Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Minar is selectwoman; Swanton keeps seat

727 residents voted in Harvard's Town Election Tuesday, April 4, approximately 17 percent of registered voters. In the two contested races Ken Swanton and Kara Minar won seats on the Board of Selectmen, and John Lee became a new cemetery commissioner. All four ballot questions passed.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Frederick announces her resignation

Sue Frederick, principal of the Hildreth Elementary School since September 2014, announced in an email Friday that she will be resigning effective June 30.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Town Meeting postponed

Town Meeting, formerly scheduled for this Saturday, April 1, will start on Monday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in Cronin Auditorium.. Day two will be on Wednesday, April 5, at 7 p. m. in upper Town Hall. The Moderator has made an official declaration of recess and continuance, in light of the impending storm Friday into Saturday.  Town Election is unchanged; it is still scheduled for Tuesday, April 4, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bromfield.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Landscape Maintenance and Construction

Monday, March 13, 2017

Town shutting down in advance of March 14 storm

Harvard Schools and town facilities will be closed all day tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, in anticipation of a record-breaking snow storm. The closures include Hildreth Elementary School, the Bromfield School, Town Hall, the Council on Aging at Hildreth House, and the Harvard Public Library. The national weather service is predicting 12-18" or more of snow accumulation in central Massachusetts.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Ice hockey team loses in district semifinal

The Bromfield-Littleton ice hockey team lost its Division 3A semifinal game 2–1 in overtime to Grafton on Wednesday, March 8. It was the Tigers' final game of the season.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Town Caucus: Selectmen, School, and Cemetery incumbents will face challengers

In a surprising shift from recent years, nominations at Saturday’s Town Caucus produced several contested races.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Hate comes home to Harvard: Threatening graffiti discovered on Bromfield rock

Harvard police are investigating the defacement of the rock in front of the Bromfield School with what Superintendent Linda Dwight characterized as “threatening symbols and hate speech.”

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bromfield falls to Sutton in district soccer finals

The Bromfield boys soccer team suffered its first defeat of the season this afternoon, losing 2–1 to the Sutton Sammies in the Central Division 4 finals.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Energized Trojans trounce Hopedale Blue Raiders and head to district soccer finals

The Bromfield boys soccer team outplayed and outscored the fifth-seeded Hopedale Blue Raiders Wednesday night to win their Central District 4 semifinal match 4-0 and advance to the finals.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Early voting meets with widespread approval

Early voting has gotten a warm reception in Harvard. Monday, Oct. 24, was the first day voters could take advantage of the new practice, and Town Clerk Janet Vellante said 108 people had cast ballots by closing time.

Friday, October 28, 2016

School leaders urge respect for diversity in response to ‘racially divisive incidents’

In response to what school administrators called “racially divisive incidents” at the Bromfield School, the administrators are working to reassure students and parents that Harvard schools are committed to maintaining a safe environment.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Dog Rescue Day at the Farmers Market

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

New hours for Town Hall

Starting Monday, Aug. 1, Town Hall will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. In addition, Town Hall will remain open until 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Wenger will fill vacancy on School Committee

On July 11 the selectmen and the School Committee—in a joint meeting—voted to appoint School Committee veteran Patricia Wenger to fill the vacancy on the School Committee created by Jennifer Bedford’s plan to resign at the end of this month.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Update on town Independence Day events

New England weather is unpredictable, especially this year. Keep an eye on www.harvard4thofjuly.com for the latest updates on the concert, fireworks, and field events!

  • Rain date for fireworks: Friday, July 8
  • Rain date for field events: Monday, July 4
Monday, June 13, 2016

Finance committee approves additional Hildreth House costs, recommends debt financing; Tuesday's STM will decide

When Special Town Meeting convenes tomorrow night, the two warrant articles will have the support of the town’s capital and finance committees as well as the Board of Selectmen, but as of Monday morning the method of financing to be used for the first article had yet to be settled.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Bromfield girls lacrosse team loses to Groton-Dunstable, 7-6, in close match

The Bromfield girls lacrosse team lost, 7-6, to the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders Saturday in the second overtime period of a hard-fought battle for the Central/West District 2 championship.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Harvard Fire Department activates emergency alarm system

Beginning Monday, May 30, Harvard residents will hear a loud air horn between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. whenever the Harvard Fire Department responds to an emergency call.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Voters elect Levison, approve spending for school study, and create a charter commission

At Tuesday’s election voters approved funds for a study and designs to renovate the Hildreth Elementary School and elected public health consultant Libby Levison to a term on the Board of Health. Measures to create a nine-member charter commission and change the office of town clerk from an elected to an appointed position passed easily.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Three Seasons Landscape

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Town Caucus mostly ‘status quo’

The 2016 Harvard Town Caucus quickly nominated 12 incumbent candidates for another term, and one new candidate for the School Committee.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Trump and Clinton win the day in Harvard

Harvard voters turned out in near record numbers on Tuesday, March 1, handing victories to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in the town's Democratic and Republican Presidential Primaries.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Harvard man missing

Friday, December 18, 2015

Town Hall is 'topped off'

The placement of the new lantern on top of Town Hall went off without a hitch on Friday morning, Dec. 18.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Bromfield boys soccer falls to Monson in state championship semifinal

The Bromfield boys soccer team lost to Monson 1-0 tonight at Lunenburg High School in a hard-fought semi-final contest for the MIAA Division 4 state championship.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Publishers Corner: Meeting the challenge

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bren-Lin Farm Pet Services

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Bromfield girls in lacross district semi-finals

The Bromfield girls' lacrosse team is playing in the district semi-finals tonight, June 10, at 7:15 at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton. This game is sponsored by MIAA, so there will be an admission fee of $7 for adults and $5 for students.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Harvard STM voters pass three of four Devens zoning articles

Harvard voters at Monday night’s Super Town Meeting, approved three of the four articles in the meeting warrant, but rejected a fourth. Voters in Shirley and Ayer passed all four articles.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Tractors, lawn mowers, snowblowers, small engine repair

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

All ballot questions pass in lightly attended election

802 residents (21% of registered voters) cast ballots in the April 7 Town Election. All three ballot questions passed with more than 600 "yes" votes against fewer than 200 "no" votes.
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Town Elections - Tuesday, April 7

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, April 7.  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Bromfield School cafeteria.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Frederick names next HES associate principal

Principal Sue Frederick has named Joshua Myler as the next associate principal of Hildreth Elementary School.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Caucus yields few new faces, no contests

This year's Town Caucus, which lasted eight-minutes, resulted no contested positions.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Harvard shuts down again for winter snow

For the second time in a week, the Town of Harvard shut down today, Monday, Feb. 2, as a fresh winter storm pushed its way into central Massachusetts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DPW crews working all night

DPW worker Ben Gilbert told the Press today that he and other DPW drivers had gone out around midnight on Monday, Jan. 26, and had been plowing continuously since then.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Leaky pipes cause brief K-wing closure

School administrators closed the kindergarten wing at Hildreth Elementary School on Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Custom Upholstery

Monday, December 22, 2014

MAHT votes to discontinue consideration of Littleton Road project

At its meeting this morning the Harvard Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund voted to discontinue any further consideration of the proposal by Metro West Collaborative Development, Inc. to develop the property located at 166 Littleton Road and voted to offer the property for sale.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Center on the Common shuts down

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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Harvard community solar bill signed into law by Governor Patrick

A bill was recently signed into law by Governor Patrick, allowing for community shared solar energy systems within Harvard to be exempt from taxes.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bromfield boys' soccer team ends championship run with loss to Sutton in district final

The Bromfield boys' soccer team lost to top-seeded Sutton yesterday, Nov. 15, by a score of 3-0 in the Central Mass. Division 4 championship game.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Harvard Painting

Monday, November 10, 2014

Bromfield boys' soccer reaches district final

The Bromfield boys' soccer team will face perennial rival Sutton in the Central Mass District 4 final. The game will be played at Nashoba Regional High School on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 5 p.m.  READ MORE
Monday, November 10, 2014

Lottery for Trail Ridge affordable homes is Nov. 17

Anyone hoping to buy one of eight remaining affordable homes to be built at Trail Ridge on Littleton County Road must submit an application to Trail Ridge’s state-sanctioned lottery agent, the Sudbury Housing Trust, no later than Monday, Nov. 17.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Swanton wins Special Town Election

Ken Swanton of Fairbank Street has defeated Deborah Thomson of Poor Farm Road in Tuesday's Special Town Election to fill the single open seat on the Board of Selectman.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Selectmen set final wording of STM Town Hall report and warrant article

Corrected and updated Oct. 28, 2014, 10:a.m.

With less than three days remaining before Moderator Robert Eubank calls this week’s Special Town Meeting to order, the selectmen today reached agreement on the wording of the report they will present and the motions they will make as they seek voters' approval to move ahead with their plan for the renovation of Town Hall.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Accident on the Common

A car driven by a Lancaster resident returning home from the annual Columbus Day Weekend Flea Market at the Bromfield School was flipped on its side this afternoon as it attempted to pass or avoid a vehicle stopped in front of the General Store.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Special Town Caucus nominates two for empty selectman seat

The Special Town Caucus, convened at Town Hall on Saturday, Sept.27, to nominate two candidates for the office of selectman, ended almost as soon as it began.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Selectmen appoint former selectwoman Sobalvarro to new town post

Former selectwoman Marie Sobalvarro is the town’s new human resources director and assistant town administrator, a part-time position created this spring at Annual Town Meeting.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Selectmen approve charge for new building committee, seek volunteer members

The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the charge for the Town Hall Construction Committee at their Tuesday night meeting this week and is now actively seeking volunteers to serve on that committee.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

July 4th updated schedule

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Newburyport is Division 2 girls' lacrosse state champion, as Trojans lose final match 7-6

The Newburyport Clippers managed to fend off Bromfield's dynamic midfielders to win the Division 2 girls' lacrosse state championship 7-6 this morning before a crowd of 380 at Boston University's Nickerson Field.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Bromfield girls to play Newburyport Saturday in MIAA state lacrosse final

The MIAA has announced that the match-up between the Bromfield Trojans (18-1) and Newburyport Clippers (15-4) for the Division 2 state title will take place this Saturday, June 14, at 10:30 a.m. on Nickerson Field at Boston University.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bromfield girls’ lacrosse team upsets eastern Division 2 champ Wayland 9-8

The Bromfield girls’ lacrosse team won its state semi-final Division 2 match against Wayland tonight by a score of 9-8 at Foley Stadium in Worcester.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Local resident to lead informal meeting to discuss future of Town Hall

Wescott Road resident Paul Richards has invited concerned citizens to attend an informal meeting tomorrow night, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the Center on the Common to discuss the future of the Town Hall renovation project.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Local resident to lead informal meeting to discuss future of Town Hall

Wescott Road resident Paul Richards has invited concerned citizens to attend an informal meeting tomorrow night, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the Center on the Common to discuss the future of the Town Hall renovation project.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Bromfield girls' lacrosse team will take on Wayland tomorrow in Division 2 semifinal

Following their 10-8 win over Grafton on Saturday, the Bromfield girls' lacrosse team is headed to the Division 2 state semifinals tomorrow, Tuesday, June 10, at Foley Stadium in Worcester, where they will play Wayland.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Bromfield girls are Central/West District 2 lacrosse champs

The Bromfield girls' lacrosse team beat Grafton 10-8 in the Central/West Division 2 finals today at Foley Stadium in Worcester to earn the title of 2014 Central/West District 2 champions.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bromfield girls’ lacrosse headed to District finals

For the first time ever, the Bromfield’s girls’ lacrosse team is headed to the Central/West Division 2 finals.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

O’Shea will stay at Bromfield

Bromfield Principal Jim O’Shea will not be leaving the Bromfield School this fall to take up new duties in the northwestern Massachusetts town of Greenfield.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Town election results

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Speedy caucus yields three races

Eleven minutes and 20 seconds. That’s how long it took the 40 or so Harvard Town Caucus participants to nominate 23 candidates for the April 8 town election.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

New principal named for Hildreth Elementary

Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly has announced that Sue Frederick, one of two finalists for the position of HES principal, will be the school's new leader. Ms. Frederick has been the principal of Elmwood Elementary School in Millbury for the past six years. She was also a principal in Holyoke and previously was a school psychologist.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Voters say no to additional Town Hall debt

By a margin of nearly 200 votes (649 for, 841 against) on Nov. 5, Harvard voters confirmed the Oct. 16 town meeting vote rejecting the proposal to borrow an additional $1.1 million to renovate Town Hall.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Request for additional Town Hall money fails

The three-year effort to renovate and expand Harvard's Town Hall suffered a major setback Wednesday when attendees at a Special Town Meeting failed to approve the additional money needed to begin work on the 1870s-era building.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Dwight named permanent superintendent

By a unanimous vote, the Harvard School Committee approved the hiring of current Hildreth Elementary School Principal Linda Dwight as Harvard's next permanent superintendent of schools.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Town Hall subcontractor bids top estimates

If the bids submitted by contractors for the Town Hall renovation project are any indication, Harvard taxpayers are likely to be asked this fall to approve additional spending to get the job done.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Markey carries Harvard in special election marked by low voter turnout

Harvard once again voted for a Democratic candidate on Tuesday and helped elect Rep. Edward Markey to the U.S. Senate.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Historical Commission once again rejects exterior design for Town Hall addition

At its June 19 meeting, the Harvard Historical Commission once again nixed the architect’s latest design of the exterior of Town Hall addition.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

School Committee will consider Dwight application before renewing superintendent search

The School Committee will not renew its search for a permanent school superintendent until it has given full consideration to the application of Hildreth Elementary School principal Dr. Linda Dwight.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bromfield rowers take first at nationals

The Bromfield-Acton-Boxborough crew team returned from the Youth National US Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn., with a first-place title. Caroline Hart, Olivia MacLean, Molly Hart, Sylvia Sarnik, and cox Emily Erdos won gold in the women's youth 4+ event. The team also took 9th place in the men's youth 4+, and 12th place in the women's youth lightweight 4+.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Bromfield boys take district tennis title

The Bromfield boys tennis team beat Whitinsville Christian 4-1 in the finals of the Division 3 district tournament Thursday, June 6, at Algonquin Regional High School. The Trojans now move on to the state semi-finals in Springfield on Monday at 4 p.m.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Boxborough says no to casino

Harvard residents who have been worried a casino might appear on the town's doorstep can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Baltimore developer proposes slots-only casino for Boxborough

The Cordish Companies of Baltimore has made public a proposal to build a slots-only casino at a site in Boxborough, just beyond the Harvard town line.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Blair, Sklar, Minar, and Breslauer win contested races

Town Clerk Janet Vellante has announced preliminary results of Tuesday's town election and state primary election.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Marathon bombing suspect now at Devens facility

Reuters and other news services reported that accused Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been transferred to the Federal Medical Facility (FMC) at Devens.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Service held for marathon explosion victims

The Congregational Church of Harvard (5 Still River Road) will hold a brief prayer service tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the victims of the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

School Committee names Director of Pupil Services

At their April 8 meeting, the School Committee voted unanimously to accept interim Superintendent Joe Connelly's recommendation of Dr. Marie T. Harrington as the new Director of Pupil Services.

Friday, March 22, 2013

ZBA denies Town Hall variances, special permit; now it’s up to Town Meeting

The Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday morning denied the town’s request for the variances and the special permit it needs to begin its renovation of Town Hall.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

ZBA denies Town Hall variances, special permit; now it’s up to Town Meeting

The Zoning Board of Appeals this morning denied the Town’s request for the variances and the special permit it needs to begin its renovation of Town Hall.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Planning Board will support an amended bylaw exemption for municipal buildings

With barely a quorum present, the five-member Planning Board voted Tuesday night to support a citizens’ petition that would exempt municipal buildings from the town’s protective bylaw.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

School grieves loss of much-loved teacher

Late Sunday afternoon, Hildreth Elementary School Principal Linda Dwight informed families in the school system that longtime kindergarten teacher Barbara Ann Gould had died suddenly the evening before.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

ZBA delays vote on Town Hall project

The town board responsible for enforcing Harvard's protective bylaw once again postponed a vote on whether to grant the special permit and two zoning variances the town needs to begin renovating and expanding Town Hall.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Town Election ballot set; contested races for Board of Selectmen and Planning Board

In doubt since Town Caucus, contests for Board of Selectmen and Planning Board seats were finally set Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. when the time for nominations expired.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Caucus nominates four selectmen candidates; two Park and Rec seats remain open

Two open seats on the Board of Selectmen are the only offices that will be contested in the upcoming town elections, although a misstatement by the presiding officer may have inadvertently created competition for a third.

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