Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope Benedict XVI will resign on Feb. 28 because of age and health issues. A new pope will be elected before Easter Sunday.
Pope Benedict XVI shocked Roman Catholics today by saying that he would resign on Feb. 28, becoming the first pope to do so in six centuries, reports the New York Times. Vatican officials said the pope would continue to carry out his duties until Feb. 28 at 8 p.m., and that a successor would probably be elected by Easter (March 31). Pope Benedict XVI, 85, was elected pope in 2005 at the age of 78. The pope's tenure was plagued with "Vatileaks" and the sexual abuse scandal. The Huffington Post reports the top seven scandals that troubled the Pontiff were: TELL US... Tell us in the comment section below.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
The Zoning Board of Appeals approved The Parc at Medfield, a 92-unit affordable housing complex to be built on West Street.
After months of meetings with town officials and consultants, as well as input from the public and concessions from the applicant, the Zoning Board of Appeals approved a comprehensive permit with conditions that will result in 92 units of affordable housing being built on West Street. At its meeting on Monday, ZBA members Russell Hallisey and Charles Peck voted to approve the permit for The Parc at Medfield Limited Partnership. The permit needed only a simple majority vote. The third member of the ZBA board, Robert Sylvia, resigned from the board on Dec. 11 after 40 years when his fellow board members did not take his advice to drastically scale back the project to approximately 60 units. Since the town does not have 10 percent of its …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Here is a look at what the selectmen discussed at their meeting on Dec. 18.
The Board of Selectmen met on Tuesday night and discussed the following: * Held a moment of silence in honor of the Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. * Learned the transfer station will be open extra hours next week including Dec. 26, Dec. 27, Dec. 28, and Dec. 29. * Voted to award the town's single stream recycling contract to E.L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. of Westborough * Received a recycling grant from the Department of Environmental Protection that gives $1,000 to the town to update the printed materials at the transfer station; it also gives $2,000 to the school department to update the recycling equipment for the school custodians. * Approved the meeting minutes of Dec. 4, 2012 * Awarded the by-law codification contract to General …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at 7 p.m. On the agenda, is a letter of resignation of Bob Sylvia, a 40-year member of the town's Zoning Board of Appeals.
The Board of Selectmen will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Chenery Room of the Town House. Agenda items include: For a copy of the full agenda, click here. For minutes for the board's Dec. 6 meeting, click here to be linked to Medfield02052, selectman Osler Peterson's personal blog.
At its meeting on Monday, the school committee hired an executive search firm at a cost of $19,500.
The Medfield School Committee has chosen an executive search firm to help select the district's next Superintendent of Schools. Current Superintendent Bob Maguire announced last month that he will retire in June after 22 years in the district. Last week, the school committee interviewed two firms -- Future Management Systems, Inc. of Beverly and NESDEC of Marlborough -- that had responded to a Request for Proposals put out by the district. After the presentations, school committee members rated the applicants; that information was used to determine the best choice for the district. On Monday, the school committee unanimously voted to hire Future Management Systems at a rate of $19,500 which has been negotiated with the firm. According …
Monday, December 17, 2012
The ZBA received a filing extension until Dec. 19. At today's meeting (4 p.m. at Town Hall), the board finalize its decision so it can be filed on time to meet the deadline.
The Zoning Board of Appeals was granted an extension to finalize its decision on The Parc at Medfield, an affordable housing project proposed off West Street. The ZBA will finalize its decision today -- 4 p.m. in the Town Hall Chenery Room -- in order to meet that Dec. 19 deadline. The project, which was approved on Dec. 6 by a vote of 2 to 1 (Bob Sylvia was the one dissenting vote and resigned after fellow board members voted to approve the project), calls for 92 (down from 96) affordable housing units to be built on a nine acre parcel (of which only a portion is buildable) off West Street. At today's meeting, the board -- with acting Chairman Russ Hallissey -- will finalize the decision including language that addresses the nearly 50 …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Robert Sylvia resigned this afternoon as a member of the Board of Appeals on Zoning. Sylvia said the town needs to stand on principal and deny (or reduce) the project because it is bad for Medfield.
Robert Sylvia has served as a member of the Medfield Board of Appeals on Zoning for 40 years. Sylvia resigned this afternoon after the majority of the board approved The Parc at Medfield, a 96-unit affordable housing development proposed by Gatehouse Group LLC, a move that Sylvia said was wrong for the town of Medfield. Last week, the board reviewed a draft approval letter (with conditions) presented to them by their legal consultant. Sylvia, a trial lawyer by profession, asked the board for one more week so that he could draft his own letter as he has done in several other applications over the years. The ZBA met today to discuss Sylvia's draft and compare it to last week's draft approval letter. Sylvia said he spent 30 to 40 hours …