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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Despite news reports, accountant charged in thefts from area towns doesn’t live in Harvard

A town accountant who was indicted this week for stealing nearly $730,000 from towns in central and western Massachusetts was described as “of Harvard” in a press release from the attorney general’s office. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Phase 3 sees local gyms reopen, but few other businesses are ready

Local businesses in Harvard and surrounding towns are slowly reopening their doors to visitors as Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening begins this week.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Caroline B. Pennell

Bromfield School trustee, active volunteer, gifted quilter and knitter

Monday, July 6, 2020

Crops and neighborhoods escape severe damage from weekend storm

A brief but thunderous storm that hit Harvard between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday left little reported damage in its wake. 

Friday, July 3, 2020

Bromfield alumni call for greater attention to issues of race and social justice in school curriculum

Alumni of the Harvard public school system are advocating for changes to the schools’ curriculums and practices in an open letter that has been signed by over 600 current and former members of the Harvard public school community.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

State of the Town: Final Edition ... Latest COVID-19 news and developments

Updated Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.

Although Harvard’s State of Emergency remains in effect and state and local restrictions to halt the spread of COVID-19 continue to evolve, we are suspending publication of our "State of the Town" for the duration of our summer break. This is our final edition. However, we will report significant developments as breaking news.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

49th annual Harvard Flea Market is canceled

Harvard's annual flea market, a major fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Harvard and the Harvard Schools Trust, is canceled.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

2020 Summer Publication Schedule

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Timothy F. Holland

U.S. Air Force veteran, insurance agency owner, spouse of Harvard COA coordinator

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Harvard Press named ‘Citizen of Note’

The Harvard Press has been named Harvard’s 2019 Citizen of Note.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Voters pass fiscal 2021 budget but reject override at polls

Following four votes, a bit of parliamentary legerdemain, and repeated attempts by voters and town officials to explain its consequences, Town Meeting on Saturday passed the $33,346,128 fiscal 2021 omnibus budget recommended by the Finance Committee and Select Board. Three days later at Town Election, however, voters rejected the tax override needed to balance it, 467-674.

Town meeting under the big top!
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Town meeting under the big top!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

2020 Spring Town Meeting: Harvard citizens gather outdoors to debate, learn, and vote

Bare feet, quick naps in the grass, and mask-wearing were just a few of the novelties of this year’s Spring Town Meeting. Despite temperatures that peaked at 90 degrees and the complexities of a new venue, Harvard residents showed up to debate, learn, and vote.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Voters nix Hildreth House addition funding

An article asking the town to borrow $4.3 million to build an addition to Hildreth House failed at Spring Town Meeting last Saturday. It also failed at the polls. The borrowing would have funded construction of a 6,271-square-foot building next to Hildreth House to provide additional space for Council on Aging (COA) dining, programs, and events.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

By the Numbers: COVID-19 update

Harvard’s cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began —as reported by the state—remained at 18 in the week between June 17 and June 24.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

New roof for old library passes at Town Meeting, fails at the polls

An article asking the town to borrow money to replace the roof and gutters at the old library passed by a comfortable margin at last Saturday’s Town Meeting, but failed at the ballot box a few days later. 

A reverse parade for HES kids!
Thursday, June 25, 2020

A reverse parade for HES kids!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Town Meeting grants control of beach, track, and fields to Parks and Recreation Commission

An article to transfer jurisdiction over six parcels of land from the Select Board to the Parks and Recreation Commission was passed at the Spring Town Meeting last Saturday. The article, which was brought to Town Meeting by a citizen petition, was one of the most contentious issues on the floor. 

My Life’s an Open Book: Reconnecting with Olive Kitteridge
Thursday, June 25, 2020

My Life’s an Open Book: Reconnecting with Olive Kitteridge

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Voters reject override and building projects; Browse, Coolidge win library board seats

Three-quarters of Harvard’s 4,376 registered voters took no part in Tuesday’s Town Election, leaving several major decisions about the town’s future up to the 1,150 voters who did show up, either at the polls or by absentee voting. 

Thursday, June 25, 2020

General Store plans for outdoor dining with tables, patio

The General Store may soon be bustling again, thanks to a new layout for outdoor dining approved by the Select Board at its June 16 meeting.

Harvard’s college students contemplate return to campus
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Harvard’s college students contemplate return to campus

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Town Meeting approves Bromfield upgrades, votes down middle school ramp

With less than 10 minutes’ discussion in total, three measures to spend $220,000 on improvements for the Bromfield School all gained support from two-thirds or more of the voters present. But two measures for rebuilding the emergency exit ramp from Bromfield’s middle school wing both failed.

Movie Review: 'Da 5 Bloods'
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Movie Review: 'Da 5 Bloods'

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ayer Road renovations: repaving, expanded shoulders, no traffic calming

TEC engineers and town officials have presented the most up-to-date designs of the Ayer Road repaving project and solicited public feedback. More than 40 citizens attended a June 22 Zoom conference, where they made their opinions known.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Publishers Corner: What’s next for the Press?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Police Log: June 16 to 22, 2020

Do you remember?
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Do you remember?

Thursday, June 25, 2020

And the award goes to … us!

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sumner L. Gilfix

Resident, Korean War veteran, insurance professional

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The votes of 2020 Spring Town Meeting

Germany
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Germany

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Youth baseball ready to make up for lost season

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Current & Virtual Events: June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Charlotte A. (Hill) Fitzgerald

Longtime Harvard resident, active volunteer, member of ‘Sweet Adelines

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Summer hiatus

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Notice Board: June 26, 2020

Ads: June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Ads: June 26, 2020

The Press thanks these advertisers who placed ads in our June 26, 2020, issue.

A glossary of town meeting jargon
Friday, June 19, 2020

A glossary of town meeting jargon

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Vehicle storage wanted

Thursday, June 18, 2020

2020 Spring Town Meeting Warrant in Plain English

At Saturday’s Spring Town Meeting, voters will be asked to decide on 21 articles put forward by the Select Board and other town committees. We explain each in everyday English, including the amount of money involved, its source, who oversees its use, whether the article impacts your taxes and—when less than obvious—the consequences of voting yes or no.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Article 3 and Ballot Question 1: Omnibus budget and override—cut now or cut later

Article 3 of the Spring Town Meeting warrant is the big kahuna. Here, on six pages, are the details of how much the town wants to spend next fiscal year for town services, schools, municipal employee benefits, and debt.

Insiders Guide to Town Meeting
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Insiders Guide to Town Meeting

Barton seeks third term as town moderator
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Barton seeks third term as town moderator

A Fable: Taxing times in Anytown
Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Fable: Taxing times in Anytown

Behind the Lens: It’s all about the light
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Behind the Lens: It’s all about the light

Reflections: What's in a name
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Reflections: What's in a name

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Article 19: Parks and Rec seeks clear jurisdiction over town beach and other recreational land

Article 19 of the Spring Town Meeting warrant is a citizen petition that seeks to establish clear authority over several recreation areas that have been the subject of past disputes between the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Select Board. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Town seeks feedback on Ayer Road repaving project

At a June 22 public discussion meeting hosted on Zoom, citizens will be asked to express their opinions on three different designs for a proposed renovation of Ayer Road and to provide further feedback. The work would be funded with a grant from the Transportation Investment Program.

Reopening day camp aims for safety, outdoor fun
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Reopening day camp aims for safety, outdoor fun

On the road again: Driving schools are back in business
Thursday, June 18, 2020

On the road again: Driving schools are back in business

Story Slam: Sailing the high seas with Maria Day
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Story Slam: Sailing the high seas with Maria Day

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Consider This: Override protects town services now and for the future

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Select Board schedules hearing for prospective cannabis cultivation business

Apple Guy Flowers LLC is a new business planning to grow cannabis at Thayer Family Farms at 92 South Shaker Road. Sole proprietor Lucas Thayer is scheduled to meet with the Select Board to discuss his plans at 6:30 p.m., June 30.

Movie Review: 'Shirley'
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Movie Review: 'Shirley'

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Publishers Corner: How’s the Press doing

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Timeline: Balancing an unbalanced fiscal 2021 budget

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Planning Board approves Ayer Road batting cages

The Planning Board has unanimously approved a special permit for In the Batter’s Box, a batting cage business owned by Scott Patterson, which he plans to locate at 256 Ayer Road. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Police Log: June 9 to 15, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Notice Board: June 19, 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Simon Henshaw

Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea, 35-year State Department professional, Bromfield graduate

Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Town Meeting like no other

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Off the water, BA-B crew team bulldozes state finals

June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020

June 19, 2020

Ads: June 19, 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Ads: June 19, 2020

The Press thanks these advertisers who placed ads in our June 19, 2020, issue.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Copies of the Press

Thursday, June 11, 2020

First Person: ‘You’re a black man, you don’t do that!’

Thursday, June 11, 2020

COVID-19 Update: State begins Phase 2 reopening

As retail stores and shopping malls began opening their doors across Massachusetts, and residents enjoyed some socially distanced al fresco meals where someone else washed dishes for a change, Harvard looked pretty much the same this week.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Balancing Act: What you need to know about this year’s proposed tax override

When Moderator Bill Barton calls for a vote on the $33.5 million fiscal 2021 town budget next Saturday, attendees will decide not only how much the town and schools can spend next fiscal year, but, implicitly, whether to raise Harvard property taxes by enough to cover the projected deficit.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Vigil for social justice draws a crowd to Harvard Common

For 8 minutes and 46 seconds, there was silence on the Harvard Common this past weekend.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Select Board votes to require employees and retirees to pay more for health insurance

In a move to reduce fiscal 2021 expenses in the face of uncertain state aid, the Select Board voted unanimously to require town employees and retirees, despite existing contracts, to cover more of the cost of their health insurance.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Article 12 and Question 2: Hildreth House expansion

Article 12 of the Spring Town Meeting warrant and Question 2 on the ballot ask voters to fund a $4.3 million addition to Hildreth House, the town’s senior center, through excluded debt. This is the second phase of a two-phase renovation/expansion project that originated over a decade ago.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Articles 11, 9 and Question 3: Middle school ramp

Voters will soon decide whether to support replacing the structurally failing elevated walkway on the street side of the Bromfield School. The walkway dates from 1962 and serves as an emergency exit for the middle school wing of the building.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Article 10 and Question 4: Old library repairs

Article 10 of the Spring Town Meeting warrant and Question 4 on the ballot ask for $921,260 in additional funds to replace the roof and gutter system of the old library, and to repair any damaged masonry caused by water leaks. The funding would be paid for through excluded debt.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Override cuts would leave police position unfilled for third year

One proposal to help balance the budget if the override fails is to not fill a vacant full-time officer’s position at the Police Department. The position was vacated when Sgt. John Coates retired in 2017. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

In override vote, merit raises for some town employees are on the line

If the proposed $320,000 override fails to win voter approval this month, one of the first casualties is likely to be any merit raises for 40 town workers. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Schools will bear brunt of cuts if override fails

Harvard’s schools account for about 70% of the town budget, when both operating expenses and employee benefits are counted. So last month the Budget Working Group decided at its first meeting that, if the override for fiscal 2021 fails at Town Meeting or the polls, the schools would have to shoulder 70% of the cuts needed to balance the budget. 

#WeCantBreathe
Thursday, June 11, 2020

#WeCantBreathe

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Cuts to tree warden’s budget would leave more dangerous trees in town

According to town officials, if the override fails, the tree warden’s budget will total $25,000, about $20,000 less than the town normally has to spend on tree work.

First Person: ‘You’re a black man, you don’t do that!’
Thursday, June 11, 2020

First Person: ‘You’re a black man, you don’t do that!’

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Library opens for curb service

The Harvard Public Library began offering curbside services on Tuesday. Contactless pickup and drop-off are now available Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Batting cages could come to Ayer Road

Scott Patterson, owner of In the Batter’s Box, a batting cage business with facilities in Hudson and Littleton, is looking to open a similar business at 256 Ayer Road and to live on the property with his family.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Barbara E. Henderson

Dedicated teacher, avid gardener, active in church

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Police Log: June 2 to 8, 2020

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