Odds and Ends Around Webster  
Saturday, July 14, 2012

WEBSTER ¡X Memorial ¡§Beach Stickers are now being sold at the beach from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Not at the Town Hall,¡¨ says a notice posted recently in the public building.

It seems the gate is now open a few extra hours a day. I hear the collectors are supervised through the DPW Highway Division.

I know of two sisters, both senior citizens, who visit the town beach from time to time.
¡§We like to go there for maybe 10 or 15 minutes to see the scenery,¡¨ said Rita. The sisters got nabbed last month trying to drive into the beach. Informed of minimum fee schedules, they left, but were still upset when our paths subsequently crossed.

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There¡¦s a new shades of blue map of Webster Lake in the Webster Board of Assessors office that says property around the lake is mostly zoned Lake Residential. It doesn¡¦t offer any shadings to the different business venues, but it¡¦s a nice map.

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The recent tax override to tear down the Park Avenue School and build a new one in its place was overwhelmingly in favor: 948 to 309.

Pro-school construction groups were largely local, organized and enthusiastic. They made great use of the Internet. So, Webster is going to build a new school because more people wanted it.

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Talking about schools, the Webster Office of Community Development is spending $750,000 to remove asbestos from the long-vacant Sitkowski Elementary School, or what many people remember as the original Bartlett High School. R.M. Technologies Inc. of Lawrence is doing the work.

The project will be done in two parts, with an initial expenditure of $430,000. Another $320,000 will buy completion of the project at a later date. The remedial effort will clear the way for reconstruction of the school for housing by Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, the nonprofit designated redeveloper, according to OCD director Carol J. Cyr. The town committed to asbestos removal in the school as part of its original agreement with NOAH, Ms Cyr said.

The plan is to convert the school into 66 units of senior living and a new senior center.

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Ernest D. Pizzetti, the ¡§Mr. Everything¡¨ in Webster sports, from organizer of the original Webster-Dudley Little League; founder of the Babe Ruth League; a professional baseball Umpire; major league scout; and on and on, died June 29.

He was known as ¡§Big E,¡¨ and seemed quite proud of the identity, always wearing an appropriately stenciled baseball cap. Therein is my association with ¡§Big E.¡¨

We met outside the Webster Post Office many years ago, and Ernie announced plans to salute some of his ¡§Big E¡¨ friends by giving them ¡§Big E¡¨ caps. Mine came with a handshake, and an Italian blessing.

I subsequently noticed a few of them around, but never wore the one I was given because there was only one ¡§Big E.¡¨
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