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November 8, 2007

NEEDHAM
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham has received a Silver Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association. The hospital won the award for its stroke diagnosis and treatment methods for patients admitted to the emergency room, which is outfitted to provide brain-imaging scans. The hospital had to comply with strict ASA guidelines, which include the "aggressive use" of anticlotting medications, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation programs, to qualify for the recognition, according to hospital officials. - Laura M. Colarusso

NEWTON
NO PLACE FOR HATE - With a recent decision by the Anti-Defamation League's national board to take no further action on a congressional resolution acknowledging an Armenian genocide, Newton Mayor David Cohen must decide whether to sever ties with the ADL's No Place for Hate Program permanently. Earlier this fall, Cohen dropped the program, saying it was a matter of conscience, and asked the group's national director, Abraham Foxman, to unequivocally acknowledge the Ottoman Empire's massacre of Armenians as a genocide by supporting the congressional resolution. Last summer, Foxman, under pressure from ADL members, issued a statement calling the forcible deportation and massacre of perhaps 1.5 million Armenians in 1915-17 as "tantamount to genocide." Many criticized his wording as unclear, and seven communities, including Newton, discontinued the No Place for Hate program awaiting a more concise statement by Foxman. Foxman has said he feared international repercussions by Turkey, which as the Ottoman Empire's successor denies the genocide label. Jeremy Solomon, Cohen's spokesman, said the mayor will discuss the national ADL's decision at the city's next Human Rights Commission meeting. A date had not yet been scheduled, he said. "We're going to evaluate the actions taken in their entirety," Solomon said. "Perhaps it is not as black and white as it was when we issued the demand."

- Megan Woolhouse

WALTHAM
WAS HE 1-A? - Babe Ruth's military draft card, the original "I Want You" Army recruitment poster, and other military treasures will be on display at the National Archives and Records Administration, 380 Trapelo Road in Waltham, in honor of Veterans Day. The National Archives will also be offering a class for amateur genealogists entitled "Records Related to the 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century Military Service" on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to glean information about ancestors dating to the Revolutionary War era. Besides helping family with genealogical research, archivists are also always available to help veterans and their relatives gather information needed to claim benefits. The archives are open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. They're also open the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Next week's class requires preregistration; call a toll-free number, 866-406-2379, or 781-663-0144, or send an e-mail to waltham.archives@nara.gov. - Stephanie V. Siek

WATERTOWN
REPORT ON PROPERTY CLEANUP - The attorney placed in charge of the cleanup of 41 Katherine Road reports that while there's been "a lot of great progress" in removing the accumulated debris from the yard and bringing the home up to fire safety and health code standards, owner Basia Dziewanowski needs another three months and up to $20,000 to get everything done. Deborah L. Schreiber said that she had filed a status report with the Middlesex Superior Court judge handling Dziewanowski's case, and was awaiting the judge's response to the scope of the completed work. After becoming frustrated with Dziewanowski's lack of success in cleaning up the property, the judge appointed Schreiber, as the property owner's lawyer, as receiver and ordered her to take over the project, with a progress report due last Thursday. Schreiber said the roof has been replaced, a broken-down vehicle in the yard has been hauled away, and "most" of the debris outside, including plastic jugs with water in them, have been removed. The town, however, has expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to place the cleanup in Schreiber's hands. Mark Reich, a lawyer representing Watertown, said having Dziewanowski's lawyer serve as receiver is a "conflict of interest," since Schreiber has a professional allegiance to her client and may not be willing to take all steps necessary, including placing a lien on the home, in order to pay for a complete cleanup. Reich said last week that he's asked the court to clarify its ruling and to appoint a receiver with no ties to the situation. Schreiber, who oversaw a similar home cleanup in Waltham a few years ago, said she is willing to have the judge decide whether she's the appropriate person to serve as receiver.

- Christina Pazzanese

WELLESLEY
NAMING RIGHTS AT ISSUE - Members of the Board of Selectmen got into a polite tug-of-war last week over a proposal that the town come up with a uniform policy regarding how it names its various buildings, parks, and other facilities. Selectwoman Katherine L. Babson Jr. brought up the idea, noting that there was some consideration being given to seeking contributions toward the renovation or new construction of Wellesley High School. An advisory letter from the town counsel, Albert S. Robinson, indicated that Wellesley has no policy or rules to provide guidance on how things are named. Selectman David Himmelberger resisted the proposal, saying he was concerned it would lead to situations "where for $100,000, you get to have your own pond named after you." Himmelberger added, "I don't know why I'm off-put by it. We just shouldn't be auctioning names off to the highest bidder." Babson said she agrees that residents "may not be happy to see corporate names on assets, even inside our buildings," but establishing a policy would apply in more instances than just fund-raising. The selectmen voted to have Babson draft guidelines for a study committee to look into developing a policy.

- Lisa Keen

WESTON
SPENDING ARTICLES TOP WARRANT - Voters at Weston's Special Town Meeting on Nov. 28 will be asked to appropriate approximately $210,000 for removal of arsenic-contaminated soil on town land. The 40-acre field at School, Wellesley, and Newton streets, now part of the Land's Sake community farm, probably was treated with the toxic substance, once common in pesticides, during its years as an orchard. Another item asks voters to appropriate an estimated $40,000 for an engineering analysis of the Field School. The School Committee is weighing whether to back a major renovation of the grades 4-5 school, or replace it with a new building. The warrant also contains an article proposing several amendments to the current fiscal year's operating budget, including a $414,372 transfer from the health insurance account to the school salaries account; $470,493 for an added Grade 5 class this year; and $130,000 for legal, consulting and other expenses. The complete warrant has been posted on the town's website, weston.org. The Special Town Meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Weston High School auditorium.

- Stephanie V. Siek

AROUND THE REGION

FRAMINGHAM
SPECIAL-NEEDS WORKSHOP - Parents or guardians who think their children might have special-educational needs could get some of their questions answered by attending a workshop sponsored by the Framingham Special Education Parent Advisory Council, "The Dore Program: From the Inside Out," on Tuesday. Guest speaker Rebecca Goniwich, national marketing director for Dore USA, will talk about how she and her two teenage children benefited from the private program, a drug-free treatment for learning and attention difficulties. The event starts at 7 p.m. at the King Administration Building, 454 Water St. Call 508-879-2110 or e-mail pac@cat-co.com for more information. - Tanya Pérez-Brennan

HUDSON
VETERANS DAY PARADE - The annual Veterans Day parade through downtown is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Amvets Post 208 on South Street and end a half-hour later at the library. For more information, call Hudson's veterans services agent, Brian Stearns, at 978-568-9635. - John Dyer

PACKAGES FOR TROOPS - Grace Baptist Church on River Road is collecting donations for troops stationed overseas and supplies for local food pantries on Saturday. Residents can drop off food and personal care items and help pack up boxes to be sent abroad or to local aid organizations. The church is also seeking volunteers on the same day to rake leaves at the homes of elderly residents. Volunteers should arrive at the church at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Lynn Faust at 508-460-0798. - John Dyer

MAYNARD
VOTERS OK FIRE STUDY - Town Meeting voters earmarked $10,000 for a site selection and feasibility study covering a proposed fire station. The Public Safety Building, which has housed the Police and Fire departments for more than 50 years without significant upgrades, is in need of repair, according to Maynard officials. Voters approved the construction of a $3.9 million police station, to be built on Main Street next year, but a permanent solution for the Fire Department has not been decided. - Melissa Beecher

MILLIS
EMPLOYEES TO JOIN STATE PLAN - Town employees have agreed to join the state's Group Insurance Commission, a move that Town Administrator Charles Aspinwall says will save Millis between $150,000 and $200,000 in the first year of the switch. The change goes into effect in July. The health insurance plans available through the state have higher employee deductibles and copayments than the town's current plans, Aspinwall said, but the increased costs will be mitigated by a jump in the town's contribution toward employee healthcare premiums, from 60 percent to 70 percent. Employees will save between $1,200 and $3,800 in the first year, Aspinwall said.

- Calvin Hennick

NORTHBOROUGH
VERIZON NOW BIDDING FOR PACT - The director of Northborough Cable Access Television, Kathleen Dalgliesh, has issued a letter to residents on the status of the town's negotiations with Charter Communications and Verizon. The letter, which is posted on the municipal website, www.town.northborough.ma.us, says that while the town is negotiating to renew its contract with Charter, which is set to expire in October 2008, it will also undertake negotiations with Verizon to provide competing cable service. Verizon sent a formal application to the town to offer cable service on Oct. 29, Dalgliesh said in an interview. Verizon's interest reverses its stance, announced in February, that it would not provide cable service to Northborough residents. - John Dyer

SHREWSBURY
VISITORS FROM CHINA - Chinese educators are scheduled to visit Shrewsbury schools next month, the first step in what Superintendent Anthony Bent said he hopes will become a larger exchange program that involves students. "Global education is a key piece for public education in Massachusetts, and in the country for that matter, as we think about the ways to prepare our students for their future and not our past," said Bent. The program, funded by an anonymous Shrewsbury resident, will continue in April when five Shrewsbury educators visit Beijing. The district's Chinese language program started three years ago in Grade 5 only and now runs through Grade 7. The plan is to continue expanding the program as the original students get older, Bent said.

- Lisa Kocian

SOUTHBOROUGH
"SUESSICAL" OPENING - The opening of the Southborough Players' production of "Seussical the Musical" is tomorrow at 8 p.m. There will be four shows this weekend and next, closing with a 3 p.m. performance on Nov. 18. The show will be at Trottier Middle School on Parkerville Road. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and children. For more information, call 508-485-4424. - John Dyer

Stow
HEALTH SURVEY - A recent health survey conducted at Hale Middle School found 84 out of its 85 seventh-graders have had measles and hepatitis B immunization shots, while 30 students in the class have a physician-certified history of chicken pox. Conducted by the state Department of Public Health, the survey polled the medical histories of all 85 students in the grade last month. One student in the class had a religious exemption for one or more of the vaccines.

- Matt Gunderson

WESTBOROUGH
PHOTO AWARDS, RECEPTION - The Westborough Community Land Trust is holding a reception and awards presentation for its photography contest, "Westborough's Natural Treasures," on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in the community room of the town library. Awards include $100 gift certificates to local businesses. For more information, contact Kris Allen at 508-366-0312. - John Dyer

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