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Chief justice reappointed

Judge Martha P. Grace of Worcester has been reappointed as chief justice of the state Trial Court's Juvenile Court Department.

Her reappointment to another five-year term was announced last week by Judge Robert A. Mulligan, the Trial Court's chief justice for administration and management. A Juvenile Court judge since 1990, Judge Grace was first named chief justice in 1998.

Judge Mulligan described Judge Grace as "a tireless advocate focused on the children impacted by the court's practices and decisions" and said the Juvenile Court system statewide had undergone "significant management reforms" under her leadership that had enhanced the delivery of justice.

Local students excel in Braille event

Blind students throughout New England demonstrated their Braille skills Saturday by participating in the eighth Northeast Braille literacy celebration at The Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton.

In this qualifying event for national competition, four local students excelled in their respective age groups: Jamie LeDuc and his twin brother, Jonah LeDuc, of Douglas, second and third places in the Freshman division, Grades 3 and 4; Minh-Tam Ha of Worcester, second place, Junior Varsity division, Grades 7, 8 and 9; and Joshua Pearson of Barre, third place, Varsity division, Grades 10, 11 and 12. Their scores will be combined with participants from around the United States and Canada, and the top 12 placements in each age group will compete in the National Braille Challenge Invitational in Los Angeles in June.

During Saturday's competition, 33 blind children, ranging from 6 to 18 years of age, were tested for speed and accuracy, reading comprehension, spelling, proofreading and interpretation of charts and tactile graphics.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Feb 12, 2008
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