Most Read Articles of 2021

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.

a picture of a black bear
A picture of a black bear courtesy of the Monadnock Ledger Transcript

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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