WEEK AHEAD: Busy planning board meeting Monday; selectmen finalize town meeting agenda; music parents craft fair and COPES 5K on Sunday; meeting schedule


The Planning Board hasn’t met since July (it traditionally skips its August gathering) and by the size of the agenda, it shows. Nine separate projects are up for discussion, on top of a half dozen other topics. One of the most interesting discussion points is a 99-room hotel proposed for the Rt. 18 entrance for Union Point. It’s the Southfield Redevelopment Authority that ultimately reviews that project, but the Abington Planning Board is asked for its thoughts on larger projects proposed for the air base. Also, Target is looking to convert 32 parking spaces into 24 order pickup stalls. The work would involve building a canopy over most of the new stalls, which are needed as more customers prefer to order their goods online instead of browsing through the store. Seone’s is back in front of the board to discuss their work off Lincoln Boulevard. There’s also a legal discussion to be had involving a small subdivision that was approved off McCue Circle back in 2018 but never built. The boarrd will also meet new Building Commissioner Chris Carmichael.  

[DISCLOSURE: the author is a member of the Planning Board]


The Board of Selectmen at their meeting Monday night are expected to close the warrant for the upcoming Special Town Meeting. Town Manager Scott Lambiase went through most of the known warrant articles at last week’s Finance Committee meeting. Most involve some midyear budget appropriations. There won’t be any proposed zoning changes because there wasn’t enough time to hold required public hearings. Selectmen will also meet with Paul Mollica, a Presidential Drive resident, to discuss speeding on the roadway, possibly reconsider the 150-voter quorum for the Special Town Meeting, and learn more about the town’s capital spending needs.  


Abington COPES inaugural 5K is this coming Sunday, Sept. 18. Runners, joggers, walkers, and stroller pushers will toe the starting line at 9 a.m., along Chestnut Street outside the Woodsdale Elementary School. 

The roadrace will follow the same route as the Coombs Memorial 5K: start on Chestnut Street, run down Randolph Street, up Lincoln Street, around Hancock Street, and back to the Woodsdale.

Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers, as well as top finishers by age. Following the race will be a family-friendly event featuring a bouncyhouse, a DJ spinning tunes, and three food trucks. The cost is $30 for adults, and $12 for children 12 and under. 


The 42nd annual Music Parents Crafts Fair is this Sunday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Middle/High School. Admission is $3 for adults, and $2 for students and seniors. Aside from tables of merchandise there will also be a bake sale table and raffles.


Auditions for the Abington Drama Club fall production, “The Play That Goes Wrong,” will now be held on September 13 and 14 from 6:30 p.m.  to 8 p.m. in the Middle/High School Auditorium. Auditions aropen to all eligible students, who can attend one or both dates. Students with questions should contact Steve Shannon for additional information.


Here’s a list of Municipal meetings (September 6 – 8) links along with a new episode of Town Manager’s Corner. These programs were produced by the staff at Abington Community Access & Media Inc.

Conservation Commission (9/6) https://youtu.be/SDOgXbu7fn4

Finance Committee (9/7) https://youtu.be/XzP1O_mIbgM

Cable Advisory Committee (9/7) https://youtu.be/taMQlZttibQ

Zoning Board of Appeals  (9/8) https://youtu.be/X4qCY2Xk2WY

Town Manager’s Corner featuring Shawn Reilly, Town Moderator;  https://youtu.be/GJmYhjn89kc



Griffin Dairy Farm Committee, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes reports from the project manager and community garden manager, and discussions about the community yard sale, well upgrades, and library story walk.

Planning Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes discussions about 380 Bedford Street, 762 & 770 Washington Street, 351 Summer Street, lots on Robert English Way, a 99-room hotel at Union Point, 49 Lincoln Boulevard (Seaone’s) , 657 Bedford Street, 140 Rockland Street, and 385 Centre Avenue (Target), as well as the town’s stormwater management permit, multi-family zoning, and an introductory chat with the new building inspector.

Board of Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes license requests for 728 Brockton Avenue and 800 Brockton Avenue (Ole Ole Cantina), and discussions about speeding on Presidential Drive, zoning board fees, the Special Town Meeting warrant, the quorum for the Special Town Meeting, and the town’s capital improvement plan.

Board of Library Trustees, 7 p.m., Public Library. Agenda includes a report from the director, and discussions about building issues, the library’s strategic plan, its current year budget, and upcoming events.


Community Preservation Committee, 7 p.m., DPW Building. Agenda includes board reorganization, and reviewing possible projects for FY 24.


Open Space Committee, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes discussions around updating the Open Space & Recreation Plan.

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