<![CDATA[NECN - ]]>Copyright 2017http://www.necn.com/feature/massachusetts http://media.necn.com/designimages/clear.gif NECN http://www.necn.comen-usMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:47:12 -0400Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:47:12 -0400NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Official Criticized for Facebook Comment About NFL Players]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:33:52 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Brockton+Facebook+Post.JPG

A city official from Brockton, Massachusetts, is in hot water for an alleged racist Facebook post about the recent NFL protests.

Under a photo primarily made up of New England Patriots players kneeling during the national anthem on Sunday, Stephen Pina wrote, "Turds your dumb (blank) isn't paid to think about politics... dance monkey dance."

Pina has been a member of Brockton's Parks and Recreation Commission for the past couple of years, a volunteer position appointed by Mayor Bill Carpenter. He is also a coach on one of the city's Pop Warner football teams.

"I think he's brought a lot to the table, been a good parks commissioner. However, that's all overridden by todays comment," said Carpenter, who has asked for Pina’s resignation before the end of the business day on Monday.

Pina's post first showed up on the Brockton Hub Facebook page and has since been deleted.

Tony Branch, who leads Brockton's diversity commission, says the city is now sending a strong message by asking for Pina’s resignation.

"My message to him, the alleged monkeys are now speaking up," Branch said.

Pina did not respond to any requests for comment on the matter.

<![CDATA[Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh React to Trump's NFL Comments]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:11:16 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Marty+Walsh3.JPG

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are speaking out about President Donald Trump's comments regarding NFL players who kneel during the national anthem.

According to Masslive, Baker said Monday that Trump should focus on other issues.

"As is often the case with this type of thing, I think the most important thing for me is I think the president should focus on what I would call presidential issues," Baker said. "We have plenty of them to deal with and let the players play."

Walsh echoed the same sentiment while talking to reporters on Monday in Boston.

"The president should just stay out of some things," Walsh said. "His comments a couple days beforehand sparked a lot of conversation development."

Trump said during a rally in Alabama on Friday that NFL players should be fired for kneeling during the national anthem. He then tweeted Saturday, "If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!"

The comments sparked controversy among many NFL players and owners — many of whom kneeled during games on Sunday in protest.

The mayor said although he doesn't agree with players kneeling, he said it's a free country and it's their choice to do so.

"I think that the fact people do that is fine," he said.

Baker also agreed with people's right to free speech.

"That said, I stand for the national anthem, but it's a free country and people have the right to exercise their First Amendment rights here, and that's as it should be," Baker said to Masslive.

Walsh weighed in on Sunday's statement by Patriots owner Robert Kraft who said he was "extremely disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the president."

The mayor said he supports Kraft and that the president should stay out of sports.

"Bob Kraft put a pretty strong statement out that he was not pleased with the president's words there and actions there," Walsh said. "That's not his area. Stay out of sports."

<![CDATA[Man Wanted in Connection With Attacking Dog With Machete]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:28:08 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Thomas+Vargas.jpg

Police are searching for a man who allegedly attacked a dog with a machete last week in Taunton, Massachusetts.

Officers responded to a Church Street home Sept. 17 at about 10:30 p.m. after receiving multiple calls of the attack. When police arrived, they found bystanders tending to a dog who lay bleeding on the ground.

Witnesses told police the man, now identified as Thomas Vargas, 45, yelling, "I’m going to kill this ****ing dog."

According to police, the dog had been stabbed in the neck and spine.

The dog was treated at a nearby animal hospital and was taken into the custody of animal control.

The dog's owner was also injured in the attack while trying to intervene and was treated at an area hospital.

Authorities said the woman would not cooperate with officers who wanted to speak to her about the incident.

Police have now issued a warrant for Vargas' arrest. He was last known to live in the Brockton area.

Vargas is facing charges of animal cruelty and assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (machete).

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<![CDATA[Mass. Cops Search for 'Low Life' Who Dumped Puppies Into River]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:51:52 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Uxbridge+Police+Dept+puppies+rescued+river.jpg

Calling it a "heinous" act, authorities in Massachusetts said they're looking for a "low life" who dumped a bag full of puppies in a river.

Uxbridge police said the puppies were left for dead on Sunday after being tied up in a grain bag and dumped in the Blackstone River near River Road, but were saved by a kayaker.

"They are all doing well, considering the circumstances, and we believe they will all survive," the department said in a Facebook post.

The puppies will be cared for by a professional until they're old enough to be adopted.

Members of the public are asked to contact Uxbridge Police Officer Benjamin Smoot at 508-278-7755 if they have any information on this case.

Photo Credit: Uxbridge Police Department
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<![CDATA['Heartbroken': Community Reeling After Teacher Found Dead]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:34:44 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Vanessa+MacCormack+death+scene+composite.jpg

A Massachusetts school community is reeling after a second grade teacher was found dead inside her Revere home over the weekend.

Calling 30-year-old Vanessa MacCormack "a talented, dedicated and passionate educator," Lynn Public Schools' superintendent said her death was a tragedy.

The principal of Connery Elementary School, where MacCormack taught for five years, said the school's community is "heartbroken" over her death.

"Vanessa was loved by students, parents, and colleagues. She was involved in every aspect of the school and a great friend to everyone on staff," Dr. Mary Dill, the principal of Connery Elementary, said in a statement.

Grief counselors were available for students and staff at Connery Elementary on Monday.

"She's just an amazing teacher. She's very outgoing, always happy," Sarort Poum, an aunt of a student, said. "My nephew was really sad. He didn't believe me."

Lynn's mayor and school committee chair said the death was shocking.

"She was a very promising young woman and had a bright future ahead of her," Mayor Judy Kennedy said. "We were all very saddened to hear of the terrible news."

Authorities say they found MacCormack's body inside her home at 93 Grand View Ave. in Revere on Saturday afternoon. Neighbors say she lived there with her child and significant other.

Investigators say a preliminary examination at the scene revealed what they're calling signs of trauma on her body, but would not go into details, only adding that her death was not an accident.

No arrests have been made in connection with the case.

MacCormack's family posted a statement on social media saying, "She was an amazing mother, sister, daughter, friend, cousin, wife and teacher. She did not deserve this."

Anyone with information regarding MacCormack's death is asked to call police.

Photo Credit: Family of Vanessa MacCormack/NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Police ID Victim in Suspicious Death]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:20:28 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/192*120/ReverePolice.jpg

A woman who was  found dead in a home in Revere, Massachusetts, has been identified by police as a second grade teacher at Connery Elementary School.

Vanessa MacCormick, 30, was found dead at a home on Grand View Avenue on Saturday at about 4 p.m. Police are still investigating the cause of MacCormick's death.

According to officials, the preliminary examination of the body revealed signs of trauma. Authorities declined to go into details, adding only that the act of violence was not random. The investigation is still considered to be in the early stages.

Neighbors said the victim lived at the home with her significant other and a young child. 

On Saturday, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said there were no suspects or persons of interest at this time. 

The family of 30-year-old Venessa McCormick posted a statement on Facebook, saying "she was an amazing mother, sister, daughter, friend, cousin, wife and teacher. She did not deserve this." 

School district leaders released a statement saying, "Our school community is heartbroken. Venessa was loved by students, parents and colleagues." 

Connery Elementary School is providing grief counselors for teachers and students for the remainder of the week. 

Police are asking anyone with information on McCormick's death, or who made observations in the Grand View Avenue area, to contact the Revere Police at 781-286-8340 or State Police at 617-727-8817.

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<![CDATA[Thousands Turn Out for Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 12:29:40 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Jimmy+Fund+Walk+2017.jpg

Thousands of people participated in Sunday's 2017 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

There were various course lengths to choose from including a full marathon walk from Hopkinton, a half marathon walk from Wellesley, a 10K from Newton and a 5K from Dana-Farber in Boston.

Each route retraced the steps of the Boston Marathon and ended in Copley Square.

Organizers expected an estimated 9,500 walkers to take part this year. Walkers had different stories for participating, like Vonne Foster who is battling cancer.

"I have stage four lung cancer and its metastasized and along with that it’s very aggressive," Foster said.

She decided to do the 5K course.

"It’s humbling, very humbling. Because you look around at all the walkers and their families — either all of us have been touched by cancer whether it’s you or a family member you can reach out your hand you know somebody who has cancer today," Foster said.

Jason Kroot decided to start taking parking in the Jimmy Fund Walk ten years ago.

"We started the team 10 years ago when my mom passed. It’s called 'Team Deb' in honor of my mom who just passed and four years later we lost my dad. We renamed it 'Team Kroot' and I’ve carried his shoes ever since," Kroot said.

The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised nearly $120 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's fight against cancer since 1989.

NBC Boston, Telemundo Boston and necn are this year’s official media partners for the walk.

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<![CDATA[Boston Strong in Puerto Rico]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:38:56 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/198*120/puerto+rico+boston+strong+092317.jpg

There's a desperate race against time to save those trapped after Hurricane Maria battered the island of Puerto Rico. The San Juan Mayor is leading the charge. And right here at home, plenty of people want to help. Saturday night, members of the Latino community in Boston are joining forces to help the victims of the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and the deadly earthquake in Mexico.

The organizers of the Puerto Rican Parade in Boston are turning their attention from celebration to helping victims of the devastation in the Caribbean and Mexico.

"Right now we need water we need clothes we need food, we need clothes."

"The Latino community is huge and we are going to get together and we are going to make this happen," said Edwin Alcea, president of the Puerto Rican festival, who lead a bi-lingual meeting for Latino groups from across New England at a gathering in Roxbury, Massaschusetts.

The intense hurricanes that battered Puerto Rico and the Domincan Republic; the powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Mexico. Many here have family and friends that lived through those natural disasters but organizers say they don't understand why more isn't being done to help.

"There are a lot of people in the community trying to understand, but the frustration, worry, and anxiety are getting the best of them. We are trying to ease that pain," said Alcea.

The focus here is planning and preparation.

"We want to go out and help from the bottom of our hearts."

Organizers say their first priority is raising money to help the 3.4 million people in Puerto Rico without power and dealing with widespread flooding.

"Cash is king right now for our island, it gets there faster," said Alcea.

"With us together and united, we can make a difference."

<![CDATA[Police Investigating Suspicious Death in Revere]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 00:26:35 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/162*120/revere+murder+092317.jpg

A woman was found dead in a Grand View Avenue home in Revere, Massaschusetts, late Saturday afternoon, and a preliminary examination revealed signs of trauma.

Police were still at the home investigating late Saturday night as detectives went door to door interviewing neighbors and looking for surveillance video.

These neighbors say the victim is a woman in her 30s.

Under a dull street light, Revere Police and Massachusetts State Police homicide detectives investigated the suspicious death of a woman, whose name is not being released pending family notifications, that is leaving lots of questions on a normally quiet street.

"I was just scared, I didn't know what was going on," said a neighbor.

Revere Police were called to the home around 4 p.m. Saturday. The District Attorney's Office says the woman's body showed signs of trauma.

"We were getting ready for church, someone saw me and said 'are you okay?'" said Adeline Mirabal-Camacho.

Neighbors say the woman appeared to be in her early 30s and lived in the home with her significant other and a young child.

They also add that the three moved there within the last year or so.

"Before I was afraid, but going to church I was actually sad, but coming out of church I found joy in the sense that I prayed, I hope that everyone is at peace," Mirabal-Camacho said.

Now, investigators are trying to piece together what happened and why, as a street not used to the flashing lights and unease that comes with a major crime bands together.

"We are together, we will be praying, we prayed. We look out for each other. That is the neighborhood we have," Mirabal-Camacho said.

The District Attorney's Office says there are no suspects or persons of interest at this time, but it does not appear to be a random act.

Police are asking anyone with information on the woman's death, or who made observations in the Grand View Avenue area on Saturday, to contact the Revere Police at 781-286-8340 or State Police at 617-727-8817.

<![CDATA[Fans React to President's Criticism of NFL Players Protests]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 20:46:30 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/trump+tweet+final.jpg

President Donald Trump says NFL players who kneel during the national anthem should be fired by their teams.

The President made the remarks during a Friday night campaign event for Alabama Senator Luther Strange in Huntsville.

He says the kneeling is disrespectful and is a total disrespect of our heritage. He went on to urge spectators to walk out in protest if they see any player kneeling.

Meanwhile, people here in New England are responding to President Trump's view on firing players who he says disrespect the flag.

Outside Gillette Stadium on a sunny Saturday evening, there was no shortage of opinions on a growing debate between the NFL and President Trump.

"I am a veteran, so it hits me harder."

In the crowd, David Luisa, an Air Force veteran, is at a loss why NFL players don't stand during the national anthem.

"Don't disrespect the veterans and the people who are overseas dying for them to make millions in a free country." 

The debate rev'ed up Saturday after these tweets from President Trump:

"If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!"

"I'm 100-percent behind our President. I think everybody should be standing up. Fans. Players. Everybody."

"I think it's wrong. I think everybody should have their own way of living. This is America. If they want to do what they want to do, it's wrong, but they don't have to get fired because of it."

"I think they should be flogged. Really. If you don't like my country. Leave it."

This has been a big topic in the NFL for more than a year, starting when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kapernick and others started kneeling during the national anthem before football games.

"I don't know why they do it, nobody can understand what's going on in their head. But I believe you know if they want to do it, let them do it."

"They shouldn't be here, go home. Go back wherever you came from."

The NFL weighed in saying "divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players."

It will be interesting to see what happens when the Patriots play the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

<![CDATA[Ferry Service Gets Back to Normal After Tropical Storm Jose]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 19:14:59 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Ferry+service+passengers.jpg

Saturday brought some long awaited good news for travelers looking to get on or off the Islands: Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard's ferries are back up and running after Tropical Storm Jose made its way along the Massachusetts coast.

The Steamship Authority reported Saturday morning that trips to the Vineyard would be operating on a trip-by-trip basis. Saturday's trips to and from Oak Bluffs were being diverted to Vineyard Haven.

Ferry Service for Nantucket resumed Saturday at 6:30 a.m. in Hyannis and at 9:15 a.m. departing Nantucket. All trips for Nantucket would be operating on a trip-by-trip basis.

Folks we spoke to said they weren't too mad about having an extended stay on Nantucket but that trip ended once this ferry got back here on the Cape Cod side of Massachusetts.

"They didn't run out of beer and wine."

Two things needed when stranded on Nantucket--a sense of humor and time.

"We're retired so we can sit over there for as long as we want. How is that?"

For many getting off the ferry in Hyannis, being stranded on the island felt like an extended vacation.

"We never lost electricity," said Jennifer Visco. "Where we live, I could hear the ocean and then we went out and saw the people surfing. It was great."

Tropical storm Jose brought strong winds so fierce that the Steamship Authority had to shut down service headed to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.

The threat of flooding forced Heather Mcgraw to check on her vacation home.

"It's scary," Mcgraw said. " It's too bad you know any time there's a storm that can impact the Island and any erosion, the landscape. It's a shame."

But those stuck on the island only had one complaint, and it wasn't flooding nor erosion. 

"There was no mail or no newspapers, you know that kind of thing."

The Steamship Authority has told us they have added an extra ferry just to help out with the people trying to get back to the Cape Cod side of Massachusetts. 

<![CDATA[Hundreds Gather on Boston Common to Form Human Peace Sign]]> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:44:32 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Boston+Peace+Sign.jpg

Hundreds of people gathered on the Boston Common Saturday afternoon in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest human peace sign.

Children's Services of Roxbury, a non-profit that helps families throughout Massachusetts, organized the event.

"In this world, it's like everybody is having violence and wanting to hurt each other," said Shakira, a student. "We just need peace for one day."

The organizers said it wasn't enough for the crowd to just talk about peace.

"For Boston, it's saying, 'OK we're at peace, we are all together here in this environment,'"

"So exciting. We're having the whole community come out to form the largest human peace sign," said Sandra McCoom, President and CEO of Children's Services of Roxbury. "I want people to think about what brings them peace of mind."

In order to set the Guinness World Record for the largest human peace sign, more than 5,000 had to take part, hold the 'sign' for five minutes, and make sure it looks like a peace sign.

Aerial footage of the sign was taken from a bucket truck to capture the moment.

Unfortunately, the record was not set, with only 1,682 assembling in the circular formation.

Many attendees were happy to have participated regardless of not having enough people to set a record.

"I couldn't be prouder," said McCoom. "This was a win for everybody."

<![CDATA[Fire Damages Several Businesses in Boston Building ]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 12:25:03 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Adams+Street+Fire+Dorchester.jpg

A fire damaged several businesses early Saturday morning at a commercial building in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

The fire at 756-762 Adams St. broke out in the basement of the building at 2:34 a.m. and quickly reached 2 alarms.

Boston fire officials said among the 7 business in the one-and-a-half story structure were a restaurant, nail salon, coffee shop and a dentist office.

Firefighters spent several hours on the scene after the fire was contained due to the high levels of carbon monoxide.

Building owner Kenny Blasi was visibly upset after arriving to the scene.

"I'm grateful it didn't burn down," he said. "Our family has owned it since 1959. It was actually our dad's hardware store."

Fire officials said the blaze was self contained but due to the damage, it could be weeks before the businesses are able to reopen.

"They are closed — electric and gas is shut off so they are going to be shut down for a little while," Boston District Fire Chief Douglas Smith said.

No injuries were reported.

Fire officials estimate the damage at $700,000.

The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.

<![CDATA[Man Charged in Fatal Double Stabbing in Dorchester]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:50:15 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/Dorchester+double+stabbing+scene+photo+092117.jpg

A man has been charged with murder a day after a stabbing in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood that left one man dead and the alleged attacker injured.

Police responded to an apartment on Bradshaw Street Thursday morning. The victim in the incident, identified as 40-year-old Tony Massey of Dorchester, was taken to Tufts Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers also learned that the suspect had gone on his own to Boston Medical Center with stab wounds. That man, identified as 44-year-old Rodney Bloomfield of Dorchester, was arrested Friday and cahrged with murder.

Police wouldn't say what the fight was over, but neighbors said the two men had been arguing ever since one began accusing the other of leaving trash on his lawn after a house party over the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Cocaine and Gambling Op Found in American Legion Bust]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 23:22:57 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Cocaine_and_Gambling_Op_Found_in_American_Legion_Bust.jpg

Police arrested five and seized cocaine and a gambling machine at the American Legion Post 80 in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

<![CDATA[Doug Flutie Says His Legacy Goes Beyond Football]]> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:41:50 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Doug+Flutie+092217.JPG

Doug Flutie is a local sports legend, best known for his Hail Mary pass at Boston College and for his years spent as a quarterback in the NFL. However, the Natick, Massachusetts, native says he believes his greater legacy will be his work helping families affected by autism.

"This will be something that will be 50 years of my life instead of just the 20 year window of playing sports," Flutie said. "I think when it's all said and done, this will be the bigger part of my life."

His son, Doug Flutie Jr., is now 25, but when he was under the age of 3, he was diagnosed with autism. Shortly after, the Flutie family started the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation. Since then, they've helped countless families get access to care, technology and special camps. Their goal is to help people with autism and their families live life to the fullest.

A member of one of those families is Sandra Leone, a Natick mom whose daughter Nina has autism, among other medical complexities.

"The Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation has helped us every time Nina's gotten out of the hospital after weeks or months — they've always been the first people on our doorstep, guiding us, helping us financially, emotionally, physically, sending people to our home to help."

It's support the Flutie family knows people need. Doug says while his son Doug Jr. is "the happiest kid in the world," he also pointed out that "He's very low-functioning as far as autism is concerned. He doesn't have speech. He's non-verbal."

However, he added, Doug Jr. "Loves getting into the water and playing. Our life kind of revolves around what we're doing with Dougie that day and what his school hours are. It can be restrictive, but it's our life and has been for a long time now. We love every minute of it."

Flutie will be back in his hometown of Natick on Sunday, Oct. 1 for the Flutie 5k. For more information on how to help their fundraising efforts, go to www.flutiefoundation.org.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands Slam Harvard for Rescinding Manning's Invitation]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 20:49:39 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-694226476.jpg

An online petition with more than 15,000 signatures slammed a Harvard University dean for his decision to rescind an invitation to Chelsea Manning.

The former military analyst, who was imprisoned for leaking classified information, was supposed to speak at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government as a visiting fellow this fall. However, after receiving criticism from top CIA officials, the school canceled.

"I don't think it looks good. I think yielding to the CIA is quite different when it's trying to censor your choices,” said Margaret Morganroth Gullette, a Radcliffe and Harvard alumnus.

Friday, Morganroth Gullette and other alumni delivered the petition in person to the office of Dean Douglas Elmendorf. The petition, organized by RootsAction, states that the school has "jettisoned academic freedom" by acquiescing to outside criticism, especially a government agency.

"By exposing them, you make an institution think twice about bowing to that kind of pressure," said Victor Wallis, who was there to deliver the signatures.

The decision to revoke Manning’s invitation came hours after CIA director Mike Pompeo pulled out of a speaking engagement at the school, writing it was "shameful" for the university to support Manning's "treasonous actions."

Pompeo's sentiments were echoed by former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, who resigned from his role as a senior fellow at Harvard.

"I don't think that pressure from the CIA, or if there was pressure from Harvard higher ups that that should impede coming to a better decision, said Morganroth Gullette. "Stick to your choices."

While the Kennedy School had no response to the petition, the dean released a statement regarding his decision.

Photo Credit: Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images, File]]>
<![CDATA[Poster Exhibit on Freedom of Press Pulled From Library]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:45:42 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Poster_Exhibit_on_Freedom_of_Press_Pulled_From_Library.jpg

The Boyden Library in Foxboro, Massachusetts, briefly pulled posters from a display dedicated to honoring freedom of the press after complaints.

<![CDATA[Jose Leaves Travelers Stranded on Cape and Islands]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:44:46 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Jose_Leaves_Travelers_Stranded_on_Cape_and_Islands.jpg

At Cape Cod's Barnstable Municipal Airport, some stranded travelers have been trying to get to Nantucket for days.

"It stinks, but we'll get over tomorrow and then just do the weekend as planned," said Meaghan Whisler, who is looking forward to celebrating her second wedding anniversary on Nantucket.

The remains of Jose forced the cancellation of all flights to and from the island Friday. Cape Air says wind gusts of 50 miles per hour or more are keeping planes grounded for the 12-minute flight from Hyannis to ACK.

"This time of the year is risky," said Beth Worrick of Boston's West Roxbury neighborhood. "The storm has really sat over the coast, but it's kind of hard to feel too upset about it, given what's going on in Florida and the Caribbean."

At the docks in Hyannis, things haven't been much better. There has been no ferry service for days. Both the Steamship Authority and Hyline Cruises say high winds and rough seas are making passage impossible, despite the dozens of people trying to get the Nantucket for weddings or birthday parties this weekend.

"There's about 20 to 30 people that are going to the surprise birthday party. What I feel badly about is the people who have weddings, and the fishermen and so forth," said Bob Paschke of Norfolk.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Group on Mission to Reduce State Sales Tax]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:28:50 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Massachusetts+State+House1.JPG

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is on a mission to reduce the sales tax to 5 percent, where it was for decades before 2009. Any decrease would have consequences for state programs. 

Sugar is Lynne Donelly's livelihood. It has been for the last 14 years at the Bittersweet Bake Shoppe. She depends on giving her customers competitive prices so they keep walking up to her counter. 

"When people are tight on money, they are counting pennies everywhere. Dessert is a luxury," said Donnelly. 

The 6.25 percent Massachusetts sales tax is something that isn't easily hidden even in her delicious treats. 

"A lot of the time people will say, 'I thought it was $3.75? How come it's this?' I'm like, 'Well, it's tax.' And a lot of people forget that doesn't go in my pocket, it goes to the state," said Donnelly. 

The Retailers Association of Massachusetts is hoping to change the game for Lynne and everyone across the Commonwealth. 

"The association has put forward a ballot question to both lower the current rate of 6.25 percent back to 5 percent, where it was for decades," said Bill Rennie. 

They are also asking for a mandatory annual sales tax holiday in August. 

"It's an incentive to keep local shopping more vibrant and to keep our consumer spending here rather than online or across the border in New Hampshire," said Rennie. 

A decrease in sales tax revenues means cuts in the state funding. 

"I mean, it's necessary. The state needs revenue. It's got to come from somewhere," said Donnelly. 

The Department of Revenue estimates a 5 percent sales tax could result in massive revenue losses from more than $360 million in 2018 and progressing to a billion dollars plus in 2021. The D.O.R. said the losses would have a major impact on funding for the MBTA, the School Building Authority, and the state's general fund. 

Donnelly, like many, is conflicted about a potential sales tax cut. 

"This money goes places, and it's needed," said Donnelly. 

This is just one step in a long road ahead to put on the 2018 ballot. The next step is to collect 64,765 verified signatures by Dec. 6. 

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Vt. Man Accused in Attempted Murder Caught at Mohegan Sun]]> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 09:58:54 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Alfred+Craven+Mugshot.jpg

A man accused of trying to kill someone with a 2X4 in Vermont, robbing a Massachusetts bank and fleeing in a stolen truck earlier this month has been arrested as a fugitive at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

Members of the U.S. Marshals Service found 48-year-old Alfred Craven of Readsboro, Vermont, at the casino Friday. He was wanted on attempted murder charges out of Searsburg, where a 53-year-old man claims Craven attacked him with a 2X4 on Sept. 4, fracturing his skull, his jaw and other bones in his face.

The victim told Vermont State Police Craven had fled, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on aggravated assault and first degree attempted murder charges.

While he was on the run, police say Craven robbed the North Easton Savings Bank in Mansfield, Massachusetts on Sept. 18. Craven, who Mansfield Police say is a native of nearby Taunton, allegedly stole a Chevy Silverado from a car wash on Route 44 in that city. Police say he used the truck as a getaway vehicle after passing a note to a bank teller demanding cash.

Police in Mansfield are charging Craven with unarmed robbery, larceny over $250, receiving a stolen vehicle and disturbing a school assembly. They plan to bring him to Attleboro District Court after he faces a federal probation charge. Mansfield Police add that he will also face charges out of Taunton District Court, and that he remains in the custody of U.S. Marshals.

Vermont State Police told necn Friday they had no new information about the case against Craven.

According to U.S. Marshals, "Craven has an extensive criminal history that spans Vermont, Massachusetts and California," with federal convictions for conspiracy to sell marijuana and bank robbery.

It was not immediately clear if Craven had an attorney.

Photo Credit: Vermont State Police
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<![CDATA[Time to Say Goodbye to necn's Weather-Only App]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:32:23 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/WEBSocialMediaDocsBrucker4pm_722x406_2149145481.jpg

It's time to say goodbye to the necn's weather-only app.

Our weather app will be no longer available starting Thursday, Sept. 28; however, you can still get our exclusive live radar, 10-day forecasts and streamlined weather alerts in our news app.

The weather app wasn’t compatible with iOS 11 and wouldn’t work on updated devices.

We hope you will give our news app a try and send us feedback on weather features and other aspects of the app.

The news app lets you set weather as your home screen to easily access the latest updates.

Click here to download our news app.

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<![CDATA[Bridge Project in Braintree to Heavily Impact Traffic]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:42:33 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009188711.JPG

Drivers heading south of Boston will run into some delays as a new construction project is leading to detours on Route 3 in Braintree. 

The Route 3 bridge replacement project means detours and a lane closure in Braintree this weekend. 

Starting Friday night at 10, a lane will be closed at Route 3 northbound near exit 19. Detours include Washington Street and the Burgin Parkway. 

Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation say the $6.3 million project, which will be accelerated, will involve replacing two Route 3 bridges that pass over an I-93 ramp just south of the Braintree split. 

Transportation officials recommend avoiding the area if you can. People who know this area say they're expecting a congested area to be even worse during construction. 

"I think now is a lot better time than the summer obviously. But traffic in Braintree historically is very congested," Tom Ryan, who grew up in Braintree, said.

"You can just get off and go through the back, Washington Street, 37. I think it'll just increase the traffic in Braintree," Braintree resident Steve Doyle said.

I-93 will remains open in both directions despite the detours and lane closure.

This weekend's work lasts through early Monday morning, while construction on the southbound section of the bridge is scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 13. 

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Police: Wanted Mass. Man May Be With Missing Woman, Child]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:24:23 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Kevin+Correia.jpg

A wanted Massachusetts man may be on his way to Florida with his girlfriend and her 5-year-old son, who have both been reported missing, according to police.

Somerset police say Kevin Correia has a felony warrant for burglary and has pending charges of assault with a firearm and criminal threatening.

He may be with his girlfriend, Brittany, and her son Cameron, 5, who were both reported missing Thursday.

Correia is 6-feet-tall, 270 lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving a gray 2014 Chevy Traverse with a Massachusetts registration of 5NP221.

A description of his girlfriend and her son was not immediately provided.

Authorities say Correia has a lengthy criminal record, including multiple assaults. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. People who see the vehicle are advised not to approach it.

Photo Credit: Somerset Police]]>
<![CDATA[2-Alarm Fire in Stoughton]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 07:05:55 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Stoughton+Fire.PNG

A 2-alarm fire tore through a building in Stoughton, Massachusetts early Friday morning.

The fire broke out at 121 Summer Street around 3 a.m.

No injuries have been reported.

Photo Credit: Brockton Fire Department]]>
<![CDATA[NFL: Don't Paint Aaron Hernandez as a Victim]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:58:34 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/205*120/ap-aaron-hernandez.jpg

An NFL executive said the league will "vigorously" contest a federal lawsuit filed by the family of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez after a brain study showed he suffered from a "severe case" of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

League spokesman Joe Lockhart said in a conference call with reporters on Friday that NFL officials believe the lawsuit "will face significant legal issues from the start." He added that "any attempt to paint Aaron Hernandez as a victim" is wrong.

"His personal story is complex, it doesn’t lend itself to simple answers,” Lockhart said. "He was convicted of a homicide and his well-documented behavioral issues began long before he played in the National Football League... The real victims are the friends and family of those he killed, along with his young daughter."

The Patriots organization has not commented publicly on the lawsuit, but coach Bill Belichick was asked by reporters Friday about what steps the team takes to inform players about the dangers of CTE.

"The whole medical questions are ones that come outside of my area, so our medical department and medical staff, we cover a lot of things on the medical end. Not just one specific thing. We cover a lot," he said.

Belichick was also asked about how the NFL handles informing players of the dangers of CTE.

"I'm not a doctor. I'm not a trainer. I'm a coach, so the medical department -they handle the medical part of it. I don't do that," he responded.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday against the NFL and the Patriots on behalf of Hernandez's 4-year-old daughter after Boston University officials found that he had Stage 3 out of 4 CTE, usually found in a 67-year-old man. The study showed that he also had early brain atrophy and perforations in a central membrane.

The director of the CTE Center at the university said the disease can cause violent mood swings and depression.

Lawyers claim both the NFL and the Patriots failed to protect players’ safety and deprived Avielle Hernandez of the companionship of her father.

Hernandez was convicted of the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and was acquitted of a separate double murder. He committed suicide in prison earlier this year.

Soon after his prison suicide in April, Hernandez's family decided they wanted his brain to be studied by the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center.

NBC Boston legal analyst Michael Coyne said the study may provide some clues on Hernandez’s violent behavior.

"Despite these findings... it still doesn't mean he is innocent of what he has been accused of," Coyne said. "It simply means there may have been reasons why he did some of the horrible things he is accused of doing."

SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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<![CDATA[Man Seriously Injured After Being Stabbed Multiple Times]]> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:31:01 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009188602.JPG

A man remains in the hospital after being stabbed several times in Worcester, Massachusetts, Thursday evening.

Police say the 45-year-old victim was stabbed multiple times in the torso and arms near the intersection of Main and Austin streets around 9:30 p.m.

The victim was transported to the hospital and is currently in serious condition.

Investigation so far indicates that the attack may have been carried out by a group of young individuals, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Northeastern Joins MLB to Help Educate Minor Leaguers]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 22:45:13 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Northeastern_and_MLB_Team_Up_for_Education.jpg

Preston Gainey's fastball got the attention of Major League Baseball scouts. The Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 11th round out of the United States Naval Academy after his sophomore year, and he's now a pitching prospect in the minor leagues.

Gainey says he always wanted to go back and get that college degree, without leaving the game he loves. But the options were limited.

"With universities that would put up with our schedules and our seasons," Gainey said, it was difficult to find a fit.

This fall, he's finally found that school willing to educate him from the comfort of his living room. He's part of a new online partnership with Northeastern University and the MLB, helping professional ballplayers finish up courses or start college for the first time.

Philomena Mantella is leading the program and says the curriculum also features unique courses like the ones helping athletes manage their brands and jump-starting front office careers.

"It's a context they understand well, and it's applicable to their future," said Mantella.

The reality is there are no guarantees these ballplayers make it to the majors. So for many, this is a back up plan, in case life throws them a curveball, like an injury.

Like many pro athletes, ballerinas also need a plan B.

"Most dancers in the company go straight from high school. so we miss out on our college years,"

said Kathleen Breen Combs, prinicipal dancer with the Boston Ballet.

But she still successfully completed a similar program at Northeastern for dancers, and she is now tip-toeing toward a masters degree.

"It gives you this confidence and security that you can do something else," said Breen Combs.

<![CDATA[Maria Leaves Path of Devastation on Puerto Rico]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 19:53:59 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Maria_Leaves_Path_of_Devastation_on_Puerto_Rico.jpg

Winds of about 150 mph toppled trees and downed power lines on Puerto Rico, leaving the whole island without power.

<![CDATA[Jose Alters Wedding Plans on Nantucket]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:42:27 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Jose_Alters_Wedding_Plans_on_Nantucket.jpg

Tom Grape and Mary Wheeler are getting married on Nantucket, with 130 guests having been confirmed to attend. But with Jose shutting down ferries and planes, only six of those guests are on the island.

<![CDATA[Panel Sees Benefits to Massachusetts Changing Time Zones]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:09:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77656601.jpg

Massachusetts could benefit by shifting from the Eastern to the Atlantic Time Zone, but only if other New England states follow suit, according to a draft report issued Wednesday by a special study commission.

The 11-member panel, created by the Legislature last year, spent months examining the pros and cons of effectively establishing Daylight Savings Time year-round, which would eliminate the practice of setting clocks forward and back twice every year.

"Although there are appreciable costs associated with making this change, on balance the commission finds that doing so could have positive benefits...," the draft said.

State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a Lowell Democrat who chaired the commission, conceded that a time shift isn't likely anytime soon, but was optimistic about the longer term prospects.

"If I had a crystal ball, I would hope that we together with the other New England states and New York and other states that see fit, would stop turning our clocks back and forth for no good reason," Donoghue said.

She asked members to submit comments on the draft, with a final vote slated for early November. The report will then be submitted to the Legislature.

Benefits of year-round daylight savings time could include energy savings, a boost for retail stores and less seasonal depression, proponents suggest.

The preliminary report acknowledges potential downsides as well. For example, if sunset is a later hour, sunrise would be an earlier hour, posing dangers for children walking to school or waiting for buses in the dark.

The report said any change would have to be accompanied by later start times for public schools, though no specific proposal was offered.

But the biggest stumbling block with a unilateral change to the Atlantic Time Zone by Massachusetts would be putting the state in sync with the Canadian maritime provinces and out of sync with its U.S. neighbors for several months a year, likely causing considerable confusion.

"We would never recommend that Massachusetts just go out and do it alone," said Donoghue.

The state should consider shifting only if a majority of other New England states also make the change, the report said. Lawmakers in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island have considered similar proposals, also contingent upon regional consensus.

State Rep. Paul Frost, who has been among the commission's most skeptical members, said any change would require more than just New England cooperation.

"You can't do this without New York," said Frost, an Auburn Republican, citing disruptions in transportation and broadcast schedules that would result if New York operated in a different time zone than Boston."

Photo Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Police Investigating Motive Behind Fatal Boston Stabbing]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:42:50 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/Dorchester+double+stabbing+scene+photo+092117.jpg

Authorities are investigating whether a fight between neighbors led to a double stabbing in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood that left one man dead and another injured.

Police said the stabbing happened around 8 a.m. Thursday on Bradshaw Street, just before the two people involved were to take their children to school.

Both men were taken to local hospitals. One of them was pronounced dead, and police said the other is believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries as well.

Police wouldn't say what the fight was over, but neighbors said the two men had been arguing ever since one began accusing the other of leaving trash on his lawn after a house party over the weekend.

No charges have been filed at this point.

Police have yet to release a motive or the identities of the two men who were involved.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA['Reckless Negligence': Lawsuit Filed in Boy's Drowning Death]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 20:27:12 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/kyzr10.jpg

Through tears, the parents, grandparents and loved ones of a 7-year-old boy who drowned while at a Boston-run summer camp came together on Thursday to explain why they filed a civil lawsuit alleging "grotesque, reckless negligence" against the city of Boston and its mayor.

Kyzr Willis drowned in the water near the bathouse by the Curley Community Center in South Boston on July 26, 2016. The investigation showed Willis made his way back to the water without staff supervision and drowned. His body was found in about 10-feet-deep water. 

The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in Suffolk Superior Court, argues the city disregarded a 2012 state law known as "Christian's Law," which orders camps to test children for their swimming profiency and to provide life jackets to children who are deemed "at-risk swimmers" or "non-swimmers." The law was enacted after 4-year-old Christian Frechette drowned at a camp in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in 2007.

"Make sure that the camps have rules and regulations, everything's up to par, make sure they have life jackets, the buddy system, and just watch over each other," Kyzr Willis' mother, Melissa Willis, said.

Besides Walsh and the city, the 12-count wrongful death lawsuit names several of Walsh's subordinates as defendants, including William Morales, the commissioner for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, and the Frederick B. Ahern, the Curley Community Center director and administrative coordinator.

Robert Griffin, an attorney for Kyzr Willis' estate, said the day care center also was not properly supervising children.

"These children were running around this camp, basically whereabouts unknown," he said Thursday afternoon. "Not a single head count taken on any given day to determine who was there and who was being watched by who ... that, in some substance, is the basis for the grotesque, reckless negligence that the city engaged in and the total disregard for the law that was enacted by the governor."

According to lifeguards, the tide was coming in around the time Willis was seen last, raising the water level and making the current stronger. 

The Suffolk County District Attorney's Office has said there was no foul play in his death. 

Willis was one of 56 children supervised by about 30 staff members. Boston Police Commissioner Williams Evans said Willis was taking swimming lessons with a counselor earlier on the day that he disappeared.

"He wasn't a good swimmer," he said. "He was only 7 years old."

The district attorney's office says the investigation was completed last year, but was extended after the Willis family reported a tipster claimed to have seen Willis with an unknown man across the harbor; however, investigations believe the child the tipster saw was not Willis. 

Boston launched a review of protocols at all of its summer camps following Willis' death.

Walsh said Thursday morning that the city has had ongoing negotiations with Willis' family and would continue to do so.

"My heart goes out to the family," the mayor said. "I don't think you can ever fill that void in that family."

Photo Credit: Boston Police]]>
<![CDATA[Cape, Islands Hit by Power Outages, Storm Damage From Jose]]> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 12:40:26 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009149122.JPG

The worst of Tropical Storm Jose has passed for Cape Cod and the Islands, though some Tropical Storm Warnings remain in effect Thursday. 

Jose continues to move away from the coast heading into the weekend, but it will move back west slightly Thursday evening.

Beach erosion is expected to occur along the southeast coastlines of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, the Islands and Block Island into Thursday. 

One to three inches of rain are expected across Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard, with up to five inches across Nantucket. 

Gusts could still peak at 30 to 40 mph along the coast and 50-plus on the Cape/Islands as the wind ramps up. 

There’s still a threat of strong rip currents that will continue into the weekend.

As of Thursday morning, Eversource reported more than 32,000 without power in Barnstable, more than 11,000 without power in Mashpee and thousands of others without power throughout the Cape as the strong winds have knocked down tree limbs and power lines.

Ferry service out of Woods Hole remains impacted by this storm. All service to Nantucket is on hold. Ferries to Martha's Vineyard are on a trip by trip basis. 

Though water was battering the sea wall on the coastal communities on Wednesday, several people could be seen taking advantage of the surf and filming the waves. 

Nancy Monhehan, who was watching the waves in Plymouth said, "It's peaceful in a way. Just come down here with your coffee and it's terrific." 

On Thursday morning, people could be seen taking a morning stroll along the beach. 

"It's always fun to watch and see Mother Nature doing it's thing," Pat Cleary, who came out to watch the waves, said.

Sandwich resident Carol Lannon was visiting the shoreline to also take in the powerful storm with her dog.

"It was pretty rough," she said. "The dog was having a hard time keeping her balance."

However, some of the small businesses are taking a hit financially since the ferries are closed and visitors can't get here. One bed-and-breakfast said it has had 12 cancellations, adding up to losses totaling thousands of dollars.  

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey have installed 17 storm-tide sensors across southern New England to measure the effects of this tropical storm. The USGS says the data will lead to more accurate flood forecasts and help with flood protection.

Photo Credit: NBC Boston]]>
<![CDATA[Professor's Facebook Posts Raising Eyebrows on Campus]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:51:36 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Bridgewater+State+University1.JPG

A Massachusetts professor is taking some heat after a series of posts on Facebook directed at President Donald Trump and those who voted for him.

The posts by Dr. Garrett Nichols, an English professor, are generating a lot of reaction on the campus of Bridgewater State University.

One post read, "F--- Donald Trump," and "F--- ANYONE who voted for Donald Trump".

Another post with a picture of the Ku Klux Klan read, "Trump voters, you belong in this parade."

"Personally, I would fire this guy, that is what I would say," said student Rob McDougall.

"If the president can use social media to get his ideas across, why not anybody else," countered student Anna Rice.

Several of the posts are from after President Donald Trump won the election last November, including one filled with profanities targeting Trump and all those who voted for him.

Two posts are from last month.

A student, who didn't want to be identified, took screen shots of the Nicols' posts and shared them after seeing them over the weekend.

Jason Ross, another Bridgewater State student and head of the Massachusetts College of Republicans, thinks the posts are outrageous.

"If I was in his class I wouldn't feel comfortable with him grading my papers knowing I'm a Republican," he said. "Knowing he thinks I belong in the KKK, that's absurd."

The professor's posts are now sparking a debate about what constitutes free speech on campus.

"Free speech goes to a certain extent, this is breaking those limits, basically, so this is very wrong," said McDougall. 

Nichols said Wednesday night in an email that he recognizes that what he wrote was inflammatory.

"The last people I want to feel hurt or unsafe are my students. My original post — however misguided — was motivated by a fierce sense of protection for my students, and my students’ well-being is and has always been my top priority," Nichols wrote.

Officials with Bridgewater State said they recently hired a director of social media and they are considering creating a social media policy.

<![CDATA[Teens Organize Trip to Dominican to Help After Hurricanes]]> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 23:40:39 -0400 http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000009142110.JPG

The destruction from the recent hurricanes in the West Indies has touched the hearts of three students from West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

Abby Bedard, Amanda Wells and McKenna O’Neill are juniors from West Bridgewater High who are organizing a student service trip to the Dominican Republic.

"The Dominican isn’t getting that much attention compared to the Texas hurricane and Florida," said Bedard.

The teenagers are planning the trip with a tour company called "Rustic Pathways" and will volunteer on the northern part of the island where Hurricane Maria is expected to leave devastation.

"Especially now they will need a lot of rebuilding," said Wells. "Just excited to be able to help other people."

The students plan to leave June 23 and will help rebuild homes and educate children. They will also have some time to go sightseeing and do other recreational activities before returning on June 30.

The school needs at least 15 students to go on the trip. Each student will have to pay about $2,500.

The school is also hoping to raise money to help reduce the cost and asking any students who want more information to contact them.

"It’s a really good opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and be able to help out people," said O’Neill.