Friday, February 15, 2008
News from surrounding towns
The following news items were extracted from material available online at: www.wickedlocal.com.
Bedford: Foreclosure deeds have risen sharply in Middlesex County and the state. After two years with none, Bedford last year saw four foreclosures. The median single-family property value is about $500,000 in Bedford, compared with about $1 million in Lincoln and $300,000 overall in Massachusetts.
Acton: State Senator Pam Resor has announced her retirement, effective January, 2009. She represents 14 towns and cities in Middlesex and Worcester counties. State Representative James Eldridge announced on February 11 that he will run for her seat. Both are members of the Democratic Party.
Senator Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney were favored in the recent presidential primaries in Acton, Lexington and Lincoln, while Romney and Senator Hillary Clinton won in Littleton and Westford.
Chelmsford: This spring, voters in Chelmsford will face an override request of $2.8 million to meet operational expenses, with $2.1 million to fund the schools and $700,000 for other town departments. ("Selectmen place override on ballot," February 8.)
Bedford: CPA funds are being sought to add artificial turf to a high school athletic field at an estimated cost of $800,000 to $850,000. "Board considers artificial turf plan," January 31.
Lincoln: For several years the school's Reed Field House roof has been judged in need of replacement, at an estimated cost of $260,000. The school is requesting $20,000 for an engineering study regarding the roof condition. The study would consider the idea of locating photovoltaic cells on any new roof. The field house serves as a school gym and as the town's emergency shelter. ("Schools in need of roof repairs," February 6.
Lincoln: The DeCordova Museum opened on February 2 after a three-week hiatus during which the interior space was renovated to house new exhibits. The museum is now featuring, "Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children." ("Designing DeCordova: Museum gets extreme makeover," February 7.)
Littleton: Littleton has created an Agricultural Commission to promote agriculture, and approved a "right to farm" bylaw. The seven-member commission membership is to include four farmers.
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