my favorite part of the article:
"All of which begs the question: Are raucous parties endemic in Dover? Not exactly. ..."
my favorite part of the article:
"All of which begs the question: Are raucous parties endemic in Dover? Not exactly. ..."
I kept hearing that Chickering might not have half day Wednesdays anymore.... and here is this week's Principal's Letter confirming that it was approved at the 2/24/09 School Committee Meeting.
The key section of the letter:
You might be surprised to learn how many little children — some of them in our own neighborhoods — are wearing thin, tattered and tight clothes because their parents just can’t afford new ones.
You can help those needy children with your donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes in sizes newborn to 16. New underwear, socks and pajamas will help, too.
The Dover and Sherborn Girl Scouts are partnering with Cradles to Crayons in a multiweek drive to get clothes to those children.
From Feb. 23 to March 6, you can bring your donations to any of these convenient locations:
You can call Melissa Connolly at 508-652-7293 in Sherborn, or Julie Palo Hayes, at 508-785-8322, in Dover, for answers to questions about the drive.
Cradles to Crayons provides poor and homeless Massachusetts children from infancy to age 12 with everyday essentials. They donate directly to at-risk and needy children free of any charge through distribution partnerships with shelters, health centers, schools, parenting programs and day cares. You can find out more at its Web site: www.cradlestocrayons.org.
Benefits to the town include basic cable service for all public buildings, and digital cable service to seven, including the three public schools. Verizon will also provide $200,000 in capital funds to the local cable access channel over its 15-year contract, which will be spent on new cameras and equipment. This comes on top of contributions to the operating budget for the station. For any customer who switches service, estimated to be a third of current Dover cable customers, Verizon’s support to the cable station will match the 5 percent Comcast provides under its contract, keeping the change in revenue neutral. Any satellite customer who switches will be revenue positive for the station, because there is no contribution from these customers at this time. However, as Colon noted, this is a relatively small group.
Dover Town Library is looking for a director — again. Charlotte Canelli, who was named to the post in mid-January, left the position on Sept. 12 to become the new director at the Norwood Public Library. Canelli had replaced Meghan Battle, who was on the job for a few months following the departure of longtime Director Kathy Killeen, who left in spring 2007 for a job in Arizona. The library is also without an assistant director for the time being. Jane Granatino left on Aug. 22 for a library job in Worcester.
In general, however, schools in the Globe West area appeared to fare well in science. At Dover-Sherborn, Hopkinton, Maynard, and Medfield high schools, 100 percent of the 10th graders who took the test achieved passing scores of "advanced," "proficient," or "needs improvement."
Spaulding said that the center’s location is still unclear, although the committee reiterated its preference for the existing Caryl School over the library site discussed in April. He said the building committee plans to submit a generalized request for proposal this fall to gauge private developers’ interest in the Caryl School space for retail or housing. If interest exists, the committee would further discuss alternative possibilities, but otherwise would most likely approve the Caryl School as the site for the community center.
The DMA also sponsors three community-wide events — the upcoming Fall Festival in October, Breakfast with Santa in December, and the always-popular Easter Egg Hunt on the Town Green. Activities during this past year include trips to a PawSox game, the Big Apple Circus and Davis Farmland. In the winter months, the group offered Friday afternoon playtime at the Caryl School with music, crafts and games. On St. Patrick’s Day, the DMA and the Dover Social Club sponsored a lively party for grown-ups at the American Legion Hall. To learn more about the group or to receive a membership packet, please contact email@example.com.
Find more info at https://www.bigtent.com/groups/dovermoms
The DMA also sponsors three community-wide events — the upcoming Fall Festival in October, Breakfast with Santa in December, and the always-popular Easter Egg Hunt on the Town Green.
Activities during this past year include trips to a PawSox game, the Big Apple Circus and Davis Farmland. In the winter months, the group offered Friday afternoon playtime at the Caryl School with music, crafts and games. On St. Patrick’s Day, the DMA and the Dover Social Club sponsored a lively party for grown-ups at the American Legion Hall.
To learn more about the group or to receive a membership packet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find more info at https://www.bigtent.com/groups/dovermoms
Also see the great article on the DMA in the 8/17/06 Dover/Sherborn Hometown Weekly!
Since launching its FiOS TV option in Massachusetts in 2006, Verizon has gained access to customers in 72 communities across the state, according to Phil Santoro, a company spokesman. Towns recently joining the network include Wayland and Norfolk, Santoro said, and Verizon has plans to seek licenses in dozens more this year, including Ashland, Dover, Hudson, Maynard, Northborough, Stow, and Weston.
OPEN SPACE ON WARRANT AGAIN - Town officials say a proposal for voluntary land conservation is among a clutch of articles that will go before Town Meeting voters on May 5. Different versions of the bylaw failed to pass at Special Town Meeting in 2006 and at Town Meeting last spring, when it lost by just two votes. Unlike past proposals, this year's version would make open space preservation by developers voluntary, not mandatory. The bylaw would create a new zoning option to permanently conserve 50 percent of the land in new developments. In exchange, the bylaw would allow developers more design flexibility than under Dover's conventional zoning requirements. The proposal also would require new lots using the zoning option to be at least 1 acre, and setbacks to abutting properties to be increased, and includes provisions to ensure the bylaw could not be used to open up unbuildable land. The Board of Selectmen, the Conservation Commission, the Warrant Committee, the Long-Range Planning Committee, and the Open Space Committee have endorsed the article. - Anna Fiorentino
A Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day for residents of Dover and Medfield will take place Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Medfield Town Garage, Route 27, north of Route 109.
The Charles River Cleanup Collaborative’s annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup is on Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m.-noon. In case of inclement weather, a rain date is scheduled for May 3. For information or to sign up, visit www.charlesriver.org/cleanup.html or call 781-788-0007, ext. 303.
Most of the communities registered incomes in 2005 that were higher than the state average of $67,419. Next in line after Weston were Wellesley (02481) at $364,281, and Dover (02030) at $361,394.
Dover's fire chief would like to put the brakes on a proposal to ban a certain kind of noisy braking in town. The proposal, placed on the May 5 Town Meeting warrant by a group of Dedham Street residents, seeks approval of a ban on the use of a secondary braking system found on large diesel trucks - including fire engines - on public roadways.
New date for Dover Days
Dover Days is moving from mid-May to Sept. 20 this year.
That’s among several changes planned for the event, which has been around for about 29 years and is a major fundraiser for many Dover organizations. Dover Days will welcome outside arts and crafts vendors for the first time; these vendors must be pre-approved by the Park and Recreation Department.
There will also be a road race, the second annual 5K Pumpkin Run, for kids age 8 years and up.
Dover Days will still offer rides, games and activities, as well as gift baskets, food and drinks.
For information on Dover Days, including race registration forms and vendor sign-ups, visit https://doverrec.com/doverdays.php.
Link: New Day for Dover Days : Dover Sherborn Blog.
IF YOU CRAVE A NAME BRAND AND...
You love a (relative) bargain
Median home price: $899,000 One-year change: -5 percent Five-year change: +24 percent The tree-lined streets and clapboard homes epitomize genteel New England living. The shopping district might as well be Newbury Street West. And now, thanks to the softening market, Wellesley offers some good bargains, real estate agents say. In 2005, only 35 houses were priced under $1 million; in 2007, there were 100.
You have money to burn
Median home price: $945,000 One-year change: +6 percent Five-year change: +31 percent Dover is venerable enough to make Carlisle seem nouveau riche. The predominantly Republican rural community is 20 miles outside Boston, but a world away in outlook. Anything under $500,000 is considered a tear-down.
The Dover Town Library Spelling Bee will be held on April 3 from 7-9 p.m. at the Chickering School Gym, and you are invited to attend. It will be another exciting year for spellers and nonspellers alike. Please be sure to check it out on the Bee Blog, spellboundindover.blogspot.com for all information, rules, past years’ photos, links and more. Want to sign up for the Bee? It’s simple! Download a registration/entry form in PDF format and return it to the library in person or via fax at 508-785-0138.
Cute pics from the DMA egg hunt last Saturday...
Link: An eggs-tra fun day - Dover, MA - Dover-Sherborn Press.
Museum passes available
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library, the Dover Town Library has discounted museum passes available to Dover residents. Among those are the Children’s Museum, Discovery Museums, Garden in the Woods, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the JFK Library and Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, the New England Aquarium and the Wheelock Family Theatre. To reserve these passes, call the library at 508-785-8113 for availability.
Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday
On Saturday, March 22, the annual Easter Egg Hunt will be held on the Dover Town Green at 10 a.m. The Easter Bunny will be there to pose for photographs with children. Don’t be late, as the eggs will be scooped up quickly. In case of rain or snow, the event will be cancelled.
The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Dover Mother’s Association and is one of the community-wide events that the group sponsors throughout the year. For more information about the group or the hunt, please contact email@example.com.
Dover’s spring cleanup of roadside trash has been scheduled for Saturday, March 29. It will kick off from more than a dozen locations, where neighborhood coordinators will be distributing free trash bags for the annual, all-volunteer effort, which drew more than 270 participants in 2007.
You’re welcome to join whichever street cleanup you’d like to work on — maybe the street you live on, maybe an area that you drive past every day.
Most of the pickup groups will be starting between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and should finish within 30-45 minutes. Many neighborhood coordinators will gather their volunteers prior to the start of the cleanup for refreshments, such as coffee and doughnuts.
If you would like to serve as a coordinator for your street, or part of it, it’s a great way to say hello to some neighbors you may not have met. Contact John O’Keefe, the overall coordinator for the town; his e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 508-785-0866.
Coordinators can be as active as they want. Some just hand out trash bags from a table outside their back door. Others offer coffee and doughnuts. The Glen Street area made a party of it last year, and gave small prizes for “most unusual” pickup, among other categories.
Until a few months ago, a group of Dover residents thought they had found the perfect way to keep a large development, proposed under the state's Chapter 40B affordable-housing law, out of their rural Colonial Road neighborhood. But they soon learned that reaching their goal wasn't going to be easy.
Verizon said it will apply for licenses to offer television service in Ashland, Bellingham, Billerica, Danvers, Dover, Easton, Grafton, Hanover, Hingham, Hudson, Hull, Kingston, Lakeville, Malden, Marblehead, Mansfield, Maynard, Middleton, Milford, Millbury, North Andover, Northborough, Plymouth, Stoughton, Stow, Sutton, Taunton, Walpole, Westford, and Weston.
CULTURE THROUGH MUSIC - The Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded the Dover Town Library a $600 grant to develop a new program, Understanding Cultures Through Music. The free series is for participants over the age of 10 and will be held in the library's Community Room. It starts out on March 22 with Dave Curry, an instructor from a dance school called Drums for One and All. He will lead a participatory drumming circle from 1 to 3 p.m. Then, on March 29 from 3 to 4 p.m. Anugraha and Achutha Raman will present an interactive program on classical Indian dance. The final session, April 5 from 1 to 2 p.m., is a performance by folk duo Atwater-Donnelly, offering vocals and instruments including a mountain dulcimer, banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin and harmonica. - Anna Fiorentino
DOVER MORE MONEY FOR CLEARING SNOW - Selectmen had to authorize additional funds to cover snow and ice removal for the third time this winter. The town initially budgeted $130,000, but an early burst of bad weather prompted the board to allocate first another $125,000 and then $75,000 more last month. At last week's meeting, the selectmen approved another $75,000, bringing the winter's total to $405,000. - Anna Fiorentino
After two failed attempts, Dover's Planning Board is again trying to get residents to adopt a land preservation bylaw, aimed at having builders of new homes set aside 50 percent of their land as open space. more stories like this
* West community briefs
* School budget hearing
* Seeking wind-power support
* Test of emergency system
* Registering young students
This time, however, the proposal would make the set-aside voluntary.
A small group of concerned Dover citizens made a trip to Chatham and Harwich recently to examine the towns’ new community centers, said Chairman Kathleen Weld at last Thursday’s Selectmen meeting.
Link: The Dover Farm.
Starting in the spring of 2008, The Dover Farm located in Dover, MA will be offering a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The Dover Farm, while not certified organic, believes in growing practices that are sustainable, using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. By joining in the mutual commitment of a CSA, members help to support the farm in the spring when the costs of running a farm are highest, which also helps to keep your local farming community strong. In return, the farm commits to helping you eat locally and in-season, by growing the freshest, healthiest food available to you and your family and providing a greater connection to your land and the seasonal cycles of a New England farm. The farm is offering 75 shares at a cost of $650 for a total of 20 weeks (May through October).
The Dover Town Library Spelling Bee will be held on April 3, 2008 at 7 - 9 p.m. at the Chickering School Gym and you are welcome to attend! The Friends of the Library are still accepting team registrations. It will be another exciting year for spellers and non-spellers alike! Be sure to check it out on the bee blog: www.spellboundindover.blogspot.com for all information, rules, past years' photos, links and more
Link: Spellbound in Dover!.
NEW CABLE SHOW BY STUDENTS - There's a new show on Dover-Sherborn Cable Access Television's Channel 8. Called "Raider Review," the half-hour news program is produced by Dover-Sherborn High School students. Information about scheduling can be viewed at dsctv.com. Mike Sweeney, the Dover-Sherborn regional district's media coordinator, oversees the production of the student news program, which began airing late in the fall. - Anna Fiorentino
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts has announced its merger of three councils and a new CEO to head it. Ruth N. Bramson will become the first CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, which will combine three councils, Patriot's Trail, Spar & Spindle and Southeastern, Mass., under one umbrella.
Bramson started Suited for Success, a nonprofit organization she conceived, developed and grew, focused on assisting economically disadvantaged women move from welfare to lives of self-sufficiency for themselves and their children.
MILLENNIUM SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM 2008
Session 1 – July 7, 2008 – July 18, 2008 Session 2 – July 21, 2008 – August 1, 2008
For your planning purposes these are this summer’s enrichment program dates. Please check back with us mid March for exciting new and familiar program offerings. Registration information will be posted on this web site and sent to all Dover and Sherborn children entering grades 4, 5, and 6. As always feel free to call our office at (508) 785-0722 with any questions.
In Dover, meanwhile, another override fueled a 4.5 percent increase for the average taxpayer, who is facing an annual property tax bill of $10,680 for a home worth about $1.1 million. While the $627,000 override passed by town voters last year for a new firetruck and a new ambulance was relatively small, town officials said, other overrides that are still on the books helped boost the average tax bill by $508.
Dover NEW LIBRARY DIRECTOR - The Board of Library Trustees announced that Charlotte L. Canelli will be taking the reins as the Dover Town Library's director. Canelli, who has been the Bellingham Public Library's director, will begin Jan. 14. The Bellingham resident previously was youth services librarian in Stow and in Peterborough, N.H., and has served with the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System, Central/Western Mass. Automated Resource Sharing Network, and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. - Anna Fiorentino
Dover’s fiscal 2008 tax rate of $9.75 has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Revenue.
Several years ago, the Board of Trustees for the Library began an Annual Appeal to raise funds through community support to enhance the Library services and physical space. This year we are asking for help in funding renovations to the teen space in the Library.
The Library's Long Range Plan recognizes the need for a unique space specifically designed as a compelling, supportive area for young adult patrons. With that in mind, we intend to create a high-tech space that will be inviting for young adults as well as respect the needs of our other patrons.
The Dover Town Library has been recognized nationally for its excellence and innovation. With your help, we will continue our tradition of outstanding service and dedication to the Dover community.
Link: Dover Town Library.
Link: Dover Town Library.
The Board of Trustees of the Dover Town Library is delighted to announce that Charlotte L. Canelli has accepted the position of Library Director. Ms. Canelli joins us from Bellingham, MA where her energy and enthusiasm have revitalized programming and circulation. Before becoming the Director of the Bellingham Public Library, Ms. Canelli worked as Youth Services Librarian in Peterborough NH and in Stow, MA. She has served on a variety of committees for the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System, Central Western Mass Automated Resource Sharing network (C/WMARS), and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. Ms. Canelli will begin at the Dover Town Library on 14 January 2008.
Whether you need a 3-foot or 30-foot tree this Christmas, the place to shop for it may just be the American Legion in Dover.
Check out the Dover-Sherborn Arts Diner Blog...
Link: _: So, I had this idea....
Fueled by my lifelong love of diners, I envisioned enthusiastic students at Dover-Sherborn High School working together to create a life-size diorama of a traditional New England diner. I guess you could call it an "art installation."