ABOUT TOWN: Should Stoughton Purchase Train Station from MBTA? Selectmen Want Your Input
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A SPECIAL TRAIN OF THOUGHT: Do you think the Town of Stoughton should purchase the historic Stoughton Train Station from the MBTA? What do you think should go in there, if they buy it? The Board of Selectmen want YOUR opinion!
You are invited to attend a public hearing to solicit thoughts of residents on whether the Town should purchase the Stoughton Train Depot, and what might be the best uses for the building. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall on the third floor of the Town Hall.
The town-through State Reps. Lou Kafka and William Galvin, and State Senator Brian A. Joyce have secured $175,000 in matching grant funds for the purpose of purchasing or refurbishing the old MBTA Stoughton Railroad Station on Wyman Street through money included in a Transportation Bond Bill.
The MBTA recently put the 6,100-square foot property up for sale. The MBTA is said to want $350,000 for the property, which also includes 30 adjacent parking spaces.
Should we pay the other half? What will it cost to renovate? Should we consider a public-private partnership? Give YOUR opinion during the public hearing.
ANDERSON PROMOTED BY COUNTY BOARD: Former Stoughton Board of Selectman Vice-Chairman John Anderson, who serves as Representative for the Town of Stoughton on the Norfolk County Advisory Board, has been appointed to the Advisory Board's Finance Committee.
Anderson was appointed to the Norfolk County Advisory Board by a unanimous vote of the Stoughton Board of Selectman on December 22, 2010.
Each town of the 28 towns in the county has one representative on the Advisory Board.
Anderson wrote About Town, "I am pleased and honored to be appointed by the Advisory Board Chairman to the Finance Committee and look forward to this assignment and working with the other members of the committee to meet the needs of our county and my hometown of Stoughton."
TEMPLE TO HOLD OPEN HOUSE: Ahavath Torah Congregation offers the public the opportunity to learn more about this congregation’s 93-year-old history of service to the Jewish community on Friday, September 7 and Sunday, September 9. Ahavath Torah Congregation is located at 1179 Central Street, Stoughton, MA.
The synagogue invites the public to visit on the evening of Friday, September 7 with an Open House. The event will start at 7 p.m., followed by Shabbat, or Sabbath, services at 7:30, and an oneg (refreshments) to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend this evening of warmth, spirituality and camaraderie.
On Sunday, September 9, from 3-6 p.m., Ahavath Torah Congregation invites anyone who is interested in learning more about the synagogue, its many activities, programs and religious services to its annual barbecue. The event is free of charge. For more information, including address and directions, contact the synagogue office at 781-344-8733.
The Open House will provide opportunities for visitors to meet the education director, teaching staff, rabbi, and find out more about the synagogue’s two-day a week Framework for Excellence religious school. Staff will offer tours of the religious school and facility.
Executive Board members and synagogue members and their families will be present as well. Ahavath Torah Congregation offers a competitively priced dues structure, and High Holy Day tickets are included in the price of membership.
ATC is a warm, inviting place to make new friends, learn about this welcoming community and feel like family. Both events are free of charge, however, guests are asked to RSVP by calling 781-344-8733 or sending an email to: email@example.com by September 3.
BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAYS: To Stoughton's Carol Distefano, owner of Reliable Siding & Windows; to Debbie Savage, Office Manager and Support Specialist for OneAmerica Financial, and the sister-in-law of Stoughton icon Jerry Savage, who passed away last week; to Carin Klipp, long-time Town Meeting member, and member of the Disabilities Commission in Stoughton. All celebrated Sunday.
To Nina Bloomstein Shatz, the former director of the Striar JCC afterschool program, and currently with Triad Advertising and Red Ball Promotions; and to Ahavath Torah Congregation volunteer and philanthropist Arthur Arkanese. Both celebrated on Labor Day.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY to: Jamie Bratton Ramondi, a Stoughton native, and graduate of Bridgewater State University.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Gary and Debbie Levine of Stoughton celebrate 35 years of wedded bliss September 4!