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Medway to get its Irish on this summer with concert series

Posted July 9, 2008 08:26 AM

Irish tunesmiths Songs for Cieldh will be featured in Medway's annual summer concert series.


The Medway Parks Department is once again sponsoring its annual summer concert series and farmer’s market at Choate Park this summer.

Scheduled performers include Four Guys in Tuxes on July 14, Songs for Ceilidh on July 21, the U.S. Air Force Band on Aug. 1, and the Claflin Hill Symphony Summer Winds on Aug. 4.

The farmer’s market begins at 4 p.m.; concerts begin at 7 p.m. Anyone seeking further information is urged to visit the town's web site.

-- Rachel Lebeaux

Route 109 funding rolls along

Posted June 26, 2008 12:10 PM

The state’s Transportation Bond Bill is expected to include $300,000 toward a reevaluation of Medway’s current road system, particularly Route 109, State Representative Jim Vallee announced recently.

The Franklin Democrat, whose district includes Medway, said in a press released that the Southwest Area Planning Council has acknowledged Route 109 as a top regional priority, in part due to increasing commercial and business traffic on the vital thoroughfare.

“The new design of Route 109 is something the town of Medway has needed for some time and it is only right that they have the opportunity to do something about it now to help improve the safety of its travelers,” said Vallee, who also serves as assistant vice-chairman of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means.

-- Rachel Lebeaux

What if they threw a town government and nobody came?

Posted May 27, 2008 07:48 AM


The Medway Board of Selectmen is looking to fill vacancies on a number of town boards, including the Finance Committee, the Cemetery Commission, the Conservation Commission, Disability Commission, the Educational Fund Commission, the Municipal Building Committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Any resident wishing to apply is urged to submit a letter of interest and a resume by Friday, June 13, to the Office of the Town Administrator. The address is: Medway Town Hall, 155 Village St., Medway, MA 02053.

Prospective applicants can also apply via e-mail.

Selectmen will review applications and interview candidates on July 7.

-- Rachel Lebeaux

Smooth operators from Medway to help with Millis' 911 upgrage

Posted October 30, 2007 10:16 AM


Millis 911 calls will be diverted to Medway for about three weeks starting early next month while new 911 equipment is being installed.

Medway dispatchers will answer calls from Millis, then transfer the calls to Millis dispatchers.

-- Calvin Hennick

Medway man faces manslaughter charge in speedboat deaths

Posted October 5, 2007 01:51 PM


A grand jury in Maine has indicted a Medway man on two counts of manslaughter stemming from a collision on a southern Maine lake in which two people were killed when their skiff was sliced in half by a large, high-powered speedboat, authorities said Friday.

The Cumberland County grand jury on Thursday handed up the indictment against Robert LaPointe Jr. of Medway, Mass., in the Aug. 11 crash on Long Lake in Harrison. Terry Raye Trott, 55, of Naples, Maine and Suzanne Groetzinger, 44, of Berwick, Maine died in the wreck.

LaPointe's 32-footer with twin, 435-horsepower engines ran over a 14-foot motorboat operated by Trott, Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson said.

The indictment also charges LaPointe with four counts of aggravated operating under the influence and one count of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon.

Lapointe, who was 38 at the time of the crash, and his passenger, Nicole Randall, 19, of Bridgton, Maine were thrown into the water while their boat raced ashore. The high-powered vessel, which had a top speed of 80 mph, stopped 135 feet inland. Both Lapointe and Randall suffered minor injuries and were able to swim to shore.

-- AP

Student dreams come true in Medway

Posted June 15, 2007 09:46 AM


There are three words that live in every high school student's end-of-school-year fantasies: optional ... final ... exams.

Thanks to malfunctioning valve on the water main serving the Summer Street school interrupted water service to the school, fantasy became reality for Medway High School students and summer vacation became a little sweeter in Medway yesterday when the last day of high school final exams had to be postponed.

Without water for sanitation, the school department had no choice but to close thee school and send students home shortly after 8 a.m. yesterday, Superintendent Richard Grandmont said in an email.

School officials rushed to juggle the final exam schedule, moving Thursday's scheduled exams to today, and today's to Monday, which was scheduled as a half-day, the last day of school. The state Department of Education approved a request for a waiver of the state's mandated 180-day school year due to the unforeseen circumstances.

The rescheduling forced school officials to make the exams for Monday are optional, a student's dream come true.

"Students wishing to take the exams to try to improve their final grade average will have the opportunity to do so," Grandmont said in his email. "Students who choose not to take their final exams on Monday will be exempt and have their average calculated on the work they've done during the semester."

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Deadline? What deadline?

Posted May 28, 2007 07:39 AM



The state has granted extensions on $1.2 million in grants for the town's capital projects, giving the officials some much needed breathing room after the money was briefly rescinded at the end of last year.

Town officials had been scrambling to put proposals together for bidding on the six projects, which were funded at $200,000 each and were required to be completed by the end of June. Former Governor Mitt Romney cancelled the grants in November, but Governor Deval Patrick reinstated them when he took office in January.

The state has pushed the deadline back to June 30, 2008 for completion of work on several projects, including fixing the Choate Park dam, improving recreation fields, and rehabbing the Thayer Homestead, Public Services Director David D'Amico said.

D'Amico said two of the projects, replacing a vehicle wash bay at the town's public works garage and developing a new drainage system for the Brentwood neighborhood, won't need extensions as they are substantially underway. The final grant paid for cleanup after a major storm last summer.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Reconstructing summer

Posted May 24, 2007 11:45 AM


Plan extra time for trips down Summer Street while a major road reconstruction project there wraps up in coming weeks, town officials are warning.

Medway Public Services Director David D'Amico sayd crews from Newton-based contractor Paolini Corp. are expected to widen the street from Lovering Street to the Holliston town line at the end of May, then widen the section from Old Summer Street to Route 109 in early June. Installation of curbs will continue through June.

When complete, the $5.5 million state-funded project will include a new sidewalk on the west side of the street.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway school board meeting canceled

Posted May 2, 2007 01:18 PM


The Medway School Committee has announced that tomorrow's meeting has been canceled.

The candidates' night scheduled as part of the meeting was also
canceled, the school said today in an email to community members.

Medway student dies at practice

Posted April 28, 2007 06:48 PM


A 15-year-old Medway High School sophomore died this morning during lacrosse practice, police said.

Police and paramedics responded to the school's football field at 8:42 a.m. after a report of a seizure, and the boy was taken to Milford Regional Medical Center, where he later died. The cause of death was unknown.

It was the second death of a young lacrosse player in a week. An eighth-grader at St. Sebastian's School in Needham died Tuesday while practicing lacrosse on a school field, officials said.

William Judge, 14, of Medfield was involved in a "noncontact drill," officials at the Catholic school for boys said.

-- Erin Conroy

Town gets 10 bids for senior center addition

Posted April 2, 2007 06:21 PM


Ten construction companies submitted bids to build an addition to the town senior center on Oakland Street.

The lowest bid, about $316,000, was made by P&P General Contractors Inc. of Dudley, and the highest, $414,000, was made by Inglewood Development Corp. of Longmeadow.

The addition is to include a new multipurpose room on the west side of the building with small rooms opening off it for games, storage, and library uses.

The new room would connect to the existing large room, enabling both to be opened for special gatherings.

— Alison O’Leary Murray

Medway Middle School fire alarm system is 'antique,' superintendent says

Posted March 23, 2007 05:02 PM


The fire alarm system at Medway Middle School is ‘‘antique’’ and should be replaced, but it is not at the top of Superintendent Richard Grandmont’s list of priorities for meager school funds.

At a recent Finance Committee meeting, a resident asked why replacing the alarm system does not deserve more attention. Grandmont said the system works, has not failed inspection, and is on his list of secondary priorities.

The School Department does not want to wait too long, however, Grandmont said, noting the expensive emergency repair of a school elevator that the department had to fund this year.

— Alison O’Leary Murray

No Prop. 2 1/2 support seen in Medway

Posted March 16, 2007 02:24 PM


Medway residents are unlikely to support a Proposition 2 1/2 override this year, say two members of the Board of Selectmen.

Because the town's belt-tightening and stepped-up collections and increased state aid are producing a $400,000 surplus, townspeople will not favor additional taxes to improve streets or provide additional services, selectmen Dennis Crowley and Glenn Trindade said last week.

All town departments are likely to be level-funded for the coming fiscal year as Medway officials continues to rebuild the town's credibility with taxpayers, Crowley said.

Selectmen had discussed combining the town's outstanding debt in one debt exclusion override, but Crowley and Trindade said it was just an idea that is unlikely to be acted upon this year.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Revenue from development falters in Medway

Posted March 15, 2007 12:06 PM


New growth in Medway is down dramatically from past years, selectmen noted at a recent meeting. When the Shaw's shopping plaza was built, the town brought in about $300,000 in new fees and taxes.

Last year, selectmen chairman James Galligan said that number was down to less than $200,000. Officials have pegged next fiscal year's figure conservatively at $75,000.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Spend this money now!

Posted March 11, 2007 02:29 PM


Due to state-level political snafus, Medway may not be able to take full advantage of more than $1 million in capital grants from the state.

The town has until June 30 to spend the money earmarked for six specific projects but is having a hard time spending the money by that deadline, town officials told two state legislators who visited last week.

Town Administrator Suzanne Kennedy said former Gov. Mitt Romney allowed the grants last summer, then cut the funding after the November election, leaving towns like Medway in limbo with half-planned projects until Gov. Deval Patrick reinstated the grants in January. Some of Medway's projects, including adding to the senior center on Oakland Street and repairing the Choate Park dam, could be completed by the deadline.

But others, including a truck wash bay at the town public works garage, might not, Kennedy said. Senator Karen Spilka, (D-Framingham) told Medway officials that the state's tight budget situation is likely to make it hard to get the deadline extended and they should consider options such as prepaying for projects so the money will be spent in time.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Hoping for a happy ending to Medway library saga

Posted March 7, 2007 11:08 AM


When state legislators Senator Karen Spilka (D-Middlesex) and Representative Paul Loscocco (R-Middlesex) visited Medway selectmen this week they talked about writing an alternative ending to the unhappy story about Medway's public library.

The library was decertified by state library commissioners last month because the town had slashed its funding during a fiscal crisis. Decertification means Medway residents may no longer borrow books from neighboring towns, either individually or through the interlibrary loan process.

Selectman Glenn Trindade said he's upset that residents were punished with the loss of library privileges because town officials were following the state Department of Revenue's advice for righting the town's financial ship.

Loscocco told selectmen he would seek reconsideration of the commissioners' decision before trying to file special legislation to amend the situation. The latter, he said, would be a more time consuming and difficult process.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway hoping to join regional transit authority

Posted March 2, 2007 10:49 AM


The town hopes to join the Greater Attleboro Regional Transit Authority, GATRA, which provides bus service to more than a dozen Southeastern Massachusetts communities.

State legislation approved last year permits towns to redirect their MBTA payments to other transit options. Medway has $79,000 to spend. If accepted into GATRA, Medway would name a resident to serve on its board and establish a task force to consider bus routes.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway school budget to be unveiled tonight

Posted February 28, 2007 12:25 PM


Better do your homework.

Medway residents might want to review their figures before the cash-strapped town's much-anticipated school budget is unveiled at tonight's School Committee meeting.

Superintendent Richard Grandmont and his staff have worked for months to buttress their argument for more funds and have made information, including the past three years' budgets, available on the school department website at

Among the data is a graph that shows Medway spending less than $7,000 to educate each student each year, putting the district ninth among 12 nearby towns. The site also states that the amount of property taxes funding the school budgets has decreased in recent years, from $13,746,000 in 2004-2005 to $12,607,000 in 2006-2007.

The schools need over $700,000 more than last year to maintain services, the documents say, but they'd like another $800,000, or about $1.5 million over this year's nearly $20 million budget to make some necessary improvements in the system, including adding some teachers so high school students can have elective classes and eliminating student activity fees.

The public hearing on the budget is set for 7 p.m. in the School Committee room at 45 Holliston Street.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway library is in trouble

Posted February 2, 2007 10:13 AM


They saw it coming.

State library commissioners yesterday(2.1) revoked Medway's public library certification as a consequence of the town slashing the facility's budget, according to library trustees chairwoman Wendy Rowe.

While the library will remain open on a reduced schedule, residents may no longer use their Medway library cards to borrow items from other libraries. Medway officials and library trustees knew the decertification was likely a year ago when they sought and received a waiver from state library standards.

This year their waiver request was rejected when the town failed to restore library funding to a level specified by the state commissioners. Public libraries in Massachusetts are required to be open a certain number of hours and to be publicly funded on par with other town departments.

The library's budget was slashed $100,000 last spring. As a result, five employees resigned. Starting next week, the library's hours will be Monday 2-6 p.m., Tuesday 4-8 p.m., Wednesday 2-6 p.m., Thursday 4-8 p.m. and Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway woman arrested in Vermont jewel heist

Posted January 25, 2007 03:35 PM


A 21-year-old woman from Medway was among three Massachusetts residents arrested for allegedly robbing a Vermont jewelry store after handcuffing the store manager and locking her in a back room, police said.

The manager was able to free herself from the plastic handcuffs and press an alarm.

Police arrested Wesleyn Rose, 26, and Nicholas Blagojevic, 27, both of Harwich, and Allison Martino, 21, of Medway, Wednesday afternoon in Massachusetts. They were taken into custody about four hours after the robbery, said St. Johnsbury Police Chief Richard Leighton.

The manager did not a see a weapon, but felt they had one.

Evidence gathered at the scene and in Massachusetts linked the three to the crime, police said.

Store officials estimate about $140,000 worth of diamonds and rings were stolen.

-- AP

Town vehicles to get a bath

Posted January 5, 2007 10:31 AM


There's nothing like a sparkling clean vehicle.

Bidding has opened for a prefabricated vehicle wash bay to be installed at Medway's Department of Public Works highway barn. The 60-by 30-foot facility should cost about $200,000 installed, including design and construction as well as all associated electrical and plumbing work.

Although the bid information stipulates the facility should be constructed by June 30, it also says the award of the contract is subject to a state grant. Medway received promises of several state grants totaling over $1 million last year and several groups within the town are scrambling to get state approval and use the money by June 30.

Other projects include improving playing fields, work at Choate Park and mapping out the future of the house and barn at 2B Oak St., which the town acquired through eminent domain.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway nearing counsel choice

Posted December 2, 2006 11:24 AM


Wanted: legal eagles who will do a good job representing the town of Medway. Selectmen selected three applicants from a pool of six for the position of Town Counsel at a recent meeting.

Weighing the town's need to keep costs low but to be well-prepared for things like development disputes, selectmen considered the depth of experience as well as expertise of several firms that applied.

Town Administrator Suzanne Kennedy noted that one-third of the counselor's duties are likely to be labor issues and negotiations. Finalists include the firms of Petrini & Assoc., Brackett Lucas, and Mirick O'Connell.

Medway was advised last summer that longtime counselor and former town moderator Richard Maciolek planned to retire by Nov. 30; selectmen may hold a special meeting on a Saturday to interview the candidates in order to avoid a prolonged period without adequate counsel.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Yes, it's historic, but what do we do with it?

Posted November 27, 2006 06:06 PM


What should be done with the A.P. Thayer House? That is the question that town officials in Medway want answered.

Sealed bids are due at the end of next month for a professional assessment of the condition and potential uses of the historic house at 2B Oak Street.

The house, built in 1852, is one of the town's oldest; it was saved from destruction and taken by eminent domain in 2004.

Town Meeting approved a final, out-of-court settlement with the former owner last month for the approximately 3-acre property and buildings.

Now the town's Historical Commission is looking for a detailed report to be completed by April 30.

In recent months, the Community Preservation Committee also polled town organizations and departments for suggested uses of the property.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway man goes live with Regis

Posted November 20, 2006 06:57 PM


Bob Ready of Medway got to reminisce with an old pal named Regis from Notre Dame the other day. A guy who used to hang out with all the football players in the early 1950s.

Regis Philbin, that is.

The Sun of Lowell reports that Ready, a former Lowell High School and Notre Dame University football standout, chatted with Philbin backstage at Lowell Memorial Auditorium before Regis went on for a show.

Ready told the sun that Regis was a "a rabid fan. There were a number of us from Massachusetts, and Regis enjoyed chumming around with the football players."

Important visitors at Medway library

Posted November 7, 2006 02:47 PM


Members of the state Board of Library Commissioners are scheduled to visit Medway tomorrow to meet with town and library officials.

Selectman Richard Dunne said, "We will implore them for a waiver for the next year at the library."

Town officials and the Medway Library Trustees have been at loggerheads over the library's budget since last spring, when it was slashed as the town's dire financial condition became clear.

Selectmen say the budget was cut at the direction of the state Department of Revenue, which is giving local officials direction to recover from financial turmoil.

Library trustees claim the budget was cut while other town budgets increased, unequal treatment that state library officials will view harshly when reviewing the facility's application for certification.

Trustees chairwoman Wendy Rowe told a special Town Meeting last month that if the library doesn't gain enough funding from the town to stay open more than 30 hours a week it will lose certification and residents will be barred from borrowing materials from other towns.

Town Meeting defeated the trustees' bid for more money but during the proceedings selectmen promised to make a strong case to state library officials for a waiver that will allow Medway to retain its library certification temporarily until town finances are straightened out.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

At loggerheads over the library

Posted November 7, 2006 12:13 PM


Members of the state Board of Library Commissioners are scheduled to visit Medway tomorrow to meet with town and library officials to discuss whether the town's library should be decertified.

Town officials and the Medway Library Trustees have been at loggerheads over the library's budget since last spring, when it was slashed as the town's severe town financial condition became clear.

Trustees chairwoman Wendy Rowe told a special Town Meeting last month that if the library doesn't gain enough funding from the town to stay open more than 30 hours a week it will lose certification and residents will be barred from borrowing materials from other towns.

Town Meeting defeated the library trustees' bid for more money but during the proceedings selectmen promised to make a strong case to the state library officials for a waiver that will allow Medway to retain its library certification temporarily until town finances are straightened out.

Selectman Richard Dunne said town officials will "implore them [the library commissioners] for a waiver for the next year at the library."

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Medway library funding request rejected

Posted October 24, 2006 11:28 AM


The Medway Public Library Trustees' failed in their attempt to get cash from Town Meeting last night.

In an effort to get the money, trustees chairwoman Wendy Rowe had changed her board's request from $138,000 to just $8,000 before the special Town Meeting was convened. Rowe said the lesser figure would show that the town valued the library and give the trustees a sense whether they should should return to the town's December special Town Meeting for the other $130,000.

The selectmen, however, held to their conviction that Medway does not have any excess funds and that December's special Town Meeting -- were town officials will detail Medway's financial condition -- is likely to be more bleak than expected.

Rowe has warned that the state could decertify Medway's library, meaning that local library card holders could lose their borrowing privileges at libraries in other cities and towns.

The selectmen, however, suggested that the library trustees seek a waiver from state certification requirements and tabled the $8,000 request without a vote.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

School security tightened in Medway

Posted October 11, 2006 05:14 PM


Following recent incidents of school violence across the country, the Medway School Committee decided at their Oct.12 meeting to install remote-controlled locks on exterior doors of all schools.

According to School Committee chairwoman Susan Connolly, the new high school on Summer Street is the only school building with such a security system.

Once the new measures are installed at the town's other four facilities, all visitors will have to request entry to the building and be "buzzed in" by office personnel.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Big plans in Medway

Posted September 24, 2006 09:23 AM


A big meeting is upcoming Tuesday night in Medway. The Planning Board meeting will include the first review of a major development set for Winthrop Street.

Plans have been filed for an over-55 community of 86 two-bedroom condominiumns of which 52 are planned as single-family homes and 34 are planned as attached townhouses on a 51-acre site owned by Betty McCall Vernagli.

The development, called Daniels Village, was filed under the town's Adult Retirement Community Planned Unit Development bylaw, and it sets aside 20 acres for open space. It will also include a 3,000-square-foot community center for residents.

The builder is Bayberry Homes of Wayland. The hearing will open at 7:30 p.m. in the town hall.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Dynamic trio

Posted September 14, 2006 12:47 PM


Carolyn Kornitzer and two of her friends from Medway, Christine Santo and Carol Salkind) are trying to turn an old mill in Medway into a New Age-style "destination."

They envision artists and musicians mingling with New Age health-related businesses offering yoga and meditation classes and massage.

Read more about the Medway Mill in today's Globe West.


(Santo, Kornitzer, and Salkind at the mill, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Medway mill revival

Posted September 12, 2006 04:29 PM


“There’s a mill in Medway? Where is it?” That's what people often say to Carolyn Kornitzer when she mentions the old mill building she and her husband, Michael bought five years ago in the town.

The mill on Route 109, which has been there since the late 1800s, just isn't noticed by people anymore, Kornitzer said. But she added, "that's going to change."

Originally a straw mill and later a shoe mill, the old three-story brick building with 10-foot-tall windows, ceilings up to 20 feet high, and thick wood floors ceased being active in the 1950s and sat mostly vacant for years.

Kornitzer, a resident of Medway, and two of her friends from town, Christine Santo and Carol Salkind, are now working feverishly to create what they hope will become a funky, eclectic shopping “destination." ...

Read more of Teri Borseti's story in Thursday's Globe West.

(Christine Santo and Carolyn Kornitzer in the old mill they hope to revive, Globe Staff Photo by Bill Polo)

Following the money

Posted September 7, 2006 02:25 PM


Auditors hired by the town recently to review the town's accounts for fiscal year 2005 have posted the review to the town website,

The auditors found several faults with the way records were kept during that period. One of the issues brought up was the "incomplete and inaccurate" records of cash receipts.

Town officials have acted to correct the issues by hiring new personnel in the accounting and collecting departments.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Clean up your brush

Posted August 3, 2006 03:14 PM


Following strong winds during Wednesday's thunderstorm, the Medway Department of Public Services has opened the town recycling center to collect brush. Expanded hours are 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon Friday.

According to department director David D'Amico, public services will only clear storm debris from roadways and rights-of-way.

The town will not clean up or remove brush, limbs or debris from residents' properties and will not collect storm debris at curbside. For more information, contact D'Amico at 508-533-3275.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

Planning Board fireworks -- literally

Posted July 26, 2006 10:54 AM


A volley of fireworks jolted the town's planning board during its meeting last night.

At about 10:20 p.m., during discussions of a proposed development near the Charles River, board members were surprised by the sound of explosions and bright flashes of light directly behind town hall.

Board member John Schroeder got out of his seat to look out the window and said he saw one person behind the building.

Chairman Andy Rodenhiser asked the board to remain focused as it concluded discussions with the developer's engineers and nearby residents through the unexpected interruption.

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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