October 2009 Town Newsletter


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The Neighborhood Emergency Planning Committee is in the process of training over 50 co-captains for their first year of service! Starting in October, co-captains will be visiting the households in their neighborhood. They may send a letter first to each household to introduce themselves. During the visit, co-captains will give their neighbors a survey (optional) in order to gather information about the household’s needs and resources that might be important during an emergency.
Once these visits are complete, Wendell will be ready for an emergency! Should an emergency be declared in town, or if co-captains perceive a local emergency, co-captains will visit their neighbors as soon as possible to check on their welfare. They will report their findings to the Emergency Command Center.
All parts of this emergency plan are voluntary. Co-captains are volunteers who have agreed to serve for at least one year. And all neighbors’ participation is also voluntary. The planning has been done by a small but dedicated committee of citizens, who felt the need for a neighborhood emergency response after our two recent emergencies, the tornado in July 2006 and last December’s ice storm. If you are not interested in being part, please let your co-captains know in a courteous manner. Otherwise, welcome these volunteers and know they stand ready to help you in case of another emergency!!

The Wendell Historical Commission is putting out a call for any local historical records, documents, maps, news clippings and identifiable photographs. Wendell is one of the least historically documented towns in the area. The goal is to assemble all pertinent historical information in the town library so that it is accessible to the public.
Original or copied material may be either dropped in the "Audio-Visual Return" box by the front door of the library or given to the librarian.  Alternatively, material may be given directly to the Historical Commission by calling Jean Forward at 544-7502. Thank you!
The Wendell Council on Aging maintains an expanding collection of medical equipment available for borrowing by Wendell seniors and others, thanks to the generosity of several local people. The collection includes wheel chairs, walkers, shower stools, portable commodes, crutches and the like. If you wish to borrow some of these items, please call Kathy Swaim (544-2020).
The house at 46 Wendell Depot Road, previously part of the Maple Valley School, is being rented by a private organization as a halfway house for five adult men. Of the three men who were scheduled to move in on September 21st, two of them are level three sex offenders. The Selectboard has been assured the house is alarmed, and none of the clients will be able to leave the house without being escorted by a staff member.
The Herrick Meeting Room Art Gallery at the Library is designed to provide opportunities for local artists to show their work to the public. The Wendell Library Trustees consider art displays as part of the cultural and educational mission of the library.
The library gallery is curated and scheduled by an arts exhibit committee including representatives from the Library Trustees, the Friends of the Wendell Free Library, and the Wendell Community. The committee is appointed by the Wendell Library Trustees.
The first round of applications for showing work in the Herrick Room will be accepted from now until Oct 31st.  The arts exhibits committee will review these applications in early November. During this first year they may choose to review additional submissions periodically through the winter. Starting in the spring of 2010 application will be accepted twice a year - in March and in September.
Generally, exhibits will run for one month and there is no charge for the use of the space. The Herrick Meeting Room Art Gallery has approximately 140 square feet of available display space for work that can hang on walls. The space is not available to display sculpture.
Interested individuals can pick up a copy of the two page Gallery Policy/ Application at the library. It will also be available online at the library section of the town webpage.
Call or stop by the Library for details and complete listing
978 544-3559
Kids Movie Night
   Friday October 2 Monsters vs. Aliens    (first Fridays of the month at 6pm) BYOPopcorn
Piñata Making for Birthdays and Holidays
 Weds. Oct 14, 21 & 28   1:30-3:30pm     ages 8-adult.   Limited to 12 participants. Please preregister.
Mostly Yoga
  Sunday 10-11:15 am     Resumes on Sunday Oct 11- May 2010
Preschool Play Group
  Wednesday mornings 10-11am. Drop in session for parents and kids
Pokemon Club
    Tuesdays 4-5pm and Friday 3:30- 4:30   All ages welcome.
Sci-FI/Horror Movie Night  Oct 17th 7:30pm:Gattaca
Afternoon of Middle Eastern Music for Families with Ed Hines
    Sunday Nov 15   3:30pm
If you are a Wendell resident and property owner who is over 70 with limited assets and income, there are two exemptions offered by the Town of Wendell which might benefit your situation. An exemption is a reduction of property tax for the fiscal year.
A 17-D exemption is for a reduction of $175 from your taxes. The age requirement for this exemption is that you must have reached age 70 by July 1, 2008 for a FY09 exemption.   There are no income restrictions, however, your total assets cannot exceed $40,000, excluding house. There are no income restrictions for this exemption. You must also have owned and occupied for at least five years.
A 41-C exemption is for a $500 reduction of your total tax liability. The age requirement is the same as for the 17-D. To qualify for the 41-C your total assets, excluding house, cannot exceed $28,000 (if single) or $30,000 (if married) and income cannot exceed $13,000 (if single) or $15,000 (if married). Social Security income up to $6237 (married) is excluded from total income. You must also have lived in Massachusetts for the last 10 years and owned and occupied for the last five years.
Exemptions do require documentation and assessors may ask you for your federal or state tax returns and bank statements, birth certificate, etc., to verify your application  All financial information is confidential and never released to parties outside the assessors’ office.
Applications may be obtained from our office during normal office hours. Any application for 2009 must be received no later than December 3rd of this year.
Wendell Board of Assessors
There are several openings on Town Boards and Committees, including the Zoning Board of Appeals, Cemetery Commission, Recreation Committee, Open Space Committee and others. Please contact the Selectboard if you are interested in serving.

 Wendell resident and volunteer Cheryl Browning took on the big job of clearing brush from the earthen dam at Fiske Pond. A recent inspection by the Office of Dam Safety required that vegetation be kept off the dam to insure its integrity.
The Wendell Open Space Committee is still looking for another member. Please call Marianne at 978 544-8981 or for more information.
Do you have expertise relating to local environmental issues, the natural world, or strategies for ecologically sustainable living? The Wendell Open Space Committee is looking for Wendell residents to lead workshops and/or hikes on topics related to open space and conservation. We will be offering a small stipend for workshop leaders. If you have information and shills to share with your neighbors please contact Rebekah at 978 544-3060 or by October 24.
New Town Website in Development

For the past several months, designers Christine Texiera and Christopher Parker have worked with the Website Committee to redesign the Town website.  A photo contest was organized by the designers to solicit images for the website, and the public voted on the best photos at Old Home Day.  A Town Forum was held in early September to solicit feedback from the public, and training sessions were held in mid-September to familiarize town officials and volunteers with adding content to webpages.  The website, which is now in a test, or beta phase, is expected to be completed in early to mid-October.