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ABOUT TOWN: Help Find Happy; BBQ for Morrissey (And More...)

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: To Deputy Chief Scott Breen of the . A graduate of Westfield State, he is married to Carin Breen.

CAN YOU HELP FIND "HAPPY"? A prized family dog, who was loved by many, was captured, but then released by an intoxicated woman who broke into Stoughton Groomers (on Route 27/Park St.) Wednesday evening.

The dog's owners, Jim and Vivian Bannister, are away on vacation and left the dog at Stoughton Groomers, while away, acording to their daughter, Karen Naughton.

The family is not sure how their dog, Happy, will react to this dire situation.

In the gallery is a picture of the black and white Havanese (15 lbs. with short fur and a bushy tail). He does not have tags on, but does have a microchip.

At this time the family is three hours away from their home, so if there are any sightings, please call Stoughton Animal Control (781-344-1294) and Karen at 617-429-6868.

There is a cash REWARD for his safe return.

His best friend, Sarah, Naughton's 8-year-old daughter, misses playing with him!

"My parents are so sickened with this whole situation along with the rest of the family," Naughton said.

Animal Control Officer Mike Gormaley told About Town that the last "sighting" of Happy was at noon yesterday (Thursday) on Washington Street, between Lloyd's Animal Hospital and Stoughton Fish & Game. 

Please help!

A BARBECUE FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY: The Morrissey Committee held their annual summer barbecue at the Ocean Club in Marina Bay last night (7/28) to benefit Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey and it was a huge success.

Hundreds of people turned out on a beautiful summer evening, and enjoyed an amazing view of the Bay.

The Ocean Club didn't impress anyone with their food, however. Raw burgers, hot dogs and pizza do not a barbecue make--and even those were in short supply.

But, numerous supporters came out for Morrissey, a former State Senator (D-Quincy), who ran for the DA seat when Bill Keating ran for Congress. They came out to see Morrissey, who has already distinguished himself with some innovative new programs.

Stoughton was well-represented there. Paul Wilder, who works for Morrissey in the D.A.'s office, is a Stoughton resident. Other Faces in the Crowd included Stoughton Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr., Stoughton Police Chief Paul Shastany, Finance Committee members Ed DeFelice and Peter Vantresco, Housing Authority Chairman Arthur Slate, Snyder's Stoughton & Patch contributing photographer Hank Herbowy, and veteran Warren West.

(See photos in our Gallery by Hank Herbowy.)

HONORS CONTINUE FOR STOUGHTON YOUTH: The following local residents were among 355 students honored for outstanding academic achievement by being named to the Dean's List for the 2011 spring semester at Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts: Paul Chamberlain and Amanda Koker. To make the Dean's List, students must have a grade point average of 3.33 or above.  

Elisabeth A Peucker, a resident of Stoughton, MA, was named to the Dean's List at Fairfield University for the spring 2011 semester. As a Senior, Elisabeth studied in the College of Arts and Sciences. Fairfield University, a comprehensive Jesuit university in Fairfield, Conn., challenges its students to lead inspired lives of leadership and service. To be selected for the Dean's List, a student must attain a grade point average of at least 3.5, of a possible 4.0.

MOVE TO THE MOJO GROOVE: Jeremy "JD" Sheehan of Stoughton, drummer and vocalist for Misguided Mojo, tells About Town his band will be featured Saturday, July 30, at Chickie Flynn's, 94 Washington Street in Foxboro (Just past Gillette Stadium.)  Show runs from 9-midnight. 

Check back later today for the Afternoon Edition of About Town with Mark Snyder.

Karen Naughton July 29, 2011 at 04:21 PM
Was just informed by the groomers that he may have a blue collar on.
Jeffrey Pickette July 29, 2011 at 08:09 PM
Just spoke with Karen Naughton, and Happy has been found and has been returned to his owners (Karen's parents)...guess this was truly a happy ending!
lowertaxes July 29, 2011 at 08:13 PM
GREAT NEWS!!!!
Snyder's Stoughton July 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM
The best outcome. I'll have whatever details I can get tomorrow!
Karen Naughton July 30, 2011 at 12:53 PM
Hey Mark. Call me later for my parents number so they can give you all the details.. They have been bombarded by media but want to put a special thanks to the local ones especially. The people of Stoughton have been more than supportive in this situation, A personal thanks to the Dog Officer for calling me with whatever updates as soon as he got them. So glad such a good outcome could come out of such a bad situation. Thanks again to all that helped!

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