Town officials have supported a request by the Duxbury 2020 Committee to fasttrack a traffic light at Exit 10 of Route 3 near the highway on and off ramps at Tremont Street.
The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Monday to send a letter signed by chairman David Madigan to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation asking for a traffic signal at Exit 10 “to facilitate the traffic movement on and off the ramps.”
The town has backed away from its practice of offering one-time discounts to water customers who requested them after receiving unusually high bills and has decided to continue its past procedure of looking for leaks at homes before giving rebates.
On Monday, the Board of Selectmen did not approve any of the five requests for one-time water bill adjustments that were before them.
Instead, board members voted unanimously to have the Water Department contact the five homeowners to help them find a cause for their high water bills. The Water Department will be looking for leaks and inspecting meters.
Duxbury resident Anne Bowes fulfilled her life-long dream of winning “Best of Breed” this February at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show – the Superbowl of dog shows – with the help of a little Pembroke Welsh Corgi named Julia.
After that win, they went on to compete in the herding group competition, which was televised live on CNBC at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Julia was pulled out into the top eight from a field of 30 dogs, which was an impressive accomplishment for the then 22-month-old pup and her handler.
“There’s no rocket science to playing the ukulele. You just learn to play by playing.”
Julie Stepanek began her learn to play the ukulele class at the Duxbury Free Library last Saturday morning with these words, instantly gaining the attention of the 40-plus participants holding and strumming all sizes of ukuleles.
The audience ranged in age from the very young – around age three or four – to teenagers and senior citizens. Grandparents and grandchildren and parents and children signed up for the class held in the Merry Room.
It was a busy weekend for the Duxbury fire department as they responded to 15 calls over the two days including a fatal car accident on Saturday night and a two-car crash on Easter Sunday that sent three people to the hospital.
According to Duxbury Fire Captain Rob Reardon, a 60-year old Marshfield woman was killed in a one-car accident on High Street on Saturday when her small SUV veered off the road and hit a tree at 7:53 p.m.
This weekend marks the 35th anniversary of a beloved Duxbury event – the Duxbury Athletics Booster’s annual antique show.
The antique show, which will be held at the high school on Saturday and Sunday, is the primary fundraiser for the Boosters, an organization that supports high school sports by buying capital items not covered by the athletic department’s budget.
The Boosters has a board consisting of a representative from each of the 33 high school sports teams so it is well connected and aware of the needs of each of these groups. Individual teams come forward with requests during the school year and also every team gets a stipend, said Lisa Galvin, who is on the Boosters’ executive board.
There is a newly formed government watchdog group in town, which plans to raise awareness of issues facing Duxbury and encourage public participation on these topics.
The Duxbury Civic Association, Inc. is a new non-profit organization made up of residents concerned about what is happening in town and the issues Duxbury is facing now and in the future. Association president Fernando Guitart of Powder Point Avenue introduced the group to the Board of Selectmen Monday night.
Almost 2,000 residents turned out on Saturday, March 26 to cast their votes at the annual town election in Duxbury.
There were three contested races including a fourway race for two open School Committee seats. The race for School Committee was close – only 122 votes separated the front runner from the fourth place candidate.
Leah Danoff, learning specialist at Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury, brings a special companion to school with her each day – Piper, a well-behaved hypoallergenic Aussiedoodle (combination Australian Shepherd/Poodle). Piper has been slowly integrated into Bay Farm classrooms since last fall.
“When I walk into a classroom with Piper, all the faces of students (and teachers) beam,” said Danoff. “Piper brings a calming effect into each space we enter. I have noticed that when Piper is sitting at a child’s foot while he/ she is doing work, the child is more relaxed and focused on getting the task at hand completed. The children take pride in having a furry companion in their space. One classroom even created a cubby for Piper, so each time Piper visits that classroom, she heads straight to her cubby to pull out her toys.”
Referred to as a “reading dog” or a “therapy dog,” Piper brings a calming effect to children in the classrooms.
With the conclusion of Town Meeting last week, Friend Weiler, Sr. has ended his tenure as town moderator, but two candidates are vying for that post and they recently had the chance to tell voters why they should be Duxbury’s next town moderator.
On March 10, the Duxbury Clipper and Public Access Television (PACTV) in Plymouth, partnered to host a candidate forum for those seeking election to both town moderator and school committee seats.
In Massachusetts, the town moderator runs town meetings and declares the outcome of votes.
Moderator candidates John Tuffy and Will Zachmann took on questions of the role of electronic handheld devices for voting, whether or not representative town meeting was a consideration, how to reduce the time it takes to run town meeting and if the usual mid-March time frame for town meeting should be moved to early May.
The Duxbury Conservation Commission won a decision to offer “the highest protection possible” to eight parcels of land set aside for town open space in a move that will “ensure this land is protected long after we are gone,” said Joe Grady, Conservation Administrator at the second day of Town Meeting last Monday.
The vote on Article 23 came before the Communitiy Preservation Act Articles at the Town Meeting Monday, March 14.
Residents at the Monday session of the annual Town Meeting last week balked at four articles that would have amended sections of the zoning bylaw, saying they were substantial changes that needed more scrutiny.
Voters indefinitely postponed taking any action on Articles 17, 18, 19 and 20.
Articles 17, 18, and 19 were proposed by the Board of Selectmen and the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee. Article 20 was proposed by the Affordable Housing Committee.
Article 17 sought to amend Section 500 of the zoning bylaw for special permit residential developments by removing the requirement for a special permit for any development with six or more lots or units. It would have also made cluster developments voluntary instead of mandatory.