Man About Canton: The Lodge Bar and Grille RestaurantBy Joe DeFelice
DID YOU KNOW …
Bob Caparella, who has owned the LaScala Italian Restaurant (populated by many Canton residents) in Randolph for the past 42 years, recently purchased the closed Piccadilly Pub next door to LaScala. Caparella leased the Piccadilly Pub location to three restaurateurs and it was recently opened as The Lodge Bar and Grille Sports Restaurant. Former Canton resident Jim Rooney, of Stoughton, is one of the new owners. Rooney also owns the Baseball Tavern in Boston, which is very popular with Red Sox fans.
Ralph White, president of the Massachusetts Retirees Association, blames state and municipal governments for failing to pay into the pension system for decades, causing the system to run up huge liabilities. The town of Canton owes over $1 million. According to White, “The cities and towns used the pension funds to bail out their budgets.”
The X&O Restaurant on Route 138 in Stoughton has been sold and has now closed down. Rumors have it that a steak house will be taking over the location.
Repair work on the Reservoir Pond Dam on Pleasant Street will detour traffic from Pleasant Street to Sherman Street during weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The street will be open on weekends and to emergency vehicles and school buses at all times. Work on the dam and street should be completed by late August.
The Houghton’s Pond bathhouse in the Blue Hills Reservation recently reopened after a $4 million rehabilitation. One of the best-kept secrets on the south shore, Houghton’s Pond is less than one mile from the Canton town line.
The Canton A’s semi-pro baseball team’s head coach is Kee Arguimbau, the assistant coach is Bob Gibson Jr., and the team’s general manager is Cab Devoll.
Recent retirees from the Canton school system include Luce elementary school teacher Marie Lawrie, 35 years; CHS math teacher Donna Guidici, 36 years; Galvin Middle School guidance counselor Paul Ducott, 24 years; and Galvin Middle School nurse Julie Ducott, 27 years.
The Canton Teachers Association recently accepted a 3-year, 2 percent across-the-board pay raise from the Canton School Committee. According to School Committee Chairman John Bonnanzio, it comes with a significant restructuring of both steps and lane raises.
The Canton Rotary Club will hold its eighth annual golf tournament on Thursday, August 23, at the Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton. For further information, contact Kevin McCormick at 781-828-9110.
There is a law in Massachusetts that requires motorists to have their headlights on during inclement weather. There is also a bill before the state legislature to change the wording for this law to specifically state to put lights on with wipers.
MAC and others can never guess where oil prices are going … up or down? Recently, oil prices in New York jumped 9.4 percent, or $7.27, per barrel from $77.69 to $84.96 in one day. The surge ended a three-month decline in U.S. gasoline prices.
Did you notice the split on the Planning Board during their recent reorganization? The position of chairman, vice chairman, and clerk were all contested by a 3-2 vote. Chris Connolly, Gary Vinciguerra, and Kristen Mirliani all voted for each other after nominating one another for the three available posts — Connolly for chairman, Vinciguerra for vice chairman, and Mirliani for clerk. George Jenkins and Jeremy Comeau, whom Jenkins had unsuccessfully nominated for chairman, opposed all three nominations. MAC wonders if “we have a problem here.” It looks like it!
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our noses and ears never stop growing.
The best carpenter makes the fewest chips.
This is all for now folks. See you next week.
Joe DeFelice can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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