It's time to roundup some news nuggets from around Wrentham.
The town is facing a $740,000 deficit, according to Karen Jelloe, finance director for the town. Jelloe briefed selectmen at their meeting this week. The requested budgets from the school departments were cited as a significant reason for the large deficit. Read more in The Sun Chronicle's “Projected Wrentham Deficit to Require Cuts”.
Congrats to a Jake and a Jack. Jake Layman (pictured), a junior on the King Philip High School Basketball team reached a scoring milestone. The star hoopster surpassed the 1,000 career points mark with a 32 point performance against Attleboro Tuesday afternoon. Also, congratulations to Jack DeWitt. The geographically-savvy Dewitt won a hard fought battle against fellow sixth grader Austin Crabtree in the Roderick School’s Geography Bee. (Picture of Jake Layman is courtesy of Doug Sprague owner of Gemni Photo Events.)
The new candy house at Mount Saint Mary's Abbey is scheduled for completion at the end of the month and the movers are set to arrive on March 2nd to start transporting the equipment into the new facility. Read more about the Candy House and the challenges to get to this point in "New Candy House Brings Unanticipated Expenses".
There will be a reception for the release of Senator Scott Brown’s new book, Against All Odds. Brown and his wife Gail Huff will be on hand for the Tuesday, February 22, 7-9:00 pm event held at Lake Pearl Luciano’s, 299 Creek Street.Books will be available for purchase on site and Brown says, “I’ll be signing every book I can get my hands on!” State Senator Richard Ross and State Representative Dan Winslow both plan to attend the literary shindig.
The Fiske Library has a few spots left for its Georgia O’Keefe inspired pastel class. It is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2 from 6-8:00 pm. Instructor Greg Maichack will provide all supplies and every student will leave with a finished piece of art. Call the library to register at 508-384-5440.
The Board of Selectmen voted to extend the hours of Town Hall on Tuesday until 7:00 pm and close at noon on Fridays. The move to the new hours will be in affect this June through August and then will be reevaluated.
The traffic around the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is anticipated to be very heavy this Presidents’ Day weekend. Reportedly, many of the stores are participating in big sales. According to Boston.com, Merrell, Kenneth Cole, Johnston & Murphy are among the stores offering 20-41 percent off merchandise. If you’re a big shopper, there is an opportunity to get some bargains. If you’re trying to get around Wrentham, you may want to avoid the Outlets all together. A complete list of the sales is available at www.premiumoutlets.com/wrentham.