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  • Pizza Madness: Vote for the Best in the Boston Area

    When it comes to pizza, there are no shortage of options in the Boston area. From family-run shops that have made it the same way for generations to craft pizza joints and their artisan pies, this area truly has it all. In true March Madness style, we’re asking you to help name the best pizza shop of them all!

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  • Cold, Bright St. Patrick's Day Ahead of Next Storm System

    The storm that hit on Tuesday is still having an impact on New England. Many clouds and mountain snows continue this morning, with temperatures starting in the 20s. Any melting on the sidewalk yesterday means we icy spots through 8 a.m.

    Colder air is moving in today with equal amounts of cloud and sunshine, snow continues in the mountains.

    High temperature in the 30s south, 20s in the Hills, wind gusting past 25 miles an hour from the northwest add an extra chill.

    It will be fair and cold tonight, low temperature in the single numbers and teens north, and 20s south.

    Another cold front whips from north to south with sunshine and a snow squall tomorrow, high temperature in the 20s north to 30s south. Wind from the northwest could just pass 40 mph in any squall.

    High pressure brings clear and close to record cold air for Saturday night and Sunday morning, low temperature below zero at the Canadian border to the teens along the south coast.

    All the St. Patrick's Day parades on Sunday should be dry, but cold and bright with high temperatures near freezing at best.

    A weak front may bring a snow shower to northern sections Monday, otherwise bright and on the cold side.

    The plot really thickens on Tuesday, a system that's coming in off the Pacific now will go off the east coast Tuesday.

    Every storm that has done that in the last few weeks has had an impact on New England, this time it looks like a mixture of rain and snow at the coast and snow inland is possible by Wednesday.

    It's early to give any kind of impact statements right now. The system may try and miss out to sea or could come closer like the last three did.

  • Empty Shell Casing Found in Braintree School Classroom

    An empty shell casing was found in a school classroom in Braintree, Massachusetts on Thursday.

    The principal of Granite Academy, Amy Barber, sent an email to parents Thursday night informing them of the discovery.

    Barber said in the email the empty shell casing was found by a staff member at the end of the day, after students had been dismissed.

    She said the finding was immediately brought to her attention and the school followed procedure by contacting Braintree police.

    Braintree police and their K9 unit searched the entire school campus Thursday. As a precaution, there will be two plainclothes officers on campus Friday. 

    "I can assure you that our campus is clear and safe," Barber said in the email.

    The head of school said they will continue to work closely with local police in following up on this incident, including having police speak with each staff member who was in the classroom where the shell casing was found.

    They are also reaching out to meet with students who were in that classroom identified and their parents in person.

    "I want to assure you that this is being taken incredibly seriously. I have the utmost confidence that our campus is safe for your child to return tomorrow," the email statement read. "Your child's safety and the safety of our staff team is my top priority."

    Barber encouraged parents to reach out to her with any questions or concerns.

    Granite Academy is a day school for middle and high school aged students, from grades 5-12, who have social/emotional challenges that complicate their learning.

  • Parade Organizers on Route: Unfortunately It's Mayor's Call

    Organizers of Sunday's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston say they'll do whatever Mayor Marty Walsh decides.

    But, they say, the snow is starting to melt and the normal route is a time honored tradition.

    "Unfortunately it's his call as far as the safeness of the route goes," says parade organizer Tim Duross, "so let's look at it because we've had two sunny days in a row so most of the snow is melted I think. Let's see what happens between tomorrow and Saturday, but we're prepared to do the parade either way."

    Mayor Walsh announced Wednesday a new, shortened snow route for Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston, saying the route will be modified to follow the previously established snow route starting at Broadway Station and ending at Farragut Road.

    "Our number one priority will always be to keep our residents safe at all times," Walsh said. "The snow route has allowed for a safe and enjoyable celebration in other years when there has been heavy snow before the parade, and I commend the Public Works Department for working diligently to ensure that Broadway will be safe and accessible by Sunday."

    But the organizers of the parade, the Allied War Veterans' Council of South Boston, urged Mayor Walsh to reconsider shortening the parade route, saying the decision was made without their agreement.

    In a statement, the AWVCSB said, "the traditional route that extends throughout South Boston is part of what makes the event special, and allows for the parade to pass by senior and public housing, and for Perkins American Legion Post members to host Gold Star Mothers."

    The organizers went on to say that "the residents of South Boston overwhelmingly support this route, which has been a staple of the parade since it began in 1901, in conditions often far worse than what is anticipated Sunday."

    Police Commissioner Wiliam Evans was in agreement with Mayor Walsh's decision, saying, "The snowfall makes it more difficult to manage this weekend's parade in South Boston and it has created a situation where we do not feel that it is safe enough for children and families to watch the parade, especially on side streets, which are already difficult to navigate after a storm."

    On Thursday, Boston city councilor and South Boston St. Patrick's Day Breakfast co-host Michael Flaherty told NBC10 Boston's Joy Lim Nakrin that he agreed with the decision to change the parade route, and pointed out that South Boston residents would have started to lose precious parking spots starting on Wednesday to secure and clear the normal route.

    "Hosting the largest parade event in the city in the middle of March comes with the potential that we'll have northeast storm and blizzards," he said. "I think people are going to be OK with it, particularly knowing that they're not going to lose their parking space, but the route from Broadway to Farragut Road will be fully cleared -- the streets, the curbs -- will be fully safe for people."

    The city said public works crews removed 1,800 cubic yards of snow overnight from Broadway, and will continue to focus on continued snow removal and opening sidewalks on Broadway over the next few nights to ensure safety and accessibility along the snow route.

    The SBAWVC says while they understand that public safety is the top concern, they feel there was still the opportunity for the parade to proceed with the traditional route with that in mind.

    "The decision is consistent with the failed 2016 attempt to permanently shorten the parade route that was defeated in court."

    SBAWVC Commander Dave Falvey says he has worked hard to build ties with City Hall and is therefore extremely disappointed "that Mayor Walsh made a unilateral decision to proceed with a shortened route despite the SBAWVC's approved permit for the traditional route."

    The St. Patrick's Day Parade is listed as the second largest in the country, drawing between 600,000 and 1 million people each year.

    It typically kicks off around 12:30 p.m. and runs about two hours. Last year, the parade route also had to be shortened considerably due to another late season snowstorm.

    Both the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the annual St. Patrick's Day Breakfast on Sunday morning are scheduled to be televised on necn and livestreamed on

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  • Town of Belmont Dealing With Rat Infestation Again

    Homeowners and town leaders in Belmont, Massachusetts are tackling a rat problem, again.

    Twice in the past five months, Joey's Park has been closed because of an infestation.

    The popular children's park happens to be one of the rat problem areas in town.

    “I hope they get the rats out and then open it up again soon,” Aiden Broderick, a kid who plays at the park, said back in October.

    The park, right next to Winbrook Elementary School, closed temporarily back in October for a rat infestation. The problem got better, but now the rats are back.

    “We had a real nice week of beautiful weather in the 70s, and it seemed like a lot of people decided to come out to the park," Wesley Chin with the Department of Health said. "There was a build up of trash.”

    And trash is a food source for displaced rats.

    Joey's Park, Cushing Square and the Hull Beach Street area are the problem spots.

    Pest control companies say trash is the problem, so get rid of the barrels.

    “By removing the food source that likely means a carry in and carry out policy,” Chin said.

    Some residents understand the trash is an issue but there’s more to it, especially construction.

    “We took care of them. We paid for a year and a half service everything was fine. It’s two years later and we have them back on our property again.”

    “We took care of them. We paid for a year-and-a-half service, everything was fine," Belmont resident Heidi Seiger said. "It's two years later and we have them back on our property again."

    "It’s really working together as a whole to keep Belmont pretty,” Chin said.

    The next meeting for the public to be heard on this issue will be the selectmens meeting on March 26 starting at 7 p.m. 

  • Family of Murdered Woman Angry Suspect is Being Offered Plea

    The man accused of killing 25-year-old Jaimee Mendez of Swampscott in 2014, is expected to plead guilty to her murder Friday and accept 17 years in prison.

    Mendez’s family is stunned and angry at the development.

    The young mother’s family had been through a rollercoaster of pain, starting with her disappearance in November 2014, her body washing up on King’s Beach in pieces, long months waiting for the state Medical Examiner to release her body, and finally with police charging then 37-year-old Jason Fleury with her murder nine months after she went missing.

    Mendez’s photo still hangs on a memorial over the beach where she and her son loved to play.

    “You just think about what happened and the last moments of her life. And you can’t get it out," Jaimee's aunt, Beatrice Mendez, said. "You can’t get it out of your head.”

    The last anyone heard from the 25-year-old mother was when she called a friend to say she was with a man who made her nervous. That man, prosecutors say, was Jason Fleury, a convicted sex offender who fled to Virginia after she went missing.

    Nine months later he was charged with her murder, but few details about how and why Mendez was killed have ever been released. Her family hoped they’d get answers at his trial — slated to start in two weeks.

    “You try not to fall apart every single day,” Beatrice Mendez said through tears. “You put on a face to go on and get ready for something that is going to rip your heart out.”

    But the family was stunned to learn there will be no trial. The state offered Fleury a plea deal. From murder to manslaughter, 17 years minus time served. And Friday, he’s expected to take it.

    We asked Beatrice Mendez what the family doesn’t get out of a plea deal that they would have gotten out of a trial.

    “You just want to know,” she said. “You want to know what happened. Those few times he's appeared in court. He hides in the corner. He stays away from the cameras. He stays away from the reporters as if he’s making himself small and not known. He should be known. He should be known to everybody."

    Beatrice Mendez wanted Fleury to suffer through a trial and face the family prosecutors say he robbed. To see that Jaimee Mendez mattered.

    “She’s not just some kid you can throw away. That she’s not just some kid that you can dump in the ocean.”

    The family says they had less than 48 hours to prepare victim impact statements, but Beatrice Mendez will.

    “I want to talk about her and the smile that she had,” she said. “It’s those family moments that are just not possible anymore.”

    A spokeswoman from the Essex District Attorney’s office will not say why they are making the deal. They had no comment on the proposed arrangement.

    The plea hearing is Friday at 2 p.m. at Salem Superior Court. Jamiee’s now 9-year-old son with autism will not be there. Beatrice Mendez says he knows his mother is gone but doesn’t know why.

  • General Hooker: Controversy Over Mass. State House Entrance

    The General Hooker entrance is what most people use when entering the Massachusetts State House.

    The name can lead to childish jokes, as the word hooker can refer to a prostitute, but the entryway and the statue in front of it honor a Massachusetts native who fought in the Civil War.

    State Representative Michelle DuBois thinks a change to the entrance needs to be made.

    “Maybe I’m a sensitive person but you know words matter,” said Rep. DuBois, a democrat from Brockton.

    DuBois posted on social media that the sign is ‘tone deaf,’ linking it to the #metoo movement.

    She says we don’t know who might be offended when they walk in to the State House.

    “Maybe at home they’re being violated, beaten, called these names, and coming in under that sign, emotionally does damage to them,” DuBois said.

    Peter Drummey, the librarian at the Massachusetts Historical Society, says the sign itself really just helps people find their way into the State House, and he wouldn’t have a major issue if it was changed.

    “If it’s truly distressing I think it’s not necessary,” said Drummey. “It’s not historical in that sense.”

    DuBois says she’d like to see the general’s first name added to the sign to remove any double meaning, or the sign should come down altogether.

  • Could Congressman Joe Kennedy Be the Next President Kennedy?

    Congressman Joe Kennedy is in demand on Capitol Hill. From chatting with student groups to meetings, votes and hearings, Kennedy juggles the responsibilities of his job while having the extra – pick a word - scrutiny/burden/privilege of being a Kennedy.

    Which means “The View” wants to book him, visitors want photos and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has her eye on him.

    Pelosi tapped Kennedy to give President Trump’s State of the Union Democratic Rebuttal – an indication that Kennedy is considered a future face of the party.

    "The speech was obviously a big moment for me," Kennedy said.

    Known for his humble, self-deprecating nature, Kennedy downplays the speech but he can’t avoid the questions about his future – and talk of a Presidential run.

    Alison King: How do you process all of that?

    Joe Kennedy: "It’s not something on my radar screen."

    Alison King: Is there an overwhelming aspect of that? You know, like, c’mon guys, I just got here. Or, wow, that’s...

    Joe Kennedy: "It’s a little bit of both. Again, it’s an incredible honor that folks would think that that’s something I might want to think about at some point down the road."

    Alison King: Does it get put on you in part because you’re a Kennedy?

    Joe Kennedy: "I grew up in a family where members of my family have run for President or have been President. Given the place that we are in as a country at the moment, there is a yearning for a type of politics that actually brings people together and I think members of my family have practiced that type of politics for a long time. And so it’s nice to see that that message is resonating again."

    Kennedy believes any desire to see another President Kennedy is more about a return to his family’s type of leadership than his last name.

    Congressman Michael Capuano says the Kennedy name is both a blessing and a burden for Joe: “Because the expectations can be so high and people think they have, they know what that means and I think that’s probably a difficult, more difficult than some people realize, to live up to what people expect of you.“

    Fans of Kennedy say the Congressman would be on a Presidential short list, regardless of his last name.

    The Stanford and Harvard Law grad worked in the Peace Corps and as an Assistant District Attorney before running for Congress.

    And he’s gotten behind the kind of liberal policies that play well in his district.

    On healthcare: “Single-payer is definitely something we should consider.”

    On guns: “I certainly would support an assault weapons ban.”

    And his philosophy of government as he pushes back on the Trump agenda with a louder public voice: “We are seeing threats to healthcare, to civil rights, to LGBT rights, to the environment, to the extent to which we didn’t see under President Obama and so I think that means for me, speaking up and calling that out and trying to stand strong on those values and vision and then also working with Republicans where you can to try and move the ball forward.”

    Alison King on healthcare: Where are you on single-payer?

    Joe Kennedy: “Single-payer is definitely something we should consider. It's definitely something that I think needs to be on the table and I think we need to have a discussion about it. I think we need to be very careful about, when we define what single payer is, how we're going to go about getting there and what that means. We've seen over the course of the past year that these policy details matter, and the main legislation that has been before the House of Representatives at this point, I've got serious problems with. One, it puts severe limits on a woman's right to access abortion. Two, it means the closure of a number of hospitals, particularly some that are in my district. Without a plan at all for how those folks are going to access care. Three, it's a completely different way of financing healthcare in our country, which I might be open to, but we have to have that discussion about what that means and how we pay for it. And that bill is silent on any of those details. And so before I go and sign onto a bill that yes, I support exactly what it is philosophically, but absent a discussion as to how you're going to get there and the restrictions put on women's access to reproductive care, I've got serious reservations with that.

    Alison King on gun control measures: If there was one piece of gun legislation you could pass tomorrow, which one would it be?

    Joe Kennedy: "It would be one that would encompass a whole lot of different policies."

    Alison King: What just absolutely has to get done?

    Joe Kenendy: "So, the challenge on this, Alison, is that there is not a single policy proposal that is going to solve the gun violence problem in this country, right. There's a number of pieces on this that we I think as a country have to work toward. So one, yes, we need to tighten and strengthen our background check system. That needs to get addressed. Two, I do believe we should tighten our gun sale loophole and private sale loophole. Three, I think we need to be looking at, I certainly would support an assault weapons ban. I think we should. I think we need to. That's a controversial piece of legislation for across the country. That's fine. I understand that. Four, I think we do need to look at, I think there are a number of other initiatives here that are ones that at least deserve discussion. My conservative colleagues always like to point to this as a mental health issue. Is it an issue in certain circumstances? Yes. Is it an issue that is going to solve all of these challenges? No. But by the way, to my Republican colleagues, your main legislative initiative for the past year was to gut the main payer of mental health services in this country, Medicaid, by $800 billion and strip access to mental and behavioral health services for millions and millions of people. So don't tell me that this is a mental health issue when you then went and tried to take away access to mental health care from millions of Americans.

    Alison King on legalizing marijuana: You did not support the legalization of recreational marijuana, you know, how are you different?

    Joe Kennedy: "Again, we kind of have to be thoughtful about this, right? So if we decide that we want to move to legalization, again as the voters of Massachusetts did, I recognize that and I certainly respect the decision of Massachusetts, I want to make sure that we have the policies and procedures and safeguards in place to make sure we do that responsibly. I was a former prosecutor. I had plenty of cases where somebody was pulled over for driving erratically and perhaps under the influence of marijuana. There's no reliable roadside test at the moment that courts will accept, that many judges will accept, to test whether somebody is under the influence of marijuana. If we're going to make marijuana far more accessible, then I think we should have the public safety procedures and policies put in place in order to ensure that. I think there's, my concern is not so much with the average user of marijuana accessing it in a recreational way in their home or again recreationally. That's not my concern. My concern is for those marginal cases where, particularly for younger Americans, where there is teenagers, adolescents, where the data does say it potentially can have an adverse impact. And one of my major areas of focus, Alison, has been mental behavioral issues that our country is facing. And there's a number of experts and advocates there that do say, point to the fact that in certain circumstances, particularly for younger Americans that access to marijuana can be detrimental, and I think that those voices need to be heard, too."

  • 11-Year-Old Reported Missing in Lynn Found Safe

    Authorities confirm an 11-year-old girl who went missing Thursday in Lynn, Massachusetts, has been found safe.

    Police say Nayeli Martinez had last been seen Thursday at the Hood Elementary School.

    Police announced shortly before 7:30 p.m. that Martinez had been located.

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