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Monday, March 1

Board of Selectmen, 7 p.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals, 7:30 p.m.

Town clerk, evening office hours, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tax collector, evening office hours, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 2

Veterans agent, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

PTA meeting, 7 p.m. at Middle School

Meetings held at Town Offices unless otherwise noted; subject to change with 48-hours posted notice.



Town Offices Closed.

Meetings held in Town Offices unless otherwise noted, subject to change with 48-hours posted notice.

Play tonight, tomorrow

7 p.m. The Suessification of Romeo and Juliet, a comedy based on the Shakespeare classic, but with many changes is suitable for audiences of all ages. It will be performed Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Shirley Middle School for an admission price of $5. For a list of cast members and other information about the show, go to


Coffeehouse Concert

At Historic Shirley Center Town Hall, 7 p.m. The Rafters and Friends present “Under The Covers,” five songwriters, one stage, playing favorite songs from other artists. This is one in a series of events planned at the Center Town Hall. All proceeds go towards upkeep and preservation of the 160-year-old building in the heart of historic Shirley Center. Tickets are $5 at the door and include refreshments after the show. B.Y.O.S.C. (bring your own seat cushion!). The Center Town Hall is located in Shirley Center approx. one mile from Route 2A. For more information contact Jodie Rachman, 978-425-2112,


Play auditions: 6 p.m. Please see below for details.


Play auditions: 7 p.m. Please see below for details.

Town clerk evening hours: 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Board of Selectmen: 7 p.m.

Zoning Board of Appeals: 7:30 p.m.


Veterans agent: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

PTA meeting: 7 p.m., Shirley Middle School


Well adult clinic: Nashoba Associated Boards of Health, in conjunction with the Shirley Board of Health, announces that a well adult clinic will be held free of charge for the general public from 10-11 a.m. at Town Hall senior drop-in room and Tuesday March 16, at Shaker Meadows community room Harvard Road. Drop in for blood sugar check, blood pressure and pulse screening and diet teaching. No appointment necessary. For further information, please contact Nashoba Nursing Service & Hospice at 978-425-6675 or 1-800-698-3307 or visit us at


Progress Reports — Go home with students.

Save the Date

Joint Boards of Selectmen — Posted Meeting:

7:30 p.m., March 11, at MassDevelopment, conference room one, 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens.

* The Harvard Board of Selectmen will meet during the Joint Board of Selectmen Meeting.

* The Shirley Board of Selectmen will meet during the Joint Board of Selectmen Meeting.

JBOS Web site: * JBOSNews ( .com/site/jbosnews/)

Notice of Public Hearing — Planning Board

Changes to the zoning bylaws in the Flood Plain Protection Overlay District and the Water Supply and Wellhead Protection Overlay District, Shirley, Massachusetts.

The Shirley Planning Board will hold a public hearing on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Offices, 7 Keady Way, to discuss changes to the Zoning Bylaws by updating 4.12 “Flood Plain Protection Overlay” and 4.13 “Water Supply and Wellhead Protection Overlay District” intended to ensure conformity to changed federal and state regulations. The proposed changes, Shirley, MA may be obtained at the Planning Board Office, the town clerk’s office, or online at Persons unable to attend the public hearing may forward their comments in writing to the Planning Board, 7 Keady Way, Shirley, MA 01464 before the hearing.



Shirley Arts! Auditions for the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. director / choreographer: Rob Houle. Music director: Joanne Landry.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. These six young contestants, in the throes of puberty and overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.

Audition Dates: Sunday, Feb. 28 ,at 6 p.m.; Monday, March 1, at 7 p.m. Possible callbacks Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m.

Please prepare a short singing selection and expect to be taught a short dance combination. Cold readings from the script will also be required. All rehearsals and performances will be at Shirley Middle School, 1 Hospital Road, Shirley.

Rehearsals: Sundays, 6 to 9 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m.

Performance Dates: May 7, 8, and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and May 16 at 2 p.m. Cast requirements: five men/for women, (all 16 or older) six of whom play the roles of early adolescents. Actors may be asked to play additional minor character roles as appropriate

LEGOs wanted at Library

The Hazen Memorial Library would like to start an after school “LEGS Club” for children. We are looking for LEGS donations. If you would like to donate your (used or new) standard-size LEGOs to the library please call 978-425-2620. Thank you!

Serve Program

The rising cost of food is a concern for everyone. The Serve Program is a wonderful possibility; it is the smart alternative to food shopping. Save up to 50 percent and more in high-quality fresh foods by buying your meats, fruits, veggies and other staples offered through this program. Debit, credit, EFT cards and cash are accepted. Call 1-888-742-7363 for details or go online to www.servenewengland. org and follow directions to sign up.

The local chapter is New Hope Baptist Church in Ayer. Donna Snowden (Ayer) and Barbara Eubanks (Shirley) are the contacts. Come to New Hope Baptist Church and check out Serve.

Hoe Down planning

This annual community family-oriented event will take place on the afternoon of the first Saturday in June, on Shirley Common. The responsibility of the planning committee is to provide games, entertainment, advertising, and organizational help so local non-profit groups have a chance to raise money selling food, crafts, and other items.

Anyone who would like to lend a hand from planning the schedule and finding entertainers, to designing or hanging flyers, to moving picnic tables or emptying trash barrels, is welcome to contact co-chairs Kathy Bourassa or Meredith Marcinkewicz with your questions, or e-mail for more information.

Extreme Weather


In March, the Shirley Historical Society will be putting together a display about extreme weather. If anyone has photos, stories, news clippings, or souvenirs about the Hurricane of 1938, the Blizzard of 1978, or the Ice Storm of 2008, please consider loaning these to the museum for the exhibit.

The opening of the display will be Friday March, 12, at 7:30 p.m. The program will feature Dr. Lesley-Ann Dubigny-Giroux, Vermont’s state climatologist, who will explain how studying diaries can help track climate changes. On display will be some old diaries from Shirley people, with quotes about weather and weather related tasks.

The current Museum display on Glass will remain up through Monday, March 1. The Museum is open Mondays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Go to for more information.

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