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Jay joined the Citizen as a staff writer in the spring of 2007, and in a few short months he was promoted to lead writer/assistant editor. He now serves as the managing editor, overseeing news and editorial content and managing the newspaper's circulation. (Click here for complete bio.)

CHS hoopster on the road to recovery with help from community

Xavier Machuga (center) and Coach Gordy with the Canton Character Crew at last week's Tailgate X event. (Ed McDonough photo)

As someone who makes friends easily and feels at home on a basketball court in front of hundreds of spectators, Xavier Machuga is not the type who usually shies away from social situations. But the rising Canton High School junior was admittedly nervous leading up to last Friday’s “Tailgate X” event at CHS — a […]

Celebration of Life event remembers overdose victims

CAASA member Harriet Burak speaks about her son Michael during last week's Celebration of Life event. (Jay Turner photo)

Nearly 100 people, including local officials, first responders, and Canton High School students, gathered on the lawn in front of the Canton Senior Center last Thursday evening for a Celebration of Life event in memory of those lost to drug overdose. The event coincided with International Overdose Awareness Day, which is held every August 31 […]

Town eyes replacement as Reebok gets set to depart

The Reebok sign on Royall St. could soon be replaced with another company's logo. (Michelle Stark photo)

The clock is rapidly winding down on the Reebok era in Canton, and as the company’s remaining employees prepare for their impending move to their new world headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District, the focus among local officials has shifted to finding the next corporate partner to occupy the sprawling, 65-acre campus off Royall Street. As […]

Canton Peace Vigil

Members of the Sharon UU Church make a stand for peace in front of Canton Town Hall. (Jay Turner photo)

Nearly 100 local residents from Canton and neighboring communities, ranging in age from 3 to 90-plus, gathered in front of Memorial Hall on Sunday night for a candlelight vigil promoting peace and unity in the face of recent national events. Organized by Canton resident Jennifer Wexler in partnership with Selectman Kevin Feeney, the event was […]

Route 138 hotel proposal picks up steam

A Best Western Plus could be coming to Route 138 in Canton.

More than a full year after unveiling their plans for a new Best Western hotel on Route 138, a local development group is starting to make some steady progress toward an approval following a string of productive summer hearings with local boards. On July 12, the Canton Planning Board voted 3-2 to issue a favorable […]

Canton Junior League takes 4th at East Regionals

Canton Junior League teammates celebrate at home plate after Cam Sanchez's home run.

After capturing its second consecutive Massachusetts state title with an impressive tournament run in Oxford three weeks ago, the Canton Junior League baseball team traveled to Freehold Township, New Jersey, to compete in the East Regional Championship — the final stop en route to the Junior League World Series in Taylor, Michigan. Unfortunately for this […]

Tom Martin, hockey legend, business owner, dies at 79


Tom “Red” Martin, a former U.S. Olympian and New England ice hockey legend who went on to excel both in the business world and in the game of life, passed away on Thursday, July 27, at the age of 79. A longtime resident of Canton, Martin is perhaps best known locally as the founder and […]

Launch of Dedham St. construction highlights busy roadwork season

Rendering of the new I-95 off-ramp (on right) and existing I-95 on-ramp (Source: MassDOT)

The start of a major infrastructure improvement project on Dedham Street, the final phase of a gas main replacement program on Washington Street, and a series of town paving projects are all on the docket in what is shaping up to be another busy summer construction season across the town of Canton. All three major […]

Bridge work to resume at Canton Junction MBTA station

MBTA commuter rail riders may soon see a return to normalcy at the Canton Junction train station now that a construction stoppage has been resolved and a timeline reestablished, according to a spokesman for commuter rail operator Keolis CS. In a statement provided to the Citizen via email, Tory Mazzola, director of public affairs for […]

Former hockey star finds calling with training program

hockey - playing days

As a former Division I hockey All-American whose career reached the upper levels of the minor leagues, Steve Wood knows a thing or two about passion, drive and commitment, and all those other little intangibles that are essential to chasing one’s dreams. Yet the Canton father of three would also be the first to admit […]

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