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Town Wide Yard Sale, WestFest this Weekend: Wednesday Whiteboard


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WESTFORD — Here’s the Sept. 20 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.

The Town Wide Yard Sale will be hosted at Abbot Elementary School on Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WestFest will be held at Stony Brook Middle School on Sept. 24 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Fat Moon Farm is hosting a fundraiser at Evviva Trattoria on Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.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.

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

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From the Council on Aging: 

Interested in events around the Cameron? Check out the September and October newsletter online.

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. The clean-out must be completed by Sept. 25.

From the Westford Recreation Department: 

The department offers BollyX Dance Classes and CPR and First Aid certification for adults this fall and winter. Want something for kids? Check out the LEGO Club or Youth Chess.

From the Recycling Commission:

Electronics and More Collection will be held on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westford Highway Department. This is a fee-based collection for residents. Westford utilizes the services of Northeast Materials Handling of Ayer, Massachusetts. Cash or check only.  The Town of Westford receives no proceeds from this event.

For a list of acceptable Items: some free and some chargeable, visit  www.westfordma.gov/recycling. If you have any questions about what is acceptable, please feel free to call 978-772-4545 or email: Francine@liquidatedstuff.com.

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:

The Westford Regional Art Event reception will be held on Sept. 22 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Parish Center for the Arts. A reception for children’s art will be held on Sept. 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

From the Westford Historical Society:

A premier of Geoff Hall’s Westford Tales will be held at the Westford Museum on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

Check out the Westford Museum’s own podcast, the Westford Wardsman, hosted by Bob Oliphant.

From Westford Climate Action: 

Westford Climate Action will host “Neighbor to Neighbor: Heat Pumps 101” on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the J.V. Fletcher Library.

No registration needed for in-person attendance at the library. For virtual attendance, register online.

Important municipal dates

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

Government Meetings: 

The Budget Task Force will meet virtually on Sept. 20 at 12:30 p.m.

The Clean Energy and Sustainability Committee will meet virtually on Sept. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

The Council on Aging will meet on Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

The Economic Development Committee will meet on Sept. 21 at 8:15 a.m.

The Finance Committee will meet virtually on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Historic Commission will meet on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.

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

The School Committee Policy Subcommittee will meet on Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.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
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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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