Regional Roundup: Kitchen Fire Leads to Explosion, Joseph Kennedy Visits, Newborn Piglets, and More
A look at the top headlines around the area for the week of Sept. 2, 2012.
Dedham Fire Department received a call at 3:45 p.m. The family who resided at 84 Curve Street, reported a small kitchen fire on the second floor of the two-family home.
But by the time fire trucks arrived at the scene, no one thought that this fire would lead to an explosion.
Contrary to popular opinion among some Foxborough town officials, The Kraft Group does not owe the town $7.5 million – or any money for that matter – from a failed proposal involving the development of a waste water treatment facility for the town located at Gillette Stadium, according to town documents.
In 2007, the Kraft Group and the town of Foxborough successfully negotiated the development of Patriot Place and with it the town has received annual town revenue of $3 million.
However, five years and millions in revenue has not changed the perception of some town officials that The Kraft Group “owes” Foxborough $7.5 million for what they consider to be false promises of a waste water treatment facility on Route 1 as part of the 2007 agreement for 12 liquor licenses and the development of the shopping, dining and entertainment complex.
It’s no secret that the Board of Health has been a source of frustration in Wrentham. From slow response times and difficulty figuring out when the office is open, it’s not uncommon to hear complaints about the department. After hearing from many angry residents about the department, the Board of Selectmen requested the Board of Health to appear in front of them Tuesday night to find a way to deal with the complaints.
While the Board of Selectmen have no authority over the Board of Health beyond budget purposes, the board sees the complaints as a quality of life issue if only because of the complaints they hear.
Joseph Kennedy III stopped by Mansfield’s Council on Aging on Thursday to discuss the issues close to his campaign and the upcoming election in Massachusetts for Barney Frank’s Fourth District seat in Congress.
“It’s a tough crowd, but it’s a good crowd,” he said.
Mansfield resident Angela Roman asked Kennedy what he thought about how he would correctly represent average citizens in this day and age. She said it could become impossible to represent their interests when the gap between rich and poor is getting high enough that a campaign could conceivably be run on funds from super Pacs (political action committees) and not have to worry about funds from large groups of average citizens.
While Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole is strictly for commuters, there are 12 new residents living on campus.
The school's purebread Yorkshire pig, Kate, gave birth to her first litter of piglets some time between 10 p.m. Thursday night and 4:30 a.m. Friday.