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Schools Study Thefts and Technology

By Ann Needle

Thefts at Nashoba Regional High School topped the discussion at Tuesday night’s Nashoba School Committee meeting. The Committee also heard more about how the district is equipped to handle new technology, voting in a new policy on how students and staff can use their own technology in the classroom.

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Break-In Suspect Arrested in Maynard

By Nancy Arsenault

On Saturday, December 1, the Maynard Police Department arrested Robert M. Redfield, 21, of 113 Dawn Road, Maynard and Joseph W. Redfield, 26, of 135 Main Street, Apt #1, Maynard as the result of an ongoing investigation involving multiple motor vehicle breaks. Police are now looking for assistance in identifying some of the property recovered.
Joseph Redfield had been arrested by Stow Police in October after being seen breaking and entering into a parked car on Crescent Street. After his arraignment in Concord District Court at that time, he was held briefly and then released due to overcrowding in the Middlesex County jail in Cambridge. He and his brother are also suspected of other car and house breaks in Stow, according to Stow Police Detective Mike Sallese.

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Gobbler 5K Grows into a Tradition

By Ellen Oliver
For years Nashoba graduates met up on Thanksgiving morning on the bleachers surrounding a football field as Nashoba and North Middlesex took to the gridiron. But the Sixth Annual Stow Gobbler 5K officially wins the reunion race, bringing together former Chieftains and Stow community members two hours before football kick off.
“My favorite part is seeing old high school friends and checking in on the high school team,” said Miles Hodge, a 2012 Nashoba graduate and Gobbler runner.
The Gobbler was founded by avid runners Nick and Alex Papanastassiou when they were in high school as a way to help their mom participate in a Thanksgiving race closer to home. Now college seniors, the brothers proved they haven’t lost a step, crossing the line at 9th (Nick, 18:45.9) and 11th (Alex, 18:47.0), along with former event organizers Abby Hurd at 12th overall and the top female finisher (18:50.14) and Allie Allaire crossing at 59th (21:37.8).

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Selectmen Urge Residents to Attend TM

By Nancy Arsenault

The postponed Special Town Meeting takes place tonight, Wednesday, November 14 at 7:00pm at Hale Auditorium. Last night the Board of Selectmen urged residents to come out and participate.

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Stow Woman Foils Break-In Attempt

By Nancy Arsenault

Dana Durfee (left) and Edward Dahlgren were arrested by Stow Police at the scene of an attempted break-in at a West Acton Rd. home.
Courtesy Stow Police

A Stow woman bravely thwarted an attempted break-in at her home last week, aiding police in an arrest that just may be the tip that’s needed to solve many similar crimes.

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Looking Back at Leah

By Ann Needle

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. –
E.B. White
It seems trite to say 19-year-old Leah Tepper lost her battle with cancer last Thursday morning. As someone whose illness led to becoming an often-public advocate for those working to wipe away the disease, Leah also became the writer who left behind a lesson of how to weather the incomprehensible with determination, dry humor, and some artfully crafted prose.

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New School Safety Standard Passed

By Ann Needle

As the country made some final decisions at the polls last night, the Nashoba School Committee took votes on some substantial issues of its own.
Committee Vice Chair Maureen Busch of Stow launched the meeting with a moment of silence for Stow’s Leah Tepper, 19, a graduate of Nashoba Regional High School, who passed away November 1 (see related story on homepage). Chair Nancy Federspiel of Bolton was absent, along with Stow Reps. Lynn Colletti and Jeff Odell.

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Services for Leah Tepper, 19, of Stow

By Ann Needle We are saddened to report the passing of 19-year-old Leah Tepper, who died Thursday morning after a 2-year battle with cancer. For those wishing to attend services or make a donation in her memory, the information is listed below. The Independent will have more information on Tepper and her life in the…

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Hurricane Sandy Leaves Her Mark

By Nancy Arsenault

Hurricane Sandy blew into Stow on Monday with high winds and rain whipping through the town for most of the day and into the overnight hours. While Stow was spared from the type of destruction seen in areas closer to the storm’s center, several homes did sustain extensive damage after large trees fell across them and in a few cases, into them. School was cancelled for 2 days, with power outages and many roads blocked by downed trees, branches and power lines.

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*NEWS UPDATE* Special Town Meeting Rescheduled; Trick or Treat Hours on Sunday

8:00AM Wednesday- The Stow Police Department announced late yesterday afternoon that Halloween Trick or Treating Hours would be postponed until this Sunday, Nov. 4, 4-8PM. The decision was based on a recommendation from Hudson Light and Power citing power lines still down in town creating a potential safety hazard. EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE FOR LOAN:  If anyone…

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