Friday, January 16, 2009
News from surrounding towns
Superintendent Doyle seeks job in Belmont
The following news items were extracted from material available online.
• Carlisle Superintendent Doyle is a finalist in Belmont. Four finalists have been named for the position of Superintendent of the Belmont Schools: Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle, George Entwistle (Superintendent of Schools, Falmouth, Maine), Richard Hoffman (Superintendent of Schools, Ashland) and James Kelleher (Assistant Superintendent, Scituate Public Schools).
Doyle, who is in her second year of a three-year contract, joined Carlisle Schools as superintendent in 2004. In a phone conversation Doyle explained she is “only focused on Belmont right now” and is not pursuing positions in other districts. (“Final four: Superintendent search group makes recommendations,” www.wickedlocal/Belmont, January 7)
• Sudbury’s superintendent search may be delayed. In response to the Sudbury Budget Review Task Force (BRTF) recommendation that the districts of Sudbury Public Schools and Lincoln-Sudbury High School be combined, the Selectmen have asked the Lincoln-Sudbury High School Search Committee to “slow down” their search for a replacement for Principal/Superintendent Dr. John Ritchie. The BRTF estimates a savings of over $1 million if the two districts could be combined. (“L-S moves forward on superintendent search,” www.wickedlocal/Sudbury, January 7)
• Five days are scheduled for Concord Town Meeting, beginning Monday, April 27. The Warrant includes action on a Wastewater Planning Capacity Study and Septic Betterment Loan Program. Meetings are held at the Concord-Carlisle High School. (“58 articles on Town Meeting warrant,” www.wickedlocal.com/concord, January 7)
• Billerica business partnership benefits town. Billerica’s Board of Selectmen has announced grant awards of over $118,000 to schools, organizations and town departments through the Community Funds Program. The program is part of an agreement signed by companies doing business in Billerica. The companies receive a tax break by donating to the Community Funds for a set number of years. The Selectmen, with the companies, review and award grant requests. (“Community Funds Program pays big,” www.wickedlocal/Billerica, January 7)
• Acton group proposes tax relief. The Acton Voters Group, a citizens’ group formed to seek tax relief, has gathered over 1,500 signatures to place a tax-relief proposal on the spring ballot, three months after a similar ballot question was defeated at Acton’s Special Town Meeting last October. The group’s goal is to use town reserves to offset increases in the 2010 property taxes. One resolution seeks to require capital projects, debts and interest costs to be voted on separately rather than grouped into one vote. (“Voters group returns with new warrant proposals,” www.wickedlocal/Acton, January 8)
• Bank robbery in Chelmsford. The Enterprise Bank at the Drum Hill rotary was robbed on January 5 just before lunchtime. An unspecified amount was handed over to the suspect, who did not show a weapon. (“Enterprise Bank robbed,” www.wickedlocal/Chelmsford, January 5)
• Harvard residents are resistant to Fruitlands liquor license. At a recent Harvard Board of Selectman meeting concerns were raised about the effect a liquor license would have on the area around the Fruitlands Museum. In 2008 Harvard voters approved granting liquor licenses to establishments that seat a minimum of 100 people. Fruitlands would be the first to receive a license. Though the tea room at Fruitlands serves less than 50 people, the museum hosts large outdoor events. Abutters are concerned about noise and alcohol use at the events. (“Board debates Fruitlands request for liquor license,” www.wickedlocal/Harvard, January 9)
• Skating rink opens in Littleton. Littleton’s fire department created a skating rink at Fay Park. The unlit rink is available during the day. The fire department hopes the creation of the rink will encourage people to stay off the town’s seven ponds and Long Lake, which are unsafe for skating. (“Fire Department floods Fay Park,” www.wickedlocal.com/Littleton, January 7)
• Lexington hosts Martin Luther King celebration. The public is invited to an event on Saturday, January 18 to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. day. Beginning at 2 p.m. with a march from the Battle Green to Cary Memorial Hall, at 2:30 p.m. all are invited to a talk called “What Does the Election of Barack Obama Mean to Me? Personal Perspectives and Reflections of the Past, Present and Future Within the Context of the Historic 2008 Presidential Election. (“Town to host Martin Luther King observance Jan. 18,” www.wickedlocal/Lexington, January 9). ∆
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