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Plan For Turf Field Dealt Setback, as PARC Grant Application Denied

Town officials plan to apply again in 2013.

Plans to install an artificial field as part of the new athletic complex being built adjacent to the new Tewksbury High hit a snag last week, as the town's application for a state grant to help pay for the project was denied.

Four communities were awarded Massachusetts Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grants -- which came be up to $400,000 --  but Tewksbury didn't make the cut.

"I was extremely disappointed that we didn't get the grant," said School Committee Chair Krissy Polimeno. "But we got some excellent feedback from Rep. (Jim) Micelli and Sen. (Barry) Finegold and we were strongly encouraged to re-apply."

Paul Hibner, treasurer of the Friends of the Tewksbury Community Athletic Complex (FTCAC) , said the towns that were awarded grants had all applied in the past and had been turned down on their first try. He said his committee would be meeting as a group and communicating with town officials to figure out the next steps in the process.

"We've got a board meeting next Thursday (Dec. 20)," he said. "We'll regroup and figure out where we go from here."

Technically, the artificial turf field is already on track to be built. However, at that time, Town Manager Richard Montuori said the town had no intention of spending that much money on the field. He cited private fundraising efforts by FOTCAC and the grant application process.

School Committee member Brian Dick, who is also a member of FTCAC, said the group will push on with fundraising efforts. He said he wasn't discouraged by not getting the PARC Grant.

"Clearly we're disappointed," he said. "But we're very happy with the process and how things were handled. Anytime, with that type of grant, you need some luck to be able to get it on the first try."

Rusty December 16, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Thank you Sean,glad someone is paying attention today.
Karyn December 16, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I agree....they'd better keep to that promise to the residents/taxpayers and go back to their fundraising. Enough is enough already!
BM December 16, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Rusty needs to pull his head out of his ass and take a look around ! Agree with Steve and Tewks .Mom . Rusty sounds like another left -wing hypocrite spewing crap out of his mouth. Another example of a free - spending , entitilist liberal .
BM December 16, 2012 at 05:37 AM
Amen Jo ! I couldn't have said it any better . Enough is enough . People are being bled to death in this town ! Time everyone opens their eyes and sees it !!!
Carlos Amaral December 18, 2012 at 01:48 AM
We need to take the next step. Show up at the meetings and protest!

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