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The non-profit Center on the Common, which has attempted for the past two years to create a viable cultural center in Harvard’s old library, announced today that it was shutting down.

 

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The Center on the Common has been operating without insurance since last April, when its policy lapsed, Town Administrator Tim Bragan reported to the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night.

Concerned that their fears had not been heard at a Nov. 12 public forum on a proposal to consider an affordable housing project on Littleton Road, more than 20 residents who live near the property attended the Planning Board meeting Monday night.

Harvard needs to strike a balance in determining the amount of money it puts into a trust fund each year to cover future health benefits for town employees, says Bruce Nickerson, a member of the town’s Finance Committee.

“I was misled.” Council on Aging board co-chair Connie Larrabee was expressing her frustration to members of the Community Preservation Committee at their Dec. 10 meeting during a discussion about whether the CPC should re-open its FY16 grant application window.

The latest cost estimates to renovate Town Hall are in, and while they show an increase of about 15 percent, the selectmen did not seem too concerned as they discussed their options at their Tuesday, Dec. 16, meeting.

School officials unveiled their spending plans for the coming year this week, asking taxpayers for $12.3 million, a growth of roughly 2.43 percent over last year’s budget.

How many seniors live in Harvard? The answer depends on whom you’re counting and when.

When the property tax bills go out later this month, Harvard’s annual property tax rate for fiscal 2015 will be $17.79 per $1,000 valuation for both residential and commercial property. That’s up from $17.09 a year ago.

A new building in Westborough housing the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters will be rededicated to former Harvard town moderator Richard Cronin.

 

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Lighting up the night

Lighting up the night

Brady Niland and Ali Redinger keep their candles alight as they head from the Ecumentical Christmas Pageant to the tree lighting on the Common. (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)   MORE PHOTOS

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Out of thousands of hopeful contenders, Bromfield seventh-grader Grace Acton was one of 15 kids selected to compete in Jeopardy! Kids Week this year.

 

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December 19, 2014
Volume 9, Number 6
“Seasonal lapse”


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