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ABOUT TOWN: Children Have Blast Trick-or-Treating with Stoughton Police

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POLICE OFFER A SAFE HALLOWEEN: The Stoughton Police Department offered a safe Halloween for our children again this year. On Sunday, October 28, a drizzly afternoon prior to Hurricane Sandy's arrival, groups of children met at the Stoughton Police Station (26 Rose Street), and headed out for safe trick-or-treating tours.

They visited Town Hall, Maxx Training Center, Honey Dew Donuts, and the Stoughton Fire Department and got some treats, and had some sweet (and wet) fun! Donations were collected for the Stoughton Food Pantry, but there was no cost to the kids or families to participate.

Officer Jay Owens came up with the idea a few years ago, and Sgt. Dan McGowan took over this year (because Jay’s wife is expecting a baby shortly.). Last year a freak snowstorm canceled the event. This year, another freak storm put a bid of a damper on the proceedings. 

When asked what inspired the idea, Owens told About Town, “I’ve always been a fan of Halloween. It’s a great holiday for the kids. I wanted to re-invent it so the children had a safe time. Parents are wary of sending their kids knocking on doors of people that they don’t know There is nothing safer than having your children traveling with a police office, and visiting reputable businesses and their local fire department.”

I couldn’t agree more! 

And, from Stoughton Police Executive Officer Robert Devine: "We would like to thank all of the hard working officers and volunteers that made [Sunday's] Halloween event a huge success.

"Thanks to Officers Faria, Zbinski, Desousa, Isabel, Gagne, Mellyn, and Pascarelli for giving tours. Mrs. Isabel Lima for being a great greeting witch at Town Hall. Selectman Walsh for handing out candy at town hall. Honey Dew Donuts, Stoughton Fire Department, and Maxx Training Center for giving us some great stops along the way. Finally, a special thanks to Sgt. McGowan and Officer Owens for coordinating the whole thing. A great time was had by all!"

Take a look at photos from the trick-or-treating event in the media gallery. Additional photos are posted on the Stoughton Police Department's Facebook page.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: to Bob Zeserson, former chairman of the Christmas Parade; and Linda Pestana, a human resources manager from Stoughton.

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BELATED BIRTHDAYS: To Suzanne Blacker, one of the volunteer directors of Ilse Marks Food Pantry.  To Matt Woodard, volunteer for youth sports in Stoughton. To Robert Germain, who with his wife Diana, has been an environmental activist, working to help clean up Ames Pond, and keep out developments like Brickstone in Sharon and Stonegate in Stoughton. They all celebrated Saturday. To Stoughton's Lorraine Ryan, owner and founder of Sweet Lorraine Creative. She celebrated Sunday.

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