The Nashoba Regional High School basketball team, the Chieftans, took on Lunenberg in an early season matchup this past Friday night at home. The Chieftans were locked in a tight battle with the Blue Knights at the half, but picked up their intensity in the third quarter to open up a double digit lead they did not give up. The final score was 52-36, and the Chieftains improved to 2-0 on the season.
The Thoreau Sharks swim team, a program of The Thoreau Club in Concord, had a dual meet against Lexington's Hayden Dolphins on Saturday, December 10, 2010. The Shark's 138 member team, consisting of area youth ages 4-18 hosted the meet. The Thoreau Sharks and the Hayden Dolphins are a part of the Metro Swim League, a recreational swim league providing instruction, training, and competition skills to area youth. The Sharks swim team has kids from not only Stow, but also Harvard, Acton, Maynard, Concord, Carlilse, Groton, Westford, and Boxboro. The Thoreau Club's winter swim team runs from October to March and they also have a summer team.
Does anyone remember September 11th? When foreign nationals came to the US to train as pilots and then hijacked jets and flew them into buildings. As a result of that tragedy, our country, and countries around the world, dramatically changed its aviation security regulations. In the US, the Transportation Security Administration was formed. Most people know of the TSA because when boarding commercial flights, passengers now must be subject to strict security. Part of that security is ensuring that all foreign flight students be checked against terrorism, criminal and immigration databases.
The Boston Globe reported today, that the owner of the TJ Aviation Flight Academy at Minute Man Air Field in Stow, MA, Thiago DeJesus, is a Brazilian immigrant who was charged in July with being in the United States illegally. Yet, he was still giving flying lessons to, you guessed it, illegal immigrants. In total, there have been 34 arrests made beginning in July and ending last week. What happened to those TSA databases?
While there has been no connection made to possible terrorist activities, it still seems ludicrous that all the arrested immigrants are free pending deportation hearing in federal immigration court. Did anyone think it may be possible they will perhaps skip their deportation hearings? Not likely, you say? The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has estimated that about 30 percent of illegal aliens who are ordered to appear for immigration proceedings fail to show up. Of those who do appear, about 85 percent become fugitives if a judge orders them to be deported.
Image: Flight approach to Minute Man Airfield in Stow, MA from July 2007.