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Dog Fight Injures Boxborough Man

By Nancy Arsenault

A Boxborough man and his dog were both injured on Saturday after an altercation between several dogs at the Delaney Wildlife Management Area.

A little before noon that day, police departments in Stow, Bolton and Harvard received several 911 cell phone calls from the Delaney Wildlife Management Area. Stow EMTs and Police responded to the Finn Road entrance of Delaney, just over the town line into Harvard, the closest point to the origin of the cell phone signals.

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Nashoba Budget and Choice Heat Up

By Ann Needle

The Nashoba School Committee scrutinized possible cuts to its potential 2013/14 budget last night, with members agreeing to return later this month with decisions on what (if anything) could be trimmed. And, the school choice debate rolled on through sometimes heated discussion over whether profit from extra students makes up for resources that could be better used for residents.

At the Committee’s request during the last meeting, Wood presented what the $49.1 million proposed 2014 budget would look like if trimmed at three levels.

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UMASS Creating Gleasondale Master Plan

By Nancy Arsenault

Planning Board Coordinator Karen Kelleher announced that Stow, and specifically the Gleasondale Village area, has been chosen by UMASS as the subject of a 14-week intensive exploration by students and faculty of the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Department in Amherst.

Their project will result in a specific Master Plan for that part of Stow, including an inventory of most properties contained within the village boundaries, analysis of economic and environmental issues, concluding with recommendations that could ultimately preserve the character of the area, ensuring its vitality and value to the town, well into the future, according to Kelleher.

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Nashoba Postpones Budget Vote

By Ann Needle

The Nashoba School Committee put off a vote on the district’s proposed 2013/14 budget last night, agreeing that it needs to look more closely at what could be trimmed, especially given that the district towns’ assessments have become questionable. The Committee also looked at the potential calendar for next school year, along with changes to how Superintendent Michael Wood’s performance is evaluated.

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In This Week’s Print Edition… February 13, 2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery   Capital Projects Still Alive The Selectmen last night agreed to appoint an Oversight Committee to monitor a reevaluation of the three municipal capital projects that had failed at the Special Town Meeting in November. The Board also received a preliminary budget proposal for FY2014 from…

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June for Center Project Closing?

By Ann Needle

Though the Center School community is enjoying its new building, the school is not yet completed, officially — and that may need to wait until as late as June.

The Elementary School Building Committee was told Monday night that the damaged pavement in the visitor parking lot may take a while to repair. Currently slated to be fixed during April vacation, the job may take more than that week. If so, the work will need to wait until school is out in June, according to Owner’s Project Manager’s Rep. Neil Joyce.

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In This Week’s Print Edition… February 6, 2013

Where to Buy a Copy Subscribe for Home Delivery   The Impact of Proposed Gun Control On January 16, in response to the school shooting in Sandy Hook, CT., Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick filed legislation to create some of the toughest gun control laws in the country. Since the gun control debate has heated up,…

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Nashoba Proposes a 3.9% Hike

By Ann Needle

The Nashoba Regional School District proposed a 3.9% budget hike last night for the 2013/14 school, up from a 3.1% increase in 2011/12. This puts the total potential budget at $49,054,064, before adding in projected revenue and grants.

However, in comparing the two years, changes in legal requirements on financial reporting mean the estimated hikes for the total budget and the net budget, are not being measured in the same way as last year. Wood explained that items have been moved for accounting purposes from the gross budget to the net budget.

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Town Forest Overrun with Dogs

By Nancy Arsenault

The Conservation Commission recently heard a report from Animal Control Officer Susan Latham that suggests the Town Forest conservation area off Bradley Lane is becoming so overrun with loose dogs and professional dog walkers that it may be time to consider more stringent rules for this property.

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Nashoba Seeks New Goals

By Ann Needle
Looking for broader community input into priorities for the Nashoba schools, Superintendent Michael Wood devoted last night’s School Committee meeting to a public forum for setting some goals for next year’s District Improvement Plan.
The plan is a legally required document, updated each year, that outlines a district’s overall goals, along with ways these targets should be reached and success measured. As Committee Chair Nancy Federspiel of Bolton explained, “The District Improvement Plan is intended to be a living, working document, intended to look at the next 5 years in our district.” She also pointed out that it is these goals that perhaps make the biggest impact on the district budget.

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