Before we start the new week in earnest, we take a look back at the week that has passed and the stories that have made the news with Taunton Daily Gazette readers.
Our main story last week was about the sudden resignation of Berkley Council on Aging director Amanda Blais, and how her departure led to the ousting of another public servant.
Other highlights include a look back at the life and career of recently deceased Tauntonian and NFL coach Dave Magazu; the suspension of a lawyer suing West Bridgewater and Bridgewater-Raynham over mask warrants; as well as our last pet of the week.
Rounding out our Top 5 was a list of snow-related cancellations, as Friday’s snowstorm was certainly top of everyone’s mind at the end of last week.
These are the best stories of the past week, according to Gazette readers:
Resignation of Berkley COA director leads to ousting of official
Following the sudden resignation of Berkley Council on Aging director Amanda Blais in early December, programs at the senior center continue, but the center’s progress stalled until a new director is appointed. be found. That was the main message that Council on Aging chairwoman Margaret Moroff gave to elected officials at a meeting Dec. 21, as the two councils considered the direction the council and senior center should take. to go forward. Both councils ended up plotting the future of the council and center in dramatic fashion, removing Vice President Nancy Thompson from the council altogether.
Moroff said what was wrong with Blais’ tenure was that she would have plans and then often someone would guess her, and Blais felt that Thompson was one of the people who treated her that way.
Read the full story here.
Discord at the COA: Director wanted to make Berkley senior center a ‘home away from home’
Remembering Dave Magazu
Family and friends remember Tauntonian and NFL coach Dave Magazu for his compassion and zest for life.
Magazu recently passed away suddenly at his home in Mooresville, North Carolina. He was 64 years old.
“He was caring, fun and a loving teacher,” said his younger brother Doug. “He had a strong belief in faith and loved his family.”
Gazette Sports Editor Steve Sanchez reflects on Magazu’s life and career.
5 Notable Tauntonians: From the NFL, to the big screen, to galaxies far away
NH Supreme Court suspends attorney prosecuting West Bridgewater, BR
The New Hampshire Supreme Court suspended the attorney’s license of attorney Robert Fojo, who filed five lawsuits against local school districts over mask mandates, including Bridgewater-Raynham and West Bridgewater. The court suspended Fojo’s attorney’s license on December 21, preventing him from practicing law in New Hampshire. The move comes after allegations he mismanaged nearly $100,000 in client funds.
Fojo has yet to win any of his cases related to mask mandates and COVID-19 policies in schools, none of which relate to why his law license was suspended.
Mandates maintained: Judge upholds school mask mandates in lawsuit
pet of the week
Each week, an animal available for adoption at Taunton Animal Shelter is featured as the Pet of the Week. This week, a dog named Patches captured the hearts of many readers and made it into our Top 5 stories.
She is a Portuguese Podengo about 3 years old. She’s nervous and shy, but once she gets to know you, she’s a cuddler. She is looking for a house full of love and patience; Learn more about patch adoption here.
Be sure to check TauntonGazette.com every Sunday for the latest pet of the week. You might meet your new best friend!
Pet of the week: Patches seeks his place in a loving and patient home
List of cancellations keeps Gazette readers busy
Rounding out our Top 5 stories from the past week is our list of snow-related cancellations, compiled ahead of Friday’s snowstorm.
Taunton Daily Gazette/Herald News editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be contacted at [email protected] Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.