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EMERGENCY NUMBERS

AMBULANCE, Operated by Fire Department EMTs 911
FIRE & POLICE EMERGENCIES 911
Other Fire Business 978-692-5542
Other Police Business 978-692-2161
EMERSON HOSPITAL, 133 Olde Road to Nine Acre Corner, Concord, 01742 978-369-1400
LOWELL GENERAL HOSPITAL, 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, 01854 978-937-6000
NASHOBA VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER, 200 Groton Road, Ayer, 01432 978-784-9000
CIRCLE HEALTH, 198 Littleton Road, Westford, 01886 978-323-0302

TOWN DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBERS AT A GLANCE

Ambulance 911
Animal Control Officer 978-692-4574
Assessors 978-692-5504
Building Department 978-692-5527
Cameron Senior Center 978-692-5523
Cemetery Department 978-692-5526
Conservation Commission 978-692-5524
Council on Aging 978-692-5523
Engineering Department 978-399-2716
Finance Director 978-399-2573
Fire Department – Emergencies 911
Other business 978-692-5542
Health Department 978-692-5509
Highway Department 978-692-5520
Housing Authority 978-692-6011
Human Resources 978-399-2915
Library 978-692-5555
Museum 978-692-5550
Parking Clerk 978-692-5515
Parks & Recreation Department 978-692-5532
Planning Board 978-692-5524
Police – Emergencies 911
Other business 978-692-2161
Recreation 978-692-5532
Schools
Superintendent 978-692-5560
Abbot 978-692-5580
Blanchard 978-692-5582
Crisafulli 978-392-4483
Day 978-692-5591
Miller 978-392-4476
Nabnasset 978-692-5583
Nashoba Tech 978-692-4711
Robinson 978-692-5586
Stony Brook 978-692-2708
Westford Academy 978-692-5570
Selectmen’s office 978-692-5501
Technology Department 978-399-2420
Town Accountant 978-392-4450
Town Clerk 978-692-5515
Town Manager 978-692-5501
Treasurer/Tax Collector 978-692-5506
Tree Warden 978-692-5520
Water Department 978-692-5529

Where to Find What You Need in The Blue Pages
– Information in The Blue Pages is current as of July, 2017

Ambulance Licenses & permits
Animal Control Officer Map of Westford
Assessors Moderator of Town Meeting
Automobile registration Museum
Beaches Nashoba Tech
Building Department Newspapers
Burning permits PTOs
Bus service to Lowell Parish Center for the Arts
Cable television Parking Clerk
Canoe launch Parks & Recreation
Cemeteries – Private Performing Arts Centers
PCA & WA
Cemeteries – Town Planning Board
Churches & Religious Organizations Playgrounds
Clubs Police
Community Center Post Offices
Composting Public Health Nurse
Conservation areas Rabies clinic
Conservation Commission Recreation
Council on Aging Recycling
Cultural Council Respite care
Dog licenses Roudenbush Community Center
Elder services Schools
Engineering Department Selectmen
Fairs, Festivals & Festivities Septic tanks
Farmers Market Senior Center
Finance State Rep & State Senator
Fire Department Street lights
Firearm permits Substance Abuse Coordinator
Fletcher Library Tax Collector/Treasurer
Food pantry Telephone service
Health, Board of Television, cable
Health services Tennis courts
Highway Department Town Clerk
Historical Commission Town Manager
Hot lunch program, elderly Town Meeting
House numbers Transportation, elderly
Housing Authority Trash
Hunting Tree Warden
Jury duty Veterans services
Leaves Voter information
Library Water Department
Zoning Board of Appeals


AMBULANCE
     Dial 911

Three ambulances operate out of the Center Station. Ambulance personnel are State certified EMTs/paramedics. In 2002, the formerly free ambulance service changed to a billing service conducted by a third-party billing firm. The Westford Ambulance Fund, Inc. was incorporated in 1977 and continues to gratefully accept memorial and gift donations from the citizens of Westford in hopes of purchasing additional items and equipment. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the Westford Ambulance Fund, PO Box 197.


ANIMAL CONTROL


ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Margaret Mizzoni, Animal Control Officer
692-4574    westfordma.gov/animal
Town Pound  30 Beacon Street
Hours: by appointment Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Nights & weekends for emergencies only contact Westford Police   692-2161
Appointed by the Town Manager, the Animal Control Officer is a full-time town employee.

LEASH LAW – Westford has a 24 hour Leash Law.

DOG LICENSES -Town Clerk’s office 55 Main Street Mon-Fri, 8am – 4 pm, on the web at westfordma.gov, or by mail to the Town Clerk with a check and rabies certificate enclosed.

All dogs over 6 months old must be licensed and tagged and have proof of rabies vaccination. Licenses are valid for one year from January 1 to December 31. Owners who have not obtained a dog license by March 31 will be charged an additional $25. Fee: $15 per dog license for neutered/spayed and $20 for unneutered/unspayed.

RABIES CLINIC – offered by the Town each spring. Dogs and cats can be immunized for a small fee. Watch westford.org, the Westford Eagle and the Town website for dates.


ASSESSORS

Paul Plouffe, Principal Assessor/Appraiser          692-5504
Town Hall, 1st Floor   Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Board of Assessors: Titus Palmer, Chair; Diane Holmes

The board members are appointed by the Town Manager and are responsible for hiring the Principal Assessor/Appraiser and for setting property valuations within the town. The Assessors meet at Town Hall.

 


AUTOMOBILE REGISTRATION

Massachusetts Department of Motor Vehicles
24 hour information: 1-800-858-3926    massrmv.com
Lowell: 77 Middlesex Street  M/Tu/W/Fri 9-5, Thurs 10-6

 


BEACHES

The Town operates two public beaches. The beach at Forge Pond is reached by an access road running between Stony Brook and the railroad tracks off Rt. 225 (Pleasant Street) in Forge Village, and Edwards Beach at Nabnasset Lake is located at the end of Williams Avenue off Plain Road. Both beaches are open from 8:30 am-5:30 pm M-F & 9:00 am-5:00 pm on Sat/Sun, mid-June to mid-August. The Parks & Recreation Department oversees the operation of the beaches. Swimming lessons are offered at both beaches. Each has a concession stand, sand volleyball court, playground and a picnic area. The beaches are free for residents; must have proof of residency. A $5 daily fee per person for non-residents is payable at the beaches. Nonresidents ages 3 and under, 65 and over free. A non-resident season pass ($75 for a family of 5) may be purchased at the beach or the Recreation Department office, Rogers Fire Station, 22 Town Farm Road, Bldg. 18.

PRIVATE BEACHES: American Legion on Long Sought for Pond and the Nabnasset Improvement Association beach at Nabnasset Lake.

 


BUILDING DEPARTMENT

Matt Hakala, Building Commissioner 692-5527
Town Hall, 55 Main Street, 2nd floor
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Chet Cook, Asst. Inspector, Gas Inspector & Bylaw Enforcement Officer
Dennis Kane, Jr., Wiring Inspector    Arthur Smith, Plumbing & Gas Inspector

The Town Manager appoints the Building Commissioner who in turn appoints the Gas, Wiring, and Plumbing Inspectors. Permit applications must be submitted online to the Building Department for all construction including such improvements as swimming pools, the installation of wood stoves, re-roofing, replacement windows and re-siding.

 


BURNING PERMITS

Open burning of brush (no leaves) is allowed between January 15th and May 1st. To obtain a permit, visit the Fire Department Business Office at 51 Main Street or apply for permits online at westfordma.gov/newapp.php.

 


BUS SERVICE

Lowell Regional Transportation runs a weekday bus between the Gallagher Terminal in Lowell and six stops along Route 110 in Westford. Saturday service began April 11, 2015. For schedule, go to LRTA.com/schedules.

 


CANOE LAUNCH

A canoe launch for Stony Brook is accessible north of River Street to the west of the brook. A small parking lot, a path to the brook and the canoe launch site were cleared by the Westford Rotary in 1992.

 


CEMETERIES – PRIVATE

St Catherine Cemetery (Catholic), Pine Ridge Road
Operated by St Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, the cemetery is under the supervision of David LeBleu   692-6353 extension 25

Russian Brotherhood Cemetery, Patten Road
Owned and operated by the Russian Brotherhood Organization. Contact person is Pat Beskalo Walsh, 978-502-4334 (home)

Also see – CEMETERIES -TOWN

 


CHURCHES & RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS

BAHA’I FAITH
For information call Dilip Soman 978-392-1840    find.bahai.us

CHABAD OF NASHOBA VALLEY
26 Tadmuck Road, Westford   399-0045         chabadnashoba.org
Rabbi Zalman Gurkow  Rabbi@chabadnashoba.org
A Jewish outreach center providing Jewish experiences and opportunities for men, women and children.

CONGREGATION SHALOM
87 Richardson Road, Chelmsford 251-8091     congregationshalom.org
Rabbi Shoshana Perry    251-8515       rabbi@congregationshalom.org
Reform Jewish Congregation serving the greater Westford/North Chelmsford area. Members of Union of Reform Judaism.
SERVICES: Tot Shabbat, Family Shabbat, Sunset Shabbat, Festival Services

CORNERSTONE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH
32 Graniteville Road   692-6360               cornerstonewestford.com
Jonathan Romig, Pastor
Weekly Service: Saturday 5 pm

FIRST PARISH CHURCH UNITED
Affiliated with United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association
Reverend Eric Hausman, Minister
48 Main Street     692-8350         firstparishwestford.com
Hall Rental available for events. Contact Church Office.
SERVICES: Morning Worship & Church School – Sundays at 10:30 am
Summer Worship – Father’s Day through Labor Day 9:30am

GREATER WESTFORD JEWISH COMMUNITY
(formerly Temple Shir Hadash)
PO Box 221                 800-792-0969
info@gwjc.org
Independent Jewish organization focused on social, recreational and charitable activities. Website has details about upcoming events.

ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA CATHOLIC CHURCH
107 North Main Street        Parish Office: 692-6353
stcatherineparish.org
Reverend Peter Quinn, Pastor
Office of Faith Formation & Religious Education  692-5435
Cemetery Office: Dave LeBleu     692-6353 ext 25
MASS:  Monday, Tuesday at 8 am,  Saturday at 4 pm, Sunday at 9 am and 11 am, Holy days as announced
RECONCILIATION:  Saturday 3 – 3:45 pm

ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
75 Cold Spring Road at the corner of Graniteville Road   692-7849
Reverend Suzanne Wade, Rector
SERVICES:       Holy Eucharist -10 am, Church School – 10 am, Mid Day Prayers – Wednesday at 11:30 am

UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
10 Church Street        692-4176     umcw.org                                                                        Rev. Dr. Seok-Hwan Hong                                                                                                       Services: Sunday Worship     Traditional Service – 9:30 am

WAT BUDDHABHAVANA OF MA BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTER
25 Milot Road   692-3120                 greatwisdomcenter.org
Venerable Bouakeo Songsouriya, Abbot
SUNDAY SERVICES:  10:30 am (in Lao with some English if called for)
BUDDHIST HOLY DAYS:       Schedule available on the web site

 


CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
District Hotline   1-978-957-4690     AABoston.org

AMERICAN LEGION POST #159   2 Cross Street 692-7042
William Vullo, Commander

AMERICAN LEGION POST #437
114 Dunstable Road, Nabnasset     692-7400
Mark Edwards, Commander

CAMERON MUSIC MAKERS
Meets Friday at 9 am, Cameron Senior Center

DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution)
Colonel John Robinson Chapter
Marjorie Barnett 692-4269

DEMOCRATIC TOWN COMMITTEE
Toody Healy, Chair 692-0012 (home)

FAME (FRIENDS ADVANCING MUSIC EDUCATION) westford.org/fame PO Box 627  Ron Gagnon, President   692-3387  fame_westford@yahoo.com
Supports music students, teachers and programs at the Westford Schools.

FORGE VILLAGE IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION
Bev Johansson and Lisa Courchaine 692-5667 (home), Co-Presidents

WESTFORD 4H CLUBS
Wendy Marcks, Umass Extension Educator 781-891-0650 ext. 29

FRIENDS OF BRUCE FREEMAN RAIL TRAIL
brucefreemanrailtrail.org
Works in partnership with State and local government toward completing a 26-mile rail trail from Lowell to Framingham. Construction of the section through Westford, Carlisle and Acton began in 2016 and will take two years.
Westford board members: Emily Teller   692-6968   eteller@earthlink.net
Chris Barrett 978-496-1008   cbarrett@brucefreemanrailtrail.org

FRIENDS OF THE CAMERON SENIOR CENTER
Meets the 1st Thursday of each month. For info call 692-5523

FRIENDS OF EAST BOSTON CAMPS
Sunny Killoran, President 692-7925 (home)            westfordfriendsebc.org

FRIENDS OF THE J.V. FLETCHER LIBRARY
John Newman, President 692-3437 (home)              westfordlibraryfriends.org

FRIENDS OF THE PARKERVILLE SCHOOLHOUSE
PO Box 466   Heidi Hatke, President
For information on meetings and rental-Heidi Hatke 392-6827
For other information: Contact June Kennedy  692-8924

GIRL SCOUTS (Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes & Seniors)   800-882-1662

GRANITEVILLE PRIDE, INC
Diane C Healy, President 692-2137 (home)

HEALTHY KIDS COALITION   Co-Chairs Zac Cataldo and Anastasia O’Malley   hkc@sustainablewestford.org
Engaging the community in supporting positive efforts toward overall wellness through healthier, cleaner food options and through de-stressing with exercise, sleep and fun.

KIWANIS  Don Siriani, President    392-8799 (home)  don.siriani@masenate.gov
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7pm, Yangtze River Restaurant, Rt 110, Littleton

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS  978-347-5989  info@lwv.westford.org
P.O. Box 59      lwv.westford.org

MIDDLESEX CENTRAL MODEL RAILROAD CLUB
Bob Parsons     692-8468 (home) or Peter McGarry, Secretary  392-8745
Meets at Cameron Senior Center Thursdays, 7 – 10 pm

NABNASSET IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION INC (NIA)  westford.org\nia      Erik Crosby, President         781-760-0945 (home)

NASHOBA PLAYERS
Box Office 978-760-3510   nashobaplayers.org

NASHOBA VALLEY PHOTO CLUB
Daniel Carey, President 256-4937 (home) nvpcweb.org
Meets 1st, 3rd, & 4th Wednesdays at 7:30pm, Sept-May, J V Fletcher Library

PART (Amateur Radio Club)   Andy Stewart, President (KB10IQ)
Meets 3rd Tuesday each month at the Cameron Senior Center, 7:00 pm and Sunday night, 8 pm over the airways, 146.955 MHz .

REPUBLICAN TOWN COMMITTEE   PO Box 17 westfordmagop.org
Wade T. Fox, Chair  204-8465 (home)

ROTARY  westfordrotary.org
Nicole Hamel, President
Meets Thursdays at the Westford Regency at 12 noon.

STONY BROOK FISH & GAME ASSOC.           128 Lowell Road    692-7062
Firearm safety training offered to the public. Two trap fields, a trout pond and archery.

SUSTAINABLE WESTFORD – WESTFORD FARMERS MARKET
Gloria Tu Gilbert, Director                       sustainablewestford.org
Efforts concentrated on sustainable and environmental education; health and food systems; and community building.
Farmers Market on Westford Common Tuesday afternoons from
June – October.  UPCYLE IT! Program  Gerry DiBello, Coordinator and
Kristina Green, Founder  Contact: upcycleit@sustainablewestford.org

TOASTMASTERS   westfordexpressions.toastmastersclubs.org
Meets Mondays 7 – 8:30 pm at J V Fletcher Library

VFW MATTAWANAKEE POST # 6539
67 West Prescott Street 692-7015
Function hall available for rent. Contact: 692-4090   Brian Fitzpatrick, Manager

WESTFORD ACADEMY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
Tammy Fannon, President   waalumni@gmail.com

WESTFORD ACADEMY ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
Kathy Harris 846-1428  westford.org/waboosters

WESTFORD ACADEMY TRUSTEES
Dr. Joseph Lisi, Chair  546-8424

WESTFORD AGAINST SUBSTANCE ABUSE, INC. (WASA)
Sue Higgins 496-4404
P.O. Box 668    wasa-ma.org

WESTFORD CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC
Lori Cogliano, President  781-953-3344
Raises and distributes funds to enrich charitable, educational, cultural and environmental initiatives in the Westford community.

WESTFORD CHESS CLUB  westford.org/chess
Meets at Roudenbush Community Center 1st & 3rd Fridays 7-8:30 pm

WESTFORD CHORUS  westfordchorus.org

WESTFORD COLONIAL MINUTEMEN
Dan Lacroix 692-5198 (home)   westford1775.org

WESTFORD CONSERVATION TRUST
Ron Gemma 692-5668 (home)   westfordconservationtrust.org
PO Box 255
Meets 3rd Thursdays at Roudenbush at 7 pm except July, Aug & Nov

WESTFORD EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Mary Anne Seraphin, President  692-6345 (home)
PO Box 535                  wefweb.org
An independent non-profit promoting innovative educational and professional development initiatives by raising money to award grants to the Westford Public School system.

WESTFORD FRIENDS OF RECREATION
Chris Barrett, President   874-3210    www.westfordfriendsofrecreation.org

WESTFORD GARDEN CLUB
Co-Presidents Jane Gelazier 701-5071 and Peg Mullen 692-7979
PO Box 247  westford.org/gardenclub
Meets the 1st Wednesday each month at 10 am. Please call for location.

WESTFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. 4 Boston Road 692-5550
Office open 9-1 pm Mon, Wed & Fri, Penny Lacroix, Director
Museum hours Sundays 2-4 pm     www.museum.westford.org
Meets the 4th Wednesday of the month, 7:15 pm at the Museum Cottage, 4 Boston Road.

WESTFORD INVESTMENT CLUB – WOW  (Wizards of Westford)
A NAIC investment club. Interested in learning about investments, the club meets monthly in the evening. Contact Patti Mason at 692-8958 for more information.

WESTFORD LAND PRESERVATION FOUNDATION   PO Box 235
Andrea Peraner-Sweet, President 692-7399 (home)
A private, non-profit organization educating landowners and working to preserve open space.

WESTFORD PARENT CONNECTION  PO Box 1493
Mary Anne Seraphin, President 692-6345 (home)
westfordparentconnection.com
Independent non-profit providing parent education and enrichment programs to enable parents to understand and address social and emotional issues affecting their children.

WESTFORD WOMEN’S CLUB “Living the Volunteer Spirit”
Meets 4th Monday of the month Sept-May. Contact Lynne 692-2069 (home).
Serving the Westford area for over 40 years.
Find us on Facebook.

 

COMMUNITY CENTER – see Roudenbush Community Center


COMPOSTING

The Recycling Commission encourages homeowners to compost both food waste and yard waste (leaves, grass clippings and pine needles). Fat Moon Farm in Westford offers workshops on how to start home composting. Home compost bins may be purchased for $45 by calling Recycling Commission volunteer Denise Seyffert, 692-6986 (home). Yard waste cannot go out with your trash. The least expensive option is to mulch the leaves and let the mulch stay on your lawn. For a fee, Acme Waste collects leaves, placed in paper leaf bags at curbside, two Saturdays each fall. Register with the Town Clerk’s office, 692-5515. Several local garden centers accept yard waste for a fee and are listed at westfordma.gov/recycling under Everything Else/Yard Waste.


CONSERVATION AREAS

The Town’s Conservation Commission and the non-profit Westford Conservation Trust manage acres of land and miles of trail easements, all open to residents. Refer to the Westford Conservation Trust’s booklet, Westford Trails or the Roudenbush Map of Westford, both for sale at Roudenbush Community Center and at the Town Clerk’s office. Westford Trails is also online at westfordconservationtrust.org.

 


CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Town Hall, 55  Main Street 2nd floor
Conservation/Resource Planner,Carol Gumbart 692-5524 (Hours:call ahead)
Permitting Program Assistant, Erin Toothaker
Eric Fahle, Chair   692-0138 (home)
Meets 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month at 7:30 pm at Town Hall

The seven members of the Commission are appointed by the Selectmen for 3-year rotating terms. They are responsible for management of the Town’s conservation land and administration of the State’s Wetlands Protection Act. Under this Act, it is necessary to file a Notice of Intent prior to doing any work within 100 feet of a wetland. The Commission then holds a public hearing, makes a site inspection, and writes an Order of Conditions detailing any required environmental safeguards. They also administer the Westford Wetland Bylaw which, among its regulations, prohibits the filling of wetlands and requires septic systems to be 100 feet from any wetland edge.

 


COUNCIL ON AGING/CAMERON SENIOR CENTER

Cameron Senior Center
20 Pleasant Street   692-5523
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am-4 pm Tues & Thurs 8 am-8 pm
The Cameron welcomes Westford residents and those from neighboring towns age 60 and over to join in the myriad of enrichment and wellness programs as well as services offered daily at the center.

The Center offers thirteen weekly exercise programs, golf, billards/pinpong, day trips, watercolor classes/Open Art Studio, state of the art fitness center, computer lab, medical lending library and many other opportunities. The Cameron has Bingo each Monday 1:00-3:00 pm and Thursday night 6:45 pm- 9 pm (transportation provided if requested). Other services offered include social services and transportation programs.  Cameron also houses Trudy’s Boutique (public invited) and the Westford Food Pantry.

Additional helpful information:
Cameron Transportation Program – For Westford residents age 60+ and disabled. Contact: 399-2322
Service area: Acton, Ayer, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, and Westford. This is a very high demand service.
We ask that you give a 48-hour notice and book rides no more than a month out.  First priority to those with medical appointments so there may be times you will need to be flexible in your transportation schedule.  Wednesdays are scheduled runs to Market Basket as well as other support transportation needs. Recommended donation for service as follows: $3 round trip in Westford, $6 for surrounding towns and $8 for outlying towns. Hours of operation: Mon – Fri 8 am- 3 pm and nightly for COA sponsored programs.

Outreach Coordinator 399-2326 Annette Cerullo, LSW, is available to assist with fuel assistance, housing and SNAP applications, tax relief applications, medical equipment needs, handyman services, friendly visitors, and other home needs for Westford residents. Meetings can be scheduled at the Cameron or at your home.

Town Social Worker  399-2325 Alison Christopher, LICSW, is available for all Westford residents for consultations concerning hardship situation(s), referrals, and information.

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Support Group
Contact: Sandy 758-6072
We welcome family members and caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s and Dementias to join us on the 1st Wed of the month at the Cameron Senior Center at 6:30 pm.

Council on Aging Advisory Board
The Board meets on the 2nd Wed of the month at 4 pm. except for July and August.  All are welcome to attend. This Board is appointed by the Town Manager and the current Chair is Helena Crocker.

The Westford Food Pantry
Visit westfoodpantry.org for monthly calendar of Food Pantry openings or like us on Facebook for more information.

Meals on Wheels
Contact Elder Services of Merrimack Valley at 1-800-892-0890 to schedule having warm, nutritious meals delivered to your door Mon through Fri.

To learn more about the Cameron and the daily offerings please visit our Council on Aging website at www.westford.gov/coa

Other Area Services:

Companion/Respite Program Chelmsford Senior Center
Betty Chaput, Companion Coordinator 788-6174
This cost-effective program (for local residents) allows the caregiver much needed personal time for themselves, out of the house, getting a break, while the senior receives supervision through activities, a light meal (if needed) and companionship.

Adult Social Day Program Chelmsford Senior Center
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-3 pm, this day program offers seniors the opportunity to engage in physical cognitive and artistic activities for the enhancement of the mind and body. The goals of this program focus on enriching the lives of the particpants and for the caregivers who benefit from much needed respite. Contact the Program Manager at 788-6178 or cnormandy@townofchelmsford.us

Elders Services of Merrimack Valley
A state-funded program that provides home care services to qualified applicants. Also offered are community programs and services that include health insurance counseling, support for caregivers, assistance with Medicare errors, fraud and abuse, long-term care placement, food insecurity, money management and wellness programs to enhance aging  healthy. Contact the Age Information Department at 1-800-892-0890.

 


CULTURAL COUNCIL

Contact Co-Chairs: Yen Yen Lim yfunmail@gmail.com & Angela McAlister 392-1274
The Council is a group of interested residents appointed by the Town Manager to review grant applications and award funds for community-based arts, humanities and interpretive science activities that benefit the community. Grant money comes through the Mass Cultural Council. The grant application and guidelines can be picked up at Town Hall beginning Sept. 1 or go to mass-culture.org/westford. Application must be postmarked by October 15.

 


ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Paul Starratt PE, Town Engineer 399-2716
Highway Facility, 28 North Street
The Town Engineer is responsible for reviewing public and private projects to insure compliance with codes and regulations. Engineering services are also provided to various Town departments, board and committees.

 


FAIRS, FESTIVALS, AND FESTIVITIES

February:
J V Fletcher Library Book Sale
Chocolate Sunday at St. Marks Church

March:
Regional Art Event at the Parish Center for the Arts

April:
Greater Lowell Walk for Hunger
Westford Education Foundation Big Event
Roudenbush Town-Wide Yard Sale

May:
Westford Road Race
Kiwanis Apple Blossom Festival & Parade
First Parish Pancake Breakfast – Apple Blossom Day
Garden Club Plant Sale
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

June:
First Parish Strawberries & Arts Festival
Farmers Market opens for the season
Franco-American Clambake
J V Fletcher Library Book Sale

July:
J V Fletcher Library Children’s Book Sale

August:
4H Fair
Rotary Blues ‘n’ Brews and Pig ‘n’ Pepper Festival, the 3rd  weekend in August at Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Franco-American Clambake

September:
Roudenbush Town-wide Yard Sale

October:
First Parish Yard Sale
Cameron Senior Center Fair
Fall Fun Fest at Kimball Farm
Westford Education Foundation Walk for Education
J V Fletcher Library Book Sale
Fall Foliage Festival at East Boston Camps
Graniteville Pride Spaghetti Supper

November:
Veterans Day Ceremonies
Boy Scout Troop 159 Sporting Goods Sale
United Methodist Church Harvest Supper
St. Catherine’s Holiday Craft Fair
Thanksgiving Eve Ecumenical Service
Tree Lighting on the Common 4pm the Sunday after Thanksgiving

December:
First Parish Greens Sale ~ Westford Academy Bazaar
Lions Club Breakfast with Santa
United Methodist Church Live Nativity
Scout Troop 159 sale of Christmas trees & candle luminaries for Christmas Eve lighting

 


FINANCE

Dan O’Donnell, Finance Director  399-2573
Alice Ferro, Town Accountant   392-4450
Town Hall, 55 Main Street   Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

The Finance Director and the Town Accountant are full-time town employees appointed by the Town Manager. The Director has responsibility for financial management and planning. The Accountant is responsible for budget control and maintenance of the financial records of the Town.

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE
The nine members are appointed by the Town Moderator to advise the Town Meeting on expenditures. Meetings are held on Thursday. Check Westfordma.gov for dates & times.

 


FIRE DEPARTMENT

TO REPORT A FIRE or TO CALL AN AMBULANCE    911
Joseph Targ, Fire Chief
Business Office: 51 Main Street   978-692-5542
Office Hours: Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 4:00pm

Westford has a fire department administered by a full-time chief and staffed 24 hours a day by 38 full-time firefighter/paramedics, a Fire Prevention Officer and 14 call personnel who respond to assigned districts in town from three stations. The stations are the Center Station, Nabnasset Station at 14 Oak Hill Road and the George Rogers Station at 39 Town Farm Road. The department also has an Auxiliary Force that serves as a training ground for future firefighters. The Fire Prevention Officer is responsible for the enforcement of fire prevention codes and fire safety regulations.

 


HOUSE NUMBERS

Town bylaws require your house number be visible from the street. The numbers should be at least 3″ high. If you have a question, contact Building Commissioner Matt Hakala, 692-5527.

 


HEALTH DEPARTMENT
BOARD OF HEALTH

Michele Pitoniak-Crawford             392-8536 (home)
Zac Cataldo (Chair)                          392-9214 (home)
Sue Hanley                                        392-6816 (home)
Helen Fu                                            577-6588 (home)
Stephanie Granger                          589-9893 (home)
Meets 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7 pm

The five members of the Board of Health are elected for three-year terms. The board is responsible for enforcing the state sanitary and environmental codes. They protect Westford’s public health by adopting local health regulations and supporting public health prevention programs.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Business Office: Town Hall, 2nd floor 692-5509
Office Hours: 8 am – noon, 12:30 – 4 pm
Laurie Lessard, Administrative Assistant

HEALTH DIRECTOR
Jeffrey Stephens, Health Director  399- 2929

The Health Director is responsible for overseeing the Health Department and assessing community needs, adopting and enforcing health regulations and implementing improved community strategies to provide affordable quality health care and preventative health programs and services.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION
Ray Peachey, Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator 399-2528
Responsible for developing and implementing alcohol and other drug-related prevention programs and enforcing tobacco regulations within the community.

SHARPS collection boxes in the Health Department office and in the Police Department lobby.

MEDICATIONS DISPOSAL collection boxes in the Police Department lobby.

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE
Gail Johnson, RN. Public Health Nurse 399- 2548
The public health nurse is responsible for implementing nursing/medical services including: health clinics and immunizations, communicable disease follow-up, and health education programs. Home visits are conducted by appointment only for supervision of homebound elderly and tuberculosis follow-up.

DENTAL SERVICES
Catherine McLarney RDH   Andrea McKinley RDH    978 692-5509
School-based dental program includes screenings and fluoride treatments provided for grades 2,4 & 6 and screenings only in grades K,1 & 3.

UPPER MERRIMACK VALLEY MEDICAL RESERVE CORPS (UMV MRC)
Jeffrey Stephens, Director 399-2929  Nancy Burns, Coordinator 399-2549
Part of a national program, this volunteer emergency response team assists the community in times of need and provides public health and community service between disasters. Medical and non-medical members are welcome to join. See umvmrc.org

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PREVENTION –
Westford Coalition for Non-Violence is a town committee devoted to stopping relationship abuse and violence. See wcnv.org or contact the Health Director.

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES/SANITATION
Seth Lajoie, Manager  692-5509
Oversees all sanitation-related services within the town and is responsible for implementation of the Hazardous Materials Bylaw and enforcement of Title V state regulations and Food Code.

SEPTIC TANKS
Westford has no municipal sewer system. Each house has its own septic system. Septic tanks should be pumped at least once every three years, and if you have a garbage disposal it is recommended that your septic system be pumped annually.

INSPECTIONAL SERVICES
Rae Dick, Health Agent 399- 2583
The health agent is responsible for assisting with environmental related services including conducting housing, camp, beach and public swimming pool inspections, issuing permits, and providing public health education.

FOOD SERVICES
Arnie Price, Food Inspector 692-5509
The Food Inspector issues permits to operate a retail food establishment, inspects food establishments, and provides food service seminars.

 


HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Richard (Chip) Barrett, Highway Superintendent    692-5520
Highway Facility, 28 North Street

The Highway Department services nearly 175 miles of roads, doing resurfacing, road improvements, and snow removal. Cares for common grounds around municipal buildings except the schools.

 


HISTORICAL COMMISSION

David Gutbrod, Chair   617-851-8228 (home)
Meets 3rd Wednesday each month at the Museum Cottage, 7 pm

The seven member Historical Commission and two alternates are appointed by the Town Manager. They are responsible for the preservation, coordination, education, promotion and development of the historical assets of the town and for overseeing the Demolition Delay Bylaw. The Commission also oversees the maintenance of the Westford Museum and Cottage.

 

HOSPITALS – see EMERGENCY NUMBERS


HOUSING AUTHORITY

Paul Teixeira, Executive Director  692-6011
65 Tadmuck Road    Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 2 pm

The Housing Authority is comprised of five members (four elected for five year terms and one appointed at the state level) and is the local body responsible for expenditure of state housing grants and management of the four complexes.

Meets 2nd Thursday each month 6 pm. Check the Town website for location.

Westford has four complexes for the housing of the elderly, handicapped and those with special needs: a forty-eight unit complex located at 65 Tadmuck Road, a twenty-five unit complex located at Church and Cross Streets in Graniteville, and six units located at School Lane. The Housing Authority also owns three units at Brookside Mill which are rented to moderate income families.

 


HUNTING

Hunting on private land requires written permission from the property owner. Hunting on Town land generally requires permission from the board that has custody of the parcel. Hunters must be in compliance with Massachusetts state law. Town boards may impose additional restrictions for parcels under their control. Refer to Chapter 95 Firearms the General Bylaws of the Town at westfordma.gov. Also refer to the Hunting Policy on the Board of Selectmen web page at westfordma.gov. or Lottery/Hunting applications on the Town Clerk’s page. For more information about hunting on a specific parcel, contact the board with custody of the parcel.

 


JURY DUTY

Information 1-800-843-5879  Monday – Friday, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Jurors are randomly selected from census lists of residents 18 years and older provided by the cities and towns in Massachusetts. Jurors serve for one day or one trial and are paid at their normal rate of pay by their employer. Unemployed jurors are paid a per diem rate by the Jury Commissioner’s office.

 


LEAVES

See COMPOSTING and check westfordma.gov/recycling .

You cannot put leaves or pine needles at curbside with your trash due to state and local restrictions. Burning leaves is also prohibited. The Recycling Commission urges homeowners to mulch leaves into their lawns. Acme Waste collects leaves, placed in paper leaf bags at curbside, two Saturdays each Fall.

Register with the Town Clerk’s office 692-5515. Several local garden centers accept yard waste for a fee and are listed at westfordma.gov/recycling under Everything Else/Yard Waste

Also see RECYCLING and TRASH

 


LIBRARY

50 Main Street 692-5555     FAX: 692-0287
westfordlibrary.org
Director: Ellen D Rainville 399-2312

LIBRARY HOURS:
Monday – Thursday: 10am – 9 pm
Friday: 1 – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 2 – 5 pm (January – April)
(Closed Memorial Day & Labor Day weekends)

LIBRARY MISSION
The J V Fletcher Library serves as a progressive responsive community resource dedicated to the informational, cultural, educational and technological needs of its patrons. The Library supports its users in their lifelong pursuit of learning, personal growth and self-fulfillment. It encourages the young in their exploration of and celebration of the world. The Library is a resource for exploring and using new technologies, collections and media. The Library provides a gathering place for community members – in all their diversity – to meet in social engagement, to share discourse, to ponder divergent ideas and to engage in civic connection. The Library strives to be both reflective of and responsive to the community. It also seeks to be in the forefront of professional library service – attracting and leading the community into the future in a warm and welcoming public setting.

THE FLETCHER LIBRARY ONLINE
westfordlibrary.org supports, supplements and highlights our services, network catalog, juvenile and adult programs, electronic databases, and our ever-growing variety of free, downloadable digital collections.

THE FRIENDS OF THE JV FLETCHER LIBRARY, INC.
The Friends offer invaluable financial and material assistance through Book Sale proceeds, their Fall Appeal drive, their annual membership drive, and other fund raising programs. Their generosity funds passes to over twenty area museums, Library programs and performers (including the Summer Reading Program), provides new equipment and furnishings and supplements extensive, multi-format collections. Sign up for the Friends e-newsletter and see the offerings of this wonderful volunteer organization at westfordlibraryfriends.org.

BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES
Hajo Koester, Chairman; Elizabeth (Buffie) Diercks, Secretary; Robert Price, Treasurer; Kathleen Canavan,Trustee; Marianne Fleckner, Trustee;  Susan Flint, Trustee. Long-range planning and policy are set by the elected, six-member Board of Trustees, which meets the first Monday of the month at 7 pm in the Library.

 


LICENSES AND PERMITS

Licenses are required before certain businesses and activities may take place. The Board of Selectmen licenses the sale of alcoholic beverages, earth removal, the sale of automobiles, junk dealers and public entertainment such as carnivals and issues sign permits. The Building Department issues all permits relating to construction and, following a review by the Historical Commission, for demolition.

·   The Fire Department issues permits to burn brush. (see Burning Permits),
·   The Police Department issues firearm permits.
·   The Town Clerk issues marriage licenses and dog licenses.
·   The Board of Health issues permits for sewage disposal, selling of food and milk, and licenses stables and piggeries.
·   The Commonwealth of MA issues fish and game licenses.

 


MAP OF WESTFORD

The Roudenbush Map of Westford is updated every two years with the newest edition published in January 2015. The map includes all new streets as well as proposed streets approved by the Planning Board; recreation and conservation land and trails noted in green; and locations of Town buildings and historic sites. The map is sold at Roudenbush Community Center, 65 Main Street; Printing Solutions, Six Carlisle Road; the Town Clerk’s office, 55 Main Street;  and the Westford Museum, 2 Boston Road.

 


MUSEUM

Westford Historical Society, Inc.
Penny Lacroix, Director
Phone and fax: 692-5550
2-4 Boston Road, P.O. Box 411

Office hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 9 am – 1 pm
Museum hours: Sundays 2 – 4 pm (closed on major holiday weekends)
www.museum.westford.org

The Westford Museum is housed in the original 1794 Westford Academy building. From 1917 to 1974, the building was used as the Center fire station and was restored for use as a museum by Nashoba Technical High School students in 1976 .

We invite you to visit. Our exhibits change frequently, and lectures are held throughout the year. Special programs are conducted for school groups, scouts and seniors. If you are researching the history of your home or family in town, don’t hesitate to take advantage of our reference materials. The Westford Historical Society, Inc board meetings are held in the Museum Cottage at 4 Boston Road on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:15 pm.

 


NEWSPAPERS

Westford Eagle
Alexander Silva, Reporter  asylva@wickedlocal.com
150 Baker Avenue Extension, Suite 101, Concord, MA 01742
Fax number: 978-371-5711

The Eagle is published each Thursday. Letters to the editor and news stories may be emailed by 9 am the Monday before publication. Items for the Calendar page need to be submitted by email or fax by 5 pm Wednesday, eight days before publication.

Lowell Sun  458-7100
491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01853
A daily paper which includes coverage of Westford

 


PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATIONS (PTOs)

WESTFORD ACADEMY SCHOOL COUNCIL Contact: Hilary Langille,
Admin. Asst. to Principal, 692-5570, xt. 2101  for specific dates and times.

WESTFORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTO (WEPTO)
Abbot, Crisafulli, Norman E. Day, Rita Edwards Miller, Nabnasset and Robinson Schools   westford.org/westelmpto

WESTFORD MIDDLE SCHOOL PTO
Blanchard and Stony Brook Middle Schools  mspto.webs.com

 


PARISH CENTER FOR THE ARTS

10 Lincoln Street on Westford Common
at the corner of Lincoln Street and Boston Road, 692-6333

This historic building has been the home of the PCA since 2000. Offerings include art, comedy, concerts, dance, piano recitals, teen concerts, theatre and private rentals, Programs are run by adult and teen volunteers. You are encouraged to join as a guest, a member or a volunteer to keep art and culture thriving in our town.

 


PARKING CLERK
Pat Dubey, Town Clerk Town Hall, 1st floor   692-5515
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm. Parking tickets must be paid by check, cash or money order within 21 days of date of issue.

 


PARKS, RECREATION & CEMETERY DEPARTMENT

Recreation Office 22 Town Farm Road Bldg 18 692-5532  FAX 392-4471
Mailing address: PO Box 2444          westfordrec.com
Jonathan Revis, Parks & Grounds Operations Supervisor

Recreation offers a wide variety of programs and activities throughout the year. A program brochure is published fall/winter and spring/summer and mailed to all Westford residents. Parks & Grounds maintains recreation/town properties, monuments and assists at the Stony Brook Conservation Land. Fields are permitted through the department office and fees are charged to support the cost of maintenance. Youth Sports Organization and Adult league pay an annual fee for support of recreation fields. Properties adhere to a carry in/carry out policy for patrons to remove their trash and other items when leaving. Cemeteries are listed separately under Town Cemeteries.

The Westford Partnership for Children Afterschool Enrichment Program, is a collaborative between Recreation and the Westford public schools. The WPC Afterschool Enrichment Program began in 2004 and is in all six elementary schools and Stony Brook Middle School. Enrollment is on-going with new sessions scheduled every two months.

Register online at  www.westfordrec.com

 

PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION

The Commission meets the first Monday each month at 6:30 pm. Members are appointed by the Town Manager for three year terms There are seven Commissioners and two alternate positions. Parks and Recreation Commission is a policy setting board for Parks/Grounds, and Recreation.

YOUTH SPORTS OFFERINGS and WEBSITES

Crew/rowing
Westford Area Rowing – westfordrowing.com
Middle school through adults, competitive and instructional programs spring/summer/fall. Winter indoor rowing. David Cormier, Head Coach

Basketball
Westford Youth Basketball – westfordhoops.com
Grades 3-12 December-March

Baseball/Softball
Westford Youth Baseball and Softball League – wybsl.com
Ages 6-12 Spring, Fall; Sr. League Ages 13-15, 16-18 Spring.
Summer youth and senior league play

Youth Fast Pitch Softball – westfordwaves.com
Ages 9-17 Spring, Summer

Flag Football, Cheering
Westford Flag Football – westfordflag.com
Ages 9-17 September-November

Westford Jr. Ghosts Football and Cheer – westfordjrghosts.com
Ages 8-14  August-November

Gymnastics
Roudenbush 978-692-5511

Ice Hockey
nashobahockey.org    Ages 6-14 September-March

Lacrosse
westfordlax.org   Ages 14 and under April-June

Soccer
Westford Youth Soccer – westfordyouthsoccer.com
Ages 6-14 Spring, Fall

Wrestling
www.eteamz.com/westfordyouthwrestling
Grades 2-8, November-March

Also see BEACHES, PLAYGROUNDS, TENNIS COURTS

For ADULT SPORTS LEAGUES, contact the Recreation Department.


CEMETERIES – TOWN
Pine Grove Cemetery Office 692-5526
68 Forge Village Road: Mon – Fri, 7 am – 3:30 pm
Richard Nawoichik, Cemetery Supervisor
Danielle LeBlanc, Cemetery Assistant

The Town owns and operates five cemeteries and one burying ground: Fairview, Hillside, Pine Grove, Westlawn, Wright Cemeteries and Old Pioneer Burying Ground. The Cemetery Department is operated as part of the Parks, Recreation, and Cemetery Department.

CEMETERY COMMISSION
The Commission is a policy setting board for the Town Cemeteries. The Commission meets quarterly on the first Tuesday of the month 8 am at Pine Grove Cemetery Office. Four Commissioners are appointed by the Town Manager to serve a three year term.

 


PLANNING BOARD
Town Hall, 55 Main Street, 2nd floor
692-5524    Hours: 8 am – 4 pm
Chris Kluchman, Director of Land Use Management
Jeffery Morrissette, Planner
Kate Hollister, Chair
Meets 1st and 3rd Monday each month at 7:30pm at Town Hall

The five Planning Board members are elected for five-year terms. The Board has two functions as defined by Massachusetts General Laws:
1) to establish planning goals and prepare plans to implement those goals, which take the form of the town’s zoning bylaws;
2) to administer the Subdivision Control Law, which establishes the process for development of new roads and new housing.

A developer’s proposed plans are carefully scrutinized for roadway design, drainage, soil conditions and a host of details related to proper siting. Site plans for commercial projects are also reviewed by the Planning Board.

As a part of the review process for subdivisions, the Board holds public hearings, notices of which are published in local newspapers and posted at Town Hall.

 


PLAYGROUNDS

PARKER VILLAGE PLAYGROUND Jack Walsh Field, Carlisle Road
Slides, swings, spring riders and picnic tables, all made from recycled plastic. Volunteers raised the money for this playground which was installed in 2002.

RICHARD CULVER, JR. PLAYGROUND Forge Pond Beach
Given by the Culver family for the Children of Westford
Single modular playground structure appropriate for ages 3 – 10, swings

RONAN McELLIGOTT MEMORIAL PLAYGROUND Edwards Beach
Because all children deserve a place to play
westfordorg/ronansplaygound
A barrier-free boundless playground built in 2009 with funds raised by the Ronan McElligott Memorial Playground Committee. Two age-appropriate modular structures, one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-12, include swings, tables, benches, slides and accessible surfacing.

ROUDENBUSH PLAYGROUND at Main Street and Frost
The Main Street playground behind Roudenbush includes a rock wall for young children, climbing structures for school age children, slides, and climbing bars. The Children’s Center at Frost has climbing structures for ages 3-8, a structure for infants and toddlers, all with slides, two sand diggers for toddlers, playhouse and a pavilion with picnic area, all on sand. Open to the public after 6 pm  and weekends.

ST. ONGE PLAYGROUND Whitney Field next to Roudenbush
Swings, a slide and climb-on toys, given by the family of Dick St. Onge, a call firefighter who died in the line of duty in 1970. Refurbished as an Eagle Scout project in 2009 by William Stone, Jr.

WESTFORD COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND
American Legion Field, River Street
Re-opened in 2006, the playground has a modular structure, tot and child swings, digger, and sandbox. Picnic tables and benches were completed as an Eagle Scout project by Dan Souza.

 


POLICE DEPARTMENT

EMERGENCIES  911

Thomas McEnaney, Chief of Police
Walter Shea, Deputy Chief
53 Main Street         978-692-2161

The Police Department is committed to promoting a strong police/community partnership to deter crime and to enhance citizen understanding of the role of the Police Department.

Westford’s Police Department is managed by the Chief who, with a Deputy Chief and two Captains, supervises four Lieutenants, seven Sergeants, thirty full-time patrolmen, seven telecommunicators and four administrative staff. There are three separate divisions within the department: Administrative, Patrol Operations and Special Services.

The Administrative Division oversees the enhanced 911 and police communication radio system, training and the record department. The Patrol Operations Division is the largest unit with responsibility for uniform enforcement to the community. The Special Services Division is staffed by detectives and serves as the investigative arm of the department.

Please notify the police to request a physical check of your property if you plan to be on vacation for any length of time. Upon request, the department’s Crime Prevention Officer will conduct a free home-security survey and offer suggestions to make your home more secure.

The volunteer police amateur radio team (PART) is made up of amateur radio operators from Westford and surrounding towns. PART maintains an active schedule of community service and a direct VHF radio connection to Westford Emergency Management. For more information go to wb1gof.org.

Firearm Permits: under Mass General Laws, the Chief of Police is responsible for issuing permits to qualified applicants for selling, carrying and/or possessing a firearm.

Solicitors: any door-to-door solicitor must be able to show a permit issued by the Police Department.

 


POST OFFICES

Dave Dundon, Postmaster

WESTFORD CENTER, 301 Littleton Road  692-3756
Window Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday 8:30 am – 12 noon
Post Office Box Hours:   Mon – Fri 6:30 am – 5:15 pm
Saturday 6:30 am – 2 pm

FORGE VILLAGE, 5 West Prescott Street  692-3865
Window Hours:  Mon. – Fri. 9 am – 12 noon, 12:45 – 4:30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 noon

NABNASSET, 62 Brookside Road  692-3881
Window Hours:  Monday-Friday 9 am – 12 noon, 1 – 4:30 pm
Saturday 9 am – 12 noon

 

RECREATION – see PARKS, RECREATION & CEMETERIES

 

RECYCLING

RECYCLING COMMISSION     westfordma.gov/recycling

The seven members are appointed by the Town Manager and are responsible for organizing all of the Town’s recycling efforts. Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month, 7 pm at Roudenbush. Details about all recycling programs are included in the Recycling Guide mailed to every household each June. Copies are available at the Town Clerk’s office and on the website. The website has oodles of information.

Residents are required to recycle. If you put recyclables in with trash, the Town’s trash hauler will leave your trash uncollected. Recycle plastic bottles and jugs, glass jars and bottles, cans, all paper and cardboard. All recyclables go into the same bin or barrel together. No sorting needed. Collection is at curbside every other week on your trash collection day. To find your collection day, go to the website. Recyclables must be at the curb by 7 am. Problems with recycling pickup: call Republic Services 800-442-9006 M-F, 8 am-5 pm.

Much more can be recycled/reused/repurposed including:

Christmas trees: the Westford Firefighters collect used trees at your curb in early January. There is a $10 fee. Call 392-0028.

Leaves, grass clippings and pine needles – see LEAVES

Usable clothing, textiles, toys & small furniture: Collected in various bins around town. Place everything in trash bags. The following bins, run by N.E. Clothes Recycling Inc., are by agreement with the Recycling Commission and also take shoes and non-wearable clothes and clean rags – Abbot and Blanchard Schools, Westford Exxon on Rt 110, Roudenbush at Nabnasset and near 495 overpass on Concord Rd.

Motor oil: collected at the Center fire station Sat 8 am – 4 pm ($1/gallon) and at Whitney’s Service, 107 Main Street ($1/gallon).

Appliances (“white goods”): collected curbside the 3rd Saturday each month. Requires a $30 sticker which is available from the Town Clerk, 692-5515

Food scraps –home compost bins can be purchased for $45 by calling Denise Seyffert 692-6986 (home)

Everything Else – go to westfordma.gov/recycling

 


ROUDENBUSH COMMUNITY CENTER

creating community. enriching lives.

234 Littleton Road Unit 2G   496-1707    Roudenbush.org
Office Hours:     Monday-Friday 8:30 am -7 pm
(closes early in July & August)
Saturday 8:00 am -12 noon
(depending on programs)
Sunday (depending on programs)

The Roudenbush Community Center brings educational enrichment to individuals, families and communities in an inviting environment where there is always something new to explore. In collaboration with area businesses, community organizations and schools, the Roudenbush focuses on meeting the needs of a diverse population. We offer a world of opportunity through life-long learning, preschool, childcare, special events and the arts.

As a non-profit organization, Roudenbush is funded by donations, grants and program fees to continue providing a wide range of fun and exciting programs for all to enjoy.

The Roudenbush main facility at 65 Main Street houses community education classrooms for adults and children, gymnastics, and the School Age Program. The part-day preschool program is housed at the old Nabnasset School, 170 Plain Road as well as at 73 Main Street. The Frost building is also home to our a full-time day care center. Community Education brochures list all classes and program information and are mailed to residents and surrounding towns three times a year. You can visit the website at roudenbush.org for more information and to enroll for classed online.

THE ROUDENBUSH COMMUNITY CENTER, INC. (TRCCI)  The TRCCI is the non-profit group that leases the three buildings from the Town and pays all Roudenbush expenses and staff salaries from tuitions and program fees.
SCHOOLS

 


WESTFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Administrative Offices, Millennium Building, 23 Depot Street
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm  692-5560

SCHOOL COMMITTEE
Arthur Benoit                                  692-8932 (home)
Avery Adam,  Vice Chair               392-5920  (home)
Gloria Miller                                    496-1357  (home)
Chris Sanders                                 692-0288  (home)
Terry Ryan, Chair                           692-1198   (home)                                             Megan Eckroth, Secretary            251-7290   (home)                                             Alicia Mallon                                    729-1117   (home)

Meets every other Monday at 7:30 pm unless otherwise posted on the Town calendar at westfordma.gov and at the Town Clerk’s office.The seven members of the Committee are elected for three-year terms in rotation and, like all Town boards, serve without pay. The committee is the policy-making board for the public schools. Any concerns or questions about the schools should first be referred to the appropriate teacher or principal (see below). Any unresolved matter may then be referred to the Superintendent and the Superintendent will inform the School Committee.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS
Posted on westfordma.gov and westford.org
At 6:30 am on AM stations WBZ 1030 and WRKO 680
TV announcements at 6:30 am on WBZ 4, WHDH 5 & WCBS 7 and FOX 25

SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Everett (Bill) Olsen  692-5560 ext 2103

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION OFFICE
Kerry Clery, Asst. Superintendent     692-5560 ext 2105

SPECIAL EDUCATION
Courtney Moran, Director of Pupil Services  692-5560 ext 2111

The Special Education Department is responsible for providing effective programs and services for children between the ages of 3 and 21 who have been diagnosed as having a handicapping condition under Chapter 766 of Massachusetts State Law. Parents are encouraged to call for more information.

SCHOOLS AND PRINCIPALS 2016-17 School Year

Kindergarten – 2nd Grade:
Rita Miller School, 1 Mitchell Way, Donna Pobuk, Principal  392-4476
Nabnasset School, 99 Plain Road, Susan DuBois, Principal  692-5583
Robinson School, 60 Concord Road, Kevin LaCoste, Principal  692-5586

3rd – 5th Grade:
Abbot School, 25 Depot Street, Kathy Huntley, Principal  692-5580
Crisafulli School, 13 Robinson Road, Sharon Kennelly, Principal  392-4483
Norman E. Day School, 75 East Prescott St., Chris Louis Sardella, Principal  692-5591

6th – 8th Grade:
Blanchard Middle School, 14 West Street, Timothy Hislop, Principal  692-5582
Stony Brook School, 7 Farmer’s Way, Dr. Christopher Chew, Principal  692-2708

9th – 12th Grade:
Westford Academy, 30 Patten Road, General Information 692-5570
FAX 692-5502  James Antonelli, Principal ext 2104

NASHOBA VALLEY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
100 Littleton Road 692-4711
Denise P. Pigeon, Superintendent-Director ext 103

NASHOBA TECH SCHOOL COMMITTEE
A 14 member School Committee and seven alternates represent the eight participating towns: Ayer, Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford. The members are appointed jointly by each town’s Moderator, School Committee and Selectmen. Westford’s members are:

Ron Deschenes                479-3964
Emanuel Manolopoulos     692-3421
Warren Adam (alternate)  392-5920

Nashoba Tech also offers community education to district residents.

 


SELECTMEN

BOARD OF SELECTMEN
G. Thomas Clay                                           399-0241 (home)
Andrea Peraner-Sweet, Chair                    692-7399 (home)
Elizabeth M. Almeida                                  496-9606 (home)
Scott Hazelton, Vice Chair                         692-9350 (home)
Mark Kost, Clerk                                          589-9909 (home)

Meet 2nd & 4th Tuesday, Town Hall meeting room 7:30 pm

Televised live on WestfordCAT channel 9 for Comcast & 34 for Verizon.

The five Selectmen are each elected for three-year terms and are unpaid. They are the chief policy-making board of the Town and are responsible for the enforcement of all town bylaws and regulations. To aid them in the conduct of their business, the board appoints the Town Manager (see page 34) who is responsible for many administration and appointment responsibilities. The board appoints Town Counsel, the Conservation Commission and the Board of Appeals, and must approve the Town Manager’s appointees for Fire Chief and Chief of Police.

 


STATE SENATOR and STATE REPRESENTATIVE

State Senator (1st Middlesex District)
The Honorable Eileen Donoghue (D)
State House, Boston, MA 02133       617-722-1630

State Representative (2nd Middlesex District)
The Honorable Jim Arciero (D)
State House, Room 146, Boston MA 02133   617-722-2320

 


STREET LIGHTS & ELECTRICITY OUTAGES

For electrical outages or street lights that are not working, call National Grid at 800-322-3223 and report the street location and pole number. To report online, go to nationalgridus.com.

 


TAX COLLECTOR/TREASURER

Christine Collins
Town Hall, 55 Main Street, 1st floor   692-5506
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm

 


TELEVISION, TELEPHONE AND INTERNET SERVICE

Comcast and Verizon are licensed by the Town to provide television, telephone and internet services to residents.
Comcast Customer Service 24 hours a day: 1-800 COMCAST or 692-6500 Local office: Xfinity Store, 6 Cornerstone Square
Verizon Customer Service 24 hours a day:
1-800 VERIZON or 1-800-483-1000; 1-800-837-4966

The COMMUNICATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE is appointed by the Town Manager to advise the Board of Selectmen in their role as Franchise Authority for services provided by Comcast and Verizon. The committee meets on an occasional basis at the Fletcher Library. Check with the Town Clerk’s office for posted meeting times. Contact: Tony Vacca  692-2290

WESTFORD COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION (WestfordCAT) is Westford’s access provider and operates Comcast channels 8, 9, and 99 and Verizon channels 33, 34, and 35. WestfordCAT also provides training, equipment and playback services to residents who would like to produce and provide programming or post notices on these public, education and government (PEG) access channels.

The studio is located at 487 Groton Road, Unit B.
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1037
Lauren Horton, Executive Director  692-7152    westfordcat.org

 


TENNIS COURTS

Town:       American Legion Field, River Street – 1 court
Greystone, off Russell’s Way – 2 courts
Capt. Stephen Hamilton Field, Plain Road – 1 court
Robinson School, Robinson Road – 4 courts, backboard
Jack Walsh Field, Carlisle Road in Parker Village – 2 courts
Veterans Memorial Complex, Farmer’s Way – 5 courts
Whitney Playground, Main Street next to Roudenbush – 2 courts, backboard

Private: Westford Racquet & Fitness (indoors), Littleton Road
Westford Swim & Tennis Club (outdoors), Littleton Road

 


TOWN CLERK

Pat Dubey, Town Clerk  692-5515
Andrew Sherman, Assistant Town Clerk
Town Hall, 55 Main Street  1st Floor   Fax: 399-2555
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm

The Town Clerk is appointed by the Town Manager and this office has answers to most questions that residents might have. You can register to vote, buy the  Roudenush Map of Westford,  pick up a Recycling Guide; apply for marriage licenses and lots more. Some other duties of the office include registration of voters; issuing dog licenses; recording all births, deaths and marriages; keeping all Town documents and town meeting records and oversight of all elections. The Town Clerk’s staff includes a Notary Public and a Justice of the Peace.

 


TOWN MANAGER

Jodi Ross, Town Manager 692-5501
Eric Heideman, Assistant Town Manager 692-5501
Gregory W. Johnson, Project/Procurement Specialist 692-5501
Town Hall, 55 Main Street, 1st floor, Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm

The Town Manager acts as the agent for the Board of Selectmen and is the chief administrative officer of the Town, responsible for preparation of the annual budget, negotiation of all employee contracts except school employees, and maintenance of all town facilities except schools and the library. The Town Manager appoints the Police and Fire Chiefs (subject to confirmation by the Selectmen), the Budget Director, Highway Superintendent, Building Commissioner, Animal Control Officer, Recreation Commission, Town Clerk, Treasurer/Tax Collector, Water Commissioners, Cemetery Commissioners, Tree Warden, Board of Assessors and members of all other boards and committees under the Town Manager’s direct supervision.

 


TOWN MEETING

Westford’s Open Town Meeting allows any registered voter a say in how the Town governs itself and spends its money. In September, the Selectmen establish policies and priorities for the Town Manager. Department heads and boards then prepare their budgets and submit them to the Town Manager who develops the final budget. The Finance Committee adopts its recommendations and publishes a booklet that contains both the Town Manager’s budget and its recommendations. The Finance Committee Report and Recommendations booklet is mailed to every household ten days before the March Annual Town Meeting.

The Selectmen put together the items to be voted on by the Town Meeting. Each of these items is called an article and together all the articles constitute the warrant. Any resident may place an article on the warrant for the Annual Town Meeting by petition by obtaining the signatures and addresses of at least

ten registered voters. If the petition is presented to the Selectmen by the fourth Tuesday in January (January 24 in 2017), the Selectmen must place the article on the warrant unless the petition asks the Town Meeting to do something that is illegal. A special Town Meeting may be called by petition by obtaining the signatures of 200 registered voters. The meeting must be held within 45 days of the Selectmen’s receipt of the petition, and voters must be notified ten days before the meeting. Once a Special Town Meeting has been called by the Selectmen, signatures of 100 registered voters can place an article on the warrant.  Selectmen must mail voters notification of a special Town Meeting. Any articles on the warrant that have to do with the expenditure of money are reviewed by the Finance Committee prior to the Town Meeting. Any articles that have to do with zoning require a public hearing by the Planning Board prior to the Town Meeting. By law, notices of the hearings appear in local newspapers.

To vote at the 2017 Annual Town Meeting one must be registered by Friday, March 3. You may register at the Town Clerk’s office during office hours (see Town Clerk, previous page), or by mail using forms available at the Fletcher Library and state offices, including the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Annual Town Meeting is on the 4th Saturday in March and is held at the Abbot School gym beginning at 10 am and continuing all day. The 2017 Annual Meeting will be will be Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Town meeting is run by the Moderator Susan Sphuler(ssphuler@westfordma.gov) who is elected for a three-year term. Debate and motions are governed by parliamentary law as summarized in Town Meeting Time, a handbook written by the Massachusetts Moderators Association. The most common motions are explained in the League of Women Voters’ free booklet Guide to Town Meeting. The Guide is also on the web at westford.com/lwv. Any voter may ask a question as long as it is relevant to the issue before the meeting. The moderator makes the final ruling. After the town meeting is completed, the Assessors determine the tax rate. They take the figure of all the money that the Town Meeting votes to spend, add to that any other financial obligations that the Town will face in the coming fiscal year, and subtract all anticipated revenue including state reimbursement for education. That figure is divided by the total assessed value of property in town and the resulting figure is the tax rate. The Tax Collector sends out tax bills based on this new tax rate.

 


TRASH – also see COMPOSTING,  LEAVES and RECYCLING

The Town contracts for residents’ trash to be collected at curbside each week. To find out what day your trash is picked up, call the Town Clerk’s office,

692-5515 or go to westfordma.gov/recycling and click on “Trash/Recycling Schedules” then click on “Route Map.”

Please think before you toss items in the trash. Westford pays $68 a ton to dispose of trash at a waste-to-energy plant in North Andover. Recyclables are prohibited from your trash. If you put recyclables in your trash, the trash hauler will not collect it and you will have to hire and pay for a private hauler. Leaves, brush and appliances are also prohibited from your trash.  Large burnable  items (items too big to fit in your trash barrel) such as mattresses, furniture or carpeting will be picked up by the trash truck only if you put a $5 bulk item sticker on each large item. Stickers are for sale at Westford grocery and convenience stores and at Town Hall.

The Westford Recycling Commission has set up programs to help residents recycle the majority of household “trash.” Each June, the Commission mails a Recycling Guide to residents that explains these programs. Copies are available from the Town Clerk, on the website, or by calling any Commission member listed on the website.

PROHIBITED FROM YOUR TRASH: Glass bottles & jars, metal cans, plastic bottles & jugs, newspaper, magazines, office & school papers, cardboard and mail. All of these can be recycled at curbside every other week on your trash pickup day. Machinery and automotive parts are prohibited. For leaves, grass clippings & pine needles, see LEAVES, page 21. “White goods” is a once a month pick up generally 3rd Saturday of the month. (i.e. a  stove, washer/dryer, refrigerator, water heater, air conditioner, dishwasher,  microwave, lawnmower) need a $30 sticker from the Town Clerk to be picked up at curbside. Hold televisions and computer monitors for the electronics recycling. Go to westordma.gov for electronic recycling schedule. Hazardous waste can go to the monthly Lexington hazardous waste collection until Westford’s next collection in the fall of 2017.

Please follow these rules:

All trash must be at curbside by 7 am. 3 barrel limit/week. Please do not block mailboxes.Trash must be in barrels (no large than 30 gal capacity) or bags (wall strength of 100 lbs) weighing not more than 50 lbs.

TRASH COLLECTION HOLIDAYS: Regular trash collection is on weekdays only. In a week where a holiday occurs, collection will be a day later than normal with Friday collection on Saturday.  For a list of holidays go to westfordma.gov click on “Trash/Recycling” then click on “Recycling Guide”.

TRASH COMPLAINTS should be directed to Acme Waste at 781-935-6339 and if not resolved in 24 hours contact  the Town Manager’s  office, 692-5501.

 


TREE WARDEN

Responsible for care of Town trees only, not trees on private property.
Leave a message at 978-399- 2731.

 


VETERANS SERVICES

Terry Stader, Veterans Service Officer
Millennium Building, 23 Depot Street   392-1170
veterans@westfordma.gov

Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 8am – 4pm, Thursday afternoon
Thursday morning at Cameron Senior Center, Friday by appt.

The function of the Veterans Service Officer is to provide information to all veterans and also provide short-term financial assistance to qualified veterans and their dependents as mandated by Chapter 115 of Massachusetts General Laws. The State reimburses the Town for 75% of the costs of the program.

Federal Veterans Information, Boston 1-800-827-1000

 


VOTER INFORMATION

WHEN AND WHERE TO REGISTER: There is no waiting period to qualify to register to vote. If you are a U S citizen and will be 18 on or before Election Day, you may register to vote as soon as you become a Westford resident. Register at the Town Clerk’s office in any Massachusetts city or town (e.g., Westford resident working in Acton can register at Acton Town Hall to vote in Westford) or use a mail-in registration form available at the Fletcher Library and state offices including the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES: Registration closes 20 days before any state or national election and 10 days before special Town Meetings. You may register during “closed” periods, but will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming election or Town Meeting.

TO VOTE IN A STATE PRIMARY: If you chose a party affiliation when you registered to vote, you will be given the ballot of that party when you vote in a state primary election. If you are unenrolled (not registered in a party) you will be given the ballot you request. Unenrolled voters remain unenrolled after voting in a state primary.

TO CHANGE POLITICAL PARTY AFFILIATION: Fill out a change of party enrollment card as you leave the polls after an election or at the Town Clerk’s office.

ABSENTEE VOTING: If you are unable to get to the polls on Election Day, you may apply for an absentee ballot from the Town Clerk any time before noon the Monday before the election. Apply either on an official application or by letter indicating the exact address to which you wish the ballot sent, and for a primary election which party’s ballot you wish to receive. After filling out the ballot, allow time for it to be mailed or delivered to the Town Clerk. If time is too short for mailing a ballot, you may vote in advance any time prior to noon the Monday before the election in the Town Clerk’s office. A family member may also apply for an absentee ballot on your behalf.

WHERE TO VOTE   Polling places open 7 am – 8 pm

PRECINCT 1  Abbot School, 25 Depot Street
PRECINCT 2  Blanchard Middle School, 14 West Street
PRECINCT 3  Abbot School, 25 Depot Street
PRECINCT 4 Robinson School, 56 Concord Road at Robinson Road
PRECINCT 5  Stony Brook School, 9 Farmer’s Way (off Groton Road)
PRECINCT 6  Rita E. Miller School, 1 Mitchell Way (off Russell’s Way)

 


WATER DEPARTMENT

60 Forge Village Road 692-5529  FAX 692-5530
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 4 pm
Stephen Cronin, Superintendent  399-2455
Dave Crocker, Operations Manager 399-2456
Larry Panaro, Business Manager 399-2453
Mark Warren, Environmental Compliance Officer  399-2457

IN AN EMERGENCY OR AFTER HOURS CALL THE POLICE: 978-692-2161
WATER COMMISSION

Elizabeth Denly, Chair          692-3958 (home)
Hugh C. Maguire                  692-8612 (home)
Titus Palmer                        692-9271 (home)
Chuncey Chu, Alternate Commissioner  508-517-7150

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 60 Forge Village Road at 8:00 am.

Appointed by the Town Manager, the Water Commissioners oversee the department and the Superintendent. The department operates two treatment plants, five water tanks, nine pumping stations and three booster stations, and maintains water lines serving approximately 4700 homes while actively seeking new sources of water.

 


WESTFORD ACADEMY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Westford Academy, 30 Patten Road
Box Office: 692-5570 extension 7469 Tickets online: mktix.com/wata

Mike Towers, Artistic Director, mtowers@westfordk12.us

Opened in January 2001, this state-of-the-art performing arts center is home to Westford Academy student performances in music, dance and drama. With seating for 839, the theater also hosts community and touring productions.

 


ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS  (ZBA)

Town Hall, 2nd floor   692-5524
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm
Bob Herrmann, Chair

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm unless otherwise posted.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body of five members and two associate members chartered under both Massachusetts General Laws and Westford’s Zoning Bylaws to hear and decide on petitions regarding zoning variances, special permits, appeals from decisions of the Building Commissioner and comprehensive permits (Chapter 40B). Announcements of upcoming ZBA hearings are published in the legal notices section of either the Westford Eagle or the Lowell Sun and posted at Town Hall and the Town web site.