Taunton Gazette’s Top Stories Michael Messina Leoncello Boxing Engayge

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.

Top stories from the past week included:

Voters in Raynham say no to a debt foreclosure to pay the town’s share of building a new Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School in Taunton. Unofficial results from the special municipal election show 295 “no” votes and 199 “yes” votes, with a total of only 494 votes cast. With this result, it looks like the city might have to make some deep cuts. Gazette Reporter Daniel Schemer takes a look at what happens next.

In Greater Taunton’s latest property report, a two-century-old house in the town’s historic quarter near Church Green has sold for $750,000. The Federal-style estate, with 4,000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms and three bathrooms, was built in 1825 and “has stood the test of time”, according to the description of the house, from listing agent Keller Williams Realty. Take a short tour of this historic property, along with other recent bestsellers.

These are the top 5 stories of the past week, according to Gazette readers:

The man electrocuted in Taunton was a master carpenter and father of two

Our main story last week concerned Michael E. Messina, a husband, father of two daughters and master carpenter, who tragically died while working on Danforth Street here in Taunton.

Messina died after an aerial he was removing from a house in Danforth Street hit a power line, a preliminary inquest has heard.

Loretta Messina, his wife, who was kind enough to speak to the Gazette during this difficult time, said his family’s hearts were broken.

“He was the best person, the nicest man, the best father,” she said.

Messina was a master carpenter, construction supervisor, and real estate investor who also enjoyed boating on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire with his family.

Passion for boxing helped gym owner recover

Chad Leoncello, a Brockton native and West Bridgewater resident who now runs Leoncello Boxing in Raynham with his girlfriend and business partner, Brieanna Resendes, began his journey to sobriety with a phone call to a boxing gym.

After getting divorced and losing custody of his son Carlo, Leoncello took on the challenge of staying sober so he could go ahead with a planned visit to see his son.

Not knowing where to turn, he phoned the KO Gym in New Bedford.

Owners of Leoncello Boxing in Raynham, Brieanna Resendes and Chad Leoncello, at the gym for a children's class on Tuesday June 21, 2022.

It was the first step on his road to recovery, and he credits boxing with giving him direction on the way.

It’s his story.

‘It’s magic, man, it’s magic’:A passion for boxing helped a gym owner recover

Dighton and friends from Somerset create the Engayge app to help the LGBTQ+ community

Many companies claim to be LGBTQ+ friendly, but who really works?

Dighton resident Maryellen “Rudy” Founds and Somerset resident Jamie Gagnier, co-founders of new social media platform Engayge, made it their mission to find out when they launched their new app in June.

From left to right, Renee Matton, Jamie Gagnier, Maryellen

According to the founding partners, the launch is a “soft launch” and the site currently has two main features: a friend finder app, much like many we all know but aimed at LGBTQ+ audiences, and a business based on the crowd. directory, which Gagnier compared to a “queer Yelp”.

Find out how the new app works here.

Community resource:They wanted an app to find friends, LGBTQ businesses. So they did it themselves.

Where to celebrate the 4th of July in Taunton and beyond

It’s the 4th of July weekend and locals are looking for ways to celebrate Independence Day.

Jordan Fisher and his girlfriend Betsy Cappra, hug on top of a van during the fireworks during the Summer Celebration at Hopewell Park in Taunton on Friday August 27, 2021.

From parades, fireworks and even a carnival in Middleboro, we have a list of all kinds of 4th of July events for everyone to enjoy.

Fireworks, carnivals and parades:Where to celebrate the 4th of July in the Taunton area

Taunton plans to improve town center pedestrian crossing

Mayor Shaunna O’Connell said the city plans to improve three downtown crosswalks on Main Street to make the street safer for people.

Taunton plans to make the crosswalk at the corner of Main and School Streets safer for people by installing a flashing pedestrian beacon, colored pavement in the pathway and improved curbs

Crosswalk improvements on Main Street will be completed at the corners of School, Trescott and Cedar streets.

Downtown Improvements:Here are the improvements to the Taunton Pedestrian Crossing to improve safety and pedestrian traffic

These upgrades are linked to a 2018 Taunton Town Center Improvement Plan.

Taunton Daily Gazette/Herald News editor and digital producer Kristina Fontes can be contacted at kfontes@heraldnews.com. Support local journalism by purchasing a digital or print subscription to The Herald News and Taunton Daily Gazette today.

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