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2011 Spring Election Results

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011 19:38

PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING ARE "UNOFFICIAL" RESULTS.  Write-ins and ballots requiring hand-counting have not yet been tallied. Preliminary numbers show 1,549 out of 11,180 elegible voters participated, a turnout of 14%

Congrats to our incumbents and newly elected  in town elections today!

Contested Races

Board of Selectmen, three year term
  • Ian P. Johnson, 1070 votes

defeating challenger Gary P. Wells,  342 votes

School Committee, three year term

  • Ilyse Levine-Kanji (incumbent), 1079 votes
  • Josephine S. Hensley, 1097 votes
defeating challenger Michael Cashman, 499 votes
 

Housing Authority, five year term

  • Jeanne F. Kamyck (incumbent), 644 votes
defeating challenger Charles E. Naples, 552 votes

Uncontested races

Moderator, three year term:
  • Joseph Harrington (incumbent), 1320 votes
Planning Board, five year term
  • Trevor S. Beauregard (incumbent), 1194 votes
Town Clerk, three year term:
  • Nancy J. Yendriga (incumbent), 1327 votes
Trustees of the Public Library, three year term:
  • Patricia J. Fontes (incumbent), 1204 votes
  • Lisa M. Freeman (incumbent), 1196 votes
  • Dorothy S. Mello (incumbent), 1220 votes

Non-Binding Referendum Questions

Question 1: Shall the representatives from all Westborough districts be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires proof of legal residence in Massachusetts from the applicant before providing taxpayer-funded state benefits?

  • YES, 1099
  • No, 410
  • Blanks, 40

Question 2: Shall the representatives from all Westborough districts be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires proof of U.S. citizenship and legal residence in Massachusetts before a person is allowed to register to vote in all elections?

  • YES, 1123
  • No, 393
  • Blanks, 33

Question 3: Shall the representatives from all Westborough districts be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that requires Massachusetts election officials to require a picture ID before a person is allowed to vote in any elections?

  • YES, 958
  • No, 554
  • Blanks, 37
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 May 2011 21:33
 
 

Town elections are IN A WEEK!

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 01:23

Holy cow, Town Elections are a week away.   Do you know who you're voting for?! And where?

Here's a SPECIMEN BALLOT. 

TUES., MAY 3, 2011 From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Election in the following polling places:

Precinct 1:    Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 2:    Hastings Elementary School Gym, 111 E. Main Street

Precinct 3:    Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 4:    Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path

Precinct 5:    Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path

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‘Race to Nowhere’ on Wednesday at Algonquin HS (in Northborough)

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Tuesday, 01 March 2011 19:23

Found this via MySouthborough.com:

Race to Nowhere is a call to action for families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. The film shines a light on “the dark side of America’s achievement culture".

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 - 7:00pm

Algonquin Regional High School
Address:
79 Bartlett Street, Northborough, Massachusetts
Sponsored by
: Algonquin Parent Teacher Organization
Tickets:
$10 in advance or $15 at the door (purchase online)

Race to Nowhere has been screened in hundreds of communities across the country as part of a grass-roots campaign for education reform. Here’s more information about the film.

A concerned mother turned filmmaker aims her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded our schools and our children’s lives, creating unhealthy, disengaged, unprepared and stressed-out youth. Featuring the heartbreaking stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids, Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace; students are disengaged; stress-related illness and depression are rampant; and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

From the trailer, this quote from a teacher:

"A.P. students have way more to do than they have hours in the day.  What are we doing to our kids, when we put them through this system that doesn't allow them to get enough sleep, and causes them to be ramped up, and stressed out?"

For those interested, a small discussion group will be held after the screening.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 March 2011 19:52
 
   

Public safety advisory on potential roof collapses

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Friday, 04 February 2011 11:35

[the following article from Mass.gov Public Safety and brought to our attention today by Tin Htway and the Westborough Building Department-- webmaster]

Public Safety Advisory On Potential Roof Collapses


Dangers Associated With Heavy Snow Loads on Roofs

Over the past 36 hours, there have been over 70 reports of roof collapses or buildings with potential structural damage from the weight of snow and ice loads on roofs.  While these incidents have occurred throughout the Commonwealth, the majority have taken place in eastern Massachusetts.  In many instances, homes and businesses have been evacuated as a result of collapses or safety concerns resulting from indications of structural weaknesses.  In a normal winter season, there may be a handful of such events, making this season, with its heavy snowfall, extremely unique.  The current severe roof load conditions are the result of the recent prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms.  Short periods of rain that get absorbed in the snowpack on roofs have also made matters even worse.  Compounding the situation is the short-term weather forecast of potentially two more snowstorms in the next week.

Homeowners, tenants, and businesses need to be cognizant of the danger posed by heavy snow loads on roofs, and the warning signs of potential structural weaknesses.  In some instances, the risks posed by accumulated snow on roofs can be mitigated by safely removing snow from roofs of both commercial buildings and homes.  Because temperatures are expected to remain cold for at least the next few days, and more snow may fall as early as this weekend, efforts should be undertaken now to safely remove snow from roofs. 

Removing snow from rooftops will minimize the likelihood of structural collapse.

Flat and low pitched roofs, most often found on industrial buildings, but are also used in certain home designs, are at the greatest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations.

Lower roofs, where snow drifts or accumulates from higher roofs are also vulnerable.

Some potential signs of imminent roof collapse. 

Tips for Homeowners in removing snow and ice from roofs and other areas

DO’s

  • Use a snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your roof.
  • Start from the edge and work your way into the roof.
  • Try to shave the snow down to a 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
    • Keep in mind that any metal tool could conduct electricity if it touches a power line.
    • Also, metal tools will do more damage to your roof.
    • Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing the snow over the side away from the building.
    • Most plastic shovels are better, except for the ones with curved blades—those too will do some damage to your roof.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they're hanging over doorways and walkways.  Consider knocking down icicles through windows using a broom stick.
  • Wear protective headgear and goggles when performing any of these tasks.
  • Consider hiring professionals to do the job. The combination of heights plus ice makes this one of the more dangerous house chores.
  • If you don't hire professionals, at least have someone outside with you in case anything does go wrong
  • Keep gutters, and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level.


Tips for Homeowners in removing snow and ice from roofs and other areas

DON’T’s

  • Unless approved by a registered professional engineer, don’t add your weight or the weight of equipment to the roof.
  • Don’t use a ladder since ice tends to build up on both the rungs of the ladder and the soles of your boots.
  • Don’t use electric heating devices like hair dryers or heat guns to remove snow and ice.
  • Don’t use open-flame devices to remove snow and ice.

According to Meteorologist Tony Petrarca, a cubic foot of dry snow weighs about seven pounds, while a cubic foot of wet snow weighs anywhere from 12 to 18 pounds. So, if it's possible, hire someone to help with all of the snow clearing.

How to Recognize Problems with Roofs

  • Sagging roofs
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling tiles
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

Other Safety Tips for Homeowners

  • Make sure you smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are working.
  • Check your outside fuel and dryer exhaust vents, making sure that they are not obstructed by snow or ice. Never use cooking equipment intended for outside use indoors as a heat source or cooking device. Never use your oven for heat.
  • Clear snow away from furnace and dryer exhaust vents to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Space heaters need space, so use them in a 3-foot circle of safety; free of anything that catch fire. Space heaters are not designed to replace your central heating system; they are only designed to provide a little extra heat on a temporary basis. So be sure to turn them off when you leave room or go to bed at night.
  • Clear snow away from downspouts so water has a place to go.
  • Do not be tempted to use a heat gun or open flame torch to melt the ice; the risk of starting a fire is huge.
  • If you feel you are in immediate danger, get outside and call 9-1-1.

Tips for businesses in removing snow and ice from roofs and other areas

DO’s

  • The same tips apply.  However, if you are going to use a snow blower, make sure that it has been approved by a structural engineer to be used on a roof, and that the blower is set to a high level above the roof so as not to damage roof membrane.
  • Use a snow rake for pitched roofs (available at most hardware stores) to remove snow from your roof.
  • Start from the edge and work your way into the roof.
  • Try to shave the snow down to a 2 or 3 inches on the roof instead of scraping the roof clean, which will risk damage to your shingles or other roof covering.
  • Keep in mind that any metal tool could conduct electricity if it touches a power line.
    • Also, metal tools will do more damage to your roof.
    • Shovel snow from flat roofs throwing the snow over the side away from the building.
    • Most plastic shovels are better, except for the ones with curved blades—those too will do some damage to your roof.
  • Remove large icicles carefully if they're hanging over doorways and walkways.
  • Wear protective headgear and goggles when performing any of these tasks.
  • Keep gutters, downspouts and drains clean.

How to Recognize Problems with Roofs in Commercial Buildings

  • Many of the same apply - added
  • Sagging roof steel – visually deformed
  • Severe roof leaks
  • Cracked or split wood members
  • Bends or ripples in metal supports
  • Cracks in walls or masonry
  • Cracks in welds of steel construction
  • Sheared off screws from steel frames
  • Sprinkler heads pushed down below ceiling tiles
  • Water puddles where it never has before
  • Doors that pop open
  • Doors or windows that are difficult to open
  • Bowed utility pipes or conduit attached at ceiling
  • Creaking, cracking or popping sounds

What to do if you have problems

  • Call your local building or fire official.
  • If there is imminent danger, evacuate the building and call 911.

What other assistance is available?

  • Many fire departments have regional technical rescue teams available to local departments in case of collapse.
  • Massachusetts Task Force 1 is an Urban Search and Rescue Team in Beverly.  The team is comprised of Police, Fire, EMS and Civilians who respond to major disasters under a contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently there are 150 people on the MATF-1 team.

HERE IS A PDF of the advisory: publicsafetyadvisoryonroofcollapses.pdf

 


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Last Updated on Friday, 04 February 2011 12:03
 
 

Spring 2011 Westborough Election Calendar

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 00:53

TOWN OF WESTBOROUGH

ELECTION CALENDAR

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011


Note: Prior to obtaining blank nomination papers from the Town Clerk, a candidate will file a statement from the Town Clerk.  This statement will contain his/her name and address and the town office for which he/she intends to be a candidate.  No candidate for a town office shall receive more blank nomination papers than will contain the number of signatures required to place his/her name in nomination, multiplied by five.

TUES.,  FEB. 1, 2011

Nomination papers available from the
Town Clerk through March 11, 2011.

FRI.,  MAR. 11, 2011 Until 5 p.m., last day to obtain nomination
papers from the Town Clerk.
TUES., MAR. 15, 2011 Until 5 p.m., last day to submit signed
nomination papers to the Town Clerk for
the Board of Registrars  certification. 
Must have 50 signatures of registered voters.
TUES., MAR. 29, 2011
Until 8 p.m., last day for Board of Registrars
to file certified nomination papers with the
Town Clerk.
 THURS., MAR. 31, 2011 Until 5 p.m., last day to withdraw
nomination papersor to file objections
to nomination papers.
 WED, APR. 13, 2011  Until 8 p.m., last day to register voters
for Town ElectionAnd Town Meeting.

TUES., MAY 3, 2011        From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Election in the following polling places:


Precinct 1:    Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 2:    Hastings Elementary School Gym, 111 E. Main Street

Precinct 3:    Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street

Precinct 4:    Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path

Precinct 5:    Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path


SAT., MAY 14, 2011            From 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Town Meeting at the

High School Auditorium and continuing through

Town Meeting week at 7:00 p.m. until finished.


Town Clerk’s Office Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.;  Tues: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.;
Fri: 7:30  a.m. - noon.                                                            508-366-3020  (1-24-11)
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