Week in Review: Robinson School Principal Retires, MHS Football to Kick Off Season in Maryland, and More

A look at all the top headlines in Mansfield from the past week.

Mansfield's Robinson Principal Kristenson Announces Retirement

Mansfield School superintendent Brenda Hodges and the entire School Committee said a heartfelt goodbye to retiring Robinson principal Kate Kristenson.

“It has been a privilege to work with professionals at both schools,” she said. “I would to send a special thank you to the parents for your support and trust.”

Kristenson has been working for the Mansfield school system for more than 35 years. She started her career in 1976 in a variety of different roles. She is retiring from her position as principal for the Robinson School, but has also been the principal for the Jordan Jackson school.

“Being part of the Mansfield school community has been very rewarding,” she said in a letter to the school committee. “I have strived to make a difference in a positive learning environment where excellence has been the goal.”


Mansfield Committees Share 2013 Plans With Selectmen

With 2013 underway, two members of the Mansfield Board of Selectmen heard from the town’s boards and committees last night to better understand what their plans for the year are.

Going forward, a few of the boards shared the theme of expanding revenue though the Cabot Business Park while others are preparing for the town meeting later this year.

Despite the effort to work with the other boards, only Chairman Olivier Kozlowski and Selectman Doug Annino were present as the other three members were unable to make the meeting. The lack of a quorum meant that the two selectmen present were unable to hold actual selectmen meeting afterwards.


Mansfield Football To Start 2013 Campaign Against Maryland State Champs

When the 2013 football season kicks off, the Mansfield Hornets will be on the road in the truest sense when they travel to Maryland to start the season.

After seeing little interest from Massachusetts teams for an early season matchup, the Hornets decided to look for an out of state opponent and were able to arrange a match against Paul Laurence Dunbar High School of Baltimore, Maryland on Friday, September 6.

The Poets are coming off an 11-2 season that saw the team win their second state championship in a row.

"The Dunbar people were very enthusiastic about hosting and we thought it would be a great experience to play the defending Maryland state champs," Mansfield head coach Mike Redding said.

Redding also noted that the Poets recently had a new stadium built for them by Under Armor and the proximity to Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland made the game a good fit.


Casey O'Conors in Mansfield Working with Customers on Recipes

ive years ago, Casey O’Conors owner Rob Burns decided to step out on his own and take charge.

“I wanted to make it on my own and do my own thing and not answer to anyone but myself,” he said.

Since then, while he said it hasn’t always been easy, he loves working and serving in Mansfield. Burns said he had a number of different occupations before purchasing the restaurant, including 15 years as a disc jockey, bartender and company management and stabilization.

He said starting out was rather rocky in figuring out the menu.

“It was a little bit of trial and error,” he said. “You have to remember what you necessarily like and think is great isn’t always what the mass population likes. You could tell though everyone like the shepherds pie.”

Burns said that he’s learned that the quality of every ingredient in a recipe is as important as how they’re put together.

“One of the things that drove me was going to different restaurants and not being happy and knowing what needed to done to have a better presentation and a better quality of food,” he said. “Take baked stuffed shrimp. Anybody can do a baked stuffed shrimp. Special attention needs to be given to the stuffing. You can have the best shrimp in the world but if the stuffing’s terrible you’re going to have a terrible product.”



Patriots Fans Receive Surprise Phone Message from Tom Brady

While many Patriots fans are spending Super Bowl week disappointed the team won’t be taking the field Sunday in New Orleans, some are in higher spirits after receiving an unexpected message from the face of the franchise.

Season ticket holders were surprised this week with a recorded phone message from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thanking them for their support this season.


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