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HEADLINES

American Radio Relay League 2024 Field Day

On June 22 and 23, the Westford Police Amateur Radio Team, PART, (http://www.wb1gof.org/) will be participating in the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) 2024 Field Day (https://www.arrl.org/field-day). This is the single most popular on-the-air event for the ARRL. Thousands of radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from field locations, to practice our emergency preparedness skills and showcase amateur radio to the public.

During this event, members of PART will be communicating with other amateur radio operators from across North America and around the world. We will be showcasing 7 different live amateur radio stations each using a different amateur radio communication technique. One of the stations will permit you to actually operate on the air, under the supervision of a licensed amateur radio operator!

Come join us at the Concord Rod and Gun Club (https://concordrodandgun.com/) at 74 Strawberry Hill Road in Concord, MA from 2:00 PM on Saturday June 22 through 12:00 noon Sunday June 23. It’s free and open to the public.

Upcoming Event at Theatre III:

 
50 Central St, Acton

  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
June 15, 2024 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
June 16, 2024 at 11 a.m.
$10 per person

Child's Play at Theatre III is excited to announce the first production in their new Theatre for Young Audiences program: CLICK, CLACK, MOO: COWS THAT TYPE.

Farmer Brown has a problem: the animals on his farm are cold at night. They find an old typewriter in the barn and start sending him notes asking for blankets. When he refuses, they go on strike! Follow along with Duck, Hen and the Cows as they band together to improve life on the farm.

James E. Grote and George Howe’s cheerful musical adaptation of the Caldecott Award-winning picture book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin is appropriate for ages preschool and up.
 
Auditions for Escape to Margaritaville at Theatre III
Come find your shaker of salt because it's 5 o'clock somewhere!  Theatre III is holding auditions for our fall show, Jimmy Buffet's Escape to Margaritaville, with book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley, and music and lyrics by Jimmy Buffett.  It will be directed by Donna DeWitt, musically directed by Justin Simone, choreographed by Jill Tokac, produced by Linda Minkoff, and staged managed by Deb Boles.

E2M is a jukebox musical based around the music of Jimmy Buffett. We welcome newcomers to community theatre and hope to welcome some Parrotheads to the cast! We are seeking actors, singers, and dancers of all ethnicities. Auditions are June 17 & 18, performances are November 2-16. For more information: www.theatre3.org

NRWA Eco-Adventure Summer Survival Fun Week
for 11 to 15 Year Olds

 
The Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA) invites 11 to 15 year olds from all communities to participate in our Summer Survival Fun Week, a four-day program based at the NRWA River Resource Center, 592 Main Street (Rt. 119) in Groton, MA. This program will run from Monday June 24th through Thursday June 27th, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day
We’ll venture into the woods, fields, and hills of Groton hiking, tracking, and building shelters. We’ll spend a full day canoeing on the Squannacook River.  During these adventures, participants will learn outdoor survival skills, study local plant and animal life, and engage in team building games.
All activities are guided by NRWA’s professional educators and naturalists, including Stacey Chilcoat, our River Classroom Director. If you love outdoor exploration, new challenges, and making friends, we hope you’ll join us.
The fee for this 4-day program is $300 per person for NRWA members and $330 per person for non-members; $150 per person deposit required.  Pre-registration is required; limited spaces available. Register online today at www.nashuariverwatershed.org, under Upcoming Programs. For more information, please contact Stacey Chilcoat, NRWA River Classroom Director, at (978) 448-0299, or email registration@NashuaRiverWatershed.org.
The Nashua River Watershed Association is a non-profit environmental organization providing water and land protection, climate impact resiliency, and education programs to 32 communities in the Nashua River Watershed.  Learn more at: www.nashuariverwatershed.org.

Family Book Club

The Lutheran Church of the Savior is beginning a book club for families. We will begin with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Each family will receive a free copy of the book at our organizational meeting Saturday June 22nd at 1pm. We will then meet weekly each Saturday at 1pm, June 29th through July 13th. Bring the family for a fun time exploring Lewis’ world of Narnia!
Contact Al Drehman if you have questions: 978-256-4539
Lutheran Church of the Savior
426 Davis Road, Bedford, MA

Multigenerational Game Night at FPC

All are welcome to a multigenerational game night that takes place on the third Friday of the month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Enjoy free parking, free snacks, and free fun!
The next Game Night will take place on Friday, June 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. FPC is a nut-free location. It’s located at 353 Great Rd, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible.

Frittatas at Guest Table in Stow

 
Guest Table is a community dinner that takes place on the second Friday of each month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). The next dinner will take place on June 14 at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. All are welcome to enjoy a meal in community with neighbors and friends. There’s no charge for dinner, but donations are gratefully accepted.
Frittatas will be served in June, along with roasted potatoes, garlic bread, salad, and dessert. Vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free versions will be available; meals are always nut-free as FPC is a nut-free location.
Guest Table is always looking for volunteers, so if you'd like to help out, visit https://tinyurl.com/GuestTableVolunteer.
This program is supported in part by grants from the Stow Community Chest, the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, and the Acton-Boxborough United Way. Guest Table is also grateful for the consistent support it receives from the Stow Council on Aging and the Stow Food Pantry, as well as the support from so many individuals who donate and volunteer.
FPC is located at 353 Great Road, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. When parking, please keep a clear path for emergency vehicles; do not block the driveway around the front of the sanctuary; park only on the 117 side of Commons Rd.; and do not block access to the back of the building. Thank you!
Parish jazz band with sara beauvais singing a h

FPC Summer Jazz Service

Each summer, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) offers a service led by its own Parish Jazz Band. This summer’s service will be focused on the blues (both the music and the feeling), featuring music from Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, and Duke Ellington, among others. The band’s leader, Michael Paladini, will deliver a homily on “The Paradox of Suffering”—why we need it, even though we try to avoid it.
FPC’s jazz service will take place both in person and virtually on June 16 at 10 a.m. Masking is optional. Child care is available for all in-person summer services. To enter the virtual room, go to tinyurl.com/22-23fpc.
FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. The church is located at 353 Great Road, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

2024 Summer Services at FPC

 
First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) begins its (mostly) lay-led summer services on June 16. These 12 services offer FPC’s typical diversity of content—from music to social action, from spiritual to just plain eclectic. Each Sunday service starts at 10 a.m. Unless otherwise specified, services will take place both in person and virtually. To access virtual services (except on July 7), visit tinyurl.com/22-23fpc. Childcare is available for every in-person service. FPC is located at 353 Great Rd., Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit www.fpc-stow-acton.org.

June 16 “Annual Jazz Summer Service”
FPC’s own Parish Jazz Band, led by Michael Paladini, will offer a service focused on the blues, featuring music from Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, and others. Michael’s homily will be on “The Paradox of Suffering”—why we need it, even though we try to avoid it.

June 23 “Emily and Johann: A Dialogue”
FPC Music Director Chris Hossfeld will offer a service of music and poetry. The movements of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita No. 6 in E minor for keyboard will be played throughout the service, interspersed with poems by Emily Dickinson that highlight themes from the music.

June 30 “FPC’s Work with the Interfaith Partnership for Refugee Resettlement”
For almost 3 years, FPC has been in partnership with seven other local churches that work together to help resettle refugees. Members of FPC’s Asylum Seekers Task Force will describe its success with two Afghan families, allowing them to gain full independence.

July 7 “Weaving Our Lives: the UUA’s General Assembly Worship Service” (online only on Zoom; a link will be posted on FPC’s website)
FPC will offer a recording of the previous Sunday’s service at the Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly, which this year is being held virtually. It will reflect on the reality that we are all tangled up together in a great web of life that is woven with beauty and hardship, love and loss, thriving and struggle.

July 14 “Evolution”
FPC member Andy Derr will share his thoughts about science, laws, theories, and why probability leads him to conclude that evolution is correct. He will demonstrate probability by flipping a coin and showing the increasingly unlikely odds of what just happened.

July 21 “The Songs of Bruce Springsteen: A Ministry of Community and Redemption”
From his early years to the present, Springsteen’s songs and concerts have been a collaboration with fans to form a community in search of everyday salvation. Dave Sansone will connect those ideas with what we do here at FPC to engage folks who are in search of a home.

July 28 “Blessing of the Animals” (outside on the FPC grounds)
Join Susan Avery with your animal(s) or representations of them (photos, drawings, etc.) as we explore the power they have to lift our spirit. We’ll celebrate by collectively blessing each of them.
August 4 “Joint Summer Service” (at Littleton and online on Zoom)
First Church Unitarian of Littleton will host the 21st annual Joint Summer Service of the Bolton, Fitchburg, Harvard, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Marlborough/Hudson, and Stow/Acton Unitarian Universalist churches. Rev. Lara Hoke will lead the service.
August 11 Sermon Rerun: "Starstuff"
The Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Landrum  (aka Rev. Cindy) will repeat an earlier popular sermon. This service from November 2018 explores the theology of Carl Sagan, who explained that we are all made of starstuff.

August 18 “#realtalkwithrayla!”
FPC’s Director of Religious Education Rayla Baldwin-Mattson tries to live as openly and honestly as possible. Rayla does this through storytelling and humor, often tagging things with #realtalkwithrayla! Come join Rayla on a fun journey through Rayla’s learning of some of life’s lessons!

August 25 “Eyes on the Prize: Traveling the Long-arcing Road towards Racial Justice”
While we live in the hope of one day achieving racial justice in our communities, in our country, and in the world, we know that the work is about an ongoing journey—a journey that we may not see in our lifetime. Through music, meditation, and the spoken word, members of FPC’s Racial Justice Task Force will explore how we keep our “eyes on the prize” while keeping up our courage, compassion, and commitment for the work of racial justice. 

September 1 - "Popcorn Theology (Choose Your Topic!)"
Come to FPC’s Craft Beer and Food Truck Festival the day before and find where you can vote on what this service will be! Then show up to the service to find out what movie the vote has been cast for. Will Rev. Cindy preach on the very silly Monty Python's "Life of Brian"? Will it be "The Grapes of Wrath," because it's so timely and applicable? Will it be on "Star Wars" because you know the force is with us?
 

The Umbrella Arts Center Upcoming Events:

40 Stow Street, Concord, MA 01742
Earthworks: Tradition, Influence, Innovation Bold, dynamic works from 40 regional ceramic artists on
view through June 23
The Umbrella Arts Center adds to their portfolio of boundary-pushing juried shows with Earthworks: Tradition, Influence, Innovation juried by Award -Winning Maine-based ceramicist, Ayumi Horie. Horie, who is interested in underrepresented and non-dominant craft narratives, brings her lens to the collection of New England artists on display in this show. Not only is the show rich in culturally diverse perspectives, but also, as the title suggests, spans the finest in more traditional, decorative plates, to works referencing other craft traditions, to mixed media experimental work and digital technologies including 3D printing and stop animation. Horie cleverly chose an eclectic array of forms that assert their singularity while echoing each other across the gallery space as if in call and response. Horie named Audrey An’s Naughty Chair as the winner of the Best in Show Award, commenting, “Audrey An speaks of transcultural experience between two countries, two languages, and two cultures, and how the process between the digital and analog can also be a type of fluency.” Deighton Abrams garnered a Juror’s Choice Award with Shrine of Broken Promises, a mixed media piece of stoneware, porcelain, polystyrene insulation foam, wood, crystal and zirconia. Juror’s choice awards also went to Iranian artist, Anis Beigzadeh for Be Strong, Erica Hood for So Empty, Bri Larson for Robin and Worms Platter, and Megumi Naitoh, for the animated piece, Searching for Blue. Earthworks is on view in the Allie Kussin Gallery until June 23rd . See TheUmbrellaArts.org/Earthworks
Sheridans

Acton Firefighter Works Alongside Son at Fire Two Days After Rescuing a Puppy

Fire Chief Anita Arnum is pleased to report that Firefighter Sean Sheridan experienced a very special week, rescuing a puppy from a fire in Maynard and then later working alongside his son, a Maynard firefighter, for the very first time at a fire.
On Tuesday, June 4, the Acton Fire Department responded as mutual aid to Maynard to help battle a house fire. Firefighter Sheridan located a puppy that was missing inside the home, and then gave the puppy oxygen and water after getting it out of the home safely.
Two days later, on Thursday, June 6, Sheridan again responded as mutual aid to a fire in Maynard, and this time worked alongside his son, Keagan, who was working  his second day on the job for the Maynard Fire Department.
"Rescuing Gwen, the 6-month-old puppy, will be a highlight of my career professionally," said Firefighter Sean Sheridan. "Working the fire with my son will be an unforgettable highlight of my life."
"It was really cool getting to work my first fire in Maynard with my Dad," said Firefighter Keagan Sheridan. "I look forward to many more opportunities to work with him in the future."
Chichi enu

Acton to Host Free Concert Featuring Artist-In-Residence Chichi Enu

ACTON Town Manager John Mangiaratti is delighted to announce a special event, "Untold Stories," featuring artist-in-residence Chichi Enu on Friday, June 21, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the NARA Amphitheater.
This free concert is open to the public and promises an inspiring evening of music and storytelling.
Chichi Enu, an inspirational speaker, classical crossover singer, songwriter, and non-practicing attorney, will perform works by BIPOC and LGBTQ+ classical composers and mainstream artists, intertwined with inspiring stories of their journeys. Chichi’s own path to embracing her true self and focusing on her artistic talents serves as a testament to her empowering message.
"We are thrilled to host Chichi Enu and provide this enriching experience for our community," said Maura Haberman, Event & Program Coordinator. "Her performance will not only entertain but also inspire and encourage self-reflection and growth."
Acton's Economic & Community Development Director Julie Pierce said, "“This event is the latest in the public art initiatives of Acton’s Economic Development Office. Public art increases enjoyment of the area and serves as an invitation to visit all of the shops, recreational opportunities, cultural outlets and more in Acton. We are so excited to present this first of it’s kind event featuring a multilingual, interactive Opera Concert."
Event Details:
  • Date: Friday, June 21
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: NARA Amphitheater, 71 Quarry Road, Acton
  • Admission: Free, general admission, lawn seating. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs.
Additional Information:
  • Food and Beverages: A food vendor will be onsite offering grilled items, snacks, beer, wine, and soft drinks.
  • Parking: Free onsite parking is available, including handicap parking. Please follow event parking signs.
  • Rain Plan: In case of rain, the event will be moved to Acton Town Hall, 472 Main St. Note that seating is limited at this venue and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Eco-Friendly Initiative: The event supports Acton's "Leave No Trash Behind" campaign. Attendees are encouraged to keep the park clean and eco-friendly.
Chichi Enu's journey from practicing law to becoming a celebrated performer is marked by her dedication to helping others trust their inner guidance and embrace their true selves. Her career breakthrough as Acton’s 2024 artist-in-residence includes several engagements, such as this Keynote Concert on June 21.
This event is made possible through the generous support of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Public Art Learning Fund, with funding from the Barr Foundation, and grants from the Acton-Boxborough, Concord, Stow, Westford, Littleton, and Hudson Cultural Councils, supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.
For more information about this event and other upcoming events, please visit http://www.actonma.gov/business.
Discoveryscholarship

Discovery Museum Announces 2024 Scholarship Recipients


Acton, MA – Discovery Museum announced today its third annual Discovery Museum Scholarship recipients, four area high school students selected through a competitive application process that saw 87 applications from students in 48 towns throughout Massachusetts.
Launched in 2022 in celebration of the Museum’s 40th anniversary, the Discovery Museum Scholarship recognizes high school students who embody the mission and values of the Museum. Scholarships of $1,500 each were awarded to:
  • Yiru Liu, Acton, MA; Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
  • Jillian Primrose, Gardner, MA; North Middlesex Regional Charter School
  • Axel Soderquist, Southborough, MA; Algonquin Regional High School
  • Kyran Vig, Acton, MA; Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
“We created the Discovery Museum Scholarship to recognize the millions of young people who have come through our doors over the past 42 years—so many of whom have gone on to inspire us,” said CEO Marie Beam. “Yiru, Jillian, Axel, and Kyran each impressed us with their achievements, perspectives, community support activities, and plans to further their education. From their applications we learned a bit about how experiences at Discovery Museum impacted them when they were young and contributed to the paths they have chosen. We are very proud to honor and support these impressive students on the next step in their educational journey.”

Discovery Museum Announces Upcoming Free Events for Visitors with Disabilities

 
Especially for Me program offers free Museum access and dedicated hours for families that would benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. New this year: Sensory-Friendly Halloween!
ACTON - Discovery Museum announced upcoming dates for the second half of 2024 for the Especially for Me series of free events for families and groups with members who may have a disability, including sensory sensitivities, visual impairments, and/or hearing loss.
The popular program offers accommodations that increase access to and enjoyment of the Museum. Because admission is free, families may come and go based on their needs without concern for cost. Visitors also have the chance to meet others in similar circumstances, thereby reducing feelings of isolation and judgment by others often described by families dealing with special needs. A medical diagnosis is not required to attend.
Discovery Museum is ADA-compliant and all exhibits are accessible, designed according to Universal Design principles to be both aesthetically pleasing and usable by the widest possible range of people, without regard to age or ability.
Special resources are always available including noise-reducing headphones, a Social Story Guide (available in eight languages), a sensory map to the Museum, and a designated “Take a Break” space. American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters may be requested during registration. Parking is always free and dinner, including a gluten-free option, is provided at all evening events.
All Especially for Me events are free to attend, but pre registration is required. Dates and registration links can be found online at http://bit.ly/EspeciallyforMe. Registration generally opens up 4 to 6 weeks in advance of each event.
Questions, comments, or concerns about these events can be sent to sheilman@discoveryacton.org.
June to December 2024 Event Schedule
Sensory-Friendly Afternoons
Visit when we’re open to the public, but lower visitation is expected.
Tuesdays 1:30 - 4:30 pm: September 10, October 8, November 12, December 3
Special Evenings
Visit when the museum is closed to the public. Dinner (including gluten-free option) provided.
Saturdays 5:00 - 8:00pm:
All Access Evening – August 17
Autism-friendly Evenings – June 15, October 5, December 7
Evening for Deaf, Blind, or DeafBlind – July 20, November 23
Sensory-friendly Evening for Visitors 18+ – September 14
Sensory-Friendly Halloween – October 26
Especially for Me is part of the museum’s Open Door Connections program to provide opportunities for those who face a variety of barriers—financial, developmental, or cultural—to experience the Museum.
Especially for Me is made possible by Alexion Charitable Foundation and Orville W. Forté Charitable Foundation, with additional support from Ameriprise Financial, Inc., Corning Incorporated Foundation, DCU for Kids, and Nypro, Inc.

ROUDENBUSH COMMUNITY MARKET COMING

The Roudenbush Community Market will commence on July 2nd, located at Fisher Way in Westford, MA. This vibrant Market will be open every Tuesday until September 10th, operating from 3 PM to 7 PM. Visitors can enjoy a variety of local produce, artisanal goods, and community activities.
**New Location** The Market has recently moved to a new, more spacious location on Fisher Way, next to Abbot Elementary School, providing ample parking and additional space for vendors and food trucks as well as being an area that is designed to be family-friendly, with facilities like nearby restrooms, wastebaskets, and space for kids to play and folks to socialize. We will still have the option to hold the Market in the gym of Roudenbush in case of bad weather!
This Roudenbush Community Market not only supports local vendors by providing them a platform to showcase their products but also fosters a sense of community among Westford residents. The relocation aims to create a more dynamic space for interaction and commerce, contributing to the market's growth and the vitality of the local community.

The Roudenbush Community Center is excited to introduce you to Daisy, our Market mascot! Daisy the cow will be hidden at a different vendor each week. Check out our social media for hints on where to find her. When you do, come to the Roudenbush table to win a prize! We have new and returning vendors!

STATEWIDE AGAINST the TIDE ATHLETICS EVENT to SUPPORT BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

Join Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) in 2024 and swim, run or walk to support breast cancer prevention!
MBCC will host its special 25th Anniversary Cape Cod Against the Tide event at DCR’s Nickerson State Park on Saturday, June 8th in Brewster, MA. The weekend after, join MBCC at DCR’s Hopkinton State Park on Saturday, June 15th for Against the Tide’s 32nd year!
MBCC will also host a virtual event from June 8th to June 15th for those who would like to participate in Against the Tide and support the mission of cancer prevention from any location!
Events include USMS-Sanctioned 1-mile swim, 1-mile recreational and competitive swims, ½-mile recreational swim, USATF-Certified 5K and 10K runs, and a 3-mile fitness walk.
In-person participants will receive an event t-shirt, bib, and goodie bag. Prizes will be awarded for the top swim and run finishers of the in-person events. Prizes will also be awarded to the highest fundraising individuals at the in-person events.
Events can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages and abilities. The in-person registration fee is $40 per person per athletic component and the virtual registration fee is $20 per person with the option to participate in one or more events virtually. Visit the MBCC event web page, mbcc.org/swim, to donate to the event and learn how to create or join a team and fundraise for breast cancer prevention.
The funds raised through Against the Tide help to support and expand our community education program Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures, MBCC Webinar Series, and the newly-expanded student environmental health program, Let’s Talk Prevention: Actions You Can Take.
MBCC was founded in 1991 as a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy.
To learn more about all of the registration options, to join or create a team, and to donate, please visit the MBCC website at mbcc.org/swim or call 508-246-3047.

HABITAT for HUMANITY NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AWARDED CUMMINGS GRANT

 
Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts is one of 150 local nonprofits that will share in $30 million through Cummings Foundation’s major annual grants program. The affordable housing organization was selected from a total of 715 applicants during a competitive review process. It will receive $50,000 this year for its work in Middlesex County.
Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts (Habitat NCM), formed in 1987, builds and repairs affordable homes in thirty cities and towns along route 2 in north central Massachusetts.  The funds will be used to build new, deeply affordable, and energy-efficient homes and repair existing affordable homes for low-income families in Middlesex County.
“The need for affordable housing has never been greater”, states Carolyn Read, executive director of Habitat NCM. “This funding will help us to build more homes faster for families in western Middlesex county.”
The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program primarily supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.
Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the areas where it owns commercial property. Its buildings are all managed, at no cost to the Foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 11 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.
“Greater Boston is fortunate to have a robust, dedicated, and highly capable nonprofit sector that supports and enhances the community in myriad ways,” said Cummings Foundation executive director and trustee Joyce Vyriotes. “The entire Cummings organization is thankful for their daily work to help all our neighbors thrive.”
The majority of the grant decisions were made by nearly 100 community volunteers. They worked across a variety of committees to review and discuss the proposals and then, together, determine which requests would be funded. Among these community volunteers were business and nonprofit leaders, mayors, college presidents, and experts in areas such as finance and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion).
“We believe strongly that grant decisions will be more equitable when made by a diverse group of community members,” said Vyriotes. “We’re incredibly grateful to the dozens of individuals who participated in our democratized philanthropic process.”
The Foundation and volunteers first identified 150 organizations to receive three-year grants of up to $300,000 each. The winners included first-time recipients as well as nonprofits that had previously received Cummings grants. Twenty-five of this latter group of repeat recipients were then selected by a panel of community volunteers to have their grants elevated to 10-year awards ranging from $300,000 to $1 million each.
This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including housing and food insecurity, workforce development, immigrant services, social justice, education, and mental health services. The nonprofits are spread across 49 different cities and towns.
Cummings Foundation has now awarded $500 million to greater Boston nonprofits. The complete list of this year’s 150 grant winners, plus nearly 2,000 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.
About Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts
Habitat NCM is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing decent and affordable homes for those who cannot qualify for conventional mortgages, as well as doing Critical Home Repairs throughout the 30-town region. Habitat NCM relies on volunteers to accomplish its mission and is supported only by local funding and donations.
About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester, MA and has grown to be one of the largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidiaries, including New Horizons retirement communities, in Marlborough and Woburn, and Cummings Health Sciences, LLC. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.

BRIDGES® by EPOCH at WESTFORD to be AWARDED PURPLE FLAG for DEMENTIA CARE™ ACCREDITATION on JUNE 11, & 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

WHEN: Tuesday, June 11, 2 PM
WHERE: 108 Littleton Road, Westford, MA
WHAT: Purple Flag accreditation and 10-year anniversary event for Bridges® by EPOCH in Westford.
EPOCH Senior Living, a premier provider of exceptional senior living services throughout the Northeast, announces its memory care assisted living facility, Bridges® by EPOCH in Westford, has earned the Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ accreditation. Purple Flag for Dementia Care™ is an accreditation program that recognizes excellence in caring for people living with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. Upon receiving the accreditation, providers receive the distinctive purple flag to fly proudly. Bridges® by EPOCH in Westford will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary. CONTACT: Victoria Hochman (914) 762-1900 vicky@thompson-bender.com

INDIAN HERITAGE NIGHT at POLAR PARK

 
On Friday, June 7, 2024, the Worcester Red Sox will welcome the Rochester Red Wings at 6:45pm EST for Indian Heritage Night at Polar Park. The WooSox invite fans to enjoy various aspects of the Indian culture through music, cuisine, entertainment, and ceremonies. Gates open at 5:45 PM and pre-game recognitions will start at 6:15 PM.
On the DCU Plaza, fans can enjoy the sounds of Indian music provided by DJ Raunik as they enter the ballpark. Our on-field celebration of Indian culture will be initiated by a performance by Ekta Dance Academy. From June 7th – 9th, fans can indulge in a variety of authentic Indian cuisine provided by Northborough restaurant, Peppers.
The WooSox thank the India Society of Worcester (ISW) for their support in planning and promoting Indian Heritage Day. ISW strives to form an effective and cohesive group with the objective of retaining, facilitating, and fostering the cultural heritage of India. As one of New England’s most vibrant Indian associations, ISW adds to the cultural diversity of the region and symbolizes a glimpse into Indian heritage for the local Worcester community.
Operated entirely by volunteers that represent all regions of India, ISW will be recognized as the night’s Heart of Worcester.

STILL HERE: HOUSES of OUR PATRIOTS

On the Way between Acton Center and Carlisle:  a 250+-Year History
The second event in the Acton 250 series “Still Here: Houses of Our Patriots” will be a presentation about the Nathaniel Edwards House, 328 Pope Road, on Monday, June 10 at 7PM. at the Acton Memorial Library.  The speaker will be the house’s co-owner, David Hardt, who has done extensive research on this mid-18th century center-chimney building. For more information and to register: https://tinyurl.com/HardtHouse to attend in person or via Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/Acton250-ZOOM.

DINNER AT MT. CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH:
“ALL ARE WELCOME”

Mt. Calvary Community Supper is served every Wednesday from 4:45 to 5:45 PM at 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Acton. Doors will open at 4:15 PM. Please, do not enter prior so our volunteers can prepare your Supper.
We are the only community supper serving in Acton. It is open to anyone who would like a hot meal. Mt. Calvary Community Supper was pleased to be able to offer to go meals throughout the pandemic. However, we have resumed sit-down meals so that you can enjoy the company of others and no longer provide meals to go. The supper is served in a handicap accessible building.
Parking: Park your car in the back parking lot and enter from the walkway to the church door.  Please note that the meals we serve may contain gluten, nuts, seeds, or dairy. We are so grateful for the support and dedication of so many individuals, community organizations, church members and the team of our Supper volunteers. Together we hope that each meal we share will bring us closer together. http://www.mtcalvaryacton.org/Community-Supper http://www.facebook.com/CommunitySupperofActonMA

Memory Lane Café at the Acton Senior Center

June 25, 2024, 12:00-1:30 pm at the Acton Senior Center, 30 Sudbury Road, Rear, Acton. A Memory Café is a welcoming place for people with memory impairment and their care partners /caregivers. Cafés are a place to talk with others, enjoy lunch and an activity or entertainment together. We do ask attendees to bring their care partners. Sponsored by the Acton Council on Aging, Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community and Cooperative Elder Services, Inc. An RSVP is not required but appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, please call Sharon Mercurio, Acton Council on Aging director, at 978-929-6652. Groups will be held on the last Tuesday of each month.
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.

UPCOMING EVENTS SPONSORED by CONCORD PARK:
Hearts, Hugs & Hope: A Virtual Alzheimer’s Support Group

Offered by Concord Park June 11, 2024, 12:00 pm, hosted by Concord Park Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, 68 Commonwealth Avenue, West Concord. Dealing with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia isn't easy, so it is helpful to share your concerns and personal experiences with others who completely understand what you're going through. You will also learn about proven strategies to help you better care for your family member. Please contact Maryellen King at 978-369-4728 or mking@concordpark.org for the details and a Zoom invite.
Concord Park Assisted Living and Compass Memory Support is a project of the nonprofit Volunteers of America Massachusetts, which has supported local seniors with specialized services for over 75 years.

WEST CONCORD PORCHFEST

Saturday, June 8, 1:00—5:00 PM
Fowler Branch (1322 Main St.) Fowler Library, 1322 Main Street, Concord, MA, 01742
Porchfest, an annual event by the West Concord Cultural District, Concord Recreation, and the Mass Cultural Council, is a free, all-ages grassroots community music festival with musical acts on porches, yards, and (for the first time) at Fowler Library! We will have limited parking, so plan ahead!
First church bedford handbell concert

FIRST CHURCH BEDFORD TO HOST MVR HANDBELL CONCERT

Hear the Merrimack Valley Ringers at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 9 at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, 25 Great Road in Bedford as they embark upon a musical journey that celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Handbell Musicians of America.
The program encompasses a rich legacy of handbell composers past and present who have created repertoire for handbell musicians throughout the country and the world. People will hear a full complement of handbells, chimes, and percussion.
The music includes old favorites such as “Bugler’s Holiday” and “Gabriel’s Oboe” as well as more recent compositions, such as “Arethusa Falls,” a new original composition by Susan Capestro, the church’s Director of Music. For handbells and ocarina, it captures some of the beauty of an actual waterfall in Crawford Notch, NH.
This concert is the same program MVR will present for opening night of the Handbell Musicians of America National Conference held in Hartford, CT in July.
MVR’s Artistic Director is Karen E. Leonard. She is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Massachusetts – Lowell with degrees in church music, organ performance, and conducting. She is now in her 55th year as the Minister of Music at West Chelmsford United Methodist Church in North Chelmsford. Leonard was awarded Honorary Life Membership in AGEHR (American Guild of English Handbell Ringers), the highest award given for service to this handbell organization.
Admission is free, donations welcome, and free parking is available behind the church, off Mudge Way.
Learn more about the Merrimack Valley Ringers at https://mvringers.org.
First Church of Christ Congregational, 25 Great Road in Bedford, Mass., is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ. We welcome all, grow in faith, and joyfully serve. For further information, please visit our website: https://firstchurchbedforducc.org or call 781-275-7951.

CONCORD FREE LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Front Lawn, Main Library
(Rain date: June 9)
Join us for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library's 2024 Annual Book Sale on Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Main Library front lawn.
The proceeds from the Friends (June) Annual Book Sale, (December) Holiday Book Sale and on-going Friends Bookshop sales fund the Library programs, museum passes, eBooks, large print and audiovisual materials, and staff professional development.
Volunteers are still needed. Get involved and volunteer to help at this wonderful community event - Sign up to volunteer at the Book Sale.
Please Note - Friday, May 31 was the last day to donate books to the Book Sale. The Friends will take a hiatus and resume accepting book donations on June 16.

ACTON PRIDE FESTIVAL

June 15, 12-3 pm
Free
Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community or an ally, come to the Acton Pride Festival for a fun-filled afternoon at NARA’s Beach. Check out family activities, live music, food stands, and arts and crafts vendors. This event is free and open to the general public, but registration is encouraged.

ACTON PRIDE DRAG SHOW

June 14, 8-10:30 pm
$10-15
This Pride Month, join Acton Pride for its second annual Drag Show at the NARA Amphitheater. This event will feature a variety of performers doing comedy, singing, dancing, and lip-syncing. The show is geared for mature audiences of high school age and up. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate.

GUEST TABLE COMMUNITY DINNER - JUNE 14th

Guest Table is a community dinner that takes place on the second Friday of each month at First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC). The next dinner will take place on June 14. It will begin at 5:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. All are welcome! There’s no charge for dinner, but donations are gratefully accepted. FPC is a nut-free location.
FPC is located at 353 Great Road, Stow. Its facilities are wheelchair accessible. When parking, please keep a clear path for emergency vehicles; do not block the driveway around the front of the sanctuary; park only on the 117 side of Commons Rd.; and do not block access to the back of the building. Thank you!
This program is supported in part by grants from the Stow Community Chest, Nashoba Valley Rotary, and the Acton-Boxborough United Way. Guest Table is also grateful for the consistent support it receives from the Stow Council on Aging and the Stow Food Pantry, as well as the support from so many individuals who donate and volunteer.

SPRING CONCERT: OVER the MOON

 
When: June 9th at 3pm
Where: Umbrella Arts Center, 40 Stow Street, Concord
Please join us this Sunday for a memorable moon-themed Sing-With-Us performance!
We are thrilled to welcome some fabulous collaborators to the stage:
  • Violinist Sarah Whitney of "Beyond the Notes"
  • Barbershop quartet "Have Voices Will Travel"
  • Tenor saxophonist Owen Leeuwis of Berklee College of Music
  • Soprano Ella McGaun Geiger
  • Percussionist Mitch Gordon
  • Pianist Devereux Geiger
And of course, a Music Makes Me Happy Chorus concert is never complete without the voices of our audience members singing along with us!

“The FLOWER CEREMONY” – FPC SUNDAY SERVICE, JUNE 9th

The Flower Ceremony, sometimes called Flower Communion, is a 51-year-old Unitarian Universalist ritual where everyone is invited to bring a flower to Sunday service that goes into a group bouquet. The flowers represent the glorious diversity of humanity, so it's particularly appropriate that this is celebrated in the midst of Pride Month, as our beautiful LGBTQ+ diversity is part of what we celebrate in the rainbow of flowers that are gathered. On Sunday, June 9, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton (FPC) will hold its annual Flower Ceremony. Please bring a flower to share.
FPC’s annual church picnic will follow the service – if you wish to join us, pack a lunch and picnic blankets or folding chairs. Lawn games are also welcome! This year, the picnic might take place at the park next door; visit fpc-stow-acton.org for details as the date approaches.
The service will take place both in person and virtually on June 9 at 10 a.m. Masking is optional. Child care is available for ages 3 and under, and children over 3 are welcome to join religious education classes. For information about those classes, contact FPC Director of Religious Education Rayla D. Baldwin-Mattson at dre@fpc-stow-acton.org. To enter the virtual room, go to tinyurl.com/22-23fpc.
FPC warmly welcomes gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Pam’s Gardening Tips: Growing Plants in Containers

 Gardening in containers is fun and easy. If you want to try your hand at it, here are a few tips.
  Buy weatherproof containers as they are lightweight and can be left outside all winter. If you use pottery you will have to bring them in as they will crack in the cold. Put plastic bottles in the bottom of the containers to reduce the amount of soil you will need. Use a good potting mix. Containers can be placed on steps, porches, decks, entryways, and even in your garden to fill empty spots.
  What can you grow in containers? Annuals are easy to grow in containers and there are so many beautiful ones that bloom all summer. You can plant all one color or you can make an interesting combination of plants. Try one tall plant in the middle, lower-growing plants as  “fillers,” and then a “spiller.” Make sure your combination of plants all like the same light conditions. Fertilize to keep them blooming and deadhead them. Plants in containers need to be kept well-watered as they dry out faster than in the ground.
  Perennials can do well in containers and you can then take them out and plant them in your garden in the fall. This is a cost saving strategy.
  Vegetables can be grown in containers with a sunny location and protected from the wind. Try your hand at tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and spinach.
  Herbs are an option and if you like mint it is the only way to grow it, since mint is a well-known garden thug. Keep mint in containers!
  Whatever you do, have fun, and let containers bring color in where it is needed.
  In the fall, I remove tired annuals and either replace them with mums or call it a day. Then, before the ground gets frozen, I cut greens and branches and fill the containers, water well, and then have something to look at in the winter. At the holidays, you can add bows before the soil freezes.
  Want to talk about plants? Boxborough Garden Club welcomes new members. Please email Flo Hanover at fhanover10@gmail.com

Being Well in Boxborough: June 2024

Message from the Well-Being Committee: June is a busy month for Boxborough with several chances to get together with your neighbors. Learn some new moves on Saturday mornings at the Library with the free movement series sponsored by the Well-Being Committee. These introductory lessons in Tai Chi, Bollywood Dance, and Zumba are meant to be fun and open to the whole family. Register for the remaining movement classes at the library at  https://tinyurl.com/BXMovement. And of course, June 15th is Fifer’s Day, our community celebration full of food, games and fun for all. 
  Updates from the Community Services Coordinator: The Boxborough Emergency Assistance Fund (BEAP) continues through the end of calendar year 2024. The $1,000 grants can be used to help pay for rent, utilities, childcare, dental, and certain transportation costs as long as requirements are met. Print out an online application or fill out the online form at https://bit.ly/3Vq4bIw. Please call Community Services Coordinator Wendy Trinks with questions at 978-264-1735. 
  Featured Resources and Volunteer Opportunities: Danny’s Place in West Acton is a local resource for children and teens with programming year-round. Their mission is to provide young people with experiences to explore, create, and discover their happiest, healthiest selves - through inclusive community programming, social-emotional experiences, and supportive resources. For more info, visit http://www.dannys-place.org/ 
  Staying healthy from Nashoba Associated Boards of Health: Join NABH and “go purple” in June for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, with more than 6.7 million Americans living with the disease in 2023. Some warning signs include memory loss that disrupts daily life; difficulty handling finances; changes in mood, personality, or behavior; difficulty completing familiar tasks; and misplacing items and being unable to retrace steps to find them (CDC, 2024). Visit the CDC’s “About Alzheimer’s Disease” page here: https://bit.ly/3X7qSlU

Acton-Boxborough HIgh School Science Olympiad Team Places 5th in National Tournament

 The Acton-Boxborough Regional High School Science Olympiad Team placed 5th in the National Tournament held at Michigan State University on May 24-25. 
  According to their website, “Science Olympiad is the premier team STEM competition in the nation, providing standards-based challenges to 6,300 teams at 425 tournaments in all 50 states.” 
  Every state, plus a Global Ambassador Team from Japan, competes in the National Tournament each year. The winning team is selected based on their collective performance at State and Regionals as well as at Nationals. In total, teams are evaluated on 23 individual events covering a range of science fields, topics, and themes, from forestry to physics, to biology, to engineering. 
  ABRHS has participated in the Science Olympiad for the last 26 years under the mentorship of Brian Dempsey, a Boxborough resident and ABRHS science teacher since 1996. 
  Dempsey credited “student leadership, more than anything else” with the Team’s success, saying that his purview is mostly logistics and that the real magic is “seeing the kids grow into these roles and become leaders.” 
  Students elect their own officers to lead them in preparation for both the State and Regional competitions. This year’s state officers were Advikar Ananthkumar (‘24), Alex Li (‘24), Amy Meng (‘25), and Akelan Krishnasamy (‘24). Under their leadership, the Science Team joined other teams in the state in the Division C State tournament at Wentworth Institute for Technology, where ABRHS placed first out of 65 teams in Massachusetts. 
  Regional officers Eddie Zhao (‘24), Ishaan Verma (‘24), Justin Li (‘24), and Jerry Li (‘24) led the Science Team to success at monthly West Suburban Science League meets from October through February, leading up to the Science Olympiad Nationals in May. 
  This article has been condensed for print. Read the full version at BoxboroughNews.org.

Take Birders Walk at Fruitlands Saturday, June 15

Boxborough Birders welcome experienced and new birders to meet at Fruitlands Museum at 7 a.m., Saturday, June 15, for a two-mile walk on trails through meadows and woods to look for migrants and resident species of birds.
  Birders should park just inside the museum entrance at 102 Prospect Road, Harvard. For directions, go to www.fruitlands.org/visit.
  Steering Committee members Rita Grossman and Sandy Oxley will lead the walk, hoping to see Indigo Bunting, Savannah Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Scarlet Tanager, Veery, Blue-headed Vireo, Wild Turkey, American Kestrel, and a variety of warblers.
  Grossman reports, “We’d like to see a fledge or two, and depending on the weather, we may get some flyovers by hawks or an eagle.”  
  Oxley says the walk has some “steep and muddy sections” and should end at about 10 a.m.
   For information about Boxborough Birders, or to register for free membership, go to boxboroughbirders.org.

Two Classes Remain in Well-Being Committee’s Free Movement Series for All Ages

Twenty-one smiling participants enjoyed a free Tai Chi class under bright and sunny skies on the Sargent Memorial Library lawn on Saturday, June 1. 
  The class was the first in a three-part series of introductory movement classes for all ages sponsored by the Boxborough Well-Being Committee in partnership with the Sargent Memorial Library. 
  The second in the series, on June 8, will be led by Shikha Vashishtha of Studio Bollywood Boston. This Bollywood Dance Class will range from classical dances (Kathak and Bharatnatyam) to folk dances (Bhangra) to jazz and Latin-inspired dance forms.
  The third class, on June 22, will be led by Gina Flaherty of Gina’s Studio in Boxborough. This Zumba Class is for everyone who finds joy in movement. There is upbeat music and choreographing that will have everyone moving their feet to the beat. 
  All classes start at 10 a.m. Bring your water bottles, sunscreen, friends, and family. Classes will be held inside if there is inclement weather. Register through the library at tinyurl.com/BXMovement

Countdown to Fifer’s Day 2024

 Boxborough will gather to celebrate the 56th Annual Fifer’s Day at Flerra Meadows next Saturday, June 15. The festivities include a road race, a parade, a volleyball tournament, and an old-fashioned fair with food, music, and booths. The event is jointly sponsored by the Boxborough District Minutemen Company and the Town of Boxborough's Public Celebrations and Ceremonies Committee. Here’s what to expect:
  Road Race: The Fifer’s Four Mile Road Race begins at 9:30 a.m. at the entrance to Flerra Meadows on Stow Road. The wheel-measured course will cover a four mile flat run through Boxborough. Trophies will be awarded to female and male runners in each of seven age divisions. 
  Parade: The parade begins at 11 a.m. at the Blanchard School and ends at Flerra Meadows, the location of the day’s fair and volleyball tournament. The parade will be led by the parade marshal, a person chosen because they have done something exceptional for the town. At the end of the parade, the Golden Fife Award will be presented to a Boxborough resident who has demonstrated long-term volunteer service to the town.
  Volleyball Tournament: The tournament will start at 1 p.m. This year, there will be three co-ed brackets: Open, Players, and Backyard. The Open bracket is intended for teams of "serious" volleyball players who play or compete on a regular basis. The Players bracket is for teams with some volleyball experience, who may be or have been competing in volleyball league play. Backyard bracket is intended for teams of neighbors and friends who do not regularly play or compete in volleyball. 
  Fair: Eat, drink, chat with neighbors, and visit the booths. Starting at noon, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken, soft drinks, water, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Enjoy live music by The Rocky Woods Express and Retropolitan. Peruse more than fifty booths and exhibits by both commercial and non-profit organizations and enjoy plenty of kids’ activities, including a bouncy castle. Bicycle parking will be available onsite. 
  For more information or to register for the road race or volleyball tournament go to http://fifersday.org

Planning Board Approves Fence Between Lombardo Loam and Gravel and Liberty Fields

At its meeting on June 3, the Planning Board heard and approved a proposal by Mark Lombardo of Lombardo Loam and Gravel Co. Inc at 1160 Liberty Square Road for a fence as required by a condition of a 2018 Site Plan Approval Decision.  
  The 2018 Decision requires a fence “prior to use of material screener at the property” and instructs the applicant to “work with the Planning Board to finalize the details of the fence location and material and the screening plantings…”
  The applicant proposed a seven-foot chain-link fence with a black wind screen to be built along the southeast and southwest property lines, with plantings along the fence.
  After discussion of the purpose and optimal location of the fence, Planning Board members and the applicant agreed on a slightly revised location of the fence and the plantings, which Town Planner Alec Wade memorialized before the Board voted to approve Lombardo’s proposal as amended.
    The Lombardo Loam and Gravel Co. property is adjacent to town-owned Liberty Fields, which has a variety of fields, courts, and a new playground. 
  The Board then re-opened a public hearing on an application recently submitted by Stamski & McNary, Inc., on behalf of property owner French Brothers Boxborough, for site plan approval for a three-unit trade shop building at 100 Codman Hill Road.
  The applicant presented an updated application intended to respond to the Board’s questions and requests made at their last meeting on May 20. The applicant also made a verbal request for an exemption from the Earth Removal bylaw. The applicant was asked to make a formal waiver request in writing and the hearing was continued to June 17.
  The Planning Board then moved into executive session to discuss strategy with respect to litigation per MGL Ch. 30A §21(a)(3) (Appeal of Subdivision, Special Permit, and Site Plan Review decisions, 242/244 Adams Place). 

Boxborough Prepares to Address MBTA Communities Zoning Requirements

On Thursday, May 30, Town Planner Alec Wade opened the first of the 2024 Boxborough Summer Forum Series, a public information session about the MBTA Communities Act with Lily Linke, the MBTA Communities Engagement Manager at Citizens Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA), a nonprofit housing advocacy organization.
  Wade opened the meeting and gave some details about how he is preparing Boxborough to address the MBTA Communities Act by engaging with the public to “develop a district that best meets the character and feel of Boxborough.”
  The MBTA Communities Act was passed by the State Legislature in 2020 as part of an Economic Development Bond Bill. It requires that the 177 communities served by the MBTA create a zoning district where multifamily housing is allowed as of right, which means there is a more streamlined permitting process compared to the special permit process. 
  The zoning district created by each town must allow 15 units per acre and must be of a “reasonable size” and without age restrictions. Furthermore, there are no location requirements for the district other than certain excluded land (publicly owned land, wetland resource areas, protected open space, etc.), and the zoning can include mandatory mixed use as an option. The zoning district would still be subject to site plan review and is still subject to the regular permitting process. 
  More than 160 MBTA Communities are actively working toward compliance or are already there, and as an “adjacent small town,” Boxborough must comply by December 31, 2025.
  Several members of the public asked questions about the impact on schools, whether establishing an overlay district in existing high-density housing areas would qualify under the zoning requirements, and whether an affordability requirement could be a part of the bylaw. 
  Wade concluded the meeting by thanking Linke and those present at the meeting. He announced that there will be two MBTA Communities Act engagement sessions, one in July and another in September ,”where people will be able to visualize and almost construct this district in the town of Boxborough in a way they see fit.” Sessions will be publicized on the town website. 
  To watch the recording of the MBTA Communities Act forum, visit: https://tinyurl.com/BoxboroughMBTA
  This article has been condensed for print. Read the full version at BoxboroughNews.org.

 Building Committee To Be Dissolved, Town Administrator Drafting RFQ for Fire Station OPM

On May 29, the Building Committee held its first meeting since Annual Town Meeting approved Article 42, which asked voters to appropriate $500,000 from free cash to procure “professional design and owner’s project manager services related to the construction of a new fire station.”
  Building Committee Chair Kristin Hilberg, who is also Chair of the Select Board, informed the members of the Building Committee that the Select Board intends to dissolve the current Building Committee and create a new “Fire Station Building Committee” to oversee the fire station project going forward.
  Hilberg said that the Select Board will discuss the structure of the new Fire Station Building Committee at its next meeting on June 10 and then seek interested residents, especially those who may have relevant experience, to serve as members. Hilberg said she expects to have the Fire Station Building Committee in place by July 1. 
  Members of the current Building Committee and members of the public reacted to Hilberg’s announcement and shared opinions about how the new committee should be structured.
  In the meantime, Hilberg reported, Town Administrator Michael Johns is drafting a “Request for Qualifications” (RFQ) for an “owner’s project manager” (OPM) for the fire station project. 
  TA Johns explained that he is drafting the RFQ document with input from several Boxborough residents who have relevant professional experience and intends to get the RFQ out quickly in order to move the OPM hiring process forward. 
  Hilberg clarified that the current Building Committee will not have a role in reviewing the draft RFQ. Once the town receives responses to the RFQ, the new Fire Station Building Committee will be tasked with reviewing the responses, making a recommendation to the Select Board (who will hire the OPM), and overseeing the OPM.
  The Building Committee also discussed the importance of transparency and communication with the public as the fire station project moves forward.

Planning Board Candidate Than Stuntz Files Recount Petition with Town Clerk, Recount Scheduled
for June 14

  On Monday, June 3, Town Clerk and Board of Registrars Chair Rebecca Harris called to order a meeting of the Boxborough Board of Registrars regarding the recount petition submitted by Nathaniel “Than” Stuntz for a recount of votes in the Planning Board race. 
  Town Clerk Harris reported that Stuntz’s recount petition, which must be signed by at least ten voters and notarized, met the State’s requirements and that she had certified the signatures on the petition. 
  All Registrars present voted in favor of setting the recount date at Friday, June 14, at 3 p.m. in the Grange Room at Town Hall, 29 Middle Road. Board of Registrar members Nancy Brown and Heather Fleming, in addition to Chair Harris, were present for the meeting. 
  Town Clerk Harris also gave an overview of the petition and explained the process for the recount. The recount will be conducted by election workers (likely seven) hired by the Town Clerk. The election workers will conduct a hand count of all 679 ballots. 
  On election day, Town Clerk Harris reported that Stuntz lost the election to incumbent Rebecca Verner by only three votes. According to the Town Clerk’s election results, available at bit.ly/4brBJLK, incumbent Verner received 336 votes and challenger Stuntz received 333 votes. Stuntz submitted his petition for a recount on May 30. 
  More information about election recounts can be found at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/divisions/elections/download/getting-on-the-ballot/Election-Recounts.pdf
  This article has been condensed for print. Read the full version at BoxboroughNews.org.