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A correction on upcoming Plainville meeting

Posted November 9, 2008 12:51 PM

A meeting of the Plainville Board of Selectmen to discuss Peck Road maintenance is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, at the Senior Center. A story in Sunday's Globe West gave an inaccurate date.

Send us your memories of Taylor Meyer

Posted October 23, 2008 09:12 AM

Services for Taylor Meyer, the Plainville teen found dead after leaving a post-game party, will be held this weekend.

Students have been told of Meyer's funeral arrangements and are encouraged to be accompanied by an adult if they attend, the Globe reported Thursday.

Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home on Grove Street in North Attleborough. A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary's Church in North Attleborough. The Meyer family has requested that students who attend wear pink in memory of the teenager.

Plainville looking to fill key committee vacancies

Posted July 6, 2008 07:47 AM

In the wake of news that School Committee member Clinton Crocker is relocating out of Plainville, the town's Board of Selectmen and School Committee are seeking residents interested in filling the vacancy.

Seeking to fill the void quickly, the boards plan to meet July 16 to make the appointment.

The selectmen are working with the Plainville Redevelopment Authority to make a joint appointment to that board to replace member Frank Nado, who has said he plans to step down.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville override squeaks through by 10 votes

Posted June 17, 2008 09:36 AM

Anyone who thinks that their single little vote doesn't count come election time should look no further than Plainville for reassurance that it does.

Ten Plainville residents who refused to think that way ended up swinging a $650,000 Proposition 2 1/2 override to the "Yes" side. The measure passed by a vote of 724 in favor to 714 against.

Town officials were relieved and pleased by the way things turned out.

"That was a very pleasant outcome," Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said. "It maintains most of the services that we had feared we were going to lose."

Without the override, officials had warned that the town’s elementary schools would receive no budget increase, and workers would be laid off in many town departments. The override will add about $209 to the annual tax bill for the average home, which is assessed at $383,000, Fernandes said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville voters will face override vote next month

Posted May 21, 2008 12:30 PM

A $650,000 Proposition 2 1/2 override cleared an initial hurdle at last night's Plainville Town Meeting, as members voted to appropriate the money for town departments.

The override now must be approved by town voters in a June 16 election.

Town Meeting members also approved taking nearly $51,000 out of the town's stabilization fund to add to next year's King Philip Regional School District budget. The move funds a 7.1 percent budget increase, which district officials had said was necessary to save five teaching position.

-- Calvin Hennick

The only race in town hits the starting line

Posted March 31, 2008 08:18 AM

Candidates for Plainville's open town clerk position will square off in a candidates night tomorrow night at the Plainville Senior Center.

Four residents are vying to replace Town Clerk Kathleen Sandland, who is retiring from the
post this spring. The candidates are former Selectman Eugene Alsworth, Parks Director Maureen Dunfey, Assistant Assessor Ann Marie Eisele, and Wrentham assistant town clerk Ellen Robertson.

The race is the only contested one in the April 7 election. The event starts at 7 p.m.

-- Calvin Hennick

Widening budget gap fuels override talk in Plainville

Posted March 6, 2008 07:42 AM

Funding requests from the local and regional school systems have mushroomed the town's projected budget deficit to $2.4 million for the 2009 fiscal year, which begins July 1,Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said.

Fernandes said a Proposition 2 1/2 override will likely be discussed as a way to bridge the gap, which had previously been estimated at $1.2 million.

Fernandes said he will talk to school leaders about the numbers in the coming weeks, and that selectmen will hold a meeting with department heads later this spring to discuss the budget crisis.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville assessors: revenue from new growth to fall short

Posted February 20, 2008 07:53 AM


Plainville assessors have informed selectmen that revenues from new development next year will be about $275,000, well under the $400,000 that town officials had previously estimated.

Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes, however, said he is still hopeful that the final numbers will come close to meeting the original projection. Even using the larger growth number, Fernandes estimates that the town is facing a $1.2 million budget gap for the 2009 fiscal year,
which begins July 1.

The smaller growth number would add to that deficit.

-- Calvin Hennick

A free pass in Plainville ... for now

Posted December 29, 2007 07:06 AM


The Plainville Public Library is urging parents to act early to reserve museum passes for the February school vacation week.

The library offers discounted passes to a number of museums, including the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium, but the number of passes for each day is limited. Passes can be booked online or by phone at 508-695-1784.

-- Calvin Hennick

A sobering thought in Plainville

Posted December 13, 2007 12:14 PM


Patrons at Plainville bars will have an extra hour to process their New Years Eve drinks before they're pushed outside into the cold.

Selectmen last week voted to extend the closing time for local taverns from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m., just for the night. Last call, however, will still be at 12:30 a.m.

"That gives people an hour and a half to have some coffee," Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said.

-- Calvin Hennick

A home for the holidays

Posted November 25, 2007 09:31 AM


Representatives from Habitat for Humanity will be on hand at the Plainville Senior Center tomorrow and next Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. to meet with people interested in purchasing the organization's house on Zeller Avenue.

The previous tenant recently moved out, Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said.

Prospective buyers must meet income guidelines and must work at least 250 hours on Habitat for Humanity projects.

-- Calvin Hennick

Land for the taking in Plainville

Posted November 22, 2007 11:00 AM


Members of the Plainville Redevelopment Authority recently told selectmen that they are considering asking the town to designate a redevelopment area that would allow the town to take land by eminient domain.

The area would cover about a half mile of South Street and about 300 yards of West Bacon Street, and the designation would have to be be approved at town meeting.

Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said the town may be better off starting with a smaller area closest to the intersection of the two streets.

"I'd rather that they made some progress in the immediate area and use that as an example of what they can do," Fernandes said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Creating some there, there

Posted November 15, 2007 08:02 AM


Members of the Plainville Redevelopment Authority will update selectmen tomorrow on their progress in creating a plan to revitalize the downtown area.

Town Meeting voters approved the creation of the five-member board in the spring of 2006. Members have been meeting since last December.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville pumper purchase promulgated

Posted November 8, 2007 08:54 AM


Plainville's selectmen have awarded a contract for a new fire truck to North Smithfield, Rhode Island-based C & S Specialty, Inc.

The company will supply the town with a 2008 rescue pumper for $424,951. Town Meeting voters approved the expense in June.

-- Calvin Hennick

Flu shots ... they're givin' 'em away

Posted October 12, 2007 11:01 AM


The Board of Health will sponsor a flu clinic on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center.

Any Plainville resident 18 years or older can stop by for a free flu vaccination. No appointment is necessary. In previous years, vaccines were given first to those in high-risk groups because
of limited supplies, but health administrator Deborah Revelle said no shortage is projected for this year.

-- Calvin Hennick

Do they get a book club-house?

Posted October 3, 2007 08:54 AM


Chapter Cubs, a new fiction book group for children ages 7 to 9, will meet for the
first time at 4 p.m. on October 10 at the Plainville Public Library.

Registration is required, and those interested should contact children’s librarian Judith Meixner at (508) 695-1784. The group’s first book will be “Freckle Juice” by Judy Blume.

-- Calvin Hennick

Fee increases dog pet owners in Plainville

Posted September 19, 2007 10:22 PM


Lucille: "But from the time he got the marriage license, I've led a dog's life."
Groucho: "Are you sure he didn't get a dog's license?"

Selectmen last week voted to increase fees for all dog licenses by $5. Licenses for spayed and neutered dogs will jump from $5 to $10, and licenses for dogs that have not been spayed or neutered will rise from $25 to $30.

An animal control officer who works for the town had recommended the increase only for the spayed or neutered dogs. The officer is paid on a per-call basis from the license fees.

-- Calvin Hennick

Water use restrictions will continue in Plainville

Posted September 17, 2007 07:33 AM


Restrictions on outdoor water use will likely last through the fall, Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said.

Since September 4, residents have only been allowed outdoor water use on the day of the week when their trash is collected. On that day, they may use outdoor water, including automatic sprinkler systems, from 5 p.m. until 8 a.m. the next morning.

-- Calvin Hennick

Planning for the future in Plainville

Posted August 25, 2007 12:09 PM


Officials are looking for volunteers to replace Edwin Harrop on the Planning Board.

Harrop, a former fire chief, is leaving the board as of October 1 because he is moving out of town. The Board of Selectmen and the remaining Planning Board will jointly replace Harrop with a temporary replacement, who will have to run for reelection in April.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville clerk to retire after 33 years

Posted August 3, 2007 12:08 PM


Town Clerk Kathleen M. Sandland says she will retire after 33 years in office instead of seeking another term in April.

Sandland, who will turn 65 in December, was an assistant town clerk from 1972 to 1974, when she was elected to the clerk's position. She said several people have expressed an interest in running for the job next spring, but no one has announced definite plans.

Although some area towns have made the clerk an appointed position, Sandland said she hopes Plainville stays with an elected clerk.

"I feel very strongly about that," she said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville's "Field of Dreams" back on track

Posted August 1, 2007 10:58 AM


After about a month-long delay, workers and volunteers have resumed site work at the "Field of Dreams" sports complex off School Street, Parks Director Maureen Dunfey said.

Dunfey said she is optimistic that the fields will be seeded and fertilized by early September, after the land has been surveyed and graded. If all goes according to schedule, she said, the first fields will be open for play in fall of 2008.

The project, which has relied on donated land and labor, has been delayed several times, most recently by confusion over construction responsibilities, officials said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Body found in Gulf of Mexico is identified as Plainville man

Posted July 31, 2007 12:14 PM


Police in Naples, Fla. have identified a body found floating in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday afternoon as a Plainville man, the Naples Daily News is reporting in its online edition. The dead man was identified Corey David Webb, 36.

The body was spotted by a bystander saw the body in the water at around 4:30 p.m. Saturday and brought it ashore, Naples police spokesman James Hendry told the newspaper. Paramedics arrived, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and tried to revive the man but were unsuccessful.

Police said they do not suspect foul play.

Getting fancy in Plainville

Posted July 24, 2007 09:27 AM


Improvements to the intersection of Route 106 and Route 1A in downtown Plainville should be mostly completed by winter, Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said.

Workers are widening the intersection and replacing sidewalks and traffic lights. Although the project is funded with state and federal money, Fernandes said the town is paying extra for "old-fashioned" looking traffic lights.

Selectmen have created a committee to come up with a plan to revitalize the downtown area, and they hope the ornamental lights will fit in with that plan, Fernandes said.

-– Calvin Hennick

Plainville selectmen reward kids' artistic talent

Posted June 25, 2007 07:08 AM


Selectmen will move their meeting to the Senior Center today to accommodate a slew of artistically gifted schoolchildren. The kids are winners of a contest, sponsored by selectmen and the Plainville Lions Club, in which students in grades K to 3 draw pictures of what they like to do with their dads. Twenty-four students will be rewarded for their efforts today at 6 p.m. with tickets to a PawSox game and dinner at McDonald's.

At 7 p.m., the board will hold a swearing-in ceremony for police officer James Alfred, who was recently promoted to lieutenant, and the selectmen will take up usual business.

–Calvin Hennick

Plainville teacher leaving on a high note

Posted June 16, 2007 03:34 PM


William Fasulo, a fifth-grade teacher who is retiring this year, was honored this month with the Norfolk County Teachers Association's highest award.

Fasulo received the Laura Warcup Distinguished Educator Award. Margaret Myers, principal of the Beatrice H. Wood Elementary School when Fasulo teaches, said he will be missed when he retires.

"He's an outstanding math and science teacher," she said. "That experience and that depth of knowledge will be very hard to replace."

Fasulo began working in Plainville in 1974. Susan Rieger, a secretary to the superintendent, received a community service award from the association.

-– Calvin Hennick

Eyebrows raised over gift in Plainville

Posted June 15, 2007 08:33 AM


Maryelayna "Robin" Pollack, who failed in a bid to unseat Selectwoman Andrea Soucy in April’s town election, is questioning a contribution Soucy received during the campaign.

Pollack said that a $250 gift from developer Gerard C. Lorusso creates a conflict of interest. "I don’t know if it’s a legal conflict, but I would say it’s an ethical conflict," Pollack said. Soucy has sat on the board since 1990 and had not raised funds for any of her previous campaigns.

She said volunteers raised the money and that she didn’t personally ask anyone for contributions. "I don’t think it creates a conflict to take $250 from somebody [once] in 17 years," Soucy said.

– Calvin Hennick

Local schools go green

Posted June 13, 2007 02:57 PM


Several local schools won 'Green Team' awards from the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs following a program to reduce pollution and protect the environment.

The Globe West area schools honored were:

  • Berlin Middle School in Berlin
  • Fowler School in Maynard
  • Marion E. Zeh School in Northborough
  • Melican Middle School in Northborough
  • Beatrice H. Wood School in Plainville
  • James Fitzgerald Elementary School in Waltham
  • Hemenway School in Framingham
  • Mary E. Stapleton School in Framingham

Schools that won awards received recycling equipment to make their individual programs more effective.

-- Adam Sell

Going, going, gone ...

Posted June 13, 2007 12:56 PM


A pool membership, gymnastics lessons, and a Boston sightseeing tour complete with Swan Boat and trolley tickets are all featured at the Friends of the Plainville Library's summer auction, which started this week and will continue until June 25 at 8 p.m.

Bid numbers are available at the library's circulation desk, and more information and item descriptions are available online.

-– Calvin Hennick

Plainville "shaking the sofa cushions" to trim deficit

Posted June 6, 2007 10:00 AM


Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes says the budget deficit for next year now stands at about $60,000, down from the $664,000 gap that had been projected in recent weeks.

Town officials have narrowed the gap by trimming departmental budgets, asking some employees to forgo raises, and using funds that would normally be saved for future use.

"That’s good news, I guess, but it’s not happy news," Fernandes said of the smaller gap. "It’s literally shaking the sofa cushions."

The remaining deficit will be paid for out of the town’s stabilization, or "rainy day", fund, Fernandes said. Town Meeting began Monday, but but officials plan to postpone discussion of the budget articles until June 11.

-– Calvin Hennick

Climbing the public safety ladder

Posted May 26, 2007 06:10 AM



Selectmen Monday this week promoted a firefighter and a police officer to lieutenant. Firefighter Justin Alexander made the jump in rank, as did Police Sargent James Alfred.

Alfred beat out three other internal candidates: Sargent Corrina Carter, Sargent Scott Gallerani, and Patrolman Kyle Rockett. Selectwoman Andrea Soucy said the board picked Alfred because he was the most experienced candidate.

-– Calvin Hennick

A close call: gas leaks in Plainville

Posted April 10, 2007 04:29 PM


Homes were evacuated and part of a major road was shut down today after a gas line became over-pressurized and began to flood homes with gas, the town's fire chief said.

The leak caused a basement fire, but no injuries or property damage were reported, said Fire Chief Ted Joubert.

The incident began when firefighters responded to a call about a hissing stove at 10 East Bacon Street at 11:43 a.m.

Firefighters found a “relatively strong concentration” of gas at the residence, Joubert said. Shortly thereafter, firefighters found a fire in the basement but were able to extinguish it before it caused significant damage.

Joubert said the department received approximately eight to 11 more calls for gas leaks and firefighters found gas levels “suitable to conditions for explosions.” Electricity was shut off to the area for a time to prevent an electrical spark from igniting gas.

Plainville relied on assistance from neighboring communities to respond to the high number of calls, Joubert said.

Joubert said a malfunctioning gas systems device was to blame for the over-pressurization.

This is the second time in months that a gas leak has threatened downtown Plainville. In January, a truck crashed into Foxboro Savings and Loan at 129 South St., causing a major leak that Joubert said could have led to an explosion.

By midafternoon, the road was reopened and residents were returning to their homes.

“I’d like to think that we caught a break again,” Joubert said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Chief warns Plainville elderly about identity scams

Posted March 28, 2007 11:38 AM


Postal inspectors will talk about the dangers of identity theft at the Plainville Senior Center at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow. Police Chief Edward M. Merrick Jr. said older people are often targeted by scams.

"They’re constantly getting bamboozled on the phone," said Merrick, adding that he hoped tomorrow’s presentation would spur more seniors to report fraud attempts.

— Calvin Hennick

Going! Going! -- Shhh...

Posted March 18, 2007 02:40 PM


Plainville Parent Teacher Organization volunteer Paula Antunes said she has been "overwhelmed" by donations from area businesses and residents for a silent-auction fundraiser.

"The donations are coming in like crazy," Antunes said. She said the group has received more than 300 donations worth more than $10,000. The items will be auctioned off at the group’s annual "Fun Fair," from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 31 at the Jackson school.

Auction items can be viewed at

-– Calvin Hennick

New officer sworn in

Posted March 10, 2007 08:47 AM


Todd Holbrook was sworn in as a patrolman at Monday’s Board of Selectmen meeting. Holbrook graduated from the MBTA Transit Police Academy in Quincy on Feb. 23.

Police Chief Edward Merrick said Holbrook has worked for the department since 2002, serving first as a dispatcher and then as a part-time officer. Holbrook’s wife pinned his badge onto his uniform after he was sworn in.

Merrick also praised Officer Matthew Webber, who recently received the "Drive For Life" award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Webber was responsible for making over half the department’s arrests for drunk driving in 2006.

-– Calvin Hennick

Plainville's new superintendent says goodbye to R.I.

Posted February 15, 2007 04:35 PM


Plainville's two elementary schools will soon have a new superintendent. David Raiche will leave the superintendent's position in West Warwick, R.I. and take the job in the town of 863 students.

Raiche, who will officially retire from West Warwick in April, gave his final report to their school committee Tuesday, the Kent County Daily Times reports.

Raiche took some ribbing because the Plainville district is smaller than his old district.

Daniel T. Burns Jr., chairman of the West Warwick board, said, "I can't see why he wants to go to such a hard job and run two elementary schools. What do they have, a $700 a year budget?"

Raiche, in his turn, teased Burns. "By the way, Dan, something you might want to think about. They have this rule in Plainville that school committee meetings cannot last more than 90 minutes. My new chairman, he plays the piano and leads the community chorus. So maybe there is something you can aspire to in the future years."

-- Adam Sell

You can bring those books back in now!

Posted February 7, 2007 04:03 PM


The Plainville Public Library is granting amnesty on fines for lost items this month in an attempt to retrieve its missing books and videos.

The library charges a maximum $5 late fee for items deemed lost, but it will waive that fee if items are brought in this month. If patrons are unable to find the lost items, they will be charged for the cost of the items but will not have to pay the $5 fee.

Library director Melissa Campbell said more than $3,500 worth of materials has gone missing in the last two years. "We really want these back, because other people are waiting for them, too," Campbell said. For more information, call the library at 508-695-1784.

-- Calvin Hennick

When you care enough to send the very best

Posted February 4, 2007 07:52 AM


The Plainville Public Library is hosting a family "make-your-own-valentine" program in the children's room of the library on Feb. 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. No registration is required. Anyone interested in more information is being urged to contact children's librarian Judith Meixner at 508-695-1784 for more information.

-- Calvin Hennick

Warrant items selected in Plainville

Posted January 25, 2007 04:14 PM


Selectmen have placed 10 items on the warrant for the Feb. 12 Special Town Meeting.

The meeting was called so the town could approve approximately $50,000 to replace its backup ambulance, which recently failed a state inspection.

Also on the warrant will be: $615,000 for design and engineering of an expansion of the town’s sewer system; $4,000 for four water rescue suits for the Fire Department; $15,000 for a thermal imaging camera for the Fire Department; and $7,000 for cement repair work at the senior center.

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville to mull ambulance purchase

Posted January 14, 2007 11:05 AM


Selectmen have set a Feb. 12 date for a Special Town Meeting, where voters will decide whether to spend about $50,000 from the town’s ambulance reserve fund to purchase a used ambulance. The town’s backup ambulance recently failed its state inspection.

The warrant for the meeting will remain open until Tuesday, and Police Chief Edward Merrick said he may request a new bylaw that would allow a police camera to take photographs of traffic offenders’ license plates at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 152.

Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said he was reluctant to ask selectmen to call the meeting, but it is necessary to purchase the replacement ambulance.

He said he hopes more spending items don’t get added to the warrant. "It’s kind of like having a surprise birthday party," he said of calling the special meeting. "You never know what you’re going to get."

-- Calvin Hennick

A close call in Plainville

Posted January 3, 2007 10:30 AM


Plainville’s downtown narrowly averted a large gas explosion when a pickup truck crashed into a bank yesterday, Fire Chief Theodore Joubert said.

The driver of the truck apparently had a seizure and pressed down on the gas pedal shortly after 2 p.m. His passenger, a woman, grabbed the wheel to avoid hitting the gas pumps at Cumberland Farms, and the
truck crashed through the wall of Foxboro Savings and Loan at 129 South Street.

The driver and passenger were taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Joubert said that when the truck caused the gas leak, it also damaged electrical and heating equipment. If that equipment hadn’t been damaged, it might have ignited an explosion, Joubert said. "We definitely dodged a serious bullet," he said.

The downtown area, including town offices and the senior center, was evacuated for about two hours.

–- Calvin Hennick

Krugerrands dropped in Salvation Army kettles

Posted December 21, 2006 02:14 PM



A woman dropping money into a Boston-area kettle earlier this month
(Globe Staff Photo by Tom Herde)

Salvation Army bell-ringers in the area are collecting quarters, dimes, and nickels this holiday season – oh, yeah, and any highly valuable South African gold coins you happen to own are welcome, too.

Two Krugerrands – gold South African coins – were dropped into Salvation Army kettles last week. Ruth Blais, an official at the Attleboro branch of the Salvation Army, said she thought someone may have dropped the first gold coin in by mistake. That was until volunteers found a second one.

One coin was dropped into a kettle outside Stop and Shop in Plainville, and another was found in a kettle outside Wal-Mart in North Attleboro.

Blais said the coins are worth more than $600 each.

"They’re gorgeous," Blais said. "They’re beautiful coins."

Earlier this month, the Salvation Army in Topeka, Kan. found a valuable gold American coin in a kettle.

The Salvation Army will sell the coins and use the money to fund Attleboro-area programs, Blais said.

Blais has a message for the anonymous donor: "Thank you, thank you, thank you, and every penny will go toward helping people in this area."

"He’s going to help keep somebody warm this winter," Blais said of the mysterious stranger. "He’s going to help somebody have electric lights."

-- Calvin Hennick

Plainville company cited by federal labor officials

Posted December 19, 2006 05:27 PM


Federal labor officials have cited a Plainville-based construction company for allegedly exposing employees to fall hazards at sites in Newton and Danvers, according to a statement released Monday.

Shawnlee Construction LLC, a wood framing contractor, faces $164,000 in fines, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Inspections in June and August found Shawnlee employees working at heights up to 33 feet without fall protection at a residential construction project in Newton. Others were found working in similar conditions at heights up to 22 feet in Danvers, OSHA said.

-- AP

New schools chief picked in Plainville

Posted December 1, 2006 01:58 PM


The Plainville School Committee chose a sitting Rhode Island superintendent over a local principal to lead Plainville’s schools last night.

The School Committee appointed David Raiche, superintendent of the West Warwick, R.I. school system, as Plainville’s next superintendent, contingent on successful contract negotiations.

Clinton Crocker, the school board chairman, said that Raiche’s experience leading a larger school district with six schools gave Raiche the edge over Anne Houle, the principal of the Anna Ware Jackson Elementary School in Plainville.

Crocker said that Raiche impressed the School Committee in his interview.

“I thought he was more of a go-getter,” Crocker said.

Raiche will stay on at West Warwick for several months, helping the district through its budget process. Crocker said he hopes Raiche will start working in Plainville sometime in March. Until then, retired Superintendent Michael Malone will continue in his interim capacity.

The superintendent job was advertised with a salary of $115,000 to $125,000.

-- Calvin Hennick

Housing development to be apartments, not condos

Posted November 19, 2006 09:30 AM


Selectmen approved a change to a proposed 40B housing development on Nov. 13, allowing Al Pace Jr. to turn the Messenger Street development into apartments.

The project had previously been approved as condominiums. Six of the apartments will meet state criteria for affordable housing, but the town will be able to count all of the units as part of its affordable housing stock. Under state guidelines, 100 percent of units in 40B rental developments count towar its affordable housing numbers.

In ownership developments, only the affordable units count toward the numbers.

Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes said that town officials are hoping that the Messenger Street development, along with another 40B development called Edgewood Apartments, will help the town quickly reach a threshold of 10 percent affordable housing.

Until that threshold is reached, the state can overrule the town if it rejects developments that inckude affordable housing.

-- Calvin Hennick

Building owner would sell for the right price

Posted November 18, 2006 08:30 AM


Stanley Nacewicz, the owner of the building that used to be home to Falk's Market in downtown Plainville, said he is open to selling the building at the right price and under the right conditions.

Town officials view the building as key to their plans to redevelop the town center, and they have said that Nacewicz is asking too much for the property. The building is listed at $549,000, but officials say it is assessed at well under $200,000.

Nacewicz, the city assessor for Attleboro and a member of the Plainville Board of Assessors, said the building would be assessed at a higher value if it were occupied by a business and is worth more than its assessed price.

He added that he recently turned down an offer of $525,000 because the prospective buyer planned to tear down the building. "My interest is in the preservation of that building," Nacewicz said.

-- Calvin Hennick

Wrentham police probe whether teen brought gun to school

Posted November 15, 2006 12:25 PM


Wrentham police are investigating whether a Plainville teen brought a gun to King Philip Regional High School last week. The teen has been taken into custody on unrelated charges.

"All we have is the allegation that he had a gun in the locker," said Police Chief Joseph Collamati. "We're trying to corroborate the information we have."

Police were at the high school last Thursday interviewing students when they received word that the 15-year-old they were asking about had gotten into a head-on collision in Plainville that morning.

The teen was arrested by Plainville police on a number of traffic charges. While in custody, the teen admitted to disposing of a gun near the scene of the accident and police returned to find a 9mm handgun, Plainville Chief Edward Merrick said.

The teen is being held at the Rhode Island Training School in Cranston, R.I. for violating his probation on a previous charge in that state, Merrick said. He has a juvenile court appearance in Massachusetts scheduled for Nov. 29.

-- Calvin Hennick

Car kills pedestrian in Plainville

Posted November 6, 2006 08:50 AM


A 24-year-old North Dartmouth woman carrying a campaign sign on a ballot question was hit and killed yesterday by a vehicle on Route 1, police said.

Shannon O'Driscoll was wearing dark clothing and crossing the street about 5:30 p.m. when she was struck by a 1987 Chevrolet sport utility vehicle driven by Daniel F. Collier, 50, of Attleboro, police said. She was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

Police said no charges were expected.

-- Globe City & Region staff

A thoughtful question

Posted October 29, 2006 09:01 AM


Diane Marie Patenaude of Plainville offered this item to the Boston Globe Magazine's "Tales from the City" department.

A couple of years ago, I boarded a trolley at the Cleveland Circle Green Line. A few stops later, a mother and daughter got aboard and sat down in front of me. The little girl appeared to be about 3 years old, and I soon gathered that this was her first trolley ride.

When the car left the St. Mary's Street Station and entered the subway tunnel, the mother announced enthusiastically, "And now, we are going under the ground!" As we passed through the long, dark passage, the girl looked intently out the window for almost a minute before turning to ask, "But, Mommy, where are all the dead people?"

Still dreaming about grass on the "Field of Dreams"

Posted October 17, 2006 03:57 PM


Don't lace up those cleats and pump up your soccer ball just yet.

The “Field of Dreams” recreation complex likely won’t be seeded until spring, Parks Director Maureen Dunfey said.

The fields were scheduled to be seeded this fall, and the change may mean that the complex won’t open for play until fall of 2008, rather than the spring of that year, Dunfey said.

“We’ll have to see how [the grass] comes in, I guess, once it starts growing,” she said. Drainage for the site won’t be installed until Oct. 28, Dunfey said, which may be too late to plant the grass seed.

“We don’t want to spend all that money and not have it come in,” she said.

-- Calvin Hennick

West Nile found in Plainville bird

Posted September 11, 2006 07:20 PM


A dead blue jay found in Plainville has tested positive for West Nile virus, state and local health officials said.

A Plainville resident spotted the bird on Sept. 6, and state officials notified the Plainville Board of Health of the positive test today. It was the 36th bird to test positive for the virus in Massachusetts this year, and the first in Norfolk County. Eighty-three birds tested positive for West Nile virus in 2005.

Donna Rheaume, spokesperson for the state Department of Public Health, stressed that people should use insect repellent to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which spread both West Nile virus and the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. The EEE virus killed a Middleborough boy last month.

"We want to stress prevention," Rheaume said. "Even though it is cooling off, we’re really not out of the woods until the first

-- Calvin Hennick

Hail to the Chief

Posted September 7, 2006 02:11 PM


The town of Plainville has a new fire chief.

Theodore Joubert, who started working on July 24, comes to the department from North Attleboro. Joubert was one of 27 applicants for the position.

His goals include preparing for more development in the area by upgrading equipment, and increasing the department size.

-- Calvin Hennick

Electronic history

Posted June 13, 2006 04:35 PM

Back before computers and even typewriters, Plainville officials kept the town's records by hand. A new project will immortalize all town bylaws, regulations and minutes in electronic form.

Town Clerk Kathleen Sandland said she hopes to scan records dating back to 1905, and will definitely include all those from 1943 and on, when the town began typing its minutes.

Town Meeting voters last night approved $25,326 for this project as they finalized a $22.1 million budget.

Plainville Affordable Housing

Posted June 13, 2006 04:31 PM

More people of modest means may soon get a chance to buy a home in Plainville.

Town Meeting voters Monday night approved a bylaw requiring developers to reserve at least 10 percent of their units for affordable housing.

With this bylaw, officials hope to keep Plainville from slipping backwards in its percentage of affordable housing as new developments spring up. Read more in Thursday's Globe West. -- Alexandra Perloe

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