Week in Review: December 11 - December 18
It was a busy week in Easton. Here is a look at the week in a glance.
It is officially holiday season in Easton, and while you were hanging Christmas lights and picking out that tree, Patch was out there letting you know what was going on around you.
Patch kicked off the week Sunday with a Q&A with Council on Aging Director Del Kent that featured the various programs the COA offered. Also on Sunday, Patch's editor Patrick Maguire wrote his first "editor's notebook" about the strong spirit of the people around him. To give back to the community, Maguire and Easton Patch advertising manager Brian Hemmert were out volunteering their time Thursday at the Ames Free Library.
We also found out Sunday who won that 1855 map of Easton - a former Easton librarian.
It was a busy week for the Easton Police Department. The police were on the lookout for an alleged rapist at Rolling Pines Condos while patroling the streets for petty theives. On Thursday, the police reported Christmas tips working for trash collectors, and manhole covers were reported missing on Friday.
Firefighters and EMT's were busy this week, too. On Tuesday night, a three-car accident injured three. Easton fire workers were on the scene quickly to help those hurt, and the road was blocked off from the Stoneforge to Main Street for approximately an hour. On Thursday, fire officials responded to a call about a gas leak at Kindercare on Washington street. 40 children were escorted out of the classroom while the problem was resolved.
Easton's town government was in full swing this week, too. At a Monday night selectmen's meeting, the Board of Selectmen discussed a $2 million deficit for fiscal year 2012. The board also agreed to draft a letter to the Department of Justice asking for the federal government to step into the DJ Henry case.
The Department of Justice responded to the family's repeated plea for federal interference on Thursday, when it sent a letter to the family's attorney, Michael Sussman, saying it was "monitoring" the situation. Sussman continued a plea for an independent investigation, claiming Henry's death was "murder" and evidence was tampered with.
On Friday night, family, friends and neighbors held a vigil for Henry at Serenade Park to honor Henry two months after his death.
On the business front, we learned that LOCO's owner James Messinger didn't sell his business after all. He had previously said that the business would be sold and he would still have a hand in it, but Messinger revoked his liquor lisence transfer this week, and the restaurant will stay in his hands.
For the first time in a few weeks, Oliver Ames athletics were in full swing this week. The OA girls' basketball team dropped its first game to Scituate and won its next game against Attleboro, while the boys' basketball team lost its' first game to Attleboro. The OA hockey team dropped a game Saturday to Silver Lake.
Our columnists entertained, as always. On Tuesday, Bob Havey talked about Christmas' tough times for some, and ways to give back. Ross Muscato, in similar spirit, asked us to "rally up" and support Anne and Rick Martin, whose house burned down last week. Muscato also wrote about Haddey and Lee, two caring Eastonites, and the construction of a special ice rink by another.
We were also introduced to our newest addition to the Patch family this week, parenting columnist Rachel Vidoni will be featured on a weekly basis with her column "Mediocre Mom Moments."
This week, Vidoni wrote about picking out and decorating the perfect Christmas tree.