ABOUT TOWN: FOX 25 Undercover Reports on Appropriation for Knollsbrook Traffic Lights
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FOX UNDERCOVER FEATURES PATCH STORY: Two months after it broke here on Stoughton Patch/Snydersstoughton.com, the story I wrote on the $500,000 appropriation for traffic lights in front Knollsbrook off Central St., the condominium complex where State Rep. Lou Kafka (D-Stoughton) lives, is making the news.
Mike Beaudet, reporter for FOX 25 Undercover, was in Stoughton getting deeper into the story of money included in a Transportation Bond Bill, which was approved by the House and Senate, and signed by Governor Patrick in August.
That bill also included funding to pay for half of the costs of the Stoughton Train Station, and future financing for it.
In my article, I de-emphasized the Kafka aspect of the story. I have donated to Lou's campaigns, and like the guy. But, every town official I spoke to - on an off the record - was adamant that they had no input into the request, and should have.
Many told me of the great need for help on Central Street mitigating the dangers from all the traffic, especially at Tosca Drive, Island Street and West Street. They just thought that the Erin Road location was strange - at the least - and could make traffic worse.
Since that article, a three-year-old was killed in a tragic accident on Central Street, crossing near West Street.
Read the original story here:
ROCKIN, ROLLING, AND BLUES AT TEMPLE: Fans of rock and blues are marking their calendars now for an amazing concert and dance event on Saturday, November 3 at Ahavath Torah Congregation, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Top-rated Vinny Serino and the Boston Baked Blues, backed by the Full House horns will open, with Danny Klein's Full House as the featured band.
Tickets for this event is just $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Refreshments and snacks, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Ahavath Torah Congregation is located at 1179 Central Street, just off Route 138 in Stoughton.
Danny Klein, a founding member and one-and-only Ace on Bass for the mighty J. Geils Band, rips through all the J. Geils songs you know and love with his own band of local heroes, Danny Klein's Full House.
Klein and the boys can be found all around the Northeast U.S. at clubs, casinos, festivals, and private parties, rockin' the house to classic tunes like Centerfold, Freeze Frame, Musta Got Lost, Whammer Jammer, First I Look at the Purse... the list goes on and on, and so does the house party!
In addition to Danny Klein on Bass, the band features Artie Eaton on lead vocals, Stevie G on guitar, Dave Q on keyboards, Rosey Rosenblatt on harp, Jim Taft on drums, John Vanderpool on sax, Dan Rabinowitz on trumpet, and John Ferry on Trombone.
Please reserve your tickets (first come, first serve) by sending a check made payable to Ahavath Torah Congregation, Rock and Blues Night,1179 Central St., Stoughton, MA, 02072. For questions, call 781-344-8733 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLEANING UP AROUND TOWN: Saturday, Oct. 20, was a great day for recycling and general cleanup for the people of Stoughton.
The Stoughton Health Department, under the leadership of health agent James Conlon and the board of health, along with John Batchelder and the department of public works, presented a Hazardous Waste Day where residents brought in their old tires, paint cans, fluorescent lamps, paint thinners, batteries, photo chemicals, TV's, computer screens, syringes and needles, propane canisters, pool chemicals, aerosol cans, anti-freeze and other hazardous waste to the O'Donnell Middle School parking lot, where it was sorted and taken to its final resting place.
There was also a prescription drug take back, there as well. That was sponsored by OASIS (Organizing Against Substances in Stoughton) and the Stoughton Police Department (where there is a kiosk in their lobby for 24/7/365 prescription drug disposal).
At the same time, Randolph Savings Bank on Pleasant Street sponsored a Shredding Day, and citizens took full advantage.
It was finally a time to take our 1978 taxes and safely throw them away, or old receipts from Zayres, Bradlees and Caldors and have them shredded into ticker tape fodder.
Randolph Savings Bank also matched donations that day to the Council on Aging, the Stoughton Public Library, and STOYAC (Stoughton Youth Athletic Club.)
A nod of the cap to all those who worked so hard on making both events so successful!
Take a look at photos in the media gallery.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To my former across-the-street neighbor in Randolph, who also settled in Stoughton, Beth Pearlstein Golden. Beth is a Transitional Kindergarten teacher at Hertz Nursery School; to former New England Patriots star Brent Williams, who now lives in Sharon; and to Dan, "The Song Parody Man" Cooper, who is frequently featured on the "Howard Stern Show" on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.
BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES to: Kristine O'Reilly, who studied massage for sports-related injuries, and is a massage therapist at Dedham Health & Athlketic Complex The 1988 SHS grad, is now attending Equissage New-England/New York to learn equine massage therapy. To that end, she also works at Drywater Farms. And to Ruth Albert, an Easton resident, and trainer at the Old Colony YMCA in Stoughton. They celebrated on Sunday.