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Thursday, February 25, 2021

Town officials grapple with uncertainty as they shape annual budget

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Devens suspended

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

MassDEP offering free PFAS testing of 40 private wells in Harvard

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

By the Numbers: COVID-19 update, 2/26/21

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Town ready to issue RFP for DPW building design study

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.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Planning Board approves Woodchuck Hill Road cell tower

The Planning Board has approved the Verizon cell tower on Woodchuck Hill Road, concluding the monthslong approval process for the controversial tower. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Planning Board sets multiyear plan for bylaws to promote senior housing

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. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Survey: Residents prefer small homes to apartment buildings for senior housing

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

School budget is caught between rising costs, falling offsets

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. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

CPC nixes feasibility studies for new athletic fields, approves remaining requests

After much deliberation, the Community Preservation Committee has voted on its funding recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Four-alarm fire destroys multifamily building on Harvard/Boxborough town line

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. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Local town administrators call for regional COVID-19 vaccination clinic

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

By the Numbers: COVID-19 update, 2/19/21

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.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Schools seek leader to support ‘diversity, equity, and inclusion’

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. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Select Board to seek consultant advice before issuing cell tower RFP

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. 

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Select Board requests meeting with new MassDevelopment CEO

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.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Boston Globe profiles Chief Denmark as advocate of police reform

The online comments linked to a front-page article in the Boston Sunday Globe about Harvard Police Chief Ed Denmark had a positive tone.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Planning Board considers disguising new cell tower as a tree

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.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Schools choose Nilsson as new business manager

In a unanimous vote Monday evening, the School Committee approved hiring Ingrid Nilsson as school business manager, effective Feb. 22. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Vaccination News: Feb. 9

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.. 


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