Man About Canton: Foley’s 5K Race

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Foley’s Backstreet Grille will be holding its 5th annual 5K Road Race to benefit the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children (formerly known as the Massachusetts Hospital School) on Sunday, May 7, at the school’s location, 3 Randolph Street in Canton. The race begins at 12 noon. Over the past four years, Foley’s has raised more than $70,000 for the school. It is anticipated that over 600 runners will participate in this year’s race. DJ Gary Titus will provide the entertainment for the event at no charge as he has done for all five years of the race. The legendary post-race cookout includes hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and beverages — all free of charge to all runners, spectators, and volunteers. The first 500 people to sign up will receive a free race t-shirt. For more information, go to www.2017foleys5k.racewire.com.

Reebok on the move

Reebok and the Adidas Group, Reebok’s parent company, have hired real estate broker CBRE New England to market Reebok’s 65-acre headquarters in Canton. Reebok will begin moving out of Canton in September to a new 220,000-square-foot headquarters at the Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District. The five-story office will feature a two-floor, 30,000-square-foot gym with a CrossFit box, studio spaces, and a boxing ring.

State Representative Bill Galvin of Canton recently announced that the town of Canton will receive $775,046 in Chapter 90 funding for repairs to roads and bridges.

State Senator James Timilty (D-Walpole), formerly of Canton, recently announced that he will leave the Senate to take the job of Norfolk County treasurer, overseeing the pensions and retirements of nearly 300 county government workers. The treasurer’s salary is approximately $127,000 a year. Timilty’s appointment by the county commissioners is effective May 2. James Timilty is the son of Joseph Timilty of Canton.

While 140 Massachusetts cities and towns have already raised their legal tobacco sales age from 18 to 21, the state has not banned tobacco sales to adults under the age of 21. Hawaii and California are currently the only states that do so. This year, legislators will vote on a bill that would increase the tobacco sales to people over the age of 21; stop pharmacies from selling tobacco products; and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in smoke-free workplaces and restaurants.

It seems like every town in Massachusetts has overwhelmingly supported a ban on recreational marijuana businesses when put before voters, which is unusual considering the recent passage of a law allowing recreational marijuana to be used in Massachusetts. It appears that people don’t mind if people smoke marijuana, just not in their backyards.

The Pine Street Realty Company is seeking a special permit and approval of a site plan for a flexible definitive 40-lot residential subdivision plan to be located on 93 acres of vacant land off Industrial Drive and Indian Lane. The Canton Planning Board will hold public hearings on this large project.

Kudos to the Canton Public Works Department for lighting up the lamp post at the corner of Neponset and Washington streets. It has been out since the town finished the renovation of Canton Center more than six years ago. It certainly made Donna Titus of Big D’s very happy.

The new chairman of the Canton Board of Selectmen is Mark Porter.

The new chairman of the Canton School Committee is Mike Loughran.

There are five weeks between the first and last leg of the Triple Crown. This year’s races are May 6 (Kentucky Derby), May 20 (Preakness Stakes), and June 10 (Belmont Stakes). The Kentucky Derby is only for 3-year-old thoroughbreds.

Emma Morano, who was believed to be the world’s oldest person at 117 years of age, died on Saturday, April 15, 2017. It is also believed that Emma was the last person born in the 1800s. Her birthday was November 29, 1899.

And finally, Star Market has bought a Gulf gas station parcel on Boylston Street next to the parking lot for its Fenway grocery store. The company paid $16.9 million to Elias Enterprises for the .41-acre property.

Correction: In the April 20 Man About Canton column on “Interesting Election Statistics,” MAC mentioned that according to the town clerk, 117 absentee ballots were counted in the April 4 town election with candidate Chris Connolly collecting the majority of votes. However, Connolly’s performance on the absentee ballots was only speculation on MAC’s part.

We live in a world that offers no guarantees, only opportunities.

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

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

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