Public Access Cable TV Channels for Charter have changed (Fall 2014)

Westborough Today - General Town News Written by Michael (admin)   
Monday, 20 October 2014 17:34

As of Oct 20, 2014, here are the current public access cable TV channels...

Note that CHARTER channels have recently changed!

WTV channels

Public cameraPublic Channel
Features programs about your friends and neighbors. You'll find the Public Channel on Verizon 24, Charter 191.

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education television

Education Channel
Features programs by and about Westborough's students and teachers. The Education Channel is found on Verizon 26, Charter 194.

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Government Channel
Features live coverage of Westborough's Government meetings. The Gov Channel is on Verizon 28, Charter 192.

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2014 Special Town Meeting AFC Summary Recommendations

Westborough Today - General Town News Written by Michael (admin)   
Sunday, 19 October 2014 13:43

Did you know we're having a special town meeting?  Monday, Oct 20, 7pm!

... In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are directed to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Westborough, qualified to vote in elections and town affairs, to meet in the Westborough High School Auditorium and Gymnasium, 90 West Main Street, Westborough, Massachusetts on Monday, the Twentieth day of October, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. then and there to act on the following articles ...  
(from the official Town Meeting Warrant)

Check out the awesome Advisory Finance Committee's recommendations booklet at: AFC RecBooklet Oct20.pdf

Below are the summary recommendations of the AFC.  Please see their booklet for greater explanations of the articles, the Town Manager statement for each artcile, and an overall analysis of the impact of the articles. [You might be pleasantly surprised!!! -- webmaster]

OCTOBER 2014
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
INDEX OF ARTICLES AND 
SUMMARY RECOMMENDATIONS

Article 1: MIS/GIS Department Staffing (MIS/GIS Director) – raise and appropriate $7,564

Article 2: Firefighters Contract Appropriation (Town Manager) – raise and appropriate $57,238

Article 3: DPW Manager Contract Appropriation (Board of Selectmen) – raise and appropriate $4,045

Article 4: Library HVAC Repairs (Library Director/Board of Library Trustees) – transfer $23,000 from Free Cash

Article 5: Digitizing Historic Town Records (Library Director) – transfer $10,600 from Free Cash

Article 6: Restoring Historic Frames for Re-Use (Library Director) – defeat

Article 7: Window Replacement and Restroom Repairs (Town Manager/Library Director) – so vote

Article 8: Chapter 90 Reduction (Town Manager) – reduce appropriation by $21,138

Article 9: Co-Star Real Estate Market Data (EDC and Board of Assessors) – raise and appropriate $10,000

Article 10: Sick Leave Buy Back (Town Manager) – transfer $3,000 from Free Cash

Article 11: Fingerprint Scanner (Chief of Police) – transfer $15,731 from Free Cash

Article 12: Recreation Salaries and Wages (Town Manager) – reduce appropriation by $34,900

Article 13: DPW Furnace Replacement in the Piggery (DPW Manager) – transfer $10,000 from Free Cash

Article 14: Baker Way Pump Station Upgrade (DPW Manager) – transfer $50,000 from Free Cash

Article 15: Water Department Water Line Maintenance (DPW Manager) – transfer $50,000 from Free Cash

Article 16: Sandra Pond Water Line (DPW Manager) – transfer $80,000 from Free Cash

Article 17: School Budget Appropriation (School Committee) – raise and appropriate $89,500

Article 18: Mill Pond Test Drilling and Well Installation (School Committee) – recommendation at Town Meeting

Article 19: Web-Based Interfaced Direct Digital Control System at the High School and Mill Pond Schools (School Committee) – transfer $55,000 from Free Cash

Article 20: Wireless Access Points (School Committee) – transfer $90,000 from Free Cash

Article 21: Amend Salary Administration Plan (Personnel Board) – so vote

Article 22: Amend Classification Plan (Personnel Board) – no recommendation

Article 23: Council on Aging Staffing (COA Director) – defeat

Article 24: Acceptance of MGL Ch. 32B, §20 (Treasurer/Collector) – so vote

Article 25: Exemption from MGL Ch. 138, Sections 17A-17C (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Article 26: Accept Gift of Easement East Main Street (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Article 27: Accept Gift of Easement East Main Street (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Article 28: Accept Gift of Easement Oak Street (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Article 29: Acceptance of Various Roads (DPW Manager/Planning Board) – so vote

Article 30: Economic Development Committee Membership (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Article 31: Establish Dimensional Zoning Regulations for Building in (M-1) District (Planning Board) – so vote

Article 32: Amend Zoning Bylaw, Article 2, Section 2630, Building in M-1 District (M-1) (Planning Board) – so vote

Article 33: Amend Zoning Bylaw, Article 2, Section 2300: Use Regulation Schedule, Institutional Uses (Planning Board) – so vote

Article 34: Amend Zoning Bylaw, Article 5, Definitions (Planning Board) – so vote

Article 35: Amend Zoning Bylaw, extension of Downtown Planning Overlay District (DPOD) (Planning Board) – refer back to Planning Board

Article 36: Amend Zoning Bylaw, amendment of Zoning Classification (Planning Board) – so vote

Article 37: Home Rule Petition - Selectmen Emery Retirement (Board of Selectmen) – so vote

Article 38: Easement Funding - Open Space Reserve Account (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee) – defeat

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Cultural Council Grant Applications due by Oct 15, 2014

Westborough Today - Official Notices and Information Written by Michael (admin)   
Saturday, 11 October 2014 09:18

Note! Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014.

Westborough Cultural Council
Town Hall
34 West Main St.
Westborough, Ma. 01581

Cultural Grants Are Available

The Westborough Cultural Council requests applications from groups or individuals for grants.  There are two available categories: applications to support Westborough events in the arts, sciences or humanities and applications for grants to support field trips.

Applications are now available at westboroughculturalcouncil.org. Prospective applicants should read and understand the local rules applicable to Westborough grants. Briefly, the rules require that the event be held in Westborough, that it be open to the public, and that it be handicapped accessible. If you meet the rules, you may complete the application and mail it to the Council at the above address, postmarked no later than Wednesday, 15 October 2014.

Grants for field trips can be sought by Westborough school and community groups. An application for a field trip must be to benefit Westborough residents. Complete that application and mail it to the Council at the above address, postmarked by 15 October.

Activities of the Council are supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, the Town of Westborough, proceeds from Arts in Common, and contributions from sponsors and others. Current sponsors are AMICA Insurance, EMSEAL, Richard and Diane Irwin, Marlborough Savings Bank, Roche Brothers Supermarkets, Barbara Cantwell of Ameriprise Financial and Price Chopper Supermarkets.

[Slight changes in formatting and content; see either original .doc file received via e-mail, or generated PDF -- webmaster]

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Arts in Common 2014 Performer Schedule

Westborough Today - Recreation Written by Michael (admin)   
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 21:08

Our Performers Arts in Common
September 27, 2014
10am-4pm

On the Bandstand Stage

10:00 Northborough Senior Center Harmonica Club
10:30 Dance It Up!
11:00 Westborough Honors String Quartet
11:30 Cook & Mooney
12:00 Southboro Senior Songsters
12:30 Assabet Valley Chambersingers
1:00 Country Kickers
1:30 Lynn Jolicoeur & The Pulse
2:00 Travis/Kapitz Duo
2:30 Elizabeth and Ben Anderson
3:00 Crossfit Prototype Health and Fitness
3:30 Symphony Pro Musica Duets

On the Family Stage

10:15 Skyrise Children’s Theater
10:45 David Jost/Don Ryan Jazz Duo
11:15 Westboro Community Chorus
11:45 Hundredth Town Chorus
12:15 Westborough High School Improv Troupe
12:45 The Noteables
1:15 Luanne Crosby
1:45 Double Take
2:15 Zorina Frey
2:45 Rob Ambrosino
3:15 New Hope Chapel Music Team

 

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2014 Household Hazardous Waste Day - Saturday Sep 27

Westborough Today - General Town News Written by Michael (admin)   
Sunday, 21 September 2014 18:17

2014 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DROP-OFF DAY

Saturday, September 27, 2014
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
DPW Facility, 133 Oak Street

(PDF flyer for reference)

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING

AUTOMOTIVE SUPPLIES

  • Brake & Transmission
  • Fluid Antifreeze
  • Car Cleaners & Wax
  • Motor Oil
  • Engine & Radiator Flush
  • Vehicle Batteries
  • Gasoline / Diesel / Kerosene
  • Engine Degreaser

PAINTS & SOLVENTS

  • Oil Based Paint
  • Wood Strippers
  • Lead / Mercury Paint
  • Spray Paint
  • Turpentine & Paint Thinner
  • Adhesives
  • Cleaning Fluids
  • Spray Lubricants
  • Wood Preservatives & Stains Driveway Sealant

UNRESTRICTED PESTICIDES

  • Flea Control Products
  • Herbicides
  • Fertilizer w/Pesticides
  • Fungicides
  • Ant & Roach/Wasp Spray
  • Insecticides
  • Snail / Slug / Rat Poison
  • No-pest Strips
  • Houseplant Insecticides

HOBBY SUPPLIES

  • Home Chemistry Sets
  • Photo Chemicals
  • Silk Screen Inks / Solvents
  • Rubber Cement
  • Shellac & Lacquer
  • Pool Chemicals
  • Solvent Based Glue
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Gun Cleaning Solvents
  • Propane Tanks

HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS & MISC.

  • Drain / Oven / Floor Cleaners
  • Spot Remover
  • Arts & Crafts Supplies
  • Moth Balls
  • Dry Clean Fluid
  • Furniture & Metal Polish
  • Dyes
  • Fluorescent Lamps
  • Cosmetics
  • Ammonia/Bleach & Disinfectants
  • Mercury
  • Rechargeable Batteries / button cells

STYROFOAM (See details below)

ASBESTOS

Note: Asbestos heating insulation will be accepted from a residential dwelling, only if it is approved in writing by the Board of Health, and under 3 square/linear feet, doubled bagged, wetted, and labeled. Small asbestos items, such as ironing board covers & brake pads are OK.

ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED

  • Latex paint
  • Appliances & CFC's PCB's
  • Biological Waste
  • Garbage
  • Explosive Materials
  • Ammunition
  • Radioactive Materials
  • Fireworks
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Septage
  • Empty Aerosol Cans
  • Tires
  • Sand / Street Sweepings, Absorbent Material
  • Unclassified construction debris: such as siding, shingles, transite board, pipe

Please do not bring empty or nearly empty containers. Empty containers may be disposed of with regular household trash.

How to Package Household Hazardous Wastes For Transportation

  1. Keep all products in original containers.
  2. Make sure all lids and caps are tight.
  3. Place items securely in box for transport.
  4. Use newspaper or cardboard for filler.
  5. Place leaking containers in additional bags.
  6. Label all boxes and bags.
  7. Do not leave material in unvented vehicle.
  8. Do not smoke near chemicals.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

At the drop-off site, be prepared to stay in your vehicle through the whole transfer process. Upon arrival, you will be directed to a reception area where you will be required to show proof of residency. The type and amount of waste that you have brought will also be checked at that time. You will then be directed to a collection area, where your wastes will be removed from your vehicle. Finally, you will be directed toward the exit.

NEW for 2014:

Latex paint is no longer accepted!

Latex paint can be disposed of as trash if dry. To dry small amounts, remove lid and let the paint dry in the can. For larger amounts, mix in kitty litter or pour one-inch layers of paint in a cardboard box lined with a plastic bag. Stir the paint occasionally to speed drying. Put completely dried paint in the trash.

Prescription Medications

The Westborough Police Department will be present to collect prescription medications.

Do not flush your discarded medications down the drain!

Sharps

As of July 1, 2012 household sharps (needles, lancets, etc..) may no longer be disposed of in the household trash. Westborough residents may bring sharps to the Fire Department (42 Milk Street) between 8AM and 6 PM seven days a week. Sharps must be brought to the facility in a sharps container.

DO NOT BRING THE FOLLOWING:

 LATEX PAINT

 EMPTY CONTAINERS

 SHARPS (needles, lancets/syringes) -- see above

 ALKALINE BATTERIES

Styrofoam

Items Accepted:

  • Packing blocks
  • Produce and meat trays with this symbol
  • Take-out containers (please rinse)
  • Trays and egg cartons
  • White insulation sheets
  • Hot cups such as Dunkin Donuts, etc.,

Items Not Accepted:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Soft foam such as pipe insulation
  • Biodegradable produce and meat trays
  • Corn-based products
  • Soft foam pads
  • Blue or Pink insulation sheets, unless in full size sheets

Visit refoamit.com for a more comprehensive list of accepted Styrofoam items. Packing Peanuts will be taken to UPS for reuse.

Common Questions

  1. Will any material be refused? Yes. The contractors reserve the right to refuse any material which is not deemed acceptable by the managing site chemist.
  2. What if I can't identify a material? Keep materials in the original containers when possible. A chemist will be present to help with difficult identification.
  3. Will I have to wait in line? Yes. Expect a wait. The DPW gate will open at 7:30 am. Please do not arrive before 7:30 am. The gate will close promptly at 12 noon.
  4. Will I be charged a fee? No, unless you have an unusually large quantity from one household. Contact Health Director Steven Baccari before September 19, at 366-3045 for details.
  5. Do I have to prove I live in Westborough? Yes. Bring your driver's license.
  6. Are businesses excluded from participating? Yes. Only household hazardous waste will be accepted.
  7. Can I bring a neighbor's materials? Yes. Bring a list of the neighbor's materials, and include their name, address, and phone number.
  8. Should I bring empty or nearly empty containers? No. It is o.k. to put these in your regular trash. Please do not bring empty containers to the collection day.
    Please remember, the "best" method of disposal for paints, solvents, cleaners, unrestricted pesticides, hobby supplies, pool chemicals, auto supplies, etc., is proper use. If these types of products are not banned, restricted, or outdated, use according to their label instructions or give to a neighbor to use.

 

Town of Westborough

Household Hazardous Waste Day

Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014

Time: 7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Where: DPW Facility, 133 Oak St.

Be Prepared to Present Proof of Residency

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