The proposed Duxbury public school calendar for 2016-2017 was a much-discussed topic during the December 2 School Committee meeting, but no consensus was reached. One of the main issues of concern was a proposed August 31 start date.
Although the state is planning to switch from the standardized MCAS test to a hybrid of the Common Corebased PARCC national test for schools in 2018, the School Committee is considering having all Duxbury students in grades three through eight take the new test in the spring of 2016.
The consultant hired by Duxbury, Marshfield and Scituate to appeal the 2013 flood insurance rate maps called the initial appeal “successful” but said there’s still work to be done to make the maps more accurate and equitable.
Last Thursday at a meeting at the Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield, consultant Leslie Fields, a coastal geologist with the Woods Hole Group, discussed how the tritown appeal was accepted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and explained the additional work that she plans to do to show FEMA that areas of the maps are still inaccurate.
The Board of Selectmen have decided not to pursue a change for the right-to-farm bylaw after the town’s Agricultural Commission did not support the idea.
This action frustrated the Bay Road residents who appeared before selectmen in August and again Monday seeking revisions to the farming bylaw after dealing with a noisy rooster for many weeks in the spring.
At its November 19 meeting, the Finance Committee examined next year’s proposed operating budget for the Facilities Department and learned that recent consolidations in this area have led to savings for the town. Prior to the presentation on his fiscal year 2017 budget, which begins next July, Facilities Director Brian Cherry explained how this past year was the first time his department had its own operating budget.
I love a good pair of running shoes. I prefer lighter weights, solid heels, and I am easily swayed by colorful designs and patterns that look good but don’t necessarily improve my performance. I never thought much about running shoes beyond their usefulness as a tool until a few weeks ago while on a social entrepreneurship trip to Cambodia when I joined a group of kickboxing students on a shopping trip for what I would later learn were the first shoes they ever had in their lives.
In 2013, Madeline Farquharson embarked on the adventure that is her education.
Upon graduating from Duxbury High School, Farquharson was accepted into the New York University of Shanghai. Now a junior, she is currently studying in Accra, Ghana and plans to spend her remaining semesters of college in Sydney, London, and Shanghai.
With black smoke flowing out the windows of a soon-to-be demolished building on Washington Street, Duxbury fire fighters conducted three days of training exercises last week including a drill on rescuing the rescuers.
Fire Captain Rob Reardon said that Bayside Marine donated one of its buildings at 433 Washington Street for firefighter training. The building most recently housed the Sea School and used to be a pottery painting studio and long ago, a gas station.
The Recreation Department has had long-standing problems keeping the Coppens fields at the Chandler Elementary School irrigated during the dry summer months, but with the help of a charitable town trust fund, that problem will finally have a solution.
In an effort to understand the latest changes to the recently revised flood insurance rate maps, Duxbury residents and officials will be meeting this week with Marshfield and Scituate and the consultant the three towns hired to appeal the maps in 2013.
The meeting will be held on Thursday, December 3 at the Furnace Brook Middle School in Marshfield at 7 p.m. The school is located at 500 Furnace Street.
Early last week, a group called the Concerned Citizens of Duxbury met to strategize for the remainder of 2015 and the early months of 2016. Formed in 2014, the new group is comprised of Duxbury residents and shapes its agenda according to its vision: to ensure that the voices of Duxbury’s citizens are properly represented and effectively conveyed in civic matters.