The expansion of the Island Creek Village housing development on Tremont Street is moving forward with the real estate closing on the affordable age-restricted portion expected to happen this week.On Monday, Courtney Koslow, development director of Beacon Communities LLC, told the Board of Selectmen that the closing on the first phase of the expansion for the Island Creek Village North development was scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Plans for the first phase call for 94 single-family housing units for ages 55 and older to be built on over 15 acres. The total project includes three additional 36-unit buildings, 12 three-bedroom row houses clustered within three buildings and a pool.
Last spring, a record number of piping plover shorebirds returned to Duxbury Beach to nest and raise their chicks; this year the trend continues with 15 pairs of birds and nine nests counted on the beach so far.
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The Duxbury Clipper, conceived over a bridge game, and for many years produced in our dining room, is still young as newspapers go. Yet, into its third decade, it has left an indelible mark on Duxbury, and perhaps because of that, has become among the most successful community weeklies in New England.
In the 20 minutes before the last Lt. Timothy Steel Memorial 5K, the chilly weather had runners jumping up and down and wondering if it was going to rain. By the time the first racers crossed the starting line, however, the sun had broken through and promised a perfect spring day. Nearly 280 signed up forthe race this past Saturday and about 215 started and completed the race.
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.