Robert D. Byrne, 88 of Duxbury passed away April 14, 2015. He was the beloved husband of the late Dorothy M. (Noguiera) Byrne; loving father of Joyce Mattern and her husband Michael of Duxbury; Kelly Brady and her husband Matthew of Marshfield; Robert S. Byrne and his wife Diana of Calif.; and the late Terence Byrne. He was the grandfather of Martin Mattern, Megan Hughes, Jennifer Mattern, Lauren Brady, Jeff Brady, Devin Byrne and Emma Byrne; and Great-grandfather of Liam, Rhiannon and Cameron.

“Byrnesy” was a lifelong resident of Duxbury. He served on the Duxbury Police force for 40 years and proudly wore Badge No. 1. Along with his many duties as a Patrolman, Robert was also the Motor Officer, and Prosecutor for the Town of Duxbury, he retired in 1991. Early years in Duxbury he worked as a Plumber’s helper for Wirt Plumbing. He also delivered oil for Eben N. Briggs who was the former Fire Chief of Duxbury. Robert was a US Army veteran serving during WW II and was a 68-year member of the Duxbury American Legion Post 223. He and his wife Dorothy enjoyed their early years participating in minstrel shows with other legion members. He was an avid boater and family man. A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on April 24 at the Duxbury Senior Center 10 Mayflower St, Duxbury, MA. Contributions in Robert’s memory may be made to the Duxbury Police Dare Fund – Jr. Academy 155 Mayflower St, Duxbury, MA. 02332 or to the Duxbury Fire Ambulance Fund 668 Tremont St. Duxbury, MA. 02332. A private graveside service with Military and Duxbury Police Department Honors will be held at the Mayflower Cemetery, Duxbury, MA. For online guestbook, please visit macdonaldfuneralhome.com

Duxbury students may have a chance to go on an exchange trip to Spain next year.

Read more: DHS students to start trip with Spanish students

This past weekend Duxbury Beach Reservation continued its annual beach grass planting.

Read more: Volunteers plant beach grass on Duxbury Beach

As Duxbury High School seniors set their sights on their final months in school and their, several seniors are putting their last months to good use. Senior Beni DiVasta, along with six other students, is participating in the senior project program, where seniors can apply with a project proposal that will allow them to work outside of the school setting through out the final term at school.

Read more: Lines of communication: DHS senior’s project to support deaf community

School Committee members elected a new chair and vice chair at their most recent meeting last Wednesday. Anne Ward, acting as chair, opened the School Committee elections by reminding members of the traditional process of electing a new chair and vice chair after each town election. As the most senior member of the committee, Ward acted as chair during the elections, and called for any nominations for the two open positions.

Read more: School committee elects leaders

Selectmen held a morning meeting this week to sign three contracts totaling more than $500,000 for services that range from hazardous waste collection to storm water mitigation.

Read more: $500K OK’d in contracts

Health insurance rates for Duxbury town employees will be staying steady for the coming year, town officials announced this week.

Read more: Health insurance rates remain stable next year


The Duxbury American Legion Post 223 recently honored a 30-year member for his service to the town and thecountry. Raymond W. “Ray” Bergeron was honored during his last meeting at the Post in March. Ray and his wife Sue are moving to Chespeake, Virignia, to live closer their daughter and her husband.

Read more: Duxbury veteran honored for years of service

A longtime Duxbury resident is being honored for her tireless work educating the public on the dangers of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station.

Read more: Courage of conscience

This year’s Duxbury High School prom will be hosted at a much larger (and more wellknown) venue: Gillette Stadium.

Read more: DHS prom finds new home

A former Duxbury resident has just returned from a globaljourney inspired by food. Leila Elamine, a 2005 Duxbury High School graduate, just returned from a ninemonth stint traveling the world in search of the best recipes she could find. Along with her business partner, Anthony Morano, Elamine has created Made With Love, an organization that seeks to find the “love story” in every recipe, with the motto that all food is made with love.

Read more: In search of community

The Duxbury Fire Department is raising money for a drone to help in emergency situations. The drone will be used mostly for search and rescue missions. It can be used to search large areas of marsh and water throughout the year.

Read more: A Duxbury drone

The record winter of 2015 has taken a toll on the PowderPoint Bridge. Ice in the bay has damaged some of the fiberglass jackets that wrap around hundreds of pilings supporting the 27-yearold bridge.

Read more: Harsh winter damage

Parents of Duxbury High School students will soon have the chance to take a survey about the school’s cultureand climate. Biennially the School Council and Student Health Advisory Council conduct two surveys of parents and students to assess the climate and culture of Duxbury High School. In the past, the student surveys focused on questions from within the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. At the end of each survey the answers are examined and a report is sent to the school. High school principal Andrew Stephens said while the surveys have provided necessary information on the culture of the school, it “no longer provides us the clarity we seek in understanding the perceptions of each population group, their respective perceptions of school climate and how they interact with each other.”

Read more: Students, parents to take school climate survey

The Cemetery Department is moving ahead with plans to build a new maintenance building, however the project will cost more than originally anticipated. This week, Duxbury selectmen unanimously approved a transfer of $85,000 from the interest on the cemetery’s Perpetual Care Fund to be used toward a new maintenance facility.

Read more: More money for cemetery maintenance building

It is that time of year again: Duxbury Interfaith Council has been working hard on their Spring Holiday BasketProject. The Duxbury Interfaith Council (DIC), does a food drive and basket assembly three times a year, at Thanksgiving, winter holidays and spring holidays. The contents of the baskets are donated by residents and then assembled by one of the DIC’s many volunteers.

Read more: Interfaith Council assembles spring baskets