Monday, May 20, 2013
The Tewksbury School Committee will travel to the State House this week for a statewide advocacy event.
Monday Tewksbury Historical Commission at 6:30 p.m. in the Tewksbury Public Library Board of Trustees Meeting Room Tuesday Tewksbury School Committee at 9 a.m. at the State House in Boston as part of a statewide advocacy event "Legislative Advocacy Day." Wednesday Essex Agricultural and Technical High School at 6 p.m. at 562 Maple Street in Danvers. Tewksbury Special Education Parent Advisory Council at 7 p.m. in the Wynn Middle School Room 218. Thursday Northern Middlesex Metropolitan Planning Organization at 2 p.m. at the NMCOG Office, 40 Church Street, Suite 200, Lowell, MA. Lowell Regional Transit Authority at 6 p.m. in the LRTA Board Room, 100 Hale St., Lowell, MA.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Selectman Jim Wentworth breaks down the financial impact of the votes taken at Tewksbury Town Meeting.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
There will be a cap on user fees charged to TMHS families with more than one student athelete.
At their Wednesday night meeting, the Tewksbury School Committee approved the implementation of a "family cap" for Tewksbury Memorial High School families with more than one student athlete. The School Committee voted 5-0 in favor of setting a family cap at $600 on athletic user fees for families with more than one student playing sports. The family cap will be set in place for the 2013-2014 school year. The athletic user fee for TMHS is $150 per student per sport. Before the vote, Superintendent John O'Connor presented a study examining athletic user fees and family caps in school districts similar to Tewksbury. Of other MVC schools, only North Andover, Dracut, Haverhill and Notre Dame have a family cap for athletic user fees: …
Monday, May 13, 2013
There are three public meetings scheduled for Monday, May 13.
Tewksbury Public Meetings scheduled for Monday, May 13, according to the town website, include:
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation. The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business. What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent refused to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said …
LowellSun.com reports new regulations will go into effect May 24.
New rules for the medical use of marijuana have been written into the commonwealth's regulatory code by the Massachusetts Public Health Council Wednesday, according to State House News Service report published on LowellSun.com. Among the new regulations are how much marijuana can be generally used by patients, the licensing procedure for medical marijuana dispensaries and how low-income patients can get access, according to the report. These regulations will go into effect May 24, according to the Sun. Here in Tewksbury, Town Meeting voters recently passed a 12-month moratorium on the establishment of any medical marijuana distribution center in Tewksbury. In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that would allow …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Voters also approved an amendment to town bylaw regarding euthanizing unclaimed impounded dogs.
Voters at Tewksbury's Annual Town Meeting approved a 12-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town, effectively giving town officials a year to evaluate the law passed by Massachusetts voters back in November. On Article 37, Town Clerk Denise Graffeo asked residents to amend town bylaw regarding dog licensing, vaccinations, leash law violations and policy on euthanizing impounded dogs. Graffeo said the amendments were aimed at bringing Tewksbury bylaw in line with new state laws. While Article 37 originally called for dogs impounded for a period of seven days not claimed by their owner to be humanely euthanized, an amendment was proposed on the floor which would instead send impounded dogs to shelters. Resident Judith …