Archive For March 31, 2016

Net School Spending study

Net School Spending study

The Dracut School committee had a discussion this week of a report requested by Dr McNamara regarding Net School Spending in the area communities. The report shows how much more Billerica, Chelmsford, Tewksbury and Tyngsboro spend beyond what is required to provide educational opportunities to the students in their systems. It is eye-opening, and I…

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Donations support Community of Caring

Donations support Community of Caring

Dawn Smith, the Principal from the Brookside elementary school, came to the School Committee meeting last night bearing gifts. In support of the school’s Community of Caring efforts towards recycling, Hannafords has donated 250 canvas food bags (like the ones you would purchase at the store) to help the students with food collection and cutback…

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Chief Assessor Kathy Roarke explains Levy Limit

Chief Assessor Kathy Roarke explains Levy Limit

During the last Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Manager Jim Duggan brought in Chief Assessor Kathy Roark to discuss what her department does, how they levy taxes, and how they get adjusted each year. Duggan then mentioned that people in town have been confused by the concept of splitting the tax rate between residential and…

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Dracut welcomes two new Officers

Dracut welcomes two new Officers

Police Chief Richardson introduces Dracut’s two new officers, John Quinn and Alex Gerrish. Both are lifelong residents of Dracut, Quinn having graduated from Dracut High in 2009, and Gerrish in 2010.

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Shaw discusses override with Ten Panos on 980 WCAP

Shaw discusses override with Ten Panos on 980 WCAP

And here we get a much shorter and pointed discussion on the Dracut override, with an understanding of our town situation, and why this override is much more reasonable than what was proposed earlier

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2013 School Appropriation scrutinized at BOS

2013 School Appropriation scrutinized at BOS

The Town Manager received a letter from Superintendent Steve Stone last week where he was responding to continuing rumors in the town concerning the spending of a $100,000 additional appropriation given to the school department back in November of 2013. A town meeting article at the time called for it to be use for textbooks…

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DiRocco – Can we provide a tax offset for Elderly?

DiRocco – Can we provide a tax offset for Elderly?

During a meeting of the Board of Selectmen tonight, Selectmen Joe DiRocco again requested information from Town Manager Jim Duggan and Atty Jim Hall information on our ability as a town to provide relief to elderly taxpayers if the override passes.   Atty Hall had been looking into this and believes that it is possible…

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Dracut override discussion on 980 WCAP

Dracut override discussion on 980 WCAP

Teddy Panos on the 980 WCAP Morning show had Town Manager Jim Duggan, Superintendent Steve Stone, Fire Chief Dave Brouillette and Police Chief Kevin Richardson in to talk about the need for revenue in Dracut and their hope that the town will Vote YES for Dracut in the Spring election. Now, this is a long…

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Sun story on Boston Post Cane

Sun story on Boston Post Cane

The Lowell Sun this morning has a more detailed story on the Boston Post Cane, where it came from, and how it came to be in the hands of Russ Taylor after all these years. From the article: It was around 1955, and the young Taylor was with his aunt at her friend’s father’s house….

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High School Honor Roll – 2nd Term

High School Honor Roll – 2nd Term

High Honors SENIORS: Timothy Cahill, Nicolet Chapman, Brittany Close, Caleigh Collamer, Abigail Cutrumbes, Maria Forte, Valerie Hines, Lauren Hould, Alexandria Hudson, Olivia Preston, Kelly Regan and Emily Sargent. JUNIORS: Jaccob Ayotte, Matthew Cahill, Bailey Chartier and Riya Patel. SOPHOMORES: Sarah Bazarian, Meghan Carney, Nicole Craig, Matthew Daniell, Jamiel Inocencio, Nicholas Jarek, Madelyn Jezerski, Molly Jones,…

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