Man About Canton: Burning Permits

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Burning permits are now available at the Canton fire station for the burning season that runs from January 15 through May 1. However, there are rules to follow. Permission must be obtained for each day of burning by calling the fire department at 781-821-5095. Open burning must be at least 75 feet from all dwellings, take place between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on land closest to the source of material to be burned, and attended at all times by the permit applicant or designee. Burning can also be halted at anytime if the weather is too dry or windy.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 86 percent of U.S. households have at least one car for every driver in the home, with 28 percent having more cars than drivers.

Federal prosecutors have accused Attorney Howard Cooper, the lawyer for former Canton state Senator Brian Joyce, of lying to state ethics officials and are asking a judge to have him pulled from Joyce’s defense team if the former legislator’s corruption case goes to trial.

The dry cleaning company Zoots, after 20 years, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is scheduled to close its doors forever.

Marylou’s Coffee, the New England brand known for its pink palette, recently opened its newest location inside the Season’s Corner Market at the Shell gas station in Stoughton, 140 Sharon Street in Cobb’s corner, just over the Canton town line.

Here is an interesting statistic recently reported in the Canton Citizen: The Kennedy Elementary School student enrollment has grown from 416 students in October 2011 to 530 students as of October 1, 2017.

The preliminary recommendation for the fiscal year 2019 Canton school operating budget is listed at $42.43 million, an increase of $2.2 million, or 5.51 percent over the current school budget. Of that amount, $1.3 million is projected to be utilized for contractual obligations.

DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. It is estimated that 800,000 unauthorized immigrants were brought to the United States as minors and raised here. They are now at risk of deportation if the Congress and the president fail to pass protection for them.

The cost for full-day kindergarten classes in Massachusetts is estimated at between $2,500 and $3,500 per student per year. It is now free in Canton.

The Canton Parks and Recreation Department received a positive recommendation from the Community Preservation Committee for resurfacing and deck replacement for the Bolivar town pool at an estimated cost of $300,000.

The Blue Hills Regional Technical High School boys hockey team (8-4) is led by senior captain Anthony Sarno, who has scored 42 points after the first 12 games. Senior Nick Blaney recently recorded his 100th career point at Blue Hills.

The Canton High School Alumni Association is hosting a fundraiser pasta dinner catered by Big D’s on Saturday, February 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion. Admission is $10 and tickets can be purchased at the door or you can make a reservation by calling 781-828-0347.

The last day of Canton schools has been set for June 20 pending additional snow days.

As was recently mentioned in the Canton Citizen, the Canton Board of Selectmen will once again offer Canton senior citizens the Senior Citizen Tax Credit Program. Applicants for the program must be residential property owners in Canton and also be 60 years of age or older. This program affords seniors the opportunity to work for the community in various specific, temporary, part-time service areas. In exchange, the town will provide a residential property tax credit of up to $1,500 per year. To obtain an application, drop by the Senior Center at 500 Pleasant Street or call 781-828-1323. Applications must be submitted by February 16 to the attention of COA Director Diane Tynan.

Be the reason someone smiles today.

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

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

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