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Friday, Jan. 11

Texas Hold ‘Em tournament: 8 p.m., War Memorial Building. American Legion Post 183 hosts this event, from which the proceeds benefit our troops in Iraq this holiday season. The American Legion is a non-smoking hall.

Monday, Jan. 14

Board of Selectmen meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Board of Health meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Zoning Board of Appeals meeting: 7:30 p.m., Town Offices.

Board of Assessors meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices.

Recreation Commission meeting: 6 p.m., Town Offices.

Cribbage: 6 p.m., War Memorial Building. American Legion Post 183 invites members and townspeople to join its weekly Cribbage games. All are welcome, and non-members may sign in as guests. The American Legion is a non-smoking hall.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Ayer-Lunenburg-Shirley Regional School District Planning Board meeting: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School library.

Veteran’s agent office hours: 5:30 to 7 p.m., veteran’s agent’s office.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Stormwater Committee meeting: 5 p.m., Town Offices.

Planning Board meeting: 7 p.m., Town Offices.

Friday, Jan. 18

Texas Hold ‘Em tournament: 8 p.m., War Memorial Building. American Legion Post 183 hosts this event, from which the proceeds benefit our troops in Iraq this holiday season. The American Legion is a non-smoking hall.

Sunday, Jan. 20

American Legion breakfast: 9 to 10:30 a.m., War Memorial Building. The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children below the age of 10 and seniors aged 65 and older. This event will be postponed if the weather is severe.

* Meetings were as posted at Shirley Town Offices as of Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Briefs

Shirley part of four-town grant application

The towns of Harvard, Lancaster, Shirley and Westminster are applying for a four-town regional housing rehabilitation grant.

The grant application will be submitted in February 2008 to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The Montachusett Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) is assisting the towns with the preparation of the grant application.

If awarded, these funds will be used to assist low- and moderate-income households to correct health- and safety-code violations in their homes. This can include roof repairs or replacements; door and window replacements; upgrades to heating, plumbing and electrical systems; septic repairs or replacements; structural repairs; and lead and asbestos removal.

The program is open to single-family homeowners and multi-units where the owner lives in one of the units. Up to $30,000 can be used for each home.

A 15-year decreasing lien is placed on the property. It is a no-interest loan, and there are no monthly payments. If you sell the property within those 15 years, you will pay a portion of the loan amount back to the town, which will be used to assist another homeowner.

One of the requirements of the grant application is that each town must choose a target area for the program, based on a census tract or block group. Once the town has chosen an area, letters will be mailed to residents explaining the program. Included in this mailing will be a brochure describing the program as well as a pre-application form.

Those interested in the program should return the pre-application form as soon as possible. MRPC is creating a waiting list with the applications to document the need for this program.

For information call Shelly Hatch at (978) 345-7376, ext. 305, or Ann Carabba, ext. 306.

Let the good times roll!

Back by popular demand, the St. Anthony’s Church choir is preparing for a Mardi Gras celebration to be held Feb. 2, at 5 p.m., at the church’s Parish Center on Phoenix Street.

This must-see celebration will include appetizers and cocktails followed by a roast pork dinner.

The multi-talented group will perform musical and comedy routines. The highlight of the evening will feature the marvelous tenor notes of the Rev. Edmond Derosier.

Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. To purchase tickets, which cost $12, call the St. Anthony’s Church rectory at (978) 425-4588 or go to the church following the weekend masses. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Jan. 28.

COA has new meeting time

The Shirley Council on Aging has a new meeting time. It now meets at 10 a.m. on the second Saturday of every month on the second Floor of Town Hall.

The council is looking for four new members to complete its nine member board. The mission of the council is to provide services and recreation for Shirley seniors.

For information call Secretary Cynthia Hayes at (978) 630-2650 or Vice Chairman Harold Smith (978) 425-4607.

Save the date

Saturday, Feb. 2

Shirley Democratic Caucus: 1 p.m., Town Offices. The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates for the 2008 Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

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