The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 11, 2008

News from surrounding towns

The following news items were extracted from material available online at: www.wickedlocal.com.

Schools

Acton. Concord resident Dr. Alexandra Callen was selected as the next principal of Acton-Boxborough High School. Callen comes with experience at Needham High School as an assistant principal. Callen has a doctorate in education from Harvard University. (“High school head named,” March 19)

Bedford. Town Meeting approved $37,500 toward designs for an artificial-turf football field. According to Recreation Commission member Stacy Shalick, “80% of the kids in the town are involved in non-school sports. Estimates of the total project cost is about $775,000. (“Town Meeting approves synthetic turf for field,” April 2)

Lincoln. Cathleen Higgins, food services director at Lincoln Public Schools, is promoting nutritional eating choice by offering a series of programs on the topic of nutrition. Recently Higgins invited parents of children in grades K-4 to join their children for lunch at school, and showcased a menu which included treats such as “apple cider, watermelon, yogurt parfait with grapes, and a fat-free applesauce cake.” Present at the venue was a local farmer handing out locally grown apples.

The school is working with local growers to incorporate fresh ingredients in their meal preparation plan. (“Cafeteria offers a taste of nutrition,” March 26)

Municipal

Bedford. According to the Department of Public Works (DPW), 24% of the town’s waste is recycled. The DPW is working with the schools to encourage recycling of paper. The paper recycling program has an estimated potential revenue of $30,800. In other efforts to save money and reduce pollution, vehicles are being replaced with smaller, energy-efficient models. (“Economy sparks energy savings,” March 20)

Chelmsford. The town will receive $881,000 in state Chapter 90 aid for roadways. The funds will enable summer road repair as well as sidewalk construction along Boston Road. (“Chelmsford to receive $881,000 in road money,” April 4)

Lincoln. Town Meeting voted to set new energy performance standards for new municipal buildings. The standards will also apply to buildings undergoing major renovation. (“Energy standards spark debate,” April 1)

Westford. Common Cause, a non-partisan citizens’ organization seeking “to ensure open, honest, accountable and effective government at the federal, state, and local levels,” has presented the town with an “E-Government Award.” The town web site received accolades for maintaining an up-to-date posting of town government “agendas and minutes, fiscal year budget information, bylaws, codes or ordinances, Town Meeting warrant and results. (“Westford cited for technology excellence,” March 20)

Overrides

Chelmsford. Voters rejected a $2.8 million override of the tax levy limit intended to cover operational budget expenses. As a result, an elementary school may be closed and police and firefighters may face layoffs. The override had been widely supported by government officials. (“Voters reject override,” April 2)

Sudbury. The town defeated two override requests: for $1.8 and $2.8 million. (“Overrides fail, now what?” April 1)

Lincoln. Even though the Sudbury overrides failed, Lincoln will continue to fund its full assessment to the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, though the town is not obligated to do so, under the terms of the regional agreement. Lincoln students make up about 15% of the high school enrollment. (“Lincoln to contribute full L-S assessment,” April 1)

Fire

Westford. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Assistance to Firefighters Program will provide a $843,400 grant to hire eight new firefighters. Nationwide, about $115 million was awarded last year to communities nationwide. (“Fire Dept. receives $843,400 federal grant to hire eight firefighters,” March 28)

Business

Lexington. Hanscom Air Force Base is in the running along with other 15 sites across the country to be Cyber headquarters for U.S. Air Force. A decision is expected by end of this year. If Hanscom is selected as the Cyber headquarters, an estimated 400 to 800 new jobs could be created. (“Hanscom could be site of cyber command center,” March 20) ∆


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