MIDWEEK UPDATE: Water board meets today; title game for Green Wave; lifeguard classes


The Abington High varsity football team has the opportunity to secure another South Shore League title tonight when it takes on the Sachems of Middleboro. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Middleboro High School. The Green Wave won the Tobin Conference title last week with a 25-24 victory over Mashpee. Tonight’s game unfortunately will not be broadcast live on Abington Community Access & Media due to the expected storm and other technical issues. It will, however, be recorded and broadcast Friday at 7 p.m.


Abington residents with questions about water quality have an opportunity to get answers during today’s Abington/ Rockland Joint Water Works meeting. 

The meeting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

The water department recently sent a “public education” notice to its customers advising those who are pregnant or with poor immune systems to avoid drinking the water after tests came back showing “elevated levels” of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are known as PFAS. These chemicals are found in places such as firefighting foam, non-stick coatings, even the inside of microwave popcorn bags, and they do not break down easily in the environment. The chemicals have been linked to cancer, thyroid disease, and other illnesses. The state recently lowered the acceptable amount of PFAS significantly from 70 nanograms per liter to 20 nanograms per liter, a level the state considers “protective against adverse health effects for all people consuming the water.” Abington’s water tested at a combined average of 23.4 nanograms per liter in January and February, which automatically triggered the notice.  

The issue is not specifically listed on the meeting agenda, but one of Abington’s Commissioners, Michael Egan, said he expects Superintendent Joe LaPointe to discuss it during his report to the board. The posted agenda also includes a “Public Forum” segment. 

Meeting ID: 823 7655 4826

Passcode: 630877


Abington’s Cable Advisory Committee is also meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m., over Zoom. The committee is charged with reviewing the town’s contracts with cable television providers; in Abington’s case Verizon and Comcast. The board’s agenda includes a final review of the proposed Comcast contract renewal. 


The Abington Parks & Recreation Department is offering a Lifeguard Certification Course this summer from June 18th to June 21st. According to the department’s website, the course is taught by Cari-Lynn Fisher, a Red Cross Instructor with over 15 years of experience. The program cost is $365 and covers the entire course, test, and certification card. Lifeguards who pass the course and are then hired to work at the Island Grove Pool this summer will have half of the course cost reimbursed. The course is not limited to those working at the pool. Anyone interested in taking the course can register through the department’s website. 

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