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WINCHESTER - Once again, Winchester chose not to classify the tax levy, instead voting to leave it at 1. This means everyone pays the same tax rate. Shifting the rate would put more burden on the town’s small commercial and industrial properties while not necessarily benefiting residents eno…

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WINCHESTER - Ph.D. scientist turned pastry chef, Winchester resident Fred Csibi-Levin, is looking forward to his upcoming appearance on the Food Network Channel on Dec. 11 for the Christmas Cookie Challenge. The Christmas Cookie Challenge showcases five talented cookie artists and they compe…

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WINCHESTER - Finding a permanent town manager isn’t like ordering a coffee at Starbucks; you can’t just walk up to the counter, tell the barista what you want and then wait as they bring it to you in a cup with your name on it.

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WINCHESTER - The Griffin Museum now has two things to celebrate this year: one, the museum hit the 30-year milestone, and two, Town Meeting voted to authorize the Select Board to amend the terms of a certain lease by and between the town and the trustees of the Winchester Museum Trust for th…

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WINCHESTER - 2023 is shaping up to be the year of change in Winchester. DPW Director Jay Gill, Fire Chief Rick Tustin and Town Planner Brian Szekely all plan to move on at (or just after) the end of the year. The town is also searching for a permanent town manager (who may or may not be curr…

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WINCHESTER - Like the Titanic, the Capital Planning Committee is taking on water, this according to Capital Planning Committee Chair Roger McPeek (who even showed a photo of the Titanic during his presentation to Town Meeting, though he did admit his committee hasn’t fully sunk yet).

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WINCHESTER - The most hotly debated motion during fall Town Meeting involved a citizen’s petition to restrict the use of gas-powered leaf blowers. With passionate arguments on both sides, Town Meeting ultimately voted to indefinitely postpone the article (most likely until the spring).

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WINCHESTER - With Town Meeting’s full support, the question of whether to pass a debt-exclusion override to pay for the replacement of the Lynch Elementary Schools now heads to voters on Saturday, Jan. 7.

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WINCHESTER - It’s quite the interesting conundrum when so many people want something, yet almost all of them vote against it. Such was the case during Town Meeting this week, when members voted down a citizen’s petition involving the Community Preservation Act.

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WINCHESTER - The state of the town is financially healthy, according to interim Town Manager Beth Rudolph, as the town closed out FY22 with solid departmental turn backs and a motor vehicle excise tax that rebounded to pre-COVID levels.

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WINCHESTER - The Transfer Station Working Group came before the Select Board this week with some recommendations for how to cut costs and raise revenue in an effort to keep the Transfer Station from losing money. The working group consists of interim Town Manager and Chair Beth Rudolph, Assi…

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WINCHESTER - It took some time, but the Select Board, with the help of Roger McPeek and Jim Johnson from the Capital Planning Committee, eventually settled on an amount for the operating override question to be placed on the Jan. 7 special election ballot. The town will ask residents to supp…

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WINCHESTER - State Senator Jason Lewis defeated Republican challenger Edward Dombroski in the race for Senator in the General Court, Fifth Middlesex District. This seat represents six communities including Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and Winchester.

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WINCHESTER - The time has finally come. After months of non-stop talking about the 2022 midterms, polls open tomorrow from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. in Winchester. Of course, a large percentage of voters already cast a ballot during the early voting period.

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WINCHESTER - Two of the main articles Town Meeting will take up this fall involve the Lynch Elementary School on Brantwood Road. Both are co-sponsored by the Educational Facilities Planning and Building Committee and the School Committee.

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WINCHESTER - Several articles during fall Town Meeting fall under the purview of the Capital Planning Committee. They include articles 7, 8, 9, and 10 with Article 7 simply authorizing Town Meeting to hear and act on the report of the Capital Planning Committee regarding the proposed capital…

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WINCHESTER - With night one set for Thursday, Nov. 10, fall Town Meeting is right around the corner and the warrant contains 30 articles. While some of the articles are the standard, every year articles Town Meeting always votes on, many deal with hot-button topics like affordable housing, z…

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WINCHESTER - Karen Fitzgerald, landscape architect from Toole Design Group, outlined plans to improve conditions in the area of Woodside Road near Winter Pond. The final design includes adding in two speed humps, formalizing a parking area with approximately nine spaces, adding in a pedestri…

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WINCHESTER - Swim Winchester continues to make progress as the non-profit organization moves forward with its plan to build an aquatic center on Skillings Field next to Winchester High School.

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WINCHESTER—“A girl today can do practically everything that a boy can do,” a member of the state Girl Scout council told the Winchester Special Aid Society for American Preparedness. “We are now in the midst of the woman’s era. The hour has come when she is able to show her highest efficiency.”

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WINCHESTER - As part of the transit authority’s quarterly update to the Select Board regarding the MBTA’s Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station renovation project, Senior Project Manager Nathan Rae told the board everything remains on schedule.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board will place two questions on the Jan. 7 special election ballot: one having to do with the Lynch School replacement project and the other with the Lynch School traffic calming measures generated by Toole Design Group and supported by the board.

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WINCHESTER - Girl Scout Troop 72066 recently received one of the most prestigious awards in Girl Scouts: the Silver Award. The Silver Award is a medal that rewards 50+ hours of work to make the community a better place. Winchester Troop 72066 set out to achieve this prize by helping out at t…

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WINCHESTER - After the first two months of FY23 (July and August), Winchester collected almost the exact same amount of revenue it did the first two months of FY22, according to documents from Town Comptroller Stacie Ward. So far this year, Winchester took in 23.25 percent of revenue as comp…

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WINCHESTER - With the general election less than three weeks away, early voting will begin in Winchester this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Winchester Room in Town Hall. The town will then host early voting all next week from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m.…

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WINCHESTER - Ahead of tonight’s debate in Wakefield, Town Councilor Edward Dombroski (R-Wakefield) continues to fire off attacks at his opponent, State Senator Jason Lewis (D-Winchester). Besides calling for more debates, Dombroski is now calling for “increased transparency from his opponent.”

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board continued discussion on the Accessory Dwelling Unit bylaw the Planning Board will sponsor at fall Town Meeting with Town Planner Brian Szekely.

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WINCHESTER - The Capital Planning Committee is ready for fall (and spring) Town Meeting. Last week, Roger McPeek outlined the projects his committee would put forward for funding at the next two upcoming town meetings. They are:

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WINCHESTER - In this topsy-turvy world we live in, getting people accurate information remains of the utmost importance. And this doesn’t just involve the media, i.e. this newspaper or local TV or even the national news; rather, it concerns everyone.

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WINCHESTER - In order to promote more housing in downtown areas near public transportation, the Baker-Polito Administration issued new legislation encouraging communities to adopt “MBTA zoning districts” where multi-family zoning (four or more units) is permitted as of right. Failure to comp…

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WINCHESTER - Waiting until 2024 to place an article on the spring Town Meeting warrant dealing with the Community Preservation Act, because data suggests it has a better chance of passing at the next election (when it must be taken up if it passes at Town Meeting), made the most sense to mem…

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WINCHESTER - As part of Massachusetts’ updated solid waste initiative, mattresses are now being taken out of the trash collection stream and must be disposed of separately, and at a cost to consumers.

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WINCHESTER - Toole Design Group offered the Select Board a 12-step plan to improve traffic and safety in the area of the Lynch Elementary School for approximately $2.8M. This comes as the town partners with the Massachusetts School Building Authority to construct a brand new building on the site.

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WINCHESTER - Thanks to the assistance of Select Board member Michael Bettencourt, the Accessory Dwelling Unit bylaw article will make it onto the fall Town Meeting warrant. The purpose of this article is to allow the creation of Accessory Dwelling Units on lots where single-family homes or d…