Jan 312010
 

Over the last two weeks, Selectmen from Groton and Dunstable have met with the GDRSD budget and finance committee to hear the district present its preliminary budget and to share information on each town’s budgets.

The meetings went through the details of all the schools and departments but what I have below is a really high level summary. That means I did all the math so if there are any mistakes, they are my mistakes.


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Jan 312010
 

The School Committee will be interviewing candidates from 6:30 PM until 7:45 PM in the High School library on the day that the candidates are in town.  All interviews will be video taped and shown after the last interview so as to be fair to the candidates.

As a reminder, the following is when the candidates will be in the district:

Thurs, Feb. 4th        Dr. Elizabeth Zielinksi
Fri, Feb 5th         Theodore Friend
Mon, Feb 8th         Joseph Mastracola
Wed, Feb 10th      Dr. Curtis Bates


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Jan 302010
 

Full Moon

Tonight is the largest appearing moon of the year, here in our corner of Massachusetts. Maybe everywhere? I’m not an astronomy buff, but I am a bit moon crazy. To top it off, temperatues have just dipped their toes below zero F. Last night as the moon rode high in a mirror clear sky, I was catapulted into a memory from college days. Nineteen years old, full of passion for making things happen in the world. I had joined the ranks of those launching the very first “hunger walks” across the country. Working with the JFK inspired Freedom from Hunger Foundation, my roommate Carol and I had already organized the first Connecticut walk, while nearby in Boston, friends organized the first Boston Hunger Walk.

On a frigid weekend, Carol and I gathered with two other optimists, Michael and Phil,  for a sort of planning retreat–though it was nothing like the super organized events that go on today–at Phil’s parents’ home in Southbury, Connecticut.  The night of our arrival, Phil regaled us with a description of a perfect tobaggoning hill just down the road a bit from his house. Being nineteen, and oblivious to the gravity of common sense, we suited up in layers of warm clothes and set out with the tobaggon. It was midnight, just hovering at 20 degrees. The moon was full. Sky a scrim of blue-black shine. The hill, a long slow descent.

I don’t recall much of the organizing talk that weekend–we did make plans for our first Storrs to Hartford walk — a foot-punishing 26 miles. What stays with me is the sublime clarity of rushing down a hill, huddled with three friends, only feeling the cold as we began the long walk back. Snow stretched out like a glittered blanket. The moon lit our path.  The wind was at our back, as says the Irish proverb.

Two of those moonstruck fellow travelers are still in my life, Carol Wolter-Gustafson and Michael Seltzer. Maybe one of these days through the magic reach of FB, I’ll find Phil again.  I no longer have a tobaggon, and admit to checking the outside thermometer before venturing out these days. However, the moon strikes full each month, inspiring me with its audacity. See for yourself.  Step outside, no matter the temperature!


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Jan 302010
 

Community members have several opportunities to meet the five finalists selected in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District Superintendent Search.

These dates and times have been set aside for parents and the public at large to meet the finalists:

Parent/Public Receptions:  4:00-4:45 p.m. Middle School North Library
Thurs, Feb. 4th        Dr. Elizabeth Zielinksi
Fri, Feb 5th         Theodore Friend
Mon, Feb 8th         Joseph Mastracola
Wed, Feb 10th      Dr. Curtis Bates
Thurs, Feb 11th       Marie Doyle

In addition, the School Committee will interview the candidates
in open session from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the HS Library.

More details on the candidates will be posted on the GDRSD website
this week as well.  Please check for updates at
http://www.gdrsd.org/District/SchoolCommittee/superintendent-search.html

The committee encourages everyone to join as you are able!

Jim Frey, Chair
Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee


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Jan 282010
 
1000000861 Redacted 01/25/2010 14:18 8 WEST MAIN ST
1000000860 DUTY OFFICER 01/25/2010 13:24 435 NASHUA RD 20 Fire, Groton
1000000859 DOMEST /C RELATED 01/25/2010 13:04 7 CASTLE DR 131 Candow, Gordon A.
1000000858 INVEST -ONGOING 01/25/2010 12:56 99 PLEASANT 5T 115 Connell, Paul R.
1000000857 ASSIST OTHER POLICE DEPT 01/25/2010 12:40 79 RIVERBEND DR 115 Connell, Paul R.

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Jan 262010
 

GROTON, Mass. — Church officials at a Catholic parish in Groton and Pepperell removed a lay member after he was accused of inappropriate conduct.

Officials at Our Lady of Grace said Paul Spoth has been placed on leave from his position as the coordinator of altar servers while police investigate the charge, which is described as “non-touching inappropriate sexual behavior.”

“A lay member of parish ministry was placed on leave immediately after the parish was notified by law enforcement about concerns related to inappropriate behavior…The matter is under investigation by law enforcement and parish leadership will continue to cooperate fully,” the parish said in a statement.

This copy and video is available at
http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO133978/
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Jan 212010
 
AREA CHECK 01/19/2010 23:53 719 TOWNSEND RD 131 Candow, Gordon A.
AREA CHECK 01/19/2010 23:50 205 TOWNSEND RD 131 Candow, Gordon A.
AREA CHECK 01/19/2010 23:46 165 LONG HILL RD 131 Candow, Gordon A.
ASSIST MUNICIPAL 01/19/2010 23:09 FARMERS ROW / HIGLEY ST 129 Rose, Dale P.
ALARM BUSINESS 01/19/2010 22:21 346 MAIN ST 203 Bushnoe, Edward J.

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Jan 152010
 

(This is an excerpt from a post on the TalkAboutGroton email list on Jan 7, 2010.)

Your property value consists of two parts: your land and your house.

Land in town is divided into 8 categories or neighborhoods.
R001 — West Groton — this is Long Hill Rd, includes Wharton Row, Riverbend, West Groton, out to Townsend on the south side of Rt 119.

R002 — Groton Center — from the intersection of Old Ayer, up Main St, and side streets nearby.

R003 — Back of lake — this is the Lost Lakes region NOT including waterfront property

R004 — Waterfront — mostly in Lost Lakes region, plus a few other lakes, but not rivers
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Jan 102010
 

On Wednesday, May 19, Steve and Deb Boczenowski will host The Jeff Boczenowski Story: Overcoming Obstacles that Keep Families from Dealing with Depression. The goal of this event is to provide families with practical advice for addressing the needs of a family member who suffers from depression and/or anxiety.

Jeff Boczenowski

Jeff Boczenowski


The forum is built from stories of Jeff’s life and the obstacles his family faced. Two mental health professionals, Dr. Madhavi Kamireddi and Dan Simone, will share ways families can understand and ecognize depression and anxiety and effective ways to navigate the coping mechanisms, including prescription medications.

At 6:30, two of Jeff’s close friends will provide music until the forum begins.

This is a free event at the Union Congregational Church in Groton MA.
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