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MAC: Good News for Schools

Editor’s note: The information pertaining to the FY17 school budget has been updated since the June 9 print edition. Did you know … The fiscal year 2017 school budget received a 5.01 percent increase over the current budget and was backed by the Finance Committee, Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and town meeting voters. It added […]

Man About Canton: Betsy’s Buzz Cuts

Did you know … Betsy’s Barbershop in Canton, with owner Betsy Freshman, will be hosting a fundraiser for the Joe Andruzzi (Up) Beat Cancer Foundation on Sunday, June 5, from 12-4 p.m. Betsy’s Barbershop at 789 Washington Street will hold “Haircuts for Hudson,” a $12 buzz cut where 100 percent of the proceeds, including tips, […]

Man About Canton: Canton Family Businesses

Did you know … The Pastene Company, recognized by its bright yellow and red product labeling and its popular kitchen ready canned tomatoes, is headquartered here in Canton off Route 138 in a 50,000-square-foot office and distribution center. The Pastene business was started in 1874 by Luigi Pastene and his son, Pietro Pastene, and it […]

MAC: A Questionable Resignation

Did you know … Tori McClain, a Planning Board member for the past three years, abruptly resigned with two years still remaining on the five-year seat she won as the only candidate in 2013 when then incumbent Gary Vinciguerra withdrew his papers at the last moment. A native of Tennessee, McClain has been a resident […]

MAC: New Hotel & Restaurant

Did you know … The Boston Mutual Company is in the process of planning to construct a new hotel with 138 rooms and a “top-line,” 6,000-square-foot restaurant on a three-acre parcel situated off Royall Street between its company and the Reebok headquarters. The project has the backing of all the corporate abutters as well as […]

Man About Canton: Mass. License Plates

Did you know … Massachusetts license plates are made in prison. If you ever wondered about Massachusetts auto license plates, you may be interested to know that they are all made by prisoners at the MCI-Cedar Junction prison in Walpole, where they have been making them since 1920. Approximately 4.8 million Massachusetts plates are currently […]

Man About Canton: Snakes Alive!

Did you know … A recent interesting article in the Boston Globe mentioned that the state plans to breed and raise 150 venomous timber rattlesnakes and then turn them loose on protected land on a small island in the middle of the Quabbin Reservoir, which, by the way, provides drinking water to Boston and many […]

Man About Canton: March 3 Preview

Did you know … As most of you know by now, Canton’s state Senator Brian A. Joyce (D-Milton) has been in hot water over the past year due to allegations of ethical lapses culminating in an FBI and IRS raid at his Canton law office a few weeks ago. According to the Boston Globe, Joyce […]

MAC: Tragic Accidents in Canton

Did you know … As most of us know by now, in what can only be called tragic, freak accidents, two Cantonites both died during last week’s snowstorm. Kaleigh Kenyon, age 6, an adorable, red-headed kindergarten student at the Luce School, and Tommy Gunning, age 48, a husband and father of three sons who was […]

MAC: Canton planners not showing up

Did you know … It appears that the Canton Planning Board may have an attendance problem. According to a recent review of members’ attendance records, the five-member board has had perfect attendance at just 12 of its 39 public hearings since mid April 2014, when newest member Michael Mitcheroney was elected. Tori McClain, elected in […]

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