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Gateway to Manor proposal revisited

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Manor Neighborhood Association
 
 
At the monthly meeting of the Manor Neighborhood Association on Wednesday, February 15, a previously-defeated proposal for a renovated intersection where Sprague Streets turns toward Hyde Park was addressed in a wide-ranging discussion among residents, the town administrator, the public works director and the chief of police.
 
Police Chief Mike D’Entremont gave a summary of police activity in the Manor section of town during the weeks leading up to the meeting. “It’s actually been pretty quiet down the Manor area,” he said. He noted that the police had received a call reporting a sound like gunshots on January 28th, but a woman in attendance clarified. “It was fireworks, I could see it from my window,” she said. Several residents and Chief D’Entremont also exchanged information about certain other developments that need monitoring, such as a young man said to be sifting through households’ trash at night.
 
Town Administrator Bill Keegan provided a brief overview of his duties, and praised the group for its collective progress. “It really does deter from unsavory activity,” he said. “People pay attention, it’s very effective.” Several members present then voiced concerns to Keegan.
 
Michael Leahy of Lancaster discussed a property he has noticed that seems to have been abandoned. “It’s a mess,” he said. Maher asked Keegan, “Can we get a list of either bank-owned or abandoned properties in the neighborhood?” Keegan answered that the town may not know when a property has been abandoned if it is owned by a bank and the bank continues to pay local taxes for the lot. Keegan added, “We can tell you the ones that are in foreclosure.” After commenting that such abandoned properties drive down the values of adjacent homes, Maher said “I’ll put a list together” of such sites.
 
Another resident asked about the town’s snow and ice budget, given the relatively warm winter so far. DPW director Joe Flanagan replied, “We’re waiting for one big storm,” and he noted that the town has spent about $300,000 so far this winter on snow and ice removal. “Knock on wood, folks” Keegan said, adding that any unused monies originally slated for dealing with wintry weather would be devoted to capital needs around town.  
 
Much of the meeting focused on a proposal for the redevelopment of the intersection of Sprague Street near its intersection with Louise Road at the bottom of the large hill with the Early Childhood Education Center at its crest. That plan, known as Gateway to the Manor, was defeated as the result of several community meetings in past years, but residents at this meeting voiced a desire to revisit the concept.
 
That portion of the discussion began when Ron Brock of Lancaster Road said, “I noticed that Capen Hill was a mess” after one of the major storms last year and was the venue for several accidents. Brock asked Keegan if something could be done to improve the safety of that area.
 
Keegan replied by recalling the process by which enhancement to the area was previously considered. “We set aside cash,” he said, but noted that residents on the whole expressed dissatisfaction with the plans presented. “I went to at least three meetings on that, and the neighborhood said No. We had multiple designs. The Dedham Square project, that was all borrowing. We didn’t set the money aside for that.” Keegan also said the money that would have been spent on the Gateway to the Manor was funneled back into the town’s road repair program, some of which may have been spent on roads in the Manor. “I was the strongest advocate of getting that done,” Keegan said.
 
Brock said, “Pulling into that area now, it’s getting really crazy.” Another resident seemed to express support for revisiting the plan by suggesting that those who spoke against the proposal were stating a minority opinion. Brock asked, “How do we go forward?” One part of the answer was given by Flanagan, who stated that a parking lot must exist as part of reconstruction. Brock asked if a portion of the Striar property might serve that purpose if no suitable space could be found on the side of Sprague Street where the Village Manor is located.
 
In addition to safety, a priority was voiced of getting rid of the jersey barriers next to Terri’s Market. Toward the end of considerable discussion that ensued about both the safety and aesthetic priorities, Maher suggested that even if the current jersey barriers could not be removed because the owner of the land where they sit, Blue Jay restaurant proprietor George Wons, was grandfathered in under any new town ordinances, the group could advocate that no future properties in the Manor be allowed to erect similar structures.
 
The group’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Endicott Estate.
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February 25, 2012 at 11:12 pm

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Reggie LaRoche advances to All-State Meet

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DHS Boys Indoor Track

by Scott Heald

Senior Reggie LaRoche placed third in the state Division 4 with a throw of 49-5.5 in shotput this past Saturday, qualifying him for tomorrow’s All-State Meet at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. In addition, senior Mike Reda took 18th at the states in shotput with a throw of 38-3.

Head Coach Bill Weschrob praised both DHS athletes who competed at the state meet. “It was great to see Reggie hit 50 this season (personal best of 51-05) and for Mike to qualify for the division 4 state meet.” LaRoche is seeded 14th out of 24 competitors in his event at the All-States, based on each athlete’s top throw at the divisional state meet.

Coach Weschrob reflected on the progress of the entire squad. “I am very happy about how all of the boys performed over the season. For the last two dual meets of the season, we had 10 athletes (achieve a) PR in each race. The team really went after it in both of these meets. I am looking forward to the outdoor track season because many members of the indoor team will be competing outdoors.”

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February 23, 2012 at 9:38 am

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Editorial cartoon: “The Roaring Twenties”

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February 23, 2012 at 8:09 am

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Marauders subdue Wildcats as Clifford guides offense

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DHS Boys Basketball
 
All seven seniors contribute to victory
 
by Scott Heald
 
Hosting Milton on Senior Night this past Friday, the Marauders earned a 61-52 victory in front of a large crowd, as point guard Jeremy Clifford directed the offense and added a team-high 15 points including by sinking seven of eight free throws down the stretch. Seniors Vinny Iarrobino (14 points), Rohit Kumar (10), Mike Ryan (7) and Ben Walsh (7) also made significant contributions offensively.
 
Other DHS seniors likewise made their presence felt. Bobby Moroney started the home team on the right foot with a trey in the opening minutes, and Sean Coughlin helped out on defense and rebounding. Mike McFarland was a jack of all trades, grabbing boards, making steals, dishing assists and scoring a bucket off the glass.
 
A key play occurred early in the third quarter, with the Marauders holding a 39-32 advantage. Walsh corralled a loose ball and passed to Clifford. The junior maneuvered past a pair of Wildcats at midcourt then found Iarrobino close to the basket, and the DHS center  finished the play smoothly to make it a nine-point contest.

Following the final buzzer, Kumar talked about the team’s prospects for the postseason. “This is our time,” he said. The Marauders play in the state tournament next week.

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February 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

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Marauders conquer Milton on Senior Night

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DHS Girls Basketball

Jenna Savi’s 22 points propel offense

by Scott Heald

The Marauders concluded their regular season with a 51-30 triumph over Milton at O’Donnell Gymnasium this past Friday on Senior Night, as co-captain Jenna Savi led the DHS offense with 22 points and the entire squad played solid defense. Other contributions came from Ellen Masalsky (9 points), Emily Hill (8), Libby Masalsky (5), Brianna Dozier (4) and co-captain Sarah Warjas (3).

With a sizable and supportive crowd in attendance, the gym was brightly festooned with ribbons, balloons, and posters. Shortly after the final horn, the seniors on both teams and their parents were recognized in a brief ceremony. The Marauders (10-10), who have won four of their last five, spent this past week preparing for the state tournament, which begins in a few days.

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February 21, 2012 at 8:29 am

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Colleen Downing’s hat trick paves way in regular season finale

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DHS Girls Hockey

by Scott Heald

Sophomore Colleen Downing tallied a hat trick plus an assist in a 7-0 victory over visiting Dennis-Yarmouth on Saturday in Dedham’s regular season finale. Other point-scorers included Sam Girard (goal, 4 assists), tri-captain Paige Keefe (goal, 2 assists), tri-captain Tara Celata (goal, assist), Kathleen Donlon (goal), Emma Child (assist) and Kassandra Costello (assist).

Flood Rink at Nobles was festively adorned to recognize the efforts of the seniors in the program over the past few years. A handwritten banner reading “Seniors `12” hung near the scoreboard at the far end, and five maroon Marauder jerseys hung behind the boards next to the DHS bench to salute the five members of the Class of 2012 on the team: Tara Celata, Emily McKenna, Paige Keefe, Emily Mosca and Amanda Celata.

This is the first year of D-Y’s girls varsity ice hockey program, and the Dolphins played hard but the Marauders dominated throughout the contest. Downing scored 15 seconds in on an assist from linemate Girard, then the hosts took a two-goal lead at 4:59 of the first when Girard connected on the power play with an assist to Celata.

Celata, playing at her customary defensive position after several recent games as a wing on the top line, tallied her squad’s third goal at 8:37. Then at 11:46 Downing struck again, assisted by Girard and Keefe. Blueliners Celata, tri-captain Emily McKenna, Annelise Mahoney, Gabriella Amato and Casey Donlon limited the visitors’ chances, and Mosca turned away the bids the Dolphins generated, including with a leg pad save just before the first period expired.

In the second period Dedham kept the pressure on. The forward line of Megan Corrado-Amanda Celata-Meghan Simone connected on several passes, as did the line of Courtney Sullivan-Laura O’Hanlon-Olivia Gullotti. Keefe lit the lamp at 0:32 from Girard and Downing to make it 5-0. A few minutes later at 8:40, Donlon tallied off a bouncing puck, assisted by Child and Costello. Then at 12:46 Downing scored her third goal of the game from Keefe and Girard over the sprawled Dolphin netminder.

In the third period the Marauders kept possession of the puck well, and Mosca made several stops when required to preserve the shutout. DHS (14-6) plays in the state tournament next week.

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February 21, 2012 at 8:07 am

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Downing sisters to compete Saturday at state meet

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DHS Girls Indoor Track

Coach Barbuto discusses progress of entire squad

by Scott Heald

Based on their performances in earlier meets this season, Molly Downing and Kerianne Downing will compete tomorrow in the State Division 4 Class Meet. Molly, a senior, will take part in the shot put while her sister, a junior, will participate in the 55 m hurdles, long jump and high jump.

Recently Head Coach Frank Barbuto discussed the progress of those two athletes, and of the entire squad. He said, “We were very happy with the development of our team this winter. Kerianne Downing and Molly Downing (capt.) led our team in scoring this season. Senior captains Brooke Sheehan, Amy Clancy and Monica Ballarano all turned in outstanding performances this winter. Many of our underclassmen made steady progress throughout the year. Our freshman class was led by Mary-Kate Coughlin who was third on the team in scoring (600m), Jillian Lawless, a very talented distance runner (mile, 1000m) and Unity Jean-Louis, who was the best freshman thrower in the league (shot put). The sophomore class was led by Maeve Feeney (300m), Annie McGonagle (mile) and Katie Nolan (mile). The junior letter recipient beside Kerrianne Downing (terrific year) was Hayley Driscoll (600m).”

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February 16, 2012 at 2:30 pm

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