Regional Roundup: Brawl at Stoughton Baby Shower, Attleboro Supports Animal Shelter Project, and More
A look at some of the top headlines in the region.
A baby shower at Club Luis de Camoes on Porter Street in Stoughton the evening of Saturday, Jan. 12 turned into a full-fledged brawl that took 20 police officers nearly an hour to quell. Four from Brockton ended up getting arrested, including one juvenile.
Nearly 200 people, including children, were at the baby shower, which started at 9 p.m. A fight, which quickly escalated, broke out a little after 11:30 p.m. Stoughton Police responded, but needed assistance from three other local police departments as well as the State Police and Norfolk County Sheriff's Office to quell the brawl.
The three adult men pleaded not guilty to charges at Stoughton District Court on Monday, Jan. 14 and were released on 1,000 cash bail each.
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The town of Foxborough came together on Friday to celebrate the life of longtime resident and father of three, James Davin, who passed away this past October.
Hundreds of well-wishers came by Demetri’s Function Hall on Route 1 Foxborough to remember Davin and help support his family. Foxborugh-based band Thirty6Red provided entertainment for the night as raffles and prizes were handed out to the many in attendance.
Tens of thousands of dollars have been donated in James' memory to help his family in the wake of his death. James was a Foxborough resident for 15 years and served as general counsel for the Suffolk County Sherriff’s Department.
The Norton Board of Selectmen sharply criticized Governor Patrick’s proposed cost saving measure to shrink the state’s 240 local housing authorities to half a dozen regional districts at their meeting Thursday. They said it would hurt the seniors and the handicapped.
In Massachusetts, about 90,000 state subsidized units house low-income seniors, families, and handicapped residents. Eligible tenants pay about 30 percent of their net income. Seniors and handicapped living in state-operated housing do not pay for utilities, while others pay a portion of that cost. Norton has several state-operated congregate housing developments and some single-family units; the largest project is Woodland Meadows off Route 123.
Chairman Tim Giblin said the huge regionalization effort would create an average of 80 housing authorities under one administrative umbrella. Local management and maintenance would remain intact under the new proposal, but budgeting and other administrative duties would be handled by the larger authority.
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More than 100 people came to Attleboro City Hall on Tuesday to encourage the City Council to support the mayor’s request that the city acquire a $1.116 million loan for the construction of a new animal shelter. Many people say the current shelter in inadequate to provide the appropriate care for the animals.
"We're not seeking to build the Taj Mahal, as we've heard," said Kim Penque, president of the Friends of the Attleboro Animal Shelter. "We are simply seeking to build a shelter that is adequate for our needs today and that will fully function for our community tomorrow."
Nobody spoke in opposition to the mayor’s request. One speaker said he thought the cost was too high, but he stressed he was not opposed to the project.
The City Council will vote on the mayor’s request at the meeting on Tuesday.