WEEK AHEAD: Train crossings being reviewed; plans for Factory Paint store; Green Wave athletics schedule; meetings

It’s January 9 and we still haven’t had a good snowfall. And it appears we won’t be getting one this week either. Abington News understands that snow isn’t everyone’s cup ‘o tea. It’s cold and icy and disruptive and can be a pain to clean up. But if we’re going to do this whole ”winter in New England” thing, I’d much rather look at some fresh snowfall than bare trees, dormant lawns, and dead leaves. Get it together, Mother Nature!

Now for some news…  

TRAIN SAFETY CONSULTANT REVIEWING ABINGTON CROSSINGS

Following a pair of fatal accidents last year, the Town of Abington has hired a consultant to look at all of the town’s train crossings and offer recommendations on how safety could be improved. The town has contracted with TrafInfo Communications, Inc., of Woburn, Town Manager Scott Lambiase confirmed. A contract amount was not immediately available. Lambiase said he plans to give an update to the Board of Selectmen at its meeting this Tuesday. In May, an Abington High School senior was struck and killed by a train while walking across the Birch Street crossing. In August, another person was killed between the Birch Street and Plymouth Street crossings; investigators determined the man “intentionally placed himself” in the path of the train. It is believed that Abington has more grade crossings than any other Old Colony Line community. Multiple people have been killed along the tracks in Abington since the line reopened in 1997. 

Selectmen Chairman Alex Bezanson said the town hired the consultant after getting nowhere in its requests to the MBTA for safety improvements along the corridor. “The MBTA is ignoring us,” he said. “I asked them for several things back [in 2017] that they said they would do and they haven’t done it. And since then we’ve had numerous accidents and deaths.” 

CHIPOTLE, STARBUCKS PROPOSED FOR FACTORY PAINT SITE 

We work hard to keep our focus exclusively on Abington news, but considering the location, this news is very pertinent to Abington residents. A developer is proposing to convert the former Factory Paint store on Rt. 18 in South Weymouth into a Chipotle and Starbucks. Not many more details are available at the moment. A spokesman for the Town of Weymouth said the preliminary plan has not yet been approved and will appear on the town’s Planning Board agenda soon. The site, which Factory Paint occupied for decades before closing a couple years ago, is located at the intersection of Rt. 18, Rt. 58, and Pond Street. It’s less than a half-mile from the Abington border and on the way for many Abington commuters who use the South Weymouth commuter rail station. With hundreds of new housing units going up around the station in recent years, that area has become an increasingly attractive commercial corridor.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WOODSDALE SNOW BALL

The Woodsdale PTO is sponsoring a Snow Ball for 3rd and 4th graders on Friday, Feb. 3 from 6-7:30 p.m. However, parent volunteers are needed for the event. Please email woodsdalepro2@gmail.com to volunteer or ask questions. All parent volunteers must have a CORI on file with the school.


GREEN WAVE ATHLETICS

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Varsity

Tuesday @ Hull, 5 p.m.

Friday vs. Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity

Tuesday @ Hull, 3:30 p.m.

Friday vs. Norwell, 5 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Varsity

Tuesday @ Hull, 6:30 p.m.

Friday @ Norwell, 6:30 p.m.

Junior Varsity

Monday @ Hull, 6:30 p.m.

Friday @ Norwell, 5 p.m.

Freshmen

Monday @ Hull, 5 p.m.

Friday @ Norwell, 3:30 p.m.

BOYS HOCKEY

Wednesday vs. East Bridgewater, 5:50 p.m., @ Rockland Ice Rink

Friday @ Middleboro, 7:30 p.m., @ Bridgewater Ice Arena

GIRLS HOCKEY

(with/Norwell)

Wednesday vs. Martha’s Vineyard, 5:20 p.m., @The Bog

Saturday, vs. North Quincy, 5:40 p.m., @ The Bog

GIRLS INDOOR TRACK

Monday @ TBA, 5 p.m., @ Reggie Lewis Center

BOYS INDOOR TRACK

Monday vs. Randolph & Hull, 5 p.m., @ Reggie Lewis Center

(All schedules per ArbiterLive.com and subject to change)


MEETING SCHEDULE

MONDAY

Board of Health, 6 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes discussions about regulating tobacco sales and smoking in workplaces.

Planning Board, 6 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a review of the zoning board agenda, discussion about potential zoning bylaw amendments and MBTA multi-family zoning changes. 

Board of Library Commissioners, 7 p.m., Library. Agenda includes a report from the director, a discussion about the roof project, and programming updates. 

TUESDAY

Board of Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes updates from the Fire Station Building Committee and the town’s representative to the air base redevelopment authority, a discussion on property along Gliniewicz Way, and an executive session to discussion legal matters.

Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a discussion about 833 Washington Street.

WEDNESDAY

Board of Assessors, 11 a.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a review of month end numbers, and an executive session to discuss abatement requests.

Strawberry Valley Golf Course Committee, 5 p.m., Clubhouse. Agenda includes a report from the superintendent, and discussions about capital improvements, and the lease at 22 S. Bedford Street.

Open Space Committee, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes discussing other open space land available, ways to promote existing open space, and possibly requesting the planning board to ask new developments to provide a portion of their projects to the committee.

Finance Committee, 7 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a review of the draft budgets for Abington Community Access & Media, the fire department, golf course, and library.

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