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Sharon Recognized for Top SAT Scores in Region, More News from Around the Area

A look at news from the past week in and around Sharon.

Sharon 

Sharon's SAT Scores Rank First in Region 

With a combined SAT score of 1775, Sharon ranks first out of 48 schools south of Boston, according to data released by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education published by the Boston Globe

Sharon ranked first out of 48 schools with a score of 1775, while Brockton ranked last with a score of 1289.

Canton 

Canton Man Indicted in Alleged Logan Airport Taxi Bribery Scheme

A Canton man was among five Massport employees indicted earlier this week by the Suffolk County Grand Jury for allegedly taking bribes in exchange for preferential treatment for taxi cab drivers picking up passengers at Logan Airport, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said. 

James Mulrey, 45, and the four others were named in a 53-count indictment.

Mulrey is accused of five counts of soliciting or accepting a bribe as a public employee and two counts of soliciting or accepting an unlawful gratuity as a public employee.

Cab drivers at Logan are supposed to line up in rows until they get their turn to enter a terminal cab stand staffed by a ground transportation unit agent, also known as a "cab starter." The indicted starters are accused of allowing the drivers to skip the line in exchange for bribes. 

Norwood

At Norwood's first day of the 2013 Special/Annual Town Meeting Monday the town voted to approve the implementation of a bylaw that would make smoking marijuana in public a finable offense. They also voted to reconsider the article pertaining to a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town.

Article 6 dealing with the public consumption of marijuana was approved by Town Meeting Members to allow Norwood Police to impose a $300 fine for anyone caught smoking marijuana in public. 

Walpole

Walpole High School Getting Safer Football Helmets in 2013

Xenith, LLC has teamed up with Salus Capital Partners, LLC, a local commercial finance and asset management company in order to donate 55 Xenith football helmets to the Needham High School football program. Salus Capital Partners actively works for the community and strives to foster youth football participation and also promote safety in the local community.

Now, thanks to Salus Capital Partners, the Walpole High School football program will be wearing the helmets in their upcoming 2013 season.

Regarding the decision to support local organizations, Andrew Moser, President of Salus Capital Partners said, “I hope that parents, students and educators all appreciate the donation but as I say, first and foremost our commitment as a company, is to support the towns in which we work and live in any way we can through either charity or volunteerism.”

Moser, a Walpole resident, wants to benefit the program in his own town and said, “We embrace the commitment that Xenith has made to safety in youth sports and we feel that with our donation not only are we able to benefit Walpole through a commitment to safety in youth sports but to also help alleviate some of the burden on the budget constraints on so many local youth sports programs.”

Dedham 

MBTA Once Again Looking Into Possibilty of Billboards at Rt. 128 Garage

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will soon be studying the possibility of placing two billboards at the Route 128 MBTA garage in Westwood near the Westwood/Dedham line.

“No final plan has been developed but we do plan to offer a proposal in the near future,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. “Under their contract with the MBTA, Clear Channel has the right to that location (subject to T approval of the plan). Engineering studies need to be conducted prior to a formal presentation of a proposal.”

Pesaturo said he did not know when the engineering studies would take place but they "should have a better idea within a month."

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