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Top Groton and State News Stories in 2019

35 Groton Headlines in 2019
Below are headlines for some top Groton stories for 2019, selected by the GH editors and presented in chronological order:
1. High School Principal Wants Flexibility In Disciplining Students Caught ‘Vaping’
2. Select Board Authorizes Investigation of Town Manager
3. Intermittent, Uncontrolled Flooding Dumps Hardship & Stress On Olivia Way Homeowners
4. Opposing Proposed Ticket Tax, Indian Hill Music Center Says Levy Would ‘Divert Funds From Our Mission’
5. Young Man Risks Life To Save Elderly Man Trapped in Burning Forge Village Road Home
6. Removal & Replacement of Senior Center Roof Ordered For Shoddy Installation
7. Select Board & FinCom Waffle On Adding Firefighter/EMTs
8. Gus Widmayer To Purchase Former Donelans Market For Retail/Office Development
9. Select Board Limits Parking At Groton Place To Reduce Incidents At Site 10. Town Meeting Upholds & Affirms Adding Two Firefighter/EMTs
11. Voters Approve Rebuilding Decrepit DPW Facility; Easom Says It’s ‘Like A Hooverville’
12. Indian Hill Music Center Open to Discussing PILOT Payment When Construction Is Complete, Says Executive Director Fiorentino
13. Voters Uphold Town’s Obligation to Maintain Exterior of Prescott Building
14. Voters Greenlight Groton Inn Zoning Expansion
15. Reilly Tops Select Board Slate; Degen Reelected; $5.9 Million In Overrides Approved
16. Despite Some ‘Unprofessional Conduct,’ Board Absolves Town Manager of Bullying Charge
17. The Wait Is Over. Station House Restaurant Opens June 3 18. Eight Years Later, Boynton Meadows Is Still Not Done
19. Extensive Damage To Town Hall After Water Fountain Valve Rupture Floods Rear of Building Over Holiday Weekend
20. Groton School’s Massive Electric Storage Battery A ‘Win-Win
21. Elevated Manganese Levels In Town Water Present Health Risk, Especially For Very Young or Pregnant
22. Steaming Pile of . . . ‘Bleep’ Catches Fire, Permeates Groton Neighborhood With Foul Odors, Creates Potential Health Hazard
23. Steward/Cerebus Threatens to Shutter Nashoba Valley Medical Center If Nurses Reject ‘Final’ Contract Offer
24. Mitigating Manganese Will Cost Over $7 Million, Take 4-5 Years; How Will Cost Burden Be Shared?
25. GD@Play Needs To Raise $750,000 to $1 Million
26. After 16-Year Slog, Tenacious Volunteers Will Soon Witness Groton- Townsend Rail-Trail Construction
27. Lowell Road Murder Suspect Held Without Bail
28. Joy, Elation & Fanfare Inaugurates New [Senior] Center
29. Student Removed From High School For Allegedly Threatening Violence
30. ‘How Pathetic!’ Groton Charter Is Still Not Approved
31. Housing Trust Keeps Boynton Meadows Loss Docs Under Wraps
32. One Member Says Neither CPC Nor Housing Trust Should Be Blamed Because ‘Loss Was A Systems Failure’
33. School District Stabilizes Special Ed Costs & Staffing
34. Select Board Rejects Well-Qualified ‘Fresh Pair of Eyes’ For CPC
35. Incident With Young Girl at Duck Pond Triggers Cooperation Between Groton Police, Littleton & Federal Marshalls Leading To Arrest On Federal Warrant
 
Top 10 Massachusetts Statewide Stories for 2019
The venerable State House News Service, one of the state’s most highly rated and admired news reporting services, asked the Statehouse press corps to vote on the top ten Massachusetts stories of 2019. The news service has been serving the working press since 1894.
Here are the results:
1. Gov. Baker signs $1.5 billion Education Reform Bill.
2. Vaping reaches the crisis stage and leads to three deaths and other vaping-associated lung injuries.
3. Big trouble at the MBTA as trains derail and other major problems arise.
4. A deadly New Hampshire
crash kills seven and reveals
that the Registry of Motor Vehicles missed warnings from Connecticut that should have resulted in the suspension of
the driver’s license. It is then discovered that tens of thousands of similar warnings had been stuffed into a Quincy storage room without being processed.
5. The Baker administration releases a report detailing how the state’s traffic congestion has gone from bad to worse.
6. U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announces he will challenge incumbent U.S. Sen. Ed
Markey in the September 2020 Democratic primary.
7. Four Massachusetts politicians run for president – Liz Warren, Bill Weld, Deval Patrick and Seth Moulton.
8. For the second consecutive year, the House and Senate battle over the $43 billion plus
state budget and eventually Massachusetts is the last to approve a budget and send it to the governor.
9. New law bans drivers from using a hand-held cellphone or other electronic device.
10. Encore, the state's marquee casino opens in Everett.
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