Jackson Road bridge is being repaired
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) construction project on the Jackson Road Bridge over the Nashua River has begun. The first phase will include milling the surface of the bridge and will not involve a full closure. Structural work on the bridge deck is beginning and will involve night closures over four to five weeks. All work will be done between the hours of 8 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sundays through Thursdays.
Committee reminds swimmers and boaters: Follow pond rules
As 2019 summer beach season gets underway, the Bare Hill Pond Watershed Management Committee reminds residents to review and follow the rules governing swimming and boating activities beyond the beach, whose regulations are set by the Parks and Recreation Commission.
Swimmers should remain within 100 feet of shore unless accompanied by a boat, says committee Chair Bruce Leicher. Motor boats traveling more than 150 feet from shore must follow the path designated by the committee and travel counterclockwise.
A complete list of pond rules can be found at www.harvard.ma.us/sites/harvardma/files/uploads/swim.pdf, along with information on how the committee protects and monitors the Bare Hill Pond watershed. The map for power boats can be found at www.harvard.ma.us/bare-hill-pond-watershed-management/pages/map-bare-hill-pond.
Last hurrah for Central Mass Skate Festival
The 10th annual Central Mass Skate Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 2, through Sunday, Aug. 4. Competitors from across the country will participate in mini-ramp, slide jam, and downhill events. See skatecentralma.com for a short video of last year’s festival, and go to skatecentralma.com/schedule for this year’s full schedule. Spectators are welcome all three days. There will be shuttle buses to transport riders and spectators between town center and the race site all day on Sunday. Organizer Mike Girard has announced that this will be the festival’s last year, so don’t miss it!
math degree program
Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) will offer an associate’s degree in mathematics for the first time beginning this fall, combining a focus on math with an easy transfer path through MassTransfer. The mathematics degree has been designed to prepare students to transfer to a four-year college or university. The degree includes essential courses including calculus, statistics, ordinary differential equations, physics, and explores computer programming with Java. Through this program at MWCC, students will be able to take the core courses universities recommend for the first two years of a math major under the terms of MassTransfer.