Month: September 2013

In This Week’s Print Edition… September 25, 2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery   COA Says No to Transportation Proposal Don’t fix what isn’t broken. That was the response from the COA  last night as Selectmen and members of the Council on Aging board heard a proposal from an Acton-based movement to merge community transportation services amongst several area […]

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Peaceful Turnout for Gun Violence Forum

By Ellen Oliver

A public forum “Gun Violence: Nine months after Newtown: What has changed?” was held by the Stow Democratic Town Committee on September 18 at Hale School. The forum was originally scheduled to be held in May, but was postponed due to concerns about the potential size of the turnout and need for increased security measures, according to the SDTC.

The panel members for the forum, some different from the ones scheduled for May, included John Rosenthal from Stop Handgun Violence, Angus McQuilken from the Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence and StateRepresentative Michael Brady, who is on the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee. James Wallace from the Gun Owners Action League, was also scheduled to appear, but withdrew the day before due to illness.

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Nashoba MCAS Scores Healthy

By Ann Needle

With the school year still new, the Nashoba School Committee got a first look at last spring’s MCAS scores for the district at their meeting Tuesday night, and heard reflections from Nashoba Regional High School’s principal, after his first year of service, on what is needed at the school. Much of the rest of the Committee meeting was devoted to reviewing and approving new and existing policies, including a new teacher evaluation system.

Looking at the spring MCAS results, the district continued to fare well. Compared with other grades across the state, each Nashoba school placed at least in the top third of each grades’ Math, Science, and English Language Arts tests, according to calculations released by The Boston Globe. Students take the exam in grades 3 through 8, as well as in grade 10. The tests’ rankings are listed (highest to lowest) as Advanced, Proficient, Needs Improvement and Warning/Failing.

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The Tide is Turning for Golf Team

By Ellen Oliver

A 3-5 record might not seem to be an indicator of a turning point, but Nashoba longtime golf team coach Dennis Bean recognizes a shift in his team. “We had a slow start, but things are turning around,” said the coach. “We have kids who are figuring out match play. It’s different than playing on the weekend with your dad or friends.”

According to the coach, the difference between weekend golf and competitive match play comes down to discipline. “I tell the kids, if you’re playing golf well, you’re probably not having a lot of fun,” laughed the coach. “You have to make some tough decisions and grind a bit out there.”

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The Independent Clause

They (whoever “they”are) say things happen in threes. They were right on this Tuesday.  With the layout fairly well organized, the news started coming in Monday night and continued into late Tuesday afternoon. But that’s our business and being flexible for last minute changes is key. So now that everything is reorganized and once again […]

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Public Safety Log

Excerpts from the Public Safety Logs. Please note, arrests are made based on probable cause but do not determine  guilt or innocence until proven in court. Monday September 16, 2013 2:15am ROAD SAFETY COMPLAINT A caller on Gleasondale Road reported that road line painters were in a bad spot on the road.  The Police responded.  […]

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Calendar

Upcoming Library Events Board Game Night, Wednesday, September 25th at 5pm. De-stress after school at the library playing board games. Play ours or bring yours from home! We have Apples to Apples, Jenga, Mancala and more. Ages 8 and up are welcome. Blue Man Group Join Stow Friends of Music for a performance of the […]

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In This Week’s Print Edition… September 18, 2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery   Hemenway Farm Stormwater/Open Space On Tuesday night, September 17, the Conservation Commission heard from the developers of Hemenway Farm on Walcott Street as to their plans for dealing with stormwater management. While most residents may find this a very dry topic,  town officials charged with […]

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Intel Closing Impacts Region

By Nancy Arsenault

Late last week, word reached the public that international semi-conductor giant Intel will be shutting down their chip manufacturing facility in Hudson. The shut down will slash 700 positions by the end of 2014. The first round of layoffs, affecting 100 people, is expected to take place over the next few months. When the entire layoff concludes, the Hudson workforce will have been cut nearly in half.

“Intel has informed its employees that it plans to cease manufacturing operations at its wafer fabrication facility in Hudson, MA,” confirmed Ann Hurd, Manager of Corporate Affairs Intel East Coast, speaking to The Stow Independent on Friday. She said Intel is developing plans to offer other manufacturing positions within the company to laid off employees, but none of those positions are in Massachusetts. “Our other factories are in Arizona and Oregon,” said Hurd of the relocation options.

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