Memorial Day

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Stow has the wonderful tradition of celebrating Memorial Day with a parade and ceremony. The parade begins at Center School and winds its way down to Brookside Cemetery. Every year, the names of all of Stow's fallen veterans are read as well as a reading of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, laying of the wreaths, playing of Taps, and volley by the Stow Minutemen. But perhaps most moving is when the first graders lay marigolds they have grown at the graves of veterans. After the ceremony at the cemetery, we all march to the Randall Library for the National Moment of Silence at 3PM and an address by our State Representative, Kate Hogan. It's gratifying to see so many come out to honor our veterans; brave men and women who fought to defend our liberty.

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Spring at Acton Arboretum

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Lilacs

If you live around here and have yet to take a trip over to Acton Arboretum, you really owe it to yourself to do so. My wife and I were there last weekend and it was quite a sight to behold. There are blossoms everywhere, including from the new lilacs planted last year. But also there were many flowering trees, from Eastern Redbuds to the familiar apple trees, tulips and daffodils. The arboretum is completely free, with picnic tables and open lawns for you and your family to spread out and enjoy nature.

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Stow Gymnastics Abuse Scandal Update

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The abuse scandal which rocked our community nearly 1.5 years ago may have died down almost completely here in Stow, but the case goes on in court. The trial has kept getting pushed back for various reasons, but on Monday Middlesex Superior Court Judge Maureen Hogan made it clear that this could not happen indefinitely. It was revealed that there are 15 boxes of evidence being held by Acton Police. The defense was claiming they thought there would be only 4 boxes of evidence and therefore requested more time for review. The motion to suppress (where the defense asks for certain evidence to not be considered) is May 19, 2009 and the trial date is now set for September 21, 2009. As of today, Infante and DiTullio are being tried together even though there are separate charges against each of them. It appears that defense attorney Kevin Reddington, representing DiTullio, may ask to decouple the cases.

Steve DiTullio, former owner of Five Star Gymnastics in Stow now named 10.0 Academy, is formally accused of perjury. His associate, Steve Infante, is charged with far greater crimes including child rape. The details of the case have been widely reported here and elsewhere (see related posts below). Among the allegations are that both DiTullio and Infante gave alcohol to minors, that DiTullio allowed Infante to participate in programs despite his lifetime ban by USA Gymnastics, and that that both men participated in inappropriate sexual activity with minors.

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