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Burr, Lynch big winners in primary

Canton Selectman Bob Burr soundly defeated his opponent in Tuesday’s primary and will now square off against incumbent state Senator Brian Joyce in November’s general election. Meanwhile, in an election cycle where many incumbents are deemed to be vulnerable, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch successfully held off a challenge from his opponent. With eight contested races […]

New student services director Debra Bromfield aims to make education accessible for all students

In preparing for the school year, Debra Bromfield was aware of what her new position as director of student services for the Canton Public Schools would entail, having previously served as the director of special education for the Masconomet Regional School District. So, since Bromfield’s arrival on August 2, much of her preparation has focused […]

Former JFK principal Jen Henderson joins central administration

She’s a familiar face within the Canton Public School system, but after spending the last three years as principal of the JFK Elementary School, Jen Henderson will be taking on a new role this school year, having been named the interim director of curriculum and instruction. Robin Billing, the former director of curriculum, instruction and […]

CHS boys’ soccer team slays Duxbury Dragons

Fresh off capturing back-to-back Hockomock League championships, the Canton High boys’ soccer team essentially picked up right where it left off, with a 3-1 win at Duxbury last Saturday to kickoff the 2010 season. “Anytime you go to Duxbury and come away with a win, it’s really a good result,” head coach Danny Erickson said. […]

Irish Cultural Centre’s 20th annual Irish Fest returns to its roots

It may no longer be known as ICONS, but with top-flight entertainment, games, and a host of other activities, the Irish Cultural Centre’s annual Irish Festival remains an iconic event, featuring “the best of Irish culture.” The 20th annual festival begins next Friday evening at 6 p.m., kicking off a three-day Irish extravaganza from September […]

Local law enforcement: Keep Stoughton Court open

Stoughton District Court

It’s only a “preliminary recommendation,” but a Court Relocation Committee, formed to help the Massachusetts Court System close a reported $21 million budget gap this fiscal year, has proposed relocating a number of district courts across the state, including the shifting of Stoughton District Court’s services to courts in Dedham and Wrentham. As local law […]

Canton native Helen Goransson exorcises ghost with her latest book

She heard stomping footsteps when there was no one upstairs; she heard music playing and other “funny sounds” when it should have otherwise been silent; she would turn on a light, only to find it mysteriously turned off a short time later; she would find doors that should be locked suddenly swung wide open. These […]

Canton residents experience sustainable, organic lifestyle during recent West Coast trip

Michelle Kaplan and Ted Okun

Conventional wisdom might be to shun hitchhiking, but Ted Okun and Michelle Kaplan shunned conventional wisdom, accepting rides from strangers to get from San Francisco to Seattle during their five-month journey on the West Coast. “We could have taken a bus,” Okun, 25, admitted, “but we just wanted to see if we could get a […]

Peg Cibotti shares story of granddaughter’s inspirational recovery

Peg Cibotti is not one for “Grandma’s Brag Books,” but the 77-year-old Canton resident can’t help but beam with pride when it comes to telling the triumphant tale of her 26-year-old granddaughter Kimberly Koetter, a story Cibotti said is “begging to be told.” Koetter, who lives in Rochester, New York, was diagnosed with leukemia at […]

Canton Vets’ Agent Tony Andreotti hoping Congress doesn’t deny Agent Orange victims


Anticipating a potential congressional squabble over the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposal to expand the number of ailments (and therefore disability claims) associated with Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used by American forces during the Vietnam War, Tony Andreotti, the town’s veterans’ agent, made it clear where he stands on the issue. “The first […]

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