Westford Directory Blue Pages
TOWN DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBERS AT A GLANCE
|Animal Control Officer||978-692-4574|
|Cameron Senior Center||978-692-5523|
|Council on Aging||978-692-5523|
|Fire Department – Emergencies||911|
|Parks & Recreation Department||978-692-5532|
|Police – Emergencies||911|
Where to Find What You Need in The Blue Pages
– Information in The Blue Pages is current as of July, 2017
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 OFFICER
Margaret Mizzoni, Animal Control Officer
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
87 Richardson Road, Chelmsford 251-8091 congregationshalom.org
Rabbi Shoshana Perry 251-8515 email@example.com
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
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
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
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
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP #437
Westwind District Yankee Clipper #236 Council
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com
Chris Barrett 978-496-1008 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
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) firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesday at 7pm, Yangtze River Restaurant, Rt 110, Littleton
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS 978-347-5989 email@example.com
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)
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)
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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)
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Contact Co-Chairs: Yen Yen Lim email@example.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.
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
J V Fletcher Library Book Sale
Chocolate Sunday at St. Marks Church
Regional Art Event at the Parish Center for the Arts
Greater Lowell Walk for Hunger
Westford Education Foundation Big Event
Roudenbush Town-Wide Yard Sale
Westford Road Race
Kiwanis Apple Blossom Festival & Parade
First Parish Pancake Breakfast – Apple Blossom Day
Garden Club Plant Sale
Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
First Parish Strawberries & Arts Festival
Farmers Market opens for the season
J V Fletcher Library Book Sale
J V Fletcher Library Children’s Book Sale
Rotary Blues ‘n’ Brews and Pig ‘n’ Pepper Festival, the 3rd weekend in August at Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Roudenbush Town-wide Yard Sale
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business Office: Town Hall, 2nd floor 692-5509
Office Hours: 8 am – noon, 12:30 – 4 pm
Laurie Lessard, Administrative Assistant
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
50 Main Street 692-5555 FAX: 692-0287
Director: Ellen D Rainville 399-2312
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)
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.
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)
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.
Alexander Silva, Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Westford Area Rowing – westfordrowing.com
Middle school through adults, competitive and instructional programs spring/summer/fall. Winter indoor rowing. David Cormier, Head Coach
Westford Youth Basketball – westfordhoops.com
Grades 3-12 December-March
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
nashobahockey.org Ages 6-14 September-March
westfordlax.org Ages 14 and under April-June
Westford Youth Soccer – westfordyouthsoccer.com
Ages 6-14 Spring, Fall
Grades 2-8, November-March
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
WESTFORD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Administrative Offices, Millennium Building, 23 Depot Street
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 am – 4 pm 692-5560
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.
SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS
Everett (Bill) Olsen 692-5560 ext 2103
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION OFFICE
Kerry Clery, Asst. Superintendent 692-5560 ext 2105
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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(email@example.com) 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.
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.
Responsible for care of Town trees only, not trees on private property.
Leave a message at 978-399- 2731.
Terry Stader, Veterans Service Officer
Millennium Building, 23 Depot Street 392-1170
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
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)
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.