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Author: Tom Zuppa

Town of Nahant Responds to Proposed Changes to Multi-Family Housing Guidelines for MBTA Communities

The Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Antonio Barletta wish to share their response to the State of Massachusetts regarding proposed guidelines for multi-family housing required of MBTA Communities.

The draft guidelines under consideration are:

  • Define the minimum reasonable size of a multi-family zoning district as 50 acres, with at least 25 acres contiguous.
  • The district may not be more than ½-mile from commuter rail, ferry, subway, or train station.

While supportive of the need for communities to provide multi-family housing, the Board and Town Administrator Barletta have written to Michael Kennealy, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The letter states that Nahant, as one of the smallest communities in the state and one with significant wetlands, will be impacted by the new regulations far more than any other MBTA Community. The Town also requests an explanation of the decision-making process, and flexibility rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Town of Nahant Lifts Indoor Masking Mandate

NAHANT – Town Administrator Antonio Barletta and the Town of Nahant announce that the Town’s indoor mask mandate has been lifted effective immediately.

Town officials reached that decision based on a number of factors: a significant decrease in the rate of positive COVID-19 cases; increased rates of residents who are fully vaccinated and/or have received booster shots; and neighboring communities that also have lifted indoor mask mandates.

The lifting of the mandate does not include Johnson Elementary School. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has determined that school districts may decide to make masking optional after Feb. 28. The Town will remain in communication with the school administration and School Committee about masking in the coming weeks.

The Town also reminds residents that it will distribute COVID-19 tests on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Johnson Elementary School.

“With February school vacation coming up, it’s a timely opportunity to provide people the chance to test at home,” Town Administrator Barletta said.

Nahant Police Department, Fire Department Raise $9,000 to Support Susan G. Komen Foundation

NAHANT – Police Chief Timothy Furlong and Fire Chief Austin Antrim are proud to announce that their Departments raised $9,000 to support breast cancer research in October, thanks to the generosity of residents of the Town of Nahant.

The Police Department held its annual “pink patch” drive during October, during which officers wore special patches designed to raise awareness about breast cancer and the need to find a cure. Patches were available for sale.

“This is personal to me, because my mother-in-law has been diagnosed with breast cancer,” Chief Furlong said. “It has been amazing to see the community respond, and to see the number of residents who stopped at the station to buy a patch and support this cause.”

To enhance its fundraising, the Police Department then challenged the Fire Department to a charity softball game. The Fire Department team won a spirited, friendly contest at Lowlands Park which attracted several hundred residents. Proceeds from the game, including sale of food and pink t-shirts, pushed the fundraising total to $9,000.

“Everyone knows someone who is battling breast cancer, or someone who has a loved one affected by it,” Chief Antrim said. “When the Police Department contacted us, there was no question we would be part of this effort.”

The donation will support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, whose programs include supporting breast cancer research; assisting patients, their families, and their caregivers during treatment; and lobbying on Capitol Hill.

The Foundation estimates that in the United States in 2021 there will be:

“We raised about $3 for every resident in Town, which is incredible,” Police Sgt. Matthew Morneau said. “We are happy that so many people came to the game, saw another side of the Police and Fire Departments, and helped such an important cause.”

Chief Furlong presented the check to Melissa MacNeil, Development Director for the Foundation’s Massachusetts affiliate, at a ceremony in Town Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 10. Sgt. Morneau presented MacNeil with the Police Department’s commemorative “pink patch.”

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your contribution, and for getting so many in your community so involved,” MacNeil said.

The two Departments are discussing a softball rematch in the spring, with proceeds to benefit a charity of the Fire Department’s choosing.

Representatives of the Nahant Police and Fire Departments attended a ceremony to donate $9,000 to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, supporting its efforts to fight breast cancer. From left, Fire Lt. David Doyle, Firefighter Steven Scaglione, Firefighter Nick Papagelis, Fire Capt. Robert Barreda, Melissa MacNeil, Development Director for the Komen Foundation in Massachusetts, Police Chief Timothy Furlong, Sgt. Matthew Morneau, and Officer Heather Leary.
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