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Stories written by Mary Ann Price
Originally from Chicago, Mary Ann joined the Citizen as a staff writer in 1999 and has lived in Canton for the last 25 years. She is also a Spanish teacher at Newton South High School. She and her husband, Bill, have two daughters, Renée and Emily.

Local animal rescue volunteer buoyed by community support

Kayla Hoffman’s love of animals and desire to help a friend in Puerto Rico have been supported by the kindness of the Canton community. Hoffman has spent the last few months helping the efforts of her good friend on the island, a woman who rescues dogs and took in many strays and abandoned canines after Hurricane […]

Family of givers turns to Canton community for support

The Apprille family of Canton are a close-knit bunch.

Jacob Apprille, a first grade student at the Kennedy Elementary School, has a variety of interests. “He’s funny and spirited and artistic,” said his mother, Michele Slobin Apprille. “He loves school. He’s obsessed with cooking. He’s a really good artist. We have his toys everywhere. He loves sports. Until recently Jacob was learning how to […]

Town enters planning phase to chart course for future

The town of Canton is in the midst of planning for the future needs of the town through the creation of three plans: the Master Plan, the Open Space and Recreation Plan/Comprehensive Trails Master Plan, and the Earl Newhouse Waterfront Master Plan. The three plans are in different stages of development, with completion of the […]

Rejuvenated Comm. Club aims to be a go-to resource

The Community Club of Canton was founded in 1912 with the mission to unite all women of Canton in fellowship and service to the end that the highest interest of the town may be served. One of the earliest projects that the original members engaged in was to bring a hot lunch to the town’s […]

CHS students raise thousands to help fight cancer

Fifteen years ago, Ed Amico decided to participate in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The director of the Career Education and Community Service program and a guidance counselor at Canton High School, Amico had several reasons to get involved. “One of my family members had cancer,” he said. “I thought […]

Local Pilates studio celebrates 15th anniversary

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Featuring talk by award-winning journalist Rev. Liz Walker Mind-body fitness expert Shelia Donovan, the owner of Shelia Donovan Pilates Studio, is celebrating her 15th year at the studio with a Client Appreciation Day Open House that will include free classes and a talk by Reverend Liz Walker. The open house will begin at 8 a.m. […]

Facing hair loss, clients find comfort at Salon Monique

Monique Souza came across her father shaving his head in the bathroom one day. He had been diagnosed with cancer and the chemotherapy treatment caused his hair to begin to fall out. She took the razor and finished the job for him. “The first head I shaved was my dad’s,” she said. Souza has shaved […]

Annual Canton Road Race returns with new venue, presenting sponsor

The 13th annual Canton Road Race will take place on Sunday, September 24, at 12 noon with a new course route but the same goal of raising funds to support local charities and community groups. The race is presented by City of Boston Credit Union, which is stepping up to take over from Reebok. Stephen […]

Canton native launches socially conscious web service

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Lucas DeBarros knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur since his sophomore year of high school. That was the year he began to write a list in a notebook of all of his ideas for a business that he would start some day. That day arrived this past April when DeBarros launched Elevated Providers, an […]

Friends, family rally around new Canton dad of twins

Johanna Curran and Wes Chapman with their newborn twins, Will and Alice

Johanna Curran was eager to share the happy news with her friend Michele Fitzwilliam that she thought she was expecting twins, when Fitzwilliam came home from California last Christmas. The two had met years earlier when they were students at Canton High School. “I’ve known her since my sophomore year of high school when she […]

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