Selection Approve Entertainment License for Paradise Cafe

Officials also hear from police chief about Dedham's National Night Out events, and recognize town administrator's son.


The Board of Selectmen Thursday night granted  an entertainment license.

Café owner Ali Koushan told selectmen many of his customers have asked if they could have soft music, like jazz, playing in the background. They’re thinking of having it a couple nights each week, probably Friday and one day during the week.

Selectmen also received a letter of support from neighbors of the establishment. 

“It’s a proven model to have this type of music in bistros and cafes,” Selectman Paul Reynolds said. He also added that something like this is great for Dedham Square.

Dedham to Participate in National Night Out 

Dedham Chief of Police Michael D’Entremont attended the selectmen’s
meeting to tell everyone about National Night Out, an event that began in Texas in the mid-1980s and is now done in all 50 states and Canada.

National Night Out is an event where citizens and law enforcement come together to show solidarity and understanding in how they all work together to keep everyone safe in our communities. The official date this year is August 7, but Dedham will start their events on August 4.

Events this year include: a youth art show, a charity car wash, story time for kids featuring crime fighting and public safety stories and a movie in the park.

Town Administrator William Keegan’s Son Honored

The Board of Selectmen did something a little unusual during a brief slow-down during the meeting when they presented Town Administrator William Keegan with a Certificate of Achievement for his son, Billy. The certificate was for the younger Keegan’s achievements both, academically and athletically.

The selectmen also praised the work the elder Keegan has done for the town, and the long hours he works. Later in the meeting they would vote to renew his contract, which they will work on during the year.

“I just want to say thank you,” Keegan said. “I’m actually quite humbled.”


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