Override, New Ride and Live Bait  
Thursday, July 21, 2011

Webster’s first override to pay for new public safety facilities, pegged to a first-year contribution of about $157 per household, is still in the future, and another override seems likely.

Taxpayer contributions for a new police station and a rehabilitated fire station loom as bargains because the Gerald and Marilyn Fels Foundation will share the burden, contributing $600,000 annually.

Another override to replace or repair the Park Avenue Elementary School has been in the works since the 2010 town meeting accepted state School Building Authority procedures, based on need. Project particulars were to be opened this month. The study could set state aid at almost 75 percent.

The 2010 vote to repair or replace the Park Avenue building was 243-4 in favor. The idea seems to have a constituency. Whether this holds will depend on projected costs to taxpayers.



Webster’s Paul R. Wajer says he’s got a new car with vastly improved mileage. “It’s a hybrid,” he reports. “When I go to a gas station now, I smile.”



Edmund and Grace Kouri of Boca Raton, Fla., were in Webster July 5, spending the day with friends at Beacon Park. They once lived in the lakefront community.

“We’re staying in Norwood,” said Ed, adding they drove north. “With just one overnight,” smiled Grace.

Ed is remembered here as the owner of A.M. Kouri Co., Webster’s last department store, a Main Street outlet now home to the Party Planner. Their son, the Rev. Alex Kouri, is pastor of a large Orthodox congregation in Louisville, Ky. They’ve adapted to Florida living, says Ed, making humidity the lone minus.



The live bait debate, recollections of the shiners business managed from the 1940s by the late Fred Cozzens, brings an ice-fishing observation from Alexander A. Zackiewicz of Gainesville, Fla. The live bait used during his days in Webster was called “chub,” he says. Incidentally, Mr. Zackiewicz celebrated his 90th birthday July 10.



Webster First Federal Credit Union, chartered and developed as a Webster-based institution but headquartered now in Worcester, has acquired Saugus Federal Credit Union by way of a merger, President and CEO Michael Lussier reported in a recent letter to Webster depositors. The merger was completed May 31, apparently with growth in assets and membership in mind. The final data conversion is scheduled for Aug. 1. Saugus FCU has been in business since 1938. We hope the merger pans out as Mr. Lussier anticipates.

•A summer lunch program at Webster Middle School, free to Webster children 5 to 18, has been ongoing since July 5, financed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The objective is to provide balanced, nutritious meals to town children who might otherwise lose out. The first free meal day attracted 64 youngsters, said Assistant Schools Superintendent for Business Ted Avlas. The eat-for-free program has another couple of weeks to run.
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