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Mother, son get reprieve in drug case Charges reduced; duo write apologies By HAttIE BERnStEIn
Read letters written by Kyle Farwell MILFORD – A Brookline and Stephanie gay on the Opinion mother and her young adult page. 11 son, arrested in March on drug charges, have a year to clean up their acts and stay out of trouble or face jail time, according to a plea agreement made in Milford District Court on June 1. Judge Martha Crooker reduced charges of child endangerment against Stephanie Gay
to a class A misdemeanor, suspending a 60-day jail term for a year on condition that Gay, 42, does not commit a felony or misdemeanor offense and also cooperates with the state Division for Children, Youth & Families.
Gay also pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was ordered to pay $267 in restitution for breaking the window of a police cruiser during her arrest. The deferred sentences stem from an arrest made by Brookline Police in March. Gay and her 19-year-old son, Kyle Farwell, were charged with running a drug operation out of their home at 88A Old Milford Road. A 17-year-old, who wasn’t named by police,
also faced charges connected to the drug operation. Following an investigation, Brookline Police, with help from Hollis, Milford, Nashua and state police departments, seized drugs, paraphernalia, alcohol and more than $2,000 in cash, according to police. As part of the agreement with prosecutors, the most serious drug charges were dropped. Altogether, seven charges were made against Gay: criminal liability to manufacture controlled drugs, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting
arrest, disorderly conduct, obstructing government, breach of bail conditions and criminal mischief. She pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and disorderly conduct, while the other five charges weren’t prosecuted. The child endangerment charged stemmed from the condition of the home she was sharing with her three sons. Farwell changed his plea to guilty for possessing marijuana and was fined $750, with $180 suspended, according to court
records. A 12-month jail sentence was also suspended for one year on condition that the young adult does not commit a felony or misdemeanor and that he undergoes an alcohol and drug evaluation by a certified licensed drug abuse and alcohol counselor by Sept. 7. The mother and son composed letters of apology they sent to the Brookline Police Department and the community at large.
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Relay inspires tales of survival Event brings together cancer survivors
A May to remember
and their supporters during overnight walk By gREgORy mEIgHAn Staff Writer
Staff photo by gRAnt mORRIS
Canada geese take a casual stroll down Executive Drive in Hudson on Saturday, May 29.
Month helped spark warmest spring on record
on May 11 as a little reality check. Outhe weather during May door activities of all kinds were able couldn’t have been much to take place pretty much on schedule better for anyone wishing for a continuation of April’s with few rain interruptions. Pollen sufferers had to endure one pleasant conditions. of the worst seasons in a Warm temperatures, long time. The combination plenty of sunshine and of an early growing seawell-spaced, brief rain son, warm temperatures events added up to one allowing for a rapid bloom of the nicest Mays we’ve of the vegetation and less seen in a long time. than normal rain to scrub For the last several springs, we’ve had to DOug WEBStER the atmosphere clean left many with sniffles, sneezes endure cool temperatures Weather & Climate and itchy eyes. and lots of wet, cloudy The whys and hows of weather, along with floodthe nice May can be attributed to the ing at times. Since the record rains of jet stream and its location. As was the March, we’ve been able to enjoy two case during April, the main jet stream months of real spring weather, someflow was crossing the northern U.S. in thing that New Englanders normally a west-to-east fashion and didn’t curl don’t see that often. up into one of those dreaded closed-off, Gardeners were blessed with an early growing season, but not without a upper-level, low-pressure areas. It’s the slow-moving, upper-level, late-season freeze in some areas early
low-pressure areas that bring those extended periods of yucky conditions along with the easterly flow off the still-cool Atlantic Ocean. Upper-level, low-pressure areas develop when the main jet stream lifts northward too quickly, leaving behind a pool of cool air. This process isn’t uncommon during the late winter and early spring across the Northern Hemisphere. Blocking high-pressure areas at higher latitudes only help along the process – something we saw lots of during March. At times during May, the jet stream was north of New England, resulting in warmth, but we did see a period of cool weather during the second week at a time when the jet stream settled to our south. For the most part, relatively weak weather systems raced across the
HUDSON – Laura Swansson found out she had breast cancer when she was five months pregnant. Today, she’s walking in the American Cancer Society Greater Nashua Relay for Life at Alvirne High School with her husband, Eric, her 6-yearold daughter, Elizabeth, her 21-month-old son, Jon and 80 other cancer survivors. In 2008, Swansson noticed a lump that was originally misdiagnosed. It wasn’t until five months later when she was pregnant that she was told her original fear was in fact a reality. She began chemotherapy when she was pregnant with Jon, and after he was born, she was faced with the exhaustion from treatment, a 4-year-old up all day and a newborn baby up all night. Swansson said they had to take things one week at a time, or in many instances, one day at a time. Eric Swansson said there were days where the four-person Hudson family didn’t know what they were going to do. “You either rally together or you break apart,” Eric Swansson said. Swansson had her last surgery in February 2009, and this is her second year as a survivor
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walking in the Relay for Life. She said it’s great to see so many survivors, and that the survivor lap is always so emotional. The first lap of the night is just survivors walking together, with the following lap being survivors and their caregivers. For those fortunate to survive cancer, there was a sense of positive change that each person now carries. “In some ways, cancer has been a blessing because you don’t take anything for granted,” Swansson said. Julie Comtoif was losing her hair, but was experiencing no pain. After many tests, she found out she had a tumor the size of a tennis ball in one of her ovaries. “So far, things look good – that’s what they tell me,” Comtoif said. “I do more daring things now than I always have. I am more free.” Comtoif said she’s going to take a trip to California by herself and also drive to North Carolina to visit her son even though people tell her she shouldn’t. She was at the event with her longtime friend Maureen Leo, who is a breast cancer survivor. The theme of doing things you never would have done
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Matthew Roscoe, 8, of Nashua takes a cut at a pinata Friday evening during the first day of the Relay for Life at Alvirne High School.
75th college reunion – and counting Carbon auction prices fall By DAVID BROOKS
of the nation’s campuses back in Heard’s Janet Smith Heard remembers watching Ellen Fitz Pendleton, the distin- day. Heard is still grateful today that she guished president of Wellesley College, was one of “just two or three” young toot around campus in her little electric ladies at her blue-collar millcar. town high school fortunate She also recalls a tinier, enough to ride a combination quieter campus inhabited of excellent, hard-earned by young women fortunate grades and sufficient familial enough to further their and scholarship support to education at a time when one of the nation’s top basthe end of high school almost always meant a DEAn SHALHOuP tions of higher learning and social refinement. choice of secretarial work And the weekend grew or marriage, child-bearing even more special when it and housekeeping. turned out that Heard, who turns 97 Those and plenty of other Wellesley next month, was the eldest Wellesley College memories came flooding back graduate – and sole member of her last weekend when Heard, who lives at class of 1935 – to make it to the reunion. Nashua’s Hunt Community, revisited So, on behalf of her status as Matrithe now not-so-tiny, not-so-quiet campus arch of the Reunion, so to speak, Heard from which she graduated some 75 rode in the traditional parade in a grand years ago. 1911 Model T Ford, a classic auto just 2 There’s something special about going to your 75th high school, never mind years older than its star passenger. college, reunion, and more special still SHALHOuP | PagE 4 for women, who were a rarity on most
Nashua resident Janet Heard, who was the eldest Wellesley College graduate to attend the school’s reunion last weekend, boarded a golf cart for transport to the parade, where she rode in a 1911 Model T. She graduated in 1935.
Prices for carbon allowances hit rock bottom in the latest auction for the region’s unique pollution-control system, driven by uncertainty about the future of greenhouse-gas legislation combined with continuing softness in the demand for electricity because of the recession. This week’s auction, the eighth since the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) cap-and-trade system began, sold 40.7 million carbon dioxide allowances, which can be used to offset pollution during 2009-11, for $1.88 each. That’s barely above the minimum of $1.80. The prices have fallen steadily since March 2009, the first auction in which all state utilities had to participate: They cost $3.51 then, $2.19 last fall and $2.07 in the previous auction, in March year. In a parallel offering, the RGGI auctioned CO2 allowances for the
second three-year control period, 2012-14. A total of 2.1 million allowances sold at $1.86. By 2012, power plants in the 10 participating states must hold enough allowances to cover emissions. The money collected from the auctions – $662 million so far for the 10 participating Northeastern states, including $24 million for New Hampshire – is mostly being spent by the various states on ways to reduce energy use, including weatherization programs. But cashstrapped states, including New York and New Jersey, have begun raiding the funds to help balance budgets. New Hampshire may follow suit. Its latest budget proposal would take $3.1 million in RGGI funds to help reduce the state budget deficit. RGGI claims that in Connecticut, electric and gas energy efficiency programs funded in part with RGGI proceeds are producing more than $4 in benefits for every $1 invested.