Friday, August 19, 2011

Town Meeting unanimously approves extra sewer funding

At a rare summer Town Meeting Thursday evening, attendees approved a request to borrow an additional $540,385 so the town can begin work this fall on a sewer system that will serve the businesses, homes, churches, and municipal buildings in the center of town.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sewer vote is unanimous

With a turnout estimated at close to 200, after a detailed presentation by Town Administrator Tim Bragan and supporting statements from Selectmen and the Finance Committee, and only a few comments, none of which were negative, voters unanimously approved borrowing an additional $540,385 to fund construction of a sewer system to serve public and private properties in the center of Harvard.

Details to follow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Finance Committee votes to support sewer warrant

The Finance Committee voted tonight to support the request before tomorrow's Special Town Meeting to borrow an additional $540,385 to pay for the town center sewer system authorized by voters in 2009.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fate of sewer project in the hands of Aug. 18 Special Town Meeting

If Town Meeting voters approve the additional borrowing that Harvard needs to upgrade its water treatment plant and extend its sewer to 74 private and municipal properties in the center of town, the annual cost of financing the project for the average taxpayer will be an additional $6 to $8 per year.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New sewer estimate means 9 percent fee increase, town says

The town is predicting a 9 percent increase to the betterment fees town center property owners will be charged to cover their share of the cost to upgrade the town's failed Massachusetts Avenue wastewater plant and extend its sewer lines if a Town Meeting vote Thursday night passes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Selectmen call August Town Meeting to approve additional sewer costs

Selectmen voted unanimously this week to convene a rare summer Town Meeting later this month to seek voter approval to borrow an additional half-million dollars from a state revolving fund in order to begin construction of the long-awaited town center sewer system.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Town sewer bid schedule set; September construction start likely

The engineering manager who has coordinated preparations for Harvard's town center sewer project for the past two years, said yesterday that the town will finally release bid documents for the $2 million project at the end of this month.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sobalvarro, Ricci reelected; Question 1 passes

With 1,274 voting, incumbents Marie Sobalvarro (910 votes) and Ron Ricci (659) were reelected to the Board of Selectmen. Challenger Stu Sklar garnered 595 votes. Question 1 passed (820 to 381), authorizing the borrowing of $185,000, excluded from the provisions of Proposition 2½, completing the approval of Article 17 voted at Saturday's Annual Town Meeting.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Quarles stepping down as COA director

Council on Aging Director Ginger Quarles announced this week that she will be leaving her Harvard post to take a position as COA director in Concord.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Town Meeting goes for Article 17

By a nearly unanimous vote, Annual Town Meeting voters today approved article 17, based on a compromise brokered over the last several days by Town Administrator Tim Bragan and agreed to by both the Municipal Buildings Committee and the proponents of article 18.

Friday, April 1, 2011

CPIC considers likely municipal buildings warrant changes

After several days of intense negotiation, a brokered compromise has apparently been agreed among proponents of municipal buildings articles 17 and 18.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Finance Committee votes $20K for 2012 town Master Plan

Kara Minar, Chairman of Harvard's Planning Board, at this week's Finance Committee meeting, requested  $50,000 to begin work on the town's Master Plan.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Joseph Connelly chosen as interim superintendent of schools

Barring any snags in the paperwork, Dr. Joseph Connelly will be the interim superintendent of schools for Harvard for the 2011-12 school year.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Candidates nominated for interim superintendent position

The School Committee announced yesterday that three candidates have accepted nominations as finalists for the position of Interim Superintendent of Schools.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Town faces choices as FinCom rejects MBC article in favor of alternative drafted by dissenting selectmen

At its final meeting before its report goes to the printer, the Finance Committee voted last week not to recommend an article submitted by the BOS-appointed Municipal Buildings Committee (MBC) and gave their support instead to a citizens petition drafted by two selectmen and signed by 22 residents.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Kendall drops out of School Committee race

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Debate scheduled for Board of Selectmen candidates

The three candidates (incumbents Ron Ricci and Marie Sobalvarro, and challenger Stu Sklar) for Board of Selectmen will participate in a debate on Monday evening, March 21, at 7 p.m. at Volunteers Hall.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Caucus nominates candidates for four contested offices

If candidates nominated by Town Caucus on Saturday, Feb. 12, sign the caucus nomination by 5 p.m. Tuesday, there will be four contested races in this year's town election.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Jefferson is named Lynnfield superintendent

According to a report posted on the Lynnfield Patch, an online community news source, the Lynnfield School Committee approved Dr. Thomas Jefferson as Lynnfield's next superintendent by a 4-1 vote at their Jan. 13 meeting. Jefferson was one of two finalists selected by the town's 11-member search committee.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Public interviews scheduled for HES principal finalists

Superintendent Thomas Jefferson has announced a schedule of interviews for the three finalists for the position of  principal of Hildreth Elementary School.  All members of the community are invited to attend.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Jefferson could be headed for Lynnfield

School Superintendent Thomas Jefferson confirmed this week that he has been named one of two finalists for the superintendent position in Lynnfield, Mass.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Harvard designated one of 18 new 'Green Communities'

Friday, November 12, 2010

Boys soccer advances to Divison 3 finals

Friday, July 30, 2010

Harvard makes list for low-interest sewer loan

As Harvard baked in summer heat and residents headed for the beaches and mountains of New England, town officials learned this week that Harvard has qualified for a low-interest state loan that will let them begin work on a new town center sewer system early next year.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Interim principal selected for elementary school

The new principal for the Hildreth Elementary School will be coming back to a
familiar setting. Former elementary teacher Suzanne Mahoney has been chosen from a
group of more than 20 applicants to serve as interim principal.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Devens issues noise alert for Tuesday, June 22

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Wright unseats Sklar for School Committee slot

In the only contested race in this year's town elections, Kirsten Wright beat incumbent Stu Sklar by a substantial margin for a three-year term on the School Committee.

Kirsten Wright - 765
Stuart Sklar - 439

Friday, April 16, 2010

School Committee, Teachers Association announce contract settlement

The negotiating teams of the Harvard School Committee and the Harvard Teachers Association have issued a press release, announcing settlement of a one-year contract for the 2010/2011 school year.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Town budget is balanced

“The budget is balanced,” Town Administrator Tim Bragan announced at a combined meeting of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee, and Finance Committee (so-called “tri-board”) on Saturday morning, April 3.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sobalvarro wins Selectman race

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Selectman Leo Blair resigns

Leo Blair has resigned from his elected position as a Harvard Selectman and as a member of the Harvard Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, effective immediately. His resignation also leaves vacant the position of Chairman of the Joint Boards of Selectmen (JBOS).

Friday, June 12, 2009

2008: Bright start, gloomy end

As 2008 began, the long-term outlook for the Press was promising. Subscription renewals were coming in (many for two years), advertising revenue was growing, and reporters were covering the news as boards prepared for Town Meeting. The financial picture was positive, even though we were forecasting another year or two of deficits.

Friday, June 12, 2009

2008: Bright start, gloomy end

As 2008 began, the long-term outlook for the Press was promising. Subscription renewals were coming in (many for two years), advertising revenue was growing, and reporters were covering the news as boards prepared for Town Meeting. The financial picture was positive, even though we were forecasting another year or two of deficits.

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Friday, June 5, 2009

July to December 2007: Reorganization, growth

We took a planned break in July and early August, with no paper published for four weeks. We moved into our new space before we left. When we returned, we began a period of change.

Friday, June 5, 2009

July to December 2007: Reorganization, growth

We took a planned break in July and early August, with no paper published for four weeks. We moved into our new space before we left. When we returned, we began a period of change.

Friday, May 29, 2009

January to June 2007: Settling in

During the winter and early spring of 2007, we focused on strengthening the paper's content.We had welcome help from two former editors of the old Harvard Post, Ann Levison and Connie Larrabee.

Friday, May 29, 2009

January to June 2007: Settling in

During the winter and early spring of 2007, we focused on strengthening the paper's content.We had welcome help from two former editors of the old Harvard Post, Ann Levison and Connie Larrabee.

Friday, May 22, 2009

In the beginning ...

In 1973, a locally owned independent weekly newspaper, the Harvard Post, was started by Kathleen Cushman and Ed Miller (authors of How to Produce a Small Newspaper, Harvard Common Press, 1978) with a goal of “bringing the community together while reflecting the individualism that makes Harvard so special.”

Friday, May 22, 2009

In the beginning ...

In 1973, a locally owned independent weekly newspaper, the Harvard Post, was started by Kathleen Cushman and Ed Miller (authors of How to Produce a Small Newspaper, Harvard Common Press, 1978) with a goal of “bringing the community together while reflecting the individualism that makes Harvard so special.”

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Welcome to the economics of local news

I'm Worth Robbins, part owner of The Harvard Press LLC, which publishes The Harvard Press, the locally owned independent newspaper of the town of Harvard, MA. My partners and I intend to blog about the economics of delivering local news to Harvard, population about 6,000, 35 miles west of Boston.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Welcome to the economics of local news

I'm Worth Robbins, part owner of The Harvard Press LLC, which publishes The Harvard Press, the locally owned independent newspaper of the town of Harvard, MA. My partners and I intend to blog about the economics of delivering local news to Harvard, population about 6,000, 35 miles west of Boston.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Debt exclusion passes by wide margin

Voters today gave overwhelming approval—782 for, 144 against—to the proposition 2½ debt exclusion question authorizing borrowing for the town center sewer project.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tragedy strikes family on East Bare Hill Road

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