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High School Begins Long Slog of Realigning Curriculum

While the early focus on realigning curriculum to meet new standards has been at the elementary and middle school level, the secondary or high school level has started to receive some attention. Early focus on the elementary and middle school level has flowed from the state as Massachusetts tries to implement new learning standards to align with changes in the "No Child Left Behind" initiative at the national level.

Less Restrictive Bylaws Proposed For Farms

Groton Planning Board is presenting three zoning amendment articles to April 22 Annual Spring Town Meeting, including some major changes to the schedule of regulations of the farming bylaw in order to bring Groton regulations into compliance with the state agriculture regulations. Many state agricultural regulations are less restrictive than long-standing town bylaws and have the potential to lead to neighborhood disagreements.

Haddad Outlines 3 Options For Funding Schools Technology Needs

Town Manager Mark Haddad outlined various options that could be implemented in order to fund Groton Dunstable Regional School District's request for an additional $525K to fund critical technology needs for schools. Of this amount, Groton would contribute $425K or 76 percent while Dunstable would be responsible for $138K or 24 percent. Dunstable is planning to fund their portion via borrowing through a 'State House' note, according to Mark Haddad, Town Manager.

'Most People Don't Like To Be Labeled Republican or Democrat, But Vote Like They Are.'

There was a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the standing-room only High School theater waiting for the appearance of Steve Kornacki, a graduate of Groton-Dunstable; a man, who 16 years ago must have felt like many of the young people in the audience Wednesday; a man who has achieved remarkable success as a national political analyst, pundit and talk show host on MSNBC.

Helping Others

Brownie Troop 65023 met at the cafeteria at Florence Roche School Monday to make goodie bags and bring presents for youngsters in homeless shelters who may not be able to have a party or presents for their birthday. The girls are earning their World of Girls Journey patch.

FEATURE: 'Love to Hear the Robin go Tweet Tweet Tweet'

One of the joys of literature and poetry is its ability to let us savor different emotional worlds for a moment, allowing us to plumb the emotional states of people very different from ourselves. With rhythm, juxtaposition of words and modes of thought, the poet lets us escape for an instant from the bonds of our own emotional world, allowing access to another person's state of mind using an amalgam of ambiguity, symbolism, irony and meter.

OBITUARY: Alexander Lowery Gucker Jr.

Alexander Lowery "Xandy" Gucker, Jr., a resident of Groton, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at his niece's home in Dedham. He was 73. Alex was born September 21, 1939 in Philadelphia, PA, son of Alexander Lowery and Ellen Hewson (Douglas) Gucker. He was a graduate of The Loomis School in Connecticut and an alumnus of of Haverford College.

Off Prescott Street Residents Divided on Accepting Road as Public Way

Selectmen voted to postpone an article slated for Spring Town Meeting warrant regarding acceptance of Off Prescott Street as a public roadway following their public hearing. The decision to remove the article was based, in part, on division among residents of the street and the need for more detailed information on the actual status of the road.


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