MFD Offers Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

As residents prepare to gather with family and friends for Thanksgiving this week, Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department ask that residents remember to use caution while preparing their holiday meals.

“We want everyone to consider these safety tips as they prepare meals this week,” Chief Stowers said. “Increased activity in the kitchen can create a more dangerous environment, and we want to be sure that everyone can safely enjoy their holiday.”

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, cooking was the leading cause of residential fire injuries in 2014, resulting in two civilian deaths, 83 civilian injuries, 22 firefighter injuries and an estimated $11.8 million in property damage.

To avoid tragedy this season, Chief Stowers recommends residents follow several safety tips outlined by State Fire Marshal Stephen Coan:

  • Stay in the kitchen when boiling, frying, or broiling food.
  • Use a timer when baking or roasting and never leave the house while the oven is on.
  • Move anything that can catch fire — pot holders, towels, paper or plastic bags — at least three feet away from your stove top.
  • Before starting or lighting the oven and stove top, check for any items that could catch fire.
  • In the event that a fire occurs on a stove-top, put a lid on the burner and turn off the heat. Keep doors closed and the appliance off if a fire happens in an oven, broiler or microwave. Never throw water or use a fire extinguisher on a grease fire. Water will only spread the fire and the force of the extinguisher can splash flaming grease out of the pan.
  • If your clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP and ROLL to put out the flames. Run cool water on burns or call 911 if the injury is serious.
  • If the fire is not quickly snuffed out, leave the house and call the fire department.
  • Keep children 3 feet away from the stove to prevent burns.
  • Make sure all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are working prior to the holiday.
  • Never fry a frozen turkey.

The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of turkey fryers, as they can lead to devastating burns, injuries and the destruction of property due to the large amount and high temperature of oil used.

The Maynard Fire Department will conduct free home safety visits for residents to ensure smoke detectors are working properly. For more information or questions, contact the Maynard Fire Department at 978-897-1015.

Housing Production Plan Hearing – Dec 10th

After two public forums with the community and working closely with the Town, the Housing Production Plan draft is complete. The next step is a joint meeting with the Maynard Planning Board and Board of Selectmen to review the plan, including key findings on housing need and demand in town, housing goals for the next ve years, and strategies to achieve them. Both boards will need to adopt the HPP before it can be submitted to the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development for approval. Once approved, the HPP will guide housing activities in Maynard for the next five years.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, December 10th at 7pm in the Gianotis Room (201) at Town Hall.   The plan will be presented by the Maynard Planning Division in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC).

For more information or for special accommodations about this hearing, contact Karina Milchman, Regional Planner & Housing Specialist, at or 617-933-0730.

For more information on the Housing Plan, please visit the Housing Production Plan project page.

Memorial Park Renovation Community Workshop – Jan 7

memorial-park-2015You are invited to a meeting to discuss the redesign of our Veterans’ Memorial Park on Thursday, January 7th at 7pm in the Roosevelt Room of the Maynard Public Library.

We want to hear from you!  Come play a part in the planning of the renovations!

(The redesign plan was made possible by a grant from the Community Preservation Committee).

Town Administrator Kevin Sweet reports that the design phase of the Veterans’ Memorial Park has begun and the community is invited to attend the first public workshop on Dec 3rd.

“The redesign of the park will emphasize the connection between downtown destinations, contributing to the town’s overall success and popularity,” Town Administrator Sweet said. “A key goal of this project is to improve the park’s circulation to help pedestrians move safely and enjoyably between downtown destinations.”

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Legal Notice: Conscom Request for Determination – Dec 1st

Maynard Conservation Commission
Request for Determination

December 1, 2015, 7:00 PM

The Maynard Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing in accordance with the Wetlands Protection Act, MGL Chapter 131, section 40, and the Town of Maynard Bylaw on Tuesday, December 1st at 7:00 pm, Maynard Town Hall, Municipal Services conference room (basement), to discuss the Request for Determination application filed by Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church for construction of an outdoor patio, walkway, and extension of an existing retaining wall located at 15 Prospect Street in Maynard, MA (Map 10, Lot 200). The project is within 100 feet of vegetated bordering and is subject to the provisions of the above referenced laws.

Town dedicates new Wall of Honor on Veterans Day


Rainy weather forced the Veterans Day observance indoors as the community came together to honor its veterans and dedicate the Wall of Honor now on display in the Town Hall.  The wall has the portraits of the 46 servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country.  This memorial wall had been on display at the American Legion hall, but with its closure it now is on permanent exhibit in the lower level of the town building.

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New COA Van


On Oct 27th the Council on Aging received a new van from the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA). Accepting the new van were Asst. Town Administrator Andrew Scribner-MacLean, COA Director Amy Loveless, Rep. Kate Hogan,  Van Driver Janine Parker, LRTA Administrator James Scanlan, Town Administrator Kevin Sweet, and Selectman Chris DiSilva.

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Open Table has moved to the Coolidge School

Open Table Maynard is On the MoveOpen Table, which has served the greater Maynard community for seven years, is moving to a new location. Beginning on Monday, November 9 they will be located on the first floor of the former Coolidge School at 12 Bancroft Street. The Town of Maynard, under the leadership of Andrew Scribner MacClean, Assistant Town Administrator, has been instrumental in assisting Open Table in finding a new location and in making the former school available to them.

Open Table pantry serves an average of 100 families each week, providing them with meat, eggs, dairy products, fresh produce and baked goods, in addition to package non-perishable food and household items. An all volunteer organization, Open Table welcomes all comers to both the food pantry and to their community dinner which is currently served at the Sudbury United Methodist Church on Route 27 on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m.

While Open Table continues to look for a permanent location in the Maynard area, where they can provide both the dinner and the food pantry, they are extremely grateful to both the Town of Maynard and the Sudbury United Methodist Church for providing them with temporary locations where they can continue to offer this critical service to our neighbors.

DPW: New Sewer rate in effect as of October 1, 2015.

The Board of Selectmen/Water-Sewer Commissioners approved the first Sewer rate increase since 2009. A vote was taken on September 15, 2015 after careful review of an impact analysis done by Toby Fedder of Woodard & Curran.

The change will be as follows:

  • In Town Sewer Rate: From: $8.88 to $9.79 per cubic foot
  • Out of Town Sewer Rate: From $12.36 to $13.62 per cubic foot
  • Minimum Sewer charge: From $44.40 to $48.95

Residents will receive two separate bills to be issued January 1, 2016 and due February 1, 2016 in order to accommodate the new rates:

  • Bill #1 will be at the old rate for usage August 31, 2015 to October 1, 2015.
  • Bill #2 will be at the new rate for usage October 2, 2015 to December 2, 2015.

Please call Department of Public Works with any questions or concerns at 978-897-1317.