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Sample ballots
Secretary of State William Galvin's website offers a page here where residents can enter their address to find a sample ballot for their precinct in the Nov. 4 state election.

Click "show my results" and then "see my state ballot" (near top of the page that comes up) to see voting place, candidates and ballot questions, including the Walpole override.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Override vote
On his blog, Sam Obar objects that Town Meeting debate was cut off before the vote Oct. 22 supporting a $21 million override for municipal buildings.

Townspeople will vote whether to approve the override in the Nov. 4 state election.


Walpole weather
September was dry, very dry.

Next town admin
Mike Iwanowicz seeks comments (link fixed) on a new thread about choosing the next town administrator as Michael Boynton leaves for the similar post in Medway.

Obituaries
Notices from Alexander F. Thomas and Sons Funeral Home.

Notices from James H. Delaney & Son Funeral Home

Notices from Ginley Funeral Homes. (Includes Walpole, Franklin and Medway funeral homes)

Police logs
The police department's web page offers links to incident and arrest logs.



Projects proposed via $21 million override
The sketch above shows one design possibility for a new fire station, with the old Town Hall, now the police station, converted to be part of the fire station. The sketch and the drawing below come from a series of slides on the selectmen's web pages. (pdf)
A new police station (1) and senior center (2) would be built on the east side of South Street. The drawing shows only that the two buildings would fit on the parcel and not firm location or shape. Across South Street, the EPA and the companies involved have agreed to demolish the big brick mill building as part of the Superfund project -- a major win for selectmen who fought for years to get the demolition agreement. The parties will also build, maintain and operate a groundwater cleanining facility (3). The parties are expected to pay for a parking lot on the mill site, leaving the town to pay only for striping and lighting. Selectmen are also working to get the parties to do the demolition work on the east side.

A slide from selectmen estimates the cost of the projects at $32 million, of which $21 million would come from an override on the November ballot.

The EPA's South Street Superfund page


Blogs, links
Friends of Francis William Bird Park, Facebook

Walpole Recreation's Facebook page

Sam Obar's blog

Friends of the Walpole Public Library

Walpole Public Library calendar

Mike Iwanowicz
Walpole columnist

Walpole Town Meeting (Jon Rockwood)

The Walpole Peace and Justice Group

Walpole Friends of Music

Potters Place

More Walpole links, including MCAS results, MBTA bus and commuter rail schedules.



Foxboro trains
The state is talking again about the possibility of commuter trains from the Patriots parking lots in Foxboro that would connect with the Franklin line at Walpole station. The Attleboro Sun Chronicle is on the story,
here,
here
and here.

Here are a couple of WalpoleNews stories from the 2010-12 go-around and a WalpoleWords thread from back then, still available for new comments.


MCAS scores
The state has posted results of the spring 2014 MCAS tests.

This page opens with Walpole results by grade districtwide. One of the links on the left leads to previous years' district results.

A check box on the district page, at right near top, offers the school-by-school results. Click the "schools" box and then select a school from the "select organization" pull-down menu immediately below the checkbox.

Once on the individual school's page, click on the "assessment" link in a menu bar near the top (third bar down.) The annual comparison link at left on the resulting page is for the specific school.


School menus
Here's the school department's link page for breakfast and lunch menus for all schools.

updated
Council on Aging
COA October and November newsletters pdf

COA web page

Hessco serves the elderly in Walpole and
neighboring towns.



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