Dear Groton: I've been procrastinating. Been thinking about writing this post for about six weeks, but haven't fired up the keyboard to do it. Because I'm not local to Groton any longer, it's been hard to cover town news and its newsmakers as it should be covered. So I'm officially ending what has been a exhilarating, really fun, occasionally frustrating, very rewarding, and exciting five year run as a hyperlocal news writer, editor, reporter, photographer, and janitor. You can't do hyperlocal journalism if you're not local.
Groton's annual Firemen's Muster is in full swing right now. The kickoff parade began at 11 a.m., and winds along main streets to the H&V Field on Townsend Road in West Groton.
According to a news release from the Massachusetts State Police, a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be operated by the department on a public way somewhere in Middlesex County from Friday, September 4, into Saturday, September 5, 2015.
The body of Susan McLean, a Groton native and longtime resident who went missing on May 17 while on vacation in Scotland, was found near a hiking trail on August 15 by volunteer search teams and formally identified several days later.
Groton-Dunstable Regional Schools will start the 2015-2016 school year on Wednesday, September 2 for students in grades 1-12. That puts the last day of school in middle to late June next year.
More than 425 cyclists will pass through Groton on Saturday July 18, during the 19th Annual Ride to End Alzheimer’s. The ride starts and finishes at Fort Devens. Riders loop into West Groton for a pit stop manned by volunteers at RiverCourt Residences before heading up Townsend Road into New Hampshire.
During the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on July 6, Chairman Jack Petropoulos offered an unreserved apology to the public and fellow Board members for inadvertently releasing executive session minutes on June 21. The minutes revealed details of settlement discussions with four firefighters who are suing the town in federal court.
Groton's traditionally independent Independence Day fireworks party went off with a bang on Monday evening, July 6, as several thousand people crowded into and surrounding Town Field to see a spectacular display coordinated by Don Black.
The multi-million dollar controversy between the town and the Firefighter Four — Deputy Chief Clarence Jefferson and firefighters Benjamin Miele, Stephen Tervo, and James Horan, who were terminated from their call firefighter positions with the town in spring 2014 — is entering its second year and is apparently headed back to federal court after an attempt at mediation reportedly failed.
One person was transported by Groton Fire Department personnel after a pickup truck rolled over on Old Dunstable Road near Hoyt’s Wharf Road about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Two occupants were evaluated at the scene. No other details were available Saturday evening.