Sex with your teacher at 16 is okay in Massachusetts – Former BVT teacher pleads guilty to child porn charge

Did you know it's okay in Massachusetts for a 16 -year-old to enter into a consensual sexual relationship with her/his teacher, or any adult as long as that adult is not more than 10 year older than they are? A local family was disgusted to learn this when they discovered in 2013 their 16-year-old daughter was wooed into a relationship with Charles (Chuck) Mattie, 26, formerly of Hopedale. Mattie was her Special Education Aide at Blackstone Valley Tech High School in Upton (BVT). Mattie's … [Read more...]

Hopedale native to participate in Annual 5K to support local suicide prevention and remember John C. Franks

 (Boston) – More than 2,500 runners, walkers, families and team members will support Samaritans’ mission to prevent suicide at the 16th annual “Run For Someone Else’s Life” 5K Run/Walk and Family Fun Festival on Saturday, September 27th along the Charles River. The importance of a caring, compassionate community is emphasized at the event, in which the majority of the participants will be running or walking in memory of loved ones lost to suicide. Money raised from registration fees, pledges … [Read more...]

Holiday Train to Travel Through Upton Tonight – Friday Dec 20

File Photo - not actual train A Grafton and Upton Railroad freight train decorated with lights and holiday decorations will kick off the first annual Grafton and Upton Holiday Train from Hopedale to the North Grafton Yard. The train will consist of a decorated locomotives, four empty materials transport cars, and a caboose. The Holiday Train will leave the Hopedale Yard located between Hopedale Street and Fitzgerald Drive at 5:30 p.m. The Holiday Train is anticipated to arrive in the West … [Read more...]