Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.
Branch out and connect with passionate members of our community through lively conversation at our food and gardening Topic Tables
Learn about Growing Places' Community Teaching Gardens at our meet and greet and sign-up
Spring into action for this growing season by sharing your seeds and chatting with others about your garden plans at our always-popular Seed Swap
Find out who's growing in your community by visiting local farmers at our Pop-Up Farmers Market
Cultivate more food and gardening knowledge with creative ideas and useful strategies in our hands-on Educational Breakout Sessions:
Healthy food and cooking demos with local chefs and passionate foodies from our community
An array of unique food gardening workshops including topics like mycology (and more to be announced)!
And, to keep with our theme of healthy eating, Growing Places will be providing fresh, delicious food! We will have healthy snacks from local restaurants, and samples from our cooking demonstrations.
Join us this spring and learn about the many ways that you can grow with our community!
If you have questions or want more information, contact Molly Peterson, Growing Places Educational Program Manager at (978) 598-3723 x 804 or email email@example.com.
Saturday, April 28 is our 3rd Annual SpringVIBE benefit bash. Join us for an evening of live music, dancing and the best company around!
Plus, know that while you're with us, you're supporting a great cause - your neighbors with disabilities. All proceeds from SpringVIBE benefit the adults with disabilities Alternatives' serves across Central MA, several hundred of whom live in North County communities.
Delicious snacks will be provided by Alternatives' Crystal House Clubhouse. A cash bar will also be available.
We hope to see you there!
Leominster Youth Art Show
Opening Reception: Thursday, March 1st 6:00 - 7:30pm
Art Show runs: March 2 - March 7
Leominster City Hall
When: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: All Day
Hikers meet at West Street trail head to park at 8:00am and carpool to Sholan Farms trail kiosk. This is a moderate hike paced to the slowest hiker. Wear proper hiking gear; bring water, a snack/lunch, and insect repellent.
Hikes are cancelled if it rains or if less than five people sign up.
For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 978-534-7529
DEPOSIT DUE DATE: Trip deposits must be made before the end of October for group discounted fees.
COST: Approximately $2,500.00 per person for accommodations and flight.
Leominster Recreation Department will have further information on this trip, Wednesday, November 8th at 6:00 pm in the program building at 40 Barrett Parkway, Leominster, MA.
OCome enjoy nature, get some fresh air and exercise at Barrett Park! The Leominster Recreation Department, Project Apples, Leominster Trail Stewards, Emergency Management and Boy Scouts are joining together to offer a free winter event!
Emergency Management will speak about ice safety and ice rescue – Come see the hovercraft used for ice rescue and meet the rescue team.
Leominster Trail Stewards will offer guided hikes through the trails – if snow, bring your snowshoes.
Project Apples will offer a guided “Story Walk” around the park.
Troop 11 Boy Scouts will demonstrate how to make ice rescue claws and build igloos – if there is snow. Come enjoy the bonfire and free hot cocoa provided by Emergency Management, go skating, build a snowman (bring your own accessories) and much more! Don’t miss out on this fun filled day!
The Cost is FREE
COST: $2.00 per person - sold at the door only
The mission of the Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN) is to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance to homeless families with children and to increase community involvement in direct services and advocacy.
North Leominster Rod & Gun Club (NLRG) is a non-profit, member supported sporting club established in 1948. The club is located in Lunenburg, Massachusetts off of Lancaster Avenue. NLRG offers three combination Skeet and Trap fields plus ten additional Trap fields, a 50 yard Pistol range, a 200 yard Rifle range an Archery range and a new 5-Stand field. Please feel free to click the button to the left to see NLRG's Schedule of Events. NLRG holds numerous events throughout the year including Trap and Skeet leagues, firearm safety education courses, ATA Registered Shoots, Women on Target, Junior Trapshooting Championships and much, much more... General Membership Meetings are held at 7:00pm on the third Thursday of the following months: January, April, September, November and December. NLRG is accepting new memberships. Applications are available by clicking the Membership button to the left.
If you are interested in starting a business, we are here to help you. The Business Development Office was created to assist start-ups, existing businesses, and businesses looking to move into Leominster in the process. We are located at City Hall in room 6 near the elevators.
Starting a business can be overwhelming. This page is designed to make the process easier and includes many links and resources to help you along the way. We’ve also included several low cost or free resources. Please feel free to contact us anytime or call for an appointment.
Leominster’s success in maintaining that solid economic base stems from a combination of strategies. The city offers a broad range of economic development resources, from Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program, Special Tax Assessment (STA) program, Abandoned Building Renovation Tax Deduction (ABRTD), Housing Development Incentive Program (HDIP) Leominster-based North Central MA Career Center and Workforce Investment Board, Gateway Community Status, and more.
More than 120 Leominster companies are tied to the manufacturing industry with production ranging in medical, military, household, and life science. With a blend of municipal and private services, Leominster is Ready to promote economic development opportunities for businesses of all sizes.
The City of Leominster is a business-friendly community as proven by its customer service efforts and technical support to all companies. We provide assistance to our employers through a collaborative effort of local agencies, state offices, and municipal services.
A few of the Technical Support Services for business:
The NewVue Communities Small Business Development Office, 470 Main St. in Fitchburg, offers free assistance with business plan, workshops, training and support. They can be reached at (978) 342-9561.
The Leominster Library is another great resource for entrepreneurs. The library has designed a section specifically dedicated to entrepreneurs with a large inventory of books, CD and computer access.
Prior to meeting with a business counselor you may want to ask yourself the following questions:
If you are purchasing an existing business you may want to ask the following:
From the Sentinel & Enterprise
By Peter Jasinski, firstname.lastname@example.org
LEOMINSTER -- Mayor Dean Mazzarella is expected to present a new location for the police department's proposed new station during Monday's City Council meeting.
Though the exact location has yet to be publicly announced, the upcoming presentation marks the latest development on an issue that has been discussed and debated locally for over 20 years.
Several ideas and potential locations have come before the council in recent years only to be stalled or voted down. Most recently, Mazzarella and councilors met last August to confirm that building a new location, rather than renovating the current building on Church Street, would be the most desirable option for the city. The decision was made based on the extent of repairs that would need to be made to the building, as well as the station still not meeting the department's space needs.
Prior to that, the former National Plastics Center & Museum on Lancaster Street had been viewed as the most serious contender as a new site. The council approved the $650,000 purchase of the building in 2010, and it has been used to house the department's detectives' bureau in recent years, following a $160,000 partial renovation.
Leominster, MA Code of Ordinances Sec.13-26 - All night parking
It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than one acting in an emergency, to park such vehicle on any street for a period of time longer than one hour between the hours of 12:00am and 6:00am of any day during the winter parking ban in effect forty-eight hours before a predicted winter storm, during the storm, and forty-eight hours after the storm to provide municipal cleanup.
The Leominster School Department paid former Superintendent James Jolicoeur nearly $165,000 when he resigned in November, according to a separation agreement between the two sides.
The $164,859.29 included the balance of his salary through June 30, 2018, which totaled $111,153.86, $20,923.20 each for 32 days of unused sick time and 32 days of unused vacation time, and $11,859.03 for what the district would have paid toward his health and dental insurance.
The calculations were included as part of a public records request by the Leominster Champion for a copy of the separation agreement between Jolicoeur and the School Committee.
Jolicoeur resigned Nov. 6 after serving almost six and a half years as Leominster’s superintendent of schools. He announced in late September that he “will be seeking new employment opportunities during the course of the 2017-2018 school year,” and that he would “continue to provide leadership to the district” until he got a new job or June 30, 2018, whichever comes first.
Jolicoeur’s profile on LinkedIn, a professional networking website, states he has been president of a company called Partners In Implementation in Lancaster since November. The company “focuses on leadership development, innovation, strategic planning, and group facilitation for schools, businesses, and non-profit organizations,” his profile stated.
An online search for Partners In Implementation Saturday, Jan. 13 found no other information on the company, besides Jolicoeur’s LinkedIn profile.
Along with explaining how much money he would receive, the agreement states that neither the School Committee nor Jolicoeur would “initiate, make or encourage others to make, any communication that has the purpose or intent of disparaging the other.” It stated that both Jolicoeur and the school board “has not filed, caused to be filed, and presently it is not … a party or parties to any claim, complaint or action” against each other “in any forum or form.”
In addition, the agreement states, “Individually and collectively, the [School] Committee agrees not to undertake, continue or complete a performance evaluation with respect to Jolicoeur and agrees not to release or discuss any evaluation documents prepared, created, generated or received after June 16, 2016, the date of the last completed evaluation, with respect to Jolicoeur.”
Jolicoeur is eligible to stay on the City of Leominster’s insurance plan for 18 months through COBRA coverage “so as to ensure no gaps in health insurance coverage,” the agreement states. Jolicoeur would pay the entire cost of the plan, as stipulated by federal COBRA regulations, but through the payout he received he was reimbursed for the city’s portion of his health and dental insurance premiums through the end of June.
Jolicoeur announced his intention to resign, and later his resignation, following a contentious fiscal 2018 budget process that included dozens of staff layoffs and the outsourcing of more than two dozen junior custodian posts to a private company. The school board voted in October to bring back the junior custodians because of concerns about the cleanliness of schools.
In his September statement announcing his intention to resign, Jolicoeur said the the district faced a “perfect storm” over the summer, “with impacts from the Commonwealth’s Chapter 70 state aid formula calculation that significantly reduced state revenue to the schools, coupled with increased expense for the support of employee contracts, increased expense to support education innovations, as well as increases in expense associated with special education, employee benefits, building operations, and pupil transportation.”
Nearly two dozen people, from executive board members of the Leominster Education Association to residents, demanded Jolicoeur’s immediate resignation in October “in light of the concerns that have been brought to the attention of this School Committee, and questions surrounding possible contractual violations.”
The list of issues the Leominster Education Association, the union that represents the city’s teachers, gave to the School Committee in late September included concerns about the district’s compliance with special education rules, no supplies in some classrooms, and a lack of communication from Jolicoeur on topics ranging from improving the district’s Level 3 status (based on MCAS scores) to “how he intends to sustain the positions that were reinstated.”
Paula Deacon, former principal of Fall Brook Elementary School, is serving as interim superintendent of schools until a permanent successor is hired.
The City of Leominster and the Office of Planning & Development are pleased to welcome Nikki Peters as our new Economic Development Coordinator. Nikki has 18 years of experience in business development, marketing and Real estate, as well as experience with Planning, Zoning and Municipal government. Her skills are an exciting complement to the City’s Business Development efforts!
Nikki’s responsibilities include job creation, attracting and retaining businesses in Leominster, and planning for development of the City’s available land and underutilized buildings. If you have any questions about Economic Development in Leominster or wish to learn more about doing business here, you can reach Nikki in the Office of Planning & Development on the lower level of City Hall at 25 West Street. You can also reach her at 978-534-7525 x257, or via email at email@example.com.