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WINCHESTER - As the town (and state) continue to crush COVID (and the more transmissible Delta variant), only 14 residents as of this week are confirmed to have the virus. In total, 1,535 residents contracted COVID and 1,501 recovered. 20 people died.

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WINCHESTER - At the request of Energy Conservation Coordinator Susan McPhee, the Select Board adopted an Energy Management Vehicle Policy that advises the town to purchase electronic vehicles or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board agreed to adopt and send to State Representative Michael Day a resolution calling on those who produce packages, such as Amazon or a paint company, to bear some of the recycling costs associated with said packages.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board voted to issue the 2021 fall Town Meeting warrant and send it to the printer this week so the town clerk can mail it out to Town Meeting members. Due to the need for a special Town Meeting, Select Board Chair Susan Verdicchio said there wouldn’t be an article on…

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WINCHESTER - To help Eversource as it works to install the 345kV electrical line in the area of Washington and Cross streets and keep traffic moving, the Select Board agreed to allow Eversource to use Washington Street Park to store some of its equipment and remove it from the roadway.

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WINCHESTER - Residents should expect a special Town Meeting in December, on either Monday, Dec. 6 or Monday, Dec. 13, to vote on the Waterfield lot project (adjacent to the Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station). While the Select Board did not pick an official date yet, they definitely lea…

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WINCHESTER - At the recommendation of Town Manager Lisa Wong, the Select Board authorized a two week extension for the Waterfield Advisory Task Force to submit its findings and suggestions as it relates to the Waterfield lot and the Civico deal. This makes the new deadline Thursday, Oct. 14.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board will increase the Transfer Station sticker fee and remove the SMART program, most likely during tonight's meeting, all in an effort to fund needed capital improvements and repairs to the station.

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WINCHESTER - The welcoming words, “Come, come, whoever you are….”, by the well-known 13th century Persian poet, Rumi, are engraved on one of the benches that are part of Winchester Unitarian Society’s landscape renovation at the corner of Mystic Valley Parkway and Main Street in Winchester. …

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WINCHESTER - New Recreation Director Nick Cacciofi called into the latest Select Board meeting to explain how the budget for the department works and also advocate for a new Sport Court at the Mystic School.

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WINCHESTER - Town Engineer Beth Rudolph received three comments on the town’s update to its stormwater regulations, from The Friends of Winter Pond, Building Commissioner Al Wile and developer Murray Hills.

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WINCHESTER — Recalling the earliest days of the railroad, an elder resident wrote in 1885 that “we boys would gather and watch for the nose of the iron horse as it appeared from under the Mystic Station Bridge, on the south, or from the other bridge then standing at about the same stance, on…

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WINCHESTER - Following a joint meeting with the Select Board, the Planning Board welcomed a new member to its ranks in the form of resident Kurt Spring. He takes over the vacant seat, for a term to expire next March.

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WINCHESTER - Proving that women can have it all, the Select Board just approved Town Engineer Beth Rudolph as the new acting town manager, effective Saturday, Oct. 2.

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WINCHESTER – Former Winchester resident Nicholas A. Danella has been appointed by the District Court to the Federal Court in Birmingham, Alabama. Danella is the son and stepson of Wendy and Brian LaPointe, also of Winchester, and a 1997 graduate of WHS.

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WINCHESTER - There’s one less active case of COVID in Winchester than last week, according to the town’s COVID dashboard (www.winchester.us). As of yesterday, 16 residents were confirmed to have tested positive for the virus and they are currently infectious and in isolation.

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WINCHESTER - For the first time in some years, the Capital Planning Committee came before the Select Board asking for a little bit of money. After the operating override passed a couple of years ago, the committee received an influx of cash to help them fund the various projects around town.…

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WINCHESTER - A couple of weeks ago, the Town of Winchester re-instituted an indoor mask mandate due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in town and statewide. Since then, numbers of infected resident decreased (down to 1.44 percent), showing the mandate appears to be working.

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WINCHESTER - At last Monday’s Select Board meeting, Chair Susan Verdicchio alerted the board of two vacancies, the Select Board vacancy and vice-chair vacancy. Verdicchio stated that when it comes to the vice-chair vacancy town council advised her to fill that they would need to put it on th…

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WINCHESTER - Chair of the Select Board, Susan Verdicchio, spoke on how they will transition for a new Town Manager at last Monday’s meeting since current Town Manager, Lisa Wong, is resigning.

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WINCHESTER - Winchester Community Music School’s annual MusicFest is BACK and it’s free and fun for all ages! This musical open house includes outdoor and indoor activities such as meet-the-instrument sessions, a scavenger hunt with prizes, musical storytime, live performances, and tours of …

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WINCHESTER - The Town of Winchester seeks two members to serve on the Personnel Board for a term to expire June 30, 2024 and one member for a term to expire June 30, 2023.

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WINCHESTER - Winchester Public Schools will have a mask mandate in effect for the upcoming school year. This was decided at the School Committee meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 10. The School Committee voted unanimously in support of Interim Superintendent Dr. Frank Hackett’s recommendations for un…

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WINCHESTER - Over the past year, Town Engineer Beth Rudolph told the Select Board, the Engineering Department has been working with Town Counsel Anderson Kreiger and their engineering consultant Weston & Sampson to update the "Rules and Regulations Regarding the use of Public Sewers and …

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WINCHESTER - There’s a new manager at the popular Swanton Street diner and it’s the former manager’s daughter Jennifer. The eatery also applied for a change to its alcohol license, now boasting an All Alcohol license and not just a beer and wine license.

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WINCHESTER - The capital planning process begins during the summer with department requests. Once all requests are in, the Capital Planning Committee then starts the ranking process, determining which projects they can fund and from what account (Capital Stabilization or Building Stabilization).

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WINCHESTER - Since the pandemic, there has been an increase in fraudulent unemployment claims. Town Comptroller Stacie Ward believes that at least 30 percent of claims since March of 2020 have been fraudulent. This is a large jump from the number of fraudulent claims before COVID-19 when the…

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WINCHESTER - Select Board Vice-Chair Amy Shapiro will resign from the board effective Friday, Aug. 20, this according to both Select Board Chair Susan Verdicchio and Town Manager Lisa Wong.

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WINCHESTER - The Traffic Review Committee has been busy reviewing various requests from residents all over town. At the most recent Select Board meeting, Town Engineer Beth Rudolph went over some of their recommendations.

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WINCHESTER - As HR Director Michelle Vibert leaves for the Town of Littleton (west of Billerica), she exits with some parting words for the next person to step into her role:

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WINCHESTER - The Conservation Commission, through member David Miller and chair Zeke Nims, asked the Select Board to sponsor a warrant article for fall Town Meeting to grant the committee jurisdiction over the Town Forest (which lies in the southern portion of town, bordering Medford). The b…

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WINCHESTER - It’s official, as yesterday morning Town Manager Lisa Wong tendered her resignation to the Select Board. Wong will head out west to South Hadley to become its next town administrator.

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WINCHESTER - With the Select Board filling three of the five seats on the Waterfield Task Force this week, it’s now up to the two groups - Citizens for a Better Waterfield and Residents for Waterfield Facts - to nominate one person each to fill the remaining two seats. The Select Board will …