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Dracut




Around Town

Town government with a five-member Board of Selectmen and Town Manager. Open Town Meeting held the first Mondays in June and November. Town elections held the first Monday in May.

On the Web: dracut-ma.us

Town Hall, 62 Arlington St., is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Town Hall Annex, at 11 Spring Park Ave., has the same hours. Town Manager Dennis Piendak.

To register to vote, register a dog or obtain any official records: Visit the town clerk's office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Special hours before elections. Town Clerk Kathleen Graham, 978-453-0951. A current rabies certificate is needed for dog licenses, available Jan. 1. To avoid the $10 late charge, register by April 1.

Veterans Office: William Zounes, agent, 978-453-9492.

Public water: Approximately 90 percent of the town is serviced by public water systems through one of the community's two water districts, Kenwood Supply District in the eastern part of town and [Dracut Water Supply District.

Green space: Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest with trail heads at the end of Trotting Park Road. Veterans Memorial Park, still in development, on Broadway and off Route 113. Beach on Long Pond, Shore Drive, private beach. For appointment and information, call Long Pond Improvement Association at 978-455-4600. Masscupic Lake, boating, skiing and swimming.

Paying taxes: The fiscal 2006 tax rate is $9.38 per $1,000 valuation. Paid quarterly in August, November, February and May to Tax Collector Deborah Barton.

In emergencies: Call 911.

Police Department: Emergency call 911 or 978-957-2322. Acting Police Chief Kevin Richardson, 1600 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-2123 (business).

Fire Department: Emergency call 911 or 978-957-3131. Fire Chief Leo Gaudette, 487 Pleasant St., 978-454-2113 (business). Brush-burning season typically runs Jan.15 to April 30. Residents who wish to burn brush must get permission.

Animal Control: Officer Virginia O'Neill, 978-459-0691.

Library: M.G. Parker Library, 28 Arlington St., 978-454-5474. Member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium, connected digitally to the holdings of 28 member communities. Director Susan Schwarz. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday during the summer.

Recreation: Volunteers may donate their time to the Dracut Recreation Commission to support recreational programs; Conservation and Recreation office, 978-458-4478. Recreation Director Lori Cahill.

Kindergarten registration: Children who will be 5 years old on or before Aug. 31 may register for the school year at the elementary schools in March. A birth certificate and a record of immunization are required.

For senior citizens: The Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, 978-957-2611. Recreational, educational and health-related services. Assistance is available with transportation and information on Social Security, medical insurance, home-delivered meals, tax preparation and more.

Historical: The Historical Society, 1660 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-3100. Information about historical sites and buildings in town.

To report a pothole: Department of Public Works,978-957-0411.

Recycling: Weekly curbside pickup of newspapers, all colored glass, HDPE No. 2 and PETE No. 1 plastic, cardboard, magazines, junk mail, milk and juice boxes, and aluminum cans. With appointment will include white goods, televisions and CRT monitors. There is a fee for big items and TVs.

SCHOOLS

Public: Superintendent of schools Elaine Espindle, 2063 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-2660. Dracut Senior High Principal Patricia Power, 1540 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-1500. Lake View Junior High Principal Theresa Rogers, 1570 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-3330. Englesby Intermediate School, 1580 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-9745, Principal Robert Young.

Elementary Schools:

Brookside, 1560 Lakeview Ave., Principal Loreen Pelletier, 978-957-0716. Campbell Principal Jill Mullavey, 1021 Methuen St., 978-459-6186. Greenmont Avenue, 37 Greenmont Ave., Principal David S. Hill, 978-453-1797. Parker Avenue, 77 Parker Ave., teaching-principal Anne Pramas, 978-957-3102.

Dracut is a member community of the Greater Lowell Vocational Technical High School.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Bible: Collinsville Bible Church, 2075 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-1107. Pastor Eric Smith. Sunday services, 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday prayer meeting, 7 p.m.

Grace Bible Church of Dracut, 517 Methuen St., 978-453-7546. Pastor Steven Willett. Summer Sunday worship, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. After Labor Day, Sunday services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

Catholic:

St. Francis Church, 115 Wheeler Road, 978-452-6611. Rev. Robert Blaney, pastor. Saturday service, 4 p.m. Sunday services, 8, 10, and 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.

St. Marguerite Church, 1340 Lakeview Ave., 978-957-0322. Rev. Paul Clifford.

Christian: Christ Church United, 10 Arlington St., 978-459-2022. Rev. Larry Zimmerman. Summer Sunday service, 10 a.m.

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