridge, the amendment's sponsor.


  5. Laughs grow in this 'Garden'Read the original story w/Photo

    May 17, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    If you need a laugh, see "Round and Round the Garden" when the New Players Theater Guild opens its newest production this weekend. "I go to these rehearsals, and I'm supposed to direct and I can't stop laughing," said Ed Knights, who is running the show for this wildly comic play.


  6. With a heavy heart, owner puts Ashburnham B&B on marketRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Bob Fichtel is looking to sell the MainFare Bed & Breakfast in Ashburnham, which he opened with his late wife, who was killed in a car accident last summer. Fichtel and his dog Maggie are shown in front of the inn.


  7. Sunday Notebook: No celebrating with balloon in this caseRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Congressional candidate Rufus Gifford, left, speaks with State Representative Stephan Hay at Gifford s new office on Main Street in Fitchburg on Saturday. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE/JOHN LOVE THE CALL CAME over the scanner from the Fitchburg Police Department's dispatch at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.


  8. Sunday NotebookRead the original story w/Photo

    May 6, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    THE CALL CAME over the scanner from the Fitchburg Police Department's dispatch at about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday. The call came from an area on Beech Street and the Sentinel & Enterprise, as well as our city's men in blue who serve each day working to keep us safe, descended on the address and quickly surrounded the house where it was suspected the shots were heard -- some, understandably, sporting long guns.


  9. Growing number of pols calling for Rosenberg's resignationRead the original story

    May 3, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Calls continued Thursday for former Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to resign after the release of a report Wednesday detailing what investigators described as a "significant failure of judgment and leadership" in connection with allegations against his husband. Democrat Sens. Barbara L'Italien of Andover, Paul Feeney of Foxborough and Jamie Eldridge of Acton have each joined the governor and attorney general in calling for the Amherst Democrat to step down.


  10. Nashoba Tech restaurant makes it easier for disabledRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 26, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Nashoba Valley Technical High School's in-school restaurant, The Elegant Chef, is joining a local effort to better serve patrons with physical or cognitive conditions that make it difficult for them to dine out. The Purple Table Reservation program was created last year by Jenifer Apazidis, owner of The Red Raven restaurant in Acton, when a guest mentioned her son was autistic and that it might be a good idea to seat them separately from other guests.


  11. Redcoats! Colonists! Now that's a partyRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 17, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Sponsored by the Concord Museum, the Patriots' Ball at the National Guard Armory was as much a dance and dinner as it was a time machine, with Paul Revere-era outfits filling the room. Aside from the festivities and costumes and catered fare and theatrics, the evening was all about philanthropy.


  12. Safe Communities Act never was about safetyRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 7, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The Massachusetts Safe Communities Act may not be such a safe bet after all. Despite a supposedly breakthrough compromise with the law-enforcement community, the proposed bill, which would restrict state enforcement of immigration laws, remains mired in legislative limbo, with no chance of being considered by lawmakers in this session.


  13. Lowell rep eyes boosting ICE detainer to 12 hours in Safe Communities ActRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    A Lowell legislator plans to file an amendment to a controversial immigration bill, stressing that law enforcement should be able to hold individuals on ICE detainers for more than six hours. Rep. Dave Nangle, a Democrat, emphasized that the six-hour hold in the latest version of the Safe Communities Act is not nearly long enough.


  14. EDITORIAL: Baker must stand firm on safe communitiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    We're not surprised the Baker administration won't go along with an agreement brokered by two state lawmakers with police groups on how to deal with illegal immigrants suspected of committing serious crimes. In fact, we're both surprised and disappointed that the police associations in question would agree to language that effectively handcuffs their efforts to keep potentially dangerous criminals off the streets.


  15. Trust, safety at core of safe communities compromise, police sayRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The two Democrats behind a compromise that would allow for a limited amount of cooperation between local police and federal immigration agencies said Tuesday they're hopeful Gov. Charlie Baker will join them at the table to find a solution. Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Rep. Juana Matias last week announced that they had reached a deal with two major police associations over legislation that would allow local police to honor federal immigration detention requests for individuals with a history of committing violent or serious crimes.


  16. Compromise to police illegals opposed by top state officialRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 27, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    The path to a compromise this session over state immigration enforcement legislation got a little narrower after the Baker administration told two key lawmakers over the weekend that it opposes a compromise they struck with local police groups. Public Safety and Security Secretary Daniel Bennett wrote to Sen. Jamie Eldridge, of Acton, and Rep. Juana Matias, of Lawrence, to express his continued concerns with the latest version of the Safe Communities Act, which would allow local police to honor federal detention requests under certain circumstances.


  17. GIC reverses health-plan voteRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2018 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    After an upsurge of criticism surrounded its decision to cut health-care plans for state employees, the Group Insurance Commission voted 12-2 Thursday to take a new approach. At the meeting in the Transportation Building, the GIC voted to set forth a new plan that made six commercial and four Medicare carriers available to members, as opposed to the previously decided-upon three commercial and two Medicare carriers.


  18. Rosenberg's husband to seek treatmentRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 2, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Calling the roughly 24 hours since allegations of sexual misconduct by his husband surfaced "the most difficult time in my political life and in my personal life," Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said Friday his husband will seek treatment for alcohol dependence and that he is confident an investigation will find his husband has no influence on Senate business. "I was shocked and devastated to learn of the allegations reported in the Boston Globe.


  19. Men accuse spouse of Sen. president of sexual assaultRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 1, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    Democratic Senate President Stan Rosenberg said Thursday he was taking seriously a report that his husband sexually assaulted and harassed several men, including some with business before the Legislature. The Boston Globe reported it spoke with four men who said Bryon Hefner sexually assaulted and harassed them over the past few years.


  20. Mass. Senate to revisit single-payer health careRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 9, 2017 | Sentinel & Enterprise

    It's been five years since the Massachusetts Senate last waded into the issue of single-payer health care, and debate beginning Wednesday could bring the topic back to the floor. A Sen. Julian Cyr amendment to the 100-page health care reform bill up for discussion Wednesday and Thursday would charge the state with measuring its annual health care spending against the projected costs of a single-payer system that "offers continuous, comprehensive, affordable coverage for all Massachusetts residents regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage."


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