There’s pain buried within the budgets of town departments and committees in the form of salary freezes, reduced services, and, in the case of the schools, staff reductions and fewer offerings. It will be up to the Finance Committee and Select Board to do what they can to relieve it.
Beginning March 1, Massachusetts municipalities will no longer receive first-dose COVID-19 vaccines to distribute to their residents, except for 20 towns and cities identified by the state as disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
To better characterize the extent of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water, the state Department of Environmental Protection has announced free PFAS testing for select private wells.
The state reported no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Feb. 16, leaving the town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began at 105.
Although the town voted to fund a $40,000 conceptual design study for improving the Department of Public Works buildings, Town Hall has not yet published a request for proposals. That’s finally about to change.
The Planning Board has approved the Verizon cell tower on Woodchuck Hill Road, concluding the monthslong approval process for the controversial tower.
The Planning Board has decided to propose two housing bylaws for Spring Town Meeting: an update to Harvard’s existing accessory apartment bylaw and a senior housing bylaw that would set the requirements for future senior housing bylaws.
The Planning Board’s housing survey results are in: While Harvard’s citizens want senior housing and increased housing diversification, they also prefer housing types that fit Harvard’s current aesthetic.
With the schools’ fixed costs rising faster than the 2.5% rate that the Finance Committee has set as a limit in recent years to avoid an override, the Harvard schools are leaning more and more heavily on outside sources of money, called offsets, to maintain their quality of education.
After much deliberation, the Community Preservation Committee has voted on its funding recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year.
Flames ripped through the attic and roof of a 24-unit apartment building just across the town line in Boxborough last Wednesday evening in what quickly became a four-alarm inferno.
Harvard is currently located in a COVID-19 vaccination desert, but area town administrators and state legislators have a proposal to create an oasis: a regional COVID-19 vaccination site at Devens.
The state reported four new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Harvard for the week ending Feb. 9 and no cases for the week ending Feb. 16. The town’s cumulative number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began is now 105.
School Committee members agreed unanimously that the district needs someone to lead school efforts to create an environment that feels safe and supportive for everyone.
The Select Board has decided to commission a study from Isotrope Engineering before issuing a request for proposals for a cell tower to be built on town land.
At its Feb. 16 meeting, the Select Board voted to approve a letter requesting a meeting with MassDevelopment’s new CEO, Dan Rivera, to discuss plans for the future of Devens.
The online comments linked to a front-page article in the Boston Sunday Globe about Harvard Police Chief Ed Denmark had a positive tone.
In an attempt to reduce the visual impact of the new cell tower planned for 12 Woodchuck Hill Road, the Planning Board has considered requiring Verizon to build it as an artificial tree.
In a unanimous vote Monday evening, the School Committee approved hiring Ingrid Nilsson as school business manager, effective Feb. 22.
Effective Feb. 11, the state will allow one individual who accompanies a person age 75 or older to a mass vaccination site to be vaccinated as well, as long as they have an appointment..