Category Archives: Town & Gov

Are you ready for 2017 Town Elections?

Update: uploaded a copy of the official 2017 town ballot.
[Fetched Sat Mar 4 from here.]


Next Tuesday, March 7th, we have our annual Town Election in Westborough!

All Precincts; 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 located at WHS Gym, 90 West Main Street.  Polls open (we think!) 8AM to 8PM.  [Will verify and update this post – editor]

Who’s running?

  1. School Committee, two open positions  (CONTESTED race)
    • David Crandall
    • Lisa Edinberg
    • Neil Feldman
  2. Trustees of Public Library, three open positions (CONTESTED race)
    • Dorothy Mello
    • Patricia Fontes
    • William (Bill) Linnane
    • Eric Waite
  3. Board of Selectmen:  Ian Johnson (incumbent)
  4. Town Moderator: John Arnold (incumbent)
  5. Town Clerk: Wendy Mickel (incumbent)
  6. Planning Board, two open positions:
    • Five-year term position: James Ball
    • One-year term position: Hazel  Nourse

And don’t forget ANNUAL TOWN MEETING:

March 18, 2017 – Saturday Annual Town Meeting – 1:00pm to 11:00pm at the WHS Auditorium, and may continue through Town Meeting week, beginning at 7:00 pm until dissolved.

For OFFICIAL INFORMATION, please contact the Town Clerk:

Town Clerk Office Hours – Mon, Wed, Thurs 8am-5pm/Tues 8am-8pm/Fri 7:30am-Noon 508-366-3020. 34 West Main Street, Westborough, MA 01581

 

Legislators secure additional liquor licenses for the Town of Westborough

(BOSTON)- Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) in passing a home rule petition to grant the Town of Westborough twenty-two additional liquor licenses which would permit the sale of alcohol to be consumed on the premise.

“With the assistance of my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen, we were able to deliver legislation to the community which allows for the flexibility to expand upon economic development and business opportunities so that the Town may continue to thrive,” said Representative Gregoire.  “This legislation began as a home rule petition which was passed at town meeting and brought to the delegation’s attention by local officials as an integral component in the further development of Westborough.  I am happy that we were able to assist in its success.”  “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to once again work with my colleagues, in the House and the Senate, to pass legislation on behalf of the Town of Westborough,” said Representative Hannah E. Kane (R-Shrewsbury).  “The legislation authorizes the town to issue up to 22 liquor licenses over the next three years, which will support future economic development and commercial tax revenue growth.”

Westborough’s location, at the intersection of Interstate 495 and Route 9 and with the passage of I-90 through the town, has attracted a growing commercial workforce and an increasing residential population.  This scenario has created a demand for additional hotel, dining and retail opportunities.  While the location is ripe for development, many businesses are reluctant to locate to a community if they are unable to attain a liquor license.  The passage of this legislation will allow the Town to grant these additional licenses to support job creation and local business development within the community.

“I am happy that the work of the Westborough delegation, together with local officials, is coming to fruition,” Representative Dykema said. “We are ensuring that the town has the necessary tools to grow its economy and enrich the attractions available to residents and visitors alike.”  “I was pleased to co-sponsor and pass this home rule petition for Westborough, to encourage more restaurants to open in the town through additional liquor licenses,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). It was great to work with the Westborough legislative delegation and municipal officials, to get this bill signed into law by Governor Baker.”

This legislation, listed as Chapter 293 of the Acts of 2016, would provide these additional liquor licenses in a tiered release between October 14, 2016 and January 1, 2019.  

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Westborough is Having a Birthday!

The 300th Anniversary Committee is definitely working hard and making a great deal of progress in planning the many events and activities that will make 2017 a year of celebration for the residents of Westborough. While November 18, 2017 will mark the actual birth date of our town, the party will begin much earlier. Soon, in November, our Commemorative Store will be open to the public. The 1717 Shoppe will feature many items of interest including t-shirts and sweatshirts, tote bags, etched glassware, holiday ornaments, books by local authors, art work, and a host of hand made consignment articles created by local artisans. As we get closer to the date, we will provide a more detailed list of our special items.

You may have already heard about the growing list of the many events being planned – the Gallery Opening, the Library Lecture Series, the Pub Crawl, the Parade Build- AFloat Workshop, Family Fun Day, a Town-wide Scavenger Hunt, a family fitness Boot Camp, The Grand Parade, the Fireworks, the Gala Celebration, and the Town Manager’s Reception. And this will not be all! None of these events can come to fruition without the active involvement of our community. We are still eagerly welcoming volunteers to help us with the ongoing planning.

It is pretty apparent that none of these events can happen without funding as well as the help of many volunteers. In August, our 300th Committee sent a letter to nearly 7000 households and businesses in our town. We outlined our plans for the year of celebration and issued a request for monetary donations with clearly defined levels of sponsorship.

To date, we have received many generous donations, however we have not come close enough to reaching our goal of $200,000. We truly hope that many of you will consider making a donation of any amount that is comfortable for you. If you look at our website, westborough300.com, you will see a Become a Sponsor link to our sponsor page where you can download and print our letter and donor form. If you have already made a donation, thank you very much!! If not, we hope you will consider doing so today. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Westborough with 300th Anniversary Committee on the memo line. Please mail your donation to the Town of Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee, c/o Board of Selectmen, 34 West Main Street, Westborough MA 01581.

Our 300th Planning Committee will have a booth at the Arts in Common event on the green at Bay State Commons on September 24th. Please visit us and take a chance to win a prize, play a game, check out some of our commemorative apparel, and learn more about the upcoming celebration.

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for any of our events or if you need more information about making a monetary donation, please contact:

Reene Hatherley
reenehatherley@mac.com
508-341-8089

[Press release received Fri Sep 23, 2016]

Westborough Library’s March Movie for Adults is “Bridge of Spies” Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11 am & 6:30 pm

The Westborough Public Library’s monthly movie for adults will be the Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, “Bridge of Spies”, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

In this historical drama set during the Cold War, a Brooklyn attorney (Tom Hanks) is tasked with negotiating a prisoner exchange between an American pilot who was shot down over the USSR and a Soviet spy serving a 45-year sentence for espionage against the U.S. Bridge of Spies was directed by Steven Spielberg.

Please feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. For more information, call the library at 508-366-3050

Let’s nominate our librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Nominate a librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

ilml2015-hires-finalLibrarians in our nation’s 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day.  If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Nominations will be open until September 28.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information and to nominate a librarian, visit www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

[Here is the link to Nominate a Public Librarian– webmaster]

The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

It is administered by The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world.

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[webmaster note:  The info pages mention this point: “If you have a group of people who want to send in a nomination for the same librarian, please consider pooling your thoughts into a single nomination, if possible.”   What say you, Westborough people?]