FROM THE REGION.
Police say stabbing victim uncooperative
WORCESTER - A city man was stabbed Sunday night in the area of Piedmont Street.
But exactly what happened isn't clear, because the victim is being uncooperative with investigators, according to police.
Detective Capt. Edward J. McGinn Jr. said the 35-year-old victim walked up to an officer parked at Main and Piedmont streets about 10:40 p.m. Sunday and showed the officer his wounds.
A trail of blood led back to Oread Street. The victim told police he was sleeping when the alleged attack occurred and that he didn't know where or why it happened, Capt. McGinn said.
The man was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus, with what the captain described as non-life-threatening injuries. The man had an 8-inch slash wound across his face, a 6-inch slash wound on the top of his head and his right hand was slashed.
Police continue to investigate the incident.
Dracut man killed in motorcycle crash
ASHBY - A Dracut man on a ride with a few friends died after his motorcycle crashed into a guardrail on Route 119 shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday.
Frederick W. Matthews, 57, of 195 Forest Park Road, was pronounced dead at the scene, Chief Paul H. Lundin said yesterday morning.
Mr. Matthews was alone on the motorcycle but riding with a group of friends, the chief said.
He was wearing a helmet.
Route 119 is a two-lane undivided highway, and the posted speed limit is 50 mph. A light rain may have started to fall
about the time of the crash.
Chief Lundin said local and state police are investigating the accident.
Body found at Ford Pond
LANCASTER - Police and state police detectives were at Ford Pond last night after a body was found earlier in the evening. Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., confirmed that a body was found, and said it was under investigation.
Cultural alliance seeks artists for paint-in
FITCHBURG - The Fitchburg Cultural Alliance is looking for artists to participate in the third annual Downtown Paint-In at Crocker Field.
The event will run from June 6 through 13.
"This is an opportunity for artists to capture the beauty, color and richness of the beautiful Olmsted-designed athletic complex," Project Coordinator Ellen DiGeronimo said in a news release.
The program, in its third year, will invite 25 artists to participate. Applications are available at www.DiscoverFitchburg.com and www.FitchburgCulturalAlliance.org or by calling Mrs. DiGeronimo at (978) 342-6944.
Artists' agreements are due by May 13. The 2009 Downtown Paint-In is funded by the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, the Fitchburg Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Faculty, staff plead for keeping longer days
SOUTHBRIDGE - The issue of Expanded Learning Time should be reopened, dozens of faculty and staff from Wells Middle School and West Street School said.
Last week, the School Committee voted to dissolve the program next school year after some parents questioned the effectiveness and value of a longer school day.
A statement yesterday signed by 72 employees, addressed to the school panel and townspeople, said losses from abolishing the program would be many.
Teachers would lose time meeting one another in teams and across departments, as well as time with parents. Teachers would also lose time looking at student work together, reviewing data on student performance, doing professional development, professional learning communities and getting to know more students.
Losses for students would be 20-fold, including extra time for science and social studies and real-life connections between school and home around curriculum. There are 33 ELT classes at West Street and 49 at Wells, the statement said. The district this year received a nearly $1.2 million state grant to lengthen the school day for students in Grades 4 to 8.
Selectman, school board contests on ballot
HOLDEN - The annual town election will be May 11.
There are no ballot questions but residents will be voting to fill the following positions: town moderator, one candidate, George A. Balko III, incumbent; Board of Selectmen (two seats available), three candidates, incumbent Kimberly N. Ferguson, Kenneth Lipka and Anthony Renzoni; trustees of Damon Memorial (two seats), two candidates, Celeste Duffy and Edna Sexton; and Holden Housing Authority (one seat), one candidate, Lynn Roth.
Six candidates seeking one of the three available seats on the Wachusett Regional School Committee: Steven Hammond, Kristine Goodwin, Bobbi Kelly, Robert Lavigne, Greg Taylor and Dawn Torres-Gale.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. at the following locations: Precinct 1 and 2: Senior Center at 1130 Main St.; Precinct 3: Davis Hill School, Highland Street entrance; Precinct 4: Mountview School, 270 Shrewsbury St.; and Precinct 5: Light Department, 1 Holden St.
For more information, call the town clerk's office at (508) 829-0265.
DPW outlines rules on recycling program
WORCESTER - The Department of Public Works and Parks reminds residents that plastic grocery and shopping bags are not accepted in the curbside recycling program.
These bags can be recycled at local supermarkets or can be disposed of in the yellow city trash bags.
All recycling material must be in a curbside bin or a trash container no larger than 30 gallons and weighing no more than 30 pounds. Containers must be marked "recycling."
New residents may obtain a curbside bin from the Department of Public Works and Parks. The bin is free but limited to one per household. A damaged bin can be exchanged for a new one.
Residents who claim their bin has been lost, stolen or damaged, but do not bring the bin in for exchange, can buy a replacement for $3. Up to two additional bins per household may be bought for $3 each.
For more information, call the department's service center at (508) 929-1300.
37 articles on Thursday meeting warrant
SPENCER - Voters at Thursday night's annual town meeting will be asked to act on 37 articles, including the fiscal 2010 town budget and funds for expenses that officials estimate will total about $18 million.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Spencer Municipal Town Hall on Main Street.
Officials expect to hammer out a final draft budget tonight and will put the proposal before voters despite having no state aid figures. Some towns have put off their meetings to await the state budget.
There are several routine articles on the warrant and voters will also be asked to allow assessors to exempt up to 100 percent of the real estate taxes on property owned by citizen soldiers who are on active duty. If approved, the measure will be put before the state Legislation and must be signed by the governor.
Also on the warrant is a request to create an Elder Community Service program in which senior citizens can work for the town in exchange for a reduced tax bill.
A request to borrow $1.5 million for rehabilitation and restoration of the Town Hall is also on the warrant, as are several requests for improvements and costs of the water and sewer systems.
Residents will be asked to fund $250,000 for cleanup related to the December ice storm. Additional funds for the cleanup are expected from the state or federal government.