By Carol Meyer
Some 493 students are currently enrolled at Foster School and are looking forward to a successful new school year!
The Massachusetts School Building Authority paid a visit to Foster recently, which was an opportunity for school officials to express concerns about the building's deficiencies and their impact on the educational program and to assess its condition.
This is the third time the town has sought partial state reimbursement from the MSBA for what they say is a much-needed major renovation -- or an entirely new building.
The MSBA's decision on the town's third Statement of Interest is expected this coming December, and school officials remain hopeful that there will be good news this time around.
Any costs that would be incurred in excess of any grant approved by and received from the MSBA would be borne by the town and would require a Town Meeting vote before the project could move forward.
Quite a few Foster parents and teachers continue to express concerns about the condition of the building.
Have you or any of your children attended Foster? What are your thoughts -- would major repairs be enough or do you think an entirely new school is needed?
By Carol Meyer
Hingham Public Library Sunday hours resume Sept. 7 -- from 1 to 5 p.m. -- after being closed on that day during the summer months.
Fortunately, the resumed Sunday hours coincide with the start of the new school year, providing a quiet, comfortable setting for students -- and others -- to do research, write papers, study, read a good book, or just take a break from their busy schedules.
A reference librarian is always available to help you find what you need. If you can't find a particular book or other resource on the library's shelves, you can reserve them online at ocln.org -- which allows patrons to access materials from other local libraries. All you need is your library card!
In fact, the library is a great resource for patrons of all ages -- offering fun and educational activities and events for kids, teens, and adults. Check out the calendar at hinghamlibrary.org.
The library also features a landscaped courtyard, art galleries, a book store, and a cafe. What more could we ask for? Be sure to stop by soon!
Do you visit the library often? If yes, do you study, enjoy activities and events, or just take a break from the outside world there -- or all three?!
By Carol Meyer
When I posted how much I love summer to Facebook a few weeks ago, I expected everyone to "like" the post.
Who could possibly prefer snow to sunshine -- shoveling, pulling on heavy winter clothes and boots, unearthing the car, and the dirty snow that lines the streets soon after every snowfall to long and sometimes lazy days filled with sunshine, vibrant flowers, and trips to the beach, followed by long summer nights with crickets and peepers sounding their songs? And when it does rain, the grass is green and gardens flourish.
Well, was I mistaken. Even my own sister thinks I'm crazy! While some of my Facebook friends truly love summer best despite its often high temperatures as I do, others said they actually prefer the white stuff, including shoveling. And one or two posted that they really, really don't like summer!!!!
To each his or her own, but I intend to enjoy every last day of summer right up until September 22.
The only thing I can say is, I hope I don't hear any complaints from "those" people when winter arrives! Let's pick our favorite season and leave it at that.
In the meantime, I think almost everyone enjoys a crisp fall day!
What is YOUR favorite season?