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Our New Neighbor in Norwood

by Dave Atkins

Disclaimer: I am an elected member of Westwood's Housing Authority; the opinions below are only my own and do not represent positions or opinions in any official capacity.

Work began last Fall on Upland Woods, a 262-unit apartment complex at the former Polaroid campus on Upland Road. The development is a "40B" housing project that was opposed by many residents of Norwood, but ultimately supported by town officials as a necessary step to improve the percentage of affordable housing in Norwood. Three other projects remain in planning stages and have been controversial in recent Norwood elections for Selectmen and Planning Board.

This is the kind of controversy Westwood has averted, due to the number of affordable housing units that are counted in the town's inventory including senior apartments at Highland Glen, the affordable single family homes (Local Initiative Program) designated as a part of Cedar Hill and Chase Estates when those neighborhoods were developed, a handful of 1-2 family units managed by the Westwood Housing Authority, and the new apartment units being added at University Station (Phase 2 materials here). The total of all these units brings Westwood's percentage of affordable housing to greater than 10% which means developers cannot "force" a 40B development on the town.

I think the addition of new housing in Norwood has some positive potential as many of these residents could chose to shop in Islington as easily as Norwood Center. Undoubtably, the traffic conditions on Upload Road are going to be affected which will spill over to Everett Street/Route 1. And let us hope that residents who hire moving trucks don't come down East Street on move-in day!

Islington Fire Station Groundbreaking

by Dave Atkins

Here's a short video of the Fire Station Groundbreaking ceremony from last week:

Selectmen to Vote on Traffic Calming

by Dave Atkins

After years of discussion and testing of traffic calming devices, the engineering company tasked with implementing traffic calming in the Canton-Everett-Forbes area will present their plan for approval by the Board of Selectmen tonight (Monday, June 22).

Westwood Farmers Market Open

by Dave Atkins
June 23, 2015 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm

The Westwood Farmers Market opened for the season on June 16th! The market will be every Tuesday from 1-6 p.m. (until October 13th). The market is located behind St. Margaret Mary Parish at 845 High Street. Products being sold include locally grown produce, seafood, freshly baked breads, cheese, and Welsh Cakes.

Islington Village Development in Preliminary Discussions

by Dave Atkins

Developer Giorgio Petruzziello (Supreme Development) has acquired the Magaletta properties in Islington and is planning to replace or renovate a number of buildings. The first parcel includes the Magaletta building that houses Islington Pizza, the Post Office, and Wild Blossom.

More Room for Bikes and Pedestrians

by Dave Atkins

It may seem like a small change, but following discussions with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Committee, Westwood's Department of Public Works followed the recommended practice of marking a consistent distance between the center line and white "fog lines" after the recent repaving of Gay Street. The photos below illustrate the significant shoulder achieved in one of the most dangerous sections for runners and bikers:

Westwood Bear

by Dave Atkins

Here is a backyard photo of a bear that was sighted in Westwood around May 19. My sources tell me this was off East Street, between East and Route 1; maybe behind the Lamberts Plaza area or in the vicinity of Carroll Ave. A bear was sighted in Wrentham, near Franklin, five days earlier. No damage was done; everyone is safe, but residents might want to review this information on urban bears.

Public Works Update

by Dave Atkins

Thank you to Westwood Department of Public Works Director Todd Korchin for sitting down with me to record this discussion of the projects underway in Westwood this summer. Thank you, Greg Agnew, Executive Director of WestCAT for pulling this together quickly. We hope to make this a regular feature.

How to access digital media in Westwood

by GregAgnew

Over the past few months, your Local Television Network, WestCAT, has been working diligently to provide various types of access to our video coverage of community Events and Municipal Meetings. 
Our website onDemand Service, provided with the help of Vimeo, provides residents and other interested parties with 24/7 access to Board of Selectmen Meetings, Planning Board Meetings, Finance & Warrant Commission Meetings, School Committee Meetings, various other meetings of peak interest, basketball games, plays, and other events. Access is provided across a variety of media players including desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones, BluRay players, game consoles, and tablets. 
For instructions relating to how to access the Vimeo App on a multitude of different devices throughout your home or office, please click on the Vimeo Help Link and navigate to find your particular issue. If more complete information is not available regarding the your specific platform, please contact your devices manufacturer to access the Vimeo Application.
If you're looking for videos chronicling the magical run of both the Westwood High School Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball Season, WestCAT has it covered. Although you can see some of the more recent games from the beginning of March and end of February 2015 on our Television Network's Community Channel, you can access the games anytime onDemand through our Channel on Vimeo.
Throughout the coming months, we'll be covering new community performances and sporting events from all over Westwood. We're pleased to announce that most of these scheduled covered events have come from our new Event Submission Page. Residents, Town Employees, and Business owners are all encouraged to ask if our services may be available to help them tape an event that might be of interest to our viewers. 
As always, please contact Executive Director Greg Agnew to obtain information regarding Membership, or if you have any questions or comments regarding WestCAT. His phone number is: 774.538.WEST, and his email is:

Why Residents Don't Want Senior Housing in Westwood

by Dave Atkins

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are my own and do not reflect the opinion of any town board on which I serve.

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