5 Things You Need to Know Today: April 25

Apply to the town's Leonard Morse Grants Panel, take note of the changed closing days for some of Natick's schools and become a part of a local CSA art program.


1. The  is searching for individuals to fill two spots opening on the Leonard Morse Grants Panel, which oversees the MetroWest Community Health Care Foundation funds. Spots currently held by Jane Williams and Jay Ball will expire June 30. The selectmen will interview candidates at their May 21 meeting. Those who are interested are asked to submit a letter of interest by May 16 to letter of interest and background information to the Board of Selectmen, 13 East Central Street, Natick, MA 01760, send a fax to 508-647-6401 or email Selectmen@natickma.org.

2. The Natick School Committee voted this week to adjust the dates for the last day of several of the public schools to meet the 180-day school year requirement. The revised schedules are as follows:

- (closed for two days at the beginning of the year for a power outage):

  • June 14: early release day
  • June 15: full day
  • June 18, Monday: last day (early release)

- (closed for one day due to water main break)

  • June 14: early release day
  • June 15: last day (early release)

-All other public schools will have an early release day on Thursday, June 14, the last day of school.

3. Did you know?: Natick collects between $60,000 and $80,000 each year in parking meter revenues, according to Deputy Town Administrator Michael Walters Young.

4. Congratulations to Natick resident Rebecca Cheney, a senior at Connecticut College, who has been awarded a U.S. Fullbright Student Program grant to research the possibility of adding study of the native language of Ainu to public school curriculum in Hokkaido, Japan. She will spend a year working in Japan on this project. Cheyney graduated from in 2008.

5. Three Natick residents will be a part of Fountain Street Fine Art's first community-supported agriculture (CSA program). Jeanne Williamson, Virginia Fitzgerald and Marie Craig. Locals can buy shares for $360 each. Shareholders will receive one original piece of art from each of the six artists total participating in the CSA. Thirty shares will be sold now through May 15. Email fountainstfineart@gmail.com for more information.


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