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Housing Survey for 55+, New Recycling Commission PSAs: Wednesday Whiteboard


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WESTFORD — Here’s the Nov. 15 edition of Wednesday Whiteboard, where WestfordCAT highlights important dates and events during the week in and around Westford.

News around town

A number of committees have open seats. Apply online.

The Department of Land Use Management seeks input on housing needs for residents 55 years or older. Take the survey online or stop by the Land Use Management Department for a hard copy. The survey will close at 12 p.m. on Dec. 4.

Star in the East, a performance by the Community Christmas Chorus will be held on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at 48 Main St. to benefit the Westford Food Pantry.

Did you miss this year’s Veterans Day ceremony? Check out WestfordCAT’s coverage below.

The Town of Westford has received a total of $440,000 in state grants to redevelop sections of Graniteville, including clean-up at 12 North Main St., to explore off-site sewer options and to conduct a market study of key parcels in the neighborhood.

National Wreaths Across America Day is Dec. 16 at 12 p.m. Residents who want to sponsor a wreath should do so online.

The Power Options Program contract has been renewed. Read more online.

Learn more about Westford’s sustainability efforts in a conversation with Westford’s Sustainability Coordinator, Sue Thomas in the podcast below.

The transportation program of the Cameron Senior Center is hosting a survey to understand the community’s needs. According to the town, the program has reached a point where budgetary restraints, increased ridership and the “drastic increase” in gas prices have made it unrealistic for the town to continue to offer the service on its current donation-based system.

Hydrant flushing began on Oct. 12 at the water mains starting in Forge Village. The Water Department is scheduled to flush hydrants near Town Center and Route 110, as well as other areas in town as time allows. Flushing will take place between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A schedule can be found online.

The department advises residents with discolored water to run their cold water tap for up to 20 minutes after flushing.

The Budget Task Force has released its report.

From WestfordCAT: 

News office hours are 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!

Pictures with Santa will be hosted on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Our Holiday Auction begins on Dec. 6 and runs through Dec. 10.

From the Sustainability Department: 

The Town’s Electric Aggregation Program has been renewed through November of
2025. If you are a member of the Pop Silver or Pop Gold programs, you will need to
select a new program or be automatically put back in National Grid Basic Service.

Most participants are enrolled in the Pop Basic or Pop Green options. If you are currently in
the Pop Basic or Pop Green options you do not need to do anything to remain in the
program you have chosen, however if it is possible for you to enroll in Pop Gold at this
time, we encourage you to do so.

To confirm if you are part of the Westford Pop Program, check your bill. The letter you receive will tell you what option you have selected. If you are not in the program, you can sign up online or call Constellation at (833) 461-0813.

Read this month’s Sustainability Newsletter online.

From the Recycling Commission:

Two PSAs have been created by the Recycling Commission on how to recycle plastic bags and textiles. Watch both PSAs below.

From the Council on Aging: 

Interested in events around the Cameron? Check out the November and December newsletter online. 

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 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.

A number of upcoming wellness events will be hosted in town. Check out our community calendar for more information.

From the League of Women Voters:

The League of Women Voters holiday party will be held on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westford Museum.

From Westford Public Schools:

Blanchard Theatre Arts is hosting its winter show, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The show will run on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 2 at 1 p.m. Tickets are on sale on Nov. 19.

Important municipal dates

A public hearing will be held on Dec. 13 at the Millennium School to discuss Westford’s cable TV offerings as Comcast and Verizon cable contracts are scheduled for renewal.

Government meetings

The Communications Advisory Committee will meet virtually on Nov. 20 at 3 p.m.

The Economic Development Committee will meet on Nov. 16 at 8:15 a.m.

The Historic Commission will meet on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

The J.V. Fletcher Library Board of Trustees will meet virtually on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m.

The MBTA Communities Multi-Family Housing Advisory Committee will meet on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. A virtual option is available.

The Recycling Commission will meet on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

The Planning Board will meet on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. No agenda has been posted at the time of reporting.

The School Committee will meet on Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. No agenda has been posted at the time of reporting.

The School Committee Policy Subcommittee will meet on Nov. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

The Westford Academy School Council will meet on Nov. 16 at 7:45 a.m.

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.

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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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