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Complimentary mailingON THE WEB: www.duxburyclipper.com E-MAIL: editor@duxburyclipper.com Newsroom: 781-934-2811 x25 Advertising: 781-934-2811 x23 Let me make the newspapers, and I care not what is preached in the pulpit or what is enacted in Congress Wendell Phillips VOLuME LXI NO. 9 Newsstand: $1.00 WEdNEsdAy, MArcH 2, 2011

North Hill bids come up emptyThe North Hill saga has taken another unexpected turn, as Duxbury received no response to its invitation to bid on the management of the nine-hole, municipally-owned golf course. Even getting to the point of rebidding the contract was a fight for the town. The course has been run under a court order since 2008, when Doug Johnson of Johnson Golf Management sued after a contractBy Justin GraeBer, Clipper editor Justin@duxBuryClipper.Com

was awarded to another firm. Johnson had run the course for over a decade prior to that. Judge Herman Smith of Middlesex Superior Court granted a preliminary injunction to Johnson, allowing him to run the course based on the old contract until the suit was resolved. As the legal battle dragged on, however, the town had the preliminary injunction vacated in November of last year andcontinued on page 12

A SHOW OF TUNES: Pam Walsh, Pam Smith and Barbara Clifford sing during the adult open mic night, held at the Ellison Center for the Arts on Friday night. The event, Art Unplugged, was a collaboration between the Duxbury Art Association and The South Shore Conservatory. Photo by Justin Graeber

A peek behind the curtainuxbury is abuzz with talk of a school building project that may bring a new co-located middle school/high school to town. But seven years ago, another school project was at the center of a fierce debate. In 2001, voters were presented with several school projects bundled together. In addition to expansions at Alden and Chandler elementary schools, there wascontinued on page 14

Taking a closer look at the PAC with the directorBy Justin GraeBer, Clipper editor Justin@duxBuryClipper.Com


Thumbs up for historic districtsA proposal to create the first-ever local historic districts in Duxbury has received the support of the Board of Selectmen. Article 31 asks voters to adopt a new section of the general bylaws, Chapter 12, known as the local historic district bylaw. Article 31 is sponsored by the Local Historic District Study Committee.By susanna sheehan, Clipper staff susanna@duxBuryClipper.Com

BoArd of SeleCTmen Give...

PAC Manager Tony Kelso stands in the auditorium. Kelso has worked at the building since its opening seven years ago.

Appointed by selectmen in 2009, this seven-member committee led by Jim Hartford identified three separate historic districts in Duxbury containing 14 properties. All property owners are willing participants in the districts, said Hartford. A local historic district can be one or more buildings, properties or sites that have been designated by the town and state as historically or arcontinued on page 6

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The March 9 issue of the Clipper will include our annual survey of the top 100 salaries in town, as well as our article-by-article, plain English guide to Town Meeting. The next town-wide mailing of the Clipper will by March 16.

All you can eat breakfastCome enjoy all you can eat at the Cornerstone Lodge, 585 Washington St. on Sunday, March 6 from 8-11:30 a.m. The menu includes scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, sausage, toast, English muffins, baked beans, juice and coffee as well as pancakes and French toast cooked to order. All this for only $7 per adult, $6 for seniors, and $5 for children 12 and under. Please bring in can tabs to benefit Shriners Hospitals.

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Absentee ballots for the town electionAbsentee ballots for the Duxbury Town Election on March 26 will be available at the town clerks office in the next couple of weeks. Once the ballots are available, voters can fill out an absentee ballot application and vote in person from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Voters may also request a ballot be mailed to them. Please make your request in writing or fill out the application at the clerks office. Remember to provide your mailing address. Please call the office if you are coming between noon and 1 p.m. For questions, call 781934-1100 x150. Please note there is no absentee voting for the Town Meeting on March 12, 2011. You must be a registered voter and present at the meeting in order to vote.


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Selectmen support bylaw petition article on outbuildingsOne residents quest to clarify the zoning bylaws definition of an accessory structure has received support from the Board of Selectmen. Tremont Street resident Jessica Williams has submitted a citizens petition article to the annual Town Meeting that seeks to update the towns description of accessory structures, which are detached garages or sheds, guesthouses or artists studios, to name a few examples. Article 33 adds language to the bylaw that allows an accessory structure to have finished living space inside it but not be considered a dwelling unit. According to Williams, the state building code defines dwelling unit as building housing a single family. These [accessory structures] are used by homeowners and do not meet the definition of a dwelling unit, said Williams.By susanna sheehan, Clipper staff susanna@duxBuryClipper.Com

what she considers the Planning Boards new interpretation of the current definition of accessory structures in 2009 when she designed a detached garage for a client that contained studio space and an exercise room and was told that the town no longer permitted these types of structures. Williams appealed the Planning Boards decision to the ZBA and won. A committee consisting of both Planning Board and ZBA members determined that the towns building inspector had been misinterpreting the bylaw when he allowed accessory structures to have finished living space, she said. I disagree with that, said Williams. This has been a common practice for decades. Accessory structures add tax revenue without additional burdens to town services, said Williams. She refuted the idea that allowing living space in an accessory structure will