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300th Anniversary Architectural Walking Tour: The Rise of Middle Class America

July 15, 2017

As manufacturing matures in the historic downtown area around the 1835 Boston and Worcester railroad yard, new mid-19th century to early 20th century neighborhoods begin to develop on the early village’s western edge.

Paralleling the early north-south Church Street, new streets like Blake and John, and California (now West) with connecting streets of Whitney, Raymond (now Heath) and Weld Street are built. Successful manufacturers begin speculating in real estate development. Italianate and later Craftsmen influenced single and multi-family homes pre-dominate the landscape along with iconic shade trees

Guide R. Christopher Noonan, historic preservationist and historic real estate specialist, will lead the tour.  Sound track will be provided by Luanne Crosby on ukulele, singing her 300th Anniversary Song, a tribute to the town’s evolution, and other relevant compositions adding some musical fun to the festivities. Guest Speaker will be Kray Small, Massachusetts Certified Arborist. Come learn the importance of caring for and maintaining our indigenous New England trees.

Participants will meet at Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main Street, at 1:00 PM. If heavy rain is forecast, the event will be held July 16, 2017 at the same time.

Please check www.westborough300.com for weather updates and a full listing of Walking Tour for the year

  • Christopher Noonan & Luanne Crosby

508.473.4884                         508.612.2589

2017 Annual Town Meeting – Warrant Articles

Here’s a list of the articles and their number, as extracted from the AFC_RecBooklet_Mar18_2017 ( fetched Sat Mar 18 ):

ARTICLE 1: Annual Town Election (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 2: Town Reports (Advisory Finance Committee)
ARTICLE 3: Prior Years Bills (Country Club Operating Committee)
ARTICLE 4: Clerical Union Contract Appropriation (Town Manager)
ARTICLE 5: Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Transfers (Town Manager)
ARTICLE 6: Fiscal Year 2018 Operating Budgets (Advisory Finance Committee)
ARTICLE 7: Regularly Recurring Articles (Town Manager)
ARTICLE 8: Capital Improvement Plan (Town Manager/Capital Expenditure Planning Committee)
ARTICLE 9: Senior Center User Software (Assistant Town Manager/COA Director)
ARTICLE 10: Smith Valve Parkway Lighting (Town Manager)
ARTICLE 11: Purchase of Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon Crosswalk Safety Signs (BPAC)
ARTICLE 12: Downtown Street Lighting (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 13: Recreation Parking Lot at former State Hospital Property (Recreation Commission)
ARTICLE 14: Water – Capital Equipment and Projects (DPW Director & Conservation Officer)
ARTICLE 15: Drainage Maintenance (DPW Director/Conservation Officer)
ARTICLE 16: Seal Bricks at the Senior Center (Buildings and Ground)
ARTICLE 17: Authorization to Accept Grant Funds & Easements (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 18: Forbes Municipal Building Increased Debt Authorization (MBC)
ARTICLE 19: Hastings Elementary School Geothermal Heating/Cooling System (School Department)
ARTICLE 20: Armstrong Modular Project (School Department)
ARTICLE 21: High School Drainage Swale Evaluation (School Dept./Conservation Commission)
ARTICLE 22: Lease Agreement Authorization (School Department)
ARTICLE 23: Town Sewer System (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 24: Town Water System (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 25: Town Water Mains (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 26: Glen/Nourse Street Cemetery Construction Phase I (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 27: Adopt Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016
ARTICLE 28: Relocation, Acceptance (and Discontinuance of portions) of Washington Street (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 29: Alteration of Washington Street (DPW Director)
ARTICLE 30: Amend General Bylaws – Revolving Funds (Town Manager)
ARTICLE 31: Amend General Bylaws – Renumbering, Sections, Articles and Correcting Titles (Town Manager)
ARTICLE 32: Amend General Bylaws – Marijuana Not Medically Prescribed (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 33: Amend Zoning Bylaws – Marijuana Not Medically Prescribed (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 34: Amend Zoning Bylaws – Accessory Dwelling Units (Planning Board)
ARTICLE 35: Amend Zoning Bylaw: Highway Business District (BA) (Planning Board)
ARTICLE 36: Petitioned Article for Wine and Malt Package Store (By Petition)
ARTICLE 37: Property Acquisition (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 38: Property Disposition (Board of Selectmen)
ARTICLE 39: Use of Bond Premiums (Treasurer/Collector)
ARTICLE 40: Non-Criminal Fire Code Violations (Fire Chief)
ARTICLE 41: Board of Selectmen Authorized to Sign Lease (By Petition)
ARTICLE 42: Fales Elementary School Feasibility Study (School Committee)

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Unofficial Results for 2017 Westborough Town Election

Here are unofficial results for select races & “the question”:

Please note, this information is neither official nor certified.  Some minor errors may be present , we’ll post official results when available — webmaster

8-Mar-2017 update: Not bad!  Only off by 3 for total votes cast.  Official results from Town Clerk may be found at this post, thank you.

Ballots cast: 1,510

School Committee:

 Crandall  750 (50%)
 Edinberg 1104 (73%)
 Feldman   667 (44%)

 blank     507 (33%)

Trustees of Public Library:

 Fontes   1051 (70%)
 Linnane  1053 (70%)
 Mello     798 (53%)
 Waite     605 (40%)
 
 blank    1016 (66%)

THE QUESTION

 YES:   1192 (79%)
 NO:     294 (19%)
 
 blank:   24 ( 2%)

Candidate statements for 2017 Westborough Trustees of Public Library elections

Here are statements for the candidates running for the 2017 Westborough Trustees of Public Library. Only three positions are open, making this a contested race. The candidates are:

You may also find of interest this recording by Westborough TV for the Feb 26 “Meet the Candidates Night“, held at The Willows, and sponsored by the Westborough Town Democratic Committee.

Patricia Fontes

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

My name is Patricia Fontes. I am running for re-election to be a Trustee of the Westborough Public Library

My husband and I have been residents of Westborough since 1985. I have earned a Master’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Library Science and retired as a public school librarian in 2012. I currently work part-time in a private school in Shrewsbury.

I am running for Library Trustee because I feel strongly about the importance of the Public Library in our community. Our library provides essential services for every resident of Westborough and offers these services in a cost effective manner.

As a Trustee, I feel it’s my job to promote the Library and the many programs it offers to improve the quality of life in our Town. Thanks to our Public Library, every Westborough resident can borrow the latest best sellers, access the Internet, complete assignments from elementary to graduate school. The Library also promotes the development of small businesses, engages teens in literacy activities, offers repair clinics for household items, promotes cultural activities through its free pass program and creates a sense of community through its “Screen on the Green” and other community events. These services are essential to the well-being of Westborough residents and to the community as a whole.

In order to serve our community better, the Library is exploring the possibility of renovation and expansion. The Library has applied for a substantial grant from the Commonwealth to rebuild and renovate the Library building. Should we receive that grant, I will join the other Library Trustees, Friends of the Westborough Public Library and other Library supporters in requesting l funds to create a library facility that will serve the Town well for at least the next 30 years.

I would appreciate your vote on March 7 so that I can continue to work on behalf of the Town and its wonderful Library.

Patricia J. Fontes, M.S., Ed; M.S.L.I.S.

Bill Linnane

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

Hello from Bill Linnane

Bill is running for the 3 year term of LIBRARY TRUSTEE

His overall experience as a Planner– Engineer – Organizer and his LONG TIME SUPPORT of the Westborough Public Library make him the best candidate for this position.

In recent years he has assisted the Director and Board as a

  • Member of  Strategic Planning effort
  • Assisted in Recommendations of Building Updates
  • Helped in Contract and Legal Recommendations

Bill is an advocate of the LIBRARY and considers it the HUB OF WESTBOROUGH

His decision to run is primarily based on the following:

  • Broaden the makeup of the Trustee‘s committee by making it more diverse
  • To Assist the Trustees regarding decisions related to
    • Architectural & Construction items, and to
  • Enhance the HUB of the Community

His GOALS are to:

  • Accomplish Existing Needs
  • Ensure Strategic Plan is accomplished
  • Support the Director’s Plans

His CREDENTIALS include:

  • 60 years of residency (4th generation)
  • Experience of 50 years in Management and Engineer & Construction  that will bring new ideas and perspectives
  • Community involvement that includes the Westborough Rotary Club (Past Secretary), and Civic Club
  • Participation in following Organizations:
    • Westborough TV, (Past Chairman)
    • Three time Student Mentor in the Charlotte Spinney Scholarship Program (and Board Member).
  • Past assignments include
    • Town Finance Committee, Youth Group, Building Committee, and others

Bill would appreciate YOUR SUPPORT, and SEEKS YOUR VOTE on March 7

Bill Linnane

Dorothy Mello

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

My passion for literature drew me to run for the post of Library Trustee in 2008, but the library is so much more than a collection of books. Over the last nine years, we have seen the collection grow and the number of patrons visiting our library increase. People come to borrow the books, and a whole lot more:

  • CD’s and DVD’s
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Yard games
  • A telescope
  • Museum passes

Even as I write this, the list is growing !

Trustees support the implementation of programs for all by overseeing the library budget and policy decisions.

Children come to play in the Children’s Room, listen to stories, and participate in craft programs. Teens enjoy their own space and appropriate programs led by a full-time librarian who even works late during January and June exam time to allow students to access the library ’til 11PM, a very popular program.

Our Westborough Room and its dedicated librarian have peered into Westborough’s past with amazing results that have been catalogued locally and on the state level, adding much to the Westborough 300th Birthday.

Programs for adults run from book clubs and movies to learning lectures. Live authors visit to share their works. All are free and open to the public.

Digital technology enables patrons to obtain homework help, utilize variety of data bases and follow their favorite magazines at no additional cost.

We have a library director to pull it all together, keep us current in the world of libraries, and secure grants to enhance our financial resources and spearhead a plan for the future of our library as a hub of the town. We hope to receive a state grant to expand the library and its infrastructure to meet the ever-growing needs of our citizens for more access to technology, more meeting space, and larger specialty rooms, and additional computer and technical equipment to accommodate the growing population of the town and its varying needs.

Over the past three terms as a Trustee, I have served as secretary and as a member of the Library Building Committee. In this role, we have studied other libraries and their programs to enable us to provide you with the most up to date library possible. I would appreciate your vote to allow me to continue to work on your behalf for the library and its programs.

Sincerely,

Dorothy Mello

Eric Waite

Candidate for Trustees of Public Library

It has been said that a room without a book is like a body without a soul (Cicero). Another hath claimed that only the educated are free (Epictetus).

What these two ancient thoughts have in common, is the belief in the sanctity of self-improvement. A public library is the physical embodiment of the idea that “the sum of the parts is greater than the whole”. A community can pool its resources and make those resources — be they books, access to the internet, museum passes, Bocce set, periodicals, a Media Maker space, etc. —  free and accessible to the public. In essence, we members of the community each give a little in the way of our taxes, and get back that that is priceless.

My name is Eric Waite and I am running for a seat on the Library Board of Trustees. As a former president of the Friends of the Library, and long time member of the same, I am keenly aware of the amazing resources we have at our library.

I hope to serve with the Board as they steer the library through a much needed renovation and expansion. The library of tomorrow, for example, may have a few less books (although
physical books will — I hope — always be part of the library experience), and the space that was once occupied by stacks will be used for collaborative work spaces. There are other big and exciting changes coming, for libraries are too smart to not adjust to the times, as well as to the needs and desires of those they serve.

Having extensive experience as a volunteer (e.g. current Board Member of the Westborough Community Land Trust, member of the Armstrong School Council, former member and Christmas tree schlepper for the Westborough Civic Club), I know that the outstanding work the library does can only continue if dedicated and enthusiastic citizens step up to lend a hand.

I will be able to take my background as an educator, coupled with what I have come to know of Westborough over the nearly 18 years that I have lived here and, hopefully, serve as a member on your Library Board of Trustees.

thank you,

Eric Waite

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