Pride's back in Billerica - Lowell Sun Online
Billerica /bɪlˈrɪkə/ (About this sound listen) is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, . % were married couples living together, % had a female householder with . Billerica is governed through a representative town meeting. Tom Glavine, former professional baseball player, elected to the Baseball Hall. The 72 hours after release offers a window when an ex-convict can released from the Middlesex House of Correction in North Billerica last winter. It sped off, whisking Garcia, just released on parole, back to his hometown of Lowell. Counselors meet in classrooms with young men and women to help. "It was tough to do that the past couple years with our record. When I was their age I was a big fan of (former Billerica standout quarterback).
I remember being in their shoes. He actually coached me in Pop Warner and I grew up wanting to play football at Billerica and being like him. I thought he was everything. It's cool walking around town and having young kids look up to me the way I looked up to Nick LaSpada. Advertisement He makes plays with his arm and feet and is unflappable when it comes to leading the offense.
At 6-foot-1 and pounds, Beck is ideally suited to play quarterback in second-year Billerica head coach Duane Sigsbury's system. Beck has passed for 1, yards and 14 TDs, and rushed for yards and four TDs in and will be looking to add to those totals in the playoffs. It's great to do this with all my buddies. It's great for the school. It's great for the community. People throughout the MVC thought we were the doormat of the league. We love that we're a gritty team.
People look past us and we just come out and do our stuff every week. He was used primarily at tight end and outside linebacker as a sophomore. He settled in as the Indians' starting quarterback as a junior and tossed 11 TD passes.
He's a dual threat. He can run and throw, which makes him hard to defend.
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He understands the defenses we're going against. The victim was left in a coma for 10 days. Chheng, 27, had worked on Garcia for years, seeing him on the streets and inviting him to UTEC, but Garcia always rebuffed his offers.
Lunde, who has worked with inmates for two years, looked at Chheng. Chheng and Lunde waited nervously for two hours for Garcia on that freezing early March morning, jumping out of the car whenever they thought they saw him coming.
When Garcia finally stepped off the prison van, he looked thin, his eyes red and bleary. They stopped at an IHOP, where Garcia plowed through a scrambled eggs breakfast followed by French toast stuffed with whip cream. There was no swagger as Garcia sat in the backseat of the car, belly full and face tilted toward the warm afternoon sun. Chheng talked him through the next steps, his casual tone growing increasingly serious.
Be honest with your parole officer, Chheng said. So many like him fail to make it.
Pride's back in Billerica
In Massachusetts, six of every 10 young people released from prison commits a new crime within six years, according to a study by MassINC, a Boston think tank. Many reoffend early in their release; a California study found that almost one-third of parolees there were rearrested within 30 days of release. Anne Morrison Piehl, an Rutgers University economics professor who has studied the effects of incarceration, said getting and holding a job — especially a good job — is an effective way to reduce recidivism.
But a job alone is not the answer to the riddle of whether someone like Garcia can change. It was 9 a. In the following days, Garcia visited UTEC several times, kept appointments with his parole officer, and tested negative for drugs. UTEC works with about 55 new recruits a year.
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Chheng visited Garcia at home everyday, sometimes unannounced. Over orange juice and eggs, Garcia asked Chheng if he would help mediate percolating conflicts with his enemies in rival gangs. Influential and respected gang circles, Garcia, if he succeeded in this turnaround, could send a powerful message to the young men who looked up to him.
Angel was back in jail, his girlfriend, Sade Mansaray, announced. Sometime in the last week, Garcia had been hanging downtown with YG gang members, drawing the attention of police.
Officers frisked the group and one of the gang, a juvenile, had a caliber handgun in his pants. For Garcia, it was a plain violation of the rules. His parole officer revoked his parole and picked him up a couple days later.