Monday shorts: Celebrating playgrounds, tributes and new businesses

  • Rutter’s Park in Lake Pleasant has a new playground. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Published: 11/25/2019 7:11:36 AM

Here are brief thoughts on some of the events taking place around Franklin County and the North Quabbin area.

Park props

If you haven’t had a reason to venture into Lake Pleasant, you might now.

That’s because the town has been investing time and energy into Rutter’s Park by creating a shiny new playground. With construction having begun in April, the project is now substantially complete, and the playground is open for public use.

A new playground can only help to attract young families to our area, whether it’s to visit or to set down roots. As another bonus, the project was fully funded using a Community Development Block Grant, according to Montague Parks Director John Dobosz.

We encourage you and your little ones to saunter over to Rutter’s Park, between Montague Avenue and Broadway, to see the difference for yourselves. You may find workers there putting on some finishing touches, which Dobosz said will include adding benches and picnic tables in advance of a formal ribbon-cutting this spring.

If you do visit, Dobosz only has one request: Please stay off the grass, which is new and still growing.

Stage dedication a worthy tribute

Sixty years’ worth of children remember taking dance classes from Virginia “Ginny” Colo Porcari.

“She is a sweetheart, and she’s been dancing her whole life,” said Maureen Riendeau, who herself was once a student in Porcari’s classes.

Riendeau recalled how Porcari kept the cost of her lessons under $2 for more than 25 years to give every child, regardless of their family’s finances, a chance to dance. Porcari also helped to choreograph dance and theatrical shows at the high school.

“She’s just always been about volunteering and helping,” Riendeau said.

Given her enduring commitment to shaping thousands of Orange’s young dancers, we are pleased Porcari was recently honored through the dedication of the stage at the Ruth B. Smith Auditorium at Orange’s Town Hall. A plaque affixed to the stage reads: “Virginia ‘Ginny’ Colo Porcari. A lasting tribute for her talent and generosity which touched and improved lives, for sharing the beauty of dance and for enriching the town she loved.”

The people of Orange who are here with us now may know how much of an impact Porcari left on her community. But through this plaque, people who haven’t met her and the generations to come will be able to understand that, too.

When one door closes, another opens

No one ever likes to hear about a business closing. When WOW Frozen Yogurt announced its closure in December 2018, it became another worrisome example of a vacant storefront in downtown Greenfield.

But there was a light at the end of the tunnel for the building, which is now in use again as Tito’s Taqueria. While many Greenfield residents were already familiar with the business thanks to its food truck at the Sunoco gas station on Federal Street, it now has a brick-and-mortar home, which was celebrated with a grand opening on Wednesday.

We wish Tito’s Taqueria the best of luck, as well as all of Franklin County’s unique businesses as we head into Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.




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