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WCLT thanks community for 15 years of support

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Friday, 01 June 2012 21:02
Letter to the Editor: 15th Anniversary Thanks from WCLT

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.


John Metzger
Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT)

[Please visit http://westboroughlandtrust.org for more info on WCLT -- webmaster]

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:34


There will be a Special Voter Registration session on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. in the Town Clerk’s Office. This is for anyone who is not a registered voter in Westborough, has moved within Westborough, is a U.S. citizen, and will be 18 years old by May 15, 2012. This session is being held prior to the Debt Exclusion Election to be held on Tues., May 15, 2012 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. at the 3 polling locations. You can register to vote at any time. April 25, 2012 is the cut-off for the May 15, 2012 election.

Questions: call the Town Clerk at 508-366-3020. Town Clerk house are: M,W,TH: 8 – 5; TU: 8 -8, FR: 7:30 – noon.

[Copied from: http://www.town.westborough.ma.us/Public_Documents/WestboroughMA_Clerk/Elections%20-%20Special%20Voter%20Reg%204-25-12.pdf, accessed 25-Apr-2012 10:35 AM - webmaster]

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:36

Vote Today - Town Spring Elections 2012

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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:21
Tuesday March 6, 2012
7 am - 8 pm 

Please go vote,
do your precinct proud!




Precinct 1: Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street (Map)
Precinct 2: Hastings Elementary School Gym, 111 E. Main Street (Map)
Precinct 3: Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street (Map)
Precinct 4: Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path (Map)
Precinct 5: Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path (Map)


FORMER Precinct Numbering Map
(Please note, this map has NOT yet been
updated for recent 2011 redistricting) 

If you are not sure where to cast your vote, call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-366-3020. Town Clerk’s Office Hours: Mon., Wed., Thurs.: 8 am – 5 pm, Tues: 8 am – 8 pm; Fri: 7:30 – noon.

VERY HELPFUL SITE: You may also visit http://www.wheredoivotema.com/bal/myelectioninfo.php hosted by the Elections Division of the Commonwealth, to find out what precinct you're in and where to vote.

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Timber harvesting info at Bowman / Sandra Pond from town officials

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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:47
[received 27-Dec-2011 as sent to the "Public Notices mailing list." --webmaster]

From: Public Notices
Date: Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 10:37 AM
Subject: Timber Harvesting Bowman Conservation Area/Sandra Pond Reservoir

In response to questions and concerns received by the Town and the Conservation Commission, the Conservation Commission is providing the Public with more information regarding the ongoing timber harvesting operations in the forests surrounding Sandra Pond. The timber harvesting is part of a State Approved 10-year forest management plan.

The purpose of the timber harvesting program is to manage the forest around the reservoir with the following goals:

  1. Removing diseased trees.
  2. Removing storm-damaged trees.
  3. Reducing the density of trees.
  4. Promoting growth of diverse tree species throughout the reservoir area.
  5. Promoting an uneven-aged forest with a healthy range of young, middle-aged, old, and dead trees to provide a variety of habitat types for different kinds of wildlife.
  6. Maintain the structural integrity of the secondary earth dam at the northern end of Sandra Pond, which is being compromised by tree roots that are causing the dam to leak.
  7. Reducing the potential for storm damage (dense stands are more likely to have multiple trees knocked down in a large storm).

Large portions of the forest around Sandra Pond are not natural stands. Most of the conifer stands are single species that were planted at the same time, as far back as 70 or more years ago. These stands are so dense that new trees cannot take root and new species cannot move in.

In decades past, the forest around the pond was subject to periodic thinning operations by the DPW but this practice stopped over 30 years ago.

The Conservation Commission is fully cognizant that the timber harvesting process will not look "pretty" or park-like in the short term, but will result much healthier the ecosystem. In addition, once the operation is complete, the DPW will grade out the areas where the timber harvesting machines worked and plant the paths with a conservation mix to promote rapid plant growth. Over time, the opened canopy will allow new trees to sprout and existing understory growth to accelerate.

The use of timber harvesting machines will also result in less damage to trees that will remain. Trees felled by hand often damage other trees as they fall, and the damaged trees are more likely to die from the damage or from disease. Tree felling is controlled by the mechanized removal process. Damage to remaining trees has been minimal to date.

The timber harvesting operations are being inspected by the Town Conservation Officer and DPW staff at least once a week and the contract for the logging program has very tight performance specifications.

The Conservation Commission and the Town Department of Public Works ask town residents to be patient as this process moves forward. We also request that people stay out of the areas being harvested because of dangers due to the timber harvesting machinery.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 11:00

Superintendent message: Schools resume Wed Nov 2

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:49

[Received 1-Nov-2011 at 2:31 pm from ConnectED - webmaster]

All Westborough Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. At the moment Mill Pond School is experiencing phone difficulties. We hope to have the problem resolved by tomorrow morning, if not sooner.
Thank you for your patience and support throughout the past few days.

Marianne O'Connor
Superintendent of Schools

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