Before we start a new week in earnest, let’s take a look back at the week and the stories that led to the news. Taunton Daily Gazette reader.
Here are the top news stories of the week:
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These were the top 5 articles of the past week, according to gazette reader:
Taunton upset after neo-Nazi protesters disrupted drag queen story hour
After a family-friendly drag queen event at Taunton Public Library was disrupted by masked extremists, community members took to the city council to voice their feelings and show support for the LGBTQ+ community .
About an hour of the council’s public comment period was spent acknowledging and venting the incident, leaving people reeling from the aftermath.
The Southcoast LGBTQ+ Network attended a council meeting and Mayor Shaunna O’Connell also issued a statement condemning the actions of a neo-Nazi group that disrupted an event at the library.
Also discussed were other actions that local officials and law enforcement could take, and what Taunton as a community could do to combat hate speech and prejudice.
“Acts of Hate and Bigotry”:Taunton upset after neo-Nazi protesters disrupted drag queen story hour
‘Ferocious spirit of adventure’: Paralympian from Taunton climbs mountain after missing leg
Paralympian Sarah Dougherty, who died on January 11 at the age of 63, saw the world and inspired others while she was in it.
Her journey started here in Taunton.
Her athleticism alone made Doherty an inspiring person.
At the age of 13, Doherty lost his right leg to a drunk driver one day while riding his bicycle on Winthrop Street.
This only further motivated her to become more active, regardless of her disability.
She became a Paralympian and, among many other adventures, was the first female unipair to climb the summit of Mount Rainier in Washington State.
“Ferocious and adventurous”:Taunton Paralympian loses leg, climbs mountain
Taunton man convicted of $1 million online romance scam
A 30-year-old Taunton man was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay more than $1 million in damages for his role in an online romance scam.
Frances Okafor was sentenced Wednesday, January 11, 2023, to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, in federal court in Boston by U.S. Superior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock, for $1,130,285. Rollins said he was ordered to pay compensation for written statement.
According to Rollins, from around May 2018 to around August 2021, Okafor and others participated in a series of romance scams defrauding victims.
2 years in prison:Taunton man convicted of $1 million online romance scam
New Fun City trampoline park bounces to Taunton and brings ‘adventure’
Local families have been stopping by Fun City Adventure Park since it opened at Taunton Depot Shopping Plaza in late October.
Riley Derewiany, 9, a third grader at Mulchaey Elementary School, said she loves going there.
“I love going on the trampoline,” said Riley after rolling in a big plastic ball on Bumper Ball Court with her sophomore brother Maxwell on Tuesday, Jan. 10. .”
Jump in and see what all the fun is about.
A little bounce:New Fun City trampoline park bounces to Taunton and brings ‘adventure’
Taunton cop who battled cancer shares special bond with 10-year-old boy with cancer
When Cops for Kids With Cancer presented 10-year-old Jace Dupra’s family with a donation at Taunton Police Station, Officer Evan Lavigne came to see Jace.
“When I heard about Jace’s visit, I had to meet him. Seeing Jace and seeing his personality shine through reminded me of walking through a children’s hospital,” says Lavigne. said.
Lavigne was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in January 2015, went into remission in April 2015, and entered the Police Academy in September.
During their visit, he shows Jace, who is battling stage 4 medulloblastoma, a police car where he examines all the gadgets, shouts some orders over the intercom, and activates the lights and sirens.
“Jace turned to me and said, ‘I can totally drive this.'” My hope is that one day, when this is behind him, he will. ” said Lavigne.
“I had to meet him”:Taunton cop who battled cancer shares special bond with 10-year-old boy with cancer
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