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.
On Thursday night, the Duxbury High School Best Buddies and Student Council clubs host their 14th annual talent show. From 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center, high school students and Buddies will perform a wide variety of acts to support the clubs.
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for friendships, employment and leadership for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
John Jordan founded the DHS Best Buddies chapter when he was a student in 2001. Later that year, Jordan and his Buddy, Ronny Wuenneman, organized the first ever talent show, beginning the tradition that continues today.
The Board of Selectmen have endorsed a plan that will allow the town to maintain a private view easement on Standish Street.
In 2000, the Conservation Commission purchased a small lot at the corner of Standish and Marshall Streets that included a scenic view easement across the nearby Winslow property out onto Eagles Nest Bay, according to Conservation Administrator Joe Grady.
Owners of an Elm Street property have retained town approvals granted five years ago to construct a cell tower on their land. The Duxbury Planning Board voted last month to approve changes to a 2011 site plan for a T-Mobile monopole cell tower at 421 Elm Street.
The property, which is now owned by Stuart and Leslie Lee, had gained previous approval from the town for a special permit for the cell tower but it was never built.
According to minutes from the Planning Board’s March 9 meeting, Native American artifacts had been discovered in the area originally proposed for a roadway leading up to the cell tower.
The new site plan shows a different position for the tower access road and also requires less tree cutting in the area. No changes to the home’s street entrance or the monopole were proposed.
Duxbury Planning Director Valerie Massard said she did not know if the Lees had any plans to move forward with the monopole but that they came before the town to make sure the permits for it didn’t expire.
April showers may bring May flowers, but April can also bring smoother roads in Duxbury since it’s the start of paving season - if the weather ever acts more like spring.
Department of Public Works Director Peter Buttkus said he is hoping to start and finish his list of road paving in April.
The following streets are scheduled to be paved: all of Bayridge Lane; all of Bryant Ave.; a section of Elm Street from Tobey Garden Street to the Route 3 overpass; all of Pricilla Ave.; all of Russell Road; a section of Washington Street from Surplus Street to Harrison Street.
Mattakeesett Court road and parking lot – the town pier – are also on the paving schedule.
“We will be starting sometime this month,” Buttkus said, adding that a number of factor influence the exact date road paving can begin, such as state reimbursement for roadwork, when the contractor T.L. Edwards can begin, when the asphalt plants open for the season and the weather. Unless the weather is warmer and drier, the paving must wait.
Buttkus said the paving is not in any priority list. The contractor will begin with one street and then do all the roads “in one fell swoop,” he said. Buttkus would just like to make sure the paving is done at the town pier well before boating season begins.
T.L. Edwards won the paving bid for the towns in the South Shore Consortium, of which Duxbury is a part.
Buttkus said the town will send out automated calls to residents in areas affected by road paving before the work commences.