Wednesday, May 27, 2009

On Vacation


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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Substitute Parade Growing In Brockton

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—A grass roots effort to hold a scaled-down Memorial Day Parade is growing in Brockton.
Dave Gorman, the head of Kids Road Races at D.W. Field Park, is spearheading an effort to hold a small parade about 15 minutes before hundreds of youngsters romp through the park for his organization's annual Memorial Day road race Saturday, May 23.
“It won’t be anything big, it’ll be small, but word is spreading,” Gorman said.
Gorman, along with Richard Hand Jr., a Brockton veteran and activist, have scrambled since Tuesday when it was made clear the city’s annual parade had been cancelled due to lack of communication over the money for the parade between Mayor James Harrington’s office and the veterans services department.
Because of the snafu, the official city holiday observance Monday, May 25 will include the annual visit to cemeteries followed by a ceremony at 11 a.m. at the veterans’ monument on Legion Parkway, but no parade.
Gorman, one of six who were awarded this year’s Brockton Youth Foundation “Champion of the year,” said pre-road race parade invitations via telephone and visits to veterans' posts have been met with very positive responses.
Motorcycle enthusiasts will join the march, as will police, and fire department bag pipers. There will be many groups like the Girl Scouts and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department who will already be at the park for the race and ready to march.
“There’ll be a guy making balloon figures for kids, free hot dogs, and we have a Humvee coming,” Gorman said.
Gorman said at about 9:45 a.m. those who want to march from the gates of D.W. Field Park on Oak Street to the tower are more than welcome, especially volunteer musicians, bands and marchers.
“We invite everyone to come,” Gorman said.
Attendees are asked to bring a donation for needy veterans that will be distributed to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Brockton.
Items needed are toiletries, like toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, nail clippers, shampoo to books, postage stamps and lightly-worn or new clothing of all types and sizes.
Gorman said the collection is part of the annual Memorial Day road race.
He said the combination of kids and veterans at the park for Memorial Day will be a good way to show the youngsters how important it is to remember those who were willing to sacrifice their lives.
“If it wasn’t for (the veterans) we wouldn’t have the races in the park,” Gorman said.
Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy said it is not the first time Brockton’s Memorial Day Parade has not been held.
“When I first became a councilor in 1991, we didn’t have the Memorial Day parade,” he said.
In the 1980s, Brophy said, the parade was cancelled because of a money crisis. He said it was resurrected sometime in the mid-1990s.
However, Brophy said he doesn’t believe this time money was really the problem, instead an unfortunate set of circumstances starting with successive illnesses and injuries to the heads of the veterans department since December 2007.
David Farrell was appointed to the post last week, and Brophy said he believes with Farrell in place the parade will likely be back on track next year.
“Even if we have to raise the money, I’m confident we won’t have this problem next year,” Brophy said.
Anyone wishing to volunteer to march, organize or make a donation, can contact Gorman at 508-588-3148.

Seniors Step Out at Celebration

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Rockland resident Carol Catalano liked many of the “freebies” like coffee mugs and pens at Signature Healthcare’s annual senior celebration, but none more than the free telephone that will help her hard of hearing husband answer and make calls more easily.
“I didn't know the state did that,” Catalano said.
Catalano was one of hundreds of seniors who visited the celebration held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at the Westgate Mall.
Visitors were treated to live music, line dancing and an appearance from the popular and energetic Red Devil Dancers of Marshfield (pictured above).
Seniors could also check their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels or sit in on seminars about recognizing and preventing heart attacks and decreasing the risk of falling and breaking bones.
There was a free raffle and an art demonstration from members of Phyllis Hancock’s art class at the Brockton Council on Aging.
Former City Councilor George Cataldo added his talents to a farm-themed “progressive” painting that was begun by one artist and throughout the day would be added to by other artists.
Cataldo (pictured below with Fuller Craft museum guest designer Polina Ken) said he took up painting several years ago, really enjoys it, and scoffs at those who might be old dogs afraid of learning new tricks.
“You never get too old,” Cataldo said as he dabbed green paint on a field of green.
Among the many vendors was Massachusetts Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program or MassEDP, a state agency that offers special free or low cost telephones, depending upon income, for those with disabilities. The phones are amplified and can come with pictures of relatives and friends instead of speed-dial phone numbers for those with memory impairments.
Catalano said her husband Joe, 82, has trouble hearing and the couple took the opportunity to apply for the special equipment. “We have to submit a doctor’s note about his hearing and then we wait,” Catalano said.
Rachel Labas, spokeswoman for Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, said the fair is not only about health, but also wellness.
“It is a great occasion to give seniors in the community a social opportunity to gather and become knowledgeable about their health,” Labas said. “Preventative health screenings and informative presentations, like the ones offered at the event, are a nice way to help seniors stay healthy and happy,” she said.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lack of Money, Info Torpedoes Holiday Parade

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—The cancellation of the city's Memorial Day parade has city councilors and others irate at how the situation was handled and asking why officials were not notified sooner that there might not be enough money for the city’s traditional parade.
“Brockton should hold its head in shame,” said Richard Hand Jr., a Brockton veteran and legislative officer for American Legion Post 147 in Rockland. “At a time when we have soldiers fighting overseas…how easy it is to forget the veterans when they are out of sight,” he said.
City officials became aware Monday night that this year’s Memorial Day parade had been cancelled--a rumor that had councilors taking a closer look at a letter from acting veterans services director David Farrell inviting members to a solemn ceremony on Legion Parkway near the veteran’s monument Monday, May 25—Memorial Day—at 11 a.m.
“I never thought that meant the parade was cancelled,” said Linda Balzotti, one of three councilors-at-large.
It wasn’t until Hand began asking officials Monday night about the parade and the possibility that it had been cancelled did officials realize the parade would not take place.
Instead, a shortened ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m.
Farrell’s letter, dated May 11 and received by city council members late last week, did not stipulate the parade had been cancelled.
Ward 7 Councilor Christopher MacMillan said he is surprised such a long-standing tradition would end without discussion.
“I’m very annoyed,” MacMillan said. He said councilors should have been properly informed about the change and cited several instances, such as Governor Deval Patrick’s visit to an environmental company last week, when councilors have been left in the dark about important happenings.
“It’s been over the last year,” MacMillan said. “There has been a noticeable lack of communication,” he said.
Councilor-at-large Todd Petti said it is unfortunate the way the matter has been handled, but is in favor of changing the Memorial Day observance from a parade to a smaller ceremony because he said the parade has had fewer and fewer people lining the streets.
“It has dwindled down,” Petti said.
MacMillan agreed, noting in years past he has noticed the only people along the parade route are city officials, their families and a handful of others--very few others.
“People have too many things going on now between proms and graduations--Memorial Day parade spectators have really dwindled,” MacMillan said.
However, others said had the city council and veterans volunteers been notified other arrangements could have been made.
“We could have gone out there and collected money,” Hand said. “If we couldn’t come up with the money then we don’t have a parade, but we didn’t even get that chance,” he said.
Several officials said the parade was cancelled because Mayor James Harrington had not informed the veteran’s affairs department if the city would or would not contribute a share of the costs to pay for the numerous bands and other entertainment in the parade until last Friday.
Harrington, who is on vacation, could not be reached for comment.
In Harrington’s absence Moises Rodrigues, the mayor’s director of community services, fielded calls about the issue, but could not be immediately reached.
Without the city’s share of the money, and no answer from the mayor, officials said acting veteran’s agent Farrell had little choice but cancel the parade and host a ceremony.
Farrell, who is on vacation, could not be reached for comment.
The veterans department has been without a permanent head since Robert Gale became ill in December 2007.
Richard Martin, the city's human services director, was given double-duty and appointed acting veteran’s agent in Gale's absence.
Martin was in a major car accident during the winter that left him hospitalized and needing rehabilitation until he returned to both jobs in early spring only to have his human services job cut in April.
Last week Farrell was appointed acting director. It is unclear how much involvement he had with parade plans before being named to the position.
Petti said he welcomes all veterans, their families and anyone else to join him beginning at 8 a.m. as officials visit the city’s cemeteries to honor Brockton’s fallen heroes.
“We’ll still remember what they did for us,” Petti said.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Spirit Medium to Search for Loved Ones in Brockton


The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--Renowned spirit medium Maureen Hancock will bring her show "Postcards from Heaven" to the Massasoit Conference Center to benefit the Jennifer Fay Foundation Reward Fund.
The show is Friday, May 22. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Hancock (pictured above) will take the stage at 7.
Tickets are $40 each, and include snacks, coffee, tea, and a three hour show.
There will be raffles, a silent auction and 50-50 raffle. The conference center is located at 770 Crescent St., Brockton.
All proceeds from the show and raffles will benefit the Jennifer Fay Foundation Reward Fund.
Raffle items include an autographed photo of Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis, gift certificates to Dunkin’ Donuts, antique shops and skydiving.
Jennifer Fay, (pictured at right) was born and raised in Brockton. She disappeared Nov. 14, 1989 a month before her 17th birthday after leaving her house in Brockton to spend a night with friends.
Michelle Littlefield, a private investigator who has worked on the case since 2005, said the foundation was launched in January and the money raised for rewards will not only help Jennifer's case, but the dozens of other unsolved missing person's cases in the state, including Hanson resident Maura Murray.
Originally Fay was listed as a runaway, but since with the help of private detectives like Littlefield working through the Molly Bish Foundation, Fay has been classified as a missing person.
There is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Fay's recovery.
Littlefield said investigators have a very good idea what happened to Jennifer when she was last seen near Main and Broad streets saying goodbye to a friend after a neighborhood party.
"Undoubtedly Jennifer met with foul play the night of Nov. 14, 1989," Littlefield said. "The reward might help someone come forward with information they've kept these last 20 years so we can give this case some closure," she said.
For tickets, reservations, and information on how you can help the search, contact Michelle Littlefield (508) 328-9285 or email her at tyllyn@aol.com.
For more information about Fay and her disappearance see the foundation’s Website at http://www.site.jenniferfayfoundation.org/.
For more about the Molly Bish Foundation see the foundation's Website at http://www.mollybish.org/.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

School Committee Adds Smith, Stellar to Pool of Superintendent Finalists

The Brockton Post
Brockton Post
BROCKTON—The two remaining finalists for the school superintendent’s job are scheduled for interviews May 27.
Kathleen Smith, the school department’s director of Community Schools and After Schools program, and Arthur Stellar, the superintendent of Taunton schools, are expected to be interviewed May 27 in the final round of interviews for the job.
Mayor James Harrington, chairman of the school committee, said he suggested Smith and Stellar be publicly interviewed as finalists after a controversy over the rejection of Smith as a finalist last month by a screening committee appointed to review candidates who submitted resumes for the job.
The screening committee chose three finalists, John R. Jerome, Brockton’s director of teaching and learning for grades six to eight; Wayne Alexander, head of Brookville, Fla. school district and Mathew Malone, head of Swampscott’s school district.
After the three finalists were chosen, screening committee members and residents charged the panel pared 18 candidates to five by using an anonymous ballot, making the process unfair and possibly a violation of the state's Open Meeting Law.
Many who said the screening process was tainted said Smith should have been a finalist.
School committee members Monday night voted to expand the pool of finalists to five and include Smith and Stellar because of the controversy and possible Open Meeting Law violation.
The three finalists who are current superintendents--Alexander, Malone and Stellar-- have had no confidence votes against them by unions in their districts.
The contracts for Alexander and Malone end in June 2010 and Stellar will leave his job as superintendent in Taunton at the end of the school year after his contract was not extended druing a vote of the school committee last year.
Jerome, Alexander and Malone have already been interviewed.
The school committee has not set a date to choose a successor to Basan Nembirkow, who will retire as superintendent at the end of the school year.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Route 37 Drivers In For A Stop

The Brockton Post
Brockton—Motorists traveling to and from Brockton on Route 37 are in for a stop ahead.
At the end of this month a new traffic signal will stop motorists on Route 37 near the Howard Street Bridge, Spark Street and Bridgeway Liquors.
Adam Hurtubise, a spokesman for MassHighway, said the Howard and Winter streets signal will move into full-stop mode by the end of May, when a 30-day test period will end.
What will also end is a stop-free roadway on Howard Street, which is also Route 37 and a popular cut-through to Route 28 and Route 24 in Brockton for motorists traveling between Holbrook and Brockton.
The signal is currently flashing yellow for motorists traveling on Route 37 who can still pass through the intersection without stopping.
However, in the coming weeks, that will all change and Route 37 drivers will have to stop.
Ward 6 City Councilor Michelle DuBois has said the intersection is known for accidents and the project has been in the works for years.
She said officials expect the new design to slow traffic and make the intersection and the area around the Howard Street Bridge, Winter Street and Spark Street less confusing and less accident prone.
The new traffic signal is part of a $2. 1 million overall improvement project along Howard, Winter and portions of N. Cary Street by MassHighway.
The project includes the installation of sidewalks and curbing along Winter and portions of N. Cary. Travelers should expect slow downs and one lane as work crews continue repaving between Winter and N. Cary.
The three-way intersection of N. Cary and Winter has also been redesigned and a flashing yellow and red signal has been installed.
The Winter and N. Cary signal has not been activated and is expected to be live near the end of the month or early June. The entire project is expected to be completed by October.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Brockton Environmental Co. Gets $500,000 Push

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—A Brockton environmental clean-up company is poised to seek at least $200 million in work and possibly double its workforce after the infusion of $500,000 from a state financing agency.
CCS Environmental, a company that rids buildings of asbestos, mold and hazardous materials as well as other environmental remediation services, Tuesday afternoon received a check for $500,000 from the Community Development Finance Corporation and a visit from Governor Deval Patrick.
“We’re here to celebrate the example you set and the great work you do,” Patrick told a crowd of CCS employees and city officials.
Patrick said the state economy will be turned around not so much by large companies, but by small businesses like CCS, which employs 45 workers and managers at its office at 203 Spark St.
The Community Development Finance Corporation, or CDFC, is a quasi-public corporation that offers small businesses lines of credit, interest bearing loans and surety bonds for investment and growth.
In July, $10 million for the agency was approved by the State Legislature and signed by Patrick.
Marc Bourassa, CCS’s chief financial officer, said the loan will help the company bid on the more than $9 billion of so-called “shovel ready” projects across the state.
“Because of the money the state has given us, we are able to go after those projects,” Bourassa said. “It makes us a more viable option,” he said.
Bourassa said the company has identified at least $200 million from the shovel ready projects that need asbestos, mold and lead removal work.
“Those are right up our alley and because of the money we can bid on that work,” he said.
Bourassa said the company could hire up to 50 more union employees depending on the number of bids that are successful.
While officials inside CCS’ offices celebrated the money, outside dozens of opponents of a 350-megawatt natural gas plant that has been proposed for Oak Hill Way, urged motorists at the corner of Spark and Howard Streets to honk their horns if they were against the power plant.
“Environmental Justice for Brockton,” other protestors chanted as drivers honked their horns. Laurie Mathews, a member of Stop the Power, a grass roots group formed to oppose the natural gas plant, said the protest was to send a message to Patrick that the state board that gave approval to the plant did not act in the best interests of area residents.
“It is to make Governor Patrick and other state officials aware that they failed the community,” Mathews said.

Teachers Union Council Supports Natural Gas Plant

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—The executive council of the Brockton teachers union has voted to support the construction of a natural gas plant, however opponents said the vote does not mean all of the city’s 1,400 teachers are in favor of the plant.
The council, made up of 41 members who make decisions for the entire union voted 32-1 with eight abstentions to support the power plant.
“These are the people union members elect to represent their voice in the union,” said union head Timothy Sullivan. “We believe we did the right thing and the plant will have a positive economic impact on the city,” he said.
However opponents like Eddie Byers, a leader with Stop The Power, a grassroots group formed to fight the power plant, said those who voted are a fraction of the teachers in the city and once again pits unions versus residents.
“This vote doesn’t mean anything,” Byers said. “It’s a show of support from one union to another,” he said.
Brockton Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Swiss-based Advanced Power AG is seeking to build a 350-megawatt natural gas fueled electric plant in an industrial park on Oak Hill Way.
Residents and a majority of city councilors do not support the plant’s construction, but it has received approval from the state.
Company officials estimate during two years of construction the plant will offer more than 200 jobs and once on-line will pay $1.5 million per year in taxes to the city.
Plant officials have begun a public relations push to sway opinion toward the plant’s construction as designs go through city boards like the conservation commission and planning board for local permits.
A key decision will come from city councilors who have the final say if the plant can use recycled water to run the plant, a part of the project integral to the plant's constuction.
At a recent city council meeting all but one councilor, Todd Petti, were hotly against approving the water use.
Sullivan said area carpenters, electrical and other unions approached the teacher’s union asking for its support of the plant to aid area workers during a tough economy.
Sullivan said the executive council appointed a six-member panel to review the pros and cons of the project. The review panel was led by led by high school science teacher Eleri Merrikin, who worked as an environmental consultant before changing careers in 2002.
The panel reviewed the project for about six weeks.
Sullivan said any teachers or others, like members of Stop the Power, were offered opportunities to comment and provide information in favor or against the plant.
Byers said he disagreed that the doors were open to all, noting Stop the Power went through hoops to make a presentation to the panel and found out late in the process the teacher's union might take a vote to support the plant.
The review panel voted 5-0 with one no vote in support of the plant and a vote of the executive council took place last Monday.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--The Brockton Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale Saturday, May 16 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
The sale includes perrenials, shrubs, herbs, ground cover, grasses and more. All are sold at reasonable prices and most are grown by members.
The sale will be held at the parks department, 45 Meadow Lane, the former site of the Campello swimming pool and opposite HarborOne Credit Union.
The garden club, formed in 1929, uses the money to pay for its numerous city-wide civic projects.
Also, gardeners who want to recycle their empty plastic plant pots can drop them off at the parks department during the plant sale.
For more information see the club's website at brocktongc.org.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Opportunity Knocks for Homebuyers in Brockton

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON--An affordable housing home buyers fair will be held at the Westgate Mall, Saturday May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Called "Opportunity Knocks," the fair is one of five being held across the state at area malls, including Silver City Galleria in Taunton.
First time homebuyers and community groups involved in housing affordability are urged to attend.
Mortgage lenders will be available to offer tips and advice about the financial process and interest rates.
An innovative aspect of the fair will be the availability of listings for affordable properties where real estate agents will be hosting open houses during the next few weeks. These homes will be pre-selected to fall within state purchase price limits to be affordable to low-and moderate-income families. These special listings will also be available at http://www.masshomefair.com/. The fairs are sponsored by the several state agencies, realtor associations and banking groups. For more information see the home fair page at http://www.masshomefair.com/.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Bridgewater State College Gives Honorary Degree to Governor

The Brockton Post
BRIDGEWATER--Governor Deval Patrick will be the keynote speaker and receive an honorary degree during Bridgewater State College's 168th graduation ceremonies.
Patrick, the state's first African-American governor elected in November 2006, will receive an honorary doctorate in public service.
Ceremonies will be held Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m.
Linda Balzotti, the college's public information officer, said the honorary degree advisory committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, selected several candidates and chose Patrick for a vote by all of the members of the Board of Trustees. The vote was unanimous.
"Governor Patrick was a unanimous choice in recognition of his outstanding leadership of the Commonwealth, unwavering support for public higher education and inspiring message of perseverance," Balzotti said.
A native of Chicago, Patrick attended Milton Academy through a scholarship from A Better Chance, a non-profit organization in Boston.
In 1978 he graduated from Harvard University with honor and after a year in a United Nations program in Darfur, Sudan, Patrick went on to graduate from Harvard Law School.
In 1990, after working as a law clerk for a federal appellate court judge and NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Patrick was made partner with Boston law firm Hill and Barlow.
President Bill Clinton named Patrick Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, the country's highest civil rights position.
Patrick returned to private practice in 1997 with the Boston firm of Day, Berry & Howard. That same year, he was appointed by a federal district court to serve as the first chairperson of Texaco's Equality and Fairness Task Force.
In 2001, Patrick joined The Coca-Cola Company as executive vice-president and general counsel. He was elected to the additional role of corporate secretary in 2002, and served as part of the company's senior leadership team as a member of the executive committee.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Shaw's Closing Hurts Campello Residents

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—Campello area residents and church leaders will meet tonight with Shaw’s Supermarkets to discuss plans for leasing the supermarket’s building near the W. Bridgewater border.
Judy Chong, a spokeswoman for Shaw’s, said she will attend the meeting to review what the company is doing to attract another business in the leased building Shaw’s once occupied.
“We are looking at any and all options,” Chong said.
Brockton Interfaith Community, a consortium of city religious organizations, requested the meeting because the group has been scrambling to aid elderly, disabled and others in the area who have struggled to do their grocery shopping since Shaw’s closed its store Feb. 25.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, 1367 Main St.
Janine Carreiro, coordinator for Brockton Interfaith, said hundreds of residents at Campello Highrise, a Brockton Housing Authority senior, low-income and disabled housing complex less than a mile from the closed Shaw’s, instead of hopping a Brockton Area Transit bus one stop away from the grocery store must now get on and off twice each way to transfer to the nearest supermarket on the bus line.
Those who once walked or used motorized scooters to get to the supermarket are now faced with added bus or taxi expenses, or, if they can, finding a ride with friends to shop for food.
“A lot of people are disabled or elderly and this has really had an impact on them,” Carreiro said.
The building is located in one of many mini-plazas along Route 28, also S. Main Street, near the W. Bridgewater border. Big Lots, Family Dollar, McDonald’s, a laundromat, liquor store and a branch of Bank of America remain in the plaza. Planet Fitness is also vacant.
Shaw’s spokeswoman Chong said the supermarket chain closed the building because it did not “meet performance standards.”
She said a recent renovation to the building was expected to increase customer volume, but did not.
Shaw’s is working with ATS Realty in Waltham to lease the building. A representative of ATS could not be immediately reached for comment.
Chong said Shaw’s hopes to lease the premises, possibly to another grocery store, however “any and all” commercial endeavors could take over the space.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

School Cafe Contract On Table Tonight

The Brockton Post
BROCKTON—School committee members tonight will meet with representatives from two well-known food service companies to discuss which will give the district the best option over the next three years.
Two companies--Chartwells and Aramark--have submitted proposals to dish out what students and faculty eat in all of the district's schools.
Officials for each company will give presentations of what they will offer the district for the contract. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the high school.
“We haven’t made up our minds yet,” said Thomas Minichiello, who heads the three-member subcommittee that reviewed each company’s proposal.
Proposals were submitted in March for the food service contract, which by law must be reviewed every three years.
Chartwells, which has been the district’s provider for the last three years, in its proposal has offered to renovate four dish cleaning areas in the high school’s cafeterias and install four “outtake” windows.
Chartwells’ proposal states the company will pay $330,000 for renovations at the high school, junior high and elementary schools. It will also pay $120,000 for the high school outtake windows, $160,000 to install “point of sale” payment equipment in each of the elementary schools and $50,000 toward marketing, promotional and nutrition initiatives.
Aramark, Minichiello said, may be offering the district “more of a financial benefit,” however Aramark’s proposal on view at the district’s central business office did not give specific figures for renovations.
The available documents stated Aramark would renovate the cafeterias in all of the district’s schools, continue to install point of sale purchasing equipment in all schools and offers numerous marketing, promotional and nutrition initiatives.
Minichiello said Aramark is offering another $140,000 toward cafeteria equipment, marketing materials and renovations and another $97,000 in savings from labor costs.
Minichiello said he is cautious about the proposals and wants to make the right choice for the district.
Minichiello said comparing each proposal has been difficult because each is offering similar services, but might be calling it something different and accounting for it in a different category in their proposal.
“It’s like comparing apples to oranges,” Minichiello said.
Chartwells is the food service provider for 40 schools in the state. Aramark has 12 schools in the state, including E. Bridgewater.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Girl Scout Registration Held in May

Girl Scout registration will be held from Monday, May 11 to Wednesday, May 27 at several of the city's schools. The fee for all registrations is $12.
All registrations will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information contact Marylou Best by e-mail at m-best@comcast.net
Locations and dates are:
Monday, May 11th at North Jr. High
Tuesday, May 12th at South Middle School
Wednesday, May 13th at East Jr. High
Thursday, May 14th at West Jr. High
Tuesday, May 19th at the Brookfield School
Thursday, May 21st at the Raymond School
Friday, May 22nd at the Hancock School
Tuesday, May 26th at the Arnone School
Wednesday, May 27th at the Plouffe School