TOWN PLANNING & GOOD FOOD FEATURED: The Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, , , and the Town of Stoughton come together on Thursday, September 13, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott’s location on Technology Drive.
Smokey Bones will cater the affair, and speakers will discuss “Master Planning for the future of Stoughton.”
According to the Chamber's website:
"The Town of Stoughton, through its Master Plan Steering Committee, is beginning a community planning process that will lead to the development of a Comprehensive Master Plan to help Town leaders guide future changes to the community. The Master Plan begins with a community vision, a statement that describes how citizens and business owners want their community to look and function in the future."
The Master Plan Committee and its consultants will facilitate discussions with Chamber members this Thursday that will provide valuable input into this planning process. Your opinions, thoughts and ideas are critical to a fair and balanced process and community vision.
Speakers (and attendees) will include Joe Scardino, Chairman of the Planning Board; Noreen O’Toole, Stoughton’s Town Planner; and John Stagnone, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
This is part of a project by the Town’s consulting team, community planning firm Brown Walker Planners, to organize a variety of events that will initiate community conversations about Stoughton's future.
Televised panel discussions, news articles, a student contest, focus group meetings and public forums will take place over the next six months to bring the community together to collectively identify it's vision and set goals for the its future.
Make sure YOU are part of it! Make your reservations at www.stoughtonma.com. You can now use Paypal. Cost is $25 or $15 for Stoughton Chamber or affiliate members. For questions, email Joanne Schneider via Joanne@stoughtonma.com.
For more information on the Stoughton Master Planning Committee, go to their website at http://www.stoughtonmasterplan.org/.
A REAL LIVE WIRE: On Monday you may have read about IKEA and the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce . Here's another example of a business stepping up, this time to help the Ilse Marks Pantry in town.
Henrietta Polanzak of the Ilse Marks Food Pantry in Stoughton, tells about one of those great people in town that did something extraordinary.
She walked into the pantry and discovered the lights and switches in the pantry were not working.
She said, “I contacted Ken Appel of Appel Electric Company in Stoughton. He came immediately and set everything right. He insisted he would not accept any monies (other than for materials) for all his hard work. It is people like Ken Appel who care about the Stoughton community and the Stoughton food pantry that keeps us going. So again, thank you Ken for your generous donation of your time and labor.”
Appel is a member of the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce, who stepped up big time for a charitable cause, and earns applause from About Town.
CONDOLENCES: to Stoughton Democratic Town Committee member Linda Hickey on the loss of her beloved mother, Imogene.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Diana Germain, an activist in protecting Ames Pond (along with her husband Robert), who works in software testing for ING Group. She has an MBA from Northeastern University; and to Stoughton native Rachel Kell Richwine, who works at Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.
HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY: To Deni Goldman, one of the original co-founders of the highly-successful "Doin' It for Diane" annual fundraiser for Stoughton's two food pantries; to Stoughton's Stephen Mack, who works for Sportslife Magazine. His twin sons are stars of the Stoughton Black Knights football team; to Adrienne Dancey, Stoughton High grad, and owner and tutor of A Step Ahead Tutoring; and to Louise Brauneis, a long-time volunteer in Stoughton schools, and Party All Night Long.