Friday, October 17, 2008
News from surrounding towns
The following news items were extracted from material available online.
• Carlisle connection. Allendale Farm, on the Boston-Brookline border, is “Boston’s last working farm.” Managed by Carlisle resident and former conservation commissioner John Lee, the farm has grown from annual sales of $60,000 in the 1980s to $2 million last year. Retail operations include a farm stand and garden center. “The yields are high. This year the farm grew 50,000 pounds of tomatoes, 10,000 heads of lettuce, almost 60 tons of pumpkins and winter squash, 12,000 bunches of radishes and 10,000 pounds of zucchini.” Besides his other tasks, Lee “runs an outdoor summer program on the property for local kids between four and ten years old and also gives $1 hayrides all throughout October. In between, he pens the Farmer’s Diary column for Edible Boston magazine.” (“Boston’s last farm grows,” bostonherald.com, October 13) and sells at the Carlisle Farmers Market.
• Finances. The town of Acton has announced a temporary hiring and spending freeze in the wake of state and national economic problems. (“Town puts freeze on hiring, spending,” wickedlocal.com, October 9)
• Town Meeting. Westford voters will choose whether to hold Annual Town Meetings in March rather than May. The meetings start on Saturdays and do not require a quorum. About 2% of the 14,000 registered voters attended a recent Town Meeting. After a recent study, Westford officials decided not to pursue switching from an open to a representative form of Town Meeting, the format shared by neighboring Chelmsford and Billerica. (“Voters will weigh starting Town Meetings in March,” bostonglobe.com, October 12)
Emergency services. While other hospitals have reduced Advanced Life Support (ALS) services due to financial pressures, Kevin Whitney, vice president of Patient Care Services at Emerson Hospital, has announced that Emerson will continue to provide ALS service for at least another two years. Through this program Emerson paramedics back up Carlisle’s local EMTs. (“Emerson to continue paramedic service,” wickedlocal.com, October 8) ∆
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