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ABOUT TOWN: Municipal Land Auction Nets $60K; Stoughton’s LA Fitness Cuts Ribbon (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.

TOWN NETS SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS AT AUCTION: The Town of Stoughton put four parcels up for auction on March 14, and came away with $60,000.

Two of the parcels—a 10 acre lot on Central Street, across from the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, and a 2.5 acre lot on Sumner Street not far from Cedar Hill Golf Course—got bids that were not the minimum that Town Treasurer Donna Erickson, Town Manager Francis T. Crimmins, Jr. , and Town Counsel Jena Munoz were looking for.

That figure on each was $100,000. A bid of $50,000 was received for the 10 acre parcel, for example.

Two of the parcels were auctioned, however.

A 3.6 acre parcel of vacant land on Central Street near the Brockton line, sold for $55,000 this year to Alfred J. Peterson, whose family owns an adjacent business in Brockton. The town rejected a $50,000 bid for this same parcel at .

Alfred J. Peterson was listed as the former owner, in town records. Peteson had bid last year, as well. Erickson said that the sale would put the property back on the tax rolls, and clean it up. It's in a residential area of town.

A smaller (0.7 acre) property off Page Street sold for $5,000 to Charlie Woodward, who told About Town that, "I lived in Stoughton many years ago." He wasn't sure what he would do with the property. "It's really an investment, at the moment," he said.

As far as I'm concerned, these auctions are a win-win for the town—and the buyer.

The 10 acre lot near Walgreens was visibly wet. Town Manager Frank Crimmins told me that, "You need a dedicated crew to clean out these easements. The tax collector has an obligation to pursue tax liabilities. The DPW has done a lot of work on this property in terms of the drainage, and cleaning out the pipe there because of a neighbor's complaint. The hardworking DPW crews disposed of a bunch of tires and an NHD carriage."

Imagine how long it sat there. By rejecting the low $50,000 bid for the ten acres, the town once again assumes liabilities for cleaning and drainage of the property.

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HONORING FRANK CRIMMINS: Speaking of the Town Manager, the Stoughton Board of Selectmen will give a warm farewell to on Tuesday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall. 

The Selectmen will sponsor a Collation for Crimmins, whose last day is officially March 31, 2012. Light refreshments will be served.

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L.A. FITNESS RIBBON CUTTING: The had a ribbon-cutting at Thursday night, but it might not have been obvious.  Non-Chamber members had set up booths, the food from T.G.I. Fridays for the Chamber event was half eaten by staff and customers, and management was too busy selling memberships to come over to pose. 

But, finally, it came together, and the photo you see was snapped by Joanne Schneider.   

In photo, left to right, Chamber Board member Beth Snell of Randolph Savings Bank; Franz Antoine of Eastern Bank; Mark Offstein of Cosco; Maria Pimental of Randolph Savings Bank; Aldo Norales, Assistant General Manager of L.A. Fitness; Robert Tessier, Personal Training Director at LA Fitness; Christopher Flannigan, LA Fitness Operations Manager; Nick Calla, LA Fitness Stoughton General Manager;  Stoughton Chamber Chairman Chris Petrie of Windsor Tire, Board member Cindy Pazyra, Executive Director Terry Schneider, Chamber member Bernie Planeta of Planet Security; and Chamber Vice Chairman Mark Snyder, Patch columnist.

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MISSING DOG--CAN YOU HELP?  Pierre (the dog on the right in the photo posted in the gallery) is missing from Ledgebrook Avenue in Stoughton. Have you seen him? Please help find him. Call Gail or Marc @ 781-341-2721 or 617-913-0728.  They miss him terribly.

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BELATED BIRTHDAY WISHES turned 57 yesterday.  Also to the lovely Helenita Morais, ace photographer, and owner of HAMK Productions in Stoughton.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODAY: To Kim Aronson Lazarian of POSH in Easton.  This Cazenovia College grad also works for Century 21 Real Estate. To Dick Harrison, long-time STOYAC board member, and former director of their basketball operations.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SATURDAY:  To former Stoughton Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rick Kaplan, founder of Save Our Public Schools, Inc; to Thomas "Tiny" O'Connor of Atlantic Coffee & Provisions, the President of the Men's Associates at N.E. Sinai Hospital in Stoughton; to Paul LaFleur of Paul LaFleur Financial Services in Stoughton; to Jack Raeke, singer, volunteer, and Commercial Sales Executive at Malcolm and Parsons Insurance Agency; to Robin Zoll of the Sharon/Stoughton League of Women Voters; and to Chrissy McGowan of John P. Russell Insurance Agency in Stoughton.

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DJ March 17, 2012 at 12:01 AM
I agree with you entirely Victor. What a sham.
Mike p March 25, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Another 12-15 grand down the drain to hire a new town manager, why should the tax payers burden this expense because someone decides to quit?

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