Westborough Community Band Concert - Sunday Jul 15, 2012
Grab a chair, picnic , family and friends and relax with the Westborough Community Band on Sunday, July 15th. In their fourth year under the leadership of Matthew Lefebvre, they will play at the Bay State Commons bandstand from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Their first concert this season was at the Westborough Fourth of July Block Party.
Over 60 musicians from various towns will play patriotic music, pop, American standards and more during the concert. The band practices every Wednesday and is open to all. The musicians range from high school to retired professional musicians who enjoy playing and performing. The band is thankful to the Westborough Cultural Council for their continued support through grants each year. For questions on rehearsals contact Kathy Cincotta at firstname.lastname@example.org.Add a comment
House and Senate Pass Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
House and Senate Pass Fiscal Year 2013 Budget
Republican Initiatives Help Improve Overall Product
BOSTON- Representatives George N. Peterson, Jr. (R-Grafton) and Matthew A. Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) joined their colleagues in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and State Senate in passing a balanced Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) budget, free of any new taxation proposals.
The $32.5 billion FY13 budget, which passed with bi-partisan support, includes multiple House and Senate Republican-led provisions aimed at increased oversight for government-led assistance programs, job creating initiatives through education, and enhanced Local Aid for our cities and towns.
“I was pleased to have supported the FY13 budget,” stated Representative Peterson. “This bill, which we have sent to Governor Patrick, represents our ongoing commitment to no new taxes or fees, while increasing support given to our local cities and towns. We will continue to advocate on behalf of all of the residents of the Commonwealth, to ensure that their tax dollars are being put to use in an effective and efficient manner.”
“While we’ve all been told that the recession is over, I still run into people who are still struggling to make ends meet and continue to have a hard time providing for their families,” said Representative Beaton. “That’s why I was happy to support this year’s fiscal budget which called for no new tax or fee increases that would have ended up burdening the taxpayers of Massachusetts. I’m also pleased to see those of us in the minority party continue to push for much needed EBT reform and a more business friendly environment which will be the backbone of our economic recovery here in the Commonwealth.”
“On balance, the FY13 budget represents progress on a host of issues Republicans consider important,” said House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. “Additionally, this budget reflects a very strong commitment to our cities and towns.”
“By holding the line on taxes and fees, we have sent a strong message to the taxpayers,” said Viriato deMacedo, Ranking Minority Member on Ways and Means. “The Fiscal Year 2013 budget demonstrates to the residents of the Commonwealth that we as a Legislature, like them, will continue to live within our means in these difficult fiscal economic times.”
The continued narrative from Democratic leaders is the need for substantive job creating legislation. By coupling this goal with the integral role that education plays in job creation, House Republicans secured provisions in the FY13 budget derived directly from their GOP Jobs Package to empower our state’s vocational schools. The adoption of these provisions demonstrates a strong willingness from House Democrats to embrace common sense Republican-led jobs proposals. Not only will the inclusion of this language help to produce a highly-trained and well-rounded workforce to meet the needs of Massachusetts’ employers.
The FY13 budget, which has been sent to Governor Patrick for his approval, also includes provisions aimed at helping our municipalities. By creating a new funding mechanism for the Community Preservation Act (CPA) Trust Fund, we are enhancing the Commonwealth’s ability to provide a greater match for community preservation monies raised by cities and towns.
Furthermore, allowing cities and towns to fund their local CPA account with other municipal revenues, including private donations, will provide an alternative for communities that do not wish to implement the traditional 3% property tax surcharge. These measures not only sustain the Commonwealth’s commitment to existing CPA communities, they encourage additional cities and towns to adopt the Community Preservation Act.
In an effort to combat ongoing deficiencies with the taxpayer-funded Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) program, the final FY13 budget includes provisions to limit on the type of businesses where EBT cards can be used, and to require an independent commission to develop recommendations on improving the cashless benefit system.
Additionally, to combat the cost of the nearly 20,000 EBT cards lost each month, the House and Senate agreed upon language requiring the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to charge recipients for replacing lost EBT cards.
Noticeably absent from the Conference Committee language was a provision, offered by House Republicans and adopted in the House version of the budget, which would have prohibited out-of-state EBT card use, with the exception of states contiguous to Massachusetts.
With the narrative surrounding public safety and immigration becoming even more heated in Massachusetts, Republicans on Beacon Hill were instrumental in securing language to require any person registering a motor vehicle or trailer to provide both a valid social security number and license. Additional public safety measures include:
· New fines for individuals who knowingly permit a motor vehicle to be operated by a person who is unlicensed or whose license has been suspended;
· Increased monetary penalties for knowingly employing an unlicensed operator and for knowingly permitting an unlicensed operator to operate a vehicle;
· Fines for people who falsely make, steal, alter, forge, or counterfeit a driver’s license or leaner’s permit;
· Punishment and fine structure for people in possession of fake identification and/or permit.
Furthermore, the Governor will have the opportunity to sign into law a requirement which calls for MassHealth to utilize the federal Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system to verify the immigration status of all applicants who apply for public health benefits. This new state system must be setup and fully functional by July 31, 2013.
In an ongoing attempt to make healthcare more affordable in Massachusetts, Republicans ensured the inclusion of a provision to allow individuals to use coupons for their prescription drug purchases if they have either failed on the generic drugs or if there is no generic drug available. This will help our residents purchase certain drugs they may not have been able to afford otherwise.
As promised to the taxpayers, the budget sent to the Governor also includes two Republican-offered amendments addressing increased transparency and accountability in the public sector. Open Checkbook, established under the increased transparency guidelines in the Fiscal Year 2011 budget, will be updated to include information relative to quasi-public entities, municipalities, and non-profits that receive funding from state agencies. Additionally, non-profit organizations with over $5 million in revenues will be required to establish an independent audit committee, similar to the requirements under the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Unfortunately, not all common-sense approaches were embraced by the Democratic majority. In what has become a yearly effort by the Republican Caucus, an attempt to gradually roll back the state sales tax to 5% over the course of 3 years from the current 6.25%, with zero impact on the upcoming fiscal year, was defeated at the hands of the Democrats. While the Democratic-run House felt no need to study a proposed increase to the state sales tax just 3 years ago, the majority party was strangely insistent on studying the effects of a rollback this year. By defeating this proposal despite the efforts of Republicans, the majority party has forgone yet another opportunity to put money back into the taxpayers’ pockets.
Also absent from the final version of the state budget was a Republican-crafted 11 member Special Commission charged with analyzing and reporting on the activities, practices, and potential changes to the Department of Unemployment Assistance and the unemployment insurance program. The Commission's purview was far-reaching and specific. The intent was to create transparency and affect meaningful change in the current unemployment insurance system, which has not been thoroughly reviewed since the early 1990s and has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for allegedly questionable practices.
Finally, the state’s continued reliance on reserves - $400 million for Fiscal Year 2013 - to balance the budget underlines the Commonwealth’s structural deficit. While we have made meaningful gains to assure the balance in the Rainy Day Fund’s grows, constantly drawing on savings year-after-year to meet spending needs is a practice we cannot and should not continue to rely upon.
Having been approved by both the House and the Senate, the final version of the FY13 budget is now before the Governor for his approval.
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Westborough Community Band 2012 Summer Season
****Please Note: All Rehearsals: Doors open at 5:30/Rehearsal begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.)****Schedule:
6/13/12-Initial gathering and 1st rehearsal 5:30-7:30 p.m. WHS Band Room
6/20/12- rehearsal 6-7:30 p.m. WHS Band Room
6/27/12-rehearsal 6-7:30 p.m. WHS Band Room
6/29/12- 1st performance-Westborough Block Party (times to be announced later)
7/11/12- rehearsal 6-7:30 p.m. WHS Band Room7/15/12- 2nd performance Band Stand/Baystate Commons 5:30 p.m.
7/18/12- rehearsal 6-7:30 p.m. WHS Band Room7/25/12- rehearsal 6:-7:30 p.m. WHS Band Room7/29/12-3rd performance Band Stand/Baystate Commons 5:30 p.m.8/1/12- rehearsal 6-7:30 P.M. (Final Rehearsal)8/5/12- 4TH performance Band Stand/Baystate Commons 5:30 p.m.
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The Wild and Wonderful World of Insects - WCLT meeting June 11, 7PM
Monday, June 11, 2012
7:00 - 8:00 PM
St. Luke’s Parish Hall, 1 Ruggles Street
For forty days and forty nights, naturalists Charley Eiseman and Noah Charney traveled the continent. They returned with thousands of photographs, not of Yosemite's grand vistas or Yellowstone's bison herds, but of tiny eggs stuck to flagpoles, origami made by beetles, and the artfully crafted portable houses of caddisfly larvae. The trip was field work for their new book, Tracks and Sign of Insects and Other Invertebrates, which won the 2010 National Outdoor Book Award for best nature guidebook. Egg cases, cocoons, galls, leaf mines, burrows, nests, and many other curiosities are illustrated in the book’s pages. In this talk, the authors will show images of exquisite invertebrate-created objects, discuss mind-boggling natural history, and share amusing anecdotes from their eccentric journeys. Professional entomologists and bug-haters alike have found themselves rolling with laughter and staring in horrified fascination during this entertaining presentation. Presentation followed by reception and refreshments.
8:00 - 9:00 PM: Annual Meeting
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WCLT thanks community for 15 years of support
To the Editor:
The Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT) would like to express its gratitude to all those in the community who have helped us celebrate our 15th anniversary. Our gratitude also goes to the people of Westborough for their support over the past 15 years as our organization has grown from 14 founders to more than 300 residents. Thanks to all who have volunteered their time and labor, made monetary contributions, left bequests, or donated land and easements.
We appreciate the people who have attended our walks and talks, taken part in our activities such as our nature photography contest and the annual Earth Day clean-up, and joined our work parties. They have helped WCLT to clear invasive plants and build and maintain Charm Bracelet and other trails, as well as open space areas such as WCLT’s Gilmore Pond. To gain a greater appreciation of nature, residents and teachers have regularly read WCLT’s “Nature Notes.”
For our gala 15th anniversary wine tasting, we thank Arturo’s Ristorante for hosting the event and Julio’s Liquors for providing the wine. Domenic Fabiano and Dan McCurley, along with the staff of Arturo’s, created a memorable celebration. Tim Korby from Julio's Liquors/Angel Share and his wine experts ensured the party’s success.
We are also grateful to these donors of our prizes: the O'Reilly Family, the Emery Family Farm, Nan Burke, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Kate Bardsley, Ian and Maureen Johnson, and Tim Koehler. Each guest took home a wine glass, etched with the WCLT logo, as a special anniversary memento. Cellist James Hardy of Worcester and St. John's school provided beautiful music.
Proceeds from this celebration benefit WCLT and the cause of land preservation in Westborough. We thank all of our members, old and new, for supporting us.
Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT)
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