WEEK AHEAD: School starts! Early voting underway; Special Town Meeting called for Sept. 27; Green Wave sports schedule; meeting schedule

It’s here, it’s finally here.

After 10 long weeks – or short weeks, depending on your persepective — Abington public schools reopen this week for the 2022-23 academic year.

It’s a brief re-entry: students will only be in the classrooms Wednesday and Thursday before heading off on an extended Labor Day vacation.

A reminder:

Beaver Brook: School hours are 9 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Parents can drop off their little learners starting at 8:45 a.m., in the loop adjacent to the schoolyard playground.

Woodsdale: School hours are 8:40 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Parents can stop off their stellar students starting at 8:20 a.m. along the sidewalk in front of the school.

Middle School: School hours are 7:50 a.m. to 2:22 p.m. Parents can drop off their awesome academics starting at 7:20 a.m. at Door 10 next to the tennis courts.

High School: School hours are 7:25 a.m. to 1:57 p.m. Parents may drop off their terrific teens at the gymnasium entrance starting at 7 a.m.

For students taking the bus, bus tags have been mailed out, along with pickup/dropoff information.

A NOTE FROM ABINGTON NEWS…

Regular readers of Abington News (all 12 of you…) may have noticed we haven’t published as much this summer. Basically, after working through three summers, we know that many people have more important priorities than reading about local news. So we’ve been on a semi-hiatus. But that’s not to say we haven’t been working. As summer ends and everyone returns back to work and school, we have a bunch of informative articles in the works including: an update on all those cannabis-industry shops that have been permitted but never opened; how the town is readying to spend millions in federal grant dollars; how each of the town’s schools are hoping to improve this year; saying hello to a number of new Town Hall employees and one employee who quietly departed earlier this year; why a Brockton Avenue development site needed to tear out its concrete foundation; and which Green Wave teams are poised for a deep playoff run this fall. Get ready!

FINAL DAYS TO SUBMIT ABSENTEE BALLOTS FOR STATE PRIMARY ELECTION

You have until 5 p.m. today to request an early voting ballot for next week’s state primary election. Requests can be made by calling the Town Clerk’s Office at 781-982-2100. Anyone still looking to vote ahead of time after that must stop by the Town Clerk’s Office before Friday at noon. The polls will be open on Primary Day,  Sept. 6, from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Voting takes place at the Beaver Brook Elementary School gymnasium. Registered Republicans must take a Republican ballot. Registered Democrats must take a Democratic ballot. Unenrolled voters can choose either without it impacting their registration status.

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING CALLED FOR SEPT. 27; QUORUM SET AT 150

As expected, Selectmen have called for a special town meeting for Tuesday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., at the High School Auditorium. Town Manager Scott Lambiase described many of the legislative needs as “housekeeping” but important nonetheless. One portion will involve adjusting town budgets. The state is giving the town an extra $50,000 in aid, the town’s cannabis shop has handed over its first $280,000 mitigation check, there are some bills from last year that need to be paid, and with a new building commissioner in place Lambiase said the Building Department’s budget needs to be tweaked. Town Meeting will also be asked to approve some conservation land restrictions. Residents can also submit petitions by Sept. 12 if they can collect 200 signatures. Selectmen did reject a request to lower the quorum from 150 to 75, as has been allowed and done during the pandemic era. The town’s bylaws require 150 registered voters to start the meeting. In response to a question from Selectman Tim Chapin, Town Health Agent Chris Schultz said while there is a pandemic still going on, the health department does not have any public health concerns about Town Meeting gathering – provided that people who are sick stay home. Lambiase and Moderator Shawn Reilly, however, are concerned that 150 voters won’t turn out considering the hum-drum, yet important, agenda.   Selectmen Kevin DiMarzio and Alex Bezanson supported lowering the quorum; the other three voted against. Chapin did say he’d be open to lowering the quorum permanently through a bylaw changes, just not using COVID as an excuse.

CUB SCOUTS HOSTING OPEN HOUSE

Abington Cub Scouts Pack 41 is looking for adventurous kids in grades K-5. The group is hosting an open house on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Frolio Middle School for those interested in learning more. The event will feature an information booth, games, and an outdoor cooking demonstration. 


ACAM COVERAGE

Here’s a list of Municipal meetings (August 22 – 25) from this week plus coverage of the Abington Summer Concerts featuring Dale and The Duds. All of the content provided is produced by the staff at Abington Community Access & Media Inc.

Board of Selectmen (8/22) 

Conservation Commission (8/23)

Abington Summer Concert; Dale & The Duds


GREEN WAVE ATHLETICS SCHEDULE

GOLF

Monday, Aug. 29 – @ Middleborough at Lakeville Country Club, 3:30 p.m. (JV)

Wednesday, Aug. 31 – vs. East Bridgewater at Strawberry Valley Golf Course, 4 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1 – @ Middleborough at Lakeville Country Club, 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 2 – @ Rockland at Rockland Golf Course, 3:12 p.m.

FOOTBALL

Tuesday, Aug. 30 – vs. Cardinal Spellman 4:30 p.m. (scrimmage)

Thursday, Sept. 1 – @ Scituate 5 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

Wednesday, Aug. 31 – vs. Apponoquet, 4 p.m. (scrimmage; JV also plays)

Friday, Sept. 2 – @ Whitman-Hanson, 11:30 a.m. (scrimmage; JV also plays)

GIRLS SOCCER

Monday, Aug. 29 – vs. West Bridgewater, 3:30 p.m. (scrimmage; JV also plays)

Wednesday, Aug. 31 – @ Blue Hills Regional, 3:30 p.m. (scrimmage)

Saturday, Sept. 3 – vs, Cardinal Spellman, 10 a.m. (scrimmage; JV also plays)

VOLLEYBALL

Wednesday, Aug. 31 – vs. Hingham, 3:30 p.m. (scrimmage; JV and freshmen also play)


MEETINGS

WEDNESDAY

School Committee, 6:30 p.m., Middle/High School Library. Agenda includes reports from the superintendent, assistant superintendent, director of student services, and (director) of curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

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