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Planning, Zoning, Rock and Rolling Radio Hour Season 4

Who said planning and zoning has to be bureaucratic, monochromatic, asthmatic, systematic, autocratic or dull? Well it isn’t…at least for one hour!

Join Maynard Town Planner Bill Nemser as he fills you in on all the latest planning related news, discusses place-making trends in the Metrowest Region and presents an assortment of exciting guests all the while weaving it all into an eclectic musical tapestry of hits, misses and classics from all genres! And best of all, the infamous “Think You Know Maynard?” trivia game!

Season Four of “Planning, Zoning, Rock and Rolling” continues… Listen live on WAVM 97.1 or online at

Missed an episode?  Don’t worry…  Check out our archive at WAVM.

Tuesday, April 24, 2017 – 4PM

Bill’s Guest:  Erik Hansen!

Season Four of PZRR concludes with Bill’s Guest: Erik Hansen, who will discuss the “Maynard as a Canvas” project! The Cultural Council, has plans underway for a brand new mural downtown at the former Murphy Snyder building! How will the design be selected? Tune in to hear Erik discuss this project and other “Maynard as a Canvas” initiatives. All this and more as we gear up for Maynard’s very first Art Week!

Another “do not miss” episode for anyone interested in Maynard’s cultural, economic and community development!

The Planning Zoning Rock and Rolling Radio Hour was awarded the 2016 Media Award by the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association for excellence in comprehensive coverage of a planning or development issue.

Aerial Application to Control Mosquito Larvae

The East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project will be conducting a helicopter application of the biological larvicide, Bti, to control mosquito larvae over large wetland areas in Maynard.  Wetlands currently being evaluated for this application are located near George Rd., Old Marlboro Rd. and Rockland Ave.  The application will be conducted between April 23 and April 27. The Bti will be applied in a granular formulation by a helicopter flying low directly over the wetlands. Residents do not need to take any special precautions for this application.

The material to be applied Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis) is a natural bacterium found in soil. The EPA classifies Bti as a relatively non-toxic pesticide.  Bti is considered a target selective and environmentally compatible pesticide that affects mosquito larvae and a few closely related aquatic insects in the fly family.  Once applied Bti stays suspended in water for 24 to 48 hours and then biodegrades as it settles to the bottom. The product name of the Bti is VectoBac G (EPA Reg.  #73049-10).

For further information contact the East Middlesex Mosquito Control Project at 781-899-5730.

Absentee Ballots are now available for Annual Town Election

Absentee ballots are now available for the Annual Town Election on May 1, 2018

Applications are available from the Town Clerks’ Office (195 Main Street, Town Hall Building, Maynard, MA. 01754)

Voters who are unable to vote on election day because of physical disability, religious beliefs or travel may vote by absentee ballot. State law limits the availability of absentee ballots to the three listed circumstances only. Absentee ballots are not available for mere inconvenience, or because of ordinary commuting-related difficulties.

If you will be absent from Maynard for an extended period of time, you may submit a single application for all elections occurring within the calendar year the application is accepted.

You may vote at the Town Clerk’s Office before the Annual Town Election at a time arranged with the Town Clerk, or you may request to vote by mail.  Be sure to apply early.  Include on the application your name and address as registered, the address you wish the ballot to be mailed and  your own signature.

You must apply for an absentee ballot by 12:00 noon on Monday, April 30, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding absentee voting, please call the Town Clerks’ Office at 897-1300.

Cultural District Summer Spruce-Up Grant

The Assabet Village Cultural District (AVCD) is excited to announce it has been awarded $5,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for making facade and exterior improvements throughout the downtown area!

The AVCD will be accepting funding proposals from local businesses and building owners who wish to take advantage of this one-time grant opportunity.

Visit the Assabet Village Cultural District page for more information and application form.

Maynard Earth Day / Arbor Day Celebration

First Annual Maynard
Earth Day
Arbor Day Celebration

Sunday, April 22nd
10 AM – 3 PM

Activities include:

  • Queen Bee Ceremony: The Maynard Honeybee Meadow at Artspace 10-11 AM
  • Street Cleanup with the Litter League 11-1
  • Activities at Mill & Main Place Pond Parking Lot, Main Street 1-3
    • Town of Maynard Arbor Day Trees Free Giveaway
    • Music
    • Art
  • Creative Collaboration:
    • Maynard Rocks: Create an Earth Day – themed rock
    • Assabet Village Co-Op Market: Decorate and keep a reusable shopping bag
    • Earth float and puppet-on-stick craft table
  • Yoga:  Alchemy Yoga
  • Tables: Maynard Community Garden, Maynard Arbor Day , Assabet Village Co-Op Market
  • River Dedication: 2:30 – 3:15

Let’s honor our connection to our planet and its rivers & ocean.

Planting a tree?  Here are some helpful tips.

Extra Chipping Days

To help with the tree/brush debris from the winter storms in March, the Maynard DPW has added two “chipping days” to the calendar:

  • Saturday, March 31st
  • Saturday, April 7th

Both are from 8am to noon at the DPW Garage at the end of Winter Street.  There will be a $10 minimum fee for small loads and larger loads will be charged accordingly. Payment can be made by credit card, debit card, or by check made payable to “Town of Maynard”. Cash cannot be accepted.

Additional chipping days and other recycle events can be found on our Recycling Drop Off Center page.

Master Plan Steering Committee Kickoff Meeting TONIGHT

A master plan is a comprehensive roadmap to a Town’s long-term plans and goals spanning from Economic Development to Land Use. The plan is meant to guide the Town over a period of 10-20 years.

We’re in the process of updating Maynard’s Town Plan and invite you to join us for our kick-off meeting with Consultant Geoffrey Morrison-Logan of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc (“VHB”).

Where: Maynard Public Library – Roosevelt Room
When: March 15, 2018 starting at 6pm

For more information visit the Master Plan page.