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Duxbury Clipper 08_05_2009

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Volume lIX No. 31
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“Why don’t you speak for yourself, John?” –– Priscilla Mullins Alden
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John and Priscilla Al-den have always been a partof Duxbury’s history. Thisweekend, they became part of America’s.Saturday marked a historicday in the annals of the Aldenfamily. The homestead of theirprogenitors, Pilgrims John andPriscilla Alden, was recognizedas a National Historic Land-mark, joining an elite companyof sites.For the small group of people who worked on obtain-ing the designation, John andPriscilla’s descendants knownas the Alden “Kindred,” theapplication process was a laborof love, a project among “cous-ins,” as the Kindred are knownto refer to each other.Tom McCarthy, Alden de-scendant and history profes-sor at the US Naval Academy,wrote the application that had
Alden housea ‘landmark’Size matters
Alden Kindred, town of Duxburyshare in national historic honor
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 D
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So what does a chie o sta reallydo?
My responsibility as chief of staff is to make sure that what the governoris trying to achieve by way of policy –– by way of implementing policies –– it’s my job to make sure that’sdone. That means interacting withcabinet secretaries and also making
Alden descendant and historian Tom McCarthy and Marianne Peaks from the National Park Serice standin front of the Alden House, which was designated an official National Historic Landmark on Saturday.The Alden House is now one of only about 2,500 such landmarks in the country.
Photo by Justin Graeber
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Size, apparently, does mat-ter –– at least in the minds of the Zoning Board of Appeals.After almost a year sincehearings began, the board iscloser to drafting a specialpermit for the expansion of the Island Creek developmentoff Tremont Street, a 40Bproject. However, the board isstill wary about the size of theapartment buildings includedin the expansion. At four sto-ries, the buildings would bethe tallest in Duxbury and twostories higher than any exist-ing structure on the property.The Zoning Board hadasked the applicant to rede-sign the apartment buildingsto three stories. At a hearingMonday night, representativesfor Island Creek told the boardthe redesign would cause thedevelopment to lose 34 units,rendering the project econom-ically unfeasible.Ed Marchant, a 40B ad-visor working with the prop-erty’s owner, said there wouldbe a 25 percent decrease in
prot.
“If you feel that strongly
about the fourth oor, then
condition the project,” March-
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Island Creek developer, ZBAwrangle over building heights
Keene Streetresident ArthurBernard wasrecently namedchief of staffto Go. DealPatrick.
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A visit withArthur Bernard
 
2Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Duxbury Clipper
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SUNRISE AND SUNSETSunrise Sunset
Thurs. Aug. 6 5:41 am 7:55 pmFri. Aug. 7 5:42 am 7:53 pmSat. Aug. 8 5:43 am 7:52 pmSun. Aug. 9 5:44 am 7:51 pmMon. Aug. 10 5:45 am 7:49 pmTues. Aug. 11 5:46 am 7:48 pmWed. Aug.12 5:47 am 7:47 pmThurs. Aug. 13 5:48 am 7:45 pmFri. Aug. 14 5:49 am 7:44 pm
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Observations from Saturday, July 25 through Friday, July 31, 2009
High Low High Rainfall 6AM Sky Conditions
Saturday 81 62 Scattered CloudsSunday 82 69 OvercastMonday 84 72 Partially Obscurred-FogTuesday 84 69 Partially Obxcured-FogWednesday 83 72 OvercastThursday 82 72 0.06” Partially Obscured-FogFriday 80 67 0.91” Scattered CloudsTotal: 0.97”Total July Rainfall: 7.90”
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Avg July High Temp-’09 77.4Highest July Avg High-’88 84.4Lowest July Avg High-’09 77.4Highest July Rainfall-’88 8.77”Lowest July Rainfall-‘’06 1.33”
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Skeiber: Sweet will returnas boys lacrosse coach
Farm Dayhelpers needed
Volunteers are needed tohelp with Farm Day at the His-toric O’Neil Farm in Duxburyon Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m.If you are interested inhelping out, contact LorrieHall at lorriehall@comcast.net or call 781-934-7321. Formore information, visit www.historiconeilfarm.org.
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Chris Sweet will returnas head coach of the Duxburyboys’ lacrosse team.Superintendent of SchoolsSusan Skeiber said late Tues-day afternoon that she andSweet had a “productive” hourand 20-minute meeting to dis-cuss the status of his contract.“I think we’ve come to agood resolution, with him be-ing coach,” Skeiber said.At a School Committeemeeting last month, Super-intendent Susan Skeiber in-formed the board in a closeddoor session that Sweet’s con-tract, which is year-to-year,would not being renewed.The move provoked out-rage from parents and currentand former players, who signedan online petition and took outnewspaper ads in an effort toget the coach reinstated.Skeiber said it was notthe pressure from parents andplayers that resulted in the re-newing of the contract.“It was really the discus-sion we had,” she said. “Wewere able to get to the bottomof some issues.”Sweet has been the coachay DHS for 14 years, leadingthe team to seven of the laststate titles.
Chris Sweet will remain headcoach of the boys’ lacrosse team,Superintendent Skeiber said.
 
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Selectmen have throwntheir support behind an effort
to get a trafc signal installed
near the intersection of Route3 and Route 3A.Town Planner ThomasBroadrick met with the boardMonday night to update se-lectmen on a plan by the stateto revamp the intersection’soff and on ramps, widely
considered to be a trafc haz
-ard. The project has been onMassHighway’s radar for anumber of years, but the pro-posed expansion of the IslandCreek housing development just down the road may pushthe project up the state’s list of priorities, according to Broad-rick and representatives fromIsland Creek’s developer.The process is long and
lled with paper work. Dux
-bury (and neighboring Kings-ton) would eventually want theintersection to appear on thestate’s TIP, or TransportationImprovement Project, list.Before that, Broadricksaid, the Board of Selectmenneeds to sign off on a propo-nents project letter informa-tion form, which will then bebrought to the attention of statetransportation agencies.“You can always yankthings off the list but it takes alot to put them on,” he said.Broadrick said the goalwould be to get the project inline for a round of transporta-tion funding in 2013-15.“It would make sense toat least get this on the list,” hesaid. He said that in his time asa planner he has seen projectstake up to 10 years to movefrom being placed on the TIPlist to groundbreaking.
Jeff Dirk, a trafc engi
-neers with the Island Creekteam, told selectmen the in-
stallation of trafc signals is
separate from his project, say-
ing that the additional trafc
from the development won’t
signicantly add to the already
messy interchange.“The crash rate at those in-tersections is already twice thestate average,” he said.At prior Zoning Board of Appeals hearings Dirk andothers have suggested the Is-land Creek project may helpspeed up the process of gettingthe state to install signals.“It really does give you juice,” said Island Creek con-sultant Ed Marchant.Board of Selectmen Chair-woman Betsy Sullivan saidsignals at at the Exit 10 off ramps are “long overdue.”“We’ve had people diethere,” she said. “A monthdoesn’t go by that we don’thave an accident there.”In other business:
• The board tabled discus
-sion of a recent opinion, issuedby Town Counsel Robert Troy,stating that the board’s votenot to ratify Town ManagerRichard MacDonald’s deci-sion not to renew the contractof Police Chief Mark DeLucahad no legal standing. Select-men Christopher Donato andSullivan decided to wait untilthe Aug. 17 meeting so thatJon Witten, who was not in at-tendance Monday night, couldparticipate in the discussion.
• MacDonald informed the
board that he has appointed acrematory building commit-tee, consisting of cemeterytrustees, a citizen at large, thecemetery commissioner, theDPW director and the buildinginspector, to study how to bestuse $80,000 appropriated atTown Meeting for a new cre-matory facility.
• The board learned that a
grant would be used to studythe possibility of building awind turbine on several town-owned sites, including thehigh school, the Alden andChandler schools, the middleschool, town hall, transferstation, DPW facility and theNorth Hill Golf Course.
• The board learned, from
MacDonald, that the US Post-
al Service is facing a nancial
crisis and is studying the pos-sibility of closing the Snug
Harbor post ofce. MacDon
-ald stressed that the facility
had not been ofcially rec
-comended for closing, mere-ly that the Postal Service is
studying 3,200 ofces across
the country.“I know the postal ser-vice is having some severe
nancial problems,” he said.
“I will be following this up, Iwill be keeping everybody in-formed.”
Selectmen support trafficsignals for exit 10 ramps
Formerly Waynes Seafood Market • Public Parking across the stre
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315 Court Street (Rt. 3A across from Ernie’s) Plymouth
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Engineers from both Island Creek North and the town say the off rampsat Exit 10 are traffic nightmares, and that Duxbury would benefit froma traffic signal on Tremont Street. An engineer for the deeloper saidthe project might get Duxbury placed on a project list faster.

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