Month: July 2017

Defendants deny wrongdoing in football hazing lawsuits

The defendants named in the latest hazing lawsuit have denied all allegations of negligence, court documents show. Attorneys for the Milton Town School District and Town of Milton separately submitted answers to a complaint filed April 28, the second hazing-related suit currently in litigation. This suit is nearly identical to that filed by family members of the late Jordan Preavy in August 2015. Both Jordan and this case’s plaintiff were sodomized with wooden objects at Milton High School football team functions, and their perpetrators took plea deals for crimes related to the hazing. The victim in this case is...

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Food shelf sparse during summer months

Last week, Milton Family Community Center food shelf posted a photo to social media portraying near empty shelves, a chilling thought to the organization that distributes up to 180 bags of food every month. But within 24 hours, the shelves transformed from bare to bounteous. When food shelf coordinator Cheryl Alwine puts the word out about donations, she said she normally gets a good response, but this one blew her away.  “It was just immediate and overwhelming that people came in with bags of food and so forth so quickly,” she said. “It was really neat and encouraging.” According...

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Georgia on my mind

Community celebrates historian emeritus By the size of the crowd amassed at Georgia Public Library last Wednesday evening, you’d think a celebrity came to town. In a way, one did. Peter Mallett, Georgia’s 93-year-old historian emeritus, was at the center of it all on the blistering summer evening. Cars filled the parking lot and lined the edge of Route 7, their passengers making a perilous trek across the town’s busiest thoroughfare, dodging evening commuters as a plunging sun stained the sky pink. “I have many memories of that town of Georgia where I lived,” Mallett told the crowd assembled...

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New duo leads MMS

Milton Middle School has two new leaders at its helm who say they’re ready to see their vision through. On July 1, 15-year Highgate Elementary School teacher Brandy Brown and eight-year Milton educator Megan Smith began their new roles as co-assistant principals. The duo says it’s a great fit for one another and for the school. A few weeks into the job, the pair is focused on getting to know their staff, the ins and outs of the district and splitting up roles and responsibilities. “[We’re] really looking at initiatives and how we can support moving the school forward...

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Georgia sets tax rate

Georgia’s Selectboard set the town tax rate at $0.2750 on Monday night, a 1.8 percent increase over last year. The municipal portion accounts for about $10 of homeowners’ tax increase in 2017-2018, treasurer Amber Baker said. Added to the school’s base homestead rate of $1.3565 and the $0.0020 veterans’ exemption – both also up from last year – homeowners will be taxed $1.6336 per $100 of assessed property value to cover the $1.67 million budget approved at Town Meeting. For a $400,000 home, that translates to about a $75 increase on tax bills. The most recent median sale price...

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