Category Archives: Town & Gov

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)


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%)


 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.


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


Candidate statements for 2017 Westborough School Committee elections

Here are statements for the candidates running for the 2017 School Committee elections.  Only two 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.

Dave Crandall

Candidate for School Committee

Thank you to the residents of Westborough for allowing me to serve on the School Committee for the past 5 months. I am asking for your support and your vote on March 7th to continue on the School Committee. I am pleased to combine my professional experience managing complex organizations and multi-million dollar budgets with my love of Westborough.

My family and I moved to Westborough in May, 2007, and quickly became active in the community. Currently, I am a member of the Westborough 300th Celebration planning committee, coordinating our calendar of events. In 2010 I co-founded the Boroughs JCC, located on Oak Street. and for the past 7 years have sat on their executive board. I helped plan the curriculum, negotiated leases, managed the budget, managed staff, and provided oversight to a 100 child NAEYC accredited preschool. From 2009 to 2015 I managed the annual Taste of the Boroughs promoting local restaurants. I have also been involved with the SpringFest Kids’ Run, the Turkey Trot, Fales Family Fun Day, Mill Pond Colonial Day, and town soccer, football, and basketball.

Professionally, I am currently the Director of Enterprise Architecture for UMass Memorial Health Care. I recently stepped in to manage the technical strategy for all of the entities owned by UMass Health Care. I spent the last 18 years in technology managing engineers and product lines at Google, VeriSign and I have experience managing teams ranging from 3 to 150 employees and budgets up to $140M. I also have an undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon and masters from Clark University.

My wife and I have three children, a 6th grader, a 4th grader, and a 5-year-old who will start kindergarten in 2017. I take pride in Westborough schools. The schools were the main driver for my family moving to Westborough as I have never considered private school. We couldn’t be happier with the decision, and I look forward to the opportunity to assist as part of the School Committee.

Please visit for more information about my experience and commitments to the Westborough community.

Lisa Edinberg

Candidate for School Committee

Fellow Westborough Residents:

My name is Lisa Edinberg. I am a candidate for one of the two open seats for the Westborough School Committee. During these challenging times, it is imperative to make informed decisions regarding your vote in the Westborough Town Election on March 7th at the High School.

In looking forward to the next three years, I want to ensure that we maintain a quality education while evolving with the changing needs of our students.

  • Prioritize 21st century skills
  • Manage the impact of population growth
  • Ensure optimal class sizes
  • Foster lifelong learning
  • Support fine arts, athletics, and special needs programs

As a taxpayer, I understand the importance of balancing the needs of our schools, with the broader needs of our town, and our town budget.

In facing these challenges and objectives, I offer a unique perspective and set of experiences to the role of School Committee Member. I bring nine years of classroom teaching experience, eight of them in Westborough at Gibbons Middle School. I left teaching to attain my MBA Cum Laude from the F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College with a focus on entrepreneurship. I founded a business strategy consulting firm for small and midsize businesses and ran a successful online sales business offering niche craft products to customers throughout the US.

In addition to my roles as an educator and entrepreneur, I have been actively involved in supporting our schools for nearly a decade. I have volunteered as a Math Olympiad Teacher in various grade levels for eight years. I am past president and current treasurer of the Westborough Education Foundation, raising funds for innovative teacher grants. I served four years on the School Council at Fales Elementary, and currently serve on Mill Pond’s School Council.

With your support, and your vote on March 7th, I hope to use my knowledge and experience to serve the children, faculty, staff, parents, and community of the Westborough Public Schools.

Thank you for your support, and your vote.

Lisa Edinberg

Neil Feldman

Candidate for School Committee

My name is Neil Feldman and I am running for one of the open positions on the Westborough School Committee. My wife, Beth, and I joke that we are now in year 22 of a three-year plan to stay in Westborough. When we decided to stay in Massachusetts instead of moving back to California, we only looked at houses in Westborough, largely due to the excellent school system. From the time my son entered Westborough Public Schools thirteen years ago, I have been volunteering in various capacities. I have been a parent teacher in the elementary math enrichment program, a chaperone for many trips, and an active member of the Westborough Fine Arts Education Association, currently finishing my second year as president. My son is currently a first-year at the University of Virginia and my daughter is a sophomore at the high school.

My goals, if I am lucky enough to be elected to the School Committee, are to:

  • Preserve the excellent quality of education provided throughout all schools in the district
  • Look for creative ways the schools can support the Westborough community
  • Ensure we spend the funds that the town and state provide in ways that give us the most bang for the buck

I believe my background makes me highly qualified for a seat on the School Committee. I am currently an IT Director at Emerson College, so I have daily exposure to technology challenges in education and know how to solve them. I have managed multi-million dollar budgets and have over 15 years experience serving on the boards of several local non-profit organizations. I am also a consensus builder and am committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to excel in our school system.

I look forward to serving the town as a member of the Westborough School Committee and ask for your support to make this happen.

Thank you.

Neil Feldman