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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I want to provide an update to you regarding an issue that is of great concern to me. Many of you have already received a letter from DHS Principal Andrew Stevens regarding recent incidents involving some of our students. There have been many rumors throughout town about the substance abuse issue at the high school. I would like to address that here.
As you may have heard, I addressed the seniors last week around concerns that have arisen over the course of the year and specifically with regard to the Senior Night Out (a boat cruise for the senior class on the Spirit of Boston), on which there were a number of issues. NOTE: At this time, I have not decided to cancel future events for seniors and underclassmen. Any future decisions (ex. Senior BBQ, Senior Night Out - 2017) will be based on how the student community behaves at prom and other events.
What was intended to be a fun, healthy gathering of friends and classmates prompted Duxbury High School Principal Andrew Stephens to address the senior class in regards to “behavioral concerns that have arisen over the course of the year.”
These mounting issues finally reached a climax at the school’s annual Senior Night Out, held on Thursday, March 24 aboard the Odyssey, a cruise ship owned and operated by Entertainment Cruises. Over 200 DHS seniors attended the event.
In an email that Stephens released to parents and faculty on Thursday, April 14, a collection of students was caught being under the influence of drugs and alcohol while at the event.
Democrat Joan Meschino and Republican Patrick M. O'Connor earned decisive victories in the Tuesday, April 12 primaries.
The two victors will be opponents in the May 10 special election to fill the open Plymouth and Norfolk State Senate seat vacated by Republican Robert Hedlund. After serving in that role for two decades, Hedlund vacated his seat in December after he was elected the mayor of Weymouth.
The following is the seventh in a series examining the history and role of churches and houses of worship in Duxbury.
For Pastor David Woods, faith has been a journey. So when he needed to find a new home for his church – then called New Covenant Fellowship – after an electrical fire in 2007, Woods decided to rethink the name of the church as well. He decided on Journey Community of Faith.
\'I wanted something more inclusive, because over the years, I have become more and more inclusive in my approach to faith,\' said Woods, sitting in the Tarkiln Community Center, which is where the non-denominational Journey of Faith meets on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m.
\'Life is a journey, faith is a journey and we are all on that journey together,\' he added. Although Woods grew up in Tulsa, OK and graduated from Phillips University in Enid, OK, he attended seminary Andover-Newton Theological School in Newton, which brought him to the youth pastor job at Duxbury’s Pilgrim Church in 1969.