Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Public marijuana users will be slapped with a $300 fine after residents passed new bylaws restricting the drug's use last night.
1. Bylaws that fine public marijuana consumption and regulate solar energy facilities were among the measures voted on by Holliston residents last night at town meeting. Check out our article for details on those two votes. 2. The floor of the Adams Middle School will be renovated over the summer after a vote allocated funds for the fix at last night's town meeting. 3. Pejamajo Cafe is offering half price burgers all day today for those looking for a great meal at a discount. 4. The boys' varsity baseball theam heads to Westwood today to take on the Wolverines for a 3:45 p.m. start. 5. Do you follow us on Twitter? It's a great way to get up-to-the-minute news in Holliston, updated constantly throughout the day.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Residents are hoping to pass a bylaw that that will prohibit similar solar projects in residential areas.
After a 4-month battle between local residents and solar developer Renewable Energy Massachusetts, the Planning Board is set to announce a formal denial of a proposed solar project on Bullard Street today. A public hearing in front of Holliston's Planning board pitted the solar developer against droves of Holliston residents, who came to oppose the project on grounds including health and aesthetics. Hearing testimony from locals on how the plant would affect residents' daily lives, the Planning Board voted unanimously against the project last week. Today, the Planning Board will present its formal denial of the project, citing the impact to the health, safety and welfare of the area's residents. Members of Stop Bullard Farm Solar …
Friday, March 23, 2012
A solar panel facility, proposed for the Bullard Street farmland, was voted down by Holliston's Planning Board.
Holliston's Planning Board voted unanimously Thursday night against installing a solar energy plant on Bullard Street amid a fervor of public opposition to the proposed facility. With possible risks to the health of area residents due to factors including toxic chemicals in the panels and the output of electromagnetic frequency, board members voted 5-0 to have the town's lawyers draft a denial of the project. Stop Bullard Farm Power Plant, a group started on the web by concerned residents, brought organized opposition against building a facility in the residential Bullard Street neighborhood. Tom Gilbert, an organizer of the Stop Bullard movement, said his past several months of researching solar panels and attending the group's meetings …
The Planning Board voted down the proposed Bullard Farm solar plant Thursday night.
1. Residents rejoiced last night after the Planning Board voted down the proposed Bullard Farm solar plant after months of public hearing. Check out our article with all the details. 2. Do you like good coffee? Stop by the First Congregational Church of Holliston tomorrow at 7 p.m. to attend 1728 Coffee House for some live music and gourmet coffee. 3. This morning is your last chance to vote on the best place in town to get your hair cut. Check back later in the day to see who won. 4. The Holliston High Drama Club will perform their original play, "Humans" at the finals of the METG drama festival at the Back Bay events center in Boston on Sunday. Be sure to wish them luck. 5. Business owners: have you claimed your listing yet? Watch our…
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Sandra O'Neil, a Holliston resident opposed to a proposed solar project on Bullard Street, sounds off against the zoning laws that could make it possible to construct.
Living in a residential neighborhood used to mean that you might have to deal with a new home on an empty lot, a development, or new septic systems or your neighbor’s new shed or porch. This is all changing. Now, because of the status Massachusetts Law 40A Section 3, solar exemption, residents are arguably no longer protected by the zoning we have counted on to protect us since 1926. There are several local communities currently struggling with solar developers who wish to push large scale ground-mounted solar facilities into residential neighborhoods. Holliston is not alone, it’s happening in Lunenburg, Carver, Amesbury and Belchertown to name a few. The push for green energy has translated into developers trying to take massive green …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Planning Board members extended the hearing on the proposed Bullard Farm solar plant to gather evidence on potential health risks.
With questions still unanswered on the potential health risks associated with the proposed Bullard Farm solar plant, Planning Board members decided Monday night to extend a public hearing on the issue to gather more evidence. During the hearing, representatives for Renewable Energy Massachusetts presented technical data opposing the health concerns residents have voiced in recent weeks over the 2-megawatt solar array. But when residents had their turn to speak, they turned to the human element to present their case. "I cant walk with my three children if I can't hear because my implant is buzzing," said Stacey McGovern, an area resident with a cochlear implant, a device that helps her hear. "There is no one who can guarantee it won't be …
After hours of debate, there is still no decision on the Bullard solar plant from the Planning board.
1. Last night's Planning Board meeting answered a lot of questions, but did not result in a vote on the proposed Bullard Farm solar plant. Check back later in the day for an article with all the details. 2. Holliston has a lot of historical homes which the Historical Society will celebrate in their Old Houses class at 7:30 p.m. today. 3. The Board of Assessors meet at the Town Hall today in room 105 at 8 p.m. 4. Learn to be a Chess Master during a class at the Senior Center today. Designed for advanced players, the class will teach the basics of a scholar's mate and fool's mate. 5. Do you follow us on Facebook? Click "like" at the top of the page to join the conversation happening in our Online community.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Has your Bullard Farm protest sign been stolen?
1. Some Bullard Street residents are saying their signs protesting the Bullard Farm solar plant were stolen yesterday. If you have any information, let us know in the comments section below, or contact Holliston Police at 508-429-1212. 2. Featuring more than 125 exhibitors, the two-day Holliston Antiques Show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Holliston High. 3. The Prana Center is hosting a free yoga class to benefit the Holliston Walk Against Breat Cancer Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. 4. Holliston Fire Department is hosting a recovery program for those with eating disorders Saturday at 10 a.m. If you or someone you know suffers from overeating, anorexia or bulima, the 12-step program is designed to lead to permanent recovery…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Marta DeWolf, a former Bullard Memorial Farm Association member, on the impact of a solar plant on the farm's grounds.
I am writing again regarding the proposed development of the planting fields on Bullard Memorial Farm Association property. Phase 1 Intensive archaeological testing for a Cultural Resource Survey of the Bullard Farm was done in 1989 in compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 in order to prove to the Algonquin Pipeline project that the route through the Bullard farm would do irreparable damage to the land. Mr. John Worrell former Director of Research at Old Sturbridge Village, wrote of the Bullard farm; “The Bullard complement of historical resources is unique … In order to understand the life-ways of the past … an integrated investigation of a broad spectrum of documentary and material remains is …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Residents and Planning Board members had questions about interference and the proposed plant's electromagnetic field.
Residents and Planning Board members raised new concerns about a proposed solar plant on Bullard Street at a hearing on the facility Thursday night. A neighbor of the proposed location, Bill Gabriel, asked developers if the facility could disrupt hearing devices. Gabriel said he was concerned with the health of a nearby resident with cochlear implants. “This is a genuine issue,” said board member Geoffrey Zeamer. Board members asked the developer, Renewable Energy Massachusetts, to provide information on conditions nearby towns with similar residential solar projects have established for facility maintenance and construction. Earlier in the meeting, representatives of REM answers to questions the board and residents had raised in …