Thursday, May 2, 2013
Voters will have the final say at Special Town Meeting on May 8.
Special Town Meeting voters will ultimately make the decision on whether or not the new athletic field at Tewksbury High has an artificial turf surface. But one thing appears certain -- they won't be asked to tap the stabilization fund to pay for it. Town Manager Richard Montuouri said this week he believes a recently received state grant, combined with private donations, high school project offsets and Community Preservation funds will be sufficient to pay for the project. "I'm confident that we will not have to use the stabilization fund," said Montuori, who met Wednesday with the Community Preservation Committee to discuss increasing CPA funding for the turf field from $450,000 to $550,000. Montuori estimates the overall cost of …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
New chairman chosen for the first time since 2011.
The Tewksbury School Committee not only has a new member, it also has a new leader. Newly elected Lisa Puccia took her seat for her first School Committee meeting Wednesday night and the first vote she cast was to help elect Brian Dick as the committee's new chairman. Dick, starting his third year on the committee, was a unanimous selection. He succeeds Krissy Polimeno, who had served as chairman the past two years and was recently elected to a second term on the committee. "I'd like to thank Mrs. Polimeno for her leadership over the past two years," said Dick. "Her dedication and leadership is something we should all strive for over the next year." Dick went on to say he hoped to continue the success and improvements the school district …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Reader says Wentworth understand economic development and would be an excellent representative for small business owners in Tewksbury.
Wednesday, March 13
To the Editor, I am writing in support of Jim Wentworth who is seeking election to the Tewksbury Board of Selectmen. Jim has been a great supporter and resident of the Tewksbury community. He is a strong proponent for our schools, education and small businesses. Jim supported the new high school project in town by being a strong voice and active participant of the new Tewksbury High School Community Outreach Team. Jim is a small business owner. He understands the struggles and challenges that go along with owning a business and thus, very effectively represents, supports, and advocates for business owners in Tewksbury. As an owner of a business that focuses on developing leaders in organizations, Jim will bring strong and unique …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Dick says Finegold has been a good friend to the Tewksbury community.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
To the Editor: I am writing in support of Senator Barry Finegold who is currently seeking re-election for State Senator for the 2nd Essex and Middlesex District. Senator Finegold has been a great friend to the Tewksbury community. He is a strong proponent for our schools, education and small businesses. Senator Finegold supported the new high school project in town, and helped to secure funding from the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), which ultimately funded 60% of the project. He also led the mission to pass legislation to end abuses and mismanagement of the Special Education Collaborative. This resulted in requiring the executive director of the collaborative to work more closely with the Tewksbury School Committee …
Thursday, March 15, 2012
School board members speak unanimously in support of FOTCAC project, but School Committee votes only to support putting the question on an April ballot.
All five members of the Tewksbury School Committee publicly declared their support for the Friends of Tewksbury Community Athletic Complex (FOTCAC) quest to build an enhanced athletic stadium at the new Tewksbury High School next year, but the board stopped short of formerly endorsing the project Wednesday night. In a move that was largely symbolic, the School Committee voted, 5-0, in favor of placing a question on the April town election ballot that would permit the town to borrow $2.2 million to upgrade current plans for a high school athletic field to include a synthetic turf field, lights, larger stands, a scoreboard and a press box, as well as several tennis courts. Two weeks ago, Tewksbury's Board of Selectmen passed a similar …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
School department wants to charge $15 per athlete user fee to youth sports groups who utilize school gyms.
A new policy that outlines fees and requirements for using Tewksbury school facilities saw a second reading at Wednesday nght's School Committee meeting, and several residents spoke out in opposition. At issue is a proposed policy change that would add a $15 per season participant fee for every member of any organization that regularly uses school facilities. Several representatives of the Tewksbury Boys Basketball League (TBBL) spoke out in opposition to the $15 fee, claiming it would create a financial hardship for already over-taxed families struggling to make ends meet in the current economic climate. Chris Kingston, a TBBL board member, asked the committee to "Give us some sort of outline as to where the fee is going." "This is …