May 21, 2018
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107th birthday party planned for NH woman

From wire reports

CONCORD, N.H. — They’re planning a birthday party for New Hampshire resident Florence Tolland on Tuesday. She’s turning 107.

Tolland lives at the Presidential Oaks retirement home in Concord.

Gov. John Lynch is planning to attend her party.

Last year, children presented Florence with a large drawing of a birthday cake, each of the 106 candles finger-painted by them.

Boston priest accused of child sex abuse

BOSTON — The Archdiocese of Boston says it has placed a priest on administrative leave after receiving an allegation of sexual abuse of a child in the 1980s.

The archdiocese announced Sunday that the Rev. John M. Mendicoa, a vicar at Sacred Heart Parish in the Roslindale neighborhood, will remain on leave pending the outcome of a preliminary investigation. The archdiocese said in a news release that it initiated the investigation and notified law enforcement of the allegation.

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said he was committed to doing “everything possible” to protect children.

Mendicoa could not be reached for comment. A spokeswoman for the diocese said he cannot live in a parish rectory while on leave. The archdiocese stressed that its decision does not amount to a determination of Mendicoa’s guilt or innocence.

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