The COVID-19 pandemic, as one epidemiologist has characterized it, is like a rogue rhino at a lawn party, disrupting all it encounters and scattering the guests. In years past, the Press would be wrapping up its coverage of Annual Town Meeting and Town Election and turning its attention to summer and Harvard’s Fourth of July celebrations. Instead, after an eight-week delay, we find ourselves gearing up only now for our Town Meeting edition, which we’ll publish next Friday, June 19, with our trademark Warrant in Plain English and all the content readers have come to rely on.
The availability of no-excuses-needed absentee ballots, however, has further upended our planning. Many voters are already choosing among this year’s candidates for elected office and determining the fate of four ballot questions. This new reality has led us to publish stories on the budget override and requests for borrowing a week earlier than planned. Our reports cover all four ballot questions, from the Select Board request for a general override and the consequences of its failure, to requests for rebuilding the middle school ramp, replacing the old library roof, and building an addition for the town’s senior center. We’ve also included interviews of this year’s candidates for the one contested race for elected office as well as other candidates running unopposed.
You’ll find these stories and more on the pages of this week’s paper. We hope you find them useful. And whether you plan to vote by mail or in person, by all means vote.