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2020 Summer Publication Schedule

The Press is on its summer hiatus until the last week of August. One exception will be August 7, when a special print edition will be devoted to Bromfield's graduation ceremonies. During our time off we'll post any important news here at harvardpress.com. 

Breaking News

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.

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.

Voting al fresco

Harvard residents sit in the shade at Spring Town Meeting, Saturday, June 20. The meeting was held outdoors due to fears of spreading COVID-19. There were three tents—one for general attendance, one for couples to sit together, and one for those medically precluded from wearing masks. MORE PHOTOS   (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz) 

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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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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

The votes of 2020 Spring Town Meeting

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.

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

Town meeting under the big top!

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

A reverse parade for HES kids!

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

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

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

Harvard’s college students contemplate return to campus

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

Movie Review: 'Da 5 Bloods'

Do you remember?
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Do you remember?

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Sports
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Youth baseball ready to make up for lost season

Thursday, June 18, 2020

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

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