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5 Things, October 2: Want to Bring Back the State Theater in Stoughton Center?

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Be Part of the State Theater Board; Board of Selectmen Meeting; Bingo at the Senior Center; and more...

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Want to Bring Back the State Theater in Stoughton Center?

John Stagnone, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, is in the process of forming a board to bring back the State Theater.

"I doing this as a resident and someone who would love to see the theater back open," Stagnone wrote in an email.

Located in Stoughton Center, the State Theater opened in 1927 and closed as the Stoughton Cinema Pub in 2007. It has been vacant since.

Stagnone is looking for people to serve on the theater board with skills in grant writing, business planning and development, architecture, construction, marketing and fundraising.

"Community Theaters are alive in neighboring towns like Norwood and Foxboro. We can do it too!," Stagnone writes.

If you would like to help revive the State Theater, send a letter of interest to John Stagnone at stoughtonstatetheater@gmail.com or by mail - 500 Highland St., Stoughton, MA 02072.

2. Board of Selectmen Meeting

The Stoughton Board of Selectmen will meet Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall (third floor, Great Hall).

A full agenda is posted here: BOS agenda 10-2-12.pdf 

3. Capital and Financial Planning Advisory Committee Meeting

The Capital and Financial Planning Advisory Committee meets Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Hall (first floor, Fitzpatrick Room). 

A full agenda is posted here: Capital and Financial Planning Agenda.pdf 

4. Bingo at the Senior Center

The Senior Center will hold its weekly game of BINGO at 12:45 p.m.

5. Reminder: Thursday is Food Pantry Day in Stoughton

Stoughton resident Peg Carbone continues her effort to curb hunger in Stoughton, personally picking up donations for the food pantries every Thursday.

Here's a note from Peg: "I pick up non perishable food and also household items every Thursday, anywhere in Stoughton and deliver them to the food pantry. Please tell your friends and neighbors. One item, one bag or several, and I will pick them up every Thursday."

Haven't called to arrange a pickup? It's not too late. Call Peg at 508-889-1385 or send an email to peg.carbone@comcast.net.

lowertaxes October 02, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I would love to see the State Theater reopen. I have a question however. Over the past couple of years there was a young man running fund raisers to help make this happen. Many people in town donated money to this. It seems that Selectman Stagnone has now taken over this project. Where did all of the money that was raised go? Was it given to Mr. Stagnone? Is it in a bank account somewhere waiting to be used. Personally, before I put any more time or money into this I would like to know where the money I already donated went to and what it is being used for.
SoxFan October 02, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Sometimes this sounds like a "non-profit" but I believe it is privately owned and a for profit venture. There should be more information about who owns it and what it will be used for. Theater would be great, live music, DJ's, maybe not so much.

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