It Cheers and Jeers time…
CHEERS: To the Abington Celebrates Committee for another wonderful weeked of community fun. It takes so much energy and time to pull together all the logistics required for a Founders Day event – not to mention money. Well done.
CHEERS: To the Green Wave baseball team, who won their MIAA Division 4 quarterfinal game Sunday against top-ranked Amesbury, 11-2. For the second year in a row the team has a date in the tournament’s final foursome; they play next on Tuesday at 7 p.m., against Manchester-Essex at Fraser Field in Lynn.
CHEERS: To all the other Green Wave sports teams as well. Every Abington spring team had a presence in the post-season; something that hasn’t happened in a few years. That should be a big point of pride to the athletic department, Abington’s student-athletes, the parents who spent all those hours driving their kids to practices and games, and the town at large. A special thumbs up to the boys and girls track & field program, which took home an assortment of medals during postseason meets.
JEERS: To Waconah, Manchester Essex, Mystic Valley, and Cohasset high schools – the programs that knocked out Abington teams from postseason play. The softball team fell to Waconah 2-0 in their quarterfinals game on Saturday (double-jeers to the team’s three+-hour bus ride home). Boys lacrosse fell to Manchester Essex in their tournament game last Wednesday, 14-9. Girls lacrosse lost 9-8 against Mystic Valley. And tennis dropped its tournament game against Cohasset 1-4. (And before you start criticizing “jeering” high school athletic teams, please know, 1) they won’t read this, and 2) we’re not serious.)
50th ANNIVERSARY OF TITLE IX FORUM WEDNESDAY
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. One of the law’s accomplishments has been increased scholastic and collegiate athletic opportunities for females. Abington High School will be celebrating the law – and its impact on the school’s athletic prpgram – during a special forum on Wednesday, June 15 at 6:30 PM in the High School Auditorium. The program will feature a video produced by Faith Ryan (Class of 2022), as well as a panel discussion with current Abington High students Ryan ’22, Ella Williamson (2024), Calli Pineau (2024), Molly Buccigross (2024), and Natalie Van Luling (2024), as well as prominent Green Wave alumnae and athletic standouts Eileen Walls (1971), Nicole Parent Haughey (1989), Kelsea Cheney (2009), Mackenzie Gillis (2013), and Lauren Keleher (2020). Following the discussion, which is being coordinated by Wellness Director and girls varsity soccer coach Kate Casey, there will be an ice cream social. Please contact Casey (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Athletic Director Peter Serino (email@example.com) with questions.
WATER COMMISSIONERS MEET TUESDAY
The town’s water commissioners will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss water availability for the proposed Summer Street 40B project. The water department has adopted new policies for new construction projects looking for a water hookup. What’s not immediately clear is how those policies would impact the 40B project, which would result in 236 units next to the commuter rail station. It also appears the water department is looking to discuss water rates. Abington and Rockland Town Meetings this spring did approve $13 million each to upgrade the system’s treatment plants and help resolve the ongoing PFAS issue. The meeting is open to the public, but historically the meetings have not been recorded for later public broadcast.
MEETINGS FOR AHS FALL SPORTS WEDNESDAY; REGISTRATION UNDERWAY
Abington High students interested in playing fall sports this coming fall should register by this Friday, June 17, by visiting this link (https://www.familyid.com/abington-high-school-athletics/2022-fall-sports-6)
In order to be eligible, students must have passed five classes during term 4, and earned 25 credits this school year. The school must have an updated physical from the last 13 months; students can send physicals to Athletic Trainer Alicia Reid (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students interested in playing a fall sport next year should also attend the preseason meeting with their coach on Wednesday 6/15 at 2:25 at the below locations:
Football: Seminar Room
Girls Soccer: AHS Gym
Volleyball: AHS Cafeteria
Cheerleading: 1218 (Ms. Gerhart)
Golf: 2111 (Mr. Hill)
Boys Soccer: 2105 (Mr. Claus)
Cross Country: 2127 (Mr. Campbell)
GRADE 8 FIELD TRIP INFORMATION
Abington’s 8th grade students will be taking a field trip to Boundless Adventures Zipline and Aerial Park in Berlin, on Friday, June 17th. (Parents: this was discussed wth the students during school on June 6, with permission slips sent home on June 7) Permission slips and lunch choice forms must be returned to homeroom teachers by June 14th, as well as the $26 payment.
ACAM MEETING COVERAGE
Municipal meetings (May 16-20 ) and video coverage links produced and provided by Abington Community Access & Media.
Planning Board (6/6) – https://youtu.be/-RysuZs5Wns
Zoning Board of Appeals (6/9) – https://youtu.be/KeeICO8jpMo
Abington Selectmen feat. Ames Nowell presentation (5/23) – https://youtu.be/CPX7Df52GlA
Middle School Grades 5 & 6 Spring Concert (6/8) – https://youtu.be/2Byaxu-ql9w
Griffin’s Dairy Farm Committee, 6 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes reports on ongoing capital projects, the community garden, and from the committee chairman.
Board of Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes annual appointments, an update from the Griffin’s Dairy Park Committee, an operational update from the police chief, and a discussion about board policies and procedures.
Abington/Rockland Joint Board of Water Commissioners, 3:30 p.m., 366 Centre Ave. Agenda includes discussions with high consumption users, water availability for the Summer Street 40B, and possible rate increases, board reorganization, and a report from the superintendent.
Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a meeting with representatives from Habitat for Humanity, and discussions about the town’s Master Plan, and the Center School re-use plan.
Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes the new Beaver Brook Playground, 0 Summer Street, and an enforcement order for land located off Hancock Street near Ames Nowell State Park.