Before we start the new week in earnest, we take a look back at the week that has passed and the stories that have made the news with Taunton Daily Gazette readers.
Our main story last week was a roundup of employee salaries at Raynham, looking at both the highs and lows of earnings.
Other highlight stories include: a visit to Anawan Brewing Company’s new Rehoboth bathroom; a Taunton man and WWII veteran who recently celebrated his 106th birthday; and the Legislature passing Nero’s Law, helping police dogs receive emergency medical care.
Rounding out our Top 5 is our Player of the Week feature, where we invite readers to nominate a local athlete to be named Player of the Week.
These are the top 5 stories of the past week, according to Gazette readers:
Which Raynham employees earned the most in 2020?
An analysis of Raynham City employee salaries in 2020 showed that the highest paid city employees were police officers and firefighters. The lowest paid employees in 2020 were lower-level city hall employees.
These are the top 10 salaries for Raynham employees in 2020.
To analyse:Which Raynham employees earned the most in 2020? Here are the top 10 salaries
New bar in Rehoboth
The Anawan Brewing Company Tavern is up and running and is just up the street in Rehoboth.
Owner Steffen Johnson and brewer Dan DiRienzo also have other big pots for the future, but for now they’re focusing on their beers and the recently opened dining room.
“We want to start small and prove the concept,” Johnson said. “And overall we got a lot of good feedback. We sold a lot of stuff. Last week we had to close because we had completely sold out the beer. We had nine beers on tap and they all sold out. got out.”
Find out how it all started and what’s going on at the Anawan Brewing Company.
What’s coming up:Beer lovers, did you know there’s a new bar just up the street in Rehoboth?
Taunton man turns 106
Second World War Army veteran Julian Ziomek, from Taunton, celebrated his 106th birthday on February 2 at All American Assisted Living in Raynham.
According to care staff and his niece, Mary Eldridge, Ziomek is a popular resident of the home and he didn’t want to make much of his 106th birthday.
Joanna Viera, director of community relations for All American Assisted Living, said, “He also insisted that we don’t make a ‘fuss’ next year.”
A look back at his life, and what he attributes his longevity to.
Without making any noise :When it comes to birthday parties, the Taunton man, 106, is ‘so overwhelmed’
Legislature passes Nero’s Law
When Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon was shot and killed in April 2018, his K-9 partner Nero was also shot and injured.
A bullet passed through Nero’s cheek and lodged under his right shoulder. State law at the time did not allow him to be transported in an ambulance for immediate emergency medical treatment, so he was transported in a police cruiser for treatment. Nero survived and is now retired from the Yarmouth Police Department.
And now the law has changed: A bill passed by the state legislature now allows injured police dogs to seek emergency medical treatment.
Zoom on the invoice:Legislature passes Nero’s Law to help police dogs receive emergency medical care
Taunton Daily Gazette Player of the Week
Rounding out our top 5 stories of the week was the Gazette’s Player of the Week nomination feature. Each week, voting is open from Tuesday to Friday, before a winner is chosen. These were last week’s nominees.
Be sure to visit TauntonGazette.com starting every Tuesday to vote!
Taunton Daily Gazette/Herald News editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be contacted at [email protected] Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.