The Morrell's BBQ food truck in Stoughton will soon expand into a full restaurant. Renovation work has begun on the former LaStoria Italian Bar & Grill on Washington Street, where the food truck is typically parked. Alexa Presley, who owns the business with her husband, Morrell Presley, and other family members, said that they are hoping to open the restaurant by Valentine's Day, but that it may not open until the end of February. Presley said they are hoping to expand the menu and add a Sunday brunch, and are also looking to host live music several nights a week. The food truck, which has been in Stoughton since June and was in Arizona for three years before that, will still be used for special events, she said, and may eventually have a new permanent spot.
A sophomore at Sacred Heart School in Kingston was one of 50 national recipients of an award for female high school students with a passion for computing and technology. Olivia Colombo received a 2017 National Center for Women and Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. Colombo's achievements include a project on using highways to generate green energy, which received an honorable mention in an MIT competition. While in the eighth grade, she placed third in a nationwide computer science competition for middle school girls. More than 3,500 students applied for the Aspirations in Computing award, which is sponsored by companies including Apple, Google, and Microsoft.
The South Shore Young Professionals, an affiliate of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, has chosen Weymouth-based Hide-A-Vent to receive its annual foundation grant. The business designs and manufactures coverings for household vents, such as those on microwaves and clothes dryers. It is run by Michael Heinrichs, a Weymouth resident and 20-year veteran of the kitchen design industry. He plans to use the $7,500 grant toward an office and the beginnings of a public relations campaign.
The Hale Reservation, located in Westwood and Dover, is accepting sign-ups for its community solar farm.
Those who sign up for a share will receive credits on their utility bill, from the energy produced by the solar panels to be built on the reservation. For every $10 a member receives in a credit, they pay $9 to the solar farm, through BlueWave Renewables, the solar energy company working on the project. The solar panels are expected to be installed in the next four to six months, according to Hale Reservation executive director Eric Arnold.