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September 4, 2011

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The Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Taste of Burlington from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at the new Memorial Elementary School, 119 Winn St. Attendees will be able to sample dishes from as many as 30 restaurants. At the request of School Superintendent Eric Conti, the chamber is holding the event at Memorial Elementary this year to give the public an opportunity to see the new building, which opens with the start of the new school year on Wednesday. School officials will offer tours during the event. Tickets to the Taste of Burlington are $25 each. Proceeds from a raffle held that night will support scholarships the chamber provides to graduating seniors at Burlington High School. For tickets or more information, go to or call 781-273-2523.

- John Laidler

CITYFEST SET FOR OCT. 1 - The city is seeking businesses and organizations to participate in this year’s CityFest. Since 2008, CityFest has been an annual event that celebrates Everett pride, diversity, and culture. It features foods served by local restaurants representing a variety of ethnic cuisines, as well as craft tables, live music, activities for children, and tables at which local organizations, businesses, and city offices offer information. This year’s event is scheduled for Oct. 1 from noon to 5 p.m. in Everett Square. The fee charged to participating businesses and organizations is $75 and includes a tent, table, and two chairs. Applications, available in the mayor’s office, are due by Sept. 21. - John Laidler

SCHOOL BOARD Q & A - Candidates in this year’s School Committee race will participate in a forum at 7 p.m. Sept. 14. The event, organized by the East Lynn Community Association, will be held at Congregation Ahabat Sholom, 151 Ocean St. Eight candidates are competing this year for the six elected committee seats: incumbents Patricia N. Capano, Maria O. Carrasco, Donna M. Coppolla, John E. Ford Jr., Vincent J. Spirito, and Richard B. Starbard; and challengers Dolores Jean DiFillipo and Charlie Gallo. The forum is free and open to all. Members of the public can propose questions by e-mailing or calling 781-346-9060. - John Laidler

FIRE STATION GROUP MEETS - The Fire Station Building Committee will meet at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the conference room in the mayor’s office at City Hall. The committee is looking to identify locations for a new fire station to protect the east side of the city. The Maplewood Fire Station was forced to close last April after mold, rot, and other health concerns were found in the building. Since then, Engine 2 has been operating from a station at Overlook Ridge, off Route 1, that is shared with Revere. - Kathy McCabe

ELECTION TO CLOSE SCHOOLS - It’s back to school on Wednesday for Medford public school students. Start times are 7:40 a.m. for the high school, 8 a.m. for middle school, and 8:40 a.m. for elementary schools. Students will get the day off Tuesday, Sept. 13, when the city holds its preliminary election because voting is conducted at several city schools. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The mayor’s race will be the only contest on the ballot. Mayor Michael J. McGlynn is facing a primary challenge from residents John M. Byers and Anthony D’Antonio. Schools will reopen on Sept. 14, when kindergartners report for their first day of school.

- Kathy McCabe

LIBRARY REOPENS ON WEEKENDS - After being closed Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, the Melrose Public Library will be open again on weekends beginning this Saturday. The library’s Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday’s hours are 2 to 5 p.m. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Kathy McCabe

Reading, Stoneham
WATER PROJECT TO BEGIN - The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority has hired Albanese D & S Inc. of Dracut to install a new water main. The pipeline will be 36 inches in diameter and will run 2,200 linear feet, starting at South Street and continuing under Route 128 along Main Street to the intersection of North Street in Stoneham. The new pipeline will connect Reading’s water system to Stoneham’s, providing backup water service to Reading in case of an emergency. Most of the work will be performed between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., though some daytime work may occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Traffic detours, signs, and police details will be in place to help motorists safely navigate around the construction site. During construction, access for all local residences and businesses will be maintained. The project is expected to be completed by December 2012. - Brenda J. Buote

LAUNDROMAT DENIED - The City Council last Monday rejected a special permit application by Michael Pho to convert a building formerly housing a social club at 672 Winthrop Ave. into a laundromat. Councilors cited concerns that the laundromat would be detrimental to the neighborhood because it would operate many more hours than the social club and would potentially exacerbate the parking shortage in that area, according to city clerk Ashley Melnik.

- John Laidler

TREE SCULPTURE FALLS - Tropical Storm Irene took down a few big trees in Somerville, including one tree made of steel. Artist David Tonnesen’s ornamental sculpture in Union Square was blown over in the high winds, Somerville Arts Council director Greg Jenkins said in an e-mail. Tonnesen, who works out of a studio in Somerville’s Brickbottom, noted the irony: A storm created the need for his sculpture, and a storm took it away. The steel tree was made for the eat restaurant more than a decade ago, he said, after a living tree fell victim to the April Fools’ Day snowstorm of 1997. The idea was for vines to grow up and fill in the spaces. It succeeded so well that Tonnesen would watch people walk by the sculpture and not even notice. “Most of my public art is hurricane-tested,’’ Tonnesen said. His 45-foot fish on the Legal Sea Foods headquarters on the Boston waterfront survived Irene, as did a sculpture on the Cape.

- Danielle Dreilinger

SAGARINO STEPS IN - Maria Sagarino is serving as Stoneham’s acting town clerk after John D. Hanright’s death. Hanright suffered a fatal heart attack at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston on July 11. Hanright, 69, was elected town clerk in 1998 after serving on the Board of Assessors since 1975. He had been hospitalized June 30 with pneumonia. His death “has left such a hole in the office,’’ said Michelle Meagher, who works in the town clerk’s office. “John was so vibrant and so full of fun.’’ Sagarino, who has worked as an assistant town clerk since 2009, is expected to serve the remainder of Hanright’s term, which expires next spring, and run for the position in April. - Brenda J. Buote

ATTENTION PATRIOTS FANS - During September the library is featuring Game Plan, a series of Wednesday night talks by authors who write about the New England Patriots. All of the talks will be at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. The series kicks off Wednesday when Donald Hubbard discusses his book, “100 Things Patriots Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.’’ On Sept. 14, Bob Hyldburg will talk about his book, “Total Patriots: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the World-Class Franchise.’’ Michael A. King will speak on Sept. 21 about his book, “Patriots Passion: From Day One.’’ And on Sept. 28, Sean Glennon will discuss his book, “Game Changers: The Greatest Plays in New England Patriots History.’’ All of the talks are free thanks to funding provided by the Friends of the Tewksbury Public Library. Preregistration is encouraged. Call the library at 978-640-4490, ext. 205, or visit - John Laidler

ANTIVIOLENCE BENEFIT - The Senior Tones, a local doo-wop singing group, will perform Sept. 15 at a dinner concert benefiting Wakefield Alliance Against Violence. The nonprofit works to end bullying and domestic violence. Proceeds from the event will go toward educational programs it sponsors in local schools on bullying and teen dating violence. Bob Eldridge, a founding member and the current president of the alliance, is a member of Senior Tones, which sings songs from the 1950s and ’60s. Tickets to the event are $30 and include hors d’oeuvres, a dinner buffet, and the concert. The cash bar opens at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 and the show at 8. For tickets or more information, call Eldridge at 781-246-1825.

- John Laidler

WIDENING THE RIVER - The town has started work on a flood mitigation program, a project that requires widening the Aberjona River to the east (toward the Mystic Valley Parkway) between Waterfield and Manchester roads, and dredging the river bottom between Manchester Road and Bacon Street. During the project’s first phase, parking along the western side of Mystic Valley Parkway between Waterfield and Manchester roads will be banned and the eastern half of the Aberjona parking lot will be closed, as will portions of the sidewalk on the west side of the parkway. In addition, the access road between the Aberjona parking lot and Ginn Field will be closed for the duration of the project; all access to the Ginn playing fields will be from Bacon Street. For more information, visit - Brenda J. Buote

FERRY PHOTO CONTEST - The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce and E.B. Newton Cultural Center are teaming up to offer a Photo The Ferry 2011 contest. Amateur photographers are invited to submit digital photos of views taken from the Winthrop ferry or of the boat, called the Anna. Organizers note that the deck of the Anna affords scenic views of the town’s coastline, Snake Island, the Harbor Islands, Winthrop’s developing pier district, and Boston Harbor. A panel of media professionals will judge submissions. Winning photographs will be considered for use on promotional materials for the ferry. Photos from the contest will be exhibited at the cultural center, which the town is developing on the first floor of the historic former E.B. Newton School. Participants should submit one or two color photographs in the form of jpeg files by Sept. 12 to - John Laidler

HISTORIC TOUR SEPT. 18 - The Woburn Historical Society is inviting the public to its trolley tour on Sept. 18. The two-hour tour will make four stops at points of interest: at Horn Pond, where city engineer Jay Corey will provide a tour of Woburn’s historic original pumping station; at the new Goodyear School, where a costumed reenactor of Charles Goodyear, a Woburn resident who invented vulcanized rubber, will provide a tour of the building; at Calvary Cemetery, where participants will meet costumed reenactors at gravesites of Civil War soldiers and other prominent Woburn citizens; and at the public library, which will have a special exhibit of Civil War artifacts from its collection, including diaries and souvenirs of two Woburn residents who served in the war. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. There will be two tours, one leaving at 11:30 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m. both starting at the library, 45 Pleasant St. For more information, including how to obtain tickets, go to - John Laidler


WEST NILE CONTROLLED - Subsequent testing was clear after the Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced that mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in town Aug. 3. This was the only sample to test positive in Boxford this year. Residents are still advised to reschedule outdoor activities to daylight hours when mosquitoes are less prevalent. Wearing insect repellents, long pants, and long-sleeved shirts are urged to prevent mosquito bites. Officials also recommend that residents drain standing water from places around their homes where mosquitoes can lay eggs. - David Cogger

WALK FOR ANIMALS - The MSPCA Walk for Animals will take place next Sunday in three locations to benefit the organization’s shelters, including Nevins Farm. The local walk will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at Spencer-Peirce-Little-Farm, 5 Little’s Lane in Newbury. Walkers and their dogs are welcome. Participants are encouraged to register early in order to collect donations and sponsorships from friends, family, and fellow animal lovers. On-site activities will include the 1-mile walk, dog agility demonstrations, canine spa treatments, kids’ corner activities, ask the vet sessions, food, live music, raffles, and prizes. For more information or to download a registration form, visit or call 978-687-7453.

- Karen Sackowitz

MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on Monday that the West Nile virus has been detected in a single mosquito pool collected in Newburyport. It is the first positive for the virus this year. Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 26, 175 mosquito pools statewide have tested positive for West Nile. No human cases of the virus have been reported in Massachusetts this season. The city health department advises residents to avoid outdoor activities from dusk to dawn and to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when outside. - Brenda J. Buote

GORDON REPORTS INCREASE IN STUDENTS - Gordon College has reported that the incoming class of freshmen and transfer students is a record 526. The college’s previous largest group of incoming students was 510 in 2001. Last year’s freshman class was 410. Dan Lymann, the school’s executive vice president, attributed the uptick to better communicating the value of a Gordon education. Gordon’s total student population is 1,475.

- David Rattigan

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