Monday, June 18, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick and other state leaders saluted Kathleen Turner and others during a special ceremony today.
Sharon High School French teacher Kathleen Turner spent the last day of school today in Boston, being honored for being tops in her class. Gov. Deval Patrick, state education officials, legislators and educators statewide recognized Turner as the 2013 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year. Turner was among those educators honored during a special State House ceremony, Patrick's office said in a press release. Harwich High School U.S. history teacher Richard Houston is the 2012 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year. The ceremony also recognized the Teacher of the Year finalists and semifinalists; the 2011 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching winners and finalists; and the 2011 Massachusetts Milken Family …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Art Dorfman is among the 11 members.
A Sharon man will be among Gov. Deval Patrick's newest advisers on improving government efficiency. Art Dorfman was named to Patrick's new Council for Innovation, the Patrick-Murray Administration announced Wednesday in a press release. A vice president at SAP America in Burlington, Dorfman was among 11 individuals statewide chosen for the council, which "will advise Governor Patrick on the best opportunities to improve government efficiency and use technology to streamline delivery of services to people, businesses and local governments," the administration said.
Friday, January 13, 2012
George Goldman will participate in Massachusetts' second annual Project 351 events Saturday.
A Sharon Middle School student will spend Saturday in Boston volunteering as part of a statewide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. Eighth-grader George Goldman was among more than 250 Massachusetts eighth-graders chosen as "ambassadors" for the state's second annual Project 351 program. Gov. Deval Patrick started Project 351 during his 2010 inaugural to celebrate youth leadership and inspire community service, according to a press release announcing this year's student ambassadors. Saturday's program includes a Youth Town Meeting hosted by Patrick; the students volunteering throughout Boston, at sites such as Cradles to Crayons and the Greater Boston Food Bank; and, at the State House, Patrick and the students will …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Paying for Irene, Halloween snow alone 'likely' creates Sharon budget shortfall, selectmen say.
Selectmen want state help funding Sharon's Hurricane Irene and Halloween weekend snowstorm expenses, totalling more than $110,000. Selectmen voted 3-0 Tuesday night to send the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency a letter requesting support from the agency and Gov. Deval Patrick for reimbursement of part of Sharon's storm expenses. Otherwise, Sharon "likely" faces a budget shortfall, which will "limit the town's ability to fund needed capital, educational and operational programs," according to the letter, which selectmen also voted to send to the town's legislative delegation. Responding to and cleaning up the Oct. 30 snowstorm cost Sharon an estimated more than $60,000, says the letter from the board and Town Administrator Benjamin…
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
State releases spring 2011 MCAS scores.
State education officials have commended Sharon's East Elementary School and Sharon High School for high growth for two straight years, based on the spring 2011 Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams and federal Adequate Yearly Progress determinations. The Sharon schools were among 127 statewide receiving commendations Tuesday, when Gov. Deval Patrick and state education officials released the 2011 MCAS results at the Charlotte M. Murkland Elementary School in Lowell, according to a state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education press release. The commendations were for narrowing proficiency gaps, high growth, and/or exiting No Child Left Behind accountability status. Sharon's MCAS scores are found here. Most schools …
Thursday, August 4, 2011
He also co-sponsors bill banning 'bath salts'.
Massachusetts will have a sales tax holiday weekend on Aug. 13 and Aug. 14, state Sen. James Timilty (D-Walpole) says. Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday signed the measure suspending the state's 6.25 percent sales tax on purchases up to $2,500 for those two days, Timilty said in a press release. The Massachusetts Department of Revenue predicts the move will save consumers $20 million this year, Timilty said. Also, Timilty and state Rep. George Ross (R-Attleboro) have co-sponsored a bill banning the sale of "bath salts," which he described as "designer drugs which are currently unregulated and can be sold in stores or over the Internet." "Bath salts" can "cause hallucinations, aggressive behavior and suicidal thoughts," Timilty said. "Their …