2015-11-25

‘MCAS 2.0’ set for 2016: Hybrid test combines MCAS and PARCC evaluations



Duxbury students in grades three through eight will be looking at a brand new version of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System – dubbed MCAS 2.0 – this spring.  The new version of the standardized test will incorporate questions from the newer, Common Core-aligned PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career – the test the state Board of Education was […]

Keeping pressure on Pilgrim: Duxbury writes NRC with concerns about closure



Duxbury selectmen have written to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to express their “grave concerns” with the safety of the Pilgrim nuclear power station in Plymouth from now until after its closure.  In a letter dated November 23, the board said that it wanted the NRC to make sure Pilgrim’s owners, Entergy, maintains the 43-year old nuclear reactor in a safe condition and […]

School budget shortfall?



A combination of cuts in state and federal funding, additional regulations and unforeseen costs could add up to a $208,000 deficit for the Duxbury public schools next year, Superintendent Dr. Ben Tantillo informed the Duxbury School Committee last week.  “Quite frankly, if we have to cut another $200,000, I am not so confident in the budget,” said Tantillo. “We have cut more […]

Veterans take to the bay at Maritime School



This year, the Duxbury Bay Maritime School is formally launching its newest outreach initiative the Maritime Programs for Veterans. The school’s vision is to create an environment where veterans from all military branches and backgrounds can come together to enjoy the peace and beauty of Duxbury bay. This will include veteran rowing and erging classes, sailing excursions, and activities where […]

Missing teen safe: Found in Halifax with alleged murderer



A Duxbury teenager is safe and sound after an encounter with an alleged murderer in Halifax last week.  On Tuesday, November 17, Duxbury police traced a missing 16-year-old girl to an apartment in Halifax. They alerted Halifax police who arrived at the building to find both the teenager and the body of a woman who had been stabbed to death and […]

Narcan now in cruisers: Police roll out program



Police cruisers in Duxbury will soon be carrying Narcan in them, joining the fire department in the fight against opiod overdoses.  “We are just about ready to deploy our Narcan program,” said Duxbury police Lietuenant Lewis Chubb. “Our officers have gone through the training and are ready to use Narcan. There will be one in every car.”  Narcan is the brand name […]

Seeking alternative energy sources: State reps. hosts forum on new ideas at senior center



About 75 concerned Duxbury citizens came to an alternate energy talk at the Senior Center organized by State Representative Josh Cutler (D, Kingston) last Wednesday night.  With increasing focus on finding energy sources that don’t rely on dwindling possibilities of fossil fuels, the accompanying environmental concerns that come with our technology-driven and temperature- controlled homes and businesses, the ever-present possibility of […]

Home values, taxes rise less than last year



Home values in Duxbury are increasing slightly – by almost three percent, while property taxes are keeping pace, rising just over 2.5 percent. At the annual tax classification hearing held November 23 during the weekly selectmen’s meeting, Director of Assessing Stephen Dunn announced that Board of Assessors has set the fiscal year 2016 tax rate at $15.55 per $1,000 of […]

Possible town meeting date change: Warmer weather; May date considered



For the second time in two years, the idea to change the date of the annual Town Meeting is being considered. A group calling themselves “Concerned Citizens of Duxbury” is thinking about proposing a 2016 town meeting warrant article to change the meeting date from March to May in the hopes of increasing participation.  Fernando Guitart of Powder Point Avenue […]

Bringing history to life: Duxbury resident lives the part of Pilgrim Godbertson



Standish, Brewster, Alden, and Sinsigalli. The first three names are synonymous with Pilgrim history. The fourth belongs to a relatively new Duxbury resident: Jennifer Sinsigalli.  Sinsigalli is a Pilgrim by trade. She interprets the role of Sarah Godbertson at Plimouth Plantation.  Sarah Allerton Vincent Price Godbertson arrived from Leiden, The Netherlands in 1623 aboard the Anne. Plimouth visitors learn that Godbertson was […]