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oN THe WeB: www.duxburyclipper.comVolume lIX No. 6

e-mAIl: editor@duxburyclipper.com

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A BARGAIN AT 85 CeNTS!WedNeSdAy, FeBRuARy 11, 2009

New school start timesBy Justin GraeBer, Clipper editor Justin@duxBuryClipper.Com

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. Robert Bloch

School Committee splits on vote

The issue of school start times has been divisive not only within the community, but among School Committee members. After listening to over an hour of testimony from parents, both in favor and against changing start times, the School Committee voted 3-2 to make the change.

Duxbury High School and Duxbury Middle School will now begin at 8:15 a.m. rather than 7:30 a.m., and the Alden School will now begin the school day at 7:30 a.m. rather than 8:15 a.m. Committee members George Cipolletti, Karen Wong and Anne Ward votedcontinued on page 12

Student reaction to change mixedAfter the School Committee approved the change of the high school and middle school start times to 8:15 a.m., reaction among affected students was mixed. Outside the high school on Monday afternoon, some students were looking forward to the extra sleep (this year, both schools began the day at 7:30 a.m.) but others wereBy Justin GraeBer, Clipper editor Justin@duxBuryClipper.Com

FROZEN IN TIME: Kristen Brennan of Myrtle Street stands with her piece Outside In at the reception for the Duxbury Art Associationss Winter Juried Show winners on Saturday. The reception hosted 13 winners from Duxbury. Brennans piece celebrates a 200-year-old tree. Photo by Elena Gormley

concerned about after school sports or jobs. I think its great because we can stay up later and sleep in, said Scott Whear, a seventh grader. Whears brother, Matt, said that he plays youth hockey, the games and practices of which can run late. He thinks with the new start times, he wont be as tired at school in the morning.continued on page 14

Volunteer award kicks offDo you know a neighbor who makes time every day to help out at the senior center? A co-worker who serves on town boards without asking for thanks or recognition? Or a friend who selflessly gives back to his or her community time and time again? Then youBy Justin GraeBer, Clipper editor Justin@duxBuryClipper.Com

may have a nominee for the 2009 Duxbury Community Volunteer Award. This years award will be held in April at the Village at Duxbury. Nomination forms are available on the Clipper Web site as well as the Village, the Library, Town Hall and Westwinds Bookshop. This year, the award cer-

emony will coincide with National Volunteer Week. This is coming off the national movement of recognizing volunteers, said Joanna Dow, who works at the Village and is helping coordinate the event. The Duxbury award hascontinued on page 5

Clipper takes honorshe Duxbury Clipper took home six awards five of them first place honors at this weekends New England Press Associations Better Newspaper banquet. Columnist Bruce Barrett won first place in the category of coverage of a racial or ethnic issue for his story,

Six awards, five top prizes at NEPA banquet


Road to Zabuli, about the efforts of the Duxbury Rotary Club and local tailor (and Afghan native) Razia Jan to build a school for girls in Afghanistan. The story also garnered a second place prize in the special award category.continued on page 17

GOOD NEWS: Clipper crew members Bruce Barrett, Robin Nudd, Josh Cutler and Justin Graeber proudly display a record six awards at Saturdays New England Press Association awards dinner in Boston.



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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Job hunting resources at the libraryProgram featuring resources from Plymouths Career Center and Duxbury Free Library will be held on Thursday Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Merry Room of the Duxbury Free Library. Learn about the States Career Information System, computer classes, educational opportunities, job fairs, resume workshops, veteran services, career collections, lists of businesses, vocational interest tests, networking opportunities available to job seekers. Free of charge, but registration is required; call 781-934-2721 ext 100 to sign up.

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Selectmen, School Committee, Planning Board and library trustee races all contestedThe upcoming election season will be chock full of contested races, thanks to some last minute action at the town clerks office. On Monday, the last day to return nomination papers to seek elected office, Robert Mustard of Myles View Drive took out and returned papers to challenge incumbent Town Moderator Allen Bornheimer of Upland Road. All the races are now set. Glenn Listernick of Carr Road will challenge incumbent John Heinstadt of Blodgett Avenue for a seat on the School Committee. Colleen Brayer of Tobey Garden Street had returned her paperwork but withdrew from the race, according to the town clerks office. Listernick is a 30-year veteran of the public school system, having been a teacher and later an administrator. He now works in the adult education field. I entered into the profession right before Proposition 2 1/2 and saw the effects, Listernick said about his reasonBy Justin GraeBer, Clipper editor Justin@duxBuryClipper.Com

Ballot gets crowdedfor running. I saw this as an opportunity to work to better the school system, he said. Christopher Donato of Chandler Street will challenge incumbent selectman Andre Martecchini of Heritage Lane for his seat. There will be a three-way race for two seats on the Planning Board. George Wadsworth of Elm Street is the incumbent, and Josh Cutler of Vine Street and John Murdock of Otter Rock Road are also seeking a five-year term