Man About Canton: Westwood Station Back in the NewsBy Joe DeFelice
A team of developers led by the New England Development Company has purchased the 140-acre Westwood Station site and is planning to resurrect the long-stalled plans to build one of the state’s largest mixed-use development of offices, homes, retailers, and restaurants — albeit in a scaled-down form, according to published reports. The prior owners, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, ran into many roadblocks, including opposition from town officials in Canton. The property is located on the Canton line next to Interstate 95 and the Route 128 railroad station. The new owners will rename the project “University Station.” They hope to open the first phase of the project in 2014.
Jamie Galvin, a licensed acupuncturist, has opened Galvin’s Acupuncture at 632B Washington Street next to Hal’s Barber Shop. Acupuncture is medical treatment that promotes natural healing. Jamie can be reached at 617-838-4505 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canton School Business Manager Ken Leon reported that the schools will save about 40 percent in heating costs compared to last year due to a very mild winter.
Northeast Utilities has acquired NStar for $5 billion. Canton customers will still write checks to NStar and will get a small one-time credit on an upcoming bill.
According to the Board of Selectmen, the Pavement Management Plan for fiscal year 2013 will include Washington Street from St. Gerard’s Church to Route 138, Sassamon Street, and the new parking area for the upgraded DPW garage on Bolivar Street.
The town of Canton will hold its annual Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday, May 12, at the DPW Bolivar Street garage from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call the Recycling Division at 781-575-6650.
The Canton School Committee reelected John Bonnanzio as its chairman.
The R.M.S. Titanic struck an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, and sank less than three hours later, with the loss of an estimated 1,517 of the 2,208 passengers and crew on board. One of the passengers was George Quincy Clifford (1871-1912), a Stoughton resident who was the president of the George E. Belcher Last Company of Stoughton, who perished during the tragedy. Stoughton historian David Allen Lambert led an effort to dedicate a plaque in Clifford’s memory, which was unveiled on Sunday, April 15, at Clifford’s old company building at 4 Capen Street in Stoughton, now called the Rose Forte Apartment Building.
The Canton Lions Club will hold a yard sale on May 19 at Galvin Insurance Agency from 9 a.m. to noon.
Canton High School junior Samantha Sullivan, making the first start of her varsity career, hurled a no-hitter, striking out ten and walking two in a 12-0 win over Randolph. Sullivan wasn’t the only Bulldog making her debut. Freshman third baseman Sammy Devane made her first start and crushed a homerun.
According to the Pew Research Center, 88 percent of American adults now own a cell phone, and nearly half of those devices are smart phones. Among young people aged 12-17, nearly 80 percent own a cell phone, while 53 percent of Americans 8 years old or younger now use mobile devices for media consumption.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, “heroin is easier to get than marijuana.” A ‘button’ of heroin, enough for one person to get high, can cost as little as $6. Heroin, once associated with rock stars and inner-city junkies, is now appealing to teenagers and suburbanites. It is a hidden problem that has to be addressed, especially by suburban parents.
New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick celebrated his 60th birthday on April 16, while Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turned 65, also on the 16th.
There were 26,701 official entrants in this year’s Boston Marathon. The first Canton finisher was Mike Marino in 3 hours, 52 minutes.
From the MAC Health Department: Shingles is an infection caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Approximately 20 percent of people who have had chickenpox will go on to develop shingles, while about 30 percent of people over age 60 are likely to develop shingles. Shingles begins with an unpleasant itching, burning, and tingling sensation in a band-like area. The pain may be severe. Fortunately, a vaccine is now available that greatly reduces the risk of shingles. The shingles vaccine is recommended for everyone age 50 or older.
When the vaccine was developed about 10 years ago, Dr. Nicholas Rockoff of Canton participated in the original singles study through the Veterans Administration. The vaccine came from this study. MAC knows all about shingles as he recently was affected by it, and it was painful, lasting almost one month.
You learn something best when you teach it to someone else.
This is all for now folks. See you next week.
Joe DeFelice can be reached at email@example.com.
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