FOXBOROUGH, MA — It’s Thursday, June 3. Here’s what you should know this afternoon:
- A national preservation group said climate change is threatening the Boston Harbor Islands, putting the area on the “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list.
- A 77-year-old man was shot and a 74-year-old hit with a rock Wednesday night in Worcester during a road rage incident.
- The gun shop set to open in Newton will not be able to open, after the City Council Wednesday night approved strict zoning rules for firearms businesses, gunsmiths and gun ranges in the city.
Scroll down for more on those and other stories Patch has been covering in Massachusetts today.
Today’s Top Story
Patriot Place and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care said the Finish at the 50 Road Race will return to Gillette Stadium Sept. 3.
The popular annual race that finishes at the 50-yard line of Gillette Stadium returns for the 11th time after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of last year’s event. Interested participants should sign up for the Finish at the 50 newsletter to be notified when registration opens for this year’s race.
“We are thrilled to once again host the Harvard Pilgrim Finish at the 50 after last year’s cancellation,” said Brian Earley, the vice president of Patriot Place. “The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made incredible progress through the reopening process, and we look forward to safely welcoming our runners back to this exciting annual event in 2021 and for years to come.”
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Thursday’s Other Top Stories
Ransomware attack on ferries explained: Recent high-profile “ransomware” attacks on the world’s largest meat-packing company, the biggest U.S. fuel pipeline and a Massachusetts ferry operator have underscored how gangs of extortionist hackers can disrupt the economy and put lives and livelihoods at risk. Last year alone in the U.S., ransomware gangs hit more than 100 federal, state and municipal agencies, upwards of 500 health care centers, 1,680 educational institutions and untold thousands of businesses, according to the cybersecurity firm Emsisoft. Dollar losses are in the tens of billions. Accurate numbers are elusive. Many victims shun reporting, fearing the reputational blight.
Septuagenarians shot, beaten: A 77-year-old man was shot and a 74-year-old hit with a rock Wednesday night in Worcester during a road rage incident, according to police. The two men were injured just before 6 p.m. near Sunderland Road and Route 20 after they got into an argument with several people riding dirt bikes, Worcester police said. Police did not immediately make any arrests, but did release a photo of a person who may have been involved.
Boston Harbor Islands threatened: A national preservation group said climate change is threatening the Boston Harbor Islands, putting the area on the “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places” list. The National Trust For Historic Preservation said climate change and rising sea levels are causing the islands to suffer “accelerated coastal erosion resulting in the escalated loss of archeological sites and other historic resources.
Newton gun shop nixed: The gun shop set to open in Newton will not be able to open, after the City Council Wednesday night approved strict zoning rules for firearms businesses, gunsmiths and gun ranges in the city. The City Council and Mayor Ruthanne Fuller proposed new zoning rules in an effort to prevent the store from opening. That came in response to pushback from residents who argued it was no place for a gun shop as it was within walking distance of schools.
Peaceful end in Arlington standoff: A homeless man was arrested following an altercation in Mugar Woods that ended in a standoff. Michael Perry, 36, was charged with assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and disturbing the peace. Officer Joseph Caniff was able to de-escalate the situation and get Perry to put down his weapon, which was later identified as a BB gun, police said.
Student-produced film set for premiere: A student written and acted film is the latest event to be held live at the Chelmsford High School. It’s a culmination of a year’s worth of work for students, and highlights the loosening of pandemic restrictions. “The Mystery at Pendleton Manor,” a feature-length film written, filmed and performed by the students of the Chelmsford High School Theatre Guild, will be shown at 7 p.m. June 10 and 11 at the Carl J. Rondina Performing Arts Center.
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Suspects wanted: Waltham police released the images of two people Wednesday who are wanted in connection with a theft. Police did not say where or when the larceny took place. “If you feel that you know who they are please contact us at 781-314-3550 or 781-314-3636,” police said.
They Said It
“Depicting such a symbol is extremely hurtful to the Jewish community indicative of the evil Nazi intentions. Aside from the act itself, we would ask all in Sudbury take a step back, assess how we can improve ourselves while committing to doing your part in bringing a greater respect for all, regardless of one’s culture, nationality, sexuality and/or beliefs.”
In Case You Missed It
Get Vaccinated, Get A $25 Market Basket Gift Card: MA Governor
As part of its strategy to further increase vaccination rates, the state has partnered with the Tewksbury-based grocer to launch a series of new mobile vaccine clinics at several Market Basket parking lots across the commonwealth. To sweeten the deal, residents who get the shot will receive a $25 gift card that can be used at the grocery store.
How To See Next Week’s ‘Ring Of Fire’ Solar Eclipse In Massachusetts
Weather permitting, early birds will be in for a visual treat on June 10 when an annular eclipse will be viewable in greater Boston.
Unlike a total solar eclipse, portions of the sun are still visible as the moon passes between the sun and Earth. That’s where it gets its “ring of fire” solar eclipse nickname.
The current, seven-day forecast calls for mostly sunny skies on the morning of the eclipse. The eclipse will start at 4:38 a.m. on June 10, a full 29 minutes before sunrise. The eclipse will peak at 5:33 a.m. and end at 6:32 a.m. At its peak, 73 percent of the sun will be blocked in greater Boston.
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