Mtg notes: Selectmen 01.21.15 – Selectmen to seek Prop 2 1/2 override in FY17

by Frank Schroth

At their meeting on January 21 the Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 on a tax override strategy for FY16 & FY17. The three pronged strategy calls for a) an override in FY16 to cover health care costs associated with an injured fire fighter b) using one time “free cash” to underwrite FY16 operations which will serve as a bridge to c) an operations override in 2017. Hurley opposed the motion saying “it’s not a strategy . . . it’s playing with fire.”

Senator Joyce’s gifts raise concerns on ethics

from The Boston Globe

They certainly stood out amid the more traditional gifts of homemade fudge and CVS gift cards that state senators typically swap during the holidays.

Senator Brian A. Joyce last month gave everyone in the 40-member state Senate gold-plated designer sunglasses, the same kind worn by celebrities Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Johnny Depp. (Read the full story here.)

Argo concludes winter film series

The Ben Affleck film “Argo” will conclude the Winter Film Series co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills and the First Congregational Church of Milton on Saturday evening, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:45).

Young adults from all parishes invited to Circles of Faith

Young Adults from any parish in Milton are invited to gather for a special Lenten Program at St. Agatha Parish, 432 Adams St., Milton. The program is called Circles of Faith and will consist of one meeting a week for 6 weeks starting after Ash Wednesday Feb 18.

Childrens programs 02/08-02/14 @ MPL: Free Play, Mad Science

There’s always something cool for kids to do at the Milton Public Library! We are currently running a Winter Reading Program for kids aged 0-12 with fun activities and prizes! For more information and to pick up your BINGO card, please stop by the Children’s Room and see us.

David T. Burnes Announces Candidacy for Milton Selectman

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The following was submitted by the candidate.

David T. Burnes announced today his candidacy for the Milton Board of Selectmen.

“I am thrilled to kick off my campaign for Milton Board of Selectmen,” said Burnes. “I was born and raised in this community. I have chosen to stay here and raise a family here. I know what has made Milton great in the past, and I want to make sure Milton is the best community it can be in the future.”

Forbes House Museum and Ireland’s Great Famine: Who Knows the Story? Part V

By Robin M. Tagliaferri, FHM Executive Director

MyTownMatters and the Forbes House Museum are happy to offer a series of short stories and illustrations on Ireland’s Great Famine and its connection to Milton and Boston. Since 2011, the FHM has been collaborating with scholars and civic groups from the United States and Ireland, researching the Great Famine, which took place from 1845 to 1852. The FHM Great Famine project seeks to raise awareness for the historic 1847 humanitarian voyage of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes (1804- 1889), who transported 800 tons of food and other provisions to Cork, Ireland aboard the USS Jamestown at the height of the Famine.

In the last installment, early humanitarian efforts for Ireland were highlighted, including the work of Reverend Thomas J. O’ Flaherty, who established the Irish Charitable Fund in Boston in December 1845.