ABOUT TOWN: Tasers; Darkness to Light; Retirement Party (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.

A SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT: Last year, Stoughton Police Chief got Tasered as part of his to Town Meeting to get Tasers for the protection of his officers and the residents of the Town.

That has received over 15,000 views since then. Chief Shastany promised that Tasers would not be in the hands of the officers of the department until everyone was properly trained to use them.  

Well, Executive Officer Robert Devine announced on the SPD's Facebook page that Officers Jay Owens and John Gagne have completed a course that certifies them to become the department's first-ever Taser Instructors. Congratulations!   

But, "Don't Tase Me, Bro!"


OLD COLONY YMCA LOOKS TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE: The Old Colony YMCA has partnered with Darkness to Light to educate and inform their employees and the community on child abuse prevention.

The training will teach its participants how to recognize the warning signs of child sexual abuse, what to do when they see it, and how to report it.

Darkness to Light is a non-profit organization with an ultimate goal of ending childhood sexual abuse. Darkness to Light developed a program called Stewards of Children – a training program that educates its participants in prevention, recognition, and reaction to child sexual abuse.

The Old Colony YMCA and Darkness to Light are making concerted efforts to train the community and spread awareness regarding this too often guarded subject matter.

There will be a training session at the (445 Central St.) Wednesday, April 11 from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Childcare will be available.

To Register or for more information contact:  Susan Komisar Hausman (781-264-0181 or kissesfromdolce@gmail.com).


HONORING GINI BULGER: Gini Bulger been more than the Secretary to the Superintendent of Schools for many years.  She's been a lifeline for those of us in the media, and a liaison for those looking for information, who were unable to connect directly with the Superintendent of Schools.

Unfortunately for us, Gini has retired. Fortunately, those who know and love her can honor her. 

There will be a Retirement Celebration for Gini on May 4, from 4-8 p.m. at the Irish Cultural Center in Canton. Cost is $40 per person, and includes a gift for Gini. 

For tickets, or other information, call Kathy Silva (781-297-5188) or email her (k_silva@stoughtonschools.org). Checks can be sent to Kathy through the Superintendent's office (232 Pearl Street, Stoughton, MA 02072). Make checks payable to Kathy Silva. Please send payment by April 23, 2012. 


STOUGHTON MAN THE FOURTH STOOGEJoe "Kidd" Fernandes, a Stoughton native, found himself with the newest Three Stooges.  He sent a picture to About Town and I thought I'd share it.  He's the non-Stooge. Or, is he?


CHIEF GRANDPA: The SPD posted the following on its Facebook page: “The Stoughton Police Department is pleased to announce the latest addition to the family. Addison Lee Rockwell was born on Friday 4/6 making Chief Shastany a first time grandfather! Addison was born to the Chief's daughter Amanda and her husband Gregg. Congrats to the Shastany and Rockwell families!”

Take a look at the Chief’s granddaughter in the media gallery.


Susan Komisar Hausman April 09, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Thank you, Mark, for informing your readers about our abuse prevention efforts. Every adult can make a difference in the life of a child and a community; this training provides great tools toward that end. Thanks!
cindy pazyra April 09, 2012 at 07:58 PM
i participated in the darkness to light training a few years ago . . . it is a very worthwhile experience for anybody who interracts with children, no matter what their age . . .


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »