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  1. 1. The Chelmsford Historical Society held its annual Farm Fair Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Barrett-Byam homestead. Bernie Ready Karen Uttecht Carmen Christiano Phil Stanway Alison Josie Ludwig Ludwig Vivian Nerrill Henry ParleePhotos by Scoop
  2. 2. Chelmsford Residents Upset Over Yellow Line On Scenic Road By Alana Gomez, WBZ-TV September 17, 2011 (CBS) – Some Chelmsford residents saw some double lines that made themdo a double take.“We were on vacation we came home and I couldn’t believe I saw lines on thisstreet,” said Christine Sartori. “I was shocked.”street, shocked.A July paint job on Robin Hill Road and High Street left yellow lines in the middle of a desig-nated scenic street. The lines ended up dividing more than the street with neighbors disagree-ing on what was safer.“I believe they don’t give pedestrians any space at all,” said Sartori. “Before when all,there were no lines they would at least veer to the other side of the road.” road.“I feel safer when I’m on the road,” said Steve Incorpora. “It’s hard when you turn road,these corners. I think we have a lot more to worry about in this town like build -ing a new fire station instead of using money to erase lines that I think aresafe.”safe. WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reportsTown officials say the stripes came as a surprise becausesubcontractors slipped up.Work crews painting part of Robin Hill Road were sup- CLICKposed to stop at a bike path, but kept going for nearly threeextra miles. HEREHigh Street resident John Tubridy said he and about 150 ofhis neighbors signed a petition to get the road back toblack.Tubridy said they ruin the feel of the neighborhood and cause drivers to treat the road morelike a highway and driver faster.“It’s about safety,” said Tubridy, referring to pedestrians and bikers. “Less people are safety,out because of the danger.” danger.The petition worked, and the board of selectman ordered to remove the lines before winter.They’re now looking at the most cost efficient way to erase the mistake. It cost $2000 to paintthe lines in the first place and it will take at least a couple thousand more to take them off.
  3. 3. Crossing the (yellow) line in Chelmsford by Dan Phelps The Lowell Sun 09/22/2011 www.lowellsun.comSome folks in Chelmsford are bent out of shape. The economy? Nope. Health care? Nah. An office building con-structed on a patch of open space? Thats so yesterday.These folks are angry about two solid yellow lines painted down the middle of High Street and Robin Hill Road.Why is the painting of two solid yellow lines down the middle of two roads an issue?Apparently, its because High Street and Robin Hill Road are special roads. Yellow lines take away from their historicnature. Not my words. Selectman Jon Kurland (who lives a stones throw from the streets in question) referred to thetwo roads as scenic and historic roads. Apparently, that means they dont need any safety measures.No knock against these roads. Theyre quite nice. But there are no mountain views here.The two roads arent exactly quiet dead ends. About 3,000 cars travel the roads a day, according to the police chiefand DPW director (both of whom say the lines will improve safety, but what do they know?).Seriously, this is something that is making some folks lose sleep. Their tax dollars were used to make their streetssafer, and theyre upset because of some misplaced belief that their bucolic roads have suddenly been turned intohighways. A resident actually said High Street resembles a highway -- and that motorists are responding in kind.Last time I was on a highway, it had white stripes down the middle, not two solid yellow lines.Lines arent painted on highways so people will go faster. Theyre there to delineate lanes. Thats what the lines onHigh Street and Robin Hill Road are doing.The same resident said his family moved to High Street "for the country-road feel." Country road? John Denver didntwrite any songs about these roads, folks. High Street is a major shortcut between Routes 27 and 110 that allows folksto bypass the center, and it was a cut-through long before two yellow stripes were painted down the middle of it. AndRobin Hill is another shortcut, running from High to Route 27.Of course, that old chestnut, "quality of life," is being bandied about here. Its two yellow lines, gang. Some of thesefolks should go put a couple hours in at a soup kitchen before they talk about a reduction in their quality of life.Robin Hill is a winding road. Its so winding, in fact, that its tough to get above the posted 30-mph speed limit. Oh, itcan be done, and no doubt it is. But its not because there are yellow lines down the middle of it.Part of the reason for painting stripes on a road -- especially a winding road, at night-- is to alert motorists of curves.These are not, after all, roads that are graced with streetlights. Heavens, no! Just imagine how theyd react to that.Just as amusing as peoples adverse reactions to something that, contrary to what they believe, is meant to improvethe safety of pedestrians, is the towns reaction.Town Manager Paul Cohen claims crews were merely supposed to repaint the lines where the Bruce Freeman RailTrail crosses High Street and Robin Hill Road, but "they just kept going."It sounds somewhat feasible -- if town workers were in the habit of making extra work for themselves. And besides,putting lines down about 2 1/2 miles of roadway uses a lot more paint than refreshing a couple of lines at a crossing.If that was their supposed chore, they had way more paint than they needed.Yet in true governmental fashion, town officials have promised to spend more money to remove the lines. And, ofcourse, selectmen have assigned two of their own the task of defining said rules, which theyll unveil at a meetingMonday.Heres a start: If a road is heavily traveled and is used as a cut-through between two major thoroughfares, and the po-lice chief believes lines will improve safety, you paint lines down the middle.Meeting adjourned.Dan Phelps email address is
  4. 4. Chelmsford Town Meeting goes high-tech By Rita Savard, 09/20/2011 wwwlowellsun.comCHELMSFORD -- Town Meeting is taking a historic leap by bringing a centuries-old ritual into the digitalage.By punching votes in on a hand-held keypad system, the decisions of individual representatives will berecorded along with vote tallies for the first time in Town Meeting history.The $10,000 system, called OptionPower, is made by the Orlando, Fla.-based Option Technologies Inc.The system -- which makes Chelmsford the first community in the state to officially adopt an electronic vot-ing method -- will be test-driven tomorrow at 7 p.m., at the Senior Center, 75 Groton Road."Its an important step in representative-style Town Meeting voting," Town Manager Paul voting,Cohen said. "We have 162 people elected to represent the towns 32,000-plus residents.Now those residents will have a record of how their elected officials vote on importanttown issues." issues.Town Meeting unanimously passed the measure in April as a way to bring more ac-countability to Chelms-fords legislative body.Although each representative is required to sign in at every meeting, there is no way of telling when a per-son arrives to vote or when he leaves.Until now."This is a great thing for town government," said Pat Mikes, a spokesperson for the Massachu- government,setts Municipal Association. "If residents have an issue with whatever passes and what does -nt, they can get in touch with their representative and have a dialogue about how andwhy that rep voted the way they did. It adds one more layer of transparency to town gov -ernment."ernment.In addition to transparency, Cohen expects electronic voting will move Town Meeting along at a steadierpace, eliminating the need for manual head counts during votes that are too close to call by a showing ofraised tickets.Based on a Microsoft PowerPoint computer program, the system displays votes on a projection screen assoon as they are cast. Voting history can be saved and retrieved online.According to the Massachusetts Municipal Association, 261 communities have an open form of TownMeeting, and 36, including Chelmsford, elect representatives.Wayland was the first community to test-drive the electronic system at an open Town Meeting last year, buthas not officially purchased a system.Chelmsford officials, though content with the 200-year-old tradition of government, said it could benefitfrom a little modern technology.Town Meeting after all, is where Chelmsford decides how to spend its money."Why bother with Town Meeting if we cant be held accountable?" said Laurie Myers, a repre- accountable?sentative for Precinct 6. "It will quiet those who think Town Meeting is just another rubber-stamp for the Board of Selectmen. We are independent-minded people, and it will be goodfor the public to see how the votes go." go.
  5. 5. COFFEE TALKEveryone seemed to have a good time at this Support Our Town Coffeeon Saturday morning Sept. 24th, at the Jones Farm Greenhouse Cafe.These Support Our Town Coffees have been taking place for two yearsnow. The next one is scheduled for October 27th at the Java Room. Pat Wojtas Donna Berger David McLachlan Phil Stanway Al Thomas Angie Taranto Janet Askenburg Charlie Wojtas Santiago Rios Nick DeSilvio Carmen Bernie Ready Christiano Glenn Thoren Evelyn Thoren Clare George Jeannotte Dixon Deb Jones Billy Martin Bruce Berger Jim Lane Phil Stanway Fire Chief Jon Kurland Michael Curran Charlie Wojtas Lisa Daigle Cathy Wojtas Marie Wojtas Photos by C. Christiano
  6. 6. ☆ Open Space Steward opens up to Rotary 9/19/11Phil Stanway, a driving force behind Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship, addressed the ChelmsfordRotary Club at its meeting at the Radisson Hotel at noon on Monday. He focused on the topic "Commu-nity Farm Builds A Community." Stanway explained that the stewardship has an annual budget of $500and returns services to the town valued at from $70,000 to $90,000 a year. His slides showed the devel-opment of Sunny Meadow Form, also known as the Lewis Property, into community gardens. The aver-age cost of developing a community garden is $60,000. The stewards developed the Chelmsfordgardens for $3,500 and they are organic. The 83 plots include 3 that supply local food pantries and andseveral plots are harvested by local church groups. The cost of $50 per plot is applied to maintenanceand development of the area off of Robin Hill Road. At the end of the presentation, Stanway was pre-sented a check by club president Dennis Mullen and the club was given a stewardship button in recog-nition of their support for the hardworking group. Dennis Mullen and Phil Stanway Open Space Steward: Whats going on By Joanne Stanway / correspondent GateHouse News Service Sep 23, 2011, the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards couldn’t accomplish what they do without the generoussupport of others. It’s funny, because it’s volunteers helping volunteers, but that’s how things get done.Take for example two Eagle Scout projects currently under way through the COSS:·Jimmy Lyons has started the process of building a fence along the long, curved rock wall at RobertsField Park at the corner of Old Westford Road and Westford Street. He got funding to supplement hisown efforts through the Community Action Program Committee (for more information, past weekend, Ken Dews of RainStay used his flail cutter (yes, Phil has his feet) and cut the over-growth of weeds.
  7. 7. ·At Heart Pond Beach, Eric Williams is getting ready to replace the old boat launch with a removable Beachcanoe/kayak launch. Once built, it will be pulled out (yea, I know) and stored so it doesn’t get destroyedby winter ice. Don’t worry, though. It will be back as soon as the snow melts because kayaking and ca-noeing at Heart Pond is extremely popular.On Saturday, my husband Phil helped Phil Jones at the Jones Farm booth at the Farm Fest that tookplace at the Barrett-Byam House, and Steward Jason Gladstone helped with parking for the event. I Housedid the really important things like buy apples and watch cider being made, pet the rabbits and looked atthe chickens. Local artist Donna Berger was there to show visitors the mural she painted of farmer RalphParlee that hangs at the Barrett-Byam house which is home of the Chelmsford Historical Society.Phil also helped with set up for the Run for Ryan’s Cup that took place on Sunday at the ChelmsfordElks. The annual 5K race is a fundraising event in memory of Ryan Apostalakes and planned by his par-ents, COSS Stewards Barbara and Jeff, with the Chelmsford Police Department, to raise money forsafety programs in town. They had a great turnout and it rounded out a perfect autumn weekend.On Monday, Phil gave a presentation to the Chelmsford Rotary called, “A Community Farm Builds aCommunity” that highlighted all the steps it took to create the Walter F. Lewis Community Garden atSunny Meadow Farm. The group gave COSS a generous $250 donation, which will be key to keepingthe Stewardship efforts going. This is my not-so-subtle segue to encourage additional donations. Weheld our first and only fundraiser almost two years ago when we roasted Phil for his 50th, and it’s time tostart replenishing the bank account.We had a lot of projects recently that required funding, including some out of our usually scope like help-ing out at the South Row School Playground. The high cost of gasoline made operating Steward- Playgroundship equipment expensive, so any contributions to offset these costs are very welcome, especially sincethe Stewards often use their own personal equipment. Please feel free to make checks payable to theTown of Chelmsford Land Maintenance Fund and send to Town Hall with COSS in the memo line.What’s coming up? The Stewards are headed back to the Cynthia Moore Nature Park behind West-land School to finish rebuilding the steps up to the gazebo. Our “project manager”, Bob Giunta (reallyjust the guy who knows how to do stuff) was unavailable for a while, but he’ll be free soon to jump backin. We will publicize the next work party if you’d like to lend a hand.This isn’t a Stewardship project per se, but the parking lot at Sunny Meadow Farm is almost com-plete. This will include some connecting roads around the property adding real value to the public infra-structure on that site.Remember the Pumpkin Armada, co-sponsored by the Hart Pond Association (I know the spelling is Armadadifferent from Heart Pond but it’s the official name of the Association) is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22,and Air Pumpkin will be held Saturday, Nov. 5. Some people have asked about the Scarecrow Festival –due to the parking lot and roadwork at Sunny Meadow Farm, we are going to postpone this until nextyear.The Day Before Thanksgiving Walk with local talk show host Carmen Tom Christiano, is – well –the day before Thanksgiving (Nov. 23). Historian Becky Warren will once again provide some interestingfactoids about the town and the holiday, and we’re going to shake things up a bit by moving the talkdown below the rocks and maybe adding some stringers along the trail (perfect for a scout troop) to pointout neat features of Thanksgiving Forest. We are seeking an enterprising business or organization whowould like to provide the refreshments in the form of hot chocolate and cookies. Please contact me at to discuss.Joanne Stanway can be reached at 978-273-1473 or Information about theChelmsford Open Space Stewardship can be found at, but become a face-book fan to receive daily updates.Copyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved
  8. 8. Opening Up with the Open Space StewardITR:What is the Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship and how longhas it existed in town? And how did you become involved?PHIL STANWAY:The official kick-off day for the Chelmsford Open Space Stewardship(COSS) was Started November 5, 2005 when George Fitch, Bill Tucker, David McLachlan and I hadour first work party at the Lime Quarry. Ive been a hiker for many years and had been looking fora place to walk in town. I quickly learned that Chelmsford had a lot of land but the trail systemwas in very poor shape due to years of neglect, a lot of trash dumping on sites, and limited townresources. My first project, before others got involved, was to fix the vandalized kiosk at LimeQuarry after getting eprmission from the town to do so. Then I cleared the trails and properlymarked them. From there, I updated the trail map. The others joined to help when we were giventhe OK to start clearing the site and hauled away tons of trash. We also cut dozens of down treesand repaired and upgraded miles of trails, just at the Quarry. As people saw us working on thesite they came and asked if they could help and quickly what started as a simple clean-up has ledto a group that not only works on Conservation Land but now town land, School Department land,and Land ConservationTrust sites. We also either host or help with many public events. TheStewards have made a difference since sites like the Lime Quarry, Thanksgiving Forest, RussellMill and Crooked Spring all had bad reputations, and now attract hikers and families who enjoythese properties every day. It was then and continues to be an ongoing struggle to manage thesesites, but weve gone from hauling away two to three bags of trash a week from each site, to onlyremoving a handful of trash - people now take responsibility for each property as much as we do.The key to our success is working effectively with the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, thepolice, the fire department, local contractors, local farmers, scout troops, garden clubs, DPW, theConservation Commission, and most importantly, the residents and site abutters. Each of thesegroups plays a critical role in keeping our open spaces clean and safe. Loss of even one of thesepartners would be a huge blow to the program. If you are a group who has not worked with us onsome kind of project, you should give me a call as we are now active on almost 20 sites and run abunch of events all year round.ITR:What is the current COSS budget from the town each year?PHIL STANWAY:COSS receives $500 from the Town, but what keeps us going is the generous annual donationsfrom the Chelmsford Business Association, the Chelmsford Garden Club and a range of otherlocal groups such as the Chelmsford Rotary who made a donation recently. We also look togrants from Community Preservation Committee, Community Action Program Committee andother town sources. It’s a struggle to say the least; you figure we cut the grass every weeks atRed Wing, Heart Pond and Sunny Meadow Farm and what money we have to work with is gone inthe blink of an eye just on gasoline. The equipment is donated to the program, but upkeep is notcheap and the cost of wood for walkways and crossings etc. is expensive. I really have no ideahow we keep our heads above water, but somehow when were in need, someone steps forwardand helps. Any donation can be made payable to to “Town of Chelmsford: Land MaintenanceFund” which goes directly to COSS (please note with the check) and is tax deductible. We alsoappreciate donations of old tools or left over wood. If you have it, we need it.
  9. 9. ITR: What are some of the projects coming up on the horizon for COSS?PHIL STANWAY:Big projects in the pipe: We need to complete the work we started restoring the Cynthia MooresNature Park behind Westland School and there are lots of changes going on at Sunny MeadowFarm. On that site we are moving some of the roads around and continuing to reclaim farm landand working with the farmers to make it so the community can learn more about how food isgrown. Its possible well be able to start a new community Garden in North Chelmsford (our 4th).At all of the sites we maintain, we will be replacing some bridges and moving a few trails aroundto reduce erosion.ITR: Concerning the Town Meeting warrant article about Oak Hill, what are yourthoughts on turning the 65+ acres into conservation land?PHIL STANWAY:Oak Hill is a complex site and I agree it needs to be looked at in the context of not only 66 acresbut the entire surrounding area. I have a lot of questions and concerns. What about the bill-boards and how will they be built and accessed? What about the private land the roads cross(they are ATV and Snowmobile roads and not walking trails). What about the land that the LowellSportsmans Club has been paying taxes on for decades - who owns that? Trails cross theSportsman’s Club land and people need to stay out of the area of the shooting ranges. Will it bepossible to get access across the old dump? Scotty Hollow Condominiums has “No Trespassing”signs posted along the Swain Road and Oak Hill side as they have had concerns about that areafor many years. ATV’s and Snowmobiles are very active in the Oak Hill and those vehicles havebeen an issue coming into Deep Brook Reservation from time to time. Its more than just an issuethat the Conservation Commission can address - it needs to be addressed at the town level withall the parties out there hammering out a real plan for the area. Making Oak Hill conservation landreally is where it will end up, but I see no reason not to have the town have open meetings andinput sessions and talk about all the issues upfront. It is the town that will decide what to do withthis and how it is to be used. North Chelmsford deserves an open space site on the same leveland quality as Red Wing, Sunny Meadow Farm, the Cranberry Bog and Russell Mill. These sitesare the top sites in town and if done right, Oak Hill would be on par with them. If it is decided thata we should make a plan for the site, then I will be at every meeting to be part of the process.Some people say the town does not protect open space, but look at Sunny Meadow Farm. Thissite is run by the Town Manager and BOS and is a show piece with community gardens, largeopen meadows for events, a tree nursery, bird watching, walking trails and three working farms.The town had meetings on the site, took public input every step of the way and the final productis something the town is proud of. Let’s take the same care with Oak Hill and consider everythingin advance.
  10. 10. Residents and officials discuss Oak Hill conservation By Monica Jimenez / Wicked Local Chelmsford GateHouse News Service Sep 22, 2011 —Background At fall Town Meeting, representatives will consider a citizen petition article toplace a 66-acre parcel of land off Oak Hill Road under conservation, as well as an article from theBoard of Selectmen to perform a study of the land before anything is done.Chelmsford resident George Merrill repeated arguments for placing the Oak Hill land under conservation.According to Merrill, development is unfeasible on the land because it’s difficult to access, but he pre-dicted any study would find the area appropriate for housing anyway.He strongly urged against placing housing on the parcel, because it would cost a great deal and burdentaxpayers even further by bringing in residents who would need to use town services, such as school-agechildren. On the other hand, Merrill said, if the land were placed under conservation, timber could be col-lected from the area and sold to fund the maintenance of the trails.“The land would support itself,” Merrill said. itself,Selectman George Dixon said there has been a misconception about what the selectmen are trying to dowith the Oak Hill warrant articles. They are trying to work with the Master Plan as well as open space ad-vocates, he said.“We need senior housing very badly in this town, and housing for the disabled and vet -erans,” Dixon said. “There won’t be too many students.”erans, students.Selectman Jim Lane pointed out there would be no plan to maintain and police the trails if the land weresimply kept as open space, while Selectman Jon Kurland brought up the fact placing the land under con-servation would require state House and Senate approval to reverse.“I don’t think we would be doing the town a disservice by looking into all the opportuni -ties this land affords us,” Kurland said. He added, “I don’t see a downside to doing a study.” us, study.Merrill disagreed.“Every one of those studiescost taxpayer money, ourmoney,” Merrill said. “You’remoney,spending our money.” money.Just because the Master Plan rec-ommends it, Merrill said, doesn’tmean it must be done.“The Master Plan is a guide,not fact. It’s a guide andtowns change,” Merrill said. change,Copyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent.Some rights reserved
  11. 11. • Oak Hill at BOS open mike nightOne disagreement occurred when Dunstable Road resident George Merrill requested that the so-called Oak Hill propertynear Dunstable and Swain Roads, consisting of about 66 acres, be transferred as conservation land to his board. Hedoubted that the cost of developing a study for potential uses of the land would be money well spent and would undoubt-edly lead to the development of potentially hundreds of residential units, especially for affordable housing.Merrill warned that the use of the land for housing would bring in families with a huge influx of students and cost for theschool system.Selectmen Chairman George R. Dixon, Jr. said the cost of a study orplan for that parcel would be $20,000.He added that if housing on that parcel is recommended, "We desperately need senior housing which will not bringthat number of students." students.Merrill cited other examples of town-owned parcels that were developedfor senior housing, which show that housing tends to multiply over theyears.He said selectmen should simply transfer the land to the ConservationCommission and save the $20,000. PUBLIC INPUT SESSION CLICK HERERead more story at  CHATTER Philip Stanway; ConCom will still have to do a study to see what to do with it. The site is criss crossed with ATV and snowmobile trails. Under con- servation regulations this would need to stop or an exemption put in place. Conservation also allows soccer fields so we do need public input sessions,funding and enforcement issues that need to be talked about. David McLachlan: The fact that the ConCom would have to deal with ATVs and snowmobiles at Oak Hill is not something new. Wherever there is open space whether conservation or otherwise they are a fact of life. However, where the public uses the land problems tend to be mitigated. Our land use regulations prohibit motorized vehicles of any kind. The problem is enforcement. This doesnt preclude us from needing more conservation land. Andrew Giannino; I think I need some clarity, First of all was Mr. Merril suggesting that we log all the open spaces in order to support the oak hill property? How dare he (if this is his suggestion) start to deforest all of chelmsford for money to support one property. The C.O.S.S handles over 900 acres with little to no money and do not need to start chopping down trees to do it. Look at Wright with its beau- tiful tree hike. The selectman are not asking alot to just have a study done. We need to ask ourselves as a town, why such a hurry to get this into conservation? Why does MR. Merril feel the need to lock this property away and give the town no option in the fu-ture. I think his #s are GREATLY and falsly inflated. You would never see 700 units on a property like this but the fact is we need to reach our40B numbers and what a better way to do it than with senior housing or housing for Veterans. The town specifically stated that the first op-tions will be for Open Space and recreation. As for the cost of an access road this is something that would be paid for by whichever developerdecided to develop it. I feel like I am listening to another proponent of NO GROWTH. Here is another point- someone said there was an aban-doned home on the property that when torn down was riddled with bullet holes. If this is the case then the sportsman club needs to figure outa way to stop bullets from going on land that may be walked on by residents of the town. Even if this land goes into conservation it onlymeans that it will be trekked highly by people, not something we want to be riddled with bullets. Please Chelmsford, lets do the study and givethe residents the oportunity to put this land into the hands of the town and the C.O.S.S. Instead of conservation, earmark the property as openspace just like the other 14 areas in town and open it up to all the residents. It would be nice to connect this property to Deep Brook. As usualplease CHOOSE CHELMSFORD and unite together. Philip Stanway; My concern was that the property be moved to conservation to save the 20K for the study. Some money needs to set aside for a study and then money to implement it and then maintain it. With a 104 Million dollar budget allotting only $500 to maintain it each year is very sad. the article could have said move it to conservation , order a study and allocate $500 to 1K a year to maintain that site. Maria Karafelis; Why cant we just leave it alone? Philip Stanway; 66 acres still needs to be managed. With walking trails you need keep them clear, make sure improper use does not go on (dumping, parties,ATV and dirt bike and snowmobile use). Trails need to be safe and marked with maps so if we have an issue fire and police can respond. Now its on people radar they will want to use it so it needs to be safe and clean.
  12. 12. Andrew Giannino; Safe includes the sportsman club defining their boundaries and making sure stray bullets do not injure people Philip Stanway; LSC are great they have helped up keep the ATVs out of Deep Brook that used to come down from Oak Hill and rip up the Con- servation land. Sheila Pichette; I do believe that a master study of the area would lend itself to keeping the land with the town as open space or transferring to conservation commission. I do not believe that there would be a decision to build housing because the infrastructure would be too expensive and would not lend itself to what the representatives/citizens would want. If the representatives want to have a voice any time in the future as to how this land is used, i.e. recreation or conservation, it seems to me that they should leave it in the hands ofthe town as open space. And, with a master study in place there would be a comprehensive study and data which would back up any deci-sion rendered. David McLachlan; Andrew, I dont believe that George Merrill was suggesting that we clear cut all the forested land in town in order to generate money for Oak Hill. In fact the town (ConCom) does not do as good a job of maintaining the forested areas as we should. The reality is that forests need to be maintained in order to allow new under growth for wildlife habitat and for new forest. We did such a thing at Thanksgiving Forest 5 years ago. At first it looked pretty bad but new growth has taken hold. The Open Space and Recreation Plan-2010 suggest that more forestry management take place.Studying the Oak Hill property and developing a "master plan" for Conservation is a waste of money. Conservation land is for passive recre-ation and flora and fauna. What more is there to study? The Land Stewards do a great job of keeping the trails clear.For those of you who want to study Oak Hill I would suggest that you get out there and walk the land. Oak Hill is a beautiful natural setting.To make it anything else would be a shame. The Land is not flat and would not lend it self to other recreation than passive recreation. Sheila Pichette; I am certainly not in favor of spending town money that is not warranted. Thank you for your comments and expertise David. Phil and the Land Stewards are amazing for all they accomplish for our benefit. Philip Stanway; COSS is NOT active on Oak Hill those trails are maintained by the ATV and snowmobile users. COSS does maintain Deep Brook. The amount of resources needed to keep Russell Mill ATVSnowmobile free is huge and that has no where near the issue Ork Hill has. Without a proper plan to address this issue I do nto see us moving onto that site. Cori Rose; The affordable housing study was tasked to look at feasibility of access to the site for development. Funding was obtained and an independent contractor found such options limited. A study of the site could provide detail related to site-specific characteristics of Oak Hill, but such a study is not necessary in order to bring the site into protection. The ConCom is in the process of prioritizing our open space sites and has begun development of baseline assessment and management planning for them. Oak Hill would fallvery high on the priority list for a comprehensive plan without expenditure of significant funding and without duplication of effort of the AHPCstudy. The end product will however be the same and it will provide a collaborative opportunity for the ConCom, Historic Comm, COSS andresidents to devise a reasonable approach to use and management of the site that could be a win-win for everyone.
  13. 13. FYI:Article 31 of the 1997 TownMeeting regarding the townspurchase of the Oak Hill land. Click Here
  14. 14. ITR NewsFlash back: Grant would aid Oak Hill housing study Kevin Zimmerman/Staff Reporter • Mon, Apr 12, 2010 www.chelmsfordmassnews.comNorth Chelmsfords Oak Hill, which is on tap to become home to two billboards, may soon become home to a group ofresidents.At tonights Board of Selectmens meeting, Community Development Director Evan Belansky plans to discuss his appli-cation for a Massachusetts Housing Partnership grant to study potential rental units on Oak Hill.The grant would allow Community Development, working with the Chelmsford Housing Authority, to determine if a mini-mum of six rental units of affordable housing could be constructed on the town-owned property.Once awarded, grants will range from $10,000 to $15,000 for technical assistance.In a memo to Town Manager Paul Cohen, Belanksy relates the history of the 66 acres. The town acquired the land in1998 for unpaid property taxes.Since the 1997 Town Meeting vote to take the property, officials have considered various uses for the parcel.The 1996 Master Plan recommended it for industrial/high tech development.In 2003s Open Space and Recreation Plan, the land was earmarked for a combination of preservation and passiverecreation. The 2005 Affordable Housing Plan recommended developing housing either through zoning changes or by a40B.Current Master Plan Committee members have recommended a "site specific master plan" be conducted on the loca-tion with an eye toward providing residential mixed with passive and active open space.The 2010 Affordable Housing Plan has identified the land as an "appropriate location for housing." More specifi- housing.cally, the plan suggests this would be a priority site for "creating community based housing in partnershipwith the Housing Authority." Authority. Town wins grant for Oak Hill housing study Kevin Zimmerman/Staff Reporter • Fri, Jul 09, 2010 www.chelmsfordmassnews.comChelmsfords Community Development Office received word yesterday that the town secured a $12,100 grant fromthe Massachusetts Housing Partnership.Community Development Director Evan Belansky applied for the grant back in April to help fund a study focused onbringing housing to North Chelmsfords Oak Hill."It will be used to study the feasibility of access to the site from Ledge and Oakhill roads," said Be- roads,lansky.This past spring, Capital Advertising won the right to construct a billboard on a portion of the towns Oak Hill land. Itcan also place a second sign on a nearby parcel owned by the Congregational Church in North Chelmsford.The town acquired the 66-acre parcel, located north of Scotty Hollow and east of Route 3, in 1998 for unpaid taxes.Over the years, officials have suggested various uses for the property.The 1996 Master Plan recommended it for industrial/high tech development. In 2003, the Open Space and RecreationPlan suggested the land be a combination of preservation and passive recreation. The 2005 Affordable Housing Planrecommended developing housing either through zoning changes or by a 40B.The 2010 Affordable Housing Plan has identified the land as an "appropriate location for creating community based-housing in partnership with the Housing Authority."Board of Selectmen Chairman George Dixon, who is a member of the Affordable Housing Plan, believes the siteshould be a mixed use development of housing, recreation land and open space.Grants ranged from $10,000 to $15,000 for technical assistance.
  15. 15. Evan Belanskys presentation to the Board of Selectmen on Affordable Housing at Oak Hill FEB. 28 2011 Click Here David McLachlan: (Conservation Commision) I hope all of you read this presentation to the BOS last winter. I draw your attention PARTICULARLY to Slide #9, Site Constraints which only argues for saving this parcel for conservation.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The minutes from the 2/28/11 Selectmen meeting Belansky-Oak Hill MHP PresentationMr. Belansky explained the Town received a grant to determine if further feasibility studies areappropriate to create a mixture of housing and recreation space on this 66 acre town-owned parcel. Theparcel is currently zoned heavy industrial. Katie Enwright of Hancock Associates explained the parcel hasnatural resource constraints due to the presence of wetlands on two sides, perennial streams, vernal pool habitats andScotty Hollow Brook.It is all mature trees and trails presently. The Lowell Sportsmens Clubabuts another side, and the Scotty Hollow condo-miniums abut another side along with the capped Swain Rd. landfill. Easements exist for abutters on Ledge Rd and thisroad would need to be reconfigured to gain access onto this parcel. To accommodate access from Swain Rd. would re-quire modification of the landfill cap. All utilities would need upgrading, as they are not sufficient for any additional devel-opment.Any development would require work in buffer zones, replication, work on ledge, and ConservationCommission and DEP approvals. Items for further study would require additional grant funding andpublic hearings with abutters and concerned stakeholders.Audience comments:Pam Armstrong, Precinct 3 and Scotty Hollow Board member noted that previous studies were done onthis parcel, and development was not pursued due to difficult access issues. Ms. Armstrong felt grantfunding would be better served for investigating other parcels. Ms. Armstrong felt the Town has enoughball fields that are not being maintained and doesn’t need any more. A nearby site was approved for aBillboard. The previous studies that were done should be reviewed before spending additional funds. Mr.Belansky noted that prior studies did not address engineering concerns and constraints.Maria Karafelis, Precinct 2, questioned how much of this land was actually de-velopable, and how manyhousing units would be proposed here. Mr. Belansky felt about 42 acres wereusable for development. Tomeet 40B requirements, the town needs 400 units; however density is not adriving force behind thisstudy. There is about 50,000 gallons available for sewer capacity, in whichstudies are being done underChapter 43D funding.Motion: by Selectman Dahlberg to authorize the Community Development Of-fice to apply for a Mass. CLICK HERE  to watch the presentation.Housing Partnership Grant to study the Oak Hill parcel further. Seconded by You can fast forward the video to the Oak HillSelectman Hanson. Motion presentation which starts around the 1:18:15carries, unanimous. mark on the video.
  16. 16. Philip Stanway; (Open Space Steward)1- Oak Hill, 2 - church private,3 - private,4- Lowell Sportsman Club, 5- unknown David McLachlan: (Conservation Commision) Some of you may be interested in the topography of the Oak Hill parcel. As you can see the parcel is quite hilly with over 30 feet of elevation change. The legend also shows wetlands and flood plain.
  17. 17. CLICK HERE for the Town of Chelmsford Open Space and Recreation Plan Update Feb 2010ITR:Why did the Conservation Committee change their mind onconducting a study on Oak Hill?David McLachlan (Conservation Commission):The Conservation Commission endorsed the Open Space and Recreation Master Plan in Septem-ber, 2010 in its entirety. We felt the plan was excellent and well thought out. That does not meanthat we agreed with every single thing that was in the plan. We chose not to single out specific rec-ommendations. Remember the OSRMP addresses a variety of considerations and constiuencies,not just Conservation needs. Since last September the ConCom finished a project that identifiedand prioritized, based on conservation criteria, land that could become conservation land if avail-able and affordable. All the land was private except for Oak Hill and would have to be funded fromCPC. As a result of that study the ConCom decided to focus on Oak Hill.The idea that we need a "management plan and usage plan" for Oak Hill before it becomes Conser-vation suggests that there is something different about this piece of property from other Conserva-tion Reservations. The Con Com has simple straight forward plans for all its reservations. All majorreservations have trails, some marked some not, trail maps, parking and varying uses from passiverecreation to horseback riding and mountain bikes. In fact trails and trail maps for Oak Hill alreadyexist and are on-line. In addition to the Towns By Laws the ConCom has Land Use Regulations(that are posted on site and on our website) that among other things state the hours of operationand prohibit the use of motorized vehicles of an type, fires without permits, alcohol, hunting andtrapping and dumping. We look to the Police department and the public to help enforce these regu-lations as we would at Oak Hill.ITR:The Open Space and Recreation committeeconsisted of• Chairman: Beth Logan - Conservation Commission / CPC• Michael Koziel, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  18. 18. • Rebecca Markey, Chelmsford Land Conservation Trust, Inc. / CPC• David McLachlan, Conservation Commission• Erik Merrill, Animal Control Officer• Steven Roberts, Open Space Stewardship / Permanent Building Committee• Edmond Roux, Planning Board• Charles Wojtas, Agricultural CommissionThe Open Space and Recreation Plan of Feb. 2011 recommends the following,Page 91Section 8: Goals and Objectives4.3. Create a broad range of opportunitiesThe Town should conduct a detailed site analysis of Oak Hill culminating in a masterplan emphasizing protection of open space and creation of recreational opportunities.Oak Hill should be retained as at least 50% open space and the remaining portion maybe developed for recreation, up to 50% of the total acreage.----------------------------------------------------------And looking over the Open Space and Recreation minutes from the meetingsI did not notice any disagreements over the Oak Hill land recommendation.So I guess my question would be. What has changed since February 2011 that made thetwo members of the conservation commission who served on the Open Space and Recre -ation committee, you and Beth Logan change your minds on what should happen withOak Hill?David McLachlan (Conservation Commission): As one member of OSRMP I always lobbied forOak Hill being conservation but by the end ofthe debate I agreed with the compromise pro-posal. I thought unanimity was important. Butonce the ConCom debated it I kept to my origi-nal position. And remember the ConCom priori-tization inventory of open space concludedafter the OSRMP work.
  19. 19. Selectmen Recommend Oak Hill Study Selectmen voted to recommend the Town Meeting warrant article for a study. By Krista Perry 9/27/11 www.chelmsford.patch.comSelectmen last night voted to recommend an article appropriating about $15,000 for a study ofthe 66-acre Oak Hill property.Selectmen also recommended against a citizens petition to turn the Oak Hill property over tothe Conservation Commission.The town owns the parcel and it has been sitting vacant for a number of years. Town Meetingmust approve any changes to the land.George Merrill told selectmen he supports turning the land to conservation and asked select-men not to take a position on the articles to "level the playing field." Selectmen decided to their opinion anyway."By putting article 22 before article 23 you put my article, which has 330 signa -tures, at a disadvantage because you’re spending money and we’re turning itover," he said. "I can rectify that at Town Meeting by changing the order. But ifover,you recommend 22, and you don’t recommend article 23, that is not a levelplaying field. That is not right." right.Selectman Jim Lane said the towns Master Plan and the Open Space and Recreation Planboth call for studies to be done on the land. The Conservation Commission approved theOpen Space and Recreation Plan, Lane said "We’d be doing a disservice to the residents of the town ... if we didnt carry itthrough," said Lane.through,"I think it makes sense to go forward with the study," said Selectman Pat Wojtas. study,"Its unfortunate you did that," Merrill said after the vote. "But you put yourself in a that,bad position. This isn’t going to look good to people. Common sense will tellyou (the land can be used for) ball fields, housing, roads, why spend $15,000?Walk the land and youll see." see.Lane said Merrill - nor members of the Master Plan Committee - could have been sure whatthe study will say."You don’t know that ... If the study concludes its best served to go into con -servation, that will happen, it can happen at another time, it doesnt have tohappen now," he said. "If (the land goes to conservation) it eliminates possibili - now,ties of doing anything else. Its harder to turn it around one you go forwardwith that decision." decision.Selectman Jon Kurland agreed."If (the study) comes back and says conservation is the best use, Ill be finewith it, its not a big deal but right now to put it into conservation control andnot know what potential uses are is a disservice to the town," he said. town,
  20. 20. Van Liew Seeks Seat on the Finance Committee Town Moderator Richard DeFreitas will appoint someone to the empty Finance Committee seat. By Krista Perry 9/27/11 www.chelmsford.patch.comRoland Van Liew, the man behind the selectmen recall last August and the author of numer-ous mailings criticizing local officials, has inquired about a seat on the Finance Committee.Town Moderator Richard DeFreitas will appoint someone to that seat on the committee some-time toward the end of the year."I have received an inquiry but noformal application as yet. Thereis no urgency to fill that vacancysince Fin Com will have preparedthe Fall Warrant by September30," said DeFreitas. "I will strive to30,make an appointment by the endof calendar 2011. I hope to fill thevacancy with the best possiblecandidate. All applicants will begiven the same courtesy andscrutiny that the positionrequires."requires.DeFreitas said the term of this vacancy expires at the end of June 2012."It is a perfect opportunity for someone to test the waters before applying andcommitting to a full three-year term beginning next July 2012," he said. "I wel - 2012,come all candidates... this not a political appointment; the applicant must bequalified and committed to serve." serve.Anyone else interested in applying for the position can contact Richard DeFreitas Applicants should include a statement, with information as to thecandidates background information that you feel qualifies you to serve on the board.
  21. 21. Free To Breathe Brings Awareness, Hope for a Cure More than 450 participants and 60 volunteers helped to raise over $50,000 for the Lung Cancer partnership. By Lucy Schultz and Krista Perry www.chelmsford.patch.comThe second annual Free to Breathe 5k raised brought families and friends together yes-terday in an event with more than 450 participants.The event raised more than $50,000 for the National Lung Cancer Partnership, whichfunds grants to find a cure for lung cancer.Joseph Almasian of Westford and his family rallied together yesterday at the suggestionof his 10-year-old daughter Meline. Almasians father - "Grandpa Joe" - died of lung can-cer in June. Over the summer, Meline suggested doing a walk to raise money for thecause."So from her inspiration, my wife found Free to Breathe right in our backyard," he said."And we rallied everyone around Grandpa Joe and created Grandmpa Joes MusicalNotes."His father had been an avid saxophone player and shared his love of music with his grandkids,he said. The 14 members of the team - many of them grandchildren of "Grandpa Joe" - recallhim practicing his instrument around them or going to see his concerts.The team raised about $1,000. During the walk, team members carried inflatable saxophones."Thats who my middle daughter is, she helped pull the family together," said together,Joseph Almasian of Meline. His other children, Armen, and Tamar, joined cousins Taline, Haig,Anoush, Aznive, and Grandma Lucy to remember Grandpa Joe."My mother has a bad knee and is a cancer survivor herself, but went the whole way.She made it and she was happy to remember dad," he said. dad,"He was just a super sweet guy, he loved his grandchildren and his family. He was afamily guy, he always had a smile, always a good thing to say," said Almasian. "We lost say,him before his time and hopefully through walks and events like this, we can raisemoney to figure out a way to beat these terrible diseases." diseases"We miss his saxophone playing," said Meline Almasian. "I just thought about Breast playing,Cancer walks and thought about doing a walk for Grandpa." GrandpaMelines cousins also remember all the funny nicknames Grandpa Joe had for them and thememories they had together.The event was well-organized and had a fun atmosphere, Almasian said, with volunteers alongthe route inspiring runners and walkers. The event also had great finish line snacks, food andmusic, he said."It was really well done and a lot of fun and for a good cause," he said. cause, Suzanne DahlbergPhotos: Lucy Schultz for Chelmsford Patch
  22. 22. Chelmsford aims to guide people through permit process By Monica Jimenez/Wicked Local staff writer Sep 14, 2011 —Community Development Director Evan Belansky has created a document called the Home-owner’s Permitting Guide to help people through the permit approval process.Town Manager Paul Cohen explained the document is mainly meant to help single- and two-family homeowners undertaking endeavors for which they need town permits. The guide,which will be available online and in the Community Development and Building Inspector’s of-fices, includes information about which boards a person must contact for different types ofprojects. Belansky’s next project will be a commercial permitting guide, Cohen said.Selectman Jim Lane praised the homeowner’s guide.“It’s a fantastic document. It will be extremely helpful for folks navigatingthrough the permitting process,” Lane said. “It’s long overdue.” process, overdue.Copyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved Work in near Chelmsford Common will bury utility wires By Monica Jimenez/Wicked Local staff writer Sep 14, 2011 —Town Manager Paul Cohen explained the construction taking place near the Chelmsford Com-mon is partly a long-awaited project to put utility cables underground.Midway Land Contractors is working to install manholes and underground vaults.Work is scheduled to stop in November, and utility poles will not be removed until the winter.A project to replace sewer mains in the center is complete, Cohen added, but the road in frontof Jessie’s will remain unpaved for a few more weeks.Work replacing a water main is now proceeding at the Center Town Hall, but Cohen said thisproject is being coordinated with the underground utility work during weekly meetings so thetwo efforts don’t interfere with each other.Copyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved
  23. 23. South Row playground fundraising gets going By Monica Jimenez / Wicked Local Chelmsford GateHouse News Service Sep 23, 2011 —Fundraising efforts for the South Row Elementary School playground in Chelmsford are picking up.Much of the playground was destroyed in a fire in July, less than two years after the school was told it would last only three to fivemore years. The playground was first installed 13 to 15 years ago, according to South Row PTO member and Playground Committeechairman Danielle Evans.The plan is to raise about $100,000 through fundraisers and grants, then demolish the playground and build a new one. There isabout $5,000 in the account now, according to Evans, but the amount is expected to grow rapidly.Landscape Structures, affiliated with O’Brien and Sons, will design the new South Row playground. The contractor also designedthe old Westlands playground as well as the Harrington and Center playgrounds and still maintains these structures.The Playground Committee hopes to hold a community build in June 2012 to construct the playground. Weston Nurseries has al-ready agreed to donate landscaping services, and Kronos has promised to send 30 employees.The Meat HouseThe Meat House has created a flier offering 10 percent of the sales to South Row until Sept. 25. Customers must bring in a copy of the flier forthe 10 percent to be donated.Silent AuctionThe South Row Playground Committee invites South Row families and other members of the Chelmsford community to participate ina silent auction until Sunday, Oct. 9. Donations are still being accepted. Items already donated include Patriots tickets, gift certifi-cates to local businesses such as the Javaroom, Moonstones and Moe’s, and various services – for example, one mother has of-fered to bake a cake. For access to the auction, log on to the South Row School websiteor South Row School Walk-a-Thon is Sunday, Sept. 25 on the South Row soc-cer field from 10 a.m. to noon. Students will be collecting pledges from familyand friends. Donation forms with money are due the week of Sept. 19. The goalis to collect $25,000.Students will walk to music by a special guest D.J., and the Lowell SpinnerCanaligator and other Lowell Spinnner mascots will be there. The Meat Housewill provide lunch and Hannaford’s will provide healthy snacks. A number of CHSgroups will show up toThe Silent Auction will be going on at the same time, and a Pennies for the Play-ground bottle will be available.The student from each class who raises the most money will be awarded a whis-tle and a special role in physical education class. To volunteer in the Walk-A-Thon, contact Tracy Crowley at ChelmsfordOpoloy board game is almost ready to go. About 40 busi-nesses ranging from pizza places to law firms have bought board spaceswhere their advertisements will be placed for $500, while about 50 busi-nesses and residents have bought patron ads for $50 each. The board’splay money was also sold.Lance Wilder, South Row alumnus, 1986 graduate of CHS and designerfor “The Simpsons,” finished creating the artwork for the board and boxcover and the game will be sent for production at the end of the week.One thousand copies have been commissioned, and 60 or 70 have al-ready been pre-ordered. One game costs $30 and can be pre-ordered byemailing said plans for a community gaming day are in the works.Copyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved Photos by Eric Sciacca
  24. 24. Chlemsford landmark seeing renovation By Monica Jimenez/Wicked Local staff writer GateHouse News Service Sep 12, 2011 —Repairs to the Chelmsford town clock and the church steeple housing it are under way.First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church has contracted with Yankee Steeplejack, one of threebidders, to perform the steeple repairs.Electrical work on the lighting began last week and steeplejacks are expected to set up the stag-ing around First Parish’s spire this week.After that, said First Parish Standing Committee member Tom Coffey, rotted materials will be re-moved. The current combination of cedar and plywood will be replaced with pure cedar, whichwill last longer.The use of cedar will also be consistent with the historic nature of the building, Coffey added.Other repairs include: replacing the bell cradle, belfry railing and floor; scraping, priming andpainting the steeple from the top of the ball to the sanctuary roof; restoring the clock face andfixing the interior mechanism; replacing the lighting; and stabilizing the structure of the tower.Painting and electrical work will take place last, and the entire project should be complete withinsix weeks, before winter weather sets in.At this time, Coffey said the church may hold a celebration to show off the new clock andsteeple.“We are very grateful and excited that thetown has been so comfortable supportingus in this project,” Coffey said. “At the end of project,the day, it was important to them.” them.Town Meeting representatives approved the use ofCommunity Preservation money for the project thispast spring, and revenue from cellular antennae inthe roof of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Churchwill fund the rest of the repairs.The First Parish team originally proposed contribut-ing $45,000, and upped that amount to $66,810after meeting some resistance from town boardsleading up to Town Meeting. The town will contributean equal amount in CPC funds, for a total projectbudget of $133,620 for the steeple. The clock proj-ect will be given $96,424 in CPC money.Given the size of its contribution, First Parish maynot have the funds to participate in as many commu-nity programs as it has in the past, but Coffey saidit’s worth it.“It’s going to be really nice,” Coffey said. “It’ll nice,be beautiful.” beautiful.Copyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved
  25. 25. Bringing theChelmsford Center for the Arts to LifeThe Chelmsford Center for the Arts is embarking on acampaign to fund a new Steinway piano and to furnishthe CCA when it opens in June 2012.Professional musicians, event planners, and donors givetheir support in this short video. CLICK  HERE
  26. 26. Remy eyes Chelmsford for restaurant expansion By Rita Savard, 09/15/2011 CHELMSFORD -- Former Red Sox second baseman and current broad- caster Jerry Remy is batting outside Boston with his successful restau- rant chain, and possibly hoping to hit big in Chelmsford. The veteran Sox broadcaster and his partners are in negotiations for multiple locations and Chelmsford is "prominent" on their radar, said managing partner John Mascia. While nothing official has been filed with the town, a restaurant group that hasnt revealed its name is eyeing the Drum Hill section, said Town Manager Paul Cohen.Such a move would be a big win for the neighborhood, Cohen added, saying the area needs a face-lift."The towns master plan includes sprucing up the Drum Hill Corridor," he said. "New side - Corridor,walks, landscaping and trees are a part of that plan." plan.Mascia said he could not comment on details just yet. But he said Chelmsford is ideal for its easy highway ac-cess, which could attract customers from Greater Lowell and Southern New Hampshire.Since opening its first location at Logan Airport in 2008, Jerry Remys Sports Bar & Grill has expanded loca-tions to Boylston Street near Fenway Park and in Bostons Seaport District.Later this year, its breaking ground in Fall River (near Remys hometown of Somerset), and is expected toopen as many as four more restaurants outside Boston.Remys fast expansion is notable given the economy, but also in light of the fact that other restaurant open-ings associated with big-name Boston sports stars have not been assuccessful.Beloved Red Sox designated hitter David Ortizs first foray into the restaurant business, Big Papis Grill onRoute 9 in Framingham, closed in June.Former Boston Celtics star Jo Jo White opened Jo Jos West in Maynard in 2009, but it closed last year dueto money woes, according to media reports.The secret to Remys success, suggests Mascia, is good food at affordable prices -- the average dinner checkis $25 -- coupled with a booming audio-visual system.Wall-to-wall 11-foot plasma screens, nicknamed "screen monsters" after Fenway Parks famed "Green Mon-ster" have earned Remys restaurants the status of a destination for watching sports."Its hands-down the best AV system in (Boston) if not New England, outside of the casinos," casinos,Mascia said.Remy, who retired from playing in 1985, and his partners plan to open other loca-tions outside Boston in 12 to 24 months.More details on a Chelmsford location should be available in October, Mascia said.
  27. 27. Whats Going On: A new standard over Chelmsford Center By Monica Jimenez/Wicked Local staff writer GateHouse News Service Sep 29, 2011 —What it is A new flag flies atop a new flagpole in Chelmsford Center near the First Parish Uni-tarian Universalist Church, across from the Center Town Hall.Chelmsford’s new Old Glory, a gift from the town Fourth of July Parade Committee followingthis year’s parade, measures about 20 by 30 feet and cost about $1,000. The committee alsogave the town a POW/MIA flag.Monday, the town received another flag from Chelmsford resident Lisa DeVine, whose hus-band is deployed overseas, and Military Community Covenant member Deborah Trask. Theflag flew over the Al-Faw Palace at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq during operation NewDawn.The new flagpole was installed Monday, Sept. 26. The old one, taken down Thursday, Sept.15, was carved open to reveal wood rot inside, said Town Manager Paul Cohen, and thepieces are now at Garrison House. Wicked Local staff photo by Mon- ica JimenezCopyright 2011 Chelmsford Independent. Some rights reserved Bob Morse Wins Robert Kuehn Community Preservation Award September 13, 2011 www.chelmsford.patch.comThe Community Preservation Committee recently nominated Bob Morse for the 2011 Robert Kuehn Community Preservation Award. I amproud to announce that Bob Morse was one of ten people in the State to win this years award!The award recognizes Bobs significant contribution to the success of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) during its first decade. Hisdedication, enthusiasm, leadership, and tireless commitment to community preservation in our community has marked him as a true heroof CPA, whose work best exemplifies the spirit of Bob Kuehns legacy.The Robert Kuehn Community Preservation Awards were developed to honor the memory and work of former Community PreservationCoalition Steering Committee member Bob Kuehn. Bob was actively involved in the process of drafting and passing CPA, and served asVice Chair of the Coalitions Steering Committee until his death in 2006.Here is a look at the nomination submission.Over ten years ago Robert Morse (Bob), a 12 year member of Chelmsfords Planning Board, had the vision tointroduce the Community Preservation Coalition to the Town of Chelmsford. His knowledge and informationabout this newly formed coalition soon propelled his passion to convince our community to adopt the Commu-nity Preservation Act. During the Spring Town Meeting in 2001, Bob was successful in his campaign to adoptCPA in Chelmsford with an overwhelming approval of a .5% surcharge for the purposes of open space preser-vation (conservation or recreation), historic preservation, and community housing. Seven years later he wouldrepeat his stellar Town Meeting performance and successfully increase the surcharge to 1.5%. Theses fundswere matched by the state thru a surcharge levied at the registry of deeds. Bob has continued to follow hisdream and enhance our community thru the use of CPA funds and has served as Chairman of the CommunityPreservation Committee the past ten years.Bobs passion is very similar to that of Robert Kuehns. His vision forrestoring existing historic homes and buildings became reality for him when he and his wife purchased Red Wing Farm in 2006 (circa1735). After countless months of sweat equity, time, and dollars spent, the Morse family, in 2009 was awarded the prestigious historicpreservation award known as "The Guardian" for outstanding preservation efforts. This award is given by the Chelmsford Historical Soci-ety. Bob and his family now reside at Red Wing Farm and enjoy the peaceful sunsets from their terrace overlooking the pond and thebeautiful meadows resembling the Little House on the Prairie.Bobs dedication to community service doesnt end with CPC. He has also served as Town Meeting Representative for 10 years, formerChairman of the 1997 Zoning Bylaw Review Committee, a member of Chelmsfords Master Plan Implementation Committee, a represen-tative to the Advisory Committee for Great Brook Farm State Park (where State Park Land and Town Forest intersect), a representative toMiddlesex Canal Commission for the Town of Chelmsford and a Boy Scout leader.Bobs commitment of working and volunteering within his community inspired his son to achieve Eagle Scout status; awarded for provid-ing safe access and signage to a town open space reserve.Although his contributions to Chelmsford continue, his legacy of bringing CPA to our community will always signify his passion and dreamof preserving some of the towns most important treasures. Bob deserves the Robert Kuehn award and the associated recognition for hisselfless contributions to the Town of Chelmsford.He was recognized on Tuesday, Sept. 27 in the Great Hall at the State House.
  28. 28. Courthouse dogs: Abuse victims new best friend By Lisa Redmond, 09/24/2011 www.lowellsun.comCHELMSFORD -- Laurie Myers has gone to the dogs.Myers, the co-founder of Community Voices, a Chelmsford-based victim-advocacy group, has been accepted to be matched witha special canine -- a courthouse dog.There is a junkyard dog, a firehouse dog and some people know first-hand about being in the dog house, but a courthouse dog?This specially-trained canine will be available free of charge to prosecutors, support groups and other victims groups to help com-fort sexually-abused children and adults. The dog, either a golden retriever or labrador retriever, will be the first courthouse dog tobe available for use in courthouses across Massachusetts, Myers said."Im excited," Myers said. "Dogs have an amazing healing influence on people, and children, especially, can au - excited,tomatically sense their unconditional love and support," she said. support,Courthouse dogs assist individuals with physical, psychological, or emotional trauma due to criminal conduct; these dogs shouldbe professionally trained assistance dogs, according to the Website dog that Myers will be matched with is donated and trained by Canine Companions for Independence.Community Voices and The Office for Victims of Crimes also will be sponsoring a training seminar for law enforcement, prosecu-tors, victim advocators, forensic interviewers and other professionals in the field. The training is limited to 30 people.The seminar will be held on tomorrow at the Chelmsford Police Department training room. The seminar will be led by EllenONeill-Stephens, a veteran prosecutor from Seattle, Wash., and veterinarian Dr. Celeste Walsen, who will be accompanied bycourthouse dog, Molly B, who was trained by Canine Companions for Independence.Molly B and her handler will also attend the Day of Remembrance ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Lowell City Hall. They alsowill be in front of the Grand Staircase at the State House in Boston at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.Since 2003, courthouse dogs have been used to comfort sexually abused people while they undergo interviews and testify incourt. So far, courthouse dogs are used in 10 states: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, NewYork, Pennsylvania and Texas."Children are allowed comfort items in court when they testify," Myers said. Petting a courthouse dog while a fright- testify,ened child tells their story of abuse can be calming and reassuring, Myers said.Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone said his office is constantly working on ways to make the court process less intimidatingfor victims."At first glance, this appears to be an interesting, creative concept which we will consider using if able," able,Leone said.Myers began the selection process when a friend e-mailed her after seeing a story about these dogs. That began Myers six-month selection process that included a 15-page application process, a 45-minute telephone interview, a face-to-face interviewand a mini-training in New York to see if she had the right stuff to be a handler.Myers joked that it would have been easier to adopt a child.After she was given the green light late last month to get a dog, she was told the real training would begin. Next month Myers willreturn to New York where she will complete an intense two-week training session to learn how to be a handler.Part of her training will be to learn 40 to 50 commands.At the end of her training, Myers will return home with a 1 1/2-year-old, highly-training golden retriever or labrador retriever. Therest is up to her.The dog is free and the training is free. The dog will live with Myers and her family in their Chelmsford home. Community Voiceswill pay for any veterinary bills, but Myers will buy the kibble.Myers whose Newfoundland dog died about four years ago is thrilled to have another dog in her family, although she stresses,this dog is a working dog."Ive worked with some many victims, and Ive run this by a few of them. They say they think (a dog) willmake a big difference," she said. difference,For information, contact Myers at or 617-515-2079.
  29. 29. Join Crime Reports to see what is going on in your neighborhood. CLICK  HERE - Offender RegistryCLICK HEREThere are 3 Levels of Sex Offenders in MassachusettsLevel 1 Sex OffendersWhere the Sex Offender Registry Board determines that the risk of reoffense by anoffender is low and the degree of dangerousness posed to the public by that offenderis not such that a public safety interest is served by public availability, the Board shallgive that offender a Level 1 designation. Information on Level 1 offenders will not beavailable to the public. Neither the police nor the Board have authority to disseminateinformation to the general public identifying a Level 1 offender. Information identifyingLevel 1 offenders may only be given to the Department of Correction, any county cor-rectional facility, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Social Serv-ices, the Parole Board, the Department of Probation and the Department of MentalHealth, all city and town police departments and the Federal Bureau of Investigationfor law enforcement purposes.Level 2 Sex OffendersWhere the Board determines that the risk of reoffense is moderate and thedegree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a public safetyinterest is served by public availability of registration information, it shallgive a level 2 designation to the sex offender.The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 2 offenderthrough the Local Police Department and through the Sex Offender Reg-istry Board.Level 3 Sex OffendersWhere the Board determines that the risk of reoffense is high and the de-gree of dangerousness posed to the public is such that a substantial publicsafety interest is served by active dissemination, it shall give a level 3 des-ignation to the sex offender.The public shall have access to the information regarding a level 3 offenderthrough the Local Police Departments and through the Sex Offender Reg- Laurie Myers on Town Talk 9/14/11 with Dennis Ready.istry Board. Laurie discusses her victims rights group "Community VOICES " and the sex offender registry CLICK  HERE
  30. 30. T I M I N G I S E V E RY T H I N GDear Neighbors:Recently Money Magazine named the Town of Chelmsford the “28th best town to live inAmerica”. The ranking noted our school system, affordability and well preserved historicalcharacteristics as differentiators from other communities in the country. In my opinion, oneadditional area that separates Chelmsford is the high level of community involvement andvolunteerism we have.If you or someone you know has ever wanted to get involved with some aspect of our town.The perfect opportunity is now! For just a few hours a month you can be involved and make adifference in our community. We currently have the following Committee vacancies and needgreat people who want to give back to their town.• Two on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (one exp 6/30/13&one exp6/30/14)• Two alternate positions on the Board of Appeals (2 exp 6/30/12)• Two on the Community Action Program Committee (2 exp 6/30/12)• One on the Energy Conservation Commission (exp 6/30/12)• Two on the Holiday Decorating Committee (exp 12/31/11)• One on the Middlesex Canal Commission (exp 6/30/12)• One on the Recycling Committee (exp 6/30/12)• One on the Sign Advisory Committee (6/30/13)• One on the Finance Committee (exp 6/30/12)You do not need direct experience to volunteer just bring your enthusiasm and willingness tomake positive contributions. To learn more about each opportunity or to apply please followthe link below. regards,Jim LaneTown Selectman
  31. 31. Politically Incorrect 9/13/11with Carmen ChristianoGuests:Laurie Myers - Town Meeting Rep.Nick DeSilvio - School Committee *Jon Kurland - SelectmanJim Arciero - State Rep. CLICK  HERE *Nick DeSilvio announcesthat he is going to run forre-election to the School CommitteeWN with Dennis Ready and Mary GregoireGuests include: 9/14/11 CLICK HERE9/21/11CLICK HERE 9/28/11 CLICK  HERE
  32. 32. News from the SeniorsMatthew David Chamberlain was recently honored at the Chelmsford Senior Center for thesuccessful completion of his Eagle Scout project. Matt and his team of workers finished con-struction of six raised planters about a year ago, and this year the seniors will harvest abounty of fresh fruit, veggies, herbs, and a few flowers.To complete this project Matt gathered a team of volunteers from his Boy Scout Troop 77,high school students, and his own family and friends. He had to apply and get permissionsfrom his local boy scout council and the town of Chelmsford. Most of the materials were do-nated by local businesses. Matt deserves congratulations for his dedication and persever-ance. The rank of Eagle Scout is the highest rank in scouting and Matt should be very proud.In recognition of Matt’s efforts a plaque was permanently mounted on the planters and a sin-cere “Thank You” was conveyed by the Senior Center Director Diana Ryder. Many peoplewere gathered to express their appreciation. Town selectman Jim Lane also said a few wordsof thanks.Matt’s parents Maureen and Dave, and his sisters Kelly and Jen, were in attendance alongwith members of the Chelmsford Council On Aging, officials from Boy Scout Troop 77, andmany staff and guests of the senior center.Matt spent the hurricane weekend moving into his new living quarters as he starts college atBrandeis University. Good Luck Matt as you enter this next stage in your life and take on thechallenges of higher education.Matthew David Chamberlain and Ms. Diana Ryder, Director of the Chelmsford Senior Center, with the plaque recognizing Matt.
  33. 33. EXTRA Extras Chelmsford Farmers Market VendorsWhere: Bring You The BESTChelmsford Common Bagel Alley Brewed AwakeningsWhen: This Thursday, Fior DItalia Pasta and Cheese Fox Barn FarmThe Final Market for the season Golden Girl Granola Got-Thyme-to-Cook Idle Hour FarmOctober 6, 2011 Jones Farm La Bella Dolce Bakery Monadnock Berries/Hill Orchard2:00 PM to 6:00 PM Parlee Farm Shady Pine Farm Surfing Goat Soap Sweet Lydias☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀☀ The Chelmsford Senior Center is offering a Zumba Program on Thursday Afternoons from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Socialize while getting fit! The cost is only $5.00 per session. Shown here are: Left to right. Barbara Carroll, Carol Elder, Pat Egan, MaryAnn Ryan, Theresa Feely, and instructor Leslie Janis. To sign up, call the Chelmsford Senior Center at 978-251-0533. To receive a bulletin of Senior Center News, call the recep- tionist at 978-251-0533, the fee is $7.00 for home delivery.
  34. 34. Free Town Sponsored Brush Drop-off Sat. 10/15 from 9 AM - 1 PM at Community Tree Fall 2011 Brush Drop-Off- will be Saturday Oct. 15, 2011 9-1 at Community Tree, 163 Billerica Road. Bring brush and branches up to 6 inches in diameter and up to 8 feet in length. Ropes, ties, bags, etc. must be removed by the resident (no trash disposal at drop-off). Chelmsford resdients ONLY - bring proof of residency. Questions: call the Recycling Office at 978-250-5203. CraftersSt. Mary Parish, Needed!25 North Road, Chelmsford, will be holding a Holiday Craft Fairand bake sale on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 9am–3pmin the St. Mary Parish hall.Proceeds to benefit St. Mary Parish 80th Anniversary fund, andSt. Mary Music Ministry. Tables are $40 for a single and $75 for a double. Please contact Diane Earley at or Michelle Caron for more information.
  35. 35. Board of Health SponsoredSchool Based Flu Clinic 10/20 Click here to download the necessary forms. Call (978) 250-5243 with questions
  36. 36. 4th Annual "Promise of Hope" Wine Tasting & Auction Fundraiser for IDF (Immune Deficiency Foundation)Our 4th Annual "Promise of Hope" Wine Tasting fundraiser for IDF is just around the corner! Please joinus for a wonderful night of international wines, live music, appetizers, live and silent auctions, raffles andHOPE! Tickets are ON SALE NOW!This years event is a Halloween Murder Mystery theme! We encourage everyone to come in costumefor a night of spooky fun!Please let us know if you would like to make a donation for our auction, or if your company would like tobecome a sponsorThank you as always for your support of our efforts to raise funds in MA... we could not do it withoutyour generosity!Stefani Bush & Michelle Fox Saturday, October 15 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center 50 Warren Street Lowell, MATickets are $30.00 in advance and $35.00 at the door and are on sale now. You can contact Stefani at to purchase tickets or call 978-808-6023. Donations can be mailed to IDF PO Box 453 North Chelmsford, MA 01863
  38. 38. QUOTE OF THE WEEK:A hypocrite is the kind of politicianwho would cut down a redwood tree,then mount the stump andmake a speech forconservation.- Adlai E. Stevenson In honor of the month of October the In-Town Players present their tribute to OCKTOBERFEST CLICK  HERE
  39. 39. In-Town Report News Links: LOWELL SUN CHELMSFORD INDEPENDENT CHELMSFORD PATCH WBZ-TV NEWS ITR on FACEBOOK linkIf you have any comments or suggestions on the In-Town Report write Roy at ROY EARLEY Town Meeting Representative Precinct 6 In-Town Report Westlands Watchdogs Open Space Steward