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Work begins on Carey building

A construction company has broken ground on a major renovation of the Cary Memorial Building, a project that’s expected to last for 15 months. The work includes upgrades to the building’s aging mechanical systems, bringing it up to code, and enhancing its facilities. To accommodate the renovation project, travel behind the building is only one way, according to the town website. The building is at 1605 Massachusetts Ave., between the town office building and the police station. The renovated building is expected to open in September 2015.


See live reptiles at the library

The Museum of Science in Boston will be bringing reptiles from its Live Animal Center to the Southborough Library on Aug. 5. The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Southborough Library, will begin at 11 a.m., and is geared toward children age 5 and up, accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact children’s librarian Kim Ivers at 508-485-5031.


Play math games Friday at library

Games are a great way to learn about mathematics, and the Northborough Free Library has plenty of them to share on Friday from 10 a.m. to noon. No registration is necessary for “Morning Math Games,” which will feature Rush Hour, Connect Four, dominoes, math challenges, and math puzzlers. All ages are welcome, although the program is recommended for ages 6 through 10. For more information, contact the library at 508-393-5025.


Naughton endorses state budget

State Representative Harold Naughton Jr. announced recently that he is confident the recently approved $36.5 billion state budget provides “necessary resources” to cities and towns, while remaining cognizant of the challenging fiscal climate. On top of the regular budgetary items such as school and transportation aid, Boylston also receives a $25,000 stipend from the state this year for hosting a regional police training academy in the town offices. The academy is administered through the Municipal Police Training Committee.


Dispose of toxic products Aug. 16

The town will be holding its next household hazardous-waste collection from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Minuteman regional facility on Hartwell Avenue in Lexington. To participate, residents must preregister by calling Elaine Carroll at 781-259-2613, or by going to the Board of Health office at 16 Lincoln Road.


Deadline for transfer station sticker

Residents have less than two weeks to purchase a renewal sticker for the town’s trash and recycling transfer station before the annual fee increases by $30. After Aug. 1, the cost of the fiscal year 2015 sticker will go from $150 to $180. Applications are available at Town Hall and the transfer station, and through the transfer station’s page on the town website,


Fair to celebrate town’s founding

To celebrate the 375th anniversary of the town’s incorporation, a yearlong series of activities and two major events have been planned. One of those big events is the Olde Time Family Community Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 in Sudbury Center. The all-ages festivities will include food, children’s games, dancing, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, a flower-arranging contest, and a baking contest. For more information, visit


Library testing curbside pickup service

The Weston Public Library has started a new curbside pickup program allowing residents to reserve books two or more hours ahead of time and have them brought out by library staff. The service was proposed as a convenience for patrons who have trouble leaving their vehicle — such as individuals with physical limitations, or parents with a youngster in a car seat — or who simply want to save time, said Jennifer Warner, the library’s assistant director. Patrons can call the library or fill out a form online by noon to reserve up to five books per library card, and then pick them up between 2 and 4 p.m. The pilot program runs through Aug. 29. Warner said the program has had “a good response so far,” and officials will consider expanding or reinstating it after the trial run. For more information, visit or call 781-786-6163.


Open houses to promote solar energy

The town’s Sustainable Energy Committee will help host three open houses to showcase residential solar-energy installations before a local program’s Aug. 31 deadline to sign up for the power-generating panels at a discount. The open houses will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at 11 Stanford Road; Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon at 9 Crown Ridge Road; and Aug. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 12 Granite St. Supporters say going solar helps the environment while also saving on household energy bills. The Municipal Light Plant is offering a rebate to customers who join the More Power to Choose program by the end of next month, and have the panels installed before Dec. 31. Combined with state and federal incentives, committee officials said, the local incentives would allow residents to beat the statewide average installation cost by 30 percent. For more information, visit, or


Turn food scraps to compost

The Board of Health is supervising a composting service for town residents and the local schools. Food scraps are collected once a week from homes by an area pig farmer and composted for animal feed. If you are interested in donating your food scraps, contact the town board at 508-785-0032 or


Library seeks student volunteers

The Marlborough Public Library is looking for students in grades 6 through 12 who are organized, neat, and creative. The volunteer roles include keeping things in order, making spaces look pleasing to the eye, replacing books in the stacks, adding genre stickers to book spines, and tracking down series books, officials said. Interested youths should fill out a teen volunteer form, available at the library and on its website,, to sign up for training sessions being held on the next two Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact teen librarian Jess Bacon at 508-624-6903 or


Work begins on riverside park, “Braille trail”

State and local leaders broke ground last week on a nearly $1.4 million project to restore a riverside park and create a “Braille trail” for the visually impaired. The mile-long greenway extends along Charles River Road between Watertown Square and the Watertown Yacht Club, and the work will include improvements to the riverbank, nearby pathways and landscaping, according to state officials. The state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has teamed up with the Perkins School for the Blind to install a guide wire, and visual text and graphic descriptions in Braille along the trail. There will also be a sensory garden featuring benches, stone walls, and a canoe-like boat. Pedestrian signals will be erected to aid safe crossing at Charles River Road and Irving Street. For more information on the project, visit


Beat the heat at free events

Residents have several options for beating the heat for free, including one last summer concert, summer movies, and a “splash day’’ at Town Park. The It Is What It Is band will play at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the historic Millis Bandstand, behind the Veterans Memorial Building, in the final installment of the summer concert series. Family-friendly movies will be shown from 4 to 6 p.m. every Wednesday until Aug. 27 in the Roche Bros. Community Room at the Millis Public Library at 961 Main St. Free matinees for adults will also be shown at the library at 1 p.m. on Fridays through September. For more information, call 508-376-8282 or visit . Finally, there’s the Summer Splash Day from 1 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Town Park (the rain date is Aug. 13). The event is free, but donations of canned goods will be collected for the Millis Food Pantry.


Donate food and avoid library fines

The Millis Public Library is conducting its semiannual “Food for Fines” amnesty program through Thursday. The program allows patrons to donate nonperishable food items and household supplies to the Millis Food Pantry to erase late fees. The library is asking participants to alert a staff member before they place donations in collection boxes at the parking lot entrance. Only unexpired items will be accepted, and food donations will not cover the replacement costs of lost or damaged materials. The pantry’s organizers report that the greatest need for donations is in the summer, when families in need of assistance cannot rely on free or reduced-price school meals. Approximately 22 percent of middle and high school students participate in the school lunch program, and 90 families are enrolled in the food pantry, officials said. For more information, call library director Tricia Perry at 508-376-8282.


Free lessons for budding singers

Marshalee Ellis-Kehlhem, a professionally trained gospel singer who has performed nationwide as well as Boston-area venues, including the Ryles Jazz Club, is offering free voice lessons and a choral program for singers ages 5 to 19 on Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., starting next weekend and continuing through Sept. 20. The eight-lesson program will include training in techniques to improve vocal range, breathing, confidence, and singing in a choir. Students will learn eight gospel songs and put on a performance to showcase their new skills on Sept 27. The lessons will be held at the Greater Framingham Community Church, 44 Franklin St. To register, visit or call 617-861-7013.


Community band performs tonight, Aug. 3

The Westborough Community Band continues its sixth season of Sunday evening performances at the Bay State Commons with concerts this weekend and next. The free concerts begin at 5:30 p.m., and audience members are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the hourlong show. The band has more than 70 members drawn from area communities. Musical selections this weekend include “World of Warcraft” and “Give my Regards to Broadway,” and next Sunday’s repertoire will include the premiere of “Air for Alto Saxophone and Concert Band,” composed and conducted by town resident Evan Cadavieco, and featuring local saxophonist Anthony Cincotta. Both musicians are graduates of the Westborough High School music program. The band receives financial support from the Westborough and Massachusetts cultural councils. For more information, contact Kathy at


Safely dispose of medications, sharps

Working in conjunction with the Police Department, the Board of Health this month unveiled an improved system for the safe disposal of household medical sharps such as needles, syringes, and lancets as well as unneeded prescription medications. Two collection kiosks, one for medical sharps and the other one for unwanted medications, have been placed in the entrance vestibule of the Police Department at 2 Mudge Way, and are accessible 24 hours a day. The medical sharps must be placed in a secure container before being dropped off at the kiosk. A limited number of appropriate containers are available from the Board of Health office. The drug-collection kiosk is for disposing of surplus or outdated prescription and over-the counter medications; prescription patches, ointments and samples; vitamins; and medications for pets. For more information, contact the Board of Health at 781-275-6507.


Town lands another ‘green’ grant

State officials have awarded the town its second Green Communities grant in the past three years, as part of $7.9 million distributed to 43 municipalities across the state. The $102,233 grant from the Department of Energy Resources will allow the town to implement energy efficiencies and renewable energy projects at several municipal buildings and schools. The local program received $160,025 in 2011. “We are very excited about this award,” Town Administrator Kevin Sweet said in an announcement on the latest grant. “It will allow us to increase the sustainability and energy efficiency of the town and to devote more resources to our green initiatives in Maynard. This grant is a testimonial to Maynard’s standout status as a town with a top-to-bottom commitment to efficiency and green initiatives.”


Panel to lead search for new administrator

The Board of Selectmen is forming a screening committee to find a replacement for Town Administrator John Moak, who recently announced his resignation. The seven-person committee will review applications, check on background information, and set up interviews for likely candidates, according to an announcement on the municipal website,


St. Anthony’s to host bazaar next weekend

St. Anthony of Padua Church, 14 Phoenix St., will host its annual fund-raising bazaar on Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. Lobsters, clams, corn on the cob, and seafood chowder will be served Friday; barbecued chicken and chili will be the featured entrees Saturday. Hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, sausages, and fried dough will be available both nights. For more information, call the church at 978-425-4588.


Library plans stuffed animal picnic

Acton Memorial Library is holding a stuffed animal picnic at 2 p.m. Monday. Youngsters are encouraged to bring their favorite stuffed animal to the family event, which will feature treats, songs, and a parade. The library is at 486 Main St., next to Town Hall.


Town seeking landscaping ‘craftsman’

The town’s Parks and Cemetery Division is accepting applications for a “maintenance craftsman” to perform landscaping and field and playground maintenance, snow and ice removal, and mowing. Applicants should be high school graduates, with a class B commercial driver’s license and a hydraulic hoisting license, minimum 2B. The desired candidate would also have at least one year’s experience in landscaping, or the equivalent combination of experience and education. Applications and background-check forms are available at the Parks and Recreation Department’s office at 100 Maple Ave.


Talk by indie filmmaker Tracy at library

Independent filmmaker Lauren Tracy will speak and field audience questions at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Hudson Public Library. The Acton native will talk about attending film school, working in Los Angeles, and cofounding her company, X-Factor Filmmakers, which helps support women in the industry. Tracy recently wrote and directed her first feature film, “Sweet Desert Palm,” which is set in the Mojave Desert and tells the story of a teenager who kills a pyromaniac who desecrated her father’s grave. The main character doesn’t realize that a Latina woman witnessed the crime. “She wants to see morally and emotionally conflicted female characters go head-to-head in a thriller,” the movie’s website says of Tracy.


Sign up for planetarium at library

The Dunstable Free Public Library is taking registrations for the summer reading program’s grand finale. The Blue Star Planetarium will be set up for two sessions, at 5 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 19. The 18-foot dome inflates to a create a celestial classroom. Space is limited; sign up at the library or by e-mailing Summer reading raffle prizes will also be awarded during the event.


No pot dispensaries on horizon

Following a vote this spring setting the zoning restrictions for medical marijuana facilities, no applications for the new type of business have been received, says town planner Erica Uriarte. The issue became a controversial subject after some entrepreneurs expressed interest in specific areas of town in the months after medical marijuana was legalized in the state. The town had approved a six-month moratorium on any dispensaries while a bylaw for the new businesses was developed.


Final days to donate school supplies

Participants of the Wayland Youth and Family Services High School Summer Community Service Program are collecting school supplies to donate to Cradles to Crayons. Pens, pencils, rulers, erasers or any other school supplies can be dropped off in the collection box in the front lobby of the Town Building through Tuesday.


Apply for Cultural Council grants

Aug. 15 is the deadline for applications for Cultural Council grants. The emphasis is on different community activities, noted council chairwoman Sheila Schwabe. Last year, the council received $4,548 in state funds, and the activities supported by the money included band concerts, a luncheon musical series, and a pottery class at Ayer Shirley Regional High School. For further information, contact Schwabe at 610-316-0919.


Donato takes Arlington principal job

Karen Donato has left her position as the Center School’s assistant principal, after being hired for the principal’s job at an elementary school in Arlington. Donato acknowledges in a letter to parents that her decision was largely a matter of proximity: She lives in Arlington and both of her sons will be attending the Thompson School in September. Donato began her new position at the start of this month.


Dispose of medications at station

Police Chief Joseph O’Connor, Department of Public Works director Richard Reine, and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan say town residents now have access to safe, free disposal of unwanted or expired prescription drugs as part of a countywide effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and addiction. The district attorney’s office purchased a drug collection unit for the town using drug-forfeiture funds. Unused or expired medications can be disposed of 24 hours a day through the kiosk, which is set up at the town’s police station, 219 Walden St.


Opening for town’s top assistant

A search is underway for an assistant town administrator and human resources director, a permanent part-time position. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in business administration or public administration, and at least three years’ municipal management experience. The annual starting salary, depending on experience, for the 30-hour position will range from $42,219 to $44,145. Those interested should send a cover letter and resume to Town Administrator Timothy Bragan, Town Hall, 13 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA 01451.


Boards to review housing proposal

The Zoning Board of Appeals has 180 days, or until late December, to review a local developer’s application for a 20-unit housing project on Long Ridge Road under the state’s Chapter 40B affordable housing statute. The project has received a site approval letter from the Massachusetts Housing Finance Agency. The developer’s application calls for setting aside five units for low- or moderate-income households. In addition to the zoning hearing, the project will go before the Board of Health for a review of its proposed wells and septic treatment facilities, and the Conservation Commission will review any proposed work near wetland areas.


Learn Scratch gaming program

The Morse Institute Library is hosting a training class on Tuesday at 2 p.m. for the free programming environment Scratch, which allows young people to create interactive stories, animations, and games. The training is for ages 11 to 18, and although the class is free, registration is required. It will take place in the library’s community meeting room, and laptops will be provided for participants during the workshop; those who own laptops are encouraged to bring them to the class, after loading the free program onto it. Scratch was created by the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, and teaches young people to “learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically,” according to the program’s website, The training is being sponsored by the public library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, and the state’s Board of Library Commissioners, as well as the Friends of the Morse Institute Library. For more information or to register, contact Robin Fosdick at or 508-647-6400, ext. 1546.


Learn how to forage for wild food

An expert on wild food foraging will lead a hike on the Stefans Farm property Thursday. For decades, Russ Cohen has been leading foraging walks, and has written about and taught classes on recognizing edible plants growing in Massachusetts. Registration for the free event will begin at 5:45 p.m. at the Upton Community Garden parking lot on Mechanic Street, with the hike beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Friends of Upton State Forest website,, and click on upcoming events.


Gummi worms making math fun

Why use feet and inches when you can measure things with Gummi worms? That’s the idea behind a children’s program for ages 5 through 7, scheduled for Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Northborough Free Library. During the program, children will measure various items in Gummi worms, using the help of visual aids. They will also do simple addition and subtraction. Registration is required. Call 508-393-5025, ext. 4, or


Caution urged during Route 20 repairs

The state Department of Transportation has urged motorists to use caution as it starts a road repair and resurfacing project along Route 20 from Tomblin Hill Road to the Marlborough line, with the exception of downtown sections that were recently improved. The project includes rebuilding or installing curbing, drainage and sewer structures, guardrails, sidewalks, and wheelchair ramps. The completion date for the project is next May. For more information, contact Michael Sholock, resident engineer in the MassDOT’s Highway Division, at 508-393-2109.


Sign up for next Kids Night Out

The Recreation Department is accepting registrations for its next Kids Night Out, scheduled for Aug. 16 from 4 to 10 p.m. at the Town Hall gym and recreation center. The cost is $30 for one child and $15 for each additional sibling; residency is not required. “Kids Night Out,” one of the department’s most popular events, is aimed at children in kindergarten through fifth grade, and is overseen by Beth McShane and recreation staff members. Highlights include games such as jailbreak, basketball, pillow polo, and soccer. The program also includes art projects, movies, and other activities. Weather permitting, kids get to play outside on the playground. A minimum of eight children is required, and the program will accommodate up to 20. A pizza dinner is included. For more information or to register, visit


Reserve a space at community festival

This year’s annual Waltham Day festivities will take place on Sept. 20 on the common next to City Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Officials are accepting applications from businesses or groups interested in renting space at the event. Interested parties must submit their applications and payment for a $35 vendor fee to the mayor’s office by Aug. 30. Nonprofits are exempt from the fee. For more information or to download a vendor application, visit or call the mayor’s office at 781-314-3100.


Sidewalk sale today in Coolidge Corner

This weekend’s sidewalk sale and celebration of all things Coolidge Corner wraps up Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sidewalk sale, which features one-of-a-kind deals and discounts, is organized by the Coolidge Corner Merchants Association. There will also be an acoustic folk and country music performance at 12:30 p.m. next to Devotion School Playground. For a full list of participants or other details, visit


School district adding 30 teachers

The school district will be adding 30 teachers to its roster this summer to help beef up new elementary school programs, and keep up with an increase in the high school’s student body, according to Superintendent Dan Gutekanst. The district has added time to the school day in its elementary and middle schools, and expanded elementary courses in physical education, Spanish, the arts, technology, and robotics and engineering. The new schedule will begin in the fall, following this spring’s approval of a $1.5 million property tax increase to help pay for the expansions. Gutekanst said he is “particularly pleased with the quality of new teachers, including the five new elementary Spanish teachers we have hired.”


Call for bids on Underwood project

The town has issued a request for bids related to the replacement of the Underwood Pool recreational facility, with proposals for several sub-bid categories — including roofing and flashing, painting, plumbing, HVAC and electrical work — due by 10 a.m. Thursday. Bids for the main portion of the project are due by 10 a.m. on Aug. 14. The request for proposals states that the project involves the removal of the existing pool, bathhouse, filter building, utility structures, and site improvements, and the construction of two swimming pools, two bathhouses, a filter building, decks, landscaping, site improvements, and utility, mechanical, plumbing and electrical work. The project’s estimated value is $4.2 million, according to the filing on the town’s website, The bids are to submitted to the Department of Public Works, in the Homer Administration Building at 19 Moore St. Copies of the plan for the project are available at the DPW during office hours with a $50 deposit, which will be refunded if the document is returned in good condition. Contact for information about obtaining electronic copies. Renovating the century-old pool has been on the town’s radar for several years, and voters this spring approved a Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion override that will allow the town to borrow $2.9 million for the project.


Volunteers sought for town boards

The Board of Selectmen is seeking volunteers to serve on various town boards and committees. Positions are open on the Affordable Housing Committee, the Board of Assessors, the Cultural Council, the Historical Commission, and several others. To apply, submit a letter of interest to selectmen at 155 Village St., Medway, MA 02053, or e-mail In addition, the town’s Planning and Economic Development Board is seeking members for the Economic Development, Open Space, and Design Review committees. To apply, submit a letter of interest to the board at the same address, or e-mail For more information, visit


Crews working on water main at night

Work on a water main under Hartford Avenue is continuing this week between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The contractor will be working at night in order to avoid interfering with traffic as much as possible; the work area will move each night, but will generally be east of Hartford’s intersection with North Main Street . The water-pipe installation is part of townwide water treatment efforts. For more information on the work or potential disruptions, call the town’s Department of Public Works at 508-966-5816.


Special town night at Fenway Park

The Recreation Department is selling a limited number of tickets to the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 22. The box seats for “Town of Ashland Night” at Fenway Park are in Section 89, in deep right field, and cost $59. Residents can purchase tickets at (under special events) or in person at the recreation office at 162 West Union St. Tickets will be distributed prior to game day; when ordering, purchasers should note whether they want to sit next to another particular group from Ashland. For more information, e-mail or call 508-881-0105, ext. 13.


Food pantry seeks donations

The Living Bread Food Pantry is seeking donations to restock its supplies for local residents in need of assistance. The pantry is based in the Falk Room on the lower level of the Plainville United Methodist Church; volunteers give out bags of nonperishable food items and bread on Wednesday evenings . Suggested donation items include cereal, tomato sauce, canned fruits, coffee, condiments, and toilet paper, among other staples. Individuals seeking more information or interested in donating items should call the church office at 508-695-9587.


Interim opening on school board

Following last month’s resignation by School Committee member Paul Avella, local officials are seeking candidates to fill the vacant position on an interim basis. T he Board of Selectmen has scheduled a meeting with the remaining committee members at 7:15 p.m. Sept. 8 to name Avella’s replacement, who would serve until the annual election next spring. Registered voters interested in being considered for the opening should fill out a town board application form. Applications are due by noon Sept. 5; candidates should be available to be interviewed during the joint meeting. For more information or an application form, contact the town administrator’s office at 978-540-2460, or visit the municipal website,


Pipeline company begins land surveys

Kinder Morgan Inc. has started surveying local properties where it has received permission to obtain an easement for a natural gas pipeline, according to an announcement by the Houston-based company last week. The company will only be surveying those lands where it has been granted access and permission to work, officials noted in the statement. Kinder Morgan is seeking to expand its Tennessee Gas Pipeline network in New England, with plans including a connecting spur that would cross through Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Northborough, and Shrewsbury. The announcement is posted online at


New bus service offers free samples

To promote ridership on its expanded service in Wrentham, Norfolk and Foxborough, the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority is offering free rides on Tri-Town Connector buses through Thursday. The new bus route, which has local stops at the downtown municipal parking lot and the senior center, also has a link to Franklin’s bus system. The service operates Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting Friday, the cash fare will be $1, or 50 cents for students, seniors, and those with disabilities. For more information, routes, and schedules, visit


Town seeking volunteers

Local officials are searching for residents who can volunteer time and expertise to the community. A dozen town boards or committees have openings or will have positions to fill within a few months, including the Board of Appeals, the Housing Committee, the Conservation Commission, and the Sustainable Green Committee. Visit for information about the available positions and how to volunteer.


Grant to pay for energy-saving projects

The Massachusetts Green Communities program awarded Arlington a $247,894 grant to implement energy-saving initiatives at the Ottoson Middle School and Arlington High School. Green Communities, a division of the state Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, is a program under which towns and cities that meet five environmental criteria can become eligible to receive grants to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Arlington became a Green Community in 2010. The bulk of the grant will go toward installing an energy management system, condensing heating boilers, and optimizing the air conditioning system at the middle school. About $81,000 will go toward the installation of an energy management system at the high school. Arlington was one of 43 communities across the state that received a total of $7.9 million in grants in the latest round of Green Communities funding, according to an announcement by Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine.


Free concert on the lawn Wednesday

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce will present a free concert Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Jefferson Cutter House at 611 Massachusetts Ave. The second of three concerts being hosted by the chamber this summer, this week’s session will feature the Dave Sammarco Band, which specializes in blues and country with undertones of rock. The rain date for the concert is Thursday. Information about weather postponements will be available at


Science programs Tuesday for kids

The Medfield Public Library is hosting two “Mad Science” programs for youngsters Tuesday. A preschool session, for ages 3 to 5, on magnetic attraction will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the children’s program room. The second program, for ages 5 to 8, will explore states of matter from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library’s meeting room. Registration is required; call 508-359-4544 or visit the event’s listing on the program calendar at


First-quarter taxes due Friday

The town has mailed this fiscal year’s first- and second-quarter real estate and personal property tax bills, and the first-quarter payments are due by Friday, when t he town tax collector’s office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Payments also may be made online at, or mailed to the tax collector at PO Box 6737, Holliston, MA 01746. For more information, contact the treasurer/collector’s office at 508-429-0602.


Sign up for fall youth soccer

Registration for the Norfolk Lions Club’s fall youth soccer program is open. Games are played on Sunday afternoons. The program is open to boys and girls from age 3, as of Sept. 1, through Grade 12. Players do not need to be town residents to participate. The early registration fee is $42 per family . More information is available at


Town collecting food waste

The town’s Recycling Committee is overseeing a new program that encourages residents to dispose of compostable food waste at the transfer station. The goal is to reduce the volume of biodegradable scraps in residential trash, which would save money on the town’s weight-based disposal costs. While supplies last, participants will receive a smaller bucket for collecting food waste — including meat, bones, and dairy-related products, along with vegetable and fruit scraps — at their sinks, and a 5-gallon bucket with a screw-on lid to store up to a week’s worth of material. The buckets can be emptied into special green wheeled carts near the disposal area at the transfer station. The carts will be secured at night to keep out animals, and the scraps will be turned into organic fertilizer. The committee estimates that 100 families could divert as much as 52 tons a year from the local trash stream, and if every household in town took part, the annual disposal costs could be reduced by 55 percent, according to its announcement on the new program. For more information, visit the town’s website,


Universal-access kayaking Thursday

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation is providing an accessible-kayaking program at Hopkinton State Park on Thursday. The free program is open to people with disabilities, and their family members and friends. Equipment and instruction are provided for the 60-minute sessions, which start on the hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a lifeguard will be on duty. Participants must wear life jackets. Preregistration is required; visit, and choose classes and universal access to sign up or for more information.


Town launches new website

The town rolled out an updated website Thursday that includes a number of new interactive features, such as an “I Want To” tab on the home page that helps residents figure out how to do such things as contact Town Hall, pay a bill, or get a permit. The website, at , also provides easily downloadable calendars, improved navigation, and an interface that adjusts for tablets and smartphones, according to an announcement from the town. The website was developed in partnership with Vision Internet, a California-based company that specializes in developing government, nonprofit, and education websites.


Art workshop for teens at library

Wayland High School art teacher Janet Armentano will offer a free workshop for teens at the Wayland Free Public Library from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Participants will develop a small oil painting. There is a limit of 15 participants. Teens may register through the library’s online calendar at, under the Events column.


Progress on housing subdivision

A developer is moving ahead this summer with construction of Century Mill Estates, a 71-lot subdivision that is the town’s largest housing project. Town planner Erica Uriarte said the developer, Merchant Financial Investment Corp. of Natick, is planning to build two wetlands crossings this summer, as all four phases of the project continue. The construction began about four years ago.


Selectmen look to fill committees

The Board of Selectmen has set Thursday as the deadline for residents to volunteer for positions on the town’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Economic Development Committee; Housing Committee; Sustainability Committee; Council on Aging; Cultural Council; and Clean Lake Committee. The board is hoping to fill the positions at its July 28 meeting. The application form is available on the town’s website, , and at the town administrator’s office, and can be mailed to the Board of Selectmen/Town Administrator, Town of Littleton, 37 Shattuck St., Littleton, MA 01460.


Water officials tighten summer limits

The town’s Water District has announced that a more restrictive lawn-watering schedule is in effect. Lawn watering is restricted to one day per week, and remains barred from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Customers with odd-numbered addresses can water lawns on Wednesdays; those at even-numbered addresses can water on Thursdays.


Workshop to offer job-search tips

A workshop for people seeking jobs will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road. In the workshop, participants will find out more about how to do a self-assessment for today’s job market. The workshop, part of a continuing series, will help people assess their skills, interests, values, and motivations as they relate to their career, job possibilities and what jobs require.


‘Whatever’ theater fest returns Wednesday

The Franklin Performing Arts Company will present its seventh annual Whatever Theater Festival from Wednesday through Saturday. The festival includes a performance of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’’ on the town common Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., as well as a slate of one-act plays Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, 38 Main St. The performers are a mix of professionals, company alumni, students, and actors in community ensembles. All performances are free, with donations to the company accepted. For more information, visit the company’s website,


Nominations sought for Citizen of the Year

Nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year honor are being accepted, with the winner to be cited during Bedford Day festivities in September. The annual award is given to someone with a proven track record of service to the town, whether in an official capacity, as a volunteer, or as a private citizen. Nominations should cite the individual’s participation in efforts that support the community as a whole, or specific beneficiaries. Nomination forms can be downloaded at or picked up at the town manager’s office, and must be returned by Aug. 1.


Town has openings in weekday camps

The town Recreation Department’s full-day summer day camp programs are in high gear, but most of them still have openings for children who want to have adventures, learn something new, and make new friends. Programs, which also welcome nonresidents, run the gamut from sports, games and water play to crafts, science and cooking, with campers placed in groups by age and interests. The next three weekly sessions, through Aug. 8, are being held at the Melican Middle School; the summer’s final two sessions will be held at the Zeh School, with the last date Aug. 22. Camp hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and field trips are held on Wednesdays. The cost is $230 per week, with discounts for siblings enrolled during the same week. For more information, browse the department’s website at


Opening on Board of Selectmen

Although the town caucus has yet to nominate candidates, there will be an election Nov. 4 to fill a vacancy on the Board of Selectmen. Marie Sobalvarro resigned last month, citing new job responsibilities as a medical economist for Fallon Health in Worcester.


Three delegates to lobby for T parking

Jeremy Callahan, Patrick Hughes, and Kathleen O’Connor were recently chosen by the town’s Train Station Advisory Committee to oversee long-stalled plans for a parking facility at the local commuter rail stop. They will meet with state and local officials in an effort to jump-start implementation of the project, for which $3.2 million in state and federal funding was approved some time ago. Callahan is a member of the Planning Board; Hughes was a member of a parking task force created by the Board of Selectmen seven years ago; and O’Connor commutes to Boston on the MBTA line and has a degree in urban and environmental policy.


Memorial Beach reopens with upgrades

World War II Memorial Beach, on Fort Meadow Lake and straddling the Marlborough-Hudson line, needed more than a face lift when the state Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded a grant to help pay for an overhaul. Now, residents of both communities are enjoying the makeover, which includes a new playground, basketball court, parking lot, handicapped-access, picnic area, and walking loop. The beach is open every day through Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the summer, and admission is free.


Selectmen plan office hour at library

As part of a regular series by the Board of Selectmen, two members — Pat Brown and Len Simon — will be available for informal conversations with residents from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 31 in the Goodnow Library’s conference room. The session is not a public meeting, but a casual, open time for general discussions and questions.


Board sets fall Town Meeting dates

Selectmen recently decided to start Special Town Meeting this fall on Nov. 18. The warrant opens on Aug. 7 and closes at noon Sept. 4, according to an announcement from the town. For more information on submitting articles for consideration by the fall session, visit


Tips on dressing summer salads

Salad, anyone? A program scheduled for July 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Northborough Free Library, “Creative Ways with Salads,” promises to spice up this summer staple, and other vegetables from the garden, with a demonstration on how to make salad dressings. Presented by the owners of Stockbridge Farm in South Deerfield, the program will include tastings and recipes. After the program, to be held in the library meeting room, the presenters will offer their herbal products for sale. Registration is required. Call 508-393-5025, ext. 5, or e-mail


Program on assistance dogs for seniors

Monday at 11 a.m. in St. Irene Church, 181 East St., seniors and their grandchildren are invited to a presentation by John Moon of the National Education for Assistance Dog Services and his dog, Rainbow, to learn how highly trained assistance dogs help individuals with limited use of arms and legs. After the program, the Council on Aging will provide a free lunch, and a sundae bar will be sponsored by Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley.


Furniture store to host blood drive

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture and the American Red Cross are teaming up for a blood drive at the chain’s store at 272 Turnpike Road (Route 9) on July 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment or to get more information, call 800-RED-CROSS, or visit Walk-ins are also welcome, according to the Red Cross, which says it has an urgent need for donors. Concerns about shortages rise during the summer, when many regular donors are on vacation.


Podcast explains new grading system

Rather than a providing single letter grade, as in an A or B, report cards at Hale Middle School this fall will measure three or four areas within each subject to reflect where a student shines or still has some work to do. For example, the English grading portion assesses a student’s ability to read and write in separate columns. Under the standards-based system, students obtain grades of 1 to 4 for their performance, or sometimes a N/A (for not assessed), with 4 being the best. Hale is one of two middle schools in the Nashoba Regional system, which draws students from Bolton, Lancaster, and Stow. A podcast on the school’s website,, explains the new grading system.


New program gives preschoolers a night out

The big kids aren’t the only ones who get a night out this summer. If your younger children have been asking when it’s their turn, here’s some good news: On July 25, Aug. 8, and Aug. 22, the town’s Recreation Department is holding Preschoolers Summer Night Out programs for ages 3 to 7. Preregistration ends Friday at noon for the sessions, which will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Town Hall gym and recreation center, 63 Main St. The cost is $30 per night for the first child and $15 per night for siblings. A minimum of eight children is required; there is room for a maximum of 20, and the youngsters must be toilet trained. Activities include games, time outside on the playground (weather permitting), art projects, a G-rated movie, and a pizza dinner. Instructors are Beth McShane and recreation staff members. For more information or to register, visit


Job-seekers group to meet at library

The Nashoba Valley Job Seekers will meet at the Hazen Memorial Library on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. The regional group seeks to provide leads, ideas, search strategies, and encouragement for people seeking work through face-to-face meetings and e-mail conversations. For more information about the free program, visit, or call the library at 978-425-2620.


Book club explores historic events

The History Book Club will discuss “A Crack in the Edge of the World,’’ by Simon Winchester, Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Hopkinton Public Library. The nonfiction book is about the major earthquake that struck San Francisco in 1906. The book club focuses on selections that represent the lives of people and historic events. If interested in participating, e-mail or drop in on a discussion. All books selected by the group are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.


Meeting to detail energy-efficiency effort

An informational presentation on the National Grid Efficient Neighborhoods Initiative will be held at the Pepperell Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The initiative is available to three National Grid communities, Pepperell, Brockton, and Malden, through Dec. 31. It provides substantial financial incentives for residents to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.


Hearing on plans for downtown

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 7 in Town Hall to consider adopting new design guidelines and a special zoning district for Groton Center. The overlay district would be set up to promote a socially and economically vibrant downtown by supporting development consistent with the design guidelines and the town’s master plan. Details on the proposed changes are available in the town clerk’s office and the Land Use Department, and online at


Community choral sing-along Aug. 5

The annual Concord Community Summer Choral Sing will be held at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at Holy Family Parish, 12 Monument Square. All area choral singers and listeners are invited to attend. Choral scores will be available at the door. The admission charge is $5. A small orchestra will accompany the singers.


Keep reading over summer, school says

Berlin Memorial School teachers are asking students to spend at least 750 minutes reading this summer as part of a program. The figure breaks down to about 15 minutes a day, five days a week until school begins again in September. The school is basing the reading program on research that suggests regular reading over the summer improves academic performance, and taking the summer off can cause a “long-term, cumulative effect” that hampers reading ability, according to the school website.