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by Russell Harris & Bob Katzen, BHR   The State Senate voted 36-3 to send to Gov. Baker a bill redrawing the boundaries of all 40 senators’ districts. The plan is based on the 2020 census and will be in effect until the next redistricting cycle following the census in 2030. Both branches...
by Connie Sartini   As a result of an October 22 incident report filed by Groton Police Dept., the Select Board held a hearing Monday night regarding the alleged sale of alcohol to a minor(s) by the Boston Road Market, 671 Boston Road.      On that day, Groton Police Sgt. Kevin Henehan was...
by Connie Sartini   The town of Groton sent letters to residents of Redskin Trail advising that they will be renaming Redskin Trail. Specifically, the Diversity Task Force stated, “When it comes to the goals of diversity and inclusion as outlined in our charge, the road named ‘Redskin Trail’...
The following items are from Beacon Hill Roll Call by Bob Katzen   Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Behavioral Health (H 4002) $44.3 Million in Additional Funds for Seniors, Human Services      House 147-12, Senate 39-1 overrode Baker’s veto of a provision requiring the Children’s...
by Robert Stewart   It all began when a nearby resident in the Gay Road neighborhood noticed a sign in the front lawn of a Gay Rd. resi- dence that offended her and prompted her to write a letter to the editor of the Groton Herald. The roughly 4’ X 6’ sign, located in front of the house, but...
by Connie Sartini   Following an affirmative vote at the October 23 Fall Town Meeting, Town Man- ager Mark Haddad said that the Select Board now needs to establish a process of who and how the town will enter into Host Community Agreements (HCA) with companies interested in establishing a...
by Bob Katzen   A virtual hearing by the Committee on Financial Services included a bill that would establish a publicly owned, state-run Bank of Massachusetts funded to the tune of up to $2 billion through the sale of bonds, funding from the Legislature and unclaimed property proceeds. A 10-...
By Bob Katzen, Beacon Hill Roll Call   All of the decisions on which representatives’ amendments are included or not included in the relief and recovery package are made “behind closed doors.” Or in the COVID-19 era, “behind closed Zoom meetings.” The vast majority of the more than 1,000...
by Bob Katzen, Beacon Hill Roll Call   With Groton Rep Sheila Harrington voting in favor, the House voted 159-0 to approve and send to the Senate a $3.82 billion package which spends the federal money the state received from the American Rescue Plan Act and the surplus left over from the...
by Connie Sartini   Saturday’s Groton’s Annual Fall Town Meeting produced one of the lowest turnouts of voters to act on several significant changes to the operation of the town. The meeting was held indoors at the Performing Arts Center and opened with only 82 voters present, out of the town...

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