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Thursday, December 3, 2020

By the Numbers: COVID-19 update, 12/4/20

The state reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Nov. 27, and six new confirmed cases for the week ending Dec. 3.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Photo finish: Harvard turnout in 2020 election was highest in state

Of all 350 towns in Massachusetts, Harvard took the top spot for voter participation in last month’s presidential election. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

State-provided tests will soon allow schools to identify COVID-19-infected students and staff

Within a couple of weeks, Harvard school administrators hope to have a powerful new tool for identifying COVID-19 infections among students and staff members so as to limit the virus’s spread.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

PFAS found in town water supply

The town’s two municipal wells tested positive for PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) in early November, although the levels were below the state’s new maximum contaminant level for PFAS.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Select Board approves Ayer Road repaving design, agrees to drop roundabout

The Select Board has approved the preliminary design for the Ayer Road repaving project, which does not include the proposed roundabout at the road’s intersection with Gebo Lane. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

ZBA and Verizon work toward compromise on cell tower

The Zoning Board of Appeals has nearly worked out a compromise with Verizon regarding the company’s request for a new cell tower at 12 Woodchuck Hill Road. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Select Board renews Carlson Orchards’ permit to serve hard cider

Carlson Orchards will be allowed to continue serving hard cider at its Cider Barn for another year. 

Thursday, December 3, 2020

School Committee urges state to cancel MCAS

In a unanimous vote last Monday, the Harvard School Committee joined the Massachusetts Association of School Committees in calling for “a moratorium on all high stakes testing for the 2020-2021 school year.”

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Town receives $1 million MassWorks grant for Slough Road repair

Harvard has received a $1 million grant from MassWorks to make safety improvements to the section of Slough Road between Bolton Road and Mass. Ave.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Three citizens appointed to Bromfield House Committee

The Select Board voted unanimously at its Dec.1 meeting to appoint Bill Ference, Steve Ford, and Pat Jennings to the three citizen-at-large positions on the Bromfield House Committee. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

As COVID-19 cases rise in Harvard, a first case is reported in schools

As COVID-19 cases surge worldwide, the small town of Harvard is now seeing its own version of that surge. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Fiscal 2021 taxes rise, fueled by growing budget and rising property values

When third-quarter fiscal 2021 tax bills arrive in their mailboxes this December, many Harvard residents will not be surprised to find that their taxes have gone up.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Select Board will keep health insurer favored by employees—till next year

Town and school employees will continue to receive their health insurance through Minuteman Nashoba Health Group for at least one more year. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Fake unemployment claims plague town residents and employees

Identity thieves have targeted more than 50 Harvard town and school employees, using their stolen information to file fraudulent claims with the Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Finance Committee powers up with new members as budget season gets underway

The Finance Committee has a fresh look this year with one new member, one member returning after a short hiatus, and a member promoted from associate to voting status.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Harvard-Devens committee agrees on voting and funding for Devens process

At its Nov. 5 meeting, the Harvard-Devens Jurisdiction Committee (HDJC) reached consensus on controversial issues facing the Devens Jurisdictional Framework Committee.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Residents advocate for COVID-19 screening tests in schools

Since last summer, Harvard residents Liz Ruark and Toby Bazarnick have been searching for a way to make weekly COVID-19 testing cost-effective for all students and staff in Harvard schools.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Varsity field hockey players quarantined after opposing player tests positive for COVID-19

The Bromfield varsity field hockey team is quarantining until Nov. 20 after a player from Hudson, a team Bromfield played on Nov. 5, tested positive for the coronavirus.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Town to regulate construction noise by setting allowable hours in building permits

In response to recent complaints about excessive construction noise, the Select Board discussed creating either a comprehensive noise ordinance or a construction noise ordinance.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Milestones remain as town takes stock of election turnout and results

Voting in the 2020 presidential election ceased in Harvard at 8 p.m. last Tuesday, Nov. 3, but the work of election officials is far from over.


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