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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Duxbury police are trying to find the person who created a Dropbox page that contained nude or partially nude images of at least 50 Duxbury High School girls.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Benedict Tantillo said that last Wednesday two female students went to one of Duxbury High School’s assistant principals saying they had heard about a Dropbox file that allegedly contained compromising photographs of other female students and they were worried they were part of it.
According to the Duxbury police, the girls in the images were “in varying stages of undress.”
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.
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.
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.
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.