A group of avid walkers from the Duxbury Free Library will lace up their sneakers this May to walk 20 miles to help end hunger. Duxbury Free Library staff members Judy Kusim, Jessica Lamarre and Kirstin Boothman are preparing for Project Bread’s Walk for Hunger, which will be held on May 3 in Boston.
For four years, the Duxbury community has turned out in droves to support the commmunity and the family of a fallen soldier. This year, community members will have one last chance to hit the pavement to support the cause.
Residents are putting the long brutal winter in their rear view windows and looking ahead to summer as they snap up beach stickers at a record pace that outstrips a year ago.
The early-bird deadline for discount over-sand beach permits is Friday, May 1. With the discount, resident over-sand permits are priced at $160. On Friday, they will cost $180. Non-resident stickers are currently $295 and will increase to $325. Stickers can be purchased online or at the town hall.
at their meeting Monday night, the Board of Selectmen reviewed a spreadsheet prepared by Duxbury Finance Director John Madden that compared stickers sales as of April 24, 2015 to those of May 24, 2014. Selectmen noted that so far this year, over 1,500 more beach stickers in all categories have been sold than were purchased at the end of May last year.
Residents have bought 2,358 over-sand beach stickers, which is 922 more than last year. This is a 64 percent increase.
Non-resident over-sand sticker sales show an nine percent increase. This category currently totals 1,586 sticker sold as compared to 1,454 last year. “A 60 percent increase in resident stickers – that’s astronomical,” said Selectman Shawn Dahlen. Resident parking lot and senior citizen over-sand and parking lot sticker sales also show an uptick. Parking lot permit sales have increased by 41 percent for a current total of 551. Over 200 more senior parking lot stickers, a 33 percent increase, and 105 more senior over-sand permits, a 31 percent increase, have been sold as compared to last May. These total 812 and 442 respectively.
Higher sticker sales mean more revenue for the town. The April figures show an additional $192,795 coming into the town from permit sales. The current revenue total is $916,040. Last May, that figure was $723,245.
Town Manager RenRead said there are currently 13 pairs of piping plovers, an endangered shore bird that nests annually on Duxbury beach and can cause beach closures to ensure their safety. The birds have built three nests, but the beach is open, he said.
‘A 60 percent increase in resident stickers – that’s astronomical,’ said Selectman Shawn Dahlen.
South Shore Conservatory’s Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) launches its 10th anniversary celebration with a special kick-off weekend from May 15 through May 18, featuring two preview concerts, a volunteer planning meeting and a private reception. The Festival's celebratory season, held from July 17 through 31, will be one of sentimental renewal, featuring celebrated founding faculty members, renowned Russian pianist Oxana Yablonskaya and renowned Russian conductor/cellist Dmitry Yablonsky.
On Route 53, tucked behind St. Paul’s Church of the Nazarene, sits a white shed that houses the Duxbury Lions Club Food Pantry. While many Duxbury residents are aware of the Food Pantry and the service it provides to the community, few know how much work volunteers do to maintain it. Volunteer John Heinstadt recently retired from the school committee, but has continued volunteering for the food pantry. Heinstadt is the “go-to person” when help is needed.
Duxbury Bay Maritime School welcomed special guest speaker, Sarah Outen, British adventurer on Monday, April 14.Outen is three fourths of the way done with a grueling global expedition from London to London, using only her own human power. That means that she has rowed, kayaked and biked thousands of miles across the world. She calls this adventure London-2-London: Via the World.
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
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.