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Public meeting on Battelle to be held on Tuesday, May 24

The public is invited to a meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at the Duxbury Senior Center at 7 p.m. to hear from developer Merrill Diamond of Diamond Sinacori about the company’s plans to redevelop Battelle Memorial Institute’s campus on Washington Street. Diamond is hoping to solicit the public’s input, ideas and comments. 

 

New vote counting machines will be used in election

Duxbury is getting new vote tabulation machines, thanks to both a town meeting appropriation and a recent vote of the Board of Selectmen to declare the old machines surplus.

At the annual Town Meeting in March, voters approved $42,500 to buy seven new digital scan precinct tabulator machines.

These counting machines are the ones residents slip their ballots into after they have cast their votes. 

Last week, selectmen voted to authorize Town Clerk Susan Kelley to buy the new machines, and they declared the old ballot readers surplus so she could trade them in.

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Pilgrim: What will happen at shut-down and beyond

Entergy, the owner of Pilgrim nuclear power plant in Plymouth says Pilgrim will shut down May 31, 2019. For Duxbury, the next three years may be the most dangerous.

The Nuclear Regulator Commission says that Pilgrim is one of the three worst nuclear power plants in the country (the others are also owned by Entergy). There is no evidence that Entergy, a company losing money, will make the investments necessary to stop Pilgrim’s downward trajectory.

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Permits approved by town for The Oysterman: New restaurant/tavern to open on Railroad Ave.

The Oysterman, a new restaurant and tavern on Railroad Ave., received its food and alcohol licenses from the town recently. 

On Monday, May 9, Duxbury’s Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to grant a common victualler’s license to sell and serve food, a new onpremise alcohol license and an entertainment license to Dermot Loftus, owner of The Oysterman. 

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Jeep demolished in 4 a.m. smash up at dealer

At around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, an out-of-town driver plowed through the Cox’s Corner intersection and crashed into vehicles in the Milbrook Auto Sales used car lot demolishing a Jeep Wrangler.

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Speak For Thyself Awards on Thursday

On Thursday, The Alden Kindred of America reaches a special milestone as this longtime Duxbury establishment celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Speak for Thyself Awards event, which is dedicated to recognizing the contributions of remarkable women to their communities and to the world. 

The awards will take place at the Duxbury Bay Maritime School, 457 Washington Street from 6-9 p.m. This year, two of the three award recipients come from Duxbury, and also a Duxbury High School senior will be receiving a special award.

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O’Connor wins election: Weymouth town councilor bests Dem. Meschino

Weymouth Republican Patrick O’Connor won last Tuesday’s special state election, gaining the seat vacated last year by Republican State Senator Robert Hedlund. 

At Duxbury’s May 10 election, O’Connor, Hedlund’s former legislative director and Weymouth Town Council president, received just 38 more votes than Democratic opponent Joan Meschino, a former Hull selectman.

O’Connor won the election for state senator for the Plymouth-Norfolk district with 426 votes. Meschino tallied 388 votes.

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DHS prom night is this Saturday

It’s prom time in Duxbury.

On Saturday evening, the annual promenade of high school juniors and seniors and their guests will process down the red carpet in front of the high school and the public is welcome to come watch them. Almost 550 students and guests are expected to walk the red carpet between 5:15 and 6 p.m. After that they will take 11 busses to the Quincy Marriott for their prom, which will run until 11 p.m.

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Lincoln Street theft foiled: At-home resident scares burglar

Duxbury Police are working to track down a man who tried to force his way into a house on Lincoln Street last Thursday morning. 

A Lincoln Street resident reported that at approximately 10:30 a.m., a heavy-set white man wearing a red flannel shirt knocked at her front door. The resident chose not to answer the door and then the man started to force his way into the house.

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Duxbury Police: DPD Investigating Attempted Burglary to Occupied Home

Matthew M. Clancy, Police Chief:

Today (Thursday, May 12, 2016) at approximately 10:30 a.m., a Lincoln Street resident called to report that a man had forced entry into the home but then fled the area in a vehicle when confronted. The suspect knocked on the front door of the home initially. The occupant chose not to respond to the knock. Shortly after, the suspect then forced the door open at which time the occupant called out and the man fled.

The suspect is described as a heavily built white male, over 6” tall with light colored hair who was wearing a red flannel shirt. He fled the area in a dark gray or blue sedan. Police canvassed the area with negative results. A regional police broadcast was issued. The case is being investigated by detectives from the Duxbury Police Criminal Investigations Bureau (CIB).

Anyone with information is asked to call Duxbury Police at 781-934-5656 X1179

Enter July 4 floats

Believe it or not – the Fourth of July is less than two months away and Duxbury’s Fourth of July committee is urging residents to do two things to make the town’s beloved celebration great: donate money and enter a float. 

July Fourth Committee co-chairman Jamie MacNab appeared before the Board of Selectmen Monday to announce that the theme of the 2016 parade will be “Time Machine: Parading through the decades.”

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Stay away from young Harbor Seals at the beach: Aquatic mammals take time out for rest and sun

Harbor seals, those cute little grey creatures beachgoers see at Duxbury beach in late spring and early summer, lay on the sand simply to get rest and sun, according to New England Aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse. 

LaCasse said the animals seen on the shore are always pups, “because they don’t know any better.” 

Right now, harbor seal mothers are still pregnant with babies that should be born in the next week or so in Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard and islands around them. About a month to six weeks later – sometime in June – those babies will be done nursing and will be weaned from their mothers. After that, they are sent off to take care of themselves.

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Two teens injured in single-car crash

Two Duxbury teens were injured Saturday night when the car they were riding in went off the road and struck a tree on South Station Street.

Rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver from the vehicle. 

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Outdoor Learning Area for “Duxburrow” unveiled

After several years of planning and at least three years of obstacles that delayed it, including a winter of massive snowstorms and a school demolition and construction project, the Duxborrow Outdoor Learning Area was unveiled to the public at Duxbury High School on Wednesday, May 4.

Championed by former science teacher, now head of Duxbury Public School’s technology department, Cheryl Lewis, the project was a labor of love by area parents, teachers, local businesses and community organizations.

The newly-opened outdoor learning area follows the trails used by Duxbury’s early European settlers to get around Duxbury and travel to Marshfield and Plymouth. 

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35 units planned for Battelle site: Will require new zoning district

Merrill Diamond, president of Boston-area real estate developers Diamond Sinacori, LLC, appeared before the Duxbury Board of Selectmen Monday night to discuss his preliminary plans to develop the 11-acre Battelle site on Washington Street.

The draft site plan shows a total of 35 residences as well as a 40-space public parking lot with a walkway to Duxbury bay.

Diamond Sinacori, LLC signed a purchase and sales agreement with Battelle for the property on April 21. Most of the company’s work is adaptive reuse and historic preservation; the rest is new construction.

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