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Historic meeting
From the society:
The Annual Meeting of the Walpole Historical Society will be held on April 22
at the Deacon Willard Lewis House at 7:30 p.m.

The speaker will be life-long Walpole resident
Steele Lightbody. Steele has lived in Walpole all his life and will talk to us about his many memories of Walpole from childhood times when school was let out so the children
could see the Hindenburg fly over, through his four-year Navy career as a submariner, and his
professional career as an electrician.

Steele has many stories and artifacts from the
local area he would like to share with us. There is no charge for admission, so bring a friend.
Refreshments will be served.


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Fort Warren
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Walpole Public Library's community room, Kevin Rogers, community outreach coordinator for the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands, will discuss how Fort Warren was used as a Civil War prison and the role played by the Boston Harbor Islands in the war. He will also discuss the unusual involvement of Boston residents with the Fort.

Marathon fund
Raffael's, 1601 Main St., will host a comedy night Thursday, April 17, to raise money for a team from John Hancock that runs the Boston Marathon to help support the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. The foundation provides financial support for cancer patients and their families and for cancer research at Children's Hospital.

More information on the press release.


Obituaries
Notices from Alexander F. Thomas and Sons Funeral Home.

Notices from James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

Notices from Ginley Funeral Homes. (Includes Walpole, Franklin and Medway funeral homes)

School menus
This page links to menus for all Walpole public schools and is updated by the school department.


Moose Hill 40B discussion at selectmen meeting
Residents living near the proposed site of a 174-unit 40B project on Moose Hill Road were on the agenda at the April 1 selectmen's meeting. In this three-minute clip, a neighbor states the developer has indicated that because the town missed a hearing deadline, Barberry Homes will not work with nearby residents on their concerns. Barberry Homes is seeking a 'constructive grant' from the state that would allow it to bybass the ZBA because of the claimed missed deadline.

Tom Palmer posts on the Neponset River Watershed Association's website on questions raised about the impact of the project on Traphole Brook and a Walpole Conservation Commission decision last year not to provide a 200-foot buffer for tributaries at the bottom of the down-sloping meadow on which the 40B is proposed.

August, 2013 and March 9 Boston Globe stories.

Sam Obar has started a WalpoleWords thread about the proposal here.

Full video of the April 1 meeting is available though this town archive page.





Photo from the Walpole Historical Commission annual report
The Walpole Historical Commission's annual report for 2013 includes information about its effort to place Union Station on the National Historic Register. The report notes that the MBTA has endorsed the idea. From the annual report:

Union Station, Walpole, constructed in 1883 and one of the oldest wooden train stations in continuous use in the Nation, is a prime candidate for this listing, and would join Walpole’s other historic structures listed on the National Register: The Old Town Hall (1881), and the Deacon Willard Lewis House (1825).

Now online here (pdf), the commission's annual report also talks about the future of the old Town Hall once the police department moves to a new facility.

This youtube video explains what a listing on the national register does and does not involve.


Blogs, links
Got a Walpole-related blog or site? Send the link here:

Sam Obar's blog

Friends of the Walpole Public Library

Walpole Public Library calendar

Mike Iwanowicz
Walpole columnist

Walpole Town Meeting (Jon Rockwood)

The Walpole Peace and Justice Group

Walpole Friends of Music

Potters Place

More Walpole links, including MCAS results, MBTA bus and commuter rail schedules.



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Berry resigns
On his blog, Sam Obar reports two candidates have announced they're running in the June election for the selectmen's seat to be vacated by Michael Berry's resignation. Sam Obar 180 also reports that Selectman Mark Gallivan will face a challenger in June.

TM warrant
Here's the warrant for the Town Meeting that begins May 5. pdf

Historical site
The Walpole Historical Society has a new website.

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Walpole weather
A cold March ended a cold winter. John Anderson's column.

Town budget
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.


Health stats
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

Council on Aging
Here are the Walpole Council on Aging's April newsletter and April calendar. Both pdf

COA web page

Hessco serves the elderly in Walpole and
neighboring towns.


Police logs
The police department's web page offers links to incident and arrest logs.

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