The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, September 22, 2006

News

Headlines from surrounding towns

Schools

Following a series of confrontations of parents with administration and school committee last year, Westford's new school superintendent has told the school committee communication will be his "central goal" for the year. (www.townonline.com/westford/localRegional/articleid=573663)

"Last week, the state Department of Education notified the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School leaders that they must be in compliance by September 2007" with a state mandate that students must spend 990 hours in class per year. If not, "the schools may risk losing state aid." "The school has not been in compliance since the state mandated the 990 number, and aside from philosophical disagreements with the policy, local officials say the school could not reach the requirement because of financial [and] space limitations." (www.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/articleid=574860)

Uranium has been found in the water at a school in Boxborough. (www.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/articleid=570285)

"The Massachusetts School Building Authority Board has approved final regulations for school construction projects" to become effective in July. "Under the new regulations, towns . . . will [compete] based on eight criteria," based mostly on "identifiable deficiencies within buildings." The process of approval will also require towns to work more closely with the MSBA than previously, according to Betsy Bilodeau, Concord school committee member. [As background I have the text saved in case someone needs it.] (www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/articleid=573987)

40Bs

Developers of an Acton 40B project may be forced to pay the town over $763,000 in "excess profit," following an investigation by the state Inspector General's office. The same developers have already paid the town of Boxborough a settlement of over $1 million to settle a lawsuit over similar issues turned up by a town audit. (www.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/articleid=570293)

The Littleton Housing Authority hopes to "get out from under . . . 40B" by finding town-owned property to build affordable housing. The town's 9 percent affordable housing is close to the state standard of 10%. (www.townonline.com/littleton/localRegional/articleid=573017)

Boxborough is struggling with Mass Housing Finance Agency over "control of the monitoring and auditing aspects" of 40B projects, in particular one proposed by developer Mark O'Hagan, developer for the Coventry Woods project on Concord Street in Carlisle.

(www.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/articleid=565993)

Other proposed projects

Concord's selectmen have voted to recommend using $1.5 million of CPA funds to create more athletic fields, with the balance put into a fund for future land purchases. One advocated more for land, less for fields, the other more for fields, less for land. (www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/varticleid=573990)

New England Deaconess Association is proposing to build a 195-unit continuing care retirement community off Route 2 in Lincoln. (www.townonline.com/lincoln/localRegional/articleid=574095)

Concord's Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Advisory Committee will seek proposals to use alternatives to asphalt for the surface of the trail to "keep the trail's aesthetics consistent with Concord's rural character."(www.townonline.com/concord/localRegional/articleid=565286)

An electrical power plant is being proposed for North Billerica, and would bring the town estimated annual tax revenues of about $1.5 to $2 million.

(www.townonline.com/billerica/localRegional/articleid=569898)

Crime

The owner of a West Acton hair salon has been charged with "indecent assault and battery on a person over 14, open and gross lewdness, and indecent exposure."(www.townonline.com/acton/localRegional/articleid=574960)

A woman escaped from an attempted abduction at the McDonald's in Westford. (www.townonline.com/westford/localRegional/articleid=573660)


2006 The Carlisle Mosquito