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.
Leading the way was the latest real estate report, featuring a Berkley home that’s a boater’s dream, and an expensive one: it sold for nearly $1 million.
Other top stories included: nurses rallying on Taunton Green; the possibility of a Starbucks opening soon on Route 44; and how Morton Hospital did on a recent survey of patient safety ratings.
Rounding out our Top 5 stories of the past week was one of our Stars of the Day stories, about a local basketball player who set a scoring record.
These were our Top 5 stories of the past week, according to Gazette readers:
Real estate report: A boater’s dream home in Berkley
A Chester Avenue home in Berkley with water access and beautiful views recently sold for nearly $1 million. The 2,400-square-foot home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and its own deep water dock. If you’re a boater, this house is a dream.
We’ve got that, plus all of the other recent top-selling homes, in the latest real estate report.
Real estate report:A boater’s dream home in Berkley sells for nearly $1 million
Nurses rally on Taunton Green
A recent rally on Taunton Green drew a crowd of more than 150 people, with nurses and other health care workers at Morton Hospital demonstrating for pay raises. Nurses and health care professionals with the Massachusetts Nurses Association have been in contract negotiations with the hospital since October. Union members argued that Morton salaries lag behind those of Boston hospitals so badly that local nurses are choosing not to work in Taunton. Heidi Taylor, president of the hospital, countered that Morton has “pulled out all the stops” to attract and keep local nurses.
The rally was also attended by local officials, who spoke at the event. Gazette Reporter Chris Helms has the story here.
The Raynham Coffee Mile?
Route 44 already has the Auto Mile, but it’s also shaping up to be the Coffee Mile. Work has been ongoing for months now, to transform the old Friendly’s in Raynham into a Starbucks. It would join Aroma Joe’s, Marylou’s, Our Mom’s Place and Dunkin’, which are all less than a mile from each other.
Raynham Building Commissioner Robert Iafrate has estimated that Starbucks could open in April. See what’s brewing with the project.
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How Morton Hospital fared in patient safety survey
Twice a year, the Leapfrog Group — a nonprofit watchdog organization that works for transparency in American healthcare — rates hospitals nationwide on patient safety. Morton Hospital got its third “A” grade in a row this fall, after years of “B” grades. The survey breaks the findings into five categories — infections; problems with surgery; safety problems; practices to prevent errors; and doctors, nurses and hospital staff.
Stars of the Day: Trent Santos sets Taunton boys’ basketball scoring record
Rounding out our Top 5 stories of the week was a recent Stars of the Day, featuring a banner night for Taunton High School’s Trent Santos. Santos hit 11 three-pointers and scored 25 points in the first half alone as he became only the fifth player to score 40 or more points in a game since coach Charlie Dacey took the helm in the 1989-90 season.
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