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Daily Five: The Pending Pfizer Decision, High School Parking and Wage Increases for Teachers

Five Things To Know Tuesday, Dec. 4

1.  Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4.  The National Weather Service predicts mostly cloudy skies and a high temperature of 57 degrees. The low will fall to 50 tonight, and there’s a 50 percent chance of showers overnight.

2.  A Pfizer spokeswoman said Friday that the company has not decided yet whether to demolish building 118 on the Pfizer campus in Groton.

“At this point no decision has been made about the building, but we do expect one to be made at the end of the year,” spokeswoman Joan Campion said. “We continue to show the site to interested parties and continue to work with local and state parties to actively market the property.”

The Groton Town Council’s Committee of the Whole will meet at 6 p.m. today in the Town Hall Annex and may discuss Pfizer among its topics.

3.  The school board’s policy committee decided Monday night not to consider charging students for parking unless Fitch High School Principal Joseph Arcarese says there’s a parking space problem at the school.

School Board member Patricia Doyle raised the issue because she said residents complain to her that buses travel to the high school nearly empty. She said parking charges at other schools range from $50 to $200 per month.

But Board Vice Chairwoman Elizabeth Gianacoplos said she’d be reluctant to levy another charge on families. She said the district would not save money by charging for parking because bus routes are based on elementary schools, and must continue even if few high school students take the bus.

4.  The Groton Town Council is also expected to discuss the board of education’s negotiated contract with the teachers’ union tonight. According to a memo from Floyd Dugas, lawyer for the school board, the contract would cover the period from Sept. 1, 2013 until Aug. 31, 2012 and provide step wage increases totaling 2.75 percent the first year, 2.5 percent the second year and 2.25 percent the third year.

5.  The Annual Senior Citizen’s Club Holiday Dinner will be held at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at the Groton Senior Center. Entertainment will be provided by Racquel Whipple, and menu choices include prime rib or chicken marsala along with a salad, vegetables, rolls, cheese cake and drinks. The cost is $13 for members, $18 for guests and non-members. For more information, call (860) 441-6785.

Linda Gaudet December 04, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Thank you Elizabeth Gianacoplos for not voting for charging students for parking at Fitch Senior. Just what my family would not need is another additional expense.
Patsy Crothers December 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
What's wrong with taking the bus????
Ed Johnson December 05, 2012 at 03:41 AM
There is NOTHING wrong with taking the bus. The transportation system allows for all students taking bus transportation. The argument that students HAVE to take their own cars because there isn't room on the bus for high school students is false. The families, by paying taxes, are ALREADY PAYING for the bus. In addition, there is the fuel and maintenance cost on driving the car to school and back. The school board is making a mistake by encouraging the kids to drive to school. Other school systems have wised up to this and are charging the kids. Groton should do the same. If the kids take the bus, the families will actually save money.
Dannyboy December 05, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Regarding the Pfizer property. How about the City of Groton buy the property for 10 million dollars. Keep it for a couple years and hire a real estate agent. Pay the agent four hundred thousand dollars and than sell the property to a buyer for one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. Kind a like the cable company operation. The mayor and city counsel should be held accountable for the irresponsibility and costing the taxpayers millions. In private industry they would all be let go. What a bunch of clowns. I guess they will find out what people think in May. I forgot, they hid it from all of the people for quite a while too, didn't they?
Thinkurs December 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Shhhh! Both these 2 very big losses to the City shall go away quietly and be forgotten, if no one fusses about them. You think??
Patsy Crothers December 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
That's exactly what I meant by that question,Ed Johnson.These days, kids get whatever they want and it's detrimental to them.
Dannyboy December 06, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Thinkurs: I think that there are some people who are going to demand some type of accountability. You may see the mayor resign over this. It is disgraceful that a city counsel and mayor think they can hide this and than all of a sudden say, "Hey taxpayers. We just blew millions of dollars but its ok. We got one hundred and fifty thousand dollars for our cable company. Oh. By the Way. It cost us four hundred thousand dollars to get the 150 big ones." Can anyone say: Impeachment. "top a da mornin to ya. "
Rick McDonald December 06, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Didn't you say you had left Groton? Why don't you just quietly go away and let us worry about Groton.

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