Friday, August 31, 2012
It was voted by Parks and Recreation that The Dedham Dog Park will continue to service the town.
The permit for The Dedham Dog Park expires today. But Dedham dog owners will be happy to know that the park will not close down. It will only be moved to another temporary location. The committee will offer another extension for a year, or until the permanent dog park is complete. The park started as a pilot program, set up by Chuck DelloIacono. At first, the Parks and Recreation Committee wanted to see how residents would respond to the park. But they were surprised how fast hundreds of residents were using the facility. According to DelloIacono, Dedham has 1600 registered dogs. And since all of the other parks did not allow animals- it was almost a surprise to see that there was nothing put in place before. You can also check out …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Board of Selectmen was granted easement at last week's meeting.
After six years of discussion, Dedham has been presented with a grant of easement by the property owners at 480 Sprague St., allowing permanent access to the Striar property and setting in motion the process to develop it as recreation space. "People can not state how important it is," said selectman Michael Butler. "...[The property] will be carefully planned and developed into a terrific recreational property." Peter Zahka, the attorney for the property owners, presented the easement to the Board of Selectmen at the board's meeting last Thursday. Though DPW trucks have been allowed to access the property through the property for the last year on a temporary easement, last week's action is permanent and will allow the town to build a road…
Friday, May 11, 2012
Supporters are drumming up support to win a $100,000 grant.
Supporters for the Dedham Dog Park are pushing to win a $100,000 grant through an online contest. Residents can vote through the contest's website and on Facebook. The runner-up will receive $25,000. Winners will be based on the number of votes as a percentage of a town's or city's population. First round of voting lasts until June 13. The Dedham Dog Park currently is open at the Dolan Center, however, advocates are eyeing a move to the Striar Property as a permanent location.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
A look back at some of the stories we covered this week on Dedham Patch.
Dedham Alum Walks-on to Boston College Football Dedham High School graduate Carmen Dello Iacono III earned a spot on the Boston College football team, a member of the ACC, and will play tight end for the Eagles next fall. VIDEO: Despite Snow, Ron's Opening Means Spring Starts Ron's Gourmet Ice Cream opened for the season this week. The family-owned business makes more than 30 different flavors of ice cream, and has become a staple for many families in Dedham. Leash Tightened, Not Yanked on Dog Park Dedham Parks and Recreation officials and members of SMA Fathers reached a compromise with the dog park at the Dolan Center. The agreement calls for a six-month extension for the temporary park, through Sept. 1, and for reduced hours of …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The temporary dog park will have reduced hours for the six-month extension.
Dedham Parks and Recreation officials and the neighboring SMA Fathers reached a deal to keep a temporary dog park open at the Dolan Center. The agreement calls for a reduction in park hours, a buffer zone and a six-month extension, instead of the year park proponents initially asked for. The Board of Selectmen approved the extension at Thursday’s meeting. Beginning March 1, dog owners can access the park Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon. "We sat down and talked with Father Roache [of SMA], and we've come to a compromise," Parks and Recreation Commission chairman John Maida said. "We will put in a buffer between his fence and ours." SMA Fathers had voiced …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
A look back at some of the stories we covered this week on Dedham Patch.
Dedham Mom Wants Urban Outfitters 'Graphic' Books Moved Dedham mom Ann Hunnewell has called upon Urban Outfitters to relocate its "graphic" books to an adult-only section. She has started a Facebook page to help rally other parents against the books. SMA Fathers Won't Roll Over for Dedham Dog Park While dog owners are enjoying the new pilot dog park on Common Street, Father Dermot Roache pointed out to the Board of Selectmen that the park - with up to 70 dogs visiting in a day - is located next to the home he shares with three other SMA Fathers. He has argued that the selectmen should not grant a one-year extension for the temporary park. Dedham Boy's Basketball Clinches Tourney Berth The DHS boy's basketball team clinched a playoff berth …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Clergy opposes an extension to a temporary dog park on Common Street.
Father Dermot Roache, director of the SMA Fathers, spoke out against a proposal to allow a pilot dog park to remain next to the Dolan Center for another year. "What needs to be understood is that we are four men that live there," Roache said. "I had to raise some concerns immediately." Dedham Parks and Recreation commissioners sought approval Thursday night from the Board of Selectmen to allow the temporary dog park to remain on Common Street for another year as they work toward a permanent solution. While Parks and Recreation commissioner Chuck Dello Iacono looked at attendance of up to 75 dogs a day as a success, Roache called it a "nuisance." "I don't care if you are a dog owner or not, would you like that next door to you?" he said. …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
With many projects at different stages, where should the town's focus be?
The new Avery Elementary School is months away from its scheduled opening - and as kids move in, construction crews will set-up in Dedham Square for the $6.1 million overhaul. Those are just two of the bigger stories Dedham Patch will be following in 2012, but there are a few others that deserve the town's attention this year. Another project, in its infancy, will look to gain momentum and support in 2012. A pilot dog park opened in Novemeber and supporters are looking for a forever home for residents to take their dogs throughout the year. As town officials closely watch how taxpayer money is being used, the town is looking into ways to help small business owners survive the economic crisis by keeping property taxes low - while not …
Sunday, December 4, 2011
A look back at some of the stories we covered on Dedham Patch this week.
Hardest Vote' Favors Business Over Residents Selectmen voted to give small business owners more of a break on their taxes for 2012 than they've had in years past - although they'll still rise by 5.44 percent. Residents will pay a bit more because of the decision in 2012 than they would've if the Board of Selectmen had stuck to tradition. New 'Significant' Details About Body Disposal Causes Moccia Trial Delay A murder trial scheduled to start this week saw yet another delay - the fifth time a trial date has been pushed back. Paul Moccia, of Dedham, faces first-degree murder charges stemming from a March 2009 homicide. Either he or his alleged co-conspirator will go to trial in February. McMurtry Tosses Hat in Ring for 2012 State Seat State …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
A pilot dog park on Common Street opens to the public as part of a 90-day trial.
Less than eight months after Chuck Dello Iacono restarted a plan to open a dog park in Dedham, dog owners will have a place to take their four-legged best friends beginning Thursday. A 90-day pilot dog park at the Dolan Center on Common Street is ready and welcoming dog owners. "It's been madness - in a good way," Dello Iacono said of the whirlwind process. Dello Iacono, who is not a dog owner, spearheaded the effort as a member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, as he researched, developed and pitched the idea to town officials. The park hit a snag in the fall when proponents learned it would take special permission from the state to override a bylaw mandating dog leashes in parks, but commissioners acted swiftly to put forward an …