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.
Friday, April 13, 2012
A solar energy facility proposed for Bullard Street was formally denied by the Planning Board last night.
A 2-megawatt solar energy facility proposed for Bullard Street was formally denied by Holliston's Planning Board last night. The board cited public health concerns, decreased property values and damage to the area's aesthetics that could come from the proposed 7,500 solar panels on the Bullard Memorial Farm site. "I don't think it belongs there, frankly" Parashar Patel, Vice Chairman of the Planning Board said during the meeting. Representitives from developer Renewable Energy Massachusetts said they are still deciding if they will appeal the board's decision in court. "We hope they don't appeal," Tom Gilbert a Holliston resident. "We think its not to their benefit and its obviously not to our benefit. We don't want to see this carried…
Friday, March 23, 2012
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…
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
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.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Holliston resident, Sandra O'Neil, wrote town planners ahead of a possible decision on the solar facility proposed for Bullard Street.
With a decision from the Planning Board on a proposed Bullard Street solar plant possible on Monday, Holliston resident Sandra O'Neil wrote a series of letters to town planners. In them, she points out the health, safety and welfare concerns that has nearby residents speaking out in opposition. Referring to the potential health risks residents have raised in the past months, O'Neil wrote: "Solar panels are known to be hazardous when they reach the end of their life and are decommissioned. All end of life contamination concerns are concerns present if a panel is damaged. Toxicity of panels poses health threat if damaged." An issue that has impassioned residents in the Bullard Street area is the change in scenery and damage to the history…
Sunday, February 26, 2012
We recap the top comments from the past week.
On Letter: Bullard Farm Damage Would be Permanent Laraine Worby said: I lived on Bullard Street for over 10 years and did not realize the significance of that property until I read your letter. You stated that the report of the Cultural Resource Survey done in 1989 is filed at the farm along with the artifacts. Is it possible for the public to view those? Perhaps if they could be seen, then the importance of this site would resonate and people would be inclined to do everything that they could to protect it. Marti Boyles said: Thank you for this great and valuable information. I live directly across the street from the planting fields and pray your voice, our voices, will be heard and this precious land will be spared from such …
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 …
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Postponement means a change in transportation to Celebrate Holliston for some, the assessors meet in their usual morning slot, and Budding Bookworms get together at the library.
Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. 1. The postponement of Celebrate Holliston to Saturday, Oct. 1 means at least one change: There will not be ADA and senior bus service to the event as originally planned, as no drivers are available to staff the service, organizers said Monday. 2. The Holliston Senior Center hosts its free flu clinic this morning and again this evening. The clinic is free to all Holliston seniors and those with disabilities, but advance signup is necessary. Call (508) 429-0622 to sign up. Remember to bring your insurance card--the town will be reimbursed for every shot given. 3. …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Moderator Bruce Karlin closes annual session by telling crowd, 'You're a good legislature.' Here's why.
Hopkinton Town Meeting had fairly lengthy discussions Tuesday night on an article to prohibit smoking by minors in outdoor public places, starting a process to allow photovoltaic power-farms in town and replacement of a 30-year-old Fire Department water-tank truck to service the third of town without hydrants. Despite several arguments on behalf of personal liberty, including warnings by several residents that the law contributed to an erosion of rights, the no-smoking article passed easily. The article originated with Hopkinton High School students who are part of the town’s beFree Coalition, which works to discourage use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco. There are no penalties associated with the new bylaw. Police who determine smokers are …