The next Walpole Farmers Market will be held 10 to 2 Sunday, March 9, in the VFW post on Robbins Road.
Participating vendors include Oakdale Farms, Akin Bak Farm, Annie’s Just Desserts, Next Step Living, Viridian Energy, Vermarje International, Jack’s Dog Cookies, Uniquely Made For You, and Eric’s Sharper Edge among others. At the Market, shoppers will also find free takeaways and recipes at the information table.
On his blog, Sam Obar posts that Timothy Hempton, a Walpole Republican, will seek the state representative seat held by John Rogers, D-Norwood.
Moose Hill 40B
Selectmen scheduled an executive session within their meeting Tuesday, Jan. 21, to discuss potential litigation involving a 174-unit 40B complex proposed for Moose Hill Road. (Boston Globe story August, 2013)
Sam Obar has started a thread about the proposal here.
The zoning board of appeals has scheduled a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, on a request from Barberry Homes to override local zoning. If the ZBA rejects the proposal, the state can approve it under its Chapter 40B law.
The state last month posted Walpole's latest version of its housing production plan, (pdf) which envisions creation of 40 or so subsidized units a year and could fend off big 40Bs.
RR station suggested for National Register
In the clip from the Jan. 7 selectmen's meeting, Chairman Mark Gallivan reacts with caution to a request from the Walpole Historical Commission for a study aimed at placing the Walpole train station on the National Register of Historic Places.
Full video of the Jan. 7 meeting is available though this town archive page.
History through postcards 2/26
From the historical society:
Paul H. Tedesco will talk about his new book, "Postcard History of Norfolk County, Massachusetts," at the next meeting of the Walpole Historical Society Wednesday, Feb. 26,
at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Walpole Public Library.
Paul Tedesco and his son James collaborated with residents of each of the 28 communities of
the county to create this book. Sadly, James died unexpectedly just as the book was about to
The table-top hardcover, with 416 pages, has over 400 illustrations, many in color. Long-time Walpole resident and Historical Society Vice President Roger Turner Jr. contributed information and Society post cards for the Walpole chapter.
Dr. Tedesco is an author, educator, local historian, and professor emeritus at Northeastern University. Meet the
author Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the Walpole Library. Signed copies of the book will be
available for purchase. Admission is free.
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The town has posted a new monitoring report from a consultant watching over the cleanup of the former Bird Machine site.
Town Administrator Michael Boynton is proposing a $76.6 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, a 2.7 percent increase over current spending.
Here's the text of Boynton's Fiscal 2015 budget address, delivered Monday, Feb. 3.
The proposed budget now heads to the finance committee, which will review it in detail before making recommendations to the May Town Meeting.
Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative's new website provides town-by-town numbers describing the health of older residents. This link goes to the report's main page, which connects to the pages for individual cities and towns, and each of those pages offer statewide numbers for comparison. Here's Walpole. pdf
St. Pat's 5k
Mick Morgan's annual 5k road race to benefit Hessco services for local eldery starts from the Irish pub on Route 1, Sharon, at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 15.
Information for runners and a request for sponsorships are on this Hessco page.
Main St. rebuild
The state held a public hearing Jan. 28, in Blackburn Hall on its preliminary design for reconstruction of Main Street (Route 1A) from the Norwood line to just short of East Street. Completion of the design for the $12 million project is expected to take two years.