Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Public hearing to continue April 23.
Norton residents once again gathered at the Conservation Commission public hearing to learn more about the proposed teambuilding camp proposed for Pheeny’s Island. In a continuation of the Feb. 13 meeting, Chris Yarworth of Yarworth Engineering gave more detailed information on property lines and impact on area wildlife. The island is 7.36 acres of surface area. The original conveyance in 1894 listed it as 6 acres. “The 6 acres plus or minus as it’s referred to in the deeds was an estimate because the original deeds dating back to the 1800s, there had never been a detailed survey of the island prior to the work that we had done,” said attorney Matt Watsky. Eighty-three trees out of the estimated 1,750 on the island will be cut down. …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Board will not be available that evening.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
A look at the top headlines in your town and the surrounding area for the week of February 27, 2012.
Stonehill Graduate Sues School Over Roommate’s Open, Active Sex Life Court papers reveal that a former Stonehill College graduate is suing the school because she says her roommate's sex life drove her into a suicidal depression, CBS Boston reported this week. Stonehill says the school worked quickly to resolve the student's issue. Read more by clicking here. *** New and Expanded Businesses Open in Stoughton—Corner Café, LA Fitness, Family Dollar At the former site of the Stoughton Coffee Shop, The Corner Cafe opened Monday morning, February 27. Located at the corner of School Street and Canton Street, the small spot is looking to attract a crowd serving good food with an excellent presentation. L.A. Fitness, a national fitness chain, …
Friday, March 2, 2012
Patrols set out to find perpetrators.
Selectmen and town manager Michael Yunits are appealing to the would-be Robin Hoods who have been ripping off field markers on Pheeny's Island to stay away and let the permitting process go ahead. Yunits reported Thursday the vandals who were trying to stymie proponents of Kenneth Leavitt's proposed adventure camp on the island have been ashore at least two more times since the initial raid on tree markers, wetlands flags and "no trespassing" signs. "They have no right to go out and damage the island," Yunits said. "The proponent spent thousands to delineate the wetlands and flag the course." He said 20 no trespassing signs were taken down on two occasions. Determined and creative marauders even found a way to frustrate the attempts of …
Saturday, February 18, 2012
A look at the top headlines in your town and the surrounding area for the week of February 13, 2012.
Soldier Stationed in Afghanistan Speaks with 2nd Graders at Stoughton’s South School [VIDEO] Lt. Col. John Lee of the Army National Guard recently spoke with second graders at the South Elementary School via Skype while stationed in Afghanistan. Lt. Col. Lee, a Sharon resident, and his infantry returned home to the States on February 9. The second graders in Barbara Mills (his mother-in-law) and Jess Rosenthal’s classes at the South asked Lt. Col. Lee a variety of questions—everything from what the weather was like over there to what Afghan children did for fun to why he was over there to where he sleeps to if he felt safe. Read more by clicking here. *** Kennedy Kicks off Campaign With Day-Long Tour of District After officially …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Norton residents express opposition to adventure camp at public hearing Monday night.
Over 100 people turned out for the Pheeny’s Island public hearing Monday night, many of them voicing their strong opinions against the proposed adventure park. Currently the island is for sale by a private owner. “Be aware, this is a private land owner, as we all potentially are,” said Conservation Commission member Julian Kadish. “And there are a lot of rules about what people can’t do with their land, but in general we’re allowed freedom beyond that to do what we want with the land. So you have to look at both sides of this issue.” Chris Yarworth of Yarworth Engineering presented the project, describing it as an “environmentally sensitive course.” The goal is to use the trees for rope bridges, ziplines and other challenges. The …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Hearing to address environmental, noise concerns.
The proposed Island Adventure Camp for Pheeny’s Island is drawing a lot of controversy from both sides. Both will be able to discuss this proposal at a public hearing Monday night. Entrepreneur Kenneth Leavitt has his eye on the densely wooded, seven-acre Pheeny’s Island that just happens to be for sale - an ideal site, he told selectmen four months ago, for treetop ropes courses that will challenge individuals of all ages and build teamwork and family bonds. "It's extra safe," he said, describing the double clip carabiner system and the safety lines that traverse the length of the ropes courses. The all-wood construction of the platforms spare the big trees from harm, and shelters, composting bathrooms, and snack bars are made of logs to …