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Final and PUBLIC Superintendent Interviews for Westborough, Wednesday 26-Mar-2014 5:30 PM

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014 22:37
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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 toconnorm@westboroughk12.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

Jody Hensley

Ilyse Levine-Kanji, Vice-Chair

Nicole Sullivan

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 22:44

Boston-based ROOT NINE band releases Boston Marathon tribute song

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Thursday, 20 March 2014 21:38

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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Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 23:21

Planning Workshop on State Hospital Property Development on Sat. April 12, 2014

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:01

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 charrette@town.westborough.ma.us.

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 charrette@town.westborough.ma.us or residents that don’t have access to email can call the Selectmen’s Office at (508) 366-3030.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:03

Having troubles with Verizon FiOS Internet in Westborough?

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Sunday, 16 March 2014 15:53

Hey Westboronians,


We learned at Town Meeting from some other attendees that there is something going on.

Do you have slow or sporadic access, or just downright full outages? Please let us know!

Tell us your street if you're comfortable reporting that. As for us, we have heard of issues on Adams and Nash streets in the south-southwest part of town.  Possibly on Morse, too, but that's unconfirmed.

Around 6:36 PM on Sunday, March 16, our Facebook post has received the following comments:

  • Nottingham Rd
  • Jennings Rd
  • Belknap St
  • School St
  • Robin Lane
  • Bowman St; Bowman St near Crossman
  • Ruggles St by Westborough Chase and Garfield St
  • Hundreds Rd
  • Orchard Hill (off Adams)
  • McTaggart St
As for timing or impact?
  • For at least 2-3 weeks
  • On and off at least 3-4 times a day for the past month
Let us know, please.   Comment here or over on Facebook.  "Power in numbers", right?
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Last Updated on Sunday, 16 March 2014 17:50

2014 Annual Town Meeting - Today, 15-Mar-2014

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Saturday, 15 March 2014 12:11

Town Meeting TODAY 1PM, HS Auditorium. Got issues or concerns? THIS is the vote that matters about our services and taxes.

The posted warrant (with Town Manager comments):

AFC Recommendations here: 
AFC Booklet 2014.pdf

School Budget Book:
2014-2015 Budget Book

YOU the residents -- when Town Meeting convenes -- form the legislative branch of our fair city.


And if you are home-bound, please remember that the meeting is broadcast live on Westborough TV cable access.

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Last Updated on Saturday, 15 March 2014 14:54

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