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I feel sorry for the hundreds of kids who can’t be out trick-or-treating in town center this year. But I feel just as so...
11/03/2020
Reflections: A Halloween without warts

I feel sorry for the hundreds of kids who can’t be out trick-or-treating in town center this year. But I feel just as sorry for me and my adult children. Halloween has always been tied with Christmas as our favorite holiday, and we each have our rituals.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Features/Feature-Articles/ArtMID/4525/ArticleID/21529/Reflections-A-Halloween-without-warts

I feel sorry for the hundreds of kids who can’t be out trick-or-treating in town center this year. But I feel just as sorry for me and my adult children. Halloween has always been tied with Christmas as our favorite holiday, and we each have our rituals. For me, this means getting out the decorat...

Bromfield’s golfers outplayed the five other teams in its pod Tuesday afternoon to win the Pod 5 Midland-Wachusett Leagu...
11/02/2020
Bromfield snatches Mid-Wach golf pod championship from Nashoba in sudden-death playoff

Bromfield’s golfers outplayed the five other teams in its pod Tuesday afternoon to win the Pod 5 Midland-Wachusett League championship, but to earn its trophy Bromfield had to first break a 330-330 tie with Nashoba Regional High School in a sudden-death playoff.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Sports/Sports-Articles/ArtMID/4546/ArticleID/21513/Bromfield-snatches-Mid-Wach-golf-pod-championship-from-Nashoba-in-sudden-death-playoff

For a few weeks, Harvard’s apple orchards were a welcome escape for visitors seeking a safe way to get out of the house ...
11/02/2020
Apple-picking remains popular at local orchards despite COVID and weather

For a few weeks, Harvard’s apple orchards were a welcome escape for visitors seeking a safe way to get out of the house and immerse themselves in a quintessential New England autumn.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Features/Feature-Articles/ArtMID/4525/ArticleID/21527/Apple-picking-remains-popular-at-local-orchards-despite-COVID-and-weather

For a few weeks, Harvard’s apple orchards were a welcome escape for visitors seeking a safe way to get out of the house and immerse themselves in a quintessential New England autumn. Farmers say that crowds came early this year, picked more, and enjoyed especially flavorful fruits despite late fro...

A social justice club, approved by the School Committee Oct. 13, is the Bromfield School’s newest extracurricular activi...
11/01/2020
New Bromfield club to provide platform for social justice activism, outreach

A social justice club, approved by the School Committee Oct. 13, is the Bromfield School’s newest extracurricular activity.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21524/New-Bromfield-club-to-provide-platform-for-social-justice-activism-outreach

A social justice club, approved by the School Committee Oct. 13, is the Bromfield School’s newest extracurricular activity. According to a founder, it will be a safe place for students to discuss social justice issues and a platform for activism and outreach. Some members will also work closely wi...

The Planning Board has requested that the Capital Planning and Investment Committee (CPIC) recommend that the town spend...
11/01/2020
Planning Board asks $300,000 for Ayer Road commercial zoning study

The Planning Board has requested that the Capital Planning and Investment Committee (CPIC) recommend that the town spend $300,000 for a zoning and development study for the Ayer Road commercial district.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21522/Planning-Board-asks-300000-for-Ayer-Road-commercial-zoning-study

The Planning Board has requested that the Capital Planning and Investment Committee (CPIC) recommend that the town spend $300,000 for a zoning and development study for the Ayer Road commercial district. Director of Community and Economic Development Chris Ryan and Planning Board Chair Justin Brown....

Earlier this fall, as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic, the School Committee called for a study of the heati...
10/30/2020
School Committee approves money for repairs to Bromfield’s HVAC

Earlier this fall, as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic, the School Committee called for a study of the heating and ventilation system at the Bromfield School to ensure that as much fresh air as possible was circulating in classrooms and offices.

https://www.harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21523/School-Committee-approves-money-for-repairs-to160Bromfield’s-HVAC

Earlier this fall, as a precaution during the coronavirus pandemic, the School Committee called for a study of the heating and ventilation system at the Bromfield School to ensure that as much fresh air as possible was circulating in classrooms and offices. At its meeting last Monday, the committee....

The town of Harvard received no notice of plans to build a new firing range on the Fort Devens South Post. But when the ...
10/30/2020
Select Board ponders joining Lancaster in questioning Army’s plan for new firing range

The town of Harvard received no notice of plans to build a new firing range on the Fort Devens South Post. But when the Select Board learned about the project, members agreed they might want to join the town of Lancaster in addressing some written questions to the Devens base commander.

https://www.harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21521/Select-Board-ponders-joining-Lancaster-in-questioning-Army’s-plan-for-new-firing-range

The town of Harvard received no notice of plans to build a new firing range on the Fort Devens South Post. But when the Select Board learned about the project, members agreed they might want to join the town of Lancaster in addressing some written questions to the Devens base commander. News of the....

The Board of Health announced on Oct. 22 that it was lifting the no-swimming order and the no-contact advisory for Bare ...
10/29/2020
BOH lifts no-swimming order, no-contact advisory for Bare Hill Pond

The Board of Health announced on Oct. 22 that it was lifting the no-swimming order and the no-contact advisory for Bare Hill Pond.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21520/BOH-lifts-no-swimming-order-no-contact-advisory-for-Bare-Hill-Pond

The Board of Health announced on Oct. 22 that it was lifting the no-swimming order and the no-contact advisory for Bare Hill Pond. The order and advisory went into effect in late August when concentrations of blue-green algae surpassed Department of Public Health (DPH) limits. Board of Health clerk....

There is a new kind of scare in the streets this Halloween, and it’s not as cute as ghosts and ghouls; out of concern ab...
10/28/2020
A new kind of scare: Town plans for an uncommon Halloween

There is a new kind of scare in the streets this Halloween, and it’s not as cute as ghosts and ghouls; out of concern about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harvard called off its annual trick-or-treating on the Common, an event that typically draws large crowds and encourages mingling. Despite that cancellation, little ones need not despair; there are still many ways to enjoy a safe and spooky Oct. 31.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Features/Feature-Articles/ArtMID/4525/ArticleID/21488/A-new-kind-of-scare-Town-plans-for-an-uncommon-Halloween

On Aug. 27, Louisiana was hit by one of the strongest storms in the state’s history. Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm...
10/27/2020
Harvard resident leads Mass. Red Cross hurricane relief efforts

On Aug. 27, Louisiana was hit by one of the strongest storms in the state’s history. Hurricane Laura, a Category 4 storm, brought sustained winds that reached 150 mph. It made landfall in the southwest parishes and raged for hours, leaving in its wake severe wind damage and flooding.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Features/Feature-Articles/ArtMID/4525/ArticleID/21487/Harvard-resident-leads-Mass-Red-Cross-hurricane-relief-efforts

A flu vaccine clinic held at the Bromfield School Oct. 6 ran out of the high-dose flu vaccine—recommended for people age...
10/26/2020
Flu shot shortfalls most likely at pharmacies, flu clinics

A flu vaccine clinic held at the Bromfield School Oct. 6 ran out of the high-dose flu vaccine—recommended for people aged 65 and older—in the first 20 minutes.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21493/Flu-shot-shortfalls-most-likely-at-pharmacies-flu-clinics

A flu vaccine clinic held at the Bromfield School Oct. 6 ran out of the high-dose flu vaccine—recommended for people aged 65 and older—in the first 20 minutes. The clinic, run by the public health arm of the Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, delivered 30 of the high-dose shots as part of the ...

The U.S. Army plans to construct a new, 65-acre firing range on the Fort Devens South Post. Work on the site is expected...
10/26/2020
Army surprises Lancaster with plans for new, larger firing range at Devens South Post

The U.S. Army plans to construct a new, 65-acre firing range on the Fort Devens South Post. Work on the site is expected to begin next spring, with completion scheduled for midsummer 2022.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21490/Army-surprises-Lancaster-with-plans-for-new-larger-firing-range-at-Devens-South-Post

The U.S. Army plans to construct a new, 65-acre firing range on the Fort Devens South Post. Work on the site is expected to begin next spring, with completion scheduled for midsummer 2022. The project would impact wetlands under the jurisdiction of the Lancaster Conservation Commission, which held a...

Over a series of hearings, neighbors have objected to the new cell tower proposed for 12 Woodchuck Hill Road and suggest...
10/26/2020
New cell tower faces continued resistance

Over a series of hearings, neighbors have objected to the new cell tower proposed for 12 Woodchuck Hill Road and suggested it be built on town-owned land instead. The Zoning Board of Appeals took up the issue at its Oct. 14 meeting, where Verizon attorney Chris Swiniarski fielded questions about the project, but postponed a final decision until its next meeting.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21492/New-cell-tower-faces-continued-resistance

Anticipating a potential revenue shortfall, the Select Board and Finance Committee have asked town departments and commi...
10/26/2020
Anticipating a financial crunch, Select Board and FinCom call for level-funded budgets for FY22

Anticipating a potential revenue shortfall, the Select Board and Finance Committee have asked town departments and committees to prepare level-funded budgets, rather than level-service budgets, for the coming fiscal year, with spending equal to or less than this year’s amount.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21491/Anticipating-a-financial-crunch-Select-Board-and-FinCom-call-for-level-funded-budgets-for-FY22

Anticipating a potential revenue shortfall, the Select Board and Finance Committee have asked town departments and committees to prepare level-funded budgets, rather than level-service budgets, for the coming fiscal year, with spending equal to or less than this year’s amount. The request for leve...

Early voting began at Town Hall this past weekend, bringing out small crowds of eager voters to wait outside until the b...
10/26/2020
Early voting a hit as voters line up at Town Hall

Early voting began at Town Hall this past weekend, bringing out small crowds of eager voters to wait outside until the building opened its doors for the morning.

https://harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21489/Early-voting-a-hit-as-voters-line-up-at-Town-Hall

Early voting began at Town Hall this past weekend, bringing out small crowds of eager voters to wait outside until the building opened its doors for the morning. In anticipation of the Nov. 3 election, now only a couple of weeks away, voters lined up to cast their ballots ahead of time. Standing out...

Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crews scrimmaged Greater Lawrence Community Rowing on the Merrimack River on Sunday, Oct. 11....
10/19/2020
BA-B crews race on water for the first time in nearly a year

Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crews scrimmaged Greater Lawrence Community Rowing on the Merrimack River on Sunday, Oct. 11.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Sports/Sports-Articles/ArtMID/4546/ArticleID/21455/BA-B-crews-race-on-water-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-a-year

Bromfield Acton-Boxborough crews scrimmaged Greater Lawrence Community Rowing on the Merrimack River on Sunday, Oct. 11. It was the team’s first competition in nearly a year, due to the pandemic. Sixteen boys and eight girls sculled in singles (one-person boats) and recorded their own times; host ...

A speedy Marlborough Panthers team beat Bromfield 3-1 in a home matchup at Harvard Park last Friday afternoon, Oct. 9. h...
10/18/2020
Bromfield falls to speedy Division 1 Marlborough team in first soccer match of season

A speedy Marlborough Panthers team beat Bromfield 3-1 in a home matchup at Harvard Park last Friday afternoon, Oct. 9.

https://www.harvardpress.com/Sports/Sports-Articles/ArtMID/4546/ArticleID/21456/Bromfield-falls-to-speedy-Division-1-Marlborough-team-in-first-soccer-match-of-season

A speedy Marlborough Panthers team beat Bromfield 3-1 in a home matchup at Harvard Park last Friday afternoon, Oct. 9. For the Trojans, three-time MIAA Division 4 state champions, it was their first game of the season, and the first played under new MIAA COVID-19 rules. Bromfield’s offense dominat...

Supporters of ranked-choice voting say elections with winners based on such a small share of the vote undercut democracy...
10/17/2020
A call for Massachusetts to embrace ranked-choice voting

Supporters of ranked-choice voting say elections with winners based on such a small share of the vote undercut democracy.

https://www.harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21466/A-call-for-Massachusetts-to-embrace-ranked-choice-voting

Two years ago, Lori Trahan won the 10-candidate Democratic primary for the Third Congressional District, which includes Harvard, with just 22% of the vote. She went on to win in the general election and is unopposed for another term this November. A few weeks ago, Jake Auchincloss won his nine-candi...

A brief but powerful storm raged through town Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.htt...
10/16/2020
Flash storm leaves neighborhoods without power, roads a tangle of trees and wires

A brief but powerful storm raged through town Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, leaving a path of destruction in its wake.

https://www.harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21464/Flash-storm-leaves-neighborhoods-without-power-roads-a-tangle-of-trees-and-wires

A brief but powerful storm raged through town Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 7, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Strong winds downed many trees, taking out electrical poles and wires, and wiping out power for many residents across town. Some neighborhoods were left without power for days. With....

The Board of Health will not support traditional trick-or-treating in the center of town this year. https://www.harvardp...
10/15/2020
Board of Health nixes town’s Halloween trick-or-treating

The Board of Health will not support traditional trick-or-treating in the center of town this year.

https://www.harvardpress.com/News/News-Articles/ArtMID/4510/ArticleID/21467/Board-of-Health-nixes-town’s-Halloween-trick-or-treating

The Board of Health will not support traditional trick-or-treating in the center of town this year. At its Oct. 13 meeting, members said the event would not fit within state guidelines for Halloween activities, particularly the 100-person limit on outdoor gatherings. The board will, however, support...

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This Weekend! Ayer Shirley Regional High School is packing their bags and heading on a trip to John Cariani’s “ALMOST, MAINE.” Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 for students and seniors. There will be a special matinee at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5 and is open to the general public as well, but also an Sensory/Special Needs-Friendly performance. Young people on the Autism spectrum and/or those with special needs are invited with their families and caregivers at no charge, though reservations are required in advance. All performances will be held in the ASRHS Auditorium 141 Washington Street in Ayer. For reservations and information, please call (978) 772-2545 or email [email protected].