5 Things You Need to Know Today in Easton: July 11

Events and happenings around Easton today.


1. The 7-11 on the corners of and will be hopping today. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., approximately 8,200 participating 7-Eleven stores in across the U.S. will give away free 7.11-ounce Slurpee drinks.

2. Did you notice anything different at Five Corners this week?

is back in business. The fast food joint fell victim to a fire in March. For a full video of the incident,

3. The Easton Lions Grange Thrift Shop will be open today at 10 a.m. For more information,

4. Woodworking classes will be available at 6 p.m. tonight at 143 Washington Street. For more information,

5. In case you missed it, a Federal Judge will allow motions in lawsuits against Aaron Hess, the police officer who shot and killed Easton native DJ Henry.

Diane E. Peterson July 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
What's up with the Belcher-Malleable factory on "106" being torned down? Who bought it & what's going in there?
Patrick Maguire (Editor) July 12, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Hi Diane. Thanks for reaching out. I'm working on getting some info for you and everyone else. The Acting Planning Director Stephanie Danielson told me the current owner filed for demolition which includes all the existing steel structure and the office building in the front. The foundation and concrete slabs are not being removed and there is no excavation planned in conjunction with the demolition. She said there is no info right now on plans for development of the site. I'll keep working on getting info, so look for a story in Patch soon. Best, patrick
Diane E. Peterson July 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I truly believe that the Town didn't do their job. If Acting Planning Director, Danielson knew about this demolition she should have asked to see the DEP & EPA paperwork. Everyone in Easton knows that there was toxic metals, oil spills, air pollution dating back to 2003 & way before. In late 2004 Belcher rec'd a "Dirty Dozen" award from Toxics Action Center - an organization which helps neighborhood groups thru New England fight toxic pollution in their communities.- as one of New England's 12 top polluters. Also, the Historical Society should have been informed by the Town, due to the fact it was over 75 yrs. old, did Danielson check with them? A third observation was that the company that was taking down the buildings was using our precious water from OUR hydrants, who opened the hydrant? The company should have called in a "water tanker" to use for hosing down the demolition NOT Town water, which the residents will be paying for. The abutters were NOT notified, Danielson should have requested the letter & receipts that should have been mailed out. Shoddy work on the part of the Town. This is unacceptable, hopefully someone is going to fine this company (State & Town) & also be compensated for the water use. All the residents of Easton are on a mandatory water ban, yet this water was on for 3 days, maybe longer. The Town really dropped the ball & some heads should roll for the incompetence that they have shown.
Local PR July 14, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Someone send me the bill for those 3 days of water usage, I'll pass the hat around as I know plenty who'd gladly pay for it. That Belcher site is the biggest eyesore in the town now that the dump by the s-curve has been flattened. Good riddance to these blights on our beautiful town.
Sinclair July 15, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Didn't we read recently that the town manager was not interested in searching for a new Planning Director this summer? He commented that potential applicants would not be interested in looking for a job change until after summer vacation. He said he would not advertise the opening until September. Meanwhile, the demolition showed that life goes on while planning took a vacation.


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