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WESTFORD — Here’s the Sept. 13 edition of Wednesday Whiteboard, where WestfordCAT highlights important dates and events during the week in and around Westford.

News and upcoming events around town

A number of committees have open seats. Apply online.

The Town of Westford is seeking input on a zoning bylaw that would regulate multi-family housing under the MBTA Communities Act.

The Land Use Management Department and MBTA Communities Multi-Family Housing Advisory Committee are looking for input from residents. Please participate by taking the survey. The survey will remain open until Oct. 6.

The Communications Advisory Committee is seeking input on Westford’s cable access offerings. Please participate by taking the survey online.

Voluntary water use restrictions are now in effect. The Water Department requests that odd-numbered addresses water on odd-numbered days between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m and that even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered days from 6 p.m. and 9 a.m.

From WestfordCAT: 

News office hours are on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the J.V. Fletcher Library. Changes will be reflected on our studio calendar. 

Check out our Community Calendar!

From Westford Public Schools:

The Westford Public Schools calendar has seen a number of minor updates amid a recently ratified faculty contract that changes the dates of some parent-teacher conferences.

There will be no early release dates or delayed start on Nov. 20 or Nov. 21, with elementary conferences pushed to Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.

Spring conferences for elementary students will still take place on March 18 and March 19, 2024. These days will now be early release days, as opposed to March 19, 2024 following a delayed start schedule.

Middle school conferences will take place on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11, 2024. Both days will be early release days for middle school students.

The School Committee voted unanimously to approve the updated calendar.

Updated 2023-2024 district calendar. (Photo/Town of Westford)

Check out Westford Academy’s football schedule. Watch home games live on WestfordCAT.

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From the Council on Aging: 

Residents of Westford are eligible for financial assistance if their homes are compromised due to the accumulation of too many items. Applicants can contact the Cameron Senior Center at 978-692-5523 for further information.

From the Westford Recreation Department: 

Looking for something to do this summer? Check out the Recreation Department’s summer activities, including summer camp for kids, pickleball clinics for adults and a number of beaches to enjoy with the whole family.

The department also offers BollyX Dance Classes and CPR and First Aid certification for adults.

From the Recycling Commission:

Brush chipping will be hosted on Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Highway Garage. Please unload your brush as directed by the Highway Department personnel. Deposit your $10 check, payable to the Town of Westford, in the marked container. Proof of Westford residency is required. 

From the Westford Conservation Trust: 

The trust hosts a trail steward group every Tuesday at 9 a.m. led by Bill Harman. Sign up here to get on Bill’s email list or call Bill at 978-692-3907 for information on this week’s trail.

From the Friends of the Cameron Senior Center:

Craft fair vendors are wanted for the Harvest Fair on Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $15 for an 8-foot table or $6 to share a table. To reserve a space, contact patreppucci@comcast.net.

From the Health Department and Community Wellness Department:

The Health Department is accepting applications for residents to receive $400 per child for the Recreation Department’s after-school program, which began on Aug. 30.

Applications should be emailed to Regional Community Health and Wellness Coordinator Brittany Nash. Applications can also be mailed to Town Hall. Applicants must be Westford residents and be at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Community Wellness Assistance is now available for drop-in hours. Community Wellness Coordinator will be available on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the J.V. Fletcher Library.

From the Parish Center for the Arts:

Registration is now open for the Westford Regional Art Event through Sept. 15.

From the League of Women Voters:

The League of Women Voters will host the Budget Task Force on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at WestfordCAT. Light refreshments will be served.

Important municipal dates

Special Town Meeting is planned for Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. Preview the warrant online.

Government Meetings: 

The Board of Cemetery Commissioners will meet virtually on Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m. A virtual participation link has not been added at the time of reporting.

The Commission on Disabilities will meet on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

The Communications Advisory Committee will meet virtually on Sept. 14 at 1 p.m.

The Conservation Commission will meet on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

The Westford Housing Authority Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.

The MBTA Communities Multi-Family Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. There will be a hybrid option available.

The Northern Middlesex Council of Governments will meet on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. A hybrid option is available.

The Recycling Commission will meet on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.

Wednesday Whiteboard is non-exhaustive. If you have an event or activity you would like to include in the Wednesday Whiteboard, please email Managing Editor Ben Domaingue at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org. 

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Ben Domaingue
Ben Domainguehttps://www.clippings.me/bendomaingue
Ben Domaingue has previously worked at newspapers in New Hampshire and is the Managing Editor covering Westford. He’s passionate about community journalism, photography and hiking. Email him at bdomaingue@westfordcat.org.

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