Friday, June 3, 2011
The Dedham School Building Rehabilitation Committee targets mid-August completion for track and fields, mid-October finish for permanent bathroom facilities.
The Dedham School Building Rehabilitation Committee flushed out a plan to build bathrooms for the new Stone Park athletic complex Tuesday evening. The group accepted the Dant Clayton Corporation's $180,000 bid to complete the restrooms by mid-October, nearly two months after the anticipated completion of the track and fields. The committee targeted July 31 for the completion of its track and fields in its initial proposal. SRBC chairman Andy Lawlor said a three-week cure time for the facility's track has forced a minor delay, and anticipates the new complex to be completed by August 24. But the new sports facility could feature temporary restrooms when it opens. Lawlor said the committee scrapped its original plan to build a mortar and …
Friday, April 8, 2011
School and state officials celebrated a key point in the construction phase Thursday.
With school, town and state officials on hand Thursday, the final steel beam - signed by every Avery School student - was hoisted into position by a crane to finish the outline of the new elementary school. Andy Lawlor, chairman of the School Building Rehabilitation Committee, marked Thursday as the one-quarter point in construction and said the project is under budget and only seven days behind schedule due to the snowy winter. Lawlor predicted students could walk the halls for the first time after April vacation next year.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
A group of about a half-dozen residents have stood outside on High Street on several occasions in the past couple weeks to bring attention to the matter.
Out-of-work Dedham construction workers are calling on the town to help them get jobs on the new Avery School, a $23 million project. Roughly a half-dozen unemployed construction workers have gathered at the intersection of Recreation Road and High Street several mornings in the past few weeks to bring attention to their plight. The Dedham residents are upset that they voted in favor of the project that causes a tax increase, yet are not receiving work on the project they say they can see from their front yards. “It’s owned by the town,” said Bob O’Connell, one of the Dedham residents. “Are you telling me they're not obligated to put Dedham residents on the job?” One worker of the 19 on the project currently is a Dedham resident. The …
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Dedham resident grateful for his experiences in the National Guard.
Civically dedicated Dedham resident Andrew Lawlor was honored by an abundance of friends, family and colleagues in the National Guard during his pinning ceremony for a promotion to colonel at the Dedham Common on Sunday. Town officials and friends joined the National Guard on a cold, blustery and grey afternoon on the common. "He has been a good friend of mine for 20 years," said Lt. Colonel James Vallee, a state representative from Franklin, recounting that they first met as Norfolk assistant district attorneys. Vallee noted the significance of the Dedham Common, "This ground that we stand on is of special significance to the National Guard." He said that in 1635, when Dedham was founded, militia would train on the grounds. Local farmers …
Saturday, October 16, 2010
School officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday to mark the beginning of construction for the $21 million Avery School project.
With the emphatic digging of a dozen or so shovels by current Avery School students, construction began Friday on their new home set to open in March 2012. School, town and state officials gathered on a gusty Friday morning in the parking lot above Dedham High School's football field to formally begin work on the $21 million school. The new school will feature a media center, large classrooms, handicap accessibility and "cafetorium" – a combination auditorium and cafeteria – all features the current school, built in 1920, doesn't have. Dedham received $11 million from the state's treasury department as part of its school building program. Student representatives from each of Avery's five grades and its fifth grade student council used …