Court orders resumption of tender for South Middle School: Patch PM

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MASSACHUSETTS – It’s Thursday September 16th. Here’s what you should know this afternoon:

  • A Norton hairdresser shared his experience with a very dissatisfied customer who ended up calling the police. In two videos posted on TikTok, the hairdresser said the woman called 911 because he cut her son’s hair “too short”.
  • A study by Clark University shows how deforestation has contributed to carbon emissions in six states in New England and New York. Driven primarily by development, deforestation has released nearly 5 million tons of carbon annually in recent years.
  • Phantom Gourmet Food Fest brings more than 30 restaurants and vendors to Waltham’s Moody Street. The “phest” from 21 years of age offers tastings, drinks to buy and live music.

Scroll down to find out more about these and other stories Patch covered in Massachusetts today.

Today’s top story

According to Braintree Mayor Charles Kokoros, the tendering process for the construction of a new South Middle School by a construction company has started all over again following a court ruling.

Kokoros said the change came after four non-union contractors and two associations of contractors used the city under a project employment agreement (PLA) that was intended as a requirement for companies to apply for the school construction project.

In 2020, Braintree, with the unanimous support of the school building committee, decided to deploy a PLA for the South Middle School project. A PLA is a preliminary contract that defines the working conditions for a construction project. On this project, among other things, it would have used the employment halls of local unions to hire workers, prevented construction delays due to work stoppages, and provided a more diverse workforce, Kokoros said.

But after the lawsuit, the city court ordered the project to be repeated without the PLA.
“While I respect the court’s decision, I continue to support the Quincy and South Shore Construction Council and acknowledge the excellent work of their members,” Kokoros said in a statement.

Read more here.

Deforestation in New England is a big carbon problem: You may know how deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is contributing to CO2 emissions and the climate crisis. There is a similar situation here in New England.

Phantom Gourmet takes over Walthams Moody Street: There’s only one week left to the Phantom Gourmet Food Fest on Saturday, September 25th at Moody St., Waltham. The Phest will feature over 30 restaurants and vendors offering tastings, drinks for sale, and live music.

Malden honors killed officer on the anniversary of his death: The Malden Police Department honored the slain police officer Edward Callahan on the day he died. Callahan died on September 16, 1963, two days after he was shot and killed in a robbery in a market.

NY man charged after Framingham 100 mph speeding: State police arrested and charged a Long Island man on Tuesday after he was seen driving too fast and dangerously along Mass Pike – and was later illegally found with a gun.


Picture that

Holliston Fire Department

Holliston Fire Chief is on fire when on air: “Story Time with Chief Cassidy” airs Holliston cable access since the pandemic started, and now Cassidy has the opportunity to share his on-air talent at the Fire & Life Safety Education Conference taking place in Hyannis next week.


A touching homage

“Today the world has lost a superhero of a man. Ben was the definition of a fighter. Four years of ups and downs, he was called to heaven. A beloved husband, father, son and brother. In addition: teacher, coach, Colleague, neighbor, running partner, friend and role model. “

  • The family of Ben Goodhue, a longtime Beverly teacher and coach who died at the age of 45 after a four year battle with cancer.

In numbers

5 feet: The length of a rattlesnake found on the Blue Hills Reservation. A Dorchester woman said she was taking her weekly walk when she came across the snake, later identified as a rare wooden rattle.

“My first thought was that it escaped the zoo,” she told the Boston Globe.


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