James B. Cohen, Plympton Troop 4480, officially became an Eagle Scout Nov. 9 of this year. For his community project, James chose the construction of a map kiosk at the Ring Road entrance to Plympton Parks, a project that has been important to James and his family. To fund the project, James held a bake sale at St. Joseph’s Church in Kingston, with baked donations from about 20 of his friends, raising $550. The kiosk was built out of red cedar posts, stock, and shingles, with a large sheet of quarter inch plexiglass covering the map and trail details. “The plexiglass was the most expensive part of the kiosk,” Cohen said. He donated money left over from the project to Wildlands Trust, the organization that promotes land conservation throughout the area, and holds the conservation restriction to the Plympton Parks lands. Cohen wants to especially thank local builder Rick Burnet for his knowledge and guidance in planning and constructing the kiosk. His Eagle Scout Court of Honor will be held after the New Year.
The Town of Halifax will present the 22nd edition of Holidays in Halifax on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3:45 to 8 p.m.
Activities will begin at 3:45 in the Halifax Elementary School Gym. Other buildings will open later in the afternoon, and the event will close at 8 p.m.
While there won’t be fireworks at the end of the evening, other activities have been planned.
The Holmes Public Library will open at 5 p.m. to serve cider and cookies baked by the Silver Lake Regional Culinary Arts Dept.
The Halifax Fire Department will host its annual Chili Contest. All are invited to bring in a crock of their favorite chili recipe by 5 p.m. Chili aficionados attending the Holidays in Halifax festivities should stop by, taste the selection, and vote for their favorite. In addition to bragging rights, a prize will be awarded to the maker of the chili collecting the most votes.
The Halifax Town Hall will have the upstairs Great Hall decked out with holiday cheer, a train meandering through a winter village, cookies, goodies, cakes, and snacks, will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to all who stop by. Outside, ice sculptors will be hoping that the weather isn’t too mild so their artwork won’t melt.
The Holidays in Halifax committee is looking for volunteers to help out during the celebration. They need face painters, helpers for coloring and making ornaments. This is a perfect opportunity for high school students looking for community service hours. Please email Theresa.Levenson@Halifaxfireworks.org if you can help.
Halifax Police and Fire first responders put in a busy week with three reported drug overdoses. The incidents were unrelated. In each situation, patients were treated, two with NARCAN. All three were taken to local hospitals.
There were two auto crashes, at the same location.
A Halifax man with potentially life-threatening injuries was freed using the “Jaws of Life” to free the man trapped in his vehicle after crashing into a tree on Thompson St., Rte. 105, at the intersection of Walnut St., just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19.
The driver, whose name was not released at press time, was alone in his SUV.
The man was conscious and suffering from multi-system trauma.
After removing the passenger side door, crews were able to reach him. He was transported by Halifax EMS to Boston Medical Center. Due to poor weather, medical helicopters were not available to fly, according to Halifax Fire Chief Jason Viveiros.
At the same location on Thompson Street, Friday night at 5:59 p.m., a 46 year old man was taken to Brockton Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following a single car motor vehicle accident, hitting a tree.
Plympton selectmen received two letters of resignation at their Monday night meeting: Irving Butler, who had served on the Planning Board for a number of years, and also from Christine Maiorano, Council on Aging director, both effective immediately.
Maiorano noted in her letter to selectmen that she would be retiring to Cape Cod, where costs are much lower, as soon as her Brook St. home is sold. Maiorano has served the Town of Plympton in many arenas, including as president and treasurer of the Plympton Garden Club, president and treasurer of the Plympton Historical Society, and director of the Council on Aging. With each endeavor she left the position in better condition. She was the driving force behind making the Historical Society building handicap accessible with a wheelchair ramp, handicap accessible bathrooms and a chair lift to the second floor. She also wrote the grants to get insulation into the building and lower the heating costs that are borne by the Historical Society.
Maiorano told selectmen in her letter she will be available to help make the transition as smooth as possible.
Butler is also a member of the Community Preservation Committee, a position that he wishes to continue, and has worked as a volunteer with the Fire Department since he moved to town more than 40 years ago. At the age of 84, Butler felt that he had to slow down and chose to serve on only one board going forward.
Both Butler and Maiorano were praised for their exceptional service and will be missed.
In other business, Rob Vautrinot, engineer, brought engineering reports to selectmen regarding the gravel permit on Ring Road, owned by Jeff Randall, that has lapsed.
Vautrinot explained that the former engineer who was handling the project for Randall passed away in October and Vautrinot has just taken over. “What there is now is several piles of stuff.” The sand is too fine to be used, except for footing in a riding arena, according to Vautrinot. Colleen Thompson, chairman, told the board that the bogs will be planted without deeper excavation, as they will be “dry picked” and don’t need to be as deep. The board will leave the discussion of the details of the permit to Zoning Enforcement Agent Bob Karling.
Bylaw Review Committee
Selectman John Traynor told his board that there are four citizens who have expressed an interest in the new Bylaw review committee and that three of the four are all members of the Board of Health. “I would like to see a broader diversity,” Traynor said, and encouraged any Plympton resident who is interested in serving the community and likes an attention to detail, to contact Briggette Martin, secretary to the selectmen at 781-585-2700. Traynor told the board he had contacted an acquaintance in the Department of Revenue to see if they could offer any assistance in bylaw review. Traynor was told that the DOR does send a team out to give a presentation to the town to show how other communities have approached bylaw review and to offer suggestions. “So they would point us in the right direction; give advice but not actually review our bylaws,” Selectperson Christine Joy said. Thompson said she did not see an issue with having three members of the board of health, each of whom came from a different background: building, newspaper, and a person who has served on many different boards in Plympton. “I would rather see a few more people on the bylaw committee,” Traynor said.
Traynor also told the board that in response to selectmen’s stated interest in exploring regionalization, Fire Chief Warren Borsari has contacted fire chiefs in surrounding towns of Middleborough and Halifax. Traynor said he thought that protocol would require the Plympton selectmen contact the Halifax board and then the chiefs would confer. “If state money is coming to regionalization as it came to the regionalization of the high school, then it makes sense,” Traynor said.
Joy said that she felt that Plympton Selectmen should write to all surrounding towns’ boards of selectmen to indicate our interest in exploring regionalization. She also said that Plympton should reach out to Old Colony Planning Council for their assistance. “We have a grant,” Joy said, for OCPC to help us look at regionalization opportunities.
Selectmen will next meet Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
While most of the Commonwealth dealt with four questions on their ballot, the Town of Halifax added a fifth.
“Shall the Town of Halifax be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to pay for the repairs, renovations and expansion of the Council on Aging Center/Pope’s Tavern including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?”
The Halifax Board of Selectmen placed this question on the ballot in the event a future Town Meeting approves borrowing money for the renovation and addition to the Council on Aging Center/Pope’s Tavern but makes funding for the project contingent upon approval of a debt exclusion (an approved debt exclusion allows the Town to pay a particular debt with an increase in taxes above and beyond the normal levy limit). If this question was not placed on the November 8 ballot and a future Town Meeting approved borrowing the money contingent upon the debt exclusion, another election, at additional cost, would have had to be held.
Where Question 5 failed, 2227 voting No and only 1869 in favor, Halifax voters will not have the option of using a Proposition two and one half, so called, debt exclusion as a funding mechanism.
A future Town Meeting when this project will be presented, will have several options for funding, but will no longer have the option of debt exclusion.
The approval or disapproval of Question 5 simply provided or eliminated an option for funding the project.
PLYMPTON – Fire Chief Warren Borsari appeared before the Board of Selectmen Monday night to share his vision of the Plympton Fire Department and outline some of the challenges he and his department are currently facing.
The greatest challenge, Borsari told the board, is staffing for the ambulance: Currently we have two round the clock personnel at the station, PB service, which is a paramedic and a basic EMT for each 12-hour shift. Since the Commonwealth’s more stringent regulations in certifying paramedics, fewer pass the test and there are fewer paramedics “in the pool,” Borsari told selectmen. “Over 80% of what we do is ambulance runs.”
Borsari told the board that he is required to have 24-hours a day or the state will pull our license.
Selectman Christine Joy asked the chief if the ambulance service is paying for itself now. Chief Borsari answered “No. We just don’t have the call volume.” Borsari said that they were attempting to bring the volume up through mutual aid calls from nearby towns. “All towns attempt to handle their own calls, and then call mutual aid when needed,” he said. Borsari estimated that Plympton’s call volume would crack 600 this year.
The ambulance receipts account, which was set up in the early 2000s, has grown each year, from $150,000 in 2014, to $198,000 in 2015, and is at $182,000 with two months left to go in 2016. The chief praised the new ComStar system of billing: the medics come back from an ambulance run, complete their call sheet in the computer, and the information is sent to ComStar where a bill is generated.
EMTs, paramedics, ambulance equipment, lease payments, medicines and ambulance supplies, can all be taken from that account, which would help the overall levy on Plympton real estate taxes.
Borsari told the board he was looking at several things in bringing a high level of ambulance services to Plympton. Outsourcing, he said, would cost the town $400,000 to $500,000 per year and the service provider would take all the ambulance receipts as well.
Regionalization is an area to be investigated, as it would increase our asset base. “We are making contact with all four towns around us,” Borsari told selectmen.
Chief Borsari also noted that he is looking to Citizens for Citizens, a group which provides senior citizens who would like to work, the opportunity to work at the Plympton Fire Station about 20 hours a week to answer phones, and do other office work.
The Chief will return to selectmen in about a month, to report further.
In other business
• Selectmen are putting out an invitation to Plympton citizens who would like to take on the task of reviewing Plympton’s bylaws to see if any need updating. Interested persons should contact the secretary to the selectmen, Brigitte Martins, at 781-585-2700.
• Kopelman & Paige attorneys were the only applicants to submit a bid for the job as town counsel. The board is considering several of the pricing options that K&P has offered.
• The gravel removal permit on Ring Road has lapsed and despite several efforts to contact the applicant, there has been no response. The board has sent a letter that the permit has expired as of Oct. 27, and to cease all gravel removal until a new permit is granted.
• Former Planning Board member Dominique Sampson has agreed to fill out the term of Planning Board chairman Irv Butler who would like to resign. The Nov. 14 meeting of the Planning Board will see those votes taken.
• Treasurer/Collector Colleen Morin sent a letter to selectmen saying that her department is adopting the same every other week schedule as selectmen, that many Monday evenings when selectmen are not meeting, she is open but has had not one person come in.
• Plympton selectmen will next meet Monday, Nov. 14.
In Halifax, included on the election ballot for the November 8 election, along with the four state-wide referenda (additional slot-machine parlor, charter schools, regulation for raising farm animals, marijuana legalization), is one specific to Halifax. It reads as follows:
Shall the Town of Halifax be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two and one-half, so-called, the amounts required to pay for the bond issued in order to pay for the repairs, renovations and expansion of the Council on Aging Center/Pope’s Tavern including the payment of all costs incidental or related thereto?
The Halifax Board of Selectmen placed this question on the ballot in case a future Town Meeting approves borrowing money for the renovation and addition to the Council on Aging Center/Pope’s Tavern but makes funding for the project contingent upon approval of a debt exclusion (an approved debt exclusion allows the Town to pay a particular debt with an increase in taxes above and beyond the normal levy limit).
If this question was not placed on the November 8 ballot and a future Town Meeting approved borrowing the money contingent upon the debt exclusion, another election, at additional cost, would have had to be held.
The approval or disapproval of this question is not the same as approving or disapproving this project.
That will be a decision made by a future Town Meeting.
That Town Meeting will have several options for funding including other sources of funding along with borrowing and can decide to have the borrowing contingent on a debt exclusion or to have the borrowing paid for within the levy limit.
1) If I vote “yes” on Question 5, does that mean I am approving the project?
2) If I vote “no” on Question 5, does that mean I am disapproving the project?
3) If Question 5 is approved, does that mean that the project is approved?
4) If Question 5 is disapproved, does that mean that the project is disapproved? “No”
The approval or disapproval of Question 5 simply provides or eliminates an option for funding the project. Approval or disapproval of the project will be subject to a vote at a Special Town Meeting late this fall or early this winter.
If you have any questions about Question 5, please contact the Halifax Selectmen’s Office at 781-294-1316.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Oct. 24, for Kevin Michael Reed, Jr., 25, of East Bridgewater formerly of Halifax, who died in a tragic automobile accident Sunday, Oct. 16, on South St., Halifax. The passenger in Reed’s vehicle, Michael Ambrose, was transported to South Shore Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was Daniel Norvish of Halifax. He was transported to Brockton Hospital.
The two-car accident remains under investigation, according to Chief Ted Broderick.
Born in Brockton in 1991, Kevin was the first son of Kevin Reed, Sr. and Karen (Reid) Reed of Halifax, and graduated from Silver Lake High School with the Class of 2009.
Kevin spent the next seven years working at the Reed HVAC business with his father and brothers.
Kevin was the fiance for eight years to Violet Vargas and the future brother-in-law of Vinny Vargas of Halifax. Kevin and Violet together lived in East Bridgewater. They enjoyed concerts and trips together, with their favorite destination being Maine with family. Kevin also enjoyed watching endless Bruins and Cowboys games with his father and brothers and had many heartfelt moments fishing with his Mom, Karen. These are just some examples of the things that made Kevin the “Giant Teddy Bear” that everyone loved.
In addition to his parents Kevin and Karen and his fiancé Violet, he is survived by his siblings Austin and Kyle Reed of Halifax and Paul Francis Hart, Jr., of Holbrook; his maternal grandparents, Janet Reid of East Bridgewater and the late Harry Reid; his paternal grandparents, Kenneth and Barbara Jones “love you squeaks” of East Bridgewater; his aunts and uncles, Harry and Sharon Reid of Palm Coast, FL, Kim Ferranti of Holbrook, Robert Reid of Randolph, Kristen Reid Pauze (KeKe) of Carver, Kerry Reid of East Bridgewater, John Pauze of Hanson, Brenda Ambrose of West Bridgewater, Kenneth and Susan Reed of East Bridgewater, Brent and Susan Bratti of East Bridgewater, Kenneth and Ann Jones of Abington, and Michael J. (Mikey) Forni, Jr of Halifax; his cousins, Daniel Ambrose, Jr., Michael Ambrose, Allyson Arseneau, Meghan Bratti, Emma Bratti, Haleigh Reed, Sherry Cotnoir, Harry Vangelist, Daniel Bushi, Cody Pauze, Kayla Ferranti, Macy Reid, McKenzie Pauze, Samantha Reid and Brent VonMagnus. He is also survived by many loving friends, including the “Four Quarters,” Vinny Vargas, Danny Ambrose, Paul Hart and Chief.
His funeral service will be held Monday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth St., Rte. 58 at the rotary circle, Whitman. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Whitman. Visitation will be held Sunday Oct. 23, from 2 -6 p.m.
Facing the No. 1 ranked team in the state, the Duxbury Dragons, the Silver Lake High School football team had an opportunity to prove themselves as the top team on the South Shore. And while it was tightly contested for much of the first half, the Lakers unraveled late and fell, 55-14. With the loss, they fall to 4-1 while the Dragons improve to 5-0.
After fumbling, the Lakers surrendered the first score of the game. But they responded quickly. Quarterback Alex Snell’s 5-yard touchdown rush lit the scoreboard on the Lakers side, making it a 7-6 game (the Lakers’ extra point attempt was blocked).
With 4:51 remaining in the first half, a 7-yard touchdown run by Phil Lashley put the Lakers a field goal away from taking the lead. They trailed, 14-12 at the time.
After Lashley’s touchdown, the Dragons began pulling away. Their potent air raiding offense clicked as they threw 45-yard and 70-yard touchdown passes before the end of the half, going into the locker room with a 16-point lead.
The Dragons played stout defense in the second half, preventing the Lakers offense from scoring again. The Lakers only second half score came on special teams — a blocked PAT attempt returned for two points, cutting the Dragons lead to 34-14.
Towards the end of the second half, both teams got their second units on the field.
With the win, it appears as though the Dragons will likely win the league title, although both sides do have two league games remaining. To win the league title, the Lakers would need the Dragons to lose both of their next two league games. This includes one against a winless Quincy Presidents squad next Friday night, who has allowed over 40 points per game this season and has scored just two touchdowns in five games — and zero against opposing team’s first units. The Lakers beat the Presidents, 40-7, earlier this season.
While a league title now appears unlikely, the Lakers are still in position for a high playoff seeding — which would likely result in home playoff games.
Their next game, a home game, is this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. against Plymouth North, a team who has yet to win a league game this season.
And the following Friday, the Lakers close out their league action at home against the Whitman-Hanson Panthers (7:00 p.m. start time). Like the Lakers, the Panthers lone defeat this season came against Duxbury.
HALIFAX – Brian Jenkinson met his guardian angel last Wednesday night when the vehicle he was operating hit a tree on Thompson Street in Halifax. The vehicle erupted into flames with Brian trapped inside.
Matt Savastano saw the vehicle in flames, grabbed his fire extinguisher, called 911 and went into action, dousing the flames and helping Jenkinson from the inferno, bringing him to safety.
Capt. William Palma of the Halifax Fire Department, said, “It was a severe accident and his actions were truly heroic.”
The Halifax Fire Department credits Savastano with likely saving Jenkinson’s life. Jenkinson was treated at a Boston trauma center.
On Thursday, Captain Palma brought some t-shirts from the Halifax Fire Department to show the department’s appreciation to them for their bravery. He also brought the thanks of his department to Savastano who helped save a life.
Jenkinson told his grandfater that he thought surely with his injuries and being trapped inside his truck that he would die there.
But it seems that what goes around comes around and this time Savastano was able to help
Two years before, Jenkinson had saved a man from drowning. This time it was his turn to be saved. Perhaps there is some cosmic justice.