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Asking more for school repairs

October 30, 2011

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The Board of Selectmen voted Monday to place nine articles on the Nov.15 Special Town Meeting warrant, including one asking taxpayers for an additional $700,000 to complete funding for three school repair projects. Town Meeting voters approved $3.8 million for those projects in June, but the additional money is needed to cover increases because of stringent building requirements set forth by the state as part of its Green Repair Program. By submitting the projects to be part of the state program, the town could be reimbursed 47 percent of the costs by the state. The additional funding must be approved by a two-thirds vote in order for the town to secure the reimbursement. Among the other articles placed on the warrant is a citizen’s petition asking the town to adopt a local meals tax. A similar article failed by seven votes in June. The deadline to register to vote in the Special Town Meeting is 8 p.m. Friday. - Katheleen Conti

ArcWorks classes starting

The ArcWorks Community Arts Center recently announced a schedule of classes it is offering for its fall and winter season. The classes are the first to be offered at the center, at 22 Foster St. The lineup includes printmaking, rubberstamping, stencil making, mask making, and watercolor painting for children, teens, adults, and seniors. The classes include one-day workshops and courses lasting four to eight weeks. All classes are open to area residents of all skill levels, with a fee charged for each class. To obtain a schedule or to sign up for a class, go to or call 978-531-0666. - John Laidler