Man About Canton: Selectmen’s Appointments

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Selectmen appointed George Comeau, a local historian and member of the Canton Historical Commission, as the board’s designee on the Building Renovation Committee, which will supervise the first phase of improvements to the historic David Tilden House (Little Red House) at Pequitside Farm. Town meeting voters approved $414,150 in Community Preservation Act funds for structural improvements.

Selectmen recently established a Paul Revere Heritage Commission to oversee the direction and leadership of the town-owned land within the Plymouth Rubber development site. Appointed to the commission were Vic Del Vecchio, George Comeau, Jeremy Comeau, Deb Sundin, Tom Scully, and Bruce Beckham.

The selectmen also established an Open Space Committee and appointed Lisa Lopez, Carl Lavin, Tori McClain, Alan Leary, Marilyn Curran and Fred Fairfield.

Selectmen appointed Stacy Nee as Canton’s permanent animal control officer and Emily Eastwood as a part-time animal control officer.

Massachusetts is one of only seven states that ban Sunday hunting. There is a bill before the legislators that would allow both archery and firearm hunting on Sunday.

A five-foot long timber rattlesnake was recently found near the Wood Road area in Braintree. State environmental police relocated the endangered species back to its home at the Blue Hills Reservation in Canton/Milton.

The black bear population in Massachusetts has expanded faster than in any other New England state, from an estimated 500 bears in 1985 to an estimated 4,500 today. Maine still reigns supreme in the overall bear count with about 30,000.

Maple sugar production was up 23 percent in Massachusetts this year. There were 75,000 gallons of syrup produced in Massachusetts.

Two months ago, the FBI arrested 41 gang members, raided stash houses, and seized drugs, 31 guns, 15 vehicles, and over $1.5 million in cash in one of the biggest sweeps in the Boston area. Among those arrested was Elvis “Jimmy” Pena, 44, the “trusted drug-runner” of accused Canton drug boss Ileana Valdez, 36, of Windsor Woods Lane; and according to an affidavit, an apartment at 535 Washington Street in Canton was used to stash drugs and money. Federal authorities say the most feared gang in Boston, the Columbia Point Dawgs, were also using one of several auto shops in a Stoughton lot on Willow Street, off Route 139, for its drug trafficking operations. According to U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, it was a two-year investigation in taking down one of the largest gang organizations in the Boston area that has also been active for years on the south shore.

On Sunday, September 20, the Canton American Legion Riders will be hosting their fifth annual Tony Andreotti Veterans Benefit Motorcycle Run. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the 235-mile run will start at 12 noon, rain or shine, from the Canton American Legion Post 24 behind Canton High School. The cost is $20 per rider.

The first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year for K-12 students will be Thursday, September 3. Pre-kindergarten students will start on Tuesday, September 8, the day after Labor Day.

The lead guidance counselor at Blue Hills Regional Technical High School is Sarah Titus of Canton.

Eighty years ago on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act.

Fifty years ago on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Twenty-five years ago on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires that public facilities be made accessible to people with disabilities.

Sixty years ago, on July 17, 1955, Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California.

No amount of good deeds can make us good people. We must be good before we can do good.

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

Joe DeFelice can be reached at manaboutcanton@aol.com.

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