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East Longmeadow www.TheReminder.com 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


History: Successes, Failures, and Consequences.


Massachusetts History Day is the state program of National History Day.


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.


Jill Rogalski, Karen Sears,


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


MimioTeach Interactive White Board Technology, MimioView Document Cameras and projectors. “Having this technology in the classroom will allow teachers to plan interactive lesson plans with up-to-the-minute information,” Judy Rosso, computer teacher at Meadow Brook School, said. Sara Scibelli, Mary Collins


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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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to purchase MimioView Document Cameras and MimioTeach Interactive Technology.


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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