West Newbury Man, 19, Dies Saturday in Motorcycle Crash in South Hampton, N.H.

A 19-year-old West Newbury man was killed Saturday afternoon when he was apparently ejected from his motorcycle in South Hampton, N.H.

Dakota Chaisson was taken to the Seabrook Emergency Room on Lafayette Road, where he was pronounced dead. New Hampshire State Police from the Troop-A barracks were dispatched just before 12:30 p.m. to a crash in the area of Route 150 and Evans Road in South Hampton. Preliminary investigation indicated a 2001 Kawasaki ZX6 was traveling northbound on Route 150 when the driver lost control and was ejected from the motorcycle. Troopers said witness statements and evidence at the scene suggest speed was a factor in causing the crash, but it remains under investigation by State Police. Anyone with information about crash is asked to contact Trooper Andrew Goulet at 603-223-8490 or by emailing [email protected]

The southbound lane on Route 150 was closed for approximately two hours.

Democratic Representative Candidate Eckert Cancels School Talk After Republicans Say it was Unlawful

Democrat Christina Eckert’s planned talk this week about school reopening with Pentucket Regional’s school superintendent was cancelled after Republicans said it violated campaign laws. Eckert, who is running against Rep. Leonard Mirra in the 2nd Essex District, told WHAV she made a mistake allowing people to register for the virtual event using a Democratic fundraising website. She explained it is not a violation to have public officials as speakers as long as the event is not a political fundraiser. She said she used the ActBlue site only for the convenience of scheduling. “Out of an abundance of caution, we cancelled the event,” she said.

Feaster Five Road Thanksgiving Day Race Goes Virtual with New Challenges This Year

The Feaster Five Road Race, a Thanksgiving Day tradition presented by the Merrimack Valley Striders with as many as 10,000 participants annually, is going virtual this year. As a virtual race, Feaster Five is now open to anyone anywhere who can complete a 5K or 5-mile course of their choosing.  There will also be a 1K option for kids. For the most adventurous runners, there’s a new virtual 13K challenge—a 5K and 5M together. “It’s the 33rd year for Feaster Five and we wanted to keep the tradition alive and open the opportunity to family and friends around the globe,” said Tom Licciardello, race manager. “Though the streets of Andover won’t be packed with runners, walkers, families and dogs on Thanksgiving morning, we think this virtual event is going to be epic!”

Participants have the option to complete the chosen distance anytime between Nov.

Chiefs Feel Left Out of Policing Debate; Senator Says Police Falsely Denying Problems in Mass.

As they settle in for debate on a sweeping police reform bill and more than 200 proposed changes to its text, House lawmakers will need to grapple with blistering opposition from one of the largest law enforcement associations in Massachusetts. Lawmakers this month are closing in on new rules to hold police accountable for their conduct and dozens of police chiefs launched a volley of criticism Tuesday, complaining that both the House and Senate bills alter training and accountability too significantly and are advancing without sufficient input from police. Hampden Police Chief Jeff Farnsworth, who serves as the president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, said at a press conference that the legislation is “nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to the events happening hundreds of miles away from here.”

“These bills are not a response to any current situation in Massachusetts,” Farnsworth said. “These bills are being used to make a political statement. They do not address issues in Massachusetts.

Mass. Senate and House Negotiate $1.7 Billion Borrowing Bill for School, Police and Other Tech

Technology that could help early education providers reopen safely, ensure students’ equitable access to remote learning and body cameras for police departments are at stake as the Massachusetts Senate and House try to come to agreement on a $1.7 billion borrowing bill. The six-member committee charged with negotiating differences met for the first time Tuesday afternoon. The committee convened in Senate Ways and Means Chairman Michael Rodrigues’ office at noon and quickly voted to close the meeting after opening remarks. The members—Reps. Aaron Michlewitz, Danielle Gregoire and David Vieira and Sens.

House Agrees to Amend Borrowing Bill to Extend Fiorentini Rail Trail, Redesign Methuen Intersection

Plans to connect the Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail with the MBTA Bradford train station and redesign the Marston’s Corner intersection in Methuen got a boost last week when. Rep. Linda Dean Campbell won an amendment to a statewide transportation bond bill. The House version of the bill, taken up last Thursday, authorizes the sale of up to $18 billion in bonds in order to invest in roads, bridges and public transportation at the local and state levels. Campbell’s amendments bring $3.13 million for a safety redesign of Marston’s Corner and $350,000 for the Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail connection in Haverhill. “As our state continues to safely reopen, more people will be getting out on the roads or hopping on the train to get to work.

Rep. Campbell Seeks Input from Veterans and Their Families Before Acting on Baker Holyoke Bill

Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to fast track reforms at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home, where 100 veterans have died from COVID-19, will have to wait for input from veterans and their families. Rep. Linda Dean Campbell, House chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, said Baker’s proposed legislation arrived only last month. “While it contains some reasonable recommendations, there is simply not enough time in our formal session to get input from the knowledgeable members of the veteran and clinical community, and family members and staff from the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home,” she said. As the Committee opened a required hearing last week, protestors gathered outside the State House. Strong pushback on the governor’s bill was voiced by several veteran organizations, summarized by John Paradis, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, who resigned as deputy superintendent at the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in 2015 in protest of the state’s lack of support for the home.

Gov. Baker Signs DiZoglio’s Mixed Drinks to Go Legislation to Help Restaurants

Legislation allowing restaurants to temporarily sell mixed drinks to go, as proposed by Sen. Diana DiZoglio, was signed into law Monday by Gov. Charlie Baker. The law makes Massachusetts the latest state to permit the sale of mixed drinks with takeout and delivery. More than 34 other states, including Maine and Rhode Island, have adopted similar measures. Earlier this year, beer and wine sales were permitted to be sold with takeout and delivery orders but, DiZoglio said, much to the frustration of local restaurants, mixed drinks were excluded. “While many mom and pop establishments have been able to slowly reopen in recent weeks, they still face significant challenges in their efforts to retain employees and pay their bills,” said DiZoglio.