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Month: November 2013

In This Week’s Print Edition… November 27, 2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery Building Projects Top Tuesday Agendas The Selectmen met last night in a brief, mostly administrative meeting, while prior to that, the Capital Projects Oversight Committee met for an hour.  The Oversight group, chaired by Town Administrator William Wrigley, is still awaiting cost estimates for a combined…

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Solar Systems a Reality

By Nancy Arsenault

Residents packed into Town Hall Thursday night to hear from the Stow Energy Working Group and their newly chosen installer, New England Clean Energy.

The pair is embarking upon a townwide Solar Challenge to educate residents and, ultimately, increase the use of affordably priced solar systems in Stow. From now until April 2014, the Solar Challenge hopes to contract with at least 40 properties, enabling all customers to share in the lowest installation price tier.
The presentations explained how solar works, what types of properties offer ideal installation and energy producing conditions, the financing available and the refunds and payments owners might realize in return for installing a solar system.

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Hollywood Comes to Devens

By Ann Needle

Massachusetts has taken a big step closer to becoming the film-making mecca of the Eastern U.S. – and that means a potential boon for the area. New England Studios, with sound and film stage capacity and equipment to attract big names, world-class projects, and jobs to its surrounding towns , recently opened on the grounds of the former Fort Devens.

Built on 15 acres, at an estimated cost of $60 million, NE Studios “unofficially” opened in October to public viewing, according to Marketing Director Chris Byers. Four 18,000-sq. ft. sound stages anchor the full-service television and film facility. Other features include 24-hour gated security and video surveillance; drive-on stages; two 20′ x 20′, exterior “elephant doors’ for hauling in large equipment and sets; a complete fiber optic network throughout the complex; and a 30,000 sq. ft. office building.

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Believe in Cheerleading

By Ellen Oliver

Before the Nashoba cheerleading squad takes the floor in competitive meet, they place their hands in the middle of the huddle and say in unison: “I Believe.” That faith in each other brought the team back to the Division 2 state cheerleading competition at Wachusett High School on Sunday, November 24.
Coming off a third place finish at regionals and a second place spot in leagues, the Nashoba squad’s routine earned a score of 152 points and an 11th place finish in the state meet.

According to Head Coach Tanya Beaudry, the divisions for cheerleading are realigned every two years based on school enrollment numbers. “This year, four teams in Division 2 were in Division 1 last year,” she said. “For us to make Division 2 states this year was incredible.”

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The Independent Clause

Ok, who’s the joker that changed the calendar? Very funny, but now can you put January back where it belongs and bring November back? Or maybe you just changed the years and we’ve gone back to the 70s when this was more typical November weather? I really don’t want to go back to the 70s. I’ve…

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7th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K Run/Walk Please consider running, walking, or volunteering in the 7th Annual Stow Gobbler 5K. The race will take place this Thanksgiving morning (November 28th), beginning at Stow Community Park and ending at Bose in Stow. Supported by Stow Recreation, this event will donate all proceeds to Habitat for Humanity and…

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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 November 18, 2013 9:39am ANIMAL A caller from Great Road reported a large raccoon in her yard.  It appeared to be sick.  The Animal Control Officer was notified…

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In This Week’s Print Edition… November 20, 2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery Tanks & Military Vehicles Bound for Stow Rob Collings, President of the Collings Foundation based in Stow, is planning an expansion of the exhibit facility there to house a new, expansive military vehicle collection. The $30m collection was donated to the Foundation this summer, with its…

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Curriculum Costs for Nashoba Budget

By Ann Needle

Last night’s Nashoba School Committee meeting hinted at more of next year’s resources being devoted to assessing performance and managing the core curriculum. Center and Nashoba Regional High Schools also reported on their activities, and administration feted the latest national recognition for the high school.

NRHS received kudos recently from Newsweek magazine, which ranked it among the top 2,000 high schools in the nation. At 451, the high school’s rank was based on such factors as graduation and college acceptance rates; average scores on major standardized tests, such as the SAT; average scores on Advanced Placement and other college-level courses; and how many students have taken at least one of the AP/college-level courses.

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