We’ve rounded third and we’re headed for home. The sweet release of summer vacation is a mere three school days away. As of Thursday afternoon, no more laptops, no more books, etc.
For parents, that means starting Friday, the kids are going to be home. Those cozy home offices are about to get a bunch of new interns and they need lots of attention and busy work.
Thankfully the Abington Parks & Recreation Department still has space in many of their progams. Although the popular Eager Beaver summer camp program has a waitlist, there’s still slots for swim lessons, baseball, basketball, golf, and lacrosse, as well as the sandlot baseball league and art camp.
Most importantly, the Island Grove Pool opens on Saturday. The Rec Department is hosting an Opening Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring free swimming, hot dogs, games, and more. Full season passes to The Grove are $100 for residents and $165 for non-residents.
SUMMER STREET PAVING MONDAY
Access to Summer Street will be limited Monday as the road finally gets a long-needed final paving job. The roadway has been torn up for the past year as part of a major sewer repair project. Time ran out last fall before the temporary paving could be upgraded to a sleek, smooth, new black coat of asphalt. So that’s happening today. More roadwork is expected across town this summer, including a major upgrade to Plymouth Street and Linwood Street.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETS TUESDAY
The school committee meets Tuesday for its last meeting of the school year and will discuss school lunch prices, the high school student handbook, and the department’s lease with Abington Community Access & Media. According to meeting documents, the department is looking to increase the cost of breakfast and lunch by 25 cents each to $3 for lunch, and $1.75 for breakfast. School meals have been free the past two years with the federal goverment picking up the tab as part of a pandemic-era program. As of June 30 that program is reverting back to its pre-pandemic status of covering only students from low-income households. The state House of Representatives included $110 million in its state budget bill to continue the universal free lunch program; the Senate did not. So while the two branches negotiate a final state budget for the year that starts July 1, Abington schools are making plans for the fall.
School Committee, 7 p.m., Middle/High School Library. Agenda includes discussions about the high school student handbook, the department’s lease with ACAM, its student laptop policy, school meal prices, and reports from the superintendent and assistant superintendent.
Council on Aging, 6 p.m., Senior Center. Agenda includes board reorganization, summer meeting schedule, and a report from the director.
Housing Authority, 6 p.m., 71 Shaw Avenue. Agenda includes the approval of bills
Charter Review Commission, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes comments from the public, reviewing results of the public survey, and discussing proposed changes.