WEEK AHEAD: Yard waste collection; Rt. 139 paving underway; bridge work ongoing; Green Wave athletics; meeting schedule

FINALLY….warm weather season is here.

The Glasgow-ish gloom has lifted and given way to a magnificent stretch of San Diego-esque weather. 

For those who got your yard work done, trash collection is also picking up yard waste this week.  All leaves, clippings, sticks, etc., must be set curbside in leaf bags or barrels that are 30 gallons or less. Plastic bags are not allowed. Pick up will be on your regular collection day via separate collection trucks


The Commonwealth, in its generosity, has started repaving Route 139 from the Rt. 18 intersection westward to the town line. Normally, this stretch of 139 would be the town’s responsibility. But, flush with federal infrastructure funds, MassDOT is paving a number of locally-owned numbered roadways, including this one. Work will take place over the next eight weeks with most activity taking place at night, according to DPW Director John Stone. The entire $1.2 million project pricetag, which includes police details, is being picked up by the state.


The crumbling Central St. Bridge has been fully removed, and work is about to begin on placing the new pre-cast bridge spans over the Shumatuscacant River. Central Street closed to through traffic last month and will remain closed through most of the summer. Currently the Shumatuscacant River, which drains into Island Grove Pond through a culvert, is enjoying some sunshine for the first time in decades. A social media post over the weekend claimed the project was already racking up overruns, leading to all police details near the bridge site being cancelled. Multiple town officials interviewed by Abington News said that isn’t the case. DPW Director John Stone said the $890,000 project is on-schedule and on-budget, and that the town never planned to have 24/7 police details while the bridge is being replaced. The post has since been taken down.

During its most recent exam with state bridge inspectors, the nearly 70-year old bridge was given a rating of 3 out of 10. A 2 out of 10 would have forced the bridge to close to traffic.

With the Central Street bridge deck removed, this stretch of the Shumatuscacant River is seeing daylight for the first time in decades.
The precast spans for the new bridge deck have been delivered and are awaiting installation.
A photo provided by the Abington DPW shows the advanced corroded state of the old bridge beams.


Conservation commissioners will again discuss a problematic Brockton Avenue residential project at its meeting this week. The board told representatives from Mento Corp., which built the duplex, at its last meeting that it was “frustrated” with the number of outstanding issues at the site. Members declined to grant a partial approval and instead are looking to hire a wetlands consultant to examine what’s already been done.


Here’s a list of Municipal meetings (May 1 – 4), plus the debut of a new program called Baby Bear Golf featuring local golf courses. This episode features Strawberry Valley GC. These programs were produced last week by the staff and volunteers at Abington Community Access & Media Inc.

Board of Health (5/1) – https://youtu.be/gK7GqxnsVbo

Planning Board (5/1) – https://youtu.be/7KoNWLqOJwo

Zoning Board of Appeals (4/26) – https://youtu.be/UWW9SsIEFys

Baby Bear Golf Feat. Strawberry Valley GC – https://youtu.be/KWUiUwbH1Lg



Monday, 4:30 p.m., vs. Carver

Wednesday, 4:30 p.m., vs. Rockland

Friday, 4 p.m., vs. East Bridgewater



Monday, 4 p.m., @ Carver

Wednesday, 4 p.m., @ Rockland

Friday, 4 p.m., @ East Bridgewater

Junior Varsity

Monday, 4 p.m., @ Carver

Wednesday, 4 p.m., @ Rockland

Friday, 4 p.m., @ East Bridgewater


Monday, 4 p.m. vs. Carver

Wednesday, 4 p.m., vs. Rockland

Friday, 4 p.m., vs. East Bridgewater



Monday, 4 p.m., vs. Plymouth South

Tuesday, 4 p.m., vs. Hull

Thursday, 4 p.m., vs. Rockland

Junior Varsity

Monday, 5:30 p.m., vs. Plymouth South

Thursday, 5:15 p.m., vs. Rockland



Tuesday, 4 p.m., @ Hull

Thursday, 4 p.m., @ Rockland

Friday, 4 p.m., @ Southeastern Reg.

Saturday, 10 a.m., @ Cape Cod Academy (Osterville)

Junior Varsity

Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., @ Hull

Thursday, 5:15 p.m., @ Rockland

Saturday, 11:30 a.m., @ Cape Cod Academy (Osterville)


Wednesday, 4 p.m.,  @ Norwell


Monday, 7 p.m ., @ Scituate



Affordable Housing Trust, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a discussion about the Board of Selectmen’s representative, a meeting with Barrett Consulting, and a discussion about the North and Center School bid documents.

Griffin Dairy Farm Committee, 5:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes reports on the community gardens, ongoing capital projects, and community yard sale.

Board of Selectmen, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes appointing a new board chairman and vicechairman, representatives to the MBTA and Plymouth County advisory boards, and Affordable Housing Trust Fund Committee, and discussing a letter from the Fire Chief about grade crossing safety.

Board of Library Trustees, 7 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a report from the library director, capital improvement updates, and upcoming programs.


Abington/Rockland Joint Water Works, 3:30 p.m., 366 Centre Ave. Agenda includes board reorganization, sending notice to Abington selectmen regarding appointments to the committee, discussion about new houses on North Quincy Street, and a report from the superintendent.

Conservation Commission, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes 161 North Quincy Street, 154 Brockton Avenue, 48 Lincoln Street, and 95 Niles Street.


Strawberry Valley Golf Course Committee, 5 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes a report from the superintendent, a meeting with Jay Scott, the new high school golf coach, and discussions about the course’s capital plan, 22 South Bedford Street, and a land donation.


Zoning Board of Appeals, 7 p.m., Town Hall. Agenda includes discussions about 74 Orange Street.

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