Taunton artist keeps up hope after garage fire; history of Sabbatia Park: Top stories

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:

Former Bridgewater-Raynham and Florida Southern College standout E.J. Dambreville taking his basketball talents to Denmark. He recently signed with Team FOG Næstved of the Basketligaen, Denmark’s top professional basketball league.

The Greater Taunton real estate report, featuring a Raynham colonial that sold for $770,000. The Lounsbury Drive home was built in 1993, and has a modern kitchen with a breakfast nook, a fireplaced den, a large theatre room, and a finished basement. 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:

Abington teacher loses art studio in Taunton garage fire but isn’t losing hope

Erin Slayton, a Taunton artist and full-time Abington teacher, is rebuilding her creative vision after a garage fire engulfed a part of her studio, setting her business back.

She was looking forward to hosting small art exhibits in her garage.

Abington teacher Erin Slayton, owner and artist behind Pocket of Sunshine online art and handcrafted jewelry floral preservation business, stands in front of her garage studio at her home in Taunton on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, after it was destroyed in a fire on Friday, July 28. The fire caused a lot of damage, but a book which contained her journals and notes for future projects, survived, just getting a bit water damaged. Her writings are very important to her, since she teaches English in the 9th and 12th grades at Abington High School.

Her online art and handcrafted jewelry floral preservation business is called Pocket of Sunshine, and despite the fire, she plans to keep on making art.

‘A wrench in our plans’:Abington teacher loses art studio in Taunton garage fire but isn’t losing hope

Curious Taunton: Did you know Taunton once had its own summer destination amusement park?

You’ve no doubt heard of Lincoln Park, but did you know there was another summertime destination right here in Taunton? And one that was also started by a trolley company?

Sabbatia Park began as a late-19th-and-early-20th-century venture by the Taunton Street Railway Company. They wanted to drum up some business on weekends, so they extended the trolley tracks to Lake Sabbatia, and soon enough a lakeside destination was born.

The merry-go-round at Sabbatia Park in Taunton, pictured in 1900.

The park drew thousands of visitors, looking to enjoy an afternoon or evening of open-air theater, or a turn on the merry-go-round, or even a scenic tour of the lake while enjoying a treat from the concession stand.

Curious Taunton explores the surprising history of Sabbatia Park.

Curious Taunton:Did you know Taunton once had its own summer destination amusement park?

‘Regular guy who wants to fix issues’: This Taunton mayoral candidate says he would serve for free

Another mayoral candidate has thrown their hat into the race.

Charles Frederick Wright, or Chuck Wright, is running for mayor of Taunton.

Wright says he’s “just a regular guy who wants to fix issues,” such as what he feels is insufficient transparency across city government and departments with its citizens.

Chuck Wright, standing outside his plane on the tarmac at Taunton Municipal Airport on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, is running for mayor of Taunton.

He also told the Gazette he would give his salary back to the city if elected; Gazette Reporter Daniel Schemer has the story.

‘Regular guy who wants to fix issues’:This Taunton mayoral candidate would serve for free

Taunton man gets up to 6 years for violent gas station robbery with struggle over knife

A 39-year-old Taunton man was sentenced to up to six years in prison for a violent armed robbery at a Weir Street gas station in which he got into a struggle with the clerk over the robber’s knife, the Bristol County district attorney’s office said.

The DA’s office said the clerk was able to seize the knife from the robber and stabbed him multiple times — but even that didn’t stop him from continuing to try to rob the Geko gas station on June 22, 2022.

Christopher Azevedo pleaded guilty in Fall River Superior Court to indictments charging him with armed robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a dangerous weapon, according to a written statement from the DA’s office.

Taunton man sentenced to prison:Taunton man gets up to 6 years for violent gas station robbery with struggle over knife

Here’s exactly where History Channel filmed ‘Bridgewater Triangle’

Last month, the History Channel aired a one-hour episode on the Bridgewater Triangle, a 200-square-mile area within Southeastern Massachusetts that is a hotspot for reports of paranormal activity.

Here’s where they filmed, what you missed and how you can still catch that episode.

The ‘Bridgewater Triangle’:Here’s exactly where History Channel filmed ‘Bridgewater Triangle’ and more answers

Taunton Daily Gazette/Herald News copy editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be reached atkfontes@heraldnews.com. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.

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