Man About Canton: Summer Projects


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Town engineer Jim Donovan informed selectmen that the DPW is making plans this summer to build a new sidewalk on Dedham Street and a new crosswalk at Maplecroft Road with a pedestrian light as part of the approved Dedham Street traffic-calming measures.

Recreation Director Janet Maguire has begun working with “Row America” to form a rowing and kayaking program this summer at Bolivar Pond, adjacent to the town pool.

The Canton Area Helpline has donated $4,000 to the Canton Recreation Department to provide for pool passes and summer camp sessions to individuals who apply for fee waivers.

The Columbia Gas Company is in the process of installing a major gas line on Washington Street between Chapman and Sherman streets. The construction will last through most of the summer months.

Southern Sky Renewable Energy Company, which installed the solar farm at the former Pine Street landfill, recently asked selectmen if they could expand their facility. If approved, they will expand this summer.

Liam Collins placed seventh in the Division 3 state meet in the mile run with an excellent time of 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

The Canton High School baseball team ended the past season with an overall record of 11-11 and became the first CHS baseball team in 11 years to win more than 10 games and make the state playoffs. In the Division 2 playoffs, Canton opened with a 6-4 win in 13 innings over Greater New Bedford, but then lost to Westwood High 20-5. Although Canton out-hit Westwood 11-8, walks, hit batsmen, and errors sent CHS home. In the first inning, Westwood scored 16 runs on 10 walks, two hit batsmen, an error, and only three hits. There were 98 pitches thrown in the first inning. That’s what you call a tough inning and a tough start to a ballgame.

Canton’s legendary math teacher Marty Badoian, who started at CHS in 1964, plans to be back in the fall for another year of teaching and coaching the math team. This past season, his math team won the state and New England championships. The Canton selectmen recently recognized this honor by signing a Certificate of Achievement for the Canton High School math team and its coach, Marty Badoian.

The John Flatley Company, owners since December 2012 of a 280,000-square-foot complex located on 20 acres on Dan Road, recently negotiated five leases at 15-45 Dan Road, totaling 70,000 square feet.

According to Canton state Representative Bill Galvin, the proposed I-95 exit ramp on Dedham Street may not be in the works for this coming fiscal year, as new governor Charlie Baker’s administration has not committed funds for this project.

Canton Fire Chief Charlie Doody and the Board of Selectmen approved the appointment of Anthony Flematti and Kate Howarth as full-time Canton firefighters beginning July 1, 2015.

John McCourt was recently appointed by the selectmen as an alternate member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, replacing newly elected Selectman Kevin Feeney.

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was sold by owner Ahmed Zayat to Coolmore Horse Farm in Kentucky for a reported $15 million for his breeding rights.

There is a proposal before the Canton Planning Board for a three-lot subdivision at 296 York Street.

The Plymouth Rubber redevelopment project will be done in five phases over the next six years.

Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States, is now known as a humanitarian, but his ancestral background tells a different story: Carter’s great-great-grandfather killed a man in a gunfight; his great-grandfather was stabbed to death in a fight; and his grandfather was shot to death in a fight. Maybe that’s why Carter has been so devoted to a his role as a peacekeeping ex-president.

Breakfast is getting more egg-spensive as the price of eggs in the past two months has soared from $1.19 per dozen to $2.65, thanks to an avian flu outbreak in the midwest that has forced farmers to kill off nearly 45 million chickens.

According to a recent study, Sesame Street, the children’s show on public television, has delivered lasting educational benefits to millions of American children — benefits as powerful as the ones children get from going to preschool. There is a particularly pronounced effect among boys in disadvantaged areas. The study also says that when Sesame Street focuses on presenting viewers with reading exercises and math problems, it appears to have helped in preparing children for school.

The American flags placed on the highway overpasses around Canton are courtesy of Canton American Legion members Henry Kreuger, Mike Trunfio, and Ann Taylor.

Summertime is always the best of what might be.

That is all for now folks. See you next week.

Joe DeFelice can be reached at

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