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JUNE 10TH 2012
Oak Hill Study Committee Hears Advocates for Land Use
Conservation Commission, Boy Scouts, other groups vie for land use.
By Brandon Schillemat 5/25/12 Chelmsford Patch
The Oak Hill Study Committee met last night to discuss the future of Oak Hill—a 66-acre parcel owned by the Town of Chelmsford. Oak Hill is located in North Chelmsford near the current Deep Brook conservation land. The needs for Chelmsford have run the gamut: from the site of a solar park, to space for a dog park, or even simple conservation land. During the meeting, the committee read into the record a letter from Chelmsford Housing Authority that said they had no plans for developing Oak Hill into affordable Housing. That letter can be read as a PDF to the right. The committee saw presentations from several individuals during their meeting in support of various uses for Oak Hill. Ken Dews spoke before the commission to petition for the land to be accessible to the town’s boy scouts for overnight camping trips. “Chelmsford does have a very large, active Boy Scout presence,” he said. “To have a local, convenient place to camp out to learn skills in the woods would be a big boon.” Currently, many Boy Scout troops in Chelmsford travel to Carlisle for camping. Dews believes Oak Hill can remedy the time spent traveling. “Having a local (area) means you (…) don’t have to make a big commitment and travel long distance. From what I’ve seen of the Oak Hill parcel (…) I do think it would be suitable for camping.” Committee member Phil Stanway was concerned with open ﬁres and any infrastructure the Scouts might need on site. Dews assured the committee that the Scouts had ﬁre safety training and had little to no additional needs other than the land. “The kids in scouting are trained in the proper creation of fire and how to put it out,” he said. “As long as you have a responsible group of people using the woods or in the woods, you’re less likely to have people who are doing things that shouldn’t be done.” Also presenting before the commission was David McLachlan, Chairman of the Chelmsford Conservation Commission, advocating for the land to be used as conservation space. According to McLachlan’s presentation, Chelmsford is among a group of towns in the commonwealth that dedicate the least percentage of total town land to conservation.
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Chelmsford’s conserved land accounts for 6.2 percent of total land at around 900 acres. McLachlan believes this number should be about 66 acres higher. “It is my firm belief that everyone in this town needs unencumbered conservation land,” he said. “It provides a change from the rapid pace of everyday life (…) It’s just the kind of thing where you can go out there and get away from the world.” McLachlan also told the committee that North Chelmsford currently only has 16 acres of conservation land in the area of Oak Hill. “We did talk about the need for more open space and conservation land for residents of North Chelmsford,” he said. “I would just remind you that the land that we have set aside over the years for conservation is on the low side.” One key issue with the Oak Hill property is that of accessibility. McLachlan said that parking and a means of egress could come by way of Swain Road near the DPW’s salt shed. These details, however, are still preliminary. Best case scenario, McLachlan said he would like to see the land linked with the current Deep Brook conservation land. McLachlan told the committee that using Oak Hill as conservation land would "beneﬁt a section of town that's been short-changed." “This is a beautiful piece of land, there’s no question about it,” he said. “This is the kind of asset that Chelmsford I think could really utilize as conservation."
The Oak Hill Study Commission listens to advocates for the land use of the Oak Hill parcel. Credit Brandon Schillemat
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13. In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week. The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
Court Hearing on Van Liew's Public Records Requests Postponed
The court needed to reschedule the hearing, originally set for today.
By Krista Perry May 24, 2012 http://chelmsford.patch.com/articles/court-hearing-on-van-liew-s-public-records-law-requests-postponed
Lowell Superior Court has rescheduled a hearing regarding Roland Van Liew's requests for public records in which he says the town allegedly violated the public records law. A judge was supposed to hear the matter at 2 p.m. today. The lawsuit stems from earlier this year when Van Liew requested documents relating to contracts for Fire Department studies, ambulance service studies, and studies relating to 40B developments. Van Liew's attorney Alan Hoch summoned the town to court after Van Liew made three records requests for contracts the town entered into that did not go out to bid. The town provided Van Liew with a proposal from MMA Consulting to conduct a ﬁre services study; the town's Roland Van Liew request for proposals for a ﬁre services study; a contract with Weston and Sampson for a ﬁre deparment feasibility study; and a contract with Connery Associates for a study on the ﬁscal impact services for three 40B projects. Paul Cohen Town Manager Paul Cohen said the town does not have any contracts for studies regarding whether the town should take over ambulance services. Cohen said a study was done on the matter, but it was done by a committee of volunteers. Cohen said all the contracts included went out to bid according to state law. A date for the hearing has not yet been set by the court.
Court hears suit against Chelmsford planner
By Grant Welker, email@example.com Updated: 05/31/2012 06:42:15 AM EDT
LOWELL -- A Lowell District Court judge heard arguments Wednesday in a lawsuit by Chelmsford businessman Roland Van Liew against Planning Board member Colleen Colleen Stansﬁeld.
Van Liew sued Stansﬁeld in February, claiming malicious prosecution and abuse of process after Stansﬁeld went to court for a harassmentprevention order against him. Stansﬁeld said Van Liew threatened her after she attended a meet-and-greet session earlier in February during his candidacy for selectman, which was unsuccessful. She was granted the prevention order, but it was later vacated. Stansﬁeld's attorney, Michael Fencer, asked Judge Lawrence Pierce to dismiss the case. The matter was taken under advisement after Fencer and an attorney for Van Liew, Alan Hoch, made their arguments. Van Liew and Stansﬁeld have always had a strained relationship, both their attorneys said. They ﬁrst spoke in a two-hour phone conversation, in which, according to Fencer, Van Liew "berated" Stansﬁeld. Van Liew held a meet-and-greet Feb. 1, which Stansﬁeld attended. Stansﬁeld said she attended to ask Van Liew if he would participate in a campaign debate, but when she spoke with him, Van Liew accused Stansﬁeld of sending his wife an anonymous email saying Van Liew was a pedophile, Fencer said. Stansﬁeld said Van Liew threatened to "come after" her. Van Liew, as well as two witnesses who submitted afﬁdavits, denied that. Stansﬁeld, fearing for her safety, then went to police, where she said she was told of an option of getting a harassment-prevention order from a judge. It was
Roland Van Liew
granted but later not extended when Judge Elizabeth Cremens said Stansﬁeld did not prove three incidents as required under the statute. Van Liew then sued Stansﬁeld, claiming she sought the order to stiﬂe his political speech and hurt his candidacy. Hoch, Van Liew's attorney, said Wednesday that Stansﬁeld was "using the court as a political tool against Mr. Van Liew." Hoch questioned how scared for her safety Stansﬁeld could have been, citing a Facebook posting he said she made the day after the meet-and-greet listing Van Liew's next public event. The suit against Stansﬁeld is the latest by Van Liew against Chelmsford town ofﬁcials in recent years. In April, Van Liew ﬁled a civil lawsuit against the Board of Selectmen alleging it violated preservation restrictions involving the historic Emerson property at 9 North Road. Last year, he led an unsuccessful effort to recall four selectmen.
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Taking a stand against bullying
By Lisa Redmond, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 06/01/2012 01:10:44 PM EDT
CHELMSFORD -- Nicole Bettinelli may seem like any other 15-year-old freshman at Chelmsford High School. She is anything but. Bettinelli is not only a good student, she is in the marching band and plays softball and piano. She is in the Thomas Jefferson Forum (a community-service club) and Best Buddies. But last month, she tackled an important topic that can have deadly consequences -- bullying. On April 28 she organized and ran "Stand Up and Walk." About 150 families participated. The event raised $1,500 to help fund an anti-bullying program at the high school. Q: What was your reaction to participation and the amount of money you raised? A: I thought that it was unbelievable. I was amazed at the number of people that came. Especially people from other towns like Carlisle. Q: How long did it take to plan this event? A: I began with a proposal for the event that I submitted to the principal and school superintendent in January. I contacted John Halligan, who spoke in Chelmsford last year about his son, Ryan, who committed suicide at age 13 because of the bullying that he experienced. Mr Halligan's presentation was very emotional and eye opening. Q: Why did you decide to have this event? A: Bullying is an epidemic. About 18 million kids will be bullied in the U.S. this year. Q: What is your goal? A: My mission is to change the lives of kids by putting a stop to bullying. Kids that are bullied have an increased risk of suicide.Funding for anti-bullying programs is limited and my goal is to raise funds for speakers and programs that increase awareness about bullying and empower students to take a stand and stop bullying. Q: Have you experienced bullying or seen it happen to someone else? A: In second grade I witnessed the repeated bullying of a fellow student who didn't have many friends. I thought it was horrible and I became her friend. Kids made fun of me for being her friend but it didn't stop me from being her friend. Being only in second grade I didn't really know what to say or how to handle the bullying, so the most that I did was be her friend and tell the bullies to stop being so mean. She ended up moving away but we stayed in contact. By the time I got to middle school I became a victim that was bullied every day. I stood out because of the way I dressed and the questions that I asked in class. It was really hard to go through, but now when I think about it, I have become a much stronger person. I know that if I had gone to the right people at school or told my parents about how bad the bullying was that I would have gotten help, but I never really wanted to talk about it too much.
Q: How did you get through it? A: I think of this one quote: "Having a rough morning, place your hand over your heart, feel that, that's called purpose, you're alive for a reason, don't ever give up." Q: Are you the type that roots for the underdog or befriends the new kid? A: All the time! Q: Why is awareness about bullying so important? A: It saves lives. One area that doesn't get a lot of focus is programing for the actual bully. I would like to see more programs geared to the bully and that way maybe one less kid will be a victim. Q: What are you going to do with the money? A: The money will be presented to school officials to be used for anti-bullying programs and speakers. Q: Will this be an annual event? A: I sincerely hope so and have already received a lot of support and encouragement from the Whittier House, the principal and superintendent to continue this on an annual basis.
ASK THE MANAGER
Can you give us an update on the status of the utility work and the upheaval in the center of Town?
The work in the right of way has been completed with the paving that occurred during the overnight hours of June 5 - 6. The next step towards the removal of the overhead utility lines in the first phase of the underground utility project is the pulling of cable in the underground conduits. This will be followed by the individual service connections to each of the properties. National Grid, Comcast, and the Town of Chelmsford’s overhead utility lines are scheduled to be removed by November. The Town has not received a completion schedule from Verizon
Can you give us an update on the status of the new fire station project, has there been any progress made since Town Meeting voted for the project at the end of April?
The Town is advertising for a project manager. This will be followed by the selection of a project architect. Design and permitting will take place over the remainder of the year. Project construction should begin during the spring of 2013 with completion in 2014.
Can you give us an update on the status of the current lawsuits facing the town (Freedom of information & the new 9 North Road lawsuits) ?
The Superior Court has scheduled a hearing for June 19, 2012 on the Town’s motion to transfer the 9 North Road case to the Land Court. The hearing will be held in Woburn Superior Court, Courtroom 740 at 2pm. The Town is awaiting a new date for hearing for its motion to dismiss the public records request litigation.
Can you give us an update on the status of the clock and steeple repairs in the center of town.
The repairs to the Town Clock and to the First Parish steeple are completed. Some adjustments are still being made to improve the lighting on the clock face.
Can you give us an update on the status of the two Town Hall projects and what we can look forward to?
The grand opening ceremony for the Town Hall is scheduled for Tuesday, July 3 at 4:30 p.m. This will be followed by the opening of the traditional art show and the country fair on the town common. The North Town Hall is expected to be completed by the end of July. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony is expected to occur after the Labor Day holiday.
Gary Persichetti Promoted to Department of Public Works Director
Persichetti will take over after Jim Pearson retires.
By Krista Perry
Town facilities director Gary Persichetti has been promoted to Department of Public Works Director in light of the current director's retirement. Jim Pearson will retire in a few weeks and Persichetti has already begun the transition into that job, said Town Manager Paul Cohen. "I think Gary’s reputation and work speaks for itself and the town will be well served with him as our next DPW director," said Cohen.
Chelmsford Selectmen set goals
By Molly Loughman/Wicked Local staff writer GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 06, 2012 @ 12:23 PM
Chelmsford — Monday night, selectmen approved a set of goals for the next year, including: Oak Hill parcel’s future use, Updating the policy manual promote the redevelopment of the Stop N’ Shop Marshall’s plaza develop a master plan for Town center maintain effective communication with other towns, state officials agencies and the public. The Board also listed a variety of community and economic development goals: assisting Williamsburg residents with the Merrimack River bank erosion problems address short term and long term needs of the underground utility project\ foster establishment of cultural districts in Town Center and Vinal Square support a renewal plan for Varney playground review town-owned land parcels for future use promote the development of Katrina Road Brownﬁeld site support efforts to start a dog park
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Selectmen Hear Complaints About Sign, Parking, and Alcohol at American Legion
A neighbor also complained about a new sign on the property. By Krista Perry 6/5/12
Selectmen last night heard from neighbors upset about activity at the American Legion in North Chelmsford. During open session, neighbor Anthony Spinazola complained about an illuminated sign on the property. "Several neighbors feel the placement of the sign is a violation of the sign bylaws and frankly just does not belong in residential neighborhood," he said. "We are against what we believe to be an illegal sign ... While the sign is illuminated you can see it from several hundreds of yards away." Spinazola said he wished the Legion would have consulted neighbors before putting up the sign. Building Commissioner Mark Dupell approved the sign, he said. "Mr. Duppell said you don’t have to ask neighbors about this sign. I approached Legion Manager Ed O'Neill and said he would take it down and try to sell it. The sign was turned off and not illuminated for 2 weeks," he said. Spinazola said he was told the sign's intensity would turn down as it became later in the day and turn off at 8 p.m. "But I have seen no difference in intensity," he said. Selectmen heard his concerned but suggested he ﬁle a complaint with the Zoning Board of Appeals, the board with the appropriate jurisdiction over the matter. Selectmen also decided to table a decision on an alteration of premesis permit for the American Legion after hearing additional concerns and allegations from neighbors. The permit application was meant to ﬁnish off a deck area that was originally meant as a smoking area, but now management would like to use it as part of the bar. The permit doesn't expand the actual footprint of the building but would just allow the Legion to ﬁnish off the work it had started under a previous permit from two years ago. Spinazola spoke during the public hearing and said there are a number of safety issues going on at the American Legion. Capacity for the building is 99 downstairs and 99 upstairs, but Spinazola questioned whether or not that capacity is being respected. If capacity is under 100 on a given ﬂoor, the establishment does not need a sprinkler system, he said. "Over the past few year, I have observed large crowds in the fuction hall that have violated the capacity," he said. "It's a tragedy waiting to happen with so many people in a buidling without fire protection." Spinazola said he also questions whether or not the building is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as handicapped parking spaces are lacking and the downstairs bathrooms may not be compliant. "I don’t know how you can add 720 square feet to a building without adding more exits or entrances, and how can you tell me it wont go over 99 capacity?" Spinazola asked.
Spinazola said there are no clear markings on Willis Drive and people often park on the street when they should not. Parking spaces are faded, he said, and there are no deﬁned loading zones. "It's a park where you can or where you can fit mentality. The lines in the upper lot are faded, it’s difficult to see the space. Willis Drive is a public roadway not clearly defined by paint or curbing," he said. Spinazola said the "smoking hut" or bus stop-looking structure is too close to the building. By law a smoking area must be at least 30 feet from a building. "The bus stop looking thing is an eyesore, it reminds me of a bar room downtown Lowell 30 years ago," he said. Spinazola also showed selectmen two police reports - one from last week - in which he alleges people were overserved and became sick. He has already contacted the ABCC and ﬁled a complaint through them, Spinazola said. Spinazola said on one occasion, he saw someone drinking outside on the property. John Poor, who said he lives across the street from the Legion, agreed that parking is a "free for all" at the hall. "There are no set patterns, it’s a bar, everyone knows what's going on there...it's not safe," he said. O'Neill responded to the concerns saying they will line the parking lot, and one of the women in question from an incident last week was served one beer and was only at the bar for about 45 minutes. "She was served one beer and a bottle of water and she walked out on her own and looked fine in the tapes," he said. "I guess she was on heavy medication and started throwing up. That wasn’t because of one beer." O'Neill said bartenders also make sure alcohol is not brought outside. Spinazola said he respects the legion, but it's clear they want to expand. "We put up with a lot as abutters. I bought my housing knowing it was there. I put up with the parking lot and the people peeling out and the music. I'm here because they want to expand. I've tried to be a good neighbor but my issue is the expanding. I don’t want things to keep going," Selectman Jim Lane said he wanted to make it clear the actual building size is not expanding. Town Manager Paul Cohen said this was the ﬁrst time he'd ever heard of these allegations made against the American Legion. "What disturbs me is that I hear statements that this establishment has been over capcity, but not before this evening ... I wonder if it's coincidental but it disturbs me when I hear about people sworn to upload the law in this community and I'm not aware (of the issues)," he said. "I wonder why they haven’t been brought up in the past because these things are serious. This greatly unsettles me and it will be followed up upon." Cohen said he will check with the town's ADA compliance ofﬁcer as well as Police Chief James Murphy and the building inspector to investigate the allegations. Selectmen will vote on the permit at the June 18 meeting.
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A FATHERʼS DAY PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
South Row Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
6/2/12 Not even the rain could dampen their spirits
South Row Playground enjoys successful first day
By Molly Loughman/Wicked Local staff writer GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 06, 2012 @ 12:34 PM http://www.wickedlocal.com/chelmsford/features/x655471131/South-Row-Playground-enjoys-successful-first-day#axzz1x9v8t1Xk
Chelmsford — The South Row Parent Teach Organization held a successful ribbon cutting Saturday, opening the doors to the school’s new playground. Due to weather conditions the community and sponsors gathered in the school’s decorated cafeteria with ‘thank you’ balloon and banners, where Stop and Shop provided cake and refreshments. Kicking off the program was former music teacher at South Row, Bonnie Wilder, the mother of Lance Wilder, a Chelmsford graduate and background design supervisor for The Simpsons cartoon. Wilder lead the kids in singing a welcome song and their school song accompanied by Principal Irene Hannigan, who played the piano. “It was just really special for a lot of reasons. To have Mrs. Wilder back, to have Irene Hannigan, our principal play the piano,” said PTO member Danielle Evans, who has been spearheading the project with fellow member Cathy Poisson. “It was just a really special way to start the whole presentation.” Several photo boards filled with images highlighting the fundraiser, the construction process and the history of the playground provided attendees with a visual insight into the project. “It really was, even with the weather, a fabulous event. It went very well,” said Evans. Representatives of Stop&Shop were on hand, presenting a grant of $5,000 for the playground, which will go to paying for site work around the playground. Stop&Shop also helped sell a third of the PTO’s Chelmsford Monopoly board games selling approximately $11,000 worth of games along with donating hundreds of dollars worth of food and other products from their store for the PTO Playground Committee events. During the mulchspreading day in April the store also provided lunch and help from their employees. The children in the extended day program at South Row created a chain of maroon and while paper links as the ribbon, one link for each student at the school. Kraft foods & Nabisco handed out samples and with Mr. Oreo Cookie. “We are very excited and relieved at the same time, it's been ten months and it's here,” said Poisson. The organization gave thanks to the Department of Public Works and the town for the extensive support. “We really want to acknowledge Stop and Shop for all their support, & donations and also the Chelmsford DPW, especially Larry Ferreira, Dennis Greenwood, Steve Jahnie and their crew. They have work tirelessly helping us complete our playground. They are our ‘angels,’” said Poisson. According to Evans the organization has raised a total of $85,500 for the playground. The playground features a walking path around its perimeter and a 40 by 50 foot asphalt play pad. The committee is looking for donation for a basketball hoop. “The playground is for South Row, but especially during the summer it’s for the entire community,” said Evans. “We’re really creating like a whole park that the playground’s the center of.”
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Chelmsford to Enter Into Agreement with Billerica for Shared Food Services Director
Selectmen last night approved the agreement. By Krista Perry
June 5, 2012
Selectmen last night agreed to support an agreement between Chelmsford Public Schools and Billerica Public Schools to share a food services director. Dr. Frank Tiano said the current food services director position in Chelmsford will no longer exist, and the shared position will save the town about $17,000 in salary. The School Department will also save money in purchasing the food on a regional level. Tiano said the move comes at a time when the School Department is dedicating itself to healthier, more nutritious lunches. Selectmen Pat Wojtas and Jim Lane applauded the work of the School Committee. "It's great to move forward with regionalization on smaller scale," Wojtas said. "I applaud schools for doing this, not only to save money but also moving forward with regionalization," he said. "Good luck." The School Committee tonight is expected to sign the inter municipal agreement with Billerica at their meeting.
By Molly Loughman/Wicked Local staff writer GateHouse News Service Posted Jun 04, 2012 @ 07:49 PM http://www.wickedlocal.com/chelmsford/features/x1635419050/Chelmsford-High-School-graduation#axzz1x9v8t1Xk
Chelmsford High School graduation
Chelmsford — What may have been considered just a rainy night to some, to the Chelmsford High School Class of 2012 Saturday night will forever be engraved in their memories as one of the great highlights in life: graduation. Sheltered from spring showers in Lowell’s Tsongas Arena hundreds of attendees gathered for a two-hour ceremony, where a total of 389 seniors were handed their diplomas. The senior class was greeted with resounding cheers and applause as they proceeded onto the floor, with Chelmsford High School seniors walk back to their seats after receiving their diplomas at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell. Photo by Casey Atkins girls wearing white graduation gowns and boys in maroon. Accompanying their walk in was the high school band who performed the “Pomp & Circumstance No. 2” by E.W. Edgar and the “Star Spangle Banner.” The occasion not only marked a final ‘good-bye’ for the CHS seniors, but a finality for Principal Anne O’Bryant after 36 years in the Chelmsford schools. First to address the audience was O’Bryant
“Your class has taken the spirit of community to the highest level. You have donated over $5,000 to charities for autism research, and Chelmsford food pantry, thousands of dollars to the Shriner,” said O’Bryant. The senior class raised $24,000 at the annual 24-hour relay for the Make a Wish Project, donated to Chelmsford youth programs, the fire safe programs, the Alumni Scholarship Association, and the Senior Center. The class came to the aid at the last minute to the Henryville High School in Indiana when the school was devastated by a tornado. They came to the aid of a family with a young child on life support. O’Bryant thanked the students who tended to the memorial garden last September in the front of the school. “I do believe that this is not the end. This is not the beginning of the end; it is only the end of the beginning. Good luck and congratulations and I have love for all of you,” said O’Bryant. Salutation Neil Cholli followed O’Bryant with his speech, emphasizing passion as a key component to a successful future. “We each must find and follow our passion, whatever they may be… we have to shed our mechanical mindsets. We have to appreciate concepts rather than formulas. We have to actively learn rather than passively memorize. We have to be able to find and instill a passion,” said Cholli. “And always, always, always remember we are the Chelmsford High School Class of 2012. We are the lions,” said Cholli as he ended his speech. Next, Senior Class President Matthew Coughlan presented the class gift, a new scoreboard for the John T. Conrad gymnasium, accepted by Principal O’Bryant. Coughlan also presented the gavel to the class of 2013 President Daniel Pires.
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Chelmsford Community Band a finely-tuned machine
By Grant Welker, email@example.com
Updated: 06/07/2012 03:16:35 PM EDT http://www.lowellsun.com/local/ci_20802806/chelmsford-community-band-finely-tuned-machine
CHELMSFORD -- It started out four decades ago simply as something for people looking to continue playing music after college. Forty years later, the Chelmsford Community Band has more than 50 members, mostly from outside Chelmsford. some from New Hampshire and one from Connecticut. On Saturday, it will be one of six performers at the Boston Festival of Bands at Faneuil Hall. Next month, in time for the town's Independence Day celebration, the symphonic concert band has written two of its own original musical works to mark its 40th anniversary. The works, written by the band's Director, Paul Berler, and Associate Director Tim Moore, will be performed July 3 on the Town Common, when Chelmsford will also mark the opening of the new Center for the Arts in the Old Town Hall. It is something that couldn't have been envisioned when, in 1972, a music professor and a small group of recent graduates started a band to give themselves something to play in while no longer in school. Over the years, it has grown into an integral part of the town, performing about a dozen times during the year, at the high school, Chelmsford Elks Lodge, or, when the weather is nice, outside on the common. The band is mostly an older crowd but does have a few young faces. Before its twohour rehearsal in the Town Hall gymnasium, a mess of noise fills the room as
Sue Guillemette of Westford plays the French horn at the Chelmsford Community Band rehearsal. The band is one of six that will perform at the Boston Festival of Bands at Faneuil Hall on Saturday.
everyone practices their instruments. But as soon as Berler, a music instructor and the band's director since 2001, reads aloud what pieces they'll play, everyone is soon in harmony. Other area towns have community bands, members of the band said, but theirs is generally larger, more organized and plays more sophisticated works. Three of the original members are still with the band. Don Goodick, a Chelmsford resident who plays baritone sax, said the band simply gives him a chance to keep playing. Marlene Buckley, who owns University Music on Middlesex Street in Lowell, got involved because
Chelmsford Community Band rehearses at Chelmsford Town Hall. Sun/Tory Germann
her music professor at what was then Lowell State College started it. She's been a part of the band consistently since. Before the band's dress rehearsal for the Faneuil Hall show, Buckley, a bassoonist from Lowell, said she hadn't given much thought about the band's four decades since. The band has improved a lot, said Goodick, a business analyst. Back then, the band used the high school's simpler music selection. "We've come a long way since then," he said.
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Guests include: Attorney Philip Eliopoulos Chelmsford Water District Commissioner John Harrington
with Carmen Christiano
ITR : Flashback
In The Beginning
Angie Taranto Dennis Ready Janice Spence Mike Rigney
Matt Hanson Pat Wojtas Roy Earley Colleen Stansfield
cordially invite you to a fundraiser to benefit
Friday, June 15th
at Cafe Madrid
116 Chelmsford Street Chelmsford, MA 01824
Suggested Contribution Levels: $500, $250, $100, $50, $35 Contributions accepted at the door but space is limited. Mail check to: Committee to Elect Alex Buck, 6 Livery Rd., Chelmsford, MA 01824 Or donate online: actblue.com/page/chelmsfordunitesforbuck
To RSVP or for more information, please contact: Kim Schro at (978) 309-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paid for by the Committee to Elect Alex Buck.
On Saturday,June 23rd from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Team Hope IDF will be hosting another blood drive with Children's Hospital Bloodmobile. Kohl’s upper parking lot
There is SUCH a great need for blood donors all year round, please share this event and help us spread the word. Less than a half hour of your time could equal a lifetime to someone in need. Never forget the power you have to make a difference in the life of someone else. Walk-Ins will be welcome but making an appointment is strongly encouraged so that we can plan for the right amount of people and minimize your waiting time. Please bring a picture ID, and make sure you are well hydrated and have had a good breakfast. Appointments can be made online here: https://www.halfpints.childrenshospital.org/index.cfm? group=home&function Making an appointment is easy. Go to the link above. Once you get to the website enter your donor ID and date of birth. If you have used the online appointment system before your information will display for your approval. If you have not used our online system before you can ﬁll out the form with some basic information that the blood bank will need. Then click the "Continue and View Blood Drives" button. You will see our blood drive. If you went to the site without using the link and don't see our drive enter KOHLSCHELM where it asks for the sponsor code. Click the circle to the left of the day you would like your appointment. On the next page, pick a time. Then you will receive an email conﬁrming your appointment. OR You can make an appointment by calling Stefani Bush at 978-808-6023 or emailing teamhopeIDF@aol.com. We are also recruiting volunteers who would be willing to help out at the blood drive to help with check in outside the bloodmobile. If you can volunteer, even for just a couple of hours, please let us know! Thank you! Stefani Bush and Michelle Fox Want 56 Reasons to donate blood? Check this link out! http://showyourhope.com/2012/04/05/ill-give-you-56-reasons/
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
Tue, July 3, 4:30pm – 5:00pm The renovated Chelmsford Center for the Arts in Old Town Hall will open with the 44th Annual Chelmsford Art Society Art Show.
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
Chelmsford Players is our new resident adult theatre group open to everyone, whether or not you have experience “on the boards.” The premiere production will be the 1937 hit comedy, “Yes, My Darling Daughter,” by Chelmsford Alumni Hall of Fame Member and Broadway playwright, Mark Reed. Performances will be October 17, 18, and 19 at 8 pm, and October 20 at 2:00 pm in Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium at the CCA.
Check back for AUDITION dates and times. http://www.chelmsfordarts.com/2012/04/03/chelmsford-players-presents/
onstage at the
Illumination Opera at the CCA Presents… El Duo de la Africana
Zarzuela: El Duo de la Africana, a comic operetta , Nov. 17, 7 pm, Nov. 18, 2 pm, in the newly renovated Chelmsford Center for the Arts in Old Town Hall, 1A North Road. This will be fully staged and costumed. Join us for this Spanish “Night at the Opera” comedy, with dialogue in English. Tickets $20 Adults, $15 Seniors
Check back for more info in September
Golden Age of Radio “Live Performance”,
December 1 and 2
FRED BARZYK AND THE CHELMSFORD PLAYERS Present GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO “LIVE PERFORMANCE With ACTORS, SINGERS, SOUND EFFECTS, 1940’S JAZZ BAND, FEATURING OLD TIME RADIO PROGRAMS: Superman, The Lone Ranger, Fibber McGee and Molly, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, The Shadow, Dragnet, Gangbusters, George Burns and Gracie Allen And many , many more Saturday, December 1, 2012 7:00 pm Sunday, December 2, 2012 2:00 pm FREE but Tickets required First come, limited to 200 per performance Pick up beginning November 1 at Chelmsford Library, Town Hall, Senior Center or Chelmsford Center for the Arts Fund Raiser for the CHELMSFORD CENTER FOR THE ARTS Donations welcomed. THIS PROGRAM IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE CHELMSFORD CULTURAL COUNCIL, A LOCAL AGENCY WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL, A STATE AGENCY.
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