Friday, November 30, 2012
More than 200,000 low-income households expected to benefit.
Friday, November 30, 2012
More than 200,000 Massachusetts households will receive help paying for heating fuel this winter thanks to a federal grant of $141 million the Bay State received on Friday. Gov. Deval Patrick said that the state will get $8.2 million more this year than last in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program money. The money, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is intended to help eligible households pay winter heating bills. Eligibility for the program is based on household size and the gross annual income of every adult household member. The maximum income eligibility for the program is 60 percent of estimated state median income. Benefit levels vary depending on household income. Use this tool to see if you are …
Monday, July 16, 2012
If you can't make it to watch Board of Selectmen meeting tonight, watch it live here.
The Winchester Board of Selectmen is meeting tonight for their regularly scheduled meetings. Agenda items include updates on the Cal Ripkin 12 year old World Series, NSTAR tree trimming and the parking management plan. The meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall. If you can't make it, WinCam is streaming it live for the community. Click on the link above or go here to watch the meeting. For more local news, sign up for the free Winchester Patch newsletter, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Susan Verdicchio and Vern Blodgett have submitted an article in the Town Meeting warrant that asks members to support a resolution which calls for the overturning of the Supreme Court Case "Citizens' United v. Federal Elections Commission.
Two Winchester residents will be asking Town Meeting in April to support a resolution which would overturn a Supreme Court ruling made in January 2010. Susan Verdicchio and Vern Blodgett submitted Article 8 for this spring’s annual Town Meeting, which asks members to approve a resolution that calls “Congress to pass and send to the states a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens’ United v. Federal Elections Commission and restore democracy to the people.” According to Verdicchio, the ruling prohibited the government from restricting political payments from corporations. The article says that the “Supreme Court has transformed the First Amendment into a powerful tool for corporations seeking to evade …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
The board is discussing an incremental increase in water and sewer rates.
It’s too early to say for certain, but Winchester residents may soon see an increase in their water and sewer bills. According to Mark Abrahams, the Department of Public Works has enough retained earnings to avoid an increase for the next 18 months. The fund has $1.2 million in cash and $747,931 in retained earnings as of June 30, 2011, which should be enough to maintain the current rates for the next two fiscal years. “The water and sewer team believes that the budget should be sufficient to finance FY 2012 and FY 2013 operations debt and capital without a rate increase, assuming no major water or sewer issues happen though June 30, 2013,” Abrahams said. However, Abrahams informed the Board of Selectmen that he doesn’t foresee a surplus …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
After six years, Roger Berman will not run for the Board of Selectmen this spring.
After six years on the Board of Selectmen, Roger Berman has decided not to run for re-election. “I want to thank the town and the board for the kindness they’ve shown,” said Berman, who also served on the Finance Committee for seven years before becoming a selectman. "I'm grateful I had the opportunity to serve on the board." Berman said that while he was proud of what the board accomplished over the last few years – timely audits, closing old capital accounts, maintain the town’s AAA rating, hire a new town manager and continue flood mitigation – he said there is still work the board needs to do. “There are a number of things that we haven’t achieved,” Berman said. “Whoever sits on the board will need to get a new pilot program with the …