State Legislators Support Purchase of State Hospital Property
Westborough’s Delegation supports Town’s Legislation to Re-Use Westborough State Hospital Property
BOSTON— Representatives Carolyn Dykema, Danielle Gregoire and Matthew Beaton and Senator James Eldridge joined together with the town of Westborough to support legislation filed on behalf of the town to enter into an agreement to purchase a parcel of the Westborough State Hospital property.
“The re-use of the grounds has been years in the making and, while there is still more work to be done, the hearing today moves us one step closer towards achieving the community’s vision,” said Representative Dykema. “I am particularly pleased that we are dedicating a portion of the funds to mental health programs recognizing the legacy of the facility.”
“After a long and thorough process that involved local and state officials as well as input from the town, I am very pleased to be able to join my colleagues in the House and Senate to advance Westborough’s interests forward with this bill,” said Representative Beaton. “Working with the rest of the Westborough legislative delegation, I am confident that we will pass this bill into law before the end of the current legislative session so the town of Westborough can begin to reap the benefits of this landmark deal between them and the Commonwealth.”
“I know the Town of Westborough has been looking to acquire this land for some time,” said Representative Gregoire. “While dealing with such a complex issue, I am happy that our state and local delegation has been able to work with the Division of Capital Asset Management to get the town to its end goal as quickly as possible.”
"I am pleased that the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight held a hearing so quickly on H3979, An Act authorizing the commissioner of capital asset management and maintenance to convey certain parcels of land in the town of Westborough,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). “The Westborough legislative delegation is committed to passing this important legislation for the town this session."
"Today's hearing was an important step in moving forward the acquisition of the Westborough State Hospital property by the Town,” said Westborough Selectman Ian Johnson. “It continues to be gratifying to the Town to witness the tremendous collaboration exhibited again today between the Town, our legislative delegation, and the Department of Capital and Asset Management. We feel confident that the results of today's hearing will propel the process towards a successful completion.
The bill (H.3979) was favorably reported from the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight following a hearing held last week. This legislation builds on the Westborough State Hospital Reuse Commission established by the legislature in 2010. The town of Westborough authorized the delegation to file this bill on their behalf during their fall 2013 Town Meeting.
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Bye Bye Birdie Gibbons School Musical
Gibbons Middle School presents
Bye Bye Birdie
Young Performers Edition
To quote from a description of a 2005 production at Arlington Children's Theatre, director Colleen Rua said,
... that although Bye Bye Birdie is a comedy, "the characters struggle with the complexity of parent-child relationships, war, love, and rapidly changing times. On the surface, it's all sweetness and light, but there's much more to it underneath."
- Saturday, March 29th at 7:00 pm
- Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 pm
Location Gibbons Middle School, Westborough, MA
All Proceeds go towards the Gibbons Theater
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Final and PUBLIC Superintendent Interviews for Westborough, Wednesday 26-Mar-2014 5:30 PM
New - Hello Westborough School Community –
We are writing to update you on the final piece of the on-going superintendent search process, the public interviews which will take place on Wednesday March 26th Westborough High School’s library beginning at 5:30.
First, we want to thank all of you who have attended our staff and community forums to meet the superintendent finalists and those of you who have gathered information and shared your feedback with us. We believe that the strength of our three finalists is a reflection of the strength and reputation of our school district, which is something we should all take pride in.
The public interview schedule will be as follows:
5:30-6:30 Michael Welch, Framingham High School Principal
6:45-7:45 Amber Bock, Weston Assistant Superintendent
8:00-9:00 Jean Fitzgerald, Watertown Superintendent
The School Committee will interview each finalist for approximately 45 minutes and will then read questions submitted by the community for approximately 15 minutes. Questions can be submitted in advance to Superintendent O’Connor at firstname.lastname@example.org or can be submitted on the evening of the interviews by filling out a form which will be available at the interview.
After the conclusion of the interviews, the School Committee will discuss the three finalists and vote to appoint the new superintendent. The new superintendent will begin in July.
Thank you - Westborough School Committee
Stephen Doret, Chair
Ilyse Levine-Kanji, Vice-Chair
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Boston-based ROOT NINE band releases Boston Marathon tribute song
Boston-based ROOT NINE band releases Boston Marathon tribute song
Proceeds from sale of song to benefit One Fund and TeamMR8
Boston, MA - (February 25, 2014) - ROOT NINE, a Boston-based band that performs along and around the Route 9 corridor, announced that its new single, “Ode to Java Joe,” is now available from iTunes, Amazon, emusic and other digital music outlets.
“Ode to Java Joe” is a tribute to the 2013 Boston Marathon.
All proceeds from sales of the song will be donated to Boston’s One Fund and The Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation, “a Massachusetts non-profit corporation formed by the parents of eight-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed at the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013,” according to the Foundation’s website.
“We hope that the words and meaning of the song resonate with listeners, and we are proud to dedicate ‘Ode to Java Joe” to the memories of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier, and to everyone that was affected by the tragic events of April 15, 2013” said Rick Schiffman, ROOT NINE guitarist and song co-writer (music) and Lis Giusto song co-writer (lyrics).
Members of ROOT NINE are Rick Schiffman, Jeff Vetstein, Todd O’Neil, Matt Barber and Michael Lee. More information about ROOT NINE can be found at www.rootnineband.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RootNine and on Twitter @RootNineBand.
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Planning Workshop on State Hospital Property Development on Sat. April 12, 2014
In connection with its planning efforts to determine what residents of the Town want for the future use of the former Westborough State Hospital property, The Town of Westborough is announcing that on April 12, 2014 it will hold a Planning Charrette open to all Westborough residents and taxpayers. The Charrette will start at 9 AM and will run until approximately 2 PM in the afternoon and will be held at Westborough High School. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. For planning purposes, residents interested in participating are asked to RSVP to email@example.com.
A charrette is a planning tool with professional facilitators that work with stakeholders to explore possible redevelopment scenarios. This charrette will focus on how the Town might move forward with the redevelopment of the former State Hospital property.
Charrettes take place in many disciplines, including land use planning. A Planning Charrette (sometimes called an enquiry by design or an interactive workshop) typically involves intense day long meetings involving municipal officials, developers, and residents. A successful charrette promotes joint ownership of solutions and attempts to defuse typical confrontations between residents and developers. Residents who participate will get an opportunity to provide input into the planning process.
Westborough has engaged Dr. John Mullin, President of Mullin Associates and Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Mullin is a Professor in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Associate Director of the Center for Economic Development, and former Dean of the Graduate School. His research and professional interests focus upon industrial revitalization, port development and downtown planning. A Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mullin has written or edited over 100 book chapters, book reviews, technical reports, journal articles, and conference proceedings.
Again, residents that are interested in participating should RSVP via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or residents that don’t have access to email can call the Selectmen’s Office at (508) 366-3030.Add a comment
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