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Collinsville Film Festival Returns this Weekend

By John Fitts 

Each year Jonathan Napolitano looks to bring something new and different to the Collinsville Film Festival. This year, the change should be a popular one. Thanks to sponsors, all the films are free.

“It was kind of our way of saying thank you to the community so people can enjoy all the films,” said Napolitano, who is founder and programming director of the festival.

This year, the festival, now in its fourth year, takes place in the Canton Town Hall Auditorium, 4 Market St., Collinsville, March 31 and April 1. There will be two feature films, complete with filmmaker question and answer sessions, and children’s and documentary and narrative shorts blocks.

See more in this week’s Valley Press and at universe.com/users/collinsville-film-festival-0FBM1.

Dinner and comedy night to benefit substance free graduation party

March 26, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Canton High School Substance Free Graduation Party Committee will present a Dinner and Comedy Night on Saturday, April 1. The event takes place at 6 p.m. at Bridge Street Live, 41 Bridge St., Collinsville. Cost is $60 per person includes a cocktail hour and raffle items, buffet dinner presented by Chef Peter Rafael, and a comedy show with New York City comedians. For tickets, contact Holly Neddermann at holly58@comcast.net.

 

Canton Middle School Seeks Community Input

March 26, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Submitted Release 

Canton Middle School invites community members to provide input on a short survey to guide the school toward a strong vision of education for young adolescents in the coming years.

Last year, the Canton Public Schools launched a five-year Strategic Coherence Plan. Canton Middle School is in the process of revising its mission and vision statements to align more closely with the district’s new plan and to ensure that the school is keeping pace with middle level education today. A vision statement communicates the future reality that an organization hopes to achieve while a mission statement expresses the actions believed necessary to achieve that vision. The education of our young adolescents is of critical interest to many including families, educators, students, and members of our community.

The survey can be accessed at https://goo.gl/forms/1Dl3ang97yDiQ5xG2 through Thursday, March 30.

Letter: CHS Senior Announces ‘United in Solidarity’ Photo, Storytelling Project

March 23, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

To the Editor:

My name is Noah O’Leary. I am a senior at Canton High School and photography is my passion. I use it to capture what I see and how I feel about it. For the second semester of my senior year I chose to enroll in Senior Project, a class offered to seniors at CHS who focus on a passion they have and create something out of it. Through the help of the school, we are able to be creative and thoughtful in order to produce a project that is different from anything we have previously done in school. What I chose to do with this project is use photography to help raise awareness of the consequences of gender inequality affecting women and girls around the world. I have begun to do this through a photo essay titled “US,” which stands for “United in Solidarity.”

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Crown and Hammer Restaurant Reopens Its Doors

March 22, 2017 Business, Community No Comments

Crown and Hammer bartender Will Shafer pours a beer on Wednesday night. The restaurant had been closed for repairs following a late January accident. It will open for dinner Thursday, with regular hours resuming Friday.
Photo by John Fitts

By John Fitts

COLLINSVILLE — The Crown and Hammer Restaurant and Pub reopened its doors Wednesday night.

The popular Collinsville spot had been closed since Jan. 23, when a local man drove his vehicle into the building. The crash, which police said is still under investigation, resulted in the death of a passenger in that car.

The restaurant was closed at the time and while owner Lisa Maurer was in the kitchen area minutes before the accident, she was upstairs when it happened.

The accident caused extensive damage inside the building. In addition to the direct impact, the crash resulted in flying grease, broken glass behind the bar, active gas leaks and water damage. Structural work, extensive repairs and installation of some new equipment was required before the restaurant could reopen.

“I’m just really thrilled that we’re open,”  said owner Lisa Maurer, adding that a core group of employees, contractors and other professionals worked diligently to make it happen. “”Everybody just worked so hard to get it open. I’m very grateful.”  … Continue Reading

Commission Approves Modified Proposal for Used Car Dealership in Collinsville

March 22, 2017 Business 1 Comment

By John Fitts

CANTON — At its March 15 meeting, the Canton Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a modified plan for a used car dealership at 5 River Road in Collinsville.

Property owner Stephen Roberto said he does not currently have a tenant, but said he sought to add the potential use to ones already allowed on the half-acre property, which sits on the corner of Maple Avenue (state Route 565) and state Route 179.

Dentfix Express continues to use the property and Roberto is actively marketing it, so a dealership is just one possibility for the site.

See more, including a rendition of how a dealership would look, in this week’s Valley Press.

Gas Station and Convenience Store Proposed for Former Canton Village Gulf Site

March 22, 2017 Business 1 Comment

CANTON — A Massachusetts businessman is looking to open a gas station and convenience store at the former site of Canton Village Gulf on Route 44.

Sanjay Patel of West Springfield, Mass., is looking to tear down the existing 2,713-square-foot structure at 210 Albany Turnpike and construct a new 2,766 square-foot, multi-angled building in one corner of the 1.594-acre site.

“It’s going to be a good-looking addition there,” said Patel, who has filed the application with the Canton land use office.

Under the plan, the operation, dubbed Sparky’s, would include the convenience store and gas pumps at existing island locations, utilizing existing 8,000- and 6,000-gallon underground tanks. The developer is also proposing a new 4,000-gallon tank for diesel fuel. Fourteen delineated parking spaces are proposed and the developer is requesting some additional paving behind the building.

Some concept drawings can be seen below and read more in this week’s Valley Press… Continue Reading

Canton Schools Accepting Nominations for Teacher of the Year

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Beth Dropick, Canton’s 2016-2017 teacher of the year at a celebration in August of 2016.
Photo by John Fitts

The Canton Public Schools is accepting nominations for the 2017-2018 Canton Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

“Honoring a teacher in the Canton Public Schools with a nomination for Teacher of the Year is a special recognition for an individual who spends countless hours preparing our children for the world of tomorrow,” said Dr. Jordan E. Grossman, Assistant Superintendent. “Spending the time to nominate a teacher for the Canton Public Schools Teacher of the Year is a wonderful way to teach our children the importance of the role of a teacher and the impact they have each and every day.”

Find the nomination form and a list of past recipients at http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=573

Report: Boffi Named New Head Coach of Canton High Football Team

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools, Sports No Comments

Dante Boffi, at right, at a football practice last fall.
Photo by David Heuschkel

By David Heuschkel
Valley Press Sports Editor 

On Tuesday, Dante Boffi confirmed to the Valley Press that he has been named the new head coach of the Canton High football team. An official announcement is forthcoming.

Boffi previously was an assistant coach for the Warriors. He succeeds Mike Guy, who resigned in December after one season as head coach. Canton has gone 0-10 each of the past two seasons under Guy last fall and Chris Currier in 2015.

Read more about Canton’s new football coach in the March 30 edition of the Valley Press.

Parents Invited to Screening of ‘Screenagers, Growing Up In The Digital Age’

March 21, 2017 Community, Schools 1 Comment

Submitted Release 

The Canton Public Schools is pleased to be able to show the documentary Screenagers, “Growing Up In The Digital Age.” The showing will be on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Canton High School Auditorium.

This showing is for adults only. There will be breakout sessions following the film.

Click on  http://www.cantonschools.org/news/?FeedID=567 for more information regarding the film.

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