Solstice Celebration in Littleton

December 13, 2018 GMT

LITTLETON -- First Church Unitarian will host a “Solstice Celebration” to mark the shortest and darkest day of the year in a nod to pagan traditions.

The celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, which is the winter solstice. Organizers will have a traditional Yule log and will have singing and dancing performances in the church’s basement.

It will be the first solstice celebration for Rev. Lara Hoke, who became the church’s settled minister on Aug. 1.


Middlesex DA receives grant

WOBURN -- The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts, in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance, to fund investigations and prosecutions of automobile insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.

The grant was presented to District Attorney Ryan by Daniel Johnston, Executive Director of the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. The $50,000 grant is funded by Arbella Mutual Insurance Company, as part of a program in coordination with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Insurance Fraud Bureau which has been used to fund insurance fraud investigations across the state since 2003.

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit investigates cases of fraud, embezzlement, drug trafficking, white collar crimes and related illegal activity. The Unit includes a team of Assistant District Attorneys, Financial Analysts, Forensic Examiners, Paralegals and State Police detectives.

The grant money received yesterday will pay for continued investigations by prosecutors in the Special Investigations Unit of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.


NEMLEC dinner at Four Oaks

DRACUT -- The Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Police Foundation, Inc. has announced that its annual appreciation dinner and comedy night was a success.

Following the event on Friday, Nov. 30, the NEMLEC Police Foundation donated $5,000 to the Jimmy Fund and its work to combat childhood cancer. The event was held at the Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut.

“This event is a cherished tradition of ours because it enables us to give back to such a critical cause,” Executive Director Sharon Crowley said. “I’m so grateful for all of our sponsors and everyone who helped make this year’s dinner and comedy night such a great one.”

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes was honored for his myriad contributions to his community and the law enforcement profession. The ceremony was followed by performances from legendary Boston comedian Steve Sweeney.


Community center has birthday

DRACUT -- The African Community Center of Lowell will host its Second Anniversary Celebration on Saturday. The event, which includes dinner and entertainment, will be held from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 15 at Harmony Hall, 1660 Lakeview Ave. Tickets are $50 and the dress code is formal.