Norwell pitches zoning changes for Queen Anne’s Corner and Accord Park – Wicked Local

November 26, 2019

Filed under: Community — rec1 @ 3:38 PM

By Audrey Cooney
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at 10:44 AM
Updated at 10:11 AM

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NORWELL — Residents gave feedback on a series of proposed zoning changes meant to bring new kinds of development to Queen Anne’s Plaza and Accord Park at a community forum held Tuesday night.

“We really believe that the community is the experts,” said Josh Eichen, a senior planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a planning agency hired by the town.

MAPC was tasked with creating an economic growth plan for the town. The plan was completed in 2018 and recommends several zoning changes at Queen Anne’s Plaza and in Accord Park.

Tuesday’s meeting was a second of three planned community forums to explain and garner resident feedback on the proposed zoning changes before submitting them to the town for approval. About 50 residents gathered at Cushing Memorial Hall for the meeting.

Three zoning districts

Eichen explained during a presentation at the start of the meeting that MAPC is proposing the creation of three zoning sub-districts.

One, at Queen Anne’s Plaza, would be a 40R Smart Growth zoning overlay, a state-wide zoning designation that encourages towns to allow dense residential or mixed-use development in areas with concentrated development that includes high levels of affordable housing.

The second would be along Pond Street in Accord Park and would allow for new retail, restaurants and possibly a hotel in that area.

The third would be farther back in Accord Park and would allow for higher density office buildings. Some areas in Accord Park would allow buildings of up to five stories, opposed to the three stories that are permitted now.

One hypothetical residential development at Queen Anne’s Corner would see the creation of nearly 160 new housing units, with space for 300 new residents, Eichen said. About 20 percent of the housing would be affordable.

Peter Forman, president of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, said MAPC’s plans would go a long way toward growing the local economy.

“You have a real chance to make that (area)… more vibrant, more successful, a little bit of a downtown feel, particularly if you can incorporate a little housing,” he said.

Ellen Allen, chairwoman of the Norwell Board of Selectmen, said the new developments would increase public safety by allowing emergency workers like firefighters to live in town. Norwell also needs more multi-family housing for seniors looking to downsize, and more workforce housing, she said.

“Businesses won’t develop here is the people they want to work here can’t afford to live here,” she said.

After a presentation recapping the first meeting and summarizing the proposed changes, attendees broke out into different groups to go over each one of the three proposed sub-districts in more detail.

MAPC employees, Norwell town officials and residents volunteering to promote the project lead each group, writing down observations and concerns from residents.

Many residents brought up traffic at Queen Anne’s Corner as a major concern.

Eichen said Central Transportation Planning Staff conducted a traffic study of the area and found a few solutions that he called “low-hanging fruit” to easily help alleviate congestion near the intersection. This include reprogramming the timing for the traffic light at Queen Anne’s Corner, extending the striping for turning lanes at that intersection and adding turning lanes on Pond Street for cars turning into Accord Park.

Alexis Levitt, a Norwell resident who attended the meeting, said she thought the proposed changes were a good idea overall. It would be nice, she said, to have a “town commons” of sorts, where residents could gather and mingle.

“I like the idea of updating some of our tired spaces, particularly adding some affordable housing for our seniors in town,” she said

The next public meeting on the proposed zoning changes will be in early January. Then, MAPC will submit zoning language to the town, which will need to get approval from both the planning board and board of selectmen before appearing on the warrant for town meeting in May.

Audrey Cooney can be reached at 781-837-4573.

Elder Abuse – Do You See Signs?

September 20, 2018

Filed under: Community,Elder Abuse,Financial — Alexis @ 1:45 PM

Do you have a family member or a neighbor who is elderly, or perhaps younger and intellectually disabled? These folks are prime targets for elder abuse.  Some things to keep your eyes and ears open for include:

  1. A previously uninvolved family member becomes the primary caregiver.
  2. A previously unfamiliar “friend” becomes the primary caregiver.
  3. Lots of repeat visits by the same repairmen – are they asking this person to write checks for unnecessary work?
  4. Payments in the checkbook that can’t be easily explained.
  5. Lots of ATM or bank withdrawals for cash, if that wasn’t previously this person’s habit.
  6. The caregiver won’t let others visit or call.
  7. Acting scared.
  8. Sudden bruises or injuries.
  9. Something just doesn’t seem right with the living situation. Trust your gut.

These are not all the signs of elder abuse.  If you suspect abuse of an elder or someone who is intellectually disabled, you can try any of the following: call your town senior center; call South Shore Elder Services or Old Colony Elderly Services (depending on your service area – see map here); call the police; or call the patient’s doctor.

If you see something, say something.

For help preventing yourself or a loved one from ever becoming a victim of elder abuse, please call us.

Elder Care Workshop Series at Norwell Public Library

March 7, 2017


Getting older? Taking care of someone who is? Come to this three-part series to learn some helpful tips from local Elder Services professionals.

Wednesday, March 8:

“Who Can Help Me?”

Find out how to access elder services in your community.

Presented by Susan Curtin, Director at Norwell Council on Aging.


“Elder Law 101”

Get to know the basics of preparing for your future.

Presented by Attorney Alexis B. Levitt.


Wednesday, March 15:

“Learn to Speak Alzheimereze”

Discover tips to work with a person who is changing before your eyes and to learn to speak ‘Alzheimereze.’

Presented by Alzheimer’s coach Beverly Moore.


Wednesday, March 29: 

“Hospital to Home”

Understand how to make a successful transition from hospital to home.

Presented by Kim Bennett, LSW, of Visiting Angels, Inc.


“Do I Need Palliative or Hospice Care?”

Learn about the difference in important care choices.

Presented by Catherine Harrington, BA, RN, of Norwell VNA and Hospice.


***Workshops will be held at the Norwell Public Library from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Registration is requested, but not required via email at or calling 781.740.7269.


This series is sponsored by the Law Office of Alexis B. Levitt, the Norwell Council on Aging, and the Norwell Public Library.




Friendship Home’s First Annual Walk With Friends

June 5, 2014

Filed under: Community,Family Fun,Uncategorized — Tags: , — Alexis @ 10:00 AM

Friendship Home in Norwell is hosting its First Annual Walk with Friends on Sunday, June 22, 2014. The 5K (3.1 mile) walk will take place at Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. This family-friendly event will raise funds and awareness for Friendship Home. Here are some more details if you’re interested in participating:

Registration is from 10:30 a.m. to noon, with the walk beginning at noon. Walkers will have until 2:00 p.m. to complete the course. You can register ahead of time online at or by calling (781) 659-8202 to request a registration form. You can sign up as an individual or form a team with friends and family members. Registration is $25.00 for individuals and just $50.00 for a family.

If you would like to lend a hand but not walk, volunteers are also welcome. For more information on volunteering, contact Linda Malone at 781-659-8202.

Walkers can also opt to fundraise and collect additional donations. All money raised will provide support for the Friendship Club program, which “offers individuals with developmental disabilities a unique opportunity to build and nurture friendships while contributing to our community, learning new skills and having fun!”

Friendship Home does wonderful work for people with developmental disabilities. If you’re around on the 22nd I encourage you to round up your friends and family to enjoy a nice summertime walk to support this great organization.

Shred Day at South Shore Bank

May 29, 2014

Filed under: Community,Financial — Alexis @ 1:39 PM

I just received notice that South Shore Bank will be holding a shred day at its East Bridgewater branch on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This event is free, open to the public, and a great eco-friendly way to safely dispose of any personal documents you no longer need. Here are the details:

“For those who feel like they are buried in personal documents that they don’t want to throw out for fear of theft, South Shore Bank has the answer. The Bank will hold a “Shred Day” at their branch office at 225 Bedford Street in East Bridgewater on Saturday, June 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., during which people can bring their confidential documents to the Bank and watch as they are turned into confetti in a mobile shredding unit.

Shredding services at South Shore Bank’s “Shred Day” will be provided by Shred King Corp., which is AAA-Certified by the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID). All shredded material will be delivered by Shred King to a recycling center.

The South Shore Bank “Shred Day” is free and open to the public. For more information, call 781-682-3715.”