Globe West Community briefing

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February 24, 2008

Tickets are on sale for Ashland High School's winter musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," which will be performed March 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12. To order, go to the Ashland High School Theatrical Society's website,, or send an e-mail to - Rachel Lebeaux

HEALTHY HEART - Hypnotist Kathryn McGlynn will share stress-reduction techniques and facilitate a group guided-imagery relaxation session during a Heart Healthy seminar from 6 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Bellingham Public Library. The event is free. To preregister, contact McGlynn at 877-217-3560. Visit for more information. - Rachel Lebeaux

CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC - The Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded the Dover Town Library a $600 grant to develop a new program, Understanding Cultures Through Music. The free series is for participants over the age of 10 and will be held in the library's Community Room. It starts out on March 22 with Dave Curry, an instructor from a dance school called Drums for One and All. He will lead a participatory drumming circle from 1 to 3 p.m. Then, on March 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. Anugraha and Achutha Raman will present an interactive program on classical Indian dance. The final session, April 5 from 1 to 2 p.m., is a performance by folk duo Atwater-Donnelly, offering vocals and instruments including a mountain dulcimer, banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin and harmonica. - Anna Fiorentino

VOTE ON DONATION POLICY - The School Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on a donation policy that would restrict private funds from going to pay teacher salaries. The School Committee is not attempting to discourage gifts, chairman Jeffrey Roy said, "but we don't want a situation where people are making these gifts targeted, so that wealthy benefactors who want to support a particular program give money just for that." The updated policy could have a direct impact on the Brick School, a one-room kindergarten that is operating this year thanks to $27,000 in donations. Under the new rules, donations could be accepted to help maintain the school property, for instance, but not to cover the Brick School teacher's salary, Roy said. - Rachel Lebeaux

BUDGET REVIEWS - Selectmen are on track to finish their review of departmental budgets tomorrow or the following Monday, Town Administrator Paul LeBeau said. Selectmen are hearing budget presentations from all departments that are not run by independently elected boards. Those budgets will then move on to the Finance Committee, which will make funding recommendations to Town Meeting. The selectmen have yet to hear from the animal control and town accountant's departments. Finance Committee members have said departments townwide should shoot to cut 4.5 percent from their budgets to shore up a projected $1.2 million to $1.4 million deficit for the 2009 fiscal year, which begins July 1. - Calvin Hennick

DETAILS ON LEGACY FARMS - The Planning Board is holding a meeting tomorrow as the next in a series of informational sessions in the next few months on the Legacy Farms development. The board is reviewing the project's master plan, which provides details of the 700-acre development in East Hopkinton proposed by Weston-based Boulder Capital LLC. The former Weston Nurseries property is off East Main Street (Route 135), Wilson Street, Clinton Street, Curtis Road, and Frankland Road. The meeting tomorrow, at 7:30 p.m. in the Hopkinton Senior Center, 28 Mayhew St., and the remaining sessions on March 10 and 24, and April 14 and 28 will review specific topics; the schedule is available on the town's website,, through a link on the home page. The draft master plan is also available at and the Planning Department office in Town Hall. Call 508-497-9755 for more details. - Michele Morgan Bolton


MEETING ON STATE HOSPITAL'S FUTURE - Selectmen are slated to meet with representatives from the state Division of Capital Asset Management on Tuesday to discuss plans for the former Medfield State Hospital property. A bill in the state Legislature would authorize the sale of the site for the construction of 440 housing units. If the bill passes, Town Administrator Michael Sullivan said, the town will have four months to call a Special Town Meeting to rezone the property, which would be required for the residential units to be built there. - Calvin Hennick

DEADLINE FOR NOMINATION PAPERS - March 17 is the last day to hand in nomination papers for the town election on May 5. Four incumbents have taken out papers for reelection to their positions: Glenn Trindade for a three-year Board of Selectmen term; Wendy Rowe for a three-year library trustee term; Mary O'Leary for a five-year Housing Authority term; and Andy Rodenhiser for a three-year Planning Board term. The last day to take out papers from the town clerk is March 14. - Rachel Lebeaux

FAMILY HEALTH FAIR - The Milford Community Partnership for Children, the Milford Family Network Project and the state Department of Mental Retardation will join forces to host the town's 14th annual Family Fair next month. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 15 at Milford High School. A wide range of exhibitors who work with families and children, from the prenatal state through adolescence, will offer their services at the fair. A rain date is set for the same time on March 24. - Anna Fiorentino

ROSSI'S TO REOPEN - The family that originally owned Rossi's restaurant on Exchange Street plans to reopen the business in April or May. Selectmen approved a liquor license for the establishment earlier this month, and the license is awaiting state approval. The site is also undergoing extensive renovations. Beth Rossi said she sold the restaurant in 1997, two years after her husband, Lou, died, and she never planned to reopen it. However, her two oldest children opened Lou's Legacy in Wrentham last year, and she said they jumped at the chance to reopen Rossi's when they learned the property had become available. Beth Rossi said the restaurant would offer upscale European-style food. - Calvin Hennick

HELP TOWN RAISE, SAVE MONEY - Volunteers who want to help the town find ways to make money and control spending are sought for two seven-member committees established by the Board of Selectmen. As a $3.9 million override looms, the Task Force for Revenue Enhancement will explore opportunities for naming and advertising rights, municipal fees, local option taxes, and economic development. The Task Force for Expense Control will look into the viability of leasing town vehicles and equipment, rather than purchasing them, and the privatization, outsourcing, consolidation, or regionalization of services. Each panel consists of one member of the Board of Selectmen, one each from the School and Finance committees, and four residents at large. Interviews are set for the March 3 selectmen's meeting. Letters of interest or committee application forms, found at, are due by Thursday to the Board of Selectmen's office, 13 East Central St., Natick, MA 01760. - Michele Morgan Bolton

PARENTS GROUP SEEKS VOLUNTEERS - A group of parents interested in special-education issues is seeking six volunteers to serve on a task force looking into expanding local programs. The Norfolk Special Education Parent Advisory Council is forming the subcommittee to create programs that will provide services for more special-needs students and allow them to stay within the district. The subcommittee will consist of three parents of special-needs students from each of the district's two elementary schools. Interested parents should contact the district's special-education director, Carol Riccardi-Gahan, at 508-541-5478, or advisory council member Marie Zullo at 508-404-0117 before Saturday. - Calvin Hennick

TOWN MEETING TOMORROW - The Finance Committee has recommended that Town Meeting voters tomorrow approve spending $35,000 on computer and software upgrades for the town accountant's department and $25,000 on a police cruiser, as well as $22,800 to pay for the rest of the town's property revaluation and $6,950 in matching funds for a federal fire grant. Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Beatrice H. Wood Elementary School. - Calvin Hennick

SURVEY ON PLANNING PROPOSAL - Town Planner Gino Carlucci is asking residents to participate in a Planning Board survey mailed to homes last month. The survey asks residents whether they'd support a proposed warrant article at the April 29 annual Town Meeting that would increase the allowable maximum size of retail outlets that fall partially within a business district and partially within a residential zoning district from 2,500 to 7,500 square feet. A proposal to increase the size to 15,000 square feet was voted down with significant opposition by Town Meeting voters last spring. Results of the survey will be presented at the Planning Board's meeting Wednesday. - Anna Fiorentino

ASSESSORS TO DISCUSS VALUES - The town's tax assessors are slated to give a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday on how property values are set in town. The program is designed to answer questions from residents following the town's revaluation of properties, which occurs every three years. The presentation will take place at Nipmuc Regional Middle/High School. - Calvin Hennick

WATER RATES STAY THE SAME - Selectmen voted last week to maintain the current water rate structure, which was adopted in September, through June of 2009. Under the rate structure, each water user is charged a flat $30 administrative fee for each six-month billing cycle. Water use up to 50,000 gallons is charged at $4.60 per thousand gallons. Beyond 50,000 gallons, residents are charged $5.60 per thousand gallons. - Calvin Hennick

Around the region
MASS. BAR TO HONOR NANCY KING - For the first time, the Massachusetts Bar Association has decided to dedicate its annual Access to Justice Awards luncheon to a legal advocate. The March 6 gathering will honor the late Nancy King, who was executive director of South Middlesex Legal Services in Framingham. King, who died in December at 59 after a long battle with breast cancer, is also being honored with the association's Lifetime Achievement Award, only the second time it has been bestowed, said Jennifer Rosinski, a Mass. Bar spokeswoman. Also, five lawyers and two law firms will be honored for providing free legal services. State Representative Byron Rushing, a Boston Democrat, will be keynote speaker at the event at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester. - Tanya Pérez Brennan

OPERA AT THE LIBRARY - Members of the Boston Lyric Opera Company will be visiting the Lincoln Public Library on March 2 at 2 p.m. to perform a free preview of "Hansel and Gretel." The library invites children and parents to take part in the 45-minute interactive session with a singer from the cast and a pianist presenting highlights from the opera. For more information, call the library at 781-259-8465. - John M. Guilfoil

FINGERPRINTS FOR CHILDREN - The town's Youth & Family Services agency and the local Prudential Financial office are cosponsoring a free event where children can be fingerprinted so their parents can secure an identification record. The March 5 event will take place in Fayville Village Hall, at 42 Central St., from 3 to 7 p.m. For more information, call Elizabeth Boyajian at Youth & Family Services at 508-481-5676, ext. 2. - John Dyer

HEARING CLUES IN FROG SYMPHONY - The Stone Zoo will be training volunteers 14 and older on Saturday to help survey frogs as a way of monitoring the environment. Participants in the workshop will learn how to identify frogs by their calls and how to report their findings from their neighborhoods to Frogwatch USA, a study managed by the National Wildlife Federation. The survey, which takes perhaps 20 minutes per week, tracks amphibians as an indicator of overall environmental health. More information can be found at To sign up for Saturday's free workshop, which runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., call 617-989-3742. The Stone Zoo is at 149 Pond St. in Stoneham. - Kytja Weir

RABIES CLINIC - The town will hold a rabies vaccine clinic for dogs and cats on March 8 from 10 a.m. to noon at Especially for Pets, 81 Union Ave. The vaccination will cost $12. Residents of other communities may also have pets vaccinated. - John M. Guilfoil

SPELLING BEE - The Wayland Public Schools Foundation will hold its annual spelling bee March 16 at 12:30 p.m. at Wayland High School. Students in grades 2 through 5 are welcome to take part. Registration forms should have been sent home with elementary school students. Teams of three students in the same grade will compete and receive a free T-shirt and goodie bag. Registration for the fund-raising event is $25. Call Maura Keating at 508-358-2482. - John M. Guilfoil

MAPLE-SYRUP LESSONS ON TAP - The Land's Sake Farm has already distilled 9 gallons of maple syrup from more than 200 trees tapped earlier this month, according to its website,, and more could be coming from the 250 taps set up at maple trees around town. The community farm is organizing the harvest as part of its Green Power Maple Sugar Project 2008, which is aimed at introducing local students to the traditional New England craft. The project will be capped off by the farm's annual Sugaring Off Festival, scheduled for March 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bill McElwain Sugar House, 456 Wellesley St., behind Weston Middle School. Maple syrup will be available for sale as well as for immediate enjoyment at the accompanying pancake breakfast. For more information, call Land's Sake at 781-893-1162. - Stephanie V. Siek

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