June 17, 2018

Monthly News Notes


Subway in North Seekonk Robbed
The Subway restaurant on Central Avenue in North Seekonk was robbed on March 22. Two young men entered the restaurant and showed a handgun to two employees, according to a press release from the Seekonk Police Department. One of the men directed the employee to open the cash drawer and an undetermined amount of money was taken. The men were described as possibly in their early 20’s, wearing dark, hooded coats. They spoke Spanish intermittently during the robbery. They left the restaurant and drove off in the direction of Pawtucket. Police are seeking assistance in identifying the suspects. Video was obtained from the robbery site. Anyone with information can call the police business line at 508-336-8123, the tip line at 508-336-7027 ext. 9 or email tips@seekonkpd.com.

Jacob Hill Inn Up for Sale
The Jacob Hill Inn is on the market. The historic bed and breakfast, which dates back to 1723, is for sale for $1.775 million. It is located on five acres on Jacob Street. There are 12 guest rooms, 14 bathrooms, and 17 fireplaces in the house. The property also includes a renovated horse barn, tennis court, in-ground swimming pool, three-car garage and gazebo. The original building was built by the Allyn family. In 1792, Deacon Calvin Jacob bought it and it became known as Jacob Hill, according to a history of the inn on the website. In 1915 the Grosvenors purchased the property and made major renovations. It was then sold to the Jacob Hill Hunt Club which operated it until 1943. It had several private owners until the current owners Bill and Eleonora Rezek purchased the property in 1991 and turned it into a bed and breakfast.

Charter Review Committee to Move Forward
After some disagreement about whether the committee should be elected or appointed, the charter review committee is expected to move forward soon in its review of the town’s home rule charter. After checking with town counsel, Town Administrator Shawn Cadime said the town had the authority to appoint a charter committee, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle. Selectmen appointed eight members to the committee last January.

Seekonk High School Teacher Wins Attleboro DAR chapter Award
Seekonk High School history teacher Peter Hoogerzeil was named the 2016-2017 Outstanding History Teacher by the Attleboro Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Hoogerzeil, who also serves as town moderator, is now in the running for a national award from the DAR organization. He was honored for his ability to bring history to life for students, according to an article in the Sun Chronicle. Hoogerzeil has been teaching at Seekonk High for ten years. He teaches advanced placement U.S. History, U.S. History 1, Understanding Government and the History of Rock.

Seekonk School Dept. Updating Teen Pregnancy Policy
The school committee is working on updating the district’s teen pregnancy policy, which was last reviewed in 2005, according to a Sun Chronicle article. The policy prevents discrimination against a student because of their pregnancy, childbirth or termination of pregnancy and states that the district is committed to providing medical support and counseling to young parents. Also according to the policy, pregnant students and young parents can be excused from class with a doctor’s permission.


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