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Stoneham Selectmen Considering Winter Carnival, Skating Rink

The Selectmen will be discussing both wintery topics at a future meeting.

The Stoneham Board of Selectmen are considering bringing a skating rink and a winter carnival to the this winter.

Selectman Tom Boussy discussed both activities at Tuesday night's meeting at .

"My idea is to invite local restaurants, booster clubs...get a DJ and raise a few bucks for (local organizations)," Boussy said of the Winter Carnival, adding that it would be a first step toward revitalizating the downtown area.

Boussy suggested the event be held on a Saturday night, possibly in January sometime. 

Selectman John DePinto, who requested the item be added to a future meeting agenda, asked how the town would go about promoting businesses sponsoring the winter carnival. Town Administrator David Ragucci said the town would start by contacting the Stoneham Chamber of Commerce and go from there.

Skating Rink 

Ragucci provided an overview of the costs associated with setting up an ice skating rink at the Town Common. The total cost of the project would be about $5,200, according to Ragucci, and that estimate includes building the rink, electrical work and replacing sod at the site after removing the rink.

The Stoneham Department of Public Works would handle the project, according to Ragucci. 

The town administrator also discussed one possible issue related to ice rink maintenance.

"We don't know quite how to maintain it," Ragucci said, explaining that the town uses an anti-freeze in fire hydrants that wouldn't allow the town to use them.

The Selectmen plan to discuss the winter activities again at their Sept. 25 session.

Tom Boussy August 30, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I have to say that I’m really excited about this potential project and that I’m thrilled that the feedback has been so positive. We have a lot of details that will need to be worked out, but I think the idea is to leave the rink up for a couple of weeks with the highlight to be Winter Carnival. Please feel free to stop by the Selectman’s meeting on September 25 to offer your support, and as always, we would love to hear any suggestions that you may have that would help contribute to the success of this event. Tom Boussy
Ellen August 31, 2012 at 11:33 AM
You don't have to replace sod under and ice skating rink, grass is dormant in the winter and doesn't die. That's like saying you need to replace the sod after every 6 inch snowstorm.
meeh December 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
do we have an update on this project?
Mark Ouellette December 31, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Hi meeh, It appears both projects will be put on hold until next year.
meeh December 31, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Oh Darn...Thanks for the quick response Mark..I was looking forward to this, especially becoming a new resident of Stoneham and coming from another town that would never have anything like this. I guess the wait continues.

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