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Discounted beach stickers available through Friday

Buy your beach stickers by Friday, April 29 to get a discount. 

The early-bird discount for over sand beach stickers ends this Friday and town officials are urging residents to take advantage of the $20 savings.

The discounted price for over-sand resident beach stickers is $160. As of Saturday, the price will be $180. 

“We encourage patrons to buy your beach stickers either online or at the treasurer/collector’s office before the close of business on Friday, April 29,” said Town Manager René Read Monday. Non-residents can also take advantage of the early bird discount.

Their over-sand stickers currently cost $295 but after May 1 the price will be $325. There is no early discount for resident parking lot stickers. They cost $90.

Schools call on community to help with drug problem

By now the incident at Senior Night Out involving several Duxbury High School students found to be under the influence of drugs and alcohol during the event is well known; student drug and alcohol use is not a new issue (nor one existing only in Duxbury), but, according to local police and school officials, it is an escalating one. 

“The numbers are increasing nationally,” said Duxbury school resource officer Friend Weiler. “We’re all on the same page in that we all want to keep the kids safe. We must inform them of the dangers and help them make good decisions. We want to provide them with tools to arm themselves with knowledge to protect themselves, their friends and their peer group. We want to make sure that they’re making good choices and not forming any bad habits going forward.”

So what is being done to combat this problem on a local level? What measures is the community taking to avoid a repeat incident at future school functions? 

In a letter addressed to the Duxbury Public School community on Friday, April 15, Superintendent Dr. Ben Tantillo stated, “We are very concerned about the safety of our students. We are addressing the issue in a myriad of ways involving partnerships between the schools, parents, students, community and lawenforcement.” 

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Plovers return to beach; numbers close to 2015

The Piping Plover watch on Duxbury Beach has begun again. Currently 30 birds – 14 pairs and two singles – have been spotted on the beach and one nest has been located so far, according to Town Manager René Read, who made this announcement Monday night at the selectmen’s meeting.

“You will recall that three years ago I committed myself to advising the public of the arrival of the Piping Plovers to our shore,” Read said. “As has been the case for many generations, the Plovers have returned.” 

This year’s numbers of the small, buff-colored shore birds are comparable to last year’s, said Read. 

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Special meeting for flood maps?

The town has only recently heard that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be issuing its final opinion about changes to local flood maps but town officials are already planning their appeal.

“Last week our office received notification from FEMA that the ‘letter of final determination’ is expected to be issued on May 4, regarding FEMA’s map revisions in November of 2015 and March of 2016,” Town Manager René Read told the Board of Selectmen Monday.

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Fallout from Senior Night Out: Schools mete out consequences

At this year’s Duxbury High School Senior Night Out, held on a cruise ship in Boston in late March, several members of the senior class were caught under the influence of drugs and alcohol, however, no criminal charges were filed against them, leaving the disciplinary power in the hands of school officials.

Attendees were able to smuggle drugs and alcohol on board despite two separate pat-down searches conducted prior to students entering the vessel.

Students’ stories to school officials and local law enforcement upon returning to campus following the night’s proceedings produced “widespread but unconfirmed” rumors of cocaine and MDMA (Molly) possession and use.

DHS principal Andrew Stephens found these students’ accounts “compelling enough to report to parents.”

The group of students discovered to be under the influence were not found to be in possession of drugs and alcohol by school officials and therefore no criminal charges were brought on them. The absence of possession essentially left the disciplinary power in the hands of the school. The fact that this incident occurred well outside the confines of Duxbury would have turned this into a Boston Police Department matter had it reached that level.

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Battelle under agreement with residential builders

Battelle announced Tuesday that it has a signed a purchase and sales agreement for its 11-acre Washington Street campus with Bostonarea developers Diamond/ Sinacori, LLC. Battelle spokesperson Katy Delaney contacted the Clipper Tuesday morning with the news.

“We have worked diligently to find the right developer for this unique piece of property – one who shares a good vision to meet our mutual goals,” said Delaney. “We are sensitive to the historic and scenic nature of the property and our buyer selection process has gone to great lengths to assure its respectful redevelopment.”

“We’re very happy with this news,” Delaney said, adding that “responsible redevelopment of the property” was the company’s main goal. In her press release, she wrote that “Diamond/Sinacori is “an award-winning residential developer with a history of developing historically significant sites.”

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Shots fired; gunman tased: Random shootings injure two

Two early morning shootings Sunday in Duxbury have left two men, including a Tobey Garden Street resident, recovering from gunshot wounds and local townspeople in shock from the random acts of violence that happened in the heart of their quiet town.

On Sunday around 1:15 a.m., a 33-year old Marshfield man was driving past Duxbury Town Hall on Tremont Street when he was shot in the abdomen by a shotgun wielding man in a passing car, according to Duxbury police.

The victim drove himself to the fire station down the road on Tremont Street to receive help for his injuries. He had shotgun pellets lodged on his left side and lower abdomen and back. He was transported to the South Shore Hospital in Weymouth with non-life threatening injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.

With the shooting victim and police at the fire station, that building was turned into a crime scene, according to Duxbury Police Chief Matthew Clancy.

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Duxbury Police: Two Men Shot, Suspect in Custody

Matthew M. Clancy, Police Chief:

At approximately 1:15am Sunday, a 33 year old Marshfield man was traveling along Tremont Street in Duxbury near the Town Hall when he was shot by a passing vehicle. The man, who was shot in the abdomen, drove himself to the nearby Duxbury Fire Station for help. Some twenty minutes later while Duxbury and Kingston Police officer were investigating the first shooting a suspicions vehicle was observed in the area.

A Duxbury unit attempted to make contact with the vehicle as it fled the area, speeding onto Tobey Garden’s Street. For a short time the officer lost visual on the vehicle, a Chevy Impala bearing a temporary Maine registration tag, but reencountered it seconds later in the 100 block of Tobey Gardens as it was now stopped in front of a home there. As the officer approached the vehicle a resident quickly approach stating he was just shot by the occupant of the vehicle. The vehicle again tried to flee the area but was blocked in the Duxbury Police cruiser. As the officer attempted to arrest the man he came at the officer with a hunting knife and was subdued by the officer using an electronic control weapon (Taser). A Kingston Police officer arrived as backup and assisted with the arrest.


Inside the man’s car police recovered a shot gun believed to be used in both shootings. The resident of Tobey Garden’s Street who was shot was letting his dog out when the man pulled in front of the home and shot him seconds before the first Duxbury cruiser arrived. Both gunshot victims were transported by the Duxbury Fire Department to a Plymouth Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officers were not injured during the arrest. At this early point in the investigation the shootings appear completely random.


The suspect is identified as Lucas McPherson (25 years of age) with a last known address in Mapleton Maine. He will be arraigned Monday at Plymouth District Court. Duxbury Police requested the assistance of Kingston police officers at the scenes of the two shootings as well as the Mass State Police. MSP Detectives and Crime Scene technicians responded and are working with Duxbury Police Detectives on the incident.



DHS students provide “Helping Hands”

This year, Duxbury High School juniors Callie Brandeis, Maya Bennett, Caitlyn Carlisle, Meredith Lewis, Dani Bishop, and Alyssa McKim started the club Helping Hands.

The club provides members with opportunities to volunteer and get involved in the community. Already, they have worked with several organizations and hope to make their classmates passionate about volunteering. 

Brandeis began volunteering in fifth grade, regularly visiting soup kitchens and programs like Head Start and Box Project with her family. She has also been the youth coordinator of such service at her church for the past two years.

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Duxbury School Committee Welcomes New Members

Two new members in Julia Adams and Shannon Hall-Moesaa were welcomed on April 13 at the Duxbury School Committee meeting.

The two new committee members replace outgoing members Kellie Bresnehan and Mary Lou Buell.

The committee decided to elect current chairwoman Anne Ward as chairwoman again for the coming year. Ward has served the board for 12 years.

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Duxbury Senior Center: a community place

It’s a Tuesday morning and the Duxbury Senior Center is bubbling with activity, noise and the smells of a hot lunch cooking. The senior center, which has been providing services to those over 65, is a virtual community hub for Duxbury. Buses are picking up and dropping off, meals are being delivered and people are heading over to have lunch with friends as others are headed to classes: exercise, lifelong learning and so many more. 

The organizer behind all this activity is director, Joanne Moore. Moore, who joined the center shortly after it opened in 2001 as a program director, has been executive director since 2004. She has pursued and won grants for activities and new programs, attracted and retained a steady stream of volunteers (there are 250 currently) and made the center a test site for determining viability of new programs for seniors in the state of Massachusetts.

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A little knowledge goes a long way: Kenneth Gloss on books – valuable and otherwise

In 1827, a young poet published a collection of poems called “Tamerlane.”

At the time, 50 copies were printed and the author’s real name was not used – credit was given only to “A Bostonian.” 

Today, Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tamerlane,” a thin, papery pamphlet containing ten poems, can be worth as much as $800,000. Kenneth Gloss, the second-generation owner of Brattle Books in Boston and a PBS Antiques Roadshow appraiser, used this example in his discussion about the value of books when he came to town recently as part of the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society’s Sarah Wingate Taylor lecture series.

Gloss has been in the book business since 1973 when he began working with his father who started Brattle Books in 1949. His knowledge of old and used books is vast and the stories and anecdotes he offered to a packed audience at the Society’s archives at the Wright building were both informative and entertaining.

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Credit for Life Fair Debuts in Duxbury

Before kicking off April break, 70 Duxbury High School seniors took part in “Credit for Life” for most of the school day on Wednesday, April 13 and figured out just how much money and planning it takes to live on your own.

“Credit for Life Fair” was a combined effort of the high school administration, math department teachers, the Parent Teacher Organization, many parent and community volunteers, financial advisors, banks and local businesses.

The day-long event is Duxbury’s first foray into “Credit for Life” the name given to similar efforts around the state to help prepare students for life outside of school.

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Yes, We are Losing Beach: But there are ways to fight the rising tide

An engineer from the environmental consulting firm Woods Hole Group told a crowded audience at the Senior Center on April 12 that the tide is indeed rising, all over Duxbury Beach.

From 1853 to 2015, erosion amounted to between 1 to 2 feet per year, coastal engineer Kirk Bosma told the crowd of about 75. More recently, the rates have increased to about 3 to 4 feet per year, though those rates vary across the beach.

“We are losing feet of shoreline all across the beach and erosion is accelerating at the bottom of the barrier beach,” Bosma said as he presented the findings of Falmouth-based Woods Hole Group.

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Drugs/alcohol on the rise: Superintendent, DHS principal voice concern within schools

This year’s Duxbury High School Senior Night Out event, held on a cruise ship in Boston, was plagued by the fact that several members of the senior class were caught under the influence of drugs and alcohol. 

Prescription drugs and alcohol were smuggled on board despite two separate searches being conducted prior to the attendees entering the vessel. Widespread rumors of cocaine and MDMA (Molly) possession emerged as students recounted their stories to school and law enforcement officials upon their return to campus.

This incident prompted DHS Principal Andrew Stephens to formally address the senior class in addition to releasing an email for parents detailing the substance abuse issue the high school is currently facing.

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