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Paul Richards speaks to a packed house at the Warner Free Lecture in Volunteers Hall Jan. 13 about his career as an art director for major feature films including “The Hunger Games,” “Oceans 11,” and “CODA.” (Photo by Lisa Aciukewicz)
After more than two decades on the job, Peter Lowitt, who has led the staff of the commission that regulates commercial and residential development at Devens since 1999, will retire as director this summer.
When voters gather for a Special Town Meeting next month, they will be asked to approve four articles, including an increase in a tax surcharge, money for a water connection to Devens, and a change to town center zoning.
Prospective candidates for elected, volunteer positions in town government will be pleased to know they have plenty of time to prepare for a run.
The School Committee and the Harvard Educators Association (formerly the Harvard Teachers Association) negotiated throughout 2022 in an effort to reach a three-year contract to take effect next September. But those negotiations apparently reached an impasse last month, and the HEA filed a complaint with the state Labor Relations Commission.
The state’s decision to commandeer the Bob Eisengrein Community Center at Devens for use as a place to process and find emergency housing for homeless people in Massachusetts was controversial when it was announced. But on Monday night, MassDevelopment’s acting executive vice president for Devens was ready to declare the center’s operation a success.
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