Week in Review (Jan. 2 - Jan. 8)
A look back at the week that was. Click on the links below to read more about each item.
The week started off with some sad news. Ace and Boo, the two chihuahuas the Stoughton Fire Department rescued from a house fire on Ralph Mann Drive New Year's Eve, died early Sunday morning, January 2.
Sisters Ashley and Melissa Belyea, holding back tears, spoke to Patch about their dogs, whom they affectionately referred to as "the boys." Click here to watch the touching video.
* Stoughton received some light snowfall this weekend, just enough to have to clear the cars off before heading out Saturday and Sunday morning. Main roads were slightly wet, but generally down to bare pavement, and secondary roads were drivable.
Meterologists are tracking a potetital Nor'easter for Wednesday, so keep it right here for any storm updates.
* Stoughton Police made two drug busts at the beginning of the week. In the first case Stoughton Police arrested two men from Brockton at 10:10 p.m. on Monday, January 3 after the officers witnessed a "hand to hand" exchange between the two men in the parking lot of the Gulf Station on Dykeman Way, near the Avon/Stoughton boarder.
On Tuesday, January 4, police witnessed another "hand-to-hand transaction" involving two different men near the Shaw's Supermarket on Washington Street. Both cases involved cocaine.
"For us, it's important that we ensure that we're not going to tolerate indiscreet drug dealing in an open air drug market," Executive Officer Devine said after the pair of arrests on Monday.
* Dedham Police arrested a Stoughton woman Thursday afternoon for allegedly trying to cash counterfeit checks at Sovereign Bank in Dedham Plaza on Route 1.
* South Coast Rail representatives spoke at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting, where they made a presentation on a vision for a revitalized downtown Stoughton, which included additional retail and residential space, more parking and a new town green.
Click here to see this plan, which shows a drastically different downtown landscape. But according to Selectmen Chairman Steve Anastos, any revitalization plans are "mutually exclusive" from the South Coast Rail project itself.
* The Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting at the New England Sinai Hospital Monday night. Marjorie Clapprood, the former state legislator and radio/TV talk show host, and her husband, Chris Spinazzola, kept the mood light with their playful banter during their keynote speech.
Prior to Clapprood and Spinazzola's address, the Chamber announced it's 2010 awards winners.
- 2010 Business of the Year: Old Colony YMCA, Stoughton
- 2010 Business Person of the Year: Jorge Cortizo, GM of Target Stoughton
- 2010 Volunteer of the Year: Joel Honig of Windsor Tire and Auto
Click on the above links to read profiles of each award recipient.
* Click here to read about the popular forensics science class at Stoughton High School, dubbed CSI: Stoughton.
* Ten-year-old Kiernan McKay got the chance of a lifetime Monday night, getting to play in a youth basketball game during halftime of the Celtics-Timberwolves game at the T.D. Garden. Check Patch this upcoming week for an interview with Kiernan about his experience playing on the Parquet.
* Click here to check out our new feature, the D.P.W. Scoop, bringing you the latest updates from the Department of Public Works.
* And if you missed any of our columnists this week, click here to read Christine Iacobucci's Mother Knows Best column. Want to know what happened in Stoughton 50 years ago this week? David Allen Lambert has you covered here. And if you missed any of Mark Snyder's About Town columns, click here.