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March 30, 2006

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Democrat

The changes to the Democratic City Commitee rules where distributed to all city committee members. They are the ones who will be voting and I am sure anyone can get a copy at the meeting.

A day in the live of a student in Somerville

A college professor was doing a study testing the senses of first graders, using a bowl of lifesavers.He gave all the children the same kind of lifesavers, one at a time, and asked them to identify them by color and flavor. The children began:
"Red............cherry,
"Yellow..........lemon,"
"Green...........lime,"
"Orange.......orange."
Finally, the professor gave them all honey lifesavers. After eating them for a few moments, none of the children could identify the taste. "Well," he said, "I'll give you all a clue; It's what your mother may sometimes call your father." One little girl looked up in horror, spit hers out
and yelled:
"Oh My God!!!! They're assholes!"

Erin Smith

It was 6:30 in the morning two weeks ago when Kelly MacDonald was awakened by the sound of her television. She was thinking only of saving money on the electricity bill for her first apartment as she sprinted from her bedroom and into the living room to turn off the television. But utility bills soon faded from her thoughts as she realized she had been robbed.

The 23-year-old good Samaritan offered an acquaintance a place to sleep on her couch after he missed the last train home. The man vanished into the night, but not before stealing MacDonald’s camera, guitar, cell phone and laptop computer - a priceless possession.

MacDonald spends her summers as the photographer at Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp in Florida for chronic and terminally ill children. MacDonald said she scrimped and saved for five years to buy the high-tech laptop she uses to download photographs and create weekly slide shows for the campers. Even more troubling, the thief had taken great pains to pack the laptop neatly in its carrying bag, where the MacDonald kept her only back-up picture discs.

“They’re priceless. It’s my job to keep those memories safe,” said MacDonald, who spends her winter months working about 60 hours a week as a nanny for special needs children and as an overnight counselor at a home for high-risk teens.

MacDonald moved from Florida to Somerville with her mother four summers ago and had just moved into her first apartment on Holmes Street a few weeks prior. MacDonald was said she was eager to make friends near her new home when she met the thief.

MacDonald had all but given up hope of recovering her stolen gear. A police officer who filed the report told MacDonald it would be next to impossible to recover her belongings because she could not remember the thief’s last name.

But fortunately for MacDonald, Christmas came early this year.

Long-time Brighton resident and private investigator Stephen Scanlon answered MacDonald’s plea for help and saved the day in a rapid three-hour whirlwind.

“She’s a nice person. It’s Christmas, so I was just happy to help,” said Scanlon, a former police officer who volunteered to recover MacDonald’s things free of charge.

After reporting the theft to the police, MacDonald phoned her father, who happened to be having breakfast with a Joe Fidler Jr., Boston private investigator and Scanlon’s business partner.

A few minutes later, Scanlon was hot on the thief’s trial.

In a scene plucked from a suspense film, Scanlon tracked the thief to an Arlington address, parked at the end of his block and called him on the phone. He introduced himself and told the thief he would be by to pick up MacDonald’s things. The Arlington man told Scanlon he was away from home and agreed to meet him in half an hour.

Then, Scanlon waited.

A few minutes later, the thief emerged from his house and Scanlon confronted him in the street, calmly demanding MacDonald’s laptop. Scanlon convinced the crook to lead him to a back alley, where he found the laptop, camera and guitar stashed under a metal oil drum. The only thing missing was MacDonald’s cell phone, which the thief found in his house and returned a short time later to Scanlon.

MacDonald called Scanlon for help at 8 a.m. and by noon, the case was solved. MacDonald said she was nearly in tears she was so grateful to have the camp pictures returned.

“He’s a good guy to have on your side,” said MacDonald of Scanlon.

MacDonald said she plans to be more guarded when making new friends in the future, although she does not understand how the Arlington resident could have stolen from her. He had already been to her apartment on a few previous occasions without incident, MacDonald said.

“He seemed trustworthy and stable. I would not willing invite a thief to my house,” said MacDonald.

Luckily for the thief, MacDonald decided not to file charges against him. She opted not to go through the long trial process and hopes to put the whole incident behind her.

Somerville police suck! we can hire one of these guys and replace 4 of the cops we have now.

Mrs. McCarthy

Erin,

Could you have Mr. Scanlon contact the Somerville Traffic and Parking department?

There is an outstanding theft that needs some good investigative work.

The citizens of Somerville would be truly grateful.

Thanks.

HELP

What happened to the money that no-one can say? Is this too going to be passed on to tax payers? It is obvious it was an employee, will this also be swept under the rug, like everything else?

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