Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Braintree's Commission on Disabilities is run by part-time members and is funded only by parking fines.
For Braintree residents who have difficulty getting around, whether because they use a wheelchair, have a heart condition or otherwise, several areas of town are not as accessible as they should be, the Commission on Disabilities argued in a presentation at Town Hall on Tuesday night. Town Hall itself, for instance, has two accessible entrances, but both require excessive navigation and can actually be inaccessible for some people, depending on their disability, commission chair Barbara Tennison told members of the Town Council. "It has been 22 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act came about and we as a society have come a long way because of this act," Tennison said, "but we need to start being more proactive as a town in …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The new playground is located in front of the former county hospital on South Street and is the largest such facility constructed in town.
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Friday, May 11, 2012
The Braintree Highlands Community Playground, which officially opened to public on Nov. 5, 2011, had a new piece of equipment recently installed. The Braintree Commission on Disabilities (C.O.D.) donated the new Little Tikes Commercial ® Rock’N Ship Glider to add a wheelchair accessible play area. The gentle swaying motion glider allows ample room for wheelchairs and other children to play simultaneously together. The Braintree Commission on Disabilities believes that all playgrounds should be accessible to everyone regardless of ones abilities either the child or guardian accompanying them may have. The members of the Commission met with the playground’s vendor Bill O’Neill, from Northeast Playground Builders, to discuss the playground …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In the coming weeks, the Town Council will be honored dozens of Braintree student athletes who performed well this past season.
During a brief meeting on Tuesday night, the Town Council unanimously approved appointing current Town Auditor Eric Kinsherf to another three-year term, following a debate earlier this year over whether or not Braintree should have a full-time employee to examine the town's finances for the council. Kinsherf, Braintree's former financial services director, will work as an independent contractor earning a maximum of $74,000 per year, at his previous rate of $125 per hour. His was the only proposal submitted for the position, according to councilor Tom Bowes. Kinsherf's duties include reviewing the annual operating budget and other budgetary issues assigned to him by the council president and chair of the Committee on Ways & Means. "It is a …