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ABOUT TOWN: Which Route 138 Intersection in Stoughton is Most Dangerous? (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.

BOTTLENECK STUDY OF ROUTE 138 CORRIDOR: Ray Guarino, Transportation Planner for the Old Colony Planning Council (OCPC), informed Stoughton Chamber of Commerce members at their June meeting of the OCPC's current analysis of the , which covers Washington St. from Brock Street to the Canton town line.

He told the crowd, "We advocate for the communities. We try to get them funding for transportation studies, as well as traffic signals. We're waiting to hear from the Town of Stoughton to gain a consensus on different projects. For instance, traffic signals at York and Washington Streets. Does the town want signals there? We can help them obtain funds."  

As for bottlenecks and accidents, , according to Guarino.

Route 138 at Washington Street and Central Street had 87 accidents from 2007-2009! It ranked among the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's 200 Most Hazardous Intersections List, and 12th on the Old Colony Planning Council's Top 100 list.

The aforementioned York and Washington Street had 28 accidents in the same time period, and ranked on the OCPC Top 100 list, as well.

Ranking as dangerous non-signalized intersections were also Washington Street at Brock Street and Washington Street at School Street.

As for signalized intersections, Guarino also singled out Washington Street (Rt. 138) at Park Street (Rt. 27) /Pleasant Street (Rt. 139) in the downtown as having a higher crash rate. Guarino also spoke of sidewalk and crosswalk issues in the downtown, and throughout the Rt. 138 corridor.

He invites all of About Town's readers to attend an Open Public Hearing on June 21 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the , 110 Rockland Street. The public will have a DIRECT INPUT on many of the transportation issues coming to Stoughton, from the trains to the downtown.

Incidentally, (don't tell anyone), but a healthy dinner catered by will be served - FREE of charge. Ray wants your input, and is willing to feed you to get it!

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IS IT TWO HUNDRED YEARS ALREADY?  (103 Pleasant St. in Stoughton) is celebrating their 200th anniversary on June 10, 2012, starting with Morning Worship at 10:30 a.m. That will be followed by lunch, and an anniversary celebration through music, prayer and reflections at 1:30 p.m.

Special Guest is Reverend Bishop Peter Weaver, Bishop of the New England United Methodist Conference. 

Dessert and Coffee will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Pastors Rebecca Cho and Sunmin Cho will be officiating. 

RSVP is required for lunch.  Call 781-344-2922 or email FUMC103@juno.com

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JWV OF SHARON PRESENTS CHECK: Monday, June 4, the Jewish War Veterans of Sharon were at the Brockton VA Hospital and presented a check in the amount of $2,000 for personal items to assist veterans in the care of the Veterans Administration Healthcare System. 

In the photo (left to right) Herb Shostek, Ted Blank, Commander Jeff Weitzenkorn of Stoughton, Richard Leeman, (Assistant Chief, Voluntary Service VA Boston Healthcare System), Paul Maltzman, Morton Kaufman, and Milton Kline.

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AUDITIONS FOR SNOW WHITE THE MUSICAL: The Little Theatre of Stoughton will hold auditions for Grimm's Snow White - The Musical, on Sunday, June 10th at 3 p.m. 

Auditions will be held at the , 720 Park Street in Stoughton.  For more information, call 339-235-8683.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Bonnie Abrams Bradshaw, a nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; to Marie Blanchard, former Aide to State Senator Brian A. Joyce, who is currently employed at the U.S. Department of State.  She resides in Greece.

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