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WINCHESTER - Changes are coming to parts of Highland Avenue after the Select Board agreed to move forward with Toole Design Group for design plans for 11 median islands from Forest Street to Mt. Vernon Street.

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WINCHESTER - At the June 22 Select Board meeting, the board interviewed their applicants for town counsel. They sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) out a few weeks ago, got several responses, and narrowed down the list to five law firms that they interviewed at this meeting.

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WINCHESTER -- Nearly 50 middle school students showcased their Passion Projects at Acera School this month, including works by numerous Winchester youth. Projects included robotics, compute programming, entrepreneurship, video editing, and more. 

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WINCHESTER - Don’t look now, but COVID numbers keep falling in Winchester. Last week, Winchester recorded only 31 total cases, down from 50 the week prior. Whatever surge happened early last month seems to be fading.

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WINCHESTER - The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, along with the Planning Board, will host a community meeting both in person at the Town Hall and via Zoom on Tuesday, June 28 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. to discuss the area of Holton and Cross streets.

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WINCHESTER - As the 2022 fiscal year comes to a close at the end of the month (June 30), Town Comptroller Stacie Ward sent out a memo highlighting revenue and expenditures through the end of April.

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WINCHESTER - COVID numbers are once again trending in the right direction. After peaking in early May, the town seems to have the coronavirus under control.

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WINCHESTER - Town Treasurer Sheila Tracy recently informed the Select Board regarding just over $2M in bond renewals dealing with the Lynch Elementary School feasibility study, drainage upgrades and the Transfer Station engineering project.

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board received an update on its MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) permit. This permit goes back to 2003 and each tern lasts for five years. A permit issued in 2016 went into effect in 2018. As it’s a five-year cycle, year 4 ends this month (June 30). A new p…

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WINCHESTER - Once again, Town Meeting supported the Land Development Agreement (LDA) between the town and Civico to develop the land known as the Waterfield lot, adjacent to the Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station in the town center.

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WINCHESTER - The MBTA provided an update on the ongoing work at the Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station. Anthony DeDominicis, Senior Director of Commuter Rail, MBTA Capital Delivery reminded the board the project involves a full station reconstruction at a cost of $50 million.

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WINCHESTER - The Winchester Class of 2022 will graduate this Friday, June 3 at the McCall Middle School on Knowlton Field. It is 100 percent voluntary for all Class of 2022 students. If it rains, the graduation will be moved indoors to the WHS Field House, and this will be decided on Thursda…

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WINCHESTER - The Winchester senior prom is fast approaching as it will take place this Wednesday, June 1 on Skillings Field from 7 to 10 p.m. on the grassy area under a 100x80 tent. There will be a DJ, stage, dance floor, and tables and chairs for guests. They have also rented temporary bath…

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WINCHESTER - As COVID resurges in town and more people contract the disease, it eventually trickles down into the school system, affecting both students and staff. For those who test positive, they must quarantine for five days. On the sixth day, they can return to school.

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WINCHESTER - On Monday, May 30, 2022, the Town of Winchester will observe Memorial Day with a parade and civic exercises sponsored by Winchester’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3719 and the town’s Veterans Affairs office.

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WINCHESTER - Don’t look now, but COVID numbers are on the rise again in Winchester. After dropping all the way down to 39 cases in late January (following the December-January surge thanks to the omicron and delta variants), the COVID case numbers stayed steady throughout the winter and earl…

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WINCHESTER - The En Ka annual street fair returns after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 on Friday, May 20, and President of the En Ka Society, Kate Carpini, is excited to welcome the fair back to Winchester. The fair hours on Friday are from 5 - 11 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 10 p.…

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WINCHESTER - With a special Town Meeting set for Monday, June 6, the Select Board “substantially” completed the Land Development Agreement (LDA) with Civico for the Waterfield lot parcel located next to the Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station. Chair Rich Mucci called the recent negotiati…

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting members decisively passed Article 29, to act on a report from the Personnel Board. This included 10 motions that would change/reclassify some positions and fund those changes and others.

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting overwhelmingly rejected Article 26, to spend $5.9M to repair the Carriage House (located on the Ambrose School campus) for use as the new home of the school department’s central office. This means, school administrators will remain in the Parkhurst School until town…

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting wrapped up its business last night by debating the remaining six articles on the warrant. One of those, Article 18, dealt with appropriating $200,000 from Free Cash for a multi-purpose sports court at the Mystic School. It passed by 115 votes.

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting passed all of the Capital Planning Committee’s articles, which included money for the South Reservoir Dam, lead neck replacement and the Main Street bridge railing.

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WINCHESTER - Once again, Town Meeting passed an article to increase water & sewer rates, this time by 3.5 percent. Town Meeting passed increases in the past (three percent last year and 12 percent two years ago) after going manny years without any type of increase. (The increase does not…

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting passed a $142.5M budget for FY23 during night three with nearly one-third taken up by the school department.

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WINCHESTER - During Town Meeting, members heard reports from various boards and committees including the Select Board, School Committee, Board of Health, and Finance Committee, among others. (The FinCom report was actually delayed until night two.)

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WINCHESTER - During night two of Town Meeting, members passed three articles relating to the FY22 budget. No FY23 budget articles can be taken up until May 1, but Town Moderator Heather von Mering said town counsel gave the OK to debate FY22 budget articles prior to May 1.

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WINCHESTER - Select Board Chair Rich Mucci outlined a draft for a downtown initiative action plan to make improvements to the Quill Rotary, Main Street, Thompson Street, and Thompson Plaza, all in an effort to bring more people to the town center and support local businesses.

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WINCHESTER - The town calls on Toole Design Group for many of its roadway issues (traffic and safety among the most important) and recently two members of Toole’s team, Jeff Rosenblum and Alexis Vidaurette, stopped by a Select Board meeting to discuss planning for the future.

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WINCHESTER—In February and March of 2014, several mountain lion sightings were phoned into the police station. Unversed in mountain lions, local police turned to experts. State officials decreed that the only evidence, tracks left in the snow, belonged to a coyote or dog and dismissed the ey…

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board this week approved the installation of a crosswalk on Highland Avenue near the intersection with Hillcrest Parkway following a public hearing on the matter. Residents in attendance spoke in favor of the crosswalk.

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WINCHESTER - Nearly five and a half years ago, in December of 2016, the town parted ways with longtime Town Counsel Wade Welch who announced his retirement at the time (though he stayed on for a little while longer to help with some ongoing issues such as the Eversource 345 kV electrical lin…

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WINCHESTER - Town Meeting recently approved $57,000 to fund architectural and engineering consulting services to eventually renovate the Carriage House so it can be used as the location for the school department’s central office. This spring, Town Meeting will be asked to fund the actual rep…

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WINCHESTER - The Select Board heard an update on the MBTA Winchester Center Commuter Rail Station project this week from Sr. Project Manager Nathan Rae. He mentioned the timeline, pointing out how the station closed down over a year ago, in January of 2021.

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WINCHESTER - Due to elevated levels of PFAS in Woburn’s water, the town removed 38 homes in the Arbor Lane-Wendell Street neighborhood (off Cross Street and near the Woburn line) from the city’s water supply and connected them to Winchester’s. Unfortunately, the switch lead to an issue with …

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WINCHESTER - The town recently began advertising bids for roof repairs and associated work at the Muraco Elementary School. At an estimated cost of $664,000, the town plans to receive bids until Thursday, April 14.