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Legion hosts chicken barbecue Saturday

American Legion Post 225, at 592 South St., is hosting its annual chicken barbecue Saturday at 1 p.m. The event includes food, games, raffles, music, a horseshoe tournament, and a water balloon toss for a donation of $15 for adults, $12 for those 65 and older, and $10 for children 12 and under. Proceeds from the event go toward veterans organizations and services, and scholarships. More information on the barbecue is available by calling 508-384-2934 after 3 p.m.


Early look at middle school

Incoming seventh-grade students are invited to complete a preview walk-through of King Philip Regional Middle School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 25 through Aug. 28. Students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and should bring their class schedules; school maps will be available in the main office. Classes start on Sept. 3. For more information, call the school’s main office at 508-541-7324, or visit


West Point band performs at Thayer House

A US Military Academy band, the Jazz Knights, will perform an outdoor concert at the Thayer House next to Choate Park at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The Army ensemble offers big-band favorites, popular music, and original compositions and arrangements. A cookout will precede the performance at 6 p.m. with hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages. Following the concert, the town will screen a movie for children starting at 8:30 p.m. Free parking will be available at the Cassidy baseball complex off Winthrop Street. Admission is free; in case of rain, the concert will be performed in the Medway High School auditorium. For more information, visit or call the Board of Selectmen’s office at 508-533-3264.


Pantry has backpacks with school supplies

The Loaves and Fishes pantry is providing school supplies for families in Ayer and Shirley as part of its annual fall program. Any parent who has received food and services during the summer is also eligible to bring their children to the pantry on Aug. 25 to pick up a backpack filled with school supplies. The regional assistance organization is based at 234 Barnum Road in Devens. For more information, call the pantry at 978-772-4627 or visit its website,


Survey on school redistricting plans

Local school officials are running a survey to collect feedback from the entire community on plans to change where students attend classes. The proposed realignment involves the closing of the Clara Macy Elementary School and dividing students in kindergarten through third grade between the remaining two elementary schools, and adding fourth-grade students to Bellingham Memorial Middle School, and eighth-grade students to Bellingham High School. The district’s transition implementation committee has said it will take any questions and concerns raised by parents into consideration during its deliberations. To take the survey, visit the school district’s website,


College admissions workshops Thursday

The Norfolk Public Library is hosting two college admissions workshops Thursday led by education consultant Lanita Foley. The first program, on college essay writing, is scheduled for 3 p.m. and is open to high school juniors and seniors. Registration is required for the limited-space workshop. The second program, on understanding the college admissions process, will be held at 6:30 p.m., and will provide a timeline of the college application process, an overview of financial aid, and tips on getting accepted to colleges. This program is open to high school students and parents, and registration is recommended. Both programs are open to residents of all area towns. More information is available at


Plan travels to miss road repairs

Seven roads in town will have repair work that will disrupt travel at varying times over the next several weeks, and local officials are urging motorists to expect delays and seek alternate routes when possible. Work hours will be between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Crews hope to complete the jobs by Sept. 4, when schools reopen, according to a notice from Mike Mansir, the town’s highway manager. The work will involve Cross Street from Frankland Road to the Ashland line; a 1,500-foot stretch of Wilson Street north of its intersection with East Main Street; all of Fenton Street and all of Pike Street; Teresa Road, from Hayden Rowe Street to Nicholas Road; Proctor Street, from Wood Street to Saddle Hill Road; and Fruit Street, from Cunningham Street to 625 feet north of Victory Lane.


Grants aid group targeting substance abuse

A local parent-led group that is raising awareness on substance use issues among youths has recently been awarded two grants that total more than $23,000. The Substance Prevention and Awareness Network Dover-Sherborn will use the funds for two campaigns designed to reduce alcohol use among youths. In the “social norm’’ effort, statements such as “everybody is doing it” are challenged with accurate information, according to an announcement by the organization. Also, messages that will be directed at students at Dover-Sherborn High School include “96 percent don’t drink and drive” and “89 percent approve of a student who does not drink at a party where others are drinking,” according to the statement. The group received a $12,600 grant from the MetroWest Health Foundation for a campaign directed at parents. The Dover Sherborn Education Fund awarded an $11,000 grant that focuses on high school youths.


Voter registration deadline Wednesday

The last day to register to vote in the Sept. 9 state primary election is Wednesday. The town clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m. that day for last-minute registrants. Absentee ballots are also available in the town clerk’s office; registered voters who will be unable to vote on election day may vote absentee until Sept. 8 at noon. On election day, all precincts will vote from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the new Franklin High School on Oak Street. For more information, call Town Clerk Deborah L. Pellegri at 508-520-4900.


Contribute to the town memory book

As part of the town’s tercentennial celebration, the Reuben Hoar Library is creating a compilation of memories and reminiscences about the community. Residents and visitors of all ages are welcome to contribute, and may write as individuals or as a group. Stop by the main circulation desk at the library until Sept. 28 to record your thoughts. The memory book will be placed with Littleton 300 memorabilia for future generations.


Classes offer chicken-keeping tips

Local poultry expert Terry Golson, author of “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook’’ and mentor to many backyard chicken-keepers, has scheduled two workshops on raising chickens next weekend at her home. Her popular beginner’s class, “Chicken Keeping Workshop,” is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn the basics of how to start and maintain a backyard flock, including housing, feed, health, behavior, manure management, parasites, illness, and the handling and storage of fresh eggs. On Sunday, from 1 to 3 p.m., she will hold a session for more experienced owners, “Advanced Chicken Care Workshop,” which will explore issues such as aging chickens, hatching chicks, behavior problems within the flock, and care in severe weather. Tuition for each of the classes is $40. To sign up or for more information, go to


Vacancy on Shawsheen Tech school board

The recent resignation of Debbie Kostas from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Committee has left a vacancy that selectmen, working in conjunction with the school board and its other Bedford representative, hope to fill next month. The interim appointee would serve until the annual town election in March. Candidates should submit a letter of interest along with a resume or statement of qualifications to the town manager’s office in Town Hall no later than 4 p.m. Sept. 19. Call 781-275-1111 for more information.


Trail race will boost land trust

The fifth annual “Run for the Hills” 5K trail race benefiting the Harvard Conservation Trust will be held Sept. 7 starting at 10 a.m. at the McCurdy outdoor track on Lancaster County Road. The run will be through forests and over fields and will end back at the track. The event is open to individuals of all ages; fees for advance registrations range from $10 to $20, depending on age and conservation trust membership. The prices increase to $15 to $25 after Monday. All of the proceeds will be earmarked for the land trust’s activities. To register or for more information, go to


Wellness clinics at nurse’s office

The Nashoba Associated Boards of Health will conduct clinics the next two Fridays in the town nurse’s office at 51 Cambridge St. The focus will be on blood-sugar and blood-pressure readings. Appointments are required. To set up an appointment for this Friday or Aug. 29, call the regional agency’s office at 978-772-3335.


Voter registration deadline Wednesday

Residents wishing to vote in the Sept. 9 state primary must be registered to vote by Wednesday at 8 p.m. Voter registration may be completed at the town clerk’s office, at 100 Maple Ave., or by mail. Mail-in registration forms must be postmarked by Wednesday’s deadline. Absentee ballots are available at the town clerk’s office, or can be requested by mail. Absentee ballots must be returned by Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. For more information, visit the town’s website,


Zullo seeking entries for juried show

The Zullo Gallery is seeking artworks for its 20th annual juried exhibition. The deadline to apply is Friday, and artists accepted will be notified by e-mail by Aug. 31. The show is open to artists age 18 and over, and up to three works can be submitted for consideration. Entries should include the artist’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address, plus the title, size, medium, and completion date for each work of art. Entries for the show, scheduled for Sept. 20 to Nov. 8, may be submitted on CD, flash drive, or in print form, and can be mailed to the gallery at 456A Main St. A $20 donation is requested from each applicant, which may be completed on the gallery website or by check. More information is available at


Board to discuss private ways

The Board of Selectmen will discuss a draft policy regarding changes to the town’s snow-plowing services for private ways at its Aug. 26 meeting. There are nine private ways that the town does not plow; the number would increase to 11 under the draft policy, which lists such criteria as a minimum 12-foot road width and ample room for emergency vehicles to turn around on dead ends as prerequisites for town plowing. The board is encouraging residents to ask questions and provide comments and concerns about any of the proposed changes before it makes a decision. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the professional development center at Nipmuc Regional High School. For more information, including a list of the private ways and the draft policy, visit the town’s website,


Openings on local Cultural Council

The town’s Cultural Council is looking for new members who can generate ideas and potentially take over leadership roles. The time commitment is two meetings in the fall and two meetings in the spring, according to an announcement posted on the town’s website. Meetings typically last 90 minutes and are held at Town Hall on weeknights. Council members examine applications for grants to support local arts, educational, and cultural activities, using funds provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Candidates will be required to attend one meeting before filing a letter of interest with the Board of Selectmen, which will vote on the appointments. If interested in the council, contact one of the following council members: Rachel Kagno,; Bryan York,; Lisa Taylor, ; or Carol Sussman-Ghatak,


Register for social dance classes at Homer House

The Belmont Woman’s Club is rolling out a new after-school program this fall, where fifth- and sixth-graders will learn social dance and etiquette from professional dance teacher Douglas Trudeau. The program, Belmont Assemblies, will take place on Thursdays from Sept. 18 through Nov. 13, excluding Sept. 25 . At the program, youth will learn traditional dances such as the waltz and fox-trot, as well as social etiquette, and will participate in party dances and games. Trudeau has taught dance to children in other Boston suburbs for the past 15 years, and directs the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Waltham High School. The program costs $125 and will be held at the Homer House, at 661 Pleasant St. Visit for information on how to register.


Arlington’s Reservoir Beach closes Aug. 22

Reservoir Beach, on Lowell Street in Arlington Heights, is closing for the season on Friday. The beach, which includes a chlorinated/filtered swimming area, a bathhouse, vending machines and a playground, is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until then. Day passes cost $5 and can be purchased at the Arlington Recreation office or at the beach.


Beatles tribute band coming to Arlington

Arlington will host a New England-based Beatles tribute band, 4Ever Fab, on Wednesday as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Concert on the Green series. The concert is free, and runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 611 Massachusetts Ave. in front of the Jefferson Cutter House. Attendees should bring a blanket or lawn chair.


Construction to close lanes on I-95 in Lexington

A Massachusetts Department of Transportation bridge project on Interstate 95 (Route 128) and Route 2 will lead to nighttime lane closures on I-95 in Lexington from Sunday through Thursday. The closures will affect the highway between exit 28, the Trapelo Road exit, and exit 30, the Route 2A exit. The lanes will close from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. each day.


Take the library’s planning survey

The Ashland Public Library is surveying residents to gather opinions on how to develop a strategic plan for the next several years. The survey, which is aimed at determining the role that the library should play in the community, asks residents about the frequency of their library visits, how they learn about library events and services, the hours they would like to use the library if budget allowed, and feedback on why individuals might not use the library, among other issues. Friday is the deadline to complete the survey, which is available through a link on the library’s page on the town website, , or at its main desk. For more information, call the library at 508-881-0134.


Free takeout breakfasts for seniors

The Upton Center is offering a new takeout breakfast program for local seniors. In collaboration with Tri-Valley Inc., the center’s nutritional breakfast program offers oatmeal, a fruit muffin, and orange juice. The breakfasts are free, subject to availability. The meals are frozen; seniors can arrange to get up to seven breakfasts for the week, with orders due by 3 p.m. Tuesdays for pick up on Wednesdays. For more information or to place an order, call 508-529-4558.


Solar Challenge meeting Aug. 20

A kickoff meeting for the Franklin Solar Challenge will be held Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Town Council chambers in the municipal building. The solar challenge is intended to help residents and business owners have photovoltaic panels installed at a discount through a group purchase; the more people who sign up, the less each will pay for the panels. At the meeting, representatives of the town’s Department of Planning and Community Development will be gauging interest in the program. For more information, call the department at 508-520-4907 or e-mail


Hearing on changing cable companies

The Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing Aug. 19 ordered by the Federal Communications Commission to get input on the proposed transfer of the town’s cable television franchise from its current holder, Charter Communications Entertainment, to Comcast Corp. The hearing will get underway at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall meeting room.


Town employment openings

The Department of Public Works is seeking an engineer to fill a new position reporting to the department superintendent, and the town’s building commissioner is looking for an assistant inspector. Candidates for the DPW position should submit resumes to by Aug. 29, and those interested in the building department job have until Friday to forward their relevant work experiences to


Bereavement support group for young adults

A drop-in group offering bereavement support for young adults will be held at the Hazen Memorial Library on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Aimed at individuals ages 18 to 25, the session, run by the Nashoba Nursing Service and Hospice, is intended to provide a safe and comfortable environment for expressing thoughts and feelings over the death of a loved one. These sessions are ongoing; registration is not required and there is no fee to participate. For more information, call Karen Campbell, coordinator of bereavement services, at 800-698-3307, ext. 320, or visit the library’s website,


Adams promoted to superintendent

Jim Adams, Ashland High School’s principal, has been named the district’s new superintendent, pending successful contract negotiations. Adams took the principal’s position in 2010 after a stint as the school district’s athletic director; he previously was an assistant principal at Millbury Memorial Junior/Senior High School. Adams replaces Brooke Clenchy, who left the district in June for a position as the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s senior associate commissioner. Adams was appointed after a series of public interviews and a community forum. For more information, visit the school district’s website, , or call 508-881-0150.


Snack, chat with lawmakers

State Senator Richard Ross and state Representative Shawn Dooley will meet with residents at the town’s senior center Aug. 27 at noon. Individuals are encouraged to sign up for the gathering, which will include pizza and an opportunity for constituents to discuss a wide range of issues with the town’s Beacon Hill delegation. To sign up, visit the senior center, at 9 School St., or call the Council on Aging at 508-699-7384.


Water main repairs on Adams, Village streets

Water-main replacement work is proceeding this month on Adams and Village streets. Work on Adams Street is expected to be substantially completed this month, with final paving next spring. Work is being performed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; both streets will be periodically closed to through traffic during this time. For more information on closures, detours, and the scope of work, call the town’s Department of Public Services at 508-533-3275 or visit the town’s website,


Deadline for primary election

The last day for residents to register to vote in time for the Sept. 9 state primary election is Aug. 20, when the town clerk’s office will be open until 8 p.m. to handle last-minute registrations. Also, absentee ballots for the election are available in the town clerk’s office. For more information, call Town Clerk Ann Odabashian at 508-657-2830.


Minuteman reenactors at North Bridge

Visitors to the North Bridge on Aug. 16 will have a chance to see how the local militia were armed and trained at the beginning of the American Revolution in 1775. A full-strength and fully equipped Minuteman company will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. conducting drills and offering musket-firing demonstrations. Admission is free.


Water-conservation rules in effect

Limits on outdoor water use went into effect last week. The Board of Public Works has restricted lawn and garden watering with sprinklers to every other day; properties with an odd-number address are limited to odd calendar dates, and even-number addresses to even dates. In addition, underground sprinkler systems can be operated only between 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. There are no restrictions on the use of hand-held hoses for watering, according to the announcement on the town’s website,


Group planning trip to Tanglewood

Acton-Boxborough Community Education is planning a trip to Tanglewood in Lenox next Sunday to see cellist Yo-Yo Ma perform an all-Tchaikovsky program. The bus will be leaving R.J. Grey Junior High School in Acton at 10 a.m. and returning after the concert. The fee is $128, and the official registration deadline was Friday, but there is a waiting list. For more information, call 978-266-2525.


Interim opening on Board of Health

The Board of Health is seeking a volunteer to complete the three-year term of a member who has resigned. Residents interested in filling the vacancy can contact Elaine Carroll at 781-259-2614.


Regional hazardous trash site open this week

A regional collection center for hazardous household products will be open to residents of Ayer, Bolton, Devens, Groton, Harvard, and Shirley from 9 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and Saturday at the rear of 9 Cook St. in the Devens community. Proof of residency is required, and there is a charge for disposal. For more information, including fees and a list of eligible items, visit .


Help count eels in Sudbury River

Volunteers are needed for an American eel survey, to be conducted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Sudbury River. The results will help the US Fish and Wildlife Service evaluate effective management of the species, which is being considered for inclusion on the endangered species list. Volunteers must be good swimmers, comfortable in small boats, able to haul 20-pound eel pots, and willing to handle eels. For more information or to volunteer, contact Libby Herland at 978-443-4661, ext. 11, or


Talk with mosquito-control crews

If mosquitoes are a problem in your area, the Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project is taking calls and may provide localized spraying several times over the coming weeks. Crews from the regional agency will be in town on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Aug. 12, according to an announcement. Complaints about mosquitoes can be made by calling the control project at 508-393-3055 on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., or visit its website,


Learn about tax break for seniors

There is one last help session at the Sudbury Senior Center for seniors interested in applying for a special property tax exemption. The session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 11. The deadline to apply for the tax exemption is Aug. 28. The exemption is available to seniors who pay more than 10 percent of their total income toward property taxes and water fees. Seniors can sign up for the help session by calling the center at 978-443-3055.


Good early numbers on Farm Pond

An initial round of water quality samples found excellent clarity and low levels of nutrients in Farm Pond, consistent with reservoirs used for public drinking supplies, according to an announcement by the town. Town Meeting this spring approved funds for a Farm Pond management plan, after concerns were raised about the presence of invasive weeds. An engineering firm, Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, is conducting a diagnostic study as an initial step for developing the plan. Its field study will include an assessment of water quality, aquatic vegetation, and sediment and shoreline features. The information will then be compared with historical data. The initial field study was conducted in late May, and included water quality sampling, shoreline and outlet inspections, and measurement of ground-water seepage into Farm Pond, according to the statement on the town’s website, The pond and watershed work will be wrapped up this fall, when a full report will be presented, it said.


Check town’s list of uncashed checks

Did you forget to cash that last check from the town? The treasurer’s office has posted a lengthy list of people and companies with uncashed payroll or accounts payable checks. Claims for reimbursement must be filed by Sept. 1, according to an announcement by the town. Under state law, the treasurer is required to provide public notice of the funds deemed abandoned. For details on how to submit a claim, and to view the hundreds of names on the list, go to the town treasurer’s page on the municipal website,, and click on the “Notice of unclaimed property’’ link under Forms & Documents, or call the treasurer’s office at 508-634-2300.


Medical center earns high marks

Milford Regional Medical Center has been named among the best regional hospitals in the country, and 15th overall among the more than 110 hospitals across the state, in the latest ranking by US News & World Report magazine. The hospital was recognized as being “high performing” in the adult specialties of geriatrics and pulmonology, according to the results posted on the US News website. The hospital also had better than state and national averages for patient satisfaction, with 80 percent of patients surveyed indicating they would recommend it. View the rankings and additional details at


Theater troupe seeks costume materials

Enter Stage Left Theater is requesting donations of costume materials for upcoming performances. The resident theater ensemble of the Hopkinton Center for the Arts needs fabrics of all kinds, trim, thread, and sewing notions such as buttons, zippers, snaps, and other decorative items. Helpful materials also include pins, sewing needles, and elastic. For more information or to arrange a donation, call 508-435-9222 or visit the center’s website,

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.