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.
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.
Some voters at Duxbury’s Town Election on Saturday took advantage of a balloting machine that makes it easier for voters with disabilities to cast their vote. The machine, which is approved under the Americans with Disabilities Act, is called an AutoMARK Machine. The machine provides autonomy to voters who are blind, visually impaired or who have a disability or condition that makes it difficult to cast their votes the traditional way.The machine has Braille for blind voters, large buttons for those with disabilities, and headphones for voters whose hearing is impaired. The headphones can also be used by voters who may have a learning or reading disability to assist with the voting process.
The Board of Selectmen have approved a six-month moratorium on road races in Duxbury until a policy is created that will address the growing number of events that use town streets. The moratorium applies to new road races. The town will allow the 13 events that occurred last year to apply for permits for 2015. After his department started to keep track of the events that applied for permits to run or bike through Duxbury last year, Town Manager RenRead decided the town needed a policy to help both event organizers and town staff, and public safety departments better manage these events. He recommended the moratorium on new events while that policy is being developed.
With one contested race in this year’s Town Election, the Chandler Elementary School Gymnasium saw a steady stream of voters through the day on Saturday.
Incumbent Town Moderator Friend Weiler was seen outside the polling location with his wife, Candy, on Saturday with election signs. After the votes were counted, Weiler received 421 total votes and his opponent, William Zachmann, received 112 votes.
Incumbent Selectman David Madigan, who ran unopposed, received 428 total votes. Incumbent Planning Board member John Bear, who also ran unopposed, received 419 votes. Peter Quigley was elected to the School Committee with 431 votes. He will replace long-time School Committee member John Heinstadt, who recently retired from the School Committee.
Craig Bloodgood and Cristin Mitchell were elected to the Library Board of Trustess with 410 and 392 votes, respectively. Pauline Flynn was elected to the Duxbury Housing Authority for a period of five years with 411 votes and Paul McCormack was elected to the Duxbury Housing Authority for a period of one year with 25 write-in votes.
State transportation officials are looking to improve the commute from the South Shore to Boston and Route 128 by adding express toll lanes on Route 3. For Duxbury residents, this could mean a shorter commute and a safer journey.
Hello Duxbury! My name is Aaron Carr, I am May 2014 graduate in sports journalism from The Pennsylvania State University, and native of Athol, Massachusetts. Hailing from a small town, I know firsthand how important it is to have your voice heard and story told. With so many others writing their own chapters in the world, here ismine. I can vividly remember the first time I knew I wanted to make sports journalism my profession. I was in the sixth grade, listening intently to a distinguished member of the media at a fundraiser for the Lowell Spinners, minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He talked about making a living and making an impact in the wide world of sports, despite not being a professionalathlete himself. My relationship with sports changed forever that day as I shifted my career goals from being a professional athlete, to becoming a professional sports journalist. As for the guest speaker who changed my life forever, that would be award-winning Major League Baseball personality Peter Gammons.
While at Penn State I was fortunate enough to cover nearly half of the university’s 29 varsity sports at one time or another. I witnessed the Nittany Lions win rivalry games, Big Ten titles and national championships. I’m leaving behind a program with a rich history of athletic success, to a new institution that has annually demonstrated its commitment to athletic excellence across its 33 varsity sports. The Duxbury High School athletic family has proven it’s serious about not only competing, but winning at the highest level. The Dragons deserve sports coverage that reflects their storied history, something I fully intend to deliver on.
Thank you all for the warm welcome to Duxbury. I look forward to telling your stories.
Although it seems Mother Nature hasn’t warmed up to the idea of releasing her grip on winter, the spring season is indeed upon us. Unfortunately, the record amount of snow that Duxbury received this winter has not been melting fast enough on the various playing fields located throughout the town.
The 2014-15 school year has been one of change for Duxbury High School, most notably a new building. As the spring sports schedule begins to take form, changes to the athletic program are also being made.
In what is seemingly turning into an annual event, Mike Lynch of WCVB-TV Channel 5 traveled to Duxbury High School to honor another championship team. Exactly one year ago, Lynch came to highlight the girls’ ice hockey team’s fourth consecutive state championship.
Chandler Elementary students are giving back on aglobal scale. This spring, students at Chandler will bring in any loose change they find around the house, in their backpacks and in the car, in the hopes of helping students in Cambodia receive a better education.
Why are you seeking the position of Town Moderator?
I am seeking reelection as Duxbury’s Town Moderator. I have served for five years, covering five Annual and five Special Town Meetings. I originally ran to fill the vacated seat of the outgoing Moderator. The position has always appealed to me as it requires impartiality, a thorough understanding of our by-laws and “Town Meeting Times,” and a good amount of patience.
Why are you seeking the position of Town Moderator?
The New England open town meeting that we have here in Duxbury is the founding basis of government in the United States of America. But it is today an “endangered species.” Preserving and reviving it can offer a model basis for reform and renewal at the state and national levels of government as well.