Man About Canton: Canton’s Famous Weatherman

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As we all know, Canton High School has turned out some fine young men and women into the world. One of those is Lee Goldberg, a member of the CHS Class of 1990. Lee is currently the chief meteorologist for WABC-TV Channel 7 in New York, where he anchors Eyewitness News Accu-Weather coverage at 4, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. He has been at WABC-TV since July 1996 and is a famous face around New York City. He lives in New York with his wife, Jessica (Rubin) Goldberg and their two children, Emily and Ethan. Many Canton classmates remember that Lee and Jessica, also a 1990 CHS graduate, went to nursery school together and were inseparable most of their lives. Canton folks also remember Lee as a hardworking, intellectual young man who studied hard in school and was determined to become a meteorologist. So congratulations to Lee Goldberg for making his dreams come true. Canton is proud of you!

December is here, and it is time to think about winter’s overnight parking restrictions. Town bylaws specify that all on-street parking longer than one hour between 1 and 6 a.m., other than if acting in an emergency, is prohibited between November 15 and April 1 so that streets are kept clear for snow removal. Violators are subject to a $25 fine for each violation.

It’s that time of year again and for those of you who are curious about all those moths you have noticed swarming in your headlights or around your outside lights, they are winter moths. The winter moth is in the midst of its mating season of late fall and early winter. Scientists believe they originated in Nova Scotia and have migrated to New England over the past 20 years. While there hasn’t been a scientific population count, there are an estimated one trillion of them in Massachusetts, and they could pose a serious threat to flowering plants and shrubs next spring. Apparently, there is no simple answer for the current proliferation of these little brown moths with a one-inch wingspan, but temperatures over the past few years have evidently provided for favorable breeding and feeding conditions for them. Winter moths do not bite or sting and are merely flying around looking for a mate. At this stage, male moths swarm and mate with wingless females, who will lay up to 150 eggs each. It is also interesting to note that only male winter moths fly, whereas females climb.

The Canton Board of Selectmen recently approved a state Department of Transportation control agreement for traffic lights at Dedham Street and the I-95 southbound on-ramp and also Dedham Street at Shawmut Road. The state is collecting bids on the project and construction is slated to begin in the spring.

The cell phone is taking over American households. More than 47 percent of U.S. homes use only cell phones, and about 42 percent use both cell and landline phones. Twelve years ago, 3 percent of U.S. households used only cell phones. As you can see by the above statistics, more and more people are cutting the cord on landlines.

Cyber Monday (November 30) saw shoppers spend over $3 billion, and it’s the most money ever spent online in a single day. More and more people are shopping from their computers, smart phones, and tablets. In fact, 103 million people shopped online over the Thanksgiving Day weekend and spent a record $8 billion.

Canton High School’s 26-13 loss to Stoughton on Thanksgiving Day left the team with a 3-3 record in the Hockomock League’s Davenport Division. The last time Canton had a winning record in the Hockomock League was 25 years ago in 1990.

Over the last 11 years, the least amount of points scored by Stoughton in the Thanksgiving Day game against Canton is 25. The Black Knights have averaged just over 31 points per game and have lost only once during that stretch — a 28-26 overtime defeat in 2012.

The South Boston High School football team, which for years had one of the top teams in the Boston area, is close to shutting down its varsity team. This past year, Southie dressed only 12 players and finished the season with a record of 0-11, including multiple forfeits. The Knights did manage to suit up on Thanksgiving Day but lost in a rout to East Boston in the 98th meeting between the two rival schools.

Rich Hill, the 35-year-old lefthander from Milton and son of former Canton High School football coach Lloyd Hill, recently signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Oakland Athletics. The 11-year MLB veteran was out of baseball last season before signing with an independent league team and eventually catching on with the Red Sox. Hill started four games for Boston at the end of last season and was stellar in that brief stint, compiling a 2-1 record with a 1.55 earned run average and 36 strikeouts over 29 innings.

The Canton High School girls soccer team finished the season with a record of 13-5-1. The lady Bulldogs outscored their opponents by a combined total of 41-20 and advanced to the Division 2 south sectional quarterfinals, where they lost to Medfield 2-0.

The MIAA field hockey state semifinals were played at Memorial Field at Canton High School.

An open mind is like an open window. It lets fresh air in.

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

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

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