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BOS shows support for Cancer Outreach Council, disposition package


SHIRLEY — The Board of Selectmen has agreed to support the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Outreach Council by observing October 2006 as Breast Cancer awareness month.

There will be a celebration on Oct. 2, which begins with a proclamation carried from the Shirley Middle School — assisted by the Police Department — to the Town Hall where it will be presented to the selectmen.

After the proclamation is read, pink bows will be placed on the lampposts in the square and the columns of Town Hall by volunteers and the Fire Department. The bows will be removed Oct. 31 by members of the Community Cancer Outreach Council with the assistance of volunteers.

The selectmen also agreed to support the Devens disposition package.

“We had a public hearing here on Thursday, Aug. 17, on the Devens bylaws and draft legislation and also the joint report and joint study, which is historical information,” said Selectman Leonardo “Chip” Guercio. “This has gotten us to scenario 2B, which creates a town of Devens and land being conveyed back to the towns of Ayer, Harvard and Shirley.

“The bylaws have been under a lot of negotiation with our own Zoning Bylaw Review Committee. It said publicly that it supports what has been designed for Shirley,” he said. “It’s a process that’s ongoing. I think it would be appropriate for this board to approve the disposition package in anticipation of whatever DDEB (the Devens Disposition Executive Board) concludes on Thursday.

“I want to compliment the Zoning Bylaw Review Committee. It has successfully mirrored what you would expect to see here at the Shirley Village and up on Walker Road,” he said. “We have much more control over what is being proposed in these changes than in Chapter 498.”

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