word "new" can be used to sum up the second half of 2006. New faces
came to town in the form of a health agent, an accountant and a state
representative. A new committee was formed charged with the task of
exploring alternative sources of energy.
word "new" can be used to sum up the second half of 2006. New faces
came to town in the form of a health agent, an accountant and a state
representative. A new committee was formed charged with the task of
exploring alternative sources of energy.
speaking, many new projects were proposed, approved or proposed and
approved. A new pier was permitted for a couple on Water Street.
Duxbury Bay Maritime School explored ways to comply with constructing a
"green" building. And the town's first 40B project broke ground on
"new" did not always denote positive change. Two new technical glitches
with the Chancery Student Management Software caused nearly a
month-long delay in the mailing of the school's recent graduates'
transcripts to colleges and later caused the loss of students' grades
from the previous academic year. And motorists along Route 3A were met
with a new sight, a drive without the smartly dressed Draco the Dragon,
which was vandalized in December.
Below are the highlights of the second half of 2006.
Bluefish River Fire House marked its 100th birthday with the gift of
restoration. Originally known as Engine Company No. 1, the fire house
dates back to 1906 and provides a glance at the town's early
firefighting history. Resident Nancy Bennett initiated this project
over a year ago, securing Community Preservation Act funding, private
donations and in kind gifts.
contractors and engineers came together for a brainstorming session on
Duxbury Bay Maritime School's plans to replace its current buildings
with a "green" building. In order to get a green building
certification, the project has to meet several requirements developed
by the U.S. Green Building Council.
estimated $15,000 worth of cocaine was found by Duxbury police
officers. While investigating a series of break-ins in the Lincoln
Street area, a vehicle matching the description of a possible suspect
vehicle was found containing bags of cocaine. A further search produced
a total of 58 individually packaged bags of cocaine. The suspect, Luis
Cotto-Feliciano of Columbia Road in Dorchester, was charged with
possession of a Class B substance, possession of a Class B substance
with intent to distribute and trafficking a Class B substance.
eight years serving as Duxbury's health agent, Jennifer Dalrymple
announced her departure. Dalrymple's main reason for leaving was that
she wished to start a family.
the second time in three years, the Board of Appeals issued a
comprehensive permit for 40B project Webster Point Village. The plans
include developing land on Tremont Street off of Duck Hill Road to
construct 40 units in Duxbury and Marshfield. Sixteen units would be in
Duxbury. Four of the units will be affordable. The first permit was
approved in April 2003. However, the applicant, Delphic Associates,
LLC, appealed the decision to the Housing Appeals Committee. Members of
the Duck Hill Neighborhood Association filed their own appeal with the
Superior Court. Nearly a year and a half later, the applicant and the
neighborhood association reached a settlement.
obviously a situation between the neighborhood and the developers,"
Board of Appeals Chairman Jim Lampert said. "We think that everybody's
needs were met and we protected the town, which is important."
selectmen gave their blessing for the town's Historical Commission to
move forward with restoration plans for the Tarkiln building on Summer
Street that show the entire building used for activities/meeting space.
These plans were an update from the last public meeting on Tarkiln at
the end of May. During that meeting users of the building and town
officials expressed their opposition to the idea floated by the
Historical Commission to use half the Tarkiln building as one unit of
year 2007 will prove to be a fruitful one as Duxbury education has been
granted a larger piece of the pie in the final budget. The 11.11
percent increase from fiscal year 2006 adds up to over $312,000,
giving Duxbury schools $3,127,346 in Chapter 70 funding, according to
State Sen. Robert Hedlund.
same software system that prevented the printing of report cards
earlier in the year caused a one-month delay in the availability of
transcripts over the summer. School Committee Chairman George
Cipolletti said the problem arose with the Chancery Student Management
Solutions' software. Students' GPAs were manually calculated. Duxbury
High School Guidance Administrator Diane Zoccolante said the technical
problem caused nearly a month-long delay in the mailing of the school's
recent graduates' transcripts to colleges.
unexpected foreign feathered friend flew into town in July. Animal
Control Officer Eddy Ramos said a resident on Franklin Street noticed a
black swan swimming in a pond off of Congress Street. Ramos said seeing
a black swan in the United States let alone Duxbury is an anomaly since
the birds are usually only found in Australia.
Board of Appeals voted to grant a special permit for the construction
of a pier at Fred Clifford's property on Water Street four years after
denying a previous pier application under different bylaws. The pier
did generate opposition with residents objecting to its proximity to
the Water Street public landing.
July 16, the pond off of Bay Farm Road was full of life and full of
water. Three days later, it disappeared. The roughly half-acre pond has
been around since the 1940s, when it was built by the seminarians at
Miramar. Bob Burnham, one of the Bay Farm Association Trust trustees,
said he was in the process of hiring a consultant "whose profession is
analyzing problems like this."
of crews and neighbors lined Bay Road one morning in July to either
work on or watch as a home at 549 Bay Rd. was pulled down the street
and over a neighbor's farmland to its new address at 30 Winthrop Ave.
The traveling home belonged to Alex Escott. He said he had been looking
for a home to move to the Winthrop Avenue location for months. Escott
settled on Clark and Jane Hinkley's home at 549 Bay Road. He said the
homeowners planned on demolishing the structure and rebuilding.
spoken by Priscilla Alden hundreds of years ago became the driving
force of a campaign to honor extraordinary women as well as draw
attention to the historic Alden House. Brian Cook of St. George Street
and Alden Ringquist of Shipyard Lane, both descendents of John and
Priscilla Alden, teamed up to bring the first annual Speak for Thyself
Awards Dinner to Duxbury. The pair selected Former First Lady Barbara
Bush, Doreen Bilezikian, Loretta LaRoche and Helen Philbrick.
first round of aerial spraying to combat the population of human biting
mosquitoes carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis hit Duxbury in August.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health determined that a high risk
of EEE in humans existed in certain areas of southeastern Massachusetts
due to positive identification of the disease in human-biting
mosquitoes in the area.
at the beach in Nantucket, recreation director, Gordon Cushing saved a
man from drowning. Cushing said he grabbed the man in neck-deep water,
with the help of his friend Hal Herrick and a passing surfer. "We just
knew we had to go in there and help this guy. It was kind of
interesting to have this good teamworkÃ¯Â¿Â½the father and the coach
gettin' it done," he said.
years after driving the car that took a Boston firefighter's life,
Ethan Morgan of King Phillips Path finds himself behind bars again.
Morgan's attorney, Greg Sullivan of Hingham, confirmed that his client
was sentenced to serve concurrently two 15-month sentences in Plymouth
Superior Court by Judge John P. Connor, Jr. The sentencing of the
23-year-old resulted from incidents in Duxbury and Kingston over the
past two years.
serving the towns of Duxbury, Halifax, Kingston, Middleborough,
Plymouth and Plympton for a decade, Rep. Tom O'Brien (D-Kingston)
accepted the offer to become county treasurer. O'Brien was sworn in at
Plymouth Superior Court in Brockton in August. O'Brien replaced
retiring county treasurer John McLellan.
Massachusetts Cultural Council bestows only six projects around the
state with its prestigious Gold Star designation annually. This summer,
the council honored The Art Complex Museum on Alden Street for its
Japanese Tea Ceremony.
Planning Board voted four to three to deny Bay Farm Montessori
Academy's application for administrative site plan review. BFMA wanted
to add to its 8.8 acre facilities on Parks and Loring streets by adding
a 13,000 square foot field house, an additional academic building and a
field. Planning Board member Harold Moody moved to deny the application
stating it was inadequate based on several sections of the bylaw
including sections 615.1.1-3 and section 615.1.7. These sections deal
with the protection of neighboring properties "against harmful effects
of use," convenience and safe access for emergency vehicles,
convenience and safe access for pedestrians and a "harmonious
relationships to the terrain and to existing buildings in the vicinity
of the development site."
appointed a nine-member alternative energy committee and adopted a
charge for the committee to follow. The purpose of the ad-hoc committee
is to advise the town manager and selectmen in finding ways to help
control the costs of energy in town. The committee was the idea of
selectman Andre Martecchini. He will serve on it and he also wrote the
goals of the committee.
charges made against a Duxbury businessman were dismissed. Assistant
District Attorney Mark Dunderdale filed a motion to have the charges
against Robert Weiss, 53 and the owner of the La Maison du Vin in Snug
Harbor, dismissed. Dunderdale said the young woman in the case was not
mentally or emotionally prepared for a trial.
Church Street couple was hospitalized after suffering from carbon
monoxide poisoning. Judith and Donald Goodman both suffered from carbon
monoxide poisoning. Five of the six firefighters who responded to the
scene were taken to Jordan Hospital for evaluation after complaining of
headache and lightheadedness.
The source of the carbon monoxide was a car that was accidentally left running in the couple's garage.
took over for bankrupt Adelphia as Duxbury's cable provider. Comcast of
Philadelphia and Time Warner of Stamford, Conn. are splitting
Adelphia's assets, which must be sold off to pay Adelphia's creditors.
The town's Cable Advisory Committee continues to work with Comcast
representatives on negotiating a license.
as fast as it disappeared, the pond off of Bay Farm Road was
replenished. Bob Burnham, one of the Bay Farm Association Trust
trustees, contacted local businessman Chris Phillips of Phillips Tree
and Construction. Phillips said he found three fist-sized holes in the
overflow dam. He was able to construct a new overflow inside the
existing overflow during the second week of August. He said the result
was water pouring back into the area at a rate of five inches a day.
first day of school marked the end of a 14-year tradition for
Superintendent Dr. Eileen Williams. Williams announced that she will be
retiring at the end of the academic year. She cites a desire to focus
solely on teaching and taking graduate-level classes as well as turning
her attention to her personal life as reasons for leaving the Duxbury
man who carjacked a Duxbury police officer last year was sentenced in
Plymouth District Court. Christian Martinez, 21, pled guilty to the
charge of carjacking Duxbury Patrolman Ryan Cavicchi in December 2005.
He was sentenced to 18 months in jail.
South Shore Citizens for Peace have gathered each Saturday morning from
11 to noon in the old A&P plaza for the past 43 months, armed with
signs promoting peace.
General Store failed a compliance check aimed at checking if stores
that sell tobacco ask for identification, according to James Wells,
program director and enforcement officer with the South Shore Boards of
Health Collaborative Tobacco Control. The Board of Health asked
Bennett's owner Elizabeth Tewksbury to develop a training program for
employees and send a letter about the store's policy to the board.
public safety feasibility study committee presented its findings to
selectmen regarding the best way to tackle the aging and inadequate
police and fire stations and lack of harbormaster boat and vehicle
storage. Study committee Chairman Neil Johnson said the police
department needed a new facility; the fire department needed to replace
or remodel the existing station on Tremont Street but also needed to
stay close to that location because of response times; and that the
harbormaster needed an indoor area to clean, maintain and store the
department's boats during the winter.
Baugous of Powder Point Avenue accepted the position as Duxbury's
Health Agent. Baugous served as the senior public health inspector for
the Brookline Health Department for nearly a year before applying for
the health agent position in Duxbury Jennifer Dalrymple vacated this
Massachusetts Department of Education listed two of Duxbury's four
schools on the federal watch list. The federal act No Child Left Behind
requires that every student in the state become proficient in the areas
of English and math by 2014. To make this goal a reality, students must
make gains every year in order to earn a perfect score or be considered
proficient in both subjects by 2014. These gains or Adequate Yearly
Progress are measured annually based on the students' MCAS scores. Matt
Pakos of the DOE said the Alden School students failed to make gains in
English language arts, and Duxbury Middle School students did not
improve their math scores. Assistant Superintendent Sue Skeiber said
the designation from the state applies only to special education
students in both schools, not the entire student body.
Farm Montessori Academy appealed the Planning Board's decision to deny
the school's application for administrative site plan review. Board of
Trustees President Hauke Kite-Powell said the school had filed an
appeal in land court because it feels "the Planning Board made an
inaccurate decision." In the complaint filed with the land court, the
school requests that the court declare the town's bylaw dictating the
administrative site plan review process as invalid as it is applied to
recount in the 12th Plymouth District yielded a new Republican
candidate. Paul Curtis of Plymouth conceded to write-in candidate Olly
deMacedo after a recount held in the district's six towns tipped the
totals in deMacedo's favor, 783 to 759. At first, results from the
state primary showed Curtis had beat deMacedo by four votes according
to unofficial results.
from the Democratic town committees in the 12th Plymouth District
unanimously voted Tom Calter of Kingston as their candidate for state
representative. Five-term veteran Tom O'Brien rejected the party's
nomination on the evening of the state primary, opting to take the job
of Plymouth county treasurer. "I'm humbled and touched," Calter said.
"I've dreamt of this moment since I was a little boy."
Hall welcomed Claudette Coutu as the new accountant. Coutu of Rochester
spent the last 19 years working as the town accountant there. She was
the first person in the state to receive a perfect score on the legal
and practical sections of the Massachusetts Municipal Auditors' and
Accountants' Association's certification for governmental accountants.
Duxbury's town accountant position was vacated by John Madden, who was
promoted to the newly created post of finance director.
the Boston Children's Museum reopens its doors next year to celebrate
it $30 million expansion, a local sculptor's work will be on display.
Craig Bloodgood, special projects curator at the Art Complex Museum,
was chosen by the Boston Children's Museum to create two permanent
kinetic window installations in the museum's new Raceway exhibitions.
Bloodgood will build two rolling ball sculptures allowing children to
drop golf balls into the wooden contraption, watching and listening as
the balls wind through the machine.
work began on the town's first 40B development. Land off of Lincoln
Street was cleared as the construction of the Merry Village project got
underway. Paul Cincotta of Merry Village, LLC applied for the permit in
Aug. 2004. The project includes the construction of 20 two-bedroom, age
restricted condominium townhouses. Five of the units will be deemed
affordable. The Board of Appeals approved the project in January. "It
was the last application to be filed and it's the first project to
break ground," Director of Inspectional Services Scott Lambiase said.
a Lyme Disease forum held at the library with local and state health
officials, it was announced that Duxbury would acquire a means of
preventing Lyme disease. Beginning in February 2007, the town will have
to choose a location to place a 4-Poster Deer Treatment Bait Station.
This station consists of a bin that's filled with whole-kernel corn and
equipped with paint rollers on the four corners of the bin loaded with
a special formulation of permethrin. As a deer feeds on the corn in the
bin, the animal's head and neck rub against the permethrin-laden
rollers, which gives sufficient coverage to protect the entire animal,
according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. There were 33
confirmed cases of Lyme disease, which is carried by infected deer
ticks, in Duxbury last year.
GPAs of current sophomores, juniors and seniors from 2005/2006 were
erased during the rollover at the beginning of the year, according to
Gail Callahan, director of technology. For the second time in less than
six months, the guidance and technology departments worked together to
bounce back from yet another technical glitch with the Chancery Student
Management Software. Callahan said EduTEAM, the company that provides
technical support for Chancery's software, had followed Chancery's
instructions for the rollover. Guidance Director Diane Dunlap submitted
her letter of resignation after 22 years in the district. She said the
continued issues with Chancery software and its impact on the guidance
department had "significant bearing on the decision."
Boston-based grocer confirmed that his company is interested in
bringing a market to town. Victor Leon, Jr., of Foodie's Urban Market
in the South End, said the company has been scoping out Duxbury. The
20,000 square feet store on Depot Street has been vacant for nearly
a disappointing crop last year, cranberry growers were happy to report
this year brought a fruitful harvest. The United States Department of
Agriculture estimated a 23 percent increase over last year or about
1.75 million barrels of cranberries would be harvested in Massachusetts
this year, according to Robin Wager, special projects manager for the
Cape Cod Cranberry Growers' Association. Last year's crop produced
about 1.5 million barrels. Wager blamed the weather for the poor
harvest. She said the drought in July and August of 2005 followed by
intense rainfall prevented pollination.
34 parents gathered at the meeting held at the library to discuss
special education. Special education advocate Ellen Chambers, founder
of SpEDWatch, moderated the meeting. Chambers, of Pepperell, founded
SpEDWatch, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the special
education system in the commonwealth. She listens to parents across the
state talk about their concerns with their school system's special
education program. Chambers then boils these frustrations into a master
list. Parents can then bring this list to their school system's
administration. Chambers said the list also includes a call to action.
Board of Selectmen voted unanimously to take the recommendation of
Pilgrim Watch Chairwoman Mary Lampert of Washington Street and petition
the Atomic Safety Licensing Board to be part of the hearings during
which the panel will consider two "contentions" brought by Pilgrim
Watch regarding the safety of the nuclear power plant. Pilgrim's owner,
Entergy, is seeking a 20-year extension on its operating license and
the hearings are part of the two-year re-licensing review process.
Pilgrim Watch contends that there should be more extensive monitoring
of the plant for leaks of radioactive water from underground pipes and
tanks into Plymouth Bay. Pilgrim Watch's second contention regards
Entergy's "Severe Accident Mitigation Analysis," or SAMA. The citizens'
group argues that the report contains incorrect information regarding
emergency evacuation times, wind measurement data on transmitting
radioactivity and the economic impact of a nuclear accident.
in the sixth Plymouth District put their support behind incumbent
Daniel Webster. Webster (R-Hanson) secured his third term as state
representative beating Democrat Greg Hanley of Pembroke. Of the four
towns in the district, the margin between the two candidates was the
greatest in Duxbury where Webster won by nearly 1,000 votes.
Calter of Kingston secured the seat of state representative of the 12th
Plymouth District, which would remain in Democratic hands. Calter won
five of the six towns in the district losing only the two precincts in
Duxbury to his opponent Republican Olly deMacedo, also of Kingston. The
seat had been held for the past 10 years by Tom O'Brien (D-Kingston).
He rejected his party's nomination to take the job of Plymouth County
Tarkiln Community Center on Summer Street was closed after Town Manager
Richard MacDonald learned the building's boiler was cracked and that a
gas fire over the weekend shorted the facility's fire alarms.
police arrested a Plymouth man for breaking into a home and attempting
to rape a teenager. Police Chief Mark DeLuca said Jerry Pennini, 22,
was charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime, indecent
assault and battery, assault with attempt to rape, unarmed burglary
with assault and operating a motor vehicle after license suspension.
During a dangerousness hearing in Plymouth District Court, Judge Thomas
Brownell ordered Pennini incarcerated for 90 days without bail.
Brownell said his ruling was based on witness testimony of the incident
on Nov. 8 and Pennini's prior record.
one of the School Committee's three articles passed as proposed during
Special Town Meeting. The School Committee sought a total of $591,113
to fund collective bargaining agreements, $126,159 for an unanticipated
transportation budget shortfall and $30,000 to fund the superintendent
search. The committee said if voters passed the collective bargaining
article in its entirety then it would withdraw the other two articles.
Voters supported the collective bargaining article at the Finance
Committee's recommended rate of $445,299, the transportation article as
proposed and rejected allotting funds for the superintendent search.
a lengthy debate, one failed motion and one failed amendment, voters
passed Article 5 of Special Town Meeting, mandating the transfer of
town retirees to a Medicare extension plan. The article, which was
sponsored by the Board of Selectmen, proposed adopting a state law that
requires 46 town retirees transfer from their current health insurance,
Master Health Plus, to a Medicare extension plan called Medex.
Proponents of the article said the switch to the Medicare plan would
save the town $150,000 annually and would save the retirees $106,000 in
costs. However, several retirees saw flaws with the proposal, stating
that the insurance advisory committee had not been given enough time to
review the plan and that retirees with long term illnesses would not
receive the same coverage.
Millbrook Crossing applicants appeared before the Board of Health,
seeking a waiver to build a mounded septic system. Many residents
turned out in opposition to the project. The board said it would
schedule another meeting as soon as it had received updated drawings
from the project's engineer. All other town boards hearing the case
have put their meetings on hold until the Board of Health rules on the
trial date has been set for the case of a Duxbury man facing
allegations of raping two teenagers. Jose Arana's trial will begin on
April 2, 2007, according to a clerk in Plymouth Superior Court in
Brockton. The former Notre Dame Academy soccer coach is facing a
16-count grand jury indictment including multiple charges of rape of a
child with force and providing alcohol to those under 21 years old. He
has pled not guilty on all charges.
size and design of the town's street signs began being replaced. DPW
Director Tom Daley said Duxbury's white street signs with black
lettering will soon be replaced by green signs with white lettering.
Daley said the change comes at the request of the federal government to
create bigger signage. Signs on Harrison Street and Lovers Lane have
whose children attend the Berrybrook School on Winter Street were told
classes would be suspended beginning on Nov. 27 due to the detection of
lead paint. A letter dated Wednesday, Nov. 22 was sent to parents from
Jennifer Tice, president of the board of directors, informing them that
the discovery had prompted the board to cancel classes to allow for
the first time in nine years, the tax rate set by the Duxbury Board of
Assessors has risen because real estate values have not increased as
much as in previous years. The proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2007 is $10.14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This represents a three percent increase over FY2006. The town's fiscal year begins on June 30, 2006 and ends July 1, 2007.
fixture of the holidays was vandalized in December. Draco, the dragon
on Tremont Street, was pushed over, its faced smashed and its wings
shredded. Duxbury police are investigating the incident.
The School Committee agreed to a $26.4 million operating budget for fiscal
year 2008. In a four to one vote, the School Committee approved the
$26,419,449 budget, which was $52,000 more than Supt. Eileen Williams
had proposed. Williams said the athletic department needed $52,000 for
ice time, transportation, supplies and coaches. In years past, the
School Committee has covered these costs through fees. However, this
year, the committee decided to include this request in the operating
budget. The capital budget for the schools is $242,400.
his annual balanced budget presentation to selectmen, Town Manager
Richard MacDonald painted a grim picture of a tight budget with slim
increases for every town department including the schools. MacDonald
used all $1.7 million in the town's free cash account to balance the
budget. This represents a shift in thinking at town hall. The past
budgeting policy has been to try to save at least a million in free
cash after the Annual Town Meeting in March to be prepared for
unforeseen changes in the budget during the year. The fiscal year 2008 budget totals $55.5 million, which is a 3.65 percent increase over the last year.
new Berrybrook School will be built and the current farmhouse will be
preserved according to a letter sent to parents by the school's board
of directors. The detection of lead paint and suspension of classes at
the end of November led to speculation about the fate of the original
building. The letter outlined the board's plans to construct a new
farmhouse, preserve the existing farmhouse, require no tuition for the
month of December and establish committees from the school's community
to help with the design of the new school, the restoration of the
existing building and communication.
John Tuffy said he would not run for a fourth term. Tuffy, of Buckboard
Road, has served for nine years as a selectman. After three terms on
the board, Tuffy said it is time for a change.
Board of Appeals voted to approve new plans for Duxbury Crossing. The
40B project involves the construction of 20 units, five of which would
be affordable, in Duxbury near the intersection of Enterprise and
Careswell streets. The proposal was remanded back to the board in April
after the applicant, Charles Tringale, said the plans the board
previously approved in January were financially unfeasible. However,
Director of Inspectional Services Scott Lambiase said Tringale's
attorney has filed another appeal this time citing too many conditions
in the board's new decision.
finalists have been named in the Duxbury High School principal search.
Andrew Stephens, principal of Memorial Middle School in Hull, and
Manuel Cabral, assistant principal of Dartmouth High School, were
candidates recommended by a screening team, according to Supt. Eileen
Williams. Williams said she will make a decision by Jan. 15.
unanimously accepted a report from the Bay Management Study Commission
that calls for continuing the moratorium on new aquaculture grants in
Duxbury Bay and appointing an ad hoc committee to develop an
aquaculture management plan.