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~ THE NEW ~ Uxbridge Times “Your Hometown News” VOluMe 22 • ISSue 2 A FREE Monthly Publication uxbridge • North uxbridge • linwood • Douglas • Northbridge • Whitinsville • Sutton • Manchaug FeBRuARY 2013 Asphalt Plant approved By Constance Dwyer Cormier Woods offers space for sledding, snowshoeing, Nordic Skiing and outdoor recreation At 7:00 pm on January 10th an overflow of voters gathered with the applicants and the Planning Board for the second hearing on granting a Special Permit for constructing an asphalt plant in the Uxbridge industrial zone called Evergreen Development, located at 586 Quaker Highway (146A). Those gathered in the first floor conference room of Town Hall joined the Board in opening the meeting by rising and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, concluding with the three word pledge, “Justice For All.” The hearing started with the applicants providing a series of lengthy, but highly informative, presentations on the operation and environmental safeguards of the proposed and, clearly, high tech asphalt processing facility; further they stressed that the proposed plant met and/or exceeded current state environmental standards. The Chairman of the Planning Board, Joseph, “Joe,” Leonardo, opened the public hearing by first stating that the 1995 asphalt plant prohibition bylaw issue had been sufficiently discussed and resolved and so it would not be addressed at this hearing and that each resident would be limited to a 2-minute presentation. One observer noted that on occasions, during the residents’ presentations and interactions with the Board, emotions of both the residents and the Board seemed to obscure the pledge, “Justice For All” and the 2-minute time limit was notable in that its observance was mostly ignored by all. Also Dr. Jennifer Gallo, DVM, who has a longtime practice of veterinary medicine in Uxbridge and who lives in town with her husband, Kevin, interrupted the Chairman to question why residents were limited in speaking while he allowed the presenters all the time they wanted. The residents combined observations and objections with questions to be addressed by the applicants and the Board after all residents had had their time. The nature of the presentations ranged from the personal to the practical and technical; from the political to the professional. Suzanne Dauphin of Uxbridge, a former Kindergarten teacher of many continued on page 7 Embrace Winter's Wonderland Students reach The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) offer hundreds of acres of wide open spaces, woodland trails and perfect hills where you can take advantage of our recent snowfall and embrace winter's wonderland. Locally, at Cormier Woods Reservation in Uxbridge and Mendon, you can explore the reservation’s varied habitats along three miles of easy-tomoderate trails that loop through the 175 acres of native grasslands, forests, and swamps. Studies show that exposure to nature and outdoor exercise - even as little as 5 minutes a day - has significant health and wellness benefits includ- POSTAl PATRON ing improved mental health, reduced stress, and a more positive outlook and spirit. A recent article from the November issue of Outside Magazine points to similar benefits from "nature therapy" and travels to the deep woods of Japan where researchers are backing up the surprising theory that nature can lower your blood pressure, fight off depression, beat back stress - and even prevent cancer. "So many children and adults are experiencing 'nature deficit disorder' today," says Barbara Erickson, Trustees President, outdoor enthusiast and mother of two young children. "It's our mission at The Trustcontinued on page 16 out to children of Newtown Douglas Intermediate Elementary School Team IES participated in a special initiative organized by the Newtown, CT Parent Teacher Organization (PTA), in which students from across the country helped to create a Winter Wonderland for the classrooms of the Sandy Hook Elementary students! IES students enthusiastically made beautiful snowflakes in their art classes to contribute to this effort, under the guidance of Mrs. Andrea Merrill, Art teacher. The Student Council and the Student Ambassadors provided leadership at their grade levels by facilitating the preparation and packaging of the snowflakes for mailing. PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID BOSTON, MA PERMIT NO 55800 Front Row (l to r): Kelly Hayes, Maggie Gurney, & Sara Morin. Center: Amber Davis, Brooke Mazzuchelli, & Olivia Forest. Rear: Angelina Carneiro & Sage Hurteau. Business Bio: Bob Clark’s Dog Training As a professional trainer and life-long dog enthusiast, Bob Clark believes that you and your dog (s) can have a happy life together if you, as the owner, invest in educating yourself as a dog owner. Learn more about Bob and his business located on a historic 23-acre farm in Northbridge. ECRWSS Bob Clark See story on page 33 ~ INDEX ~ Town News ..............Page Calendar...................Page Society .....................Page Dining .......................Page Senior Corner ..........Page School News............Page Business News........Page Sports.......................Page Classified .................Page 4 17 21 22 23 29 33 37 39

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