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WINCHESTER - The Select Board this week heard from members of the MBTA about upgrades to two of the town’s bus stops, one at Cambridge Street and Foxcroft Road and the other at Main Street and Richardson Street.

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WINCHESTER - Thanks to the needed repairs and upgrades to the Transfer Station, the Select Board eliminated the SMART program that many residents used to save money (and increase their own recycling). Under the (now defunct) program, residents paid less for a Transfer Station sticker, but pa…

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WINCHESTER - In January, Eversource’s supply rate for residential and small business customers will top $.15 per kWh while the WinPower Standard supply rate remains at just over $.11 per kWh and the WinPower 100 rate remains at $.139 per kWh.

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WINCHESTER - With 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Winchester continues to struggle to contain the virus, now lead by the new omicron variant. Some studies showed omicron as more mild than delta but possibly more transmissible.

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WINCHESTER - With the annual spring town election now scheduled for the second to last Saturday in March as opposed to the last Tuesday, deadlines for those wishing to run for office changed. Residents can now pull nomination papers starting today.

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WINCHESTER - At the Winchester Public Schools, there are four Occupational Therapists and one Physical Therapist who have been fighting for a spot in Unit A pay scale, what teachers are in, for three years.

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WINCHESTER - Even though Winchester vaccinated more than 90 percent of its population (not including children ages 5-11), the town’s COVID-19 positivity rate continues to increase each week. This week, the town hit 2.88 percent.

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WINCHESTER - The town officially announced that the special election to fund part of the Northeast Regional Vocational Technical High School in Wakefield will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Town Hall. The town clerk will run it similar to early voting.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board received some good news when they heard about a chance to refinance some bonds previously issued back in April of 2011. According to Peter Frazier, from Hilltop Securities, the town can save nearly $2M over the life of the bonds (50 years) if they choose to refund.

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WINCHESTER - Outdoor dining will return next spring. The Select Board voted to adopt an outdoor dining policy that includes the number of spaces per restaurant, the start date, the fee each establishment must pay, and the application deadline.

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WINCHESTER - As the town nears the halfway point of FY22, Town Comptroller Stacie Ward highlighted a few areas on the revenue and expenditure side of the budget when she met with the Select Board at their latest meeting. (Her report is actually only through Oct. 31.)

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WINCHESTER - Over the past five years, Maureen Meister and David Feigenbaum approached the Select Board on two separate occasions looking to receive approval to classify their homes at both 3 Meadowcroft Road (2016) and 38 Rangeley Road (2018) as historic. The two properties abut each other.

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WINCHESTER - Down one member, the Board of Health held a joint session with the Select Board this week to fill the empty seat. With three very capable candidates, the two boards ultimately chose Jennifer Infurna, 3-2, over Ruth Trimarchi and Shannon Reynolds (with Trimarchi receiving the oth…

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WINCHESTER - To honor the passing of basketball star Bob Bigelow, members of Winchester Youth Basketball want to create a shade structure (similar to the dugouts at Winchester High School), replace the backboards with glass, reseal and repaint the court, and place a memorial on site, all at …

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WINCHESTER - Town Clerk MaryEllen Lannon released her 2022 town election calendar. Because the Select Board voted to move the spring town election date from the last Tuesday in March to the second-to-last Saturday, many of these dates have changed from previous years.

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WINCHESTER - This week, the Select Board did what they’ve done for the past 37 years: voted not to classify the tax rate. This means everyone in town pays the same rate, both property owners and commercial, industrial and personal property classes.

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WINCHESTER - As COVID-19 makes yet another comeback (though it never really left), Winchester continues to remain vigilant and keep its percentage of positive residents below two percent. It currently sits at 1.62 percent.

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WINCHESTER—In October 1901, Charles F. Bacon, head of the Bacon Felt Company, purchased a Stanley Steamer, becoming the first Winchester resident to own an automobile. At this point the town truly entered the automobile era.

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WINCHESTER - August 2021 marked the 1-year anniversary of the En Ka Pantry, which operates in the same location residents know as the En Ka Exchange, at 1037 Main St. En Ka Pantry helps an average of 100 town residents each month, distributing everything from typical non-perishable foods suc…

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting supported the Select Board’s request for additional money to pay for projects associated with the MBTA Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station construction. Town Meeting authorized $315,000 from Free Cash for use on what the Select Board called “cost-sharing items,”…

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WINCHESTER - In the spring, Town Meeting indefinitely postponed an article to create a special fund using building permit fees to help pay for the sustainability director position (currently held by Ken Pruitt). This came at the request of the Select Board to give them more time to bring mor…

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting supported the Northeast Metro Tech Vocational School, located in Wakefield, as the School Committee and superintendent look to build a brand new, state-of-the-art vocational school at 100 Hemlock Road (up the road from Wakefield Memorial High School). The project co…

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WINCHESTER - Thanks to the new custom, Town Meeting passed several articles in one motion, known as the consent agenda. This helps move Town Meeting along quicker than in year’s past when they took up each motion separately (though not that much faster, as Town Meeting heads into night four …

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting passed Article 13, $72,000 for a feasibility study, engineering, planning, and environmental work for the repair, reconstruction and/or improvements to the South Reservoir Dam located in the Middlesex Fells Reservation.

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WINCHESTER - Before Town Meeting postponed Article 14, to pay for repairs to the Transfer Station, they approved a bunch of other Capital Planning Committee requests. Chair Jim Johnson broke down why the committee ranked each ask the way it did.

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WINCHESTER - The Capital Planning Committee had a banner night during night three of Town Meeting, as members approved motions and articles left and right (more on that later this week) until they hit a roadblock in the form on Article 14, to support upgrades and improvements to the town’s T…

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WINCHESTER - The Planning Board presented three articles at fall Town Meeting last week, going 1-1-1 with one passing, one failing and one getting indefinitely postponed.

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting overwhelmingly voted to support Article 7, which gives the Select Board the power to change the election date for spring town elections from the usual date of the last Tuesday in March to the second to last Saturday in March. Town Meeting also approved consolidating…

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board voted favorable action on just about every single warrant article scheduled for fall Town Meeting except for two: an article to create a Master Plan Implementation Committee and an article to relocate the school district’s central office from the Parkhurst Schoo…