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.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Town Caucus postponed; nonessential travel banned

Town Clerk Janet Vellante has announced that Town Caucus, which was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, has been postponsed to Saturday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Meeting Room.

In addition, the Transfer Station will be closed Saturday, Feb. 9. It will be open again on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Governor Deval Patrick has imposed a statewide ban on nonessential travel starting at 4 p.m. today.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Harvard to restart search for school superintendent

Harvard’s search for a permanent school superintendent is starting over from scratch.

Friday, January 18, 2013

School Committee votes to review original pool of applicants for superintendent

In a special afternoon meeting on Friday, January 18, the School Committee decided to reopen the search for a new superintendent, but to consider only the original pool of applications received by the search committee.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Superintendent candidate withdraws application

One of the two remaining candidates for Harvard's superintendent of schools has dropped out of contention, School Committee chair SusanMary Redinger announced at the committee's Monday meeting.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Hildreth Elementary principal: School has safety plans in place

In the wake of the elementary school killings in Newtown, Conn., last Friday, people in towns nationwide are asking themselves what safety measures their own schools might have. Even while the situation in Newtown was unfolding, word reached other schools across the country, including Hildreth Elementary School in Harvard.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Harvard school principals issue statements on Connecticut shootings

The principals of Hildreth Elementary School and the Bromfield School released statements this weekend to the school communities in response to the school shootings in Connecticut on Friday.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Candlelight vigil on the town common

A group of Harvard residents have planned to hold a candlelight vigil in honor of and in support of the Sandy Hook, Conn., community. The vigil will take place at the town common at 4:30 to 5 p.m. this evening, Sunday, Dec. 16.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Town, schools experiencing email outage

Town Hall and the Hildreth Elementary School are experiencing “technical difficulties” today and are asking residents to not try to contact them via internet.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fire chief: Power will be restored by the end of Friday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick-or-treating rescheduled to Saturday

At 5 p.m. this evening Chief Ed Denmark issued a statement saying that trick-or-treating on the Common was rescheduled to Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. However, Demark said that this may change if remaining safety concerns have not been resolved by then.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween trick-or-treating postponed

Harvard Fire Chief Rick Sicard announced this afternoon the town has decided to postpone Halloween trick-or-treating on the common due to "the total number of household that are still without power, the number of power lines that are on the ground, and the number of power and tree crews working around town."

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Fire chief: More than 350 homes without power in Harvard

Update: According to a document issued by National Grid last night, 510 out of 2,281 customers in Harvard are without power. Power will be fully restored by midnight Friday, the document says.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Worst of storm expected later today; power outages reported

While the full force of Hurricane Sandy has yet to reach Harvard, power outages have been reported in the area this morning, according to National Grid. Town officials have not issued any statements on the storm, but Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick declared a statewide State of Emergency and told state workers to stay home today.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Today is last day to register to vote

Today, Wednesday, Oct. 17, is the last day to register to vote (if not already registered) in the upcoming Nov. 6 election. A registration session is being held at the Town Hall today from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Special Town Meeting In Depth: Long discussion of Article 4 leads to three amendments

In the course of a 45-minute discussion, the motion to approve the passage of Article 4 was amended three times. When it finally passed by the required two-thirds vote, the Board of Selectmen, who had carefully crafted its language in a contentious three-hour session two weeks ago, were left with more options than they had requested.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

STM passes entire warrant

In a well-attended Special Town Meeting for late August, all five warrant articles passed Wednesday night, although one with some modifications.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Sale of General Store business moving forward

Harvard General Store owners Adam and Lyn Horowitz have made good progress toward the sale of the store business and its likely continued operation in the center of town, Lyn Horowitz told the Press this week.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Harvard General Store is for sale

In an email this afternoon to the Harvard General Store’s mailing lists, Adam Horowitz announced that he and his wife, Lyn, are seeking a new owner for the business they opened in 2008 in the building on Harvard’s common.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wanted: ‘High clearance’ transportation for veterans during Memorial Day events

Traditionally, Harvard’s senior veterans who are unable to navigate the sometimes treacherous slopes of the Town Center Cemetery for the Memorial Day tributes have been transported in golf carts. In the past, a local golf club, which is no longer operating, would donate those carts for the parade. This year, however, Harvard’s veterans’ services agent Dennis Lyddy has so far been unable to locate a replacement donor.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wallace is new chairman of Board of Selectmen

At their first meeting following town elections, the Board of Selectmen Tuesday night elected Lucy Wallace as their chairman for the coming year.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Inn sold at auction to Harvard resident

The Inn at the corner of Fairbank Street and Old Littleton Road—which provided four affordable rental units for over 20 years—was sold Thursday for $226,000 at a foreclosure auction. Rick Curtin, of Stow Road, was the high bidder at the sale.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Wallace 'delighted' with win

By a margin of 43 of the 1,554 votes cast for Board of Selectmen in Tuesday’s town election, Lucy Wallace, of Orchard Hill Road, defeated Rhonda Sprague, of Prospect Hill Road. Wallace will be returning to the board she left in 2010 after serving 12 years.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Voters return Wallace to Board of Selectmen

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Town Meeting says yes to Town Hall renovation

Harvard’s Annual Town Meeting today approved the $3.97 million plan of the Municipal Building Committee to renovate Town Hall.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Town Meeting: Town Hall funding passes, CPA surcharge increase does not

Annual Town Meeting today voted in favor of an article to borrow $3.97 million to fund the renovation of Town Hall. Article 36, to increase the Community Preservation Act property tax surcharge from 1.1 percent to 3 percent did not pass, with 81 voters against it and 75 for it.

Friday, April 27, 2012

FinCom drops support for an increase in the CPA surcharge

key committee has reversed its position on a proposal to raise the property tax surcharge that funds many of Harvard’s community preservation projects. Annual Town Meeting is tomorrow, Saturday, April 28,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ricci: Community Preservation Committee recommendations still stand

The Community Preservation Committee has no plans to change its recommended expenditures for the coming fiscal year or to withdraw its support at Annual Town Meeting for an increase in the tax surcharge that funds it, said vice-chair Debbie Ricci.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Debt refunding will save town $40K per year

Harvard will save more than $40,000 per year over the next 20 years thanks to a timely refunding of $6.6 4 million of its outstanding debt at 1.65 percent interest, one of the lowest in town history.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cronin dropping out of School Committee race

Sharon Cronin, who was running for one of two open seats on the School Committee, announced today she is withdrawing from the race.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

School Committee drops plan for union with Boxborough

The School Committee has decided against any form of administrative union with Boxborough. On Monday night, the committee voted unanimously not to pursue the union agreement, citing an absence of community support for the idea.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Public hearing tonight on school budget, school union study

The Harvard School Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 school budget tonight at 7 p.m. in Volunteers Hall.
Friday, March 30, 2012

Updated: Harvard, Ayer vote no to Vicksburg Square

Town Meeting voters in Harvard Wednesday night voted against changes to the Devens Reuse Plan, zoning bylaws, and zoning map which would have allowed Boston’s Trinity Financial to redevelop the former military housing at Vicksburg Square into rental apartments.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

School Committee issues statement in lieu of position on Vicksburg Square

The School Committee finalized a statement Friday that gives voters data on school demographics and details of the Devens contract. The committee earlier decided not to take a position on Trinity Financial's proposed redevelopment of Vicksburg Square.

Friday, March 23, 2012

FinCom endorses Town Hall Plan; CPC votes to raise surcharge

Following a persuasive presentation by one of its members, the Finance Committee voted Wednesday evening to recommend that the town fund the next phase of a plan by the Municipal Building Committee to renovate Town Hall at an estimated cost of $3.9 million.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Couple in reported double shooting have Harvard connections

A husband and wife that police say were involved in a double shooting that left one of them dead and the other injured at a home on Martha’s Vineyard have Harvard connections.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Harvard Selectmen say no to Vicksburg Square; Lt. Gov. endorses

The Harvard Board of Selectmen Tuesday night voted 3-1 against supporting a Town Meeting warrant article for changes to the Devens Reuse Plan, zoning bylaws, and zoning map that would allow Boston's Trinity Financial to redevelop the former military housing at Vicksburg Square into affordable rental apartments.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Vicksburg Square pro and con; Devens residents weighing in

Read Devens residents' statements for and against the upcoming super town meeting vote on the Vicksburg Square proposal. Devens residents this week received ballots in their mail for an informational vote meant to gauge the level of support in that community for the project. The votes will be counted and the results will be shared at a meeting of the Devens Committee on Monday, March 19.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ballot set: Three contested races

As of the 5 p.m. deadline Tuesday, four caucus-nominated candidates chose not to sign their nomination, one nominee withdrew, and one new candidate submitted nomination papers, with the result that their will be three contested races in the May 1 Town Election.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Update: Ayer Road bridge will remain open to two-way traffic

The Ayer Road bridge over Route 2 will not be completely closed to traffic in either direction, according to a phone and email message sent by the town this afternoon.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Town caucus Saturday

The town caucus, where those who are interested in running for local office are nominated, is tomorrow, Saturday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall Meeting Room. The Harvard Press ran a list of available positions a few weeks ago.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Harvard GOP voters go for Romney again

Harvard Republicans chose former Governor Mitt Romney overwhelmingly Tuesday in the presidential primary. Of the 593 votes cast to choose a Republican candidate for president, Romney earned 420.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Selectmen postpone vote on building committee recommendations

On Thursday evening the Municipal Building Committee delivered its final plan for the renovation and expansion of Town Hall and Hildreth House to the Board of Selectmen. But after a 90-minute question and answer session, Selectmen adjourned without a formal vote to accept the plan.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Selectmen to hold Vicksburg Square hearing, also discuss net metering

On the agenda for the Harvard Board of Selectmen for Tuesday, Feb. 21, are two items of note: a public hearing on Trinity Financial's Vicksburg Square proposal and a discussion about lending support to state legislation that would increase the net metering cap for residential renewable energy facilities.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Community Preservation Committee approves $1 million for Town Hall

At the request of the Municipal Building Committee, the Community Preservation Committee voted Wednesday to contribute more than $1 million over the next 20 years to the cost of renovating Town Hall.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

First pass total for Town Hall and Hildreth exceeds $10 million

The Municipal Building Committee has asked for more time to draft final schematic designs and a budget for the renovation of Town Hall and Hildreth House, and has rescheduled its presentation to a joint session of the Selectmen and the capital and finance committees for Thursday, March 1.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Building committee endorses an open upper Town Hall

At its final public forum Thursday evening, the committee planning the renovation of Town Hall recommended that its historic “great hall” on the second floor be restored to its original use as a large community assembly space, but outfitted with moveable dividers to create smaller meeting areas, when needed.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Building Committee prepares for final forum as new objections emerge

The forum convenes Thursday evening at 7 p.m. in Volunteers Hall at the town library, where attendees will get to hear both sides of the argument and will be able to express their opinions to the committee and each other.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Wallace to run for Board of Selectmen

Former Selectman Lucy Wallace will again be running for a seat on the board. Wallace announced her intention to run in a press release this morning.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Building committee looks for ways to trim Town Hall addition

Members of the Municipal Building Committee got back to work last week on reducing the size of plans for Town Hall.

Monday, January 16, 2012

MassDevelopment to hold public meeting on Vicksburg Square

MassDevelopment has announced it will host a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the first-floor conference room at 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens, to hear comments and respond to questions on Trinity Financial’s proposal to redevelop Vicksburg Square in Devens.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Selectmen reject MBC recommendation for Town Hall; give them time to reconsider

A divided Board of Selectmen last night rejected the recommendations of its Municipal Building Committee and asked that it come back with a more “thoroughly vetted” and space-efficient scheme for the renovation of Town Hall.
Friday, January 6, 2012

Building committee recommends new addition to Town Hall

The Municipal Building Committee voted yesterday to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that the town replace the current octagonal addition on the north end of town hall with a new one, but with dimensions more modest than the most ambitious addition it has considered.

Friday, December 16, 2011

After charrette, building committee narrows designs for Town Hall, Hildreth House

Following a mid-week public forum, the town’s Municipal Building Committee met this week and chose the designs it will refine and ultimately propose to the town for renovating Town Hall and the Hildreth House. 
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Housing trust commits funds to delay auctions

Foreclosure auctions scheduled for Dec. 8 and 15 at The Inn and Great Elms have been postponed until January, according to William Marshall, president of the foreclosing lender, North Middlesex Savings Bank.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sports update

The Bromfield varsity boys soccer team lost the district semifinal game 0-1 to Sutton in double overtime at Lunenburg High School on Friday, Nov. 11 to close out their season.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Storm update, Friday morning

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Storm update, Wednesday evening

Power has been restored to the center of town, including both schools. School will be in session tomorrow, Nov. 3. The General Store will reopen tomorrow, beginning at 7 a.m.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Storm update, Tuesday evening

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Power restored to north side of town; school canceled for a third day

Most streets of Harvard were dark at dawn this morning as the town entered its third day without power, but the lights were on at Town Hall, the elementary school, and the library, thanks to the arrival of rental generators from Baltimore.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Town remains without power; emergency shelter open at Bromfield

Homes everywhere in Harvard remained without power Monday morning for the second straight day, and among town businesses, only the Post Office was open. No General Store. No Dunkin’ Donuts. No school, banks, or pizza.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Carlson Orchards cider-making operation moving to Leominster

Franklyn Carlson, co-owner of Carlson Orchards, confirmed today that Carlson’s cider-making operation is being moved to Leominster.

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

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