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Winning Shirley athletes honored by town officials
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SHIRLEY — Selectmen this week hosted the Ayer/Shirley Broncos to honor the 22 youth football Massachusetts Division I State Champions.

Selectman Chip Guercio said, “This is the first time in a long time there has been so many people in the audience with ties on, with the exception of the selectmen. Everyone looks sharp.”

“I’d like to thank you all for coming. They were undefeated in the regular season, they went on to win the state championship and went on to finish as finalists in the New England Regional,” Selectman Charles Shultz said. “With your determination, you all stuck together and you had injuries. We’d like to honor your achievement from the town of Shirley.

“I’d like to thank the Ayer/Shirley Pop Warner. They needed a playing field and Mr. (Michael) Taylor, Mr. (Kyle) Keady and myself were able to get together to find a spot here in Shirley,” he said. “The field was built through private donations, public donations and in-kind services. It’s now in the town of Shirley thanks to the Ayer/Shirley Youth Football Association. The selectmen couldn’t contribute financially, but we gave them office space in this building.”

The selectmen presented Coach Michael Taylor, Assistant Coach Joe Marshall, Assistant Coach Alvin Marshall, Assistant Coach Alika Pav and Assistant Coach Javier Carr with certificates of achievement from the town. All of the players including Tyler Beauchesne, Mathew Boutilier, Ian Byrne, Kyle Cherico, Nick Cosenze, Michael Cox, Josh Cox, Mark Fermanian, Sean Keller, Sylvester Marshall, Scott Monge, Jordan Montoya, Nate Moynihan, Brent Routhier, Cody Shaffer, Patrick Sweeney, DaShawn Taylor, Peter Taylor, Brian Wallace, Alex Zagwyn, Tristin Murray and Ryan Carroll got certificates as well.

Also at the meeting, the selectmen held an earth removal hearing for renewals of soil removal permits. They issued permits to Craig Urban of Oakes Landing Development Corporation, Anita Haines, Richard Hatch, J & A Realty Trust, and Molumco Development Corporation and Calvin Moore. They also issued earth removal permits pending tax payment to D & S Realty Trust, Hazen Hill Estates and Hayes Development. These permits will expire Dec. 31, 2006. They also issued a 60-day permit to Shirley Realty Trust, Robert M. Hicks, Lakeview Gravel pending required yearly engineered plans.

Later, the selectmen appointed Matthew D. Callahan as an EMT to the Ambulance Department.

Ambulance Director Dwight Detillion wrote a letter to the selectmen saying, “Mr. Callahan is a police officer in the town of Ayer, a veteran of Iraq and a past Dispatcher for the town of Shirley. As with all EMTs, Matt has been checked through the criminal database and his background record is clean.”

In addition, the selectmen approved renewals for two used car business licenses. They were class II and class III junk-yard licenses. The class II permits were issued to J & M Motors Inc., Mohawk Village Motors and Warila Auto Repair & Sales. Class III permits were issued to Greenleaf Acquisitions Inc. and Landry Brother’s Garage, Inc. with terms to expire Jan. 1, 2007. They also issued a class II and class III license to Shirley Garage, Inc.

They issued a permit for sixty days to Warila Enterprises, Inc. doing business as Burlington Auto Body with a renewal pending a decision from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).

Guercio said, “Apparently the owners of Burlington Auto bought property abutting their property. The Building Inspector (Donald E. Farrar Jr.) has advised them to go to the Zoning Board of Appeals to obtain a variance to expand their business to the newly purchased property.”

“My recommendation would be to grant this license for sixty days pending the outcome of the appeal to the ZBA,” said Shultz.

Finally, the selectmen approved a one-day liquor license for St. Anthony’s New Year’s Eve party from Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. to Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

Also, town offices will be closed on Dec. 23 and 26, and Jan. 2, 2006.