Riley O’Connell Little League Agudath Achim
Before we begin the new week in earnest, we’re taking a look back at the week that was, and the stories that led the news with Taunton Daily Gazette readers.
Top stories this past week included:
Huge wins for the Taunton High softball and baseball teams. For the third year in a row, THS softball won it all in the MIAA Division I tournament, completing their three-peat with a 6-1 takedown of Central Catholic. For THS baseball, it was two in a row, as they won their second straight Division I title with a 7-2 victory over Hockomock Kelley-Rex rival Franklin.
The latest Greater Taunton real estate report, featuring a Dighton colonial that sold for $619,000. The Silvia Way home boasts an open concept that features dark hardwood floors throughout, lots of natural light, and a cozy fireplace. Check out this property, as well as other recent top-sellers.
These were the Top 5 stories of the past week, according to Gazette readers:
Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell’s 18-year-old daughter Riley found safe
Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell’s 18-year-old daughter Riley O’ Connell was found safe last Sunday, after having gone missing on Tuesday while receiving treatment at Evoke Wellness facility in Hilliard, Ohio for mental health issues.
She was spotted in an Ohio suburb on Thursday, and found safe last Sunday.
“We are grateful that Riley has been found. She is currently receiving medical attention. We thank the Taunton Police Department, the Hilliard Police Department, and Columbus Police Department for all their incredible efforts. We feel truly blessed to have had so many people praying for her and supporting us throughout this ordeal,” the mayor said in a written statement.
Mayor’s daughter found safe:Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell’s 18-year-old daughter Riley found safe on Sunday
Talks between umps and Taunton Little League fall apart as tensions mount
After a heated incident during a game, reconciliation between The Greater Taunton Amateur Baseball Umpire Association and Taunton West Little League is at a halt, as of this writing.
Umpires from the Association have stopped officiating at Taunton West Little League (TWLL) games until further notice, said Dominic Damiano, President of the The Greater Taunton Amateur Baseball Umpire Association (GTABUA).
“Things have to be changed over there. It’s unsafe for my guys right now,” said Damiano.
Gazette Reporter Daniel Schemer takes a look at what we know so far.
Taunton Little League:Talks between umps and Taunton Little League fall apart as tensions mount. What we know
Global investment firm fined millions through former Taunton branch
The state has fined Stifel, Nicolaus, and Company $2.5 million dollars, in addition to mandating the firm pay more than $700,000 in restitution.
A former Taunton-based broker has gotten the firm fined by the state for predatory sales practices.
Joseph R. Crespi worked for Stifel, Nicolaus, and Company, from December 2018 to February 2022. He worked as a broker-dealer agent for a satellite branch office, located at 41 Taunton Green in downtown, according to a consent order, dated April 28, 2023, with the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth Securities Division.
‘Bottom line above investor protection’:Global investment firm fined millions through former Taunton branch. How did it happen?
Taunton synagogue vandalized with swastikas and slurs; racist graffiti may be tied to another incident
Over Father’s Day weekend, swastikas and other hate speech were spray-painted onto the walls of the Agudath Achim Synagogue in Taunton.
“Our people’s reactions have ranged from sadness to outrage,” said Mija Almeida, President of the Board of Directors for the congregation.
The incident occurred on Friday, June 16, the same day there was a report of vandalism at a home on Everett Street, where homophobic and racist graffiti had been found on the home’s vehicle and recycle bin.
Both incidents remain under investigation as of this writing.
Vandalism in Taunton:Taunton house hit with racist graffiti same day as synagogue. What we know
Taunton officials go head to head on ‘tremendously popular’ gameshow Silver City Password
Taunton municipal employees have been going head to head on TCAM TV on a new game show hosted by Taunton Police Officer Steve Turner called “Silver City Password” — which just finished its first season with a championship showdown.
The show follows the same rules as the popular old NBC gameshow Password, with a contestant being handed a mystery word. That player’s teammate has to guess the word based on single-word clues.
Gazette Reporter Ed Baker has all of the fun details, right here.
Gameshow on TCAM:Taunton officials go head to head on ‘tremendously popular’ gameshow Silver City Password
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