Thank you to everyone who read an Abington News article in 2021. Readership grew by nearly 75% year over year, and we hope to grew by another 75% next year.
Here are the 10 most read articles from last year.
10) APD seeking help on Sunday morning stabbing
Abington Police asked for the public’s help after a man was found lying in the middle of Niles Street with stab wounds on Aug. 8.
9) 40B proposed for Summer Street site
A national developer is proposing to build a 236-unit affordable housing project on land next to the Abington commuter rail station. Hearings are now underway.
8) 911 hang-up leads to meth bust
A 911 hang-up call on Jan. 19 helped Abington Police uncover its second significant stash of meth in a week.
7) Bemis closing leaves another hole in North Abington Center
On January 27, Bemis Drug closed after 105 years, joining Bowser’s Seafood and the First National grocery store as memories of a North Abington Center past.
6) Bear-ly a threat, but caution urged
A black bear nicknamed Boo-Boo made a Memorial Day weekend voyage up through the Route 58 corridor, making it as far north as Hanson. It wasn’t officially seen in Abington, but residents were encouraged to be safe.
5) Tragic end in search for missing N.H. boy
The search for a missing 5-year-old New Hampshire boy ended with the worst possible outcome as state police search teams found his body buried in a shallow grave off Chestnut Street.
4) Abington cruiser wrecked in fatal Rockland-to-Quincy chase
After a Rockland man stole a police cruiser, an Abington officer joined the pursuit, lost control of his SUV while going around a curve on East Water Street, and struck a utility pole, Cutter said. The vehicle ended up rolling over onto its roof. The officer was pulled out of the vehicle and brought to South Shore Hospital as a precaution.
3) Beaver Brook Playground entering final months; parents want uniqueness preserved in new structure
The committee charged with reimagining the Beaver Brook Playground says the 30-year-old wooden structure could be torn down as soon as this fall, with a new structure being built in the spring. (Update: it wasn’t)
2) Green Day: Abington’s first retail marijuana shop opens Monday
Cannabis consumers in May were finally able to make legal pot purchases in the land of the Green Wave when Bud’s Goods & Provisions becomes the first retail marijuana shop to open for business in Abington.
1 ) EDITORIAL: Baker, DPH owes towns an explanation, apology
For years, Massachusetts cities and towns – including Abington – spent time, money, and energy planning how it would handle the logistics involved with quickly vaccinating residents if there was ever a pandemic. Then a pandemic happened, and without explanation, the Baker Administration and state DPH shelved all those plans in favor of vaccinations at sports stadiums and for-profit businesses.
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