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    New football coach part of rebuilding process

    04/24/2015 12:32 PM EDT
    SHIRLEY -- When Ayer Shirley Regional High School Athletic Director Jon Sweeney introduced Philip Marchengiani to the ASRSD School Committee last week, he stressed that hiring the new head football coach was a substantial step forward in the "rebuilding" process. 
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    Ayer Shirley High School drama to do 'The Addams Family'
    04/10/2015 01:36 PM EDT - By Jon Bishop jbishop@nashobapub.com AYER -- Ba-na-na-na-na. Snap. Snap. Ayer Shirley High School is about spooky and kooky, because the drama club is putting on "The Addams Family," a musical that first opened on Broadway back in 2010 and is based on the iconic characters created by Charles Addams. Full Story

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    New football coach part of rebuilding process

    SHIRLEY -- When Ayer Shirley Regional High School Athletic Director Jon Sweeney introduced Philip Marchengiani to the ASRSD School Committee last week, he stressed that hiring the new head football coach was a substantial step forward in the "rebuilding" process. Full Story
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    Harvard Public Library Storytimes Infant Storytime ~ Mother Goose on the Loose (no sign-up) - Ages 0 - 2 and up: Mondays & Thursdays at 10:30 Mother Goose on the Loose is an early literacy program that uses rhymes and songs to help pre-reading children get ready for reading. Full Story
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    Practice makes better, author tells students

    PEPPERELL -- During Spirit Week at Varnum Brook Elementary School, students heard an important message from a visiting author. Full Story
     
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    New football coach part of rebuilding process

    04/24/2015 12:32 PM EDT
    SHIRLEY -- When Ayer Shirley Regional High School Athletic Director Jon Sweeney introduced Philip Marchengiani to the ASRSD School Committee last week, he stressed that hiring the new head football coach was a substantial step forward in the "rebuilding" process. 
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    MBTA, railroad want to close Davis crossing
    04/24/2015 11:50 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Thanks to a grapevine communication line that began with a call to the Planning Board and branched out to the Town Administrator and beyond, a scheduled site visit by state and federal transportation officials and railroad company representatives proposing to close the Davis Street rail crossing became a public meeting instead. Full Story

    ATM warrant preview: Mostly money matters
    04/24/2015 07:34 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Selectmen have recommended favorable action on most of the warrant articles for the April 27 Annual Town Meeting that were held over from the previous meeting, pending more information or further review by the Finance Committee. Full Story

    ASRSD charges don't meet line drawn in the sand
    04/24/2015 07:34 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- The Ayer Shirley Regional School District School Committee has again recertified its budget, voting unanimously to approve an overall budget of $38,836,467 and a "bottom line general budget figure" of $26,851,445. Full Story

    FinCom debates message to ATM
    04/24/2015 07:33 AM EDT - SHIRLEY -- While finalizing its recommendations for the Annual Town Meeting warrant, the Finance Committee also resolved to brush up a statement Chairman Stewart Cady had been preparing as a handout in lieu of its inclusion in the warrant. Full Story

    A sad ending to a hope-filled story
    04/24/2015 12:02 PM EDT - SHIRLEY -- Mickey Oakes, a wild-life photographer, and Kerry Cooper, both friends and long-time Shirley residents, related this story. Full Story

    Super Town Meeting on Devens zoning changes June 8
    04/24/2015 07:32 AM EDT - AYER/HARVARD/SHIRLEY -- Officials from Ayer, Harvard and Shirley have agreed to schedule Super Town Meetings the first week in June to consider proposed Devens zoning changes forwarded by MassDevelopment, the state agency charged with redeveloping the former Army base and with its interim governance. Full Story

    Master Plan public forum May 7
    04/24/2015 07:34 AM EDT - Shirley is in the early stages of updating its Master Plan and a Master Plan Public Forum is scheduled to gain insight from the public. Full Story

    Tickets on sale for 'Once on this island'
    04/24/2015 07:33 AM EDT - Tickets are now on sale for the ShirleyArts! production of the family musical "Once on this island" by Aherns and Flaherty. Full Story

    Tax bills due May 1
    04/24/2015 07:32 AM EDT - The fiscal 2015 fourth quarter real estate and personal property actual tax bill were mailed on March 31, 2015 and are due in the Collector's Office by Friday, May 1. Full Story

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    Prosecutor describes Colorado gunman's path to carnage

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — A prosecutor declared Monday that two psychiatric exams found Colorado theater gunman James Holmes to be sane as he meticulously plotted a mass murder, considering a bomb or biological warfare before settling on a shooting so that he could inflict more "collateral damage. Full Story