Plaque Gone Missing
by Bobby Blair 10/11/12
Two recent successive Thursday nights accidents in as many weeks ...
Two successive Thursday night accidents in as many weeks at the corner of Norfolk and Franklin Streets have left the memory of John P. Handy in limbo. According to police transmissions in at least one of the accidents, a neighbor believed a vehicle had struck the stone wall in front of 122-134 Norfolk Street. A vehicle believed involved in one of the mishaps was later located in Ashland. The traffic island at the intersection is dedicated to John P. Handy a WWII Army veteran who was killed in 1944.
Damage to the traffic island and veteran's memorial were extensive. Landscaping, traffic signs, and a pole and bronze plaque which held Handy's name were damaged beyond repair. Handy (below) is buried in Brittany American Cemetery in France.
A search for the bronze plaque containing Handy's name, which was apparently snapped off during one of the two accidents, has yet to be located. Highway Chief Tom Smith told the HollistonReporter.com on Wednesday, October 10th that another attempt to locate the missing plaque would be made. Insurance adjusters for those involved in the mishaps will now take over and replace a flowering cherry tree, traffic signs, landscaping and Handy's memorial plaque.
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