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East Longmeadow Town officials weigh benefits, costs of solar power

By Chris Maza Reminder Assistant Editor

EAST LONGMEADOW – East Longmeadow continues to look into the possibility of using solar power as a viable energy source.

Selectman James Driscoll, chair of the Green Committee, told Reminder Publications that town officials have explored the prospect of photovoltaic arrays at great length.

“We’ve been looking at it for

about a year, trying to get our arms around what it would take to get the best return on investment for the

EAST LONGMEADOW – Michael M. Sweeney, an eighth grade student at Birchland Park Middle School, received a second place medal for the Junior Individual Documentary category during the Massachusetts state finals of the National History Day Competition at Clark University in Worcester on April 9.

He also received an award from the National Archives at Boston for Outstanding Use of Primary Sources. Sweeney is the

EAST LONGMEADOW – On March 12, close to 200 families, friends and supporters of East Longmeadow Public Schools attended the 16th Annual East Longmeadow Educational Endowment Fund’s (ELEEF) Dinner Dance at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow. A Celebration of Wine &

Food, which included various gourmet food stations, a wine tasting sponsored by Tudor House

town,” Driscoll said. “We’ve been working with consultants and we’re confident this is something we want to move forward with.” One of the steps the town needs

to take is to make a change to the zoning bylaws that would outline the definition of what a photovoltaic array is and where those arrays would be permitted. Those changes would have to be voted upon at the Annual Town Meeting, scheduled for May 16.

Massachusetts General Law

states that any bylaw changes must be presented to the town at an open public meeting before they are

son of Dr. Karen E. Marsian and Kevin M. Sweeney of East Longmeadow. Sweeney’s film, “1956: A

Failure of Diplomacy,” covered the Hungarian revolution of 1956 and the international diplomatic challenges that arose as a result of the revolution.

Research on the entry began

several months ago using both primary and secondary sources. All topics had to relate to this year’s National History Day theme – Debate & Diplomacy in

Wine & Spirits, dancing and Silent Auction, was a huge success. “This was one of our best

voted upon, Planning Board Director Robyn Macdonald said. According the office of the Planning Department, a public hearing regarding bylaw changes has been scheduled for May 10. Driscoll said the town has

considered several options in terms of where a solar array might be placed in East Longmeadow, including on the roofs of municipal buildings and possibly on the site of the closed landfill on Allen Street. “We’re looking everywhere to

see what makes sense for the town,” Driscoll said.

Macdonald said the

construction of a photovoltaic array on the closed landfill would most likely be a tall order, as the town would need to spend a significant amount of money to properly close and cap the site. Longmeadow recently attempted to get a large-scale photovoltaic array constructed on the site of their closed landfill, citing energy cost savings and green energy considerations for the state and federal levels as their motivation. Selectman Mark Gold recently announced that the town would no longer pursue such a venture because after reviewing

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The mission of National Michael M. Sweeney

events ever. To raise close to $20,000 during these difficult economic times says a lot about the people and businesses in the East Longmeadow community,” Damon D’Amico, ELEEF president, said. “Everyone involved should be very proud.” Maria D’Amico, event co- coordinator said, “We were all very

excited to learn that the silent auction brought in over $11,000. This is the most we have ever raised for the Silent Auction.” The big event of the evening

was the awarding of over $19,000 in educational grants to teachers from East Longmeadow Public Schools.

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Sharon Bernard and Judy Rosso of Meadow Brook School were awarded funds to purchase

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History Day is to improve the teaching and learning of history in elementary, middle, and secondary schools, so that students become better prepared, more knowledgeable citizens. Sweeney’s successful entry in the Junior Individual Documentary category allows

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bids from contractors, there was not a situation that proved beneficial. “I’m not sure what went wrong there, but from our town’s perspective, we are going to look into situations where the cost of the technology and the labor will be offset by the savings,” Driscoll said. “We’re looking for a situation similar to the retrofitting of the lights for the schools. There are opportunities to partner with companies and finance the project through the savings we receive. Then when the project is paid off, the town will reap the benefits of those savings.”

Birchland Park student advances to National History Day competition

him to represent Massachusetts at the National History Day Finals, June 12 to 16 at College Park on the campus of the University of Maryland. Delegations from 49 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Department of Defense Schools will compete. Sweeney was also invited by the National Geographic Society to be one of the semifinalists for the 2011 Massachusetts Geographic Bee, which was sponsored by Google and Plum Creek.

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When asked how the document cameras would help in the classroom, Scibelli said, “These cameras will allow us to project any document onto the interactive white board eliminating the need for teachers to make


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