Thursday, October 17, 2019

Select Board lambasts Hildreth House Phase 2 design

The proposed design for an addition to Hildreth House received little support at last week’s meeting of the Select Board. Board members responded negatively to the decision that lay at the heart of the design: a separate building instead of an attached addition.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

From dollars to deer: Special Town Meeting warrant is set

Longer Transfer Station hours, more permissive zoning for the Ayer Road commercial district, and a ban on deer hunting on town conservation land are among the 22 articles that will appear on this fall’s Special Town Meeting warrant.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Atlantic magazine author James Fallows gives shout out to Harvard Press

The Harvard Press gained national attention this week, featured in an article by James Fallows in The Atlantic magazine’s online series “Our Towns.” Fallows is a longtime correspondent for the Atlantic and also writes for the New Yorker, NPR, and other national news organizations.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Army will test nearly 200 Harvard private wells for PFAS

When the Harvard Board of Health asked the Army to test a sampling of private wells in northwest Harvard for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) last summer, the Army agreed. It subsequently increased the number of wells it will test from the requested 40 to nearly 200.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Harvard’s climate resilience plan awaits action

In June 2018, Harvard received $35,000 to develop a plan to prepare for the effects of climate change. The plan was published one year later. Now, having been officially designated as an MVP (Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness) community, Harvard seems to be stalled at the next phase: action.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Citizen petition seeks to ban deer hunting

The debate over whether to allow deer hunting on town conservation land will come before voters at Special Town Meeting later this month.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Gas leaks in Harvard designated 'nonhazardous'

Last week’s Press reported that there were seven unrepaired gas leaks in Harvard in 2018, but they pose no imminent risk to public safety.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Baseball fields get fall money; other fields wait their turn

After dithering for weeks, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted Monday night to split the cost of doing fall maintenance on three town baseball fields with the Bromfield Baseball Boosters Club, continuing a five-year public-private partnership between the two organizations.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Town center senior housing continues to elude town

“It’s time to fold up our tent.” That was Housing@Hildreth House Committee Chair Rick Maiore’s opening line to the Select Board at its Oct. 8 meeting. Maiore was summoned to the meeting to discuss disbanding the committee, an idea presented to the board by Town Administrator Tim Bragan.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Devens declares two wells PFAS-free

Two of the three wells that supply public drinking water to Devens now have no detectable levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Community Harvest seeks partners to preserve orchard

The nonprofit Community Harvest Project, which works to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need throughout Worcester County, is seeking help from town boards and conservation groups to secure an agricultural preservation restriction to permanently protect its Harvard property.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Harvard Conservation Trust objects to alterations to town’s scenic roads

The Harvard Conservation Trust alerted the Select Board this week to alleged violations of the town’s Scenic Road Bylaw.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

‘No new name for No Name Street,’ ConCom urges

The question of a street sign for the short section of road in town center often called “the no name street” came up at the Conservation Commission’s Oct. 3 meeting.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

A dozen buoys missing from Bare Hill Pond

Ten marker buoys belonging to a Harvard resident and two hazard buoys placed by the harbormaster are thought to have been stolen from Bare Hill Pond on the weekend of Sept. 21. 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Town officials say it’s time to disband Housing at Hildreth committee

The committee that has been investigating the feasibility of multiple detached or duplex senior housing on the hill to the west of Hildreth House may have run up against something harder to deal with than ledge—opposition from town officials.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Conservation group seeks to protect ice age ridge on town border

When the Laurentide ice sheet was slowly retreating northward across Massachusetts about 15,000 years ago, its meltwater formed Lake Nashua, a huge glacial lake that stretched from Littleton to Worcester.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Planning Board drops rural life bylaw, endorses six for Special Town Meeting

The Planning Board has finished work on its proposed bylaw changes for the Oct. 28 Special Town Meeting, bringing to the docket changes to six existing bylaws.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Three years after renovation, Town Hall grounds to be landscaped

Three years after the completion of the Town Hall renovation, the area around the building and its parking lots will finally be professionally landscaped.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Subcommittee drops furnishings to lower cost of Hildreth House Phase 2

In an effort to further lower the estimated cost of the Phase 2 renovation, the Hildreth House Phase 2 Subcommittee removed the entire estimated budget for furnishings and equipment, $250,000, from the project.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

New contractor to finish Ann Lees field; mistrust persists

The town has a new contractor for Ann Lees field, the troubled project to provide a home for Bromfield’s varsity and JV softball teams.

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