The town beach was the target of an act of vandalism early Saturday morning when three juveniles dragged a port-a-potty into the pond and tipped it over.
By a narrow vote Monday night, the School Committee chose a plan that partially reopens Harvard schools for in-person classes Sept. 8.
Sports enthusiast, youth soccer coach
All the traditional elements of a Bromfield graduation were present last Friday evening, July 31, as the Class of 2020 gathered with family members on the field in front of the school. But the occasion was also marked by some significant differences.
There is a new image on the rock that rests on the field beside the Bromfield School: a black fist set against a white background with the words "Black Lives Matter," in block letters above it.
Reopening school during this pandemic is a journey of immense complexity into unknown territory. Ventilation, disinfection, masks, one-way staircases, 6-foot spacing, coordinating remote and in-person classes, and much more.
Lucas Thayer, proprietor of a cannabis cultivation business on South Shaker Road, and his attorney have met virtually with the Select Board and the Planning Board to advance the months-long permitting process that is required for cannabis growers in the commonwealth
Janet Brown, Bromfield English teacher, department leader, and meditation instructor, has taken a position as vice principal at Narragansett Regional High School in Baldwinville.
Town officials breathed a sigh of relief last week with the announcement that Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Legislature have agreed to protect two main sources of aid to towns and schools in fiscal 2021.
Following the release of an open letter from Bromfield alumni calling for a more antiracist curriculum in Harvard public schools, current students have picked up the cause and are working to further the action that was stirred up earlier this summer.
Select Board members have concluded that once school administrators abandon the Bromfield House next spring, it should be sold or destroyed.
Completion of the installation of energy-efficient lighting in the library and the Bromfield School is expected to save the town over $17,000 annually. Meanwhile, the larger goal of dramatically lowering municipal energy use remains unmet.
Engineer, past owner of Friot’s Water Treatment, loving grandfather
Former resident, beloved grandmother and mother, gracious hostess
The clock is ticking toward a new school year, and Harvard school leaders and staff are scrambling to solve the problems of opening during a pandemic.
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.
Local businesses in Harvard and surrounding towns are slowly reopening their doors to visitors as Phase 3 of Massachusetts’ reopening begins this week.
Bromfield School trustee, active volunteer, gifted quilter and knitter
A brief but thunderous storm that hit Harvard between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday left little reported damage in its wake.
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.
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.
Harvard's annual flea market, a major fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Harvard and the Harvard Schools Trust, is canceled.
U.S. Air Force veteran, insurance agency owner, spouse of Harvard COA coordinator
The Harvard Press has been named Harvard’s 2019 Citizen of Note.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Resident, Korean War veteran,
Longtime Harvard resident, active volunteer, member of ‘Sweet Adelines
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.
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.