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Altercation on Coakley Circle, Dugouts at Forge Village Ball Field, Conversations with Veterans: Weekend Wrap-Up


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WESTFORD — Welcome to the Nov. 12 edition of Weekend Wrap-Up. Here, we highlight the most important news you may have missed this week in Westford.

Westford Police respond to violent altercation, disturbance on Coakley Circle

Westford Police, along with assistance from Littleton, Chelmsford and NEMLEC SWAT, responded to a violent altercation at an apartment on Coakley Circle on Sunday.

Westford Police arrived on the scene at approximately 12:04 p.m. on Nov. 5, where they determined that a violent altercation had taken place at one of the apartment units on Coakley Circle, near Stony Brook Middle School.

The alleged suspect was reported to have been barricaded in the attic of the unit. Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT later arrived on the scene and used “multiple de-escalation and distraction techniques” to get the alleged suspect to leave the unit on his own, according to law enforcement.

Police say the alleged suspect was also wanted on multiple outstanding warrants from multiple courts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

The individual was transported to an area hospital for evaluation while in the custody of the Westford Police Department, according to law enforcement.

The alleged suspect was transported to Ayer District Court on Monday for arraignment, where he is facing “numerous criminal charges.”

Police say a female party involved in the incident was located by Westford Police in the vicinity of Farmer Way, where it was later confirmed that she had multiple warrants from two different courts.

She was taken into custody without incident and was transported to Ayer District Court on Monday.

No additional details are available on the incident at this time.

Nashoba Tech students to build dugouts at Forge Village Ball Field

Nashoba Valley Technical High School students recently began construction work on four new dugouts at the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Forge Village Ball Field.

Students assemble a roofing structure for a new dugout. (Photo/Ben Domaingue)

The Town of Westford initially approved $17,960 in Community Preservation Act funding at the June 20, 2020 Annual Town Meeting for the project. An additional $25,000 was later approved at the March 25 Annual Town Meeting.

The project is quoted at $26,391, with the Town of Westford covering the cost of materials plus a 25% service fee for construction.

The Department of Public Works constructed footings and concrete slabs for the project earlier this fall, with students from Nashoba Tech constructing the dugouts.

“It’s a real-life experience,” Jose Fernandes, carpentry instructor at Nashoba Tech told WestfordCAT. “In the shop we can only mimic the real world, here they’re seeing the elements. We’re trying to prepare them for real life.”

Instructor Robert Baratta helps students construct a new dugout. (Photo/Ben Domaingue)

He added, “a shop is a perfect setting. Out here, there are different variables.”

Instructors say their goal is to complete the four structures before the end of the school year. Students will work on the construction of the project during their shop week, which takes place every other week.

“The only thing that will stop us is the weather,” said Fernandes. “We will try to get out whenever we can.”

The project is slated to be completed by next spring.

The first completed dugout. (Photo/Ben Domaingue)

Conversations with Westford Veterans

The Westford Historical Society and Museum has released a new six-part series titled “Conversations with a Westford Veteran.”

These oral histories let local veterans share their experiences and insights into their time in service and the sacrifices they made to serve our nation.

James J. Clark served in the United States Navy. He served as a Top Secret Officer on the Seventh Fleet to the Commander during the Vietnam War.

Paul MacMillan served in the United States Army. He served in the 11th Armored Cavalry during the Vietnam War.

James F. Van Bever served in the 101st Airborne Division in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

John H. Cunningham served 27 years as a Colonel in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.

Terry M. Stader served as a Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8) in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

During the Vietnam War, Paul F. Murray, Sr. served as a Fire Control Man 2C (E5) in the United States Navy.

This project is sponsored by the Massachusetts State Historical Records Advisory Board’s Veterans Heritage Grant Project.

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Ben Domaingue
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Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.

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