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Friday, July 3, 2020

Bromfield alumni call for greater attention to issues of race and social justice in school curriculum

Alumni of the Harvard public school system are advocating for changes to the schools’ curriculums and practices in an open letter that has been signed by over 600 current and former members of the Harvard public school community.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

State of the Town: Final Edition ... Latest COVID-19 news and developments

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.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

49th annual Harvard Flea Market is canceled

Harvard's annual flea market, a major fundraiser for the League of Women Voters of Harvard and the Harvard Schools Trust, is canceled.

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.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Article 3 and Ballot Question 1: Omnibus budget and override—cut now or cut later

Article 3 of the Spring Town Meeting warrant is the big kahuna. Here, on six pages, are the details of how much the town wants to spend next fiscal year for town services, schools, municipal employee benefits, and debt.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Article 19: Parks and Rec seeks clear jurisdiction over town beach and other recreational land

Article 19 of the Spring Town Meeting warrant is a citizen petition that seeks to establish clear authority over several recreation areas that have been the subject of past disputes between the Parks and Recreation Commission and the Select Board. 

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Town seeks feedback on Ayer Road repaving project

At a June 22 public discussion meeting hosted on Zoom, citizens will be asked to express their opinions on three different designs for a proposed renovation of Ayer Road and to provide further feedback. The work would be funded with a grant from the Transportation Investment Program.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Select Board schedules hearing for prospective cannabis cultivation business

Apple Guy Flowers LLC is a new business planning to grow cannabis at Thayer Family Farms at 92 South Shaker Road. Sole proprietor Lucas Thayer is scheduled to meet with the Select Board to discuss his plans at 6:30 p.m., June 30.

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