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Scott Seago (clerk), Bill Foote (vice-chair), Tom Wyatt (chair)
Berkshire Wireless installing our equipment on the cell tower - photo by Ray Lemek
Call 413-676-9544 for WBS service or to check network status.
If we have a system-wide outage it will be noted in the message you hear when it goes to VM. That way you will know it isn't only you that is down.
If you are having a problem with service and there is no global acknowledgement of a known issue on this voice mail please leave a message about your outage or other matters broadband related.
Warwick Broadband subscribers may now pay their bill online at this website: https://unipaygold.unibank.com/default.aspx?customerid=706
Big news - MBI (Massachusetts Broadband Institute) has approved the Town of Warwick's application for $450,000 to complete the upgrade and expansion of our wireless internet system. There is one more approval necessary from MBI's parent organization (MassTech Executive Committee) which is meeting in January, before a funding schedule can begin. However, this is a HUGE step forward! The funds that are coming from the State will allow our system to utilize LTE technology that will provide true high speeds (25mb - much faster than current service) to all permanent residents. Much appreciation is due to the tireless efforts of our Town Coordinator, David Young. THANK YOU David!
Here is the Broadband Committee's Proposal to Upgrade and Expand Warwick Broadband.
Mary Humphries, Jack Cadwell, Dan Dibble, Jim Toth, Janice Kurkoski, Steve Kurkoski
Allen Berman, Karro Frost, Kasey Rolih, Mary Williamson, Grigori Brodski, Ann Kendall
Go to their page for information on regulations and meetings.
Martha Kitchen, chair, Cherie Robartes, Lawrence Pruyne, Laurie Crane, Lisa Vanderstelt, Denyse Dar
The Warwick Cultural Council has set an October 15 postmark deadline for organizations, schools and individuals to apply for grants that support cultural activities in the community. These grants can support a variety of artistic projects and activities in Warwick -- including exhibits, festivals, field trips, short-term artist residencies or performances in schools, workshops and lectures.
The Warwick Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community.
This year, the Warwick Cultural Council will distribute about $4000 in grants. Previously funded projects included: The New England Swing Band, the Pied Potter of Hamelin, and Edible Perennial Gardening and Landscaping.
Application forms and more information about the Local Cultural Council Program are available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx.
For more information on Warwick's Cultural Council please click here.
Barbara Walker, Martha Morse, Arline Lincoln, Ed Lemon, Jim Toth
The Warwick Historical Commission meets quarterly in March, June, September and December at 6:45 p.m. in the Town Hall basement.
Rick Abbott, Charlie Brown, Robert Day, Arline Lincoln, Barbara Walker
Matt and Kathy Connelly, Dave and Bev Shepardson, Jim McCrae, Fran Prohaska, Clare Green, Mario Tringali, Gloria Varno
Spring has sprung and summer will begin in a few weeks. Migratory birds have been testing out the pond. One pair of geese won the battle for nesting space in the marsh. Song birds are singing their hearts out and we are delighted to see some new visitors ( a pair of Baltimore Orioles) to the pond. The peepers are in full chorus. Love the song of spring.
A great big "THANK YOU" goes out to everyone who attended the Lasagna Dinner and Wooden Fender Music Event April 13th. The attendance was outstanding and a good time was had by all. A Special "Thanks" to Adrian Carey, Lynn and Mike Carey, Beth Gilgun, Dawn Magi, and Pat and Dick Shepardson for volunteering to help the Beach Committee members with set-up, serving and clean-up. Also, Thank you for your support at the Beach Beverage Bar at Dinner Theater. Thank you Barbara Noel and Nicole Wander for working with the Beach Committee at the Beach Bar. Special "Thank You" to Kim & Scott of Wagon Wheel Campground for allowing us invade their ice chest for ice needed for the Bar and dinner. All three evenings were most successful. We couldn't have done it without you.
The proceeds from the Lasagna Dinner and the "Beach Bar" at the Dinner Theater go towards the water testing at the Town Beach. Unless the costs of water testing go up again this year, we will have met the ample funds to foot the bill and start on next year. We are grateful for all your support.
On May 18th at 10:00 AM, we had scheduled a Beach Clean-up Work Bee. Thanks to Mario Tringali, our clean-up was minimal. He spent the previous Saturday picking up winter debris, leveling our the beach and raking the whole area. It looks terrific. The only thing left for the Work Bee was trimming "good" shrubs and cutting back invasive species. We appreciate your help Mario.
The Beach will officially open this year on JUNE 22nd. Beginning at 10:00 AM there will be a "Walk to the Beach" from the beginning of North Holden Road off Orange Road at the cemetery. This is the original path to Moore's Pond before Wendell Road was open. Upon reaching the Beach we will celebrate with a BEACH PARTY. Come for the walk or come for the party, BUT COME. Light refreshments will be served while you enjoy visiting with friends and delighting to "beach tunes". We have checked, cleaned and marked the trail. Be sure to wear suitable footwear for your safety on the path. There will be shuttle serve back to vehicles left at the beginning of the hike trail. We look forward to seeing you.
The next Beach Committee Meeting is June 3rd at 6:00 pm at the Town Hall. We are looking for new members. If you are interested, please call Kathy Connelly (978-544-2009) or just come to the meeting on June 3rd.
This Month's SAFETY TIP: After being under cover all winter, your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun's rays which are also more intense in the Spring. Please use adequate sun screen and proper cover-ups when outside and especially for prolonged sun exposure.
As you all know, it is Warwick's 250th Anniversary this year, and we are getting plans underway for hopefully a bigger and better Old Home Day Parade.
It has always been my dream since I started having the parade again to build on it and have it grow. Let's have a great one this year. We are looking for cars, trucks or tractors old and new, fast or slow, horse and buggy, or horses, cows, goats and floats to represent your organizations. I know Warwick has its share.
So put on your thinking caps and let's come up with a representation of what Warwick means to you. This year's theme( Yes we have decided to theme the parade) is "Thru the Years."
I recently viewed a 1940 Warwick Old Home Day Parade. I want that kind of presentation for this year's Parade but I need your help. Want to join the fun? Call Colleen Paul at 978-544-0014. Thank You!
George Day Jr., Keith Ross, Mary Williamson, Christine Duerring, Scott Maslansky, Clare Green, Maria Whitney, Mark Maynard
The mission of the Open Space Committee is to provide guidance to the Warwick Board of Selectmen, Town Boards, residents and others on how to maintain the rural character and sense of community of Warwick through protecting and encouraging wise use of the land and natural resources, enhancing recreational oportunities and encouraging appropriate economic and residential development.
Brad Compton, Chuck Lisowski, Christine Duerring, Clare Green, Dave Shepardson, George Day, George Roaf, Jack Cadwell, Kasey Rolih, Karro Frost, Mary Thomas, Matt Hickler, Pat Lemon, Ted Cady
The Open Space Plan Subcommittee's Public Forum Presentation on October 14, 2009 is available here. NB: This is a large (4.8 MB) .pdf file.
The final draft of the Open Space Plan is now available as a 2 MB download in .pdf format here.
The 2009 Open Space Plan is in progress.
Warwick was awarded a grant in February enabling the Town to receive nine months of professional planning assistance from Kimberly Noake-MacPhee, FRCOG's Natural Resources Program Manager, at no cost to the Town.
The Personnel Committee will hold meetings at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of each month in Town Hall.
Ted Cady, Chair; Elan Sicroff, Brad Compton, Nick Arguimbau, John Williamson
At the February 7, 2011 Special Town Meeting there will be a Flood Plain Overlay District Zoning Bylaw for approval by the voters. At the public hearing several questions came up which might be of interest to all voters so they will be addressed in this update.
If I am one of the 6 or 8 houses in the flood plain what would flood insurance cost?
1. If you do not go to a bank to use your house as collateral, you do not have to get flood insurance. In that case your cost would be zero.
2. If the house is sold, mortgaged, reverse mortgaged or a home equity line of credit or home loan is taken out and the house is in the flood plain you will probably be required to get flood insurance. If the flood plain zone is established you would get insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program. Since Warwick is not now part of that program no insurance company can give you a "Program" quote for what insurance would cost. Based on experience with other towns that have passed a Flood Plain Overlay District Zoning Bylaw, $200,000 worth of flood insurance on a house might cost about $1,500/year.
3. Most banks now have the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps and most, except perhaps a local bank that would keep the mortgage, would require flood insurance as part of any financing arrangement. If the article is voted down, flood insurance from a private sector company might cost $5,000/year or more for $200,000 of coverage. The reason for this high cost is that if there is a disaster there will be no FEMA disaster assistance for houses damaged in the floodplain unless we pass the Flood Plain Zoning Overlay District.
The flood plain map shows my house in a flood zone, but it is well above the flood zone. The flood plain map is wrong. What can I do?
You can hire a surveyor or professional engineer who will determine the base flood elevation and the elevation of your house and you submit the data to FEMA which will amend the flood zone boundary map to exclude it from the flood plain. The cost can vary but it would probably start at about $2,000, but could be higher.
If you have questions, you may call any Planning Board member for information: Ted Cady, chair, at 978-544- 6410; Elan Sicroff, Secretary; Brad Compton, Nick Arguimbau, John Williamson.
At the Special Town Meeting schedule for February 7, 2011 a Flood Plain Zoning Bylaw will be on the warrant. The Planning Board recommends a vote in favor of it. Warwick is one of l5 towns in Massachusetts that has not passed such a bylaw. Originally the Board of Selectmen wanted to pass one so that the town would be eligible to receive Hazard Mitigation Grants. These grants are awarded by FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) to reduce the risk of damage in case of a natural disaster. An example of a typical problem in Warwick is undersized culverts. If there were a hurricane or other major rain event these undersized culverts would back up and often the result is that the road washes out. FEMA has found that it is much cheaper to install a properly sized culvert before the event than wait until the road washes out in a major storm and then install the proper sized culvert and rebuild the washed out road after the event.
As the Planning Board worked on developing the proposed Flood Plain Zoning Bylaw (with technical assistance from Franklin Regional Council of Governments Planning Department) we learned that any home in a flood plain that was damaged by flood waters would not be eligible for disaster assistance unless the town had passed a Flood Plain Zoning Bylaw and the that the bylaw is approved by FEMA or a state agency approved by FEMA. The FRCOG Planning Department developed a map of Warwick showing the Flood Plains and the houses that might be within the Flood Plain. Unfortunately, for technical reasons, the maps are only approximate, but they are still very helpful. It appears that 8 homes may be in the flood plains. There is a map in the Warwick Free Library showing the flood plains overlain on air photos which show the approximate location of homes and the approximate location of property lines.
Technically this proposed zoning bylaw is called a Flood Plain Overlay District. This means that while our zoning bylaws cover all of the town, if passed, the Flood Plain Overlay District Zoning Bylaw will only cover the areas within flood plains, so in a flood plain there would be the regular provisions of our zoning bylaws and the additional provisions of the Flood Plain Overlay District Zoning.
Copies of the proposed zoning bylaw will be available outside of the Town Clerk's office, at the Warwick Free Public Library and on the Warwick website.
Denyse Dar, Holly Manson, Leanne Limoges, Rita McConville, Shauna Mallet, Mindy Gibbons
Hello Warwick Community!
Denyse Dar announces the new Warwick Recreational Committee Webpage! Here you'll find the latest events (and there are some doozies!). Check it out! Also, if you are a Facebook member, check out the Recreation Committee's Facebook page for more details about these activities. Look for Warwick Rec Committee.
In recent years, the WRC focused mainly on youth sports. However, since our median age is 59.5 and our population so low, the majority of residents were underserved. As WRC Director, Denyse Dar has restructured the committee to broadly serve the entire community. As is always the case with municipal committes, the WRC receives a pittance in the way of funding. Which always represents the greatest challenge when delivering services.
It is here that Denyse has drawn upon her professional business background to revitalize and restructure the WRC. The strategic goals for the WRC are multi-tiered and seek to exceed simply providing recreation for residents with the small amount of funds budgeted to the committee. The WRC goals and strategies are:
We hope you will support the WRC and its endeavors. A planet that plays together, stays together!
Ted Cady, Dave Shepardson, Jack Cadwell, Mary Williamson, Beth Anderson, Brad Compton
About a year ago there were complaints that too many trees were being cut by the Highway Department along the edge of town roads. A citizens committee was formed and met about every 3 weeks for almost a year. The result is a document that provides guidelines to town boards regarding the cutting of trees alongside town roads. While the committee was open to anyone, most of the people on the committee are opposed to heavy cutting on our dead end and secondary roads.
For example, dead end roads have only one exit, so if a tree falls across the road the resident is blocked in. Public safety considerations suggest the trees should be cut heavily back from the edge of the road so when there are high winds there is less chance of the resident being blocked in. After talking with some residents on dead end roads the committee took the opposite view. Most people living on dead end roads do not worry about being blocked in by a blow down and prefer to have heavy tree cover along "their" road. This example is similar to the way it went with most of the discussions where the decisions tended to be to cut more lightly.
The latest version of the Draft Scenic Roads Cutting Policy is available for viewing at the Warwick Library and on the Warwick website. We welcome your comments, especially if you feel heavier cutting is more desirable along our roads. We do not plan on explaining the policy, so if you have questions about it call Ted Cady, co-chair, at 978-544- 6410 or any member of the committee.
The l984 Town Meeting designated all roads, except Route 78, as Scenic Roads. This means that when the Highway Department cuts brush along our roads they need to consider such things as maintaining the rural qualities that we cherish, scenic quality of the trees, wildlife crossing, the value of roads as forest fire breaks and maybe other values, as well as the traditional concerns of a highway department of clear ditches, getting sun on the road to reduce Winter maintenance costs, and making it easier to work on the roads. The Highway Department has done a good job cutting brush back on our major roads, but as brush cutting moves onto our dead end or dirt roads maybe other standards should be used to determine what is cut. If you have ideas about this, you are invited to join the committee, call Ted Cady, 978-544-6410.
The Committee has published its Draft Scenic Roads Policy, available here. Warning, this is a large, 2.3 MB .pdf file!
About our scholarships:
The Warwick Scholarship Committee was organized in 1962 when the Firemen's Association, the Women's Auxiliary to the Firemen, the PTO, the Women's Guild, the Congregational Church, and the Unitarian Church pooled donations and awarded the first scholarship that year to Barbara (Johnson) Walker in the amount of $200.00.
The scholarship continued this way until the middle 70's when Alice Anderson bequeath an amount of money to the town for scholarships. The Alice, Eric, Oscar Anderson Scholarship Fund was established and the funds are in the hands of the town treasurer. The town voted to allow the existing Warwick Scholarship Committee to administer and award the scholarships from these funds.
In 1982, upon the death of Anita L. Pike, a memorial scholarship was established in her memory through donations from her many friends and associates. This scholarship is awarded to the PVRS student graduating with the highest scholastic average.
Application forms for these scholarships are available at the Guidance Dept. of PVRS or at the Warwick Public Library. Applications must be received prior to April 1st. The application form can be sent to any committee member.
Current members of the Scholarship Committee:
Arline Lincoln - Unitarian Church
Marie Whitney - Warwick Women's Guild
Beverly Farley - Trinitarian Congregational Church
Linda Gale - Warwick Firemen's Auxiliary
A. George Day, Jr. - Warwick Firemen's Association
Heidi Gale - PTO
Martha Morse - Warwick Historical Society
The Warwick scholarships have been made available because of the generosity of persons who have made donations, or have left money to this committee in their will, as well as donations from the town organizations that raise money throughout the years. Please consider donations to these funds so as to provide for the continuing of this scholarship program. (Please indicate which fund.)
Warwick Community Scholarship
Alice, Eric, Oscar Anderson Scholarship
Anita L. Pike Memorial Scholarship
Please send to:
A. George Day, Jr.
313 Orange Road
Warwick, MA 01378
or: to any member of the committee
Donations may be made to any of the 3 scholarships at any time. The committee will be very grateful for any assistance in keeping our scholarship funds a continuing program for our college students. (Please see: About our Scholarships)
Rod Whipple, Christine Duerring, Keith Ross, Todd Weed, Mary Williamson
For information on managing forests and woodlands, see the links below. They will open in a separate window. To return to this page, dismiss the window.
The Zoning Board of Appeals meets as needed. Please contact Miryam Williamson, Chair (978 544-7010) if you need information or need to meet with the ZBA.