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WICKED LOCAL: Plymouth DPW proposes $34 million water expansion, wells would be at PSHS and Forges Field

There’s plenty of water in Plymouth, but there’s just not enough. Though Plymouth sits on one of the largest and purest sources of drinking water in Massachusetts – the Plymouth-Carver aquifer – it’s going to take a $34 million dollar expansion to meet the needs of the town’s near-term expected population growth, provide emergency redundancy, and plan for long-term sustainability. Read more at Wicked Local. Continue Reading →

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Pinehills honored for water treatment facility

The New England Water Environment Association has awarded The Pinehills Waste Water Treatment Facility with the George W. Burke, Jr. Facility Safety Award for excellence and effectiveness in safety programming. 
The award was presented at The NEWEA annual conference held in Boston. John Judge, the president of Pinehills LLC was on hand to accept the award. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station back online after storm shutdown

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station reconnected to the grid on Sunday after it had been taken off-line, Thursday in advance of the winter storm, according to a statement from plant spokesman Patrick O’Brien. Prior to going offline the station had been operating at 30 percent power to repair a small leak in a condenser tube and preemptively plug additional tubes to prevent future leaks, he noted.  The plant took advantage of the shutdown to complete additional preventative maintenance that cannot be down when the unit is operating at full-power, O’Brien added.  Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim closes down for storm

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station shut down this morning due to the impending snow storm, according to a statement from the company. Pilgrim has been operating at 30 percent power since Monday night when a small seawater leak was identified in one condenser tube and subsequently repaired, the statement noted. Pilgrim staff are currently plugging additional tubes to prevent the problem from happening in the future, the statement added. That work will continue while the plant is offline. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Curbside pickup postponed due to expected storm

Due to the inclement weather and the concern for public safety, the Department of Public Works and ABC Disposal will postpone scheduled curbside pick-up service of trash and recyclables for the following dates:

Curbside pick-up that was to occur on Thursday, February 9 will occur on Friday, February 10
Curbside pick-up that was to occur on Friday, February 10 will occur on Saturday, February 11
ABC Disposal will resume its usual pick-up schedule on Monday, February 13th. Continue Reading →

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Plymouth police log and arrests for February 3 to February 5, 2017

February 3
12:39 a.m. Traffic complaint on State Road
Cutter Drive man, 48, reportedly drifted into wrong lane, nearly hitting a police car traveling the opposite way. After being pulled over, he allegedly showed a falsified license. He also allegedly had a small amount of fentanyl on him. He was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, exhibiting another person’s license, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, motor vehicle operating refusing to identify self, possession of a class B substance and receiving stolen property under $250. 2:13 a.m. Police with ambulance on Clearwater Drive
Anthony Viola, 25, of Delancy Drive charged with witness intimidation, disturbing the peace and making a false 911 report. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Possible sale could speed Pilgrim decommissioning plan

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station may be sold to a company whose sole focus is the efficient decommissioning of nuclear power plants. That could mean the difference between the old retired reactor and accompanying buildings sitting abandoned on a contaminated site for another 60 years – the likely scenario under its current owner Entergy Corp. – or the property being cleaned up and ready for reuse about a dozen years after the plant closes. Pilgrim is expected to permanently shut down in June 2019. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Plymouth police log and arrests for January 27 to January 29, 2017

January 27
11:35 a.m. Recovered hypodermic needle on Long Pond Road
5:05 p.m. General disturbance on State Road
January 28
10:11 a.m. Larceny on Patriot Circle
10:17 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Purchase Street
10:36 a.m. Suspicious activity on Kate’s Glen
11:06 a.m. Suspicious activity on Clark Road
8:02 p.m. Harassment on Bartlett Road
8:02 p.m. General disturbance on State Road
9:26 p.m. General disturbance on Bartlett Road

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Parking fee hike proposed for White Horse Beach

It’s an idea that’s been kicked around as a potential tool in the battle against illegal parking at White Horse Beach and now it may become a reality. Town officials will propose at this spring’s Town Meeting to create a special parking district at White Horse Beach, Assistant Town Manager Derek Brindisi told residents at a meeting Wednesday night at the Plymouth Public Library. Fine in the new parking district would be up to $50, the maximum allowed by state law, he said.  The typical parking fine in Plymouth is $15, which has proven to be little deterrent to visitors looking to spend a day at the beach. (more…) Continue Reading →

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THE PATRIOT LEDGER: Lawyer says police lied to get Plymouth prostitution indictment

A defense lawyer says police lied to secure an indictment against a local man on human trafficking charges. Attorney Conrad Bletzer states in court pleadings that a key witness against Douglas Crociati told an investigator for the defense that she does not know and cannot identify the West Plymouth man accused of running a Manomet spa as a house of prostitution. Read more at The Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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Neighbors mark milestone as Shallow Pond Estates girl fights cancer

Friends and neighbors celebrated with Charlee Casale, who turned 5 today, as she celebrated a milestone in her battle with leukemia. Charlee was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia two years ago, her mother, Rachel said. Tuesday was her last chemotherapy treatment at  Boston Children’s Hospital and while she still has to have additional treatments at home, the family’s neighbors in Shallow Pond Estates thought it was a milestone worth celebrating. Continue Reading →

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on the Agenda for the week of January 1, 2016

On the Agenda features items on town committee and board meetings of interest to the Manomet, Pinehills and South Plymouth neighborhoods. Tuesday, January 3
Affordable Housing Trust, 8 a.m. at Town Hall

Update on 17 Cutter Drive

Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m. at Town Hall

8:15 p.m. License and administrative notes:  The Board will approve and execute a Temporary License Agreement between the Town of Plymouth (Licensor) and Daire Fontaine and Paul Moyer, owners of 119G Taylor Avenue, Plymouth, MA (Licensee) which authorizes temporary vehicular access over Town Property on White Horse Beach, Identified as Lot 87C on Assessor’s Map 46 and Lot A-3 on Assessor’s Map 45C, for the purposes of transporting equipment and materials related to residential renovation and septic system improvement projects at 119G Taylor Avenue. Note: The Conservation Commission has authorized the use of this beach access point at White Horse Beach for the project at 119G Taylor Avenue. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: More deteriorating panels found at Pilgrim nuclear plant

Nearly 900 neutron-absorbing panels used to prevent a nuclear reaction from occurring in Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s spent fuel pool could be deteriorating by this time next year, increasing the chances of a fire and radioactive release. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Selectmen want answers about Pilgrim Nuclear safety concerns after memo is leaked

The Board of Selectmen don’t just want to hear from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, they demand it. Selectmen were prompted to meet in an emergency session after a memo was leaked by an NRC official that described staff at Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station as being “overwhelmed by just trying to run the station.” The memo came to the board’s attention via an article in the Cape Cod Times. The memo was written to update NRC officials about the inspection currently taking place at the power plant. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Too many new homes on historic road for Planning Board

Plans for a small housing development on a historically significant parcel of land in Manomet met opposition from neighbors and skepticism from the Planning Board. Nancy Nolan, who owns 20 Brook Road, located near the northern end of the street, is proposing to build five single family homes, or two single family homes and two duplexes, on the 2.8 acre property. The property was once owned by Robert Bartlett, who came to Plymouth in 1623, according to Jan Rushforth, who once owned it along with her husband, the late Dr. David Rushforth. Nolan’s representatives brought the project before the Planning Board Monday night. (more…) Continue Reading →

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WICKED LOCAL: Town, Entergy add two more years to PILOT payments

Prior to the discussion of the first article on the warrant of the fall Town Meeting Selectmen Chairman Ken Tavares announced the successful resolution of negotiations with the Entergy corporation on a two-year extension of the PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) agreement for the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. Read more at the Patriot Ledger. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Pilgrim braces for sweeping inspection

Entergy Corp., owner-operator of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station, notified federal regulators Sept. 2 that the plant was ready to undergo a huge, comprehensive inspection of its equipment, staff and procedures. But just four days later, operators were forced to shut down the Plymouth plant for nearly two weeks when a faulty valve caused a water leak in the reactor containment building. Read more at the Cape Cod Times. Continue Reading →

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Plymouth police log and arrests for September 26, 2016

7:15 a.m. Larceny on Muirfield
Copper piping stolen from house under construction in the Pinehills. 7:31 a.m. Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle on Clearwater Drive
Cigarettes and $40 taken from a car. According to police it was open using a broom pole. 8:32 a.m. Vandalism on Tide View Path
A rock was thrown through a door window. 10:45 a.m. Breaking and entering of a motor vehicle on Clearwater Drive
Three unlocked cars rummaged through. Continue Reading →

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CAPE COD TIMES: Legislators push for Pilgrim upgrades

The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation has added its voice to those calling on federal regulators to reject a request from the owner of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station to extend a deadline on critical safety vent upgrades mandated in response to the 2011 Fukushima disaster, according to the Cape Cod Times. The NRC last year approved a similar request from the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey , according to an e-mail from NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan. Oyster Creek is scheduled to cease permanent operations in December 2019. The agency approved Oyster Creek’s request to not have to install a reliable hardened vent from the plant’s torus, the doughnut-shaped reservoir of water at its base. However, the NRC has not ruled on the portion of the order dealing with a vent from the enclosed area around the reactor, Sheehan wrote. Continue Reading →

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Trio of overdoses reported over the weekend

Police responded to a number of drug overdoses in Manomet and the Pinehills over the weekend, including one involving an 18-year-old male. In the first incident, a 22-year-old Plymouth woman was found unresponsive in a car parked at a restaurant in Manomet Friday afternoon, according to Captain John Rogers. She was given two doses of Narcan by police and taken to Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth. According to Rogers, the victim admitted to heroin use and a needle was found at the scene. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Pilgrim Station up and running after lengthy shutdown

Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station is once again running at full capacity following a 12-day shutdown. According to a statement released by the company, Pilgrim Station was shut down due to trouble with a feedwater regulating valve that provides water to the reactor for steam generation. (more…) Continue Reading →

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