Former three-term selectman and 28-year Duxbury resident John Tuffy has announced his candidacy for town meeting moderator. Tuffy said he immediately considered running for the position when he heard that the current moderator Friend Weiler, Sr. would not seek reelection in 2016.
In keeping with the school district’s goals to open up opportunities for college and career preparation to students of varied interests and abilities, Duxbury High School students will have more options for students to take courses outside of their academic track and more electives available starting in September 2016.
On December 9, school department heads presented the many curriculum changes to the Duxbury School Committee.
The potential $208,00 deficit between the Duxbury public schools’ proposed 2017 budget and available funds was more than met by the town’s Financial Committee, which unanimously voted to increased funding to the district by $880,000.
Superintendent Dr. Ben Tantillo relayed the information to the School Committee at its meeting on Wednesday, December 9, noting that these extra funds increased the budget from $32.6 million to $33.5 million.
In presenting his balanced fiscal year 2017 operating budget to the Board of Selectmen last week, Town Manager René Read said that while this budget continues to provides a “high level” of service for Duxbury residents, money is still tight and costs such as heath care continue to squeeze the town for dollars.
The proposed FY17 budget totals more than $73 million. This includes $63.4 million for the town’s operating expenses, $8.5 million for debt services for capital projects voters approved at the ballot, $1.1 million for capital improvement projects, $788,110 for recurring articles and $790,181 for assessments and other charges.
At its December 3 meeting, the Highway Safety Advisory Committee discussed several issues including the Winter Street/Route 53 roundabout project, Halls Corner safety issues, Bluefish River Bridge jumping, and speeding complaints.
The state’s roundabout project at the intersection of Winter Street and Route 53 has been stalled in recent months and DPW Director Peter Buttkus, who is an exofficio member of the committee, doesn’t foresee the project completed any time soon. He said he has not received any official updates from the state, but he is concerned that the project will not meet its March 2016 completion date.
Duxbury’s Town Meeting Moderator Friend Weiler Sr. has decided not to run for reelection in March 2016.
Weiler said that he has been weighing the decision about seeking a seventh year as moderator for a while and decided against it for a few reasons. He said he will be 70 in February and after being retired for a year and traveling with his wife, Candy, to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji recently, he decided he would like more free time.
Duxbury school students received an early holiday present from the school superintendent: no homework at all for the entire winter vacation.
School superintendent Dr. Ben Tantillo issued an email last Thursday declaring that students, teachers and administrators needed a break from the stresses of daily school life and that no homework or professional work would be allowed during the 11 days of Christmas vacation.
The Blairhaven Committee decided at its meeting last Thursday that the current draft of the conservation restriction document for Howland’s Landing Park needs to be revised.
The current draft was written by the town’s attorney and it contains language that is less restrictive on development and use rights than the original, according to the committee. Neighborhood residents felt those discrepancies are significant enough that the intended purpose of the park could be misconstrued.
The Duxbury Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday night to sign a $262,817 contract with Sterling Golf for the management of the North Hill Country Club and its concessions for the next five years, with a three-year option to renew the contract.
Town Manager René Read recommended the town go with Newton-based Sterling’s proposal. Sterling also manages golf courses in Newton, Rockland and Norwood, among others.
The plan to develop the 11-acre Battelle Institute on Washington Street into a satellite campus for a UMass Boston marine sciences program is off and the property is back on the real estate market. In late November, University of Massachusetts Boston Vice Chancellor of Government Relations and Public Affairs Edward M. Lambert Jr. wrote to Jeremy Small, amanaging member of Duxbury Campus LLC, the group looking to develop the site, to say the college no longer had an interest in the Battelle property.
Duxbury high school students recently won multiple awards at a regional art competition including first place in painting and photography.
In the third annual sixth Plymouth district student art show, over 14 pieces of artwork from Duxbury students won awards in all categories. There were more than 60 entries from high school students in four communities.
A warrant article pertaining to the decommissioning of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station in Plymouth has been submitted for the March 2016 annual Town Meeting by Duxbury’s Nuclear Advisory Committee.
The committee met last week to finalize the language and items contained within the proposed article, which addresses the implications of Entergy’s decision to shut down the nuclear plant, as well as Duxbury’s role in that process.
True anxiety is not your run-of-the-mill stress that many kids experience in today’s over-stimulated world. Difficult to detect and support, it is among the most common forms of psychopathology in children and adolescents.
“Those who suffer with anxiety are at increased risk for depression and/or substance use disorders,” says author and psychologist Nadja Reilly, Ph.D. “Left untreated, anxiety impacts their learning and emotional health, causing significant distress.”