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OBITUARY Frederick J Lena 76

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Frederick J. Lena, age 76, of Wilmington, passed away March 7th, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of Patricia A. (Carvalho) Lena of Wilmington, devoted father of Jean Reed & her husband Orrin of Candia, NH, the late Vincent Lena, Leonard Lena & his wife Suzanne of Manchester, NH, Kerry Oliveri & her husband Timothy of Billerica, Michael Lena of Wilmington, Jodie Walsh & Kevin Messier of Tewksbury, Anthony Carvalho and Rita Carvalho, loving “Grampy” of Jason, Carrissa, Anthony, Amber, Kayla, Nicholas, Megan, Madison, Alyssa, Sheri, Austin, Jack, Annmarie, Russell and Derek, great-grandfather of 6, cherished son of the late Leonard and Jennie (Perkins) Lena, dear brother of Richard Lena & his wife Fabiola of Tewksbury, Rita Richardson, William Lena both of Litchfield, NH and the late Ronnie Lena. Fred is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, for a funeral service on Wednesday, March 13th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, March 12th, from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.Frederick J. Lena(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Francis J. Zizis, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Morris “Moe” Anderson, 68In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Stephen J. Bowker, 58In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Civil society BNP Jamaat have no strength to defeat AL Joy

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first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s son and ICT affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina’s information and communication technology affairs adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday said people reaped the benefits of development as they voted for ‘Boat’, election symbol of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL).“The people witnessed massive development after voting for boat. On the contrary, when the BNP comes to power, they destroy the country,” he told a discussion at a hotel in the capital.Suchinta Foundation organised the discussion titled ‘21 August: Present-Future of Bangladesh’s Politics’ with its chairperson Mohammad A Arafat in the chair.Freedom fighter and cultural personality Nasiruddin Yusuf Bachchu, professor at Dhaka University (DU) Mesbah Kamal, freedom fighter Rokeya Kabir, late president Zillur Rahman’s daughter Tania Rahman, and journalist Mozammel Babu addressed the discussion, among others.Joy said AL has reached to its present stage braving all kinds of conspiracies. Civil society members, BNP and Jamaat have no strength to defeat the united Awami League, he added.“We can feel the pangs of sufferings for losing family members. I vowed to come to politics and oust the BNP government after the 21 August monstrous attack,” the PM advisor said.The then prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia was involved in the 21 August monstrous grenade attack, Joy said, adding it took 14 years to complete the trail of the heinous attack.Mainul Hosein, a former adviser to the past caretaker government, Dr Kamal Hossain and others were masterminds behind the 1/11, he said, adding, “Mainul Hosein helped Tarique Rahman, mastermind of the 21 August grenade attack, to flee from the country”.1/11 is the popular term in the country for indicating the changeover took place in January 2007, when military-backed caretaker government assumed power.Now they are trying to make Tarique the prime minister bringing him back home, he added.The AL does not do politics of killings like the BNP, Joy said, adding a total of 24 AL leaders and activists were killed in the 21 August grenade attack when leaders like Ahsanullah Master and Shah AMS Kibria were also killed during the BNP regime.“If BNP could have remained in the state power for 10 years like AL, no AL leader could have remained alive,” he said.Replying to BNP leaders’ allegation of arresting their leaders and activists, Joy said legal actions will be taken against those who killed people through arson attacks in 2013-14.Criticising the so-called civil society members, Joy said those who are ashamed of raising voice against killers and terrorists, they actually are trying to save the killers and terrorists.Talking about the newly-formed Jatiya Oikya Front, he said the Jatiya Oikya Front is trying to rehabilitate the BNP.Referring to different trials completed under the AL government, Joy said AL has established rule of law. And Tarique Rahman will be brought to book after extradition, he added.AL does not fear those who are not capable of securing a single vote in the election, he said, adding that AL does not care for the threats of so-called civil society members.Addressing the discussion, Tania Rahman said the main target of the 21 August grenade attack was to make the AL, which led the country’s liberation war, leaders less.The speakers said the 21 August attack and the 15 August incident of killing father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman with his family member were tied in a same string.The purposes of the incidents were to kill the country’s liberal democratic politics and make the country a militant state, they added.last_img read more

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Families Opting Out Of STAAR Find Alternative School

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first_imgLaura IsenseeTeacher Sam Brower leads a class at an alternative learning environment for students who are not taking the state standardized exams this week. Brower said that his lesson tries to teach about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.This week thousands of Texas students are taking state standardized exams, called the STAAR. But in Houston about 80 kids have signed up to do something totally different.Tuesday morning, a bunch of them were playing with a swing outside a community center in North Houston. Third grader Lucia Zuniga explained the game.“We’re playing with the rope and whoever catches it gets to swing on it,” she said.This is not what she normally does at school. “This school is a school for no testing,” Lucia said.It’s called the Opt Out Academy. It’s a temporary, alternative school this week that the advocacy group Community Voices for Public Education organized for students who boycott state exams. The group estimates that as many as 500 families in Greater Houston have opted their child out of at least one standardized exam this year.Lucia’s mom Julia Kramp signed her up because she believes high stakes tests hurt her daughter’s education.“It takes away from the time that she could be learning,” Kramp said. “So they spend a lot of time every year doing practice exams, learning how to take the STAAR, learning how to bubble in correctly.”At this alternative school, Lucia loves having lots of recess. And her mom likes the creative lessons. In the first one Lucia learns about discrimination through a Dr. Seuss book.Kramp and other parents hope their boycott changes the way tests are used in school.“For us it’s about kind of changing a system that’s in place,” said Sam Brower, a parent and also a teacher at the alternative academy. “Because it’s not just the week of STAAR tests, but it’s all the test prep and all the practice exams and the mock exams that take place leading up to the STAAR. And then this week there’s the added stress, there’s the added pressure.”Results factor into teacher evaluations and, in certain grades, they may determine if a child moves on to the next level.But this year the Houston Independent School District approved a new policy saying students won’t be punished for not taking the STAAR. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:35 X Sharelast_img read more

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Emoluments Hearing Hints At What May Be At Stake Trumps Tax Returns

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first_imgPaul J. Richards/AFP/Getty ImagesA lawsuit against President Trump alleges he is violating the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses of the Constitution. Plaintiffs’ lawyer Deepak Gupta says Trump’s Washington hotel (above) is “an emoluments magnet.” Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty ImagesIf there’s one thing President Trump‘s critics want from him, and he refuses to give up, it’s his tax returns.The returns didn’t come up during Wednesday’s hearing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan. But the hearing was the first step in a process that could loosen Trump’s grip on them.If the next step goes the plaintiffs’ way, the case could make the president’s tax returns surface.Trump is being sued by four plaintiffs who allege he is violating anti-corruption provisions in the Constitution, namely, its Foreign and Domestic Emoluments clauses.If Judge George Daniels says the plaintiffs have legal standing to proceed with the suit, they then can seek internal financial documents, including those tax returns.“We will be looking for detailed financial records, foreign and domestic transactions, in the president’s businesses,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Joseph Sellers told reporters after the hearing. “If the tax returns turn out to be relevant we may seek them.”Trump is the only president since 1977 to withhold his tax returns from voluntary disclosure. Unlike recent presidents, he has also refused to comply voluntarily with the federal conflict-of-interest law. Doing so would have forced him to separate himself from the Trump business empire.The lawsuit comes from three plaintiffs in the hotel and restaurant industry, and one watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.The Constitution’s clauses banning emoluments — that is, money and other favors — are meant to keep federal officials out of conflicts of interest.Plaintiffs’ lawyer Deepak Gupta told Daniels that Trump’s Washington hotel is “an emoluments magnet.” Its international business has been burgeoning, according to news reports.Justice Department lawyer Brett Shumate said the plaintiffs failed to show they have been injured by Trump hotels and restaurants, so they wouldn’t have legal standing.As the hearing wrapped up, Shumate opened a possible argument that presidents aren’t even covered by the Foreign Emoluments Clause. Sharelast_img read more

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