Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The co-chairs of the task force have voted to support a resolution opposing the Board of Selectmen's decision to grant a beer and wine liquor license to Carli Convenience Plus.
The following is a letter from the Burlington Drug & Alcohol Task Force: The Burlington Drug and Alcohol Task Force has voted to support a resolution opposing the recent decision by Burlington’s Board of Selectmen at their March 25 meeting to grant a liquor license for beer and wine sales to Carli’s Convenience Store and Gas Station. The Task Force believes that in granting a liquor license to a convenience store, the Board of Selectmen is setting a troubling precedent. Over the ten years that the Town of Burlington has been conducting alcohol compliance checks on local package stores and restaurants, it has become clear that the business of controlling access to alcohol for minors can be very challenging. The package store owners and …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A letter from Monte Pearson, Town Meeting Member, Precinct 3, on the issue of bow hunting in the Landlocked Forest.
Wednesday, April 3
The following is a letter to the editor: Under Massachusetts law there is no hunting, either with guns or bows and arrows, on any land in the state unless the unit of government with jurisdiction over the land expressly says hunting is allowed. Therefore, it is illegal to hunt with either guns or bows and arrows in the Landlocked Forest until the body with jurisdiction – the Board of Selectmen – votes to allow hunting. If the Board of Selectmen want to consider allowing bow hunting, then they need to keep in mind that the land is already being used for recreational purposes by hundreds of people every month during the spring, summer, and fall. These individuals, whether they are walking, biking, or snow shoeing deserve to know and feel …
Friday, March 29, 2013
A letter from Gerald Beuchelt announcing he is running for Burlington Town Meeting, Precinct 4
The following is a letter to the editor: I am writing to announce my candidacy for another term as Burlington Town Meeting representative in Precinct 4. Having been elected to this position last year to fill one of the seats that opened up as a result of the redistricting, I hope to have served with honor and help Burlington to develop into the town we all love. I would like to you to consider my candidacy for Town Meeting again in 2013. As a Town Meeting member, my areas of focus will continue to be supporting responsible growth in the residential and business communities, enhancing the appearance of our town, sustaining improvements in the town’s infrastructure (roads, water supply, etc.), and improving education while making choices in …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A letter in support of Kristine Brown for the Burlington Recreation Commission.
Thursday, March 28
The following is a letter to the editor: Friends please join me in reelecting Kristine Brown to the Burlington Recreation Commission; Saturday April 6, 2013 Town Election. Kristine has a PROVEN record of accomplishments and has the passion and commitment to continue her service to Burlington Recreation. Thanks Jack Ferren
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
There will be a variety of restaurants and retail stores in the project with Wegman's and Kings. What would your choice be to fill one of those slots?
As reported on Burlington Patch this morning, NorthWest park will feature a Wegman's grocery store, a Kings bowling alley and an apartment building, but there will be a lot of free space for restaurants and retail locations. According to Nordblom's site, the development will be a 3,200,000 square foot "pedestrian-friendly, amenity-rich, vibrant mixed-use environment," in the area of 2nd, 3rd and 4th Avenues. Also, according to the project web site, there will be a mix of restaurants, some featuring outdoor dining, and retail locations. However, the specifics of what those restaurants and retail locations will be is still a mystery. Burlington Senior Planner Don Benjamin said the applications by those businesses for Planning Board review …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The 24-lane bowling alley will offer opportunity for fun but could also bring heavy traffic.
As reported on Burlington Patch, King's Bowl is in the process of building a bowling alley at 52 Second Avenue as part of the NorthWest Park Project. The bowling alley will be across the street from the much-anticipated Wegman's supermarket. Kings will feature a 296-seat restaurant in a 27,000 square foot building and will have 24 bowling alleys. The total occupancy is over 600 people. The bowling alley will have a full menu and a full bar and will open until 1 a.m. on the weekends. The project is moving forward with support of the Board of Selectmen, which just this week approved a liquor license for the establishment, and seems to be a popular project among many in town. The bowling alley will offer t, be a place for families and for …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Are you satisfied or frustrated with how the town handled the area’s 5th largest snowstorm in history? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Now that the snow has fallen, and started to melt, it’s your time to rate how the town’s plows handled the more than 2 feet of snow that fell Friday and Saturday. We put the question to our Facebook followers last night and the town's clean-up effort got mixed reviews. Some of the people said their neighborhoods were well plowed and the roads were clear, but others were less impressed. 'I live on Cresthaven Drive, aweful. Upland and all those roads are awful too! Our street is not even sanded...there is no way I would send any child on a school bus tomorrow' one reader wrote. Others said that while the roads had been plowed, they were too narrow: 'Someone needs to get over to Kimball Road/South Bedford street immediately. The snow there is…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
A letter to the editor on the recent Town Meeting votes to support the Grand View Farm Project.
Tuesday, February 5
The following is a letter to the editor: On behalf of the Grand View Farm Advisory Committee we want to express our sincere appreciation to the Burlington Town Meeting Members. At the recent Town Meeting on January 28, 2013 three Articles were passed for the Grand View Farm. With these articles, the complex will now enter the final phase of construction. The Grand View Farm project began in the late 1990s with a three way land swap. Ownership of this 200 year old connected farm house complex was transferred to the Town at that time. Since then, various fund raising efforts, sale of lots from the land swap, state grants and other funding sources have advanced the project to where it is today. With the positive votes at Town Meeting, the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Which were the best Super Bowl commercials of 2013? Which were the worst?
Millions of sports enthusiasts around the world and in Burlington watched Super Bowl 47 on Sunday. Likely, many tuned in just to watch Super Bowl commercials, just like they do every year. According to Ad Age, CBS essentially sold out its ad inventory for Super Bowl XLVII at prices averaging between $3.7 million and $3.8 million. More from Ad Age: The usual coterie of big sponsors is more or less on board again —hello, Pepsi! hello Bud Light! — accompanied by opportunistic, smaller brands that want to make a big splash, such as Century 21 and GoDaddy.com, both of which are also returning to the game. In addition to Ms. Patrick and Mr. Fogle, celebrities and pseudo-celebs on the ad roster will include Willem Dafoe, Amy Poehler, Bar …