New chief named to head state District Court
BOSTON (AP) — Judge Paul Dawley has been appointed chief justice of the District Court in Massachusetts, the largest court department in the state. Dawley has served on the court since 2001, and as a regional administrative judge since 2004. His appointment was announced Friday by Judge Paula Carey, chief justice of the Trial Court. The District Court is made up of 62 divisions with 158 judicial positions.
Blandford’s firefighters back
BLANDFORD (AP) — Blandford’s seven volunteer firefighters who resigned earlier this week have returned to duty under a new temporary fire chief for the town of about 1,200 people. WGGB-TV reported that the Blandford Select Board held an emergency meeting Friday and appointed Brian Care interim fire chief while the firefighters said they would go back to work. The firefighters resigned Tuesday in a dispute between Fire Chief Robert DeCoteau and the Select Board over appointing new members.
Boston area gets $17.5M
in federal safety grants
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston area is getting more than $17.5 million in public safety grants from the Department of Homeland Security. The funding was announced Friday by U.S. Rep. Bill Keating, a Democrat who serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security. He says the funding is an increase of about $7 million over the previous grants.
The Urban Area Security Initiative helps urban areas to equip and train emergency responders and implement emergency response plans. Past funding was key to preparing Boston and Watertown emergency responders to handle the Boston Marathon bombings.