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Bolton voters green light new public safety center

Posted November 7, 2007 12:34 PM


Voters at special Town Meeting this week handily approved a new $5.7 million public safety center for town-owned property on Wattaquadock Hill Road.

According to the town's website, the measure now has to go before voters again at a special town election on Nov. 13. Voters also approved a $240,000 training room for the facility, which will need separate approval at at the upcoming town election. Officials had spliced out the articles to give voters an option on the training room.

A total of 184 voters signed in at the Town Meeting on Monday.

-- Matt Gunderson

Grass and sticks debated in Bolton

Posted July 22, 2007 12:24 PM


With local interest in lacrosse burgeoning, town officials are looking at building a lacrosse field near the new wastewater treatment plant being built for the Florence Sawyer School, Town Administrator Jodi Ross said.

The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to discuss the finances and logistics of building the new field with selectmen Wednesday, Ross said. The field would service local sports groups, she said.

-- Matt Gunderson

Historical portrait of Bolton family fetches big $$

Posted July 5, 2007 10:06 AM


Deacon Robert Peckham's 1831 depiction of four children of Oliver Adams of Bolton, was sold recently to a Texas collector for $116,000, according to a story on the web site of the Antiques and the Arts newspaper.

The painting was described as "a gem of historical documentation, capturing in its many details a landscape view, interior decoration and the names and birth dates of the children pictured, as well as others deceased," the web site reported.

"It is a real New England portrait of a family — charming, gentle, beautifully composed, near perfect in its palette with perhaps a hint of melancholy," Skinner executive vice president Stephen Fletcher said.

College scholarship? Piece of cake.

Posted June 27, 2007 01:57 PM

Krista Burgoyne's original cake recipe was her senior project at Minuteman Regional High School. (Jon Chase for The Boston Globe)


Krista Burgoyne, who graduated earlier this month from Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington, has something that makes her the envy of many seniors, not to mention their parents: a full college scholarship.

Actually, make that three college scholarships -- and possibly more.

Krista is preparing an original creation, chatting as she assembles it with deft, offhand professional skill.

The chocolate layer cake with peanut-butter filling and peanut-butter buttercream frosting was her senior project, required for graduation, and she's made it (and other cakes like it) so many times, it's, well, a piece of cake for her.

Read more in today's Globe.

-- Jane Dornbusch

Making the Hundertwasser scene

Posted March 30, 2007 05:18 PM


It's more than 3,000 miles from Bolton to Napa, Calif., but Marjorie Morgan and Whitney Robbins just had to see the Hundertwasser building.

Friedensreich Hundertwasser (say that five times fast) was an Austrian architect who hated straight lines and worked to incorporate nature into each of his designs. The Quixote Winery in Napa is the only building in the United States designed by Hundertwasser.

Robbins, a seventh-grade teacher, talks about the architect to her classes, the St. Helena Star reports.

-- Adam Sell

71 homes proposed in Bolton

Posted February 9, 2007 02:56 PM


After months of revisions, Merchant Financial Investment Corp. of Natick has submitted a plan for 71 single-family homes off Century Mill Road, said Town Planner Nat Tipton.

That's eight more units than in the original plan proposed last fall. The development will be the largest single filing ever to go before the Planning Board, said Tipton.

A public hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28 at 8:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

-- Matt Gunderson

Power still out in some homes in Bolton

Posted January 16, 2007 04:51 PM


With temperatures dropping towards the single digits, some homes in Bolton remained without power this afternoon.

A total of eight streets in town and 31 electric customers had no service following a small blitz of power outages that began yesterday, according to Bolton police.

The outages began after wires were knocked down, presumably during the freezing rain that the area experienced last night, said a police dispatcher.

The outages were scheduled to be fixed by 7:30 p.m. tonight.

-- By Matt Gunderson

Three tractor-trailers collide on I-495

Posted November 11, 2006 03:33 PM


Truck parts were strewn all over one side of Interstate 495 northbound about 3:45 a.m. yesterday, but no injuries were reported in an accident involving three tractor-trailers — one of which was a tandem.

According to state police, all four lanes just north of Route 117 were shut down until 6:40 a.m., with traffic diverted through the breakdown lane. Police identified the drivers as Youssry F. Ghandour, 49, of North Carolina; John T. Ostopick, 49, of Pennsylvania; and Robert A. Lowry, 58, of Georgia. State Highway Department crews were called in to pick up paint cans and debris on the road.

-- Telegram & Gazette of Worcester

Bolton's treasurer resigns

Posted November 5, 2006 03:47 PM


Bolton’s town treasurer, Joanne Jenkins, has resigned from her job in the wake of concern about the administration of the town’s life insurance policy, said Town Administrator Jodi Ross.

Jenkins had been placed on paid administrative leave last month.
Selectman Ken Troup said the Savings Bank Life Insurance Co. dropped the town in May 2005, but employees continued to pay premiums even though they were no longer receiving coverage.

‘‘We didn’t know about it, and we were concerned when we discovered it,’’ said Troup.

He said employees will be reimbursed for the premiums for the period they weren’t covered. The amount involved is less than $50 per employee.

Ross said that the problem was administrative and no criminal investigation is being conducted.

-- Matt Gunderson

License revocation sought

Posted July 25, 2006 07:27 PM


Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin today moved to revoke the license of a Bolton investment adviser, saying he failed to disclose past federal sanctions, the Globe's Business News blog reports.

In an administrative proceeding, Galvin charged Raymond L. Grenier of Bolton and his firm, Bolton Securities Corp., failed to disclose Grenier had been fined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and barred from acting in a supervisory capability, and failed to disclose his interests in advisory firm.

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