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Giving back to a giving doctor
Marisa Donelan, Sentinel & Enterprise, August 16, 2007
LEOMINSTER - Geraldine Feldman, of Leominster, sits at a reading desk in the children s room at the Leominster Library, Wednesday, as she talks about how the library will be renaming the room after her late husband, Dr. Martin T. Feldman, in a ceremony in September. Pediatrician Martin T. Feldman used to buy thousands of children's books at yard sales to give to his patients and their families. And next month, Feldman -- who died last summer at the age of 61 -- will be remembered both for his care of children and his support for children's literacy, his wife, Geraldine Feldman said Wednesday. The Leominster Public Library's new children's room will be named the Dr. Martin T. Feldman Children's Room. Read more

`New' library gets rave reviews
Mary Jo Hill, Telegram & Gazette, June 11, 2007
LEOMINSTER - Crowds poured into the newly expanded Leominster Public Library, at 30 West St., with kids plopping down on big pillows to read books and adults talking about the spaciousness and renovations. More than 200 people turned out yesterday to listen to dedication speeches under a tent and then line up to finally get a look at the results of the more than $13 million project."It is huge! I love it. It's bigger than ours," said Sylvia Page, who recently moved to the city from Gardner, which opened a new library in 2004. "We couldn't wait to get it open," said Ms. Page, who came with her three daughters. Rick Shatos and his son, Matt, were already browsing in the stacks and Matt had some science-fiction books in hand. The library has more space and is brighter than before, Mr. Shatos said. As people wandered through the young-adult room, Benjamin Kessler, 12, of Leominster, relaxed on pillows reading a book titled "Bad Cat."
"I think it is great," Benjamin said, explaining that he likes the books and games and having more places to sit.  Read more

Leominster library opens
Jonathan Graham, Sentinel & Enterprise, June 11, 2007
LEOMINSTER -- Children chanted "Cut it, cut it," as Library Director Susan Shelton officially snipped the blue ceremonial ribbon outside the city's renovated library Sunday afternoon.Hundreds of residents rushed in after officials opened the door, marking the completion of the nearly two-year, $12 million project. Officials and residents both said they viewed the new library as a symbol for the success of the city and its willingness to spend resources on education. "This is a big deal," said state Sen. Robert Antonioni, D-Leominster, to large applause from the hundreds of spectators who gathered to watch the ribbon cutting. "Our history will be defined by certain moments in time, I would suggest one of those moments is occurring today," he said.     Throngs of residents milled in the library's different sections Sunday afternoon, while beaming library staff offered help.  Children ran around the library's young adult area, dedicated to Leominster writer Robert Cormier. Older residents marveled at the library's much-refurbished front hall. Read more

Renovated library to open June 10
Marisa Donelan, Sentinel & Enterprise, May 30,2007
LEOMINSTER -- The newly renovated Leominster Public Library on West Street will be open for business June 10, following a dedication ceremony, officials said Monday. Kathleen Reynolds-Daigneault, a member of the library's board of trustees, said the two-year expansion and renovation project will result in a booming library downtown. "Leominster is such a vibrant city right now," she said. "This will only add to it. There's going to be more space for people of all ages, with the children's area, the teen section, and plenty of room for adults." Leominster has been without a library since April 16, when the temporary location at Crossroads Office Park closed for the move. The dedication ceremony will be a chance for people to take a tour of the downtown building, and start checking out books if they'd like, Reynolds-Daigneault said.  Read more

Summer reading on hold

Marisa Donelan Sentinel & Enterprise April 5, 2007

LEOMINSTER -- Public Library Director Susan T. Shelton is preparing for a move from the temporary library at Crossroads Office Park to a newly expanded building on West Street. But in order to make the move, the city will be without library services for more than a month and a half, starting April 16, Shelton said.
"We'll be opening in the early part of June (at the new building)," she said Wednesday. "There's a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done in the meantime." Patrons have visited the temporary library at Crossroads for two years during the $12 million renovation and expansion at the West Street location. Shelton said the closure is necessary to move the library's collection from its temporary location and a storage facility, organize it in the new building and train the staff in the West Street location.  Read more

Gala auction to aid library: Brady-signed football among items
Anna L. Griffin, Telegram & Gazette, March 5, 2007
LEOMINSTER— Members of the 150th Anniversary Gala Auction Committee said plans are firming up for the event that will be held March 24. “We’re very pleased with the items we have received,” said Sue Chalifoux Zephir, chairwoman of the event. “The community has been very generous.”  Among the items that have been received are a football autographed by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady; a baseball autographed by Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and an autographed photograph of Schilling pitching; a wildlife photograph featuring a penguin, shot by Dr. Michael E. Gotthelf, that also comes with two tickets to the New England Aquarium; and a complete Italian dinner for eight, from antipasto to dessert, that comes with a basket filled with a bottle of wine, olive oil, a CD of “Il Divo” and other items. “We really have something for everyone,” said Mrs. Zephir. Read more

FSC classes in city library stalled
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, February 20, 2007
LEOMINSTER -- Library officials say they like a proposal from two city councilors who want Fitchburg State College to offer classes at the new library.But now that the library is not scheduled to open until June, it is too soon to make an agreement with the college, according to the officials. "Since several members of the Library Trustees are alumnae of Fitchburg State College and the current president of the college (Robert Antonucci) once served as the chairman of the Leominster Public Library Board of Trustees, you can be assured that this suggestion was welcomed wholeheartedly," Gilbert Tremblay, the chairman of the library trustees, wrote in a letter to city councilors. Read more

'New' library eagerly awaited - Exterior entices patrons, but inside not ready
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 12, 2007
LEOMINSTER - Appearances can be deceiving. With the exterior work of Leominster Public Library nearly completed, people have been trying to make their way into the building; some have been successful.No trespassing signs are in place for good reason. "It's a safety issue. This is an active construction site," said library Director Susan Shelton."I guess people are anxious for the project to be completed," she said. "But there's still a lot of work that has to be done on the interior of the building."Mrs. Shelton said construction work on the interior continues, and no part of the project is open.An opening date of late spring - sometime in June - is being looked at, Mrs. Shelton said. That date is contingent upon a number of things, such as completion of the interior work and the installation of carpeting and shelving. The carpeting and shelving should each take three weeks to install."Then, we have to take all of the books and other materials that we placed into storage - actually three-quarters of our collection - out of storage and place them back into the new facility," Mrs. Shelton said. Read more

Library fundraising hits $1 million
Gala planned to raise money for furniture and equipment

Lindsay Sauvageau, Leominster Champion, February 9, 2007
Fundraising for the renovation of the city's library - including the main stairway - has passed $1 million. As the Leominster library expansion project nears its completion, support of the project has brought in $1 million in donations from local businesses, organizations and individuals. Now a new committee hopes to increase that total to help furnish and equip the newly renovated building. A 150th Anniversary Gala Auction Committee has been formed to help organize an event which will feature both a silent and live auction, a 50/50 raffle, musical entertainment and food. Tickets for the event will cost $25 for admittance, hors de oeuvres, live entertainment from the Leominster High School Jazz band, a cash bar and a chance to win a plethora of items from vacation getaways to autographed novels through an auction hosted by auctioneer Dave Rodgers. Read more

Library bidding for improvements - Leominster auction gala March 24
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 28, 2007

LEOMINSTER - A gala auction, with both live and silent components, will be held to benefit the Leominster Public Library Building Fund. All proceeds will be used for furniture, fixtures and equipment."It's going to be a celebration of the 150th anniversary of public library service in the city," said Sue Chalifoux Zephir, chairwoman of the 150th Anniversary Gala Auction Committee.The event will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 24 in Tata Auditorium, City Hall, 25 West St. Tickets to the event are $25 each. In addition to the auction, there will be refreshments and a cash bar. Dave Rogers is the auctioneer. Read more

$2,000 library brunch irks council
Leominster project ran over budget

Matthew Bruun, Telegram & Gazette, November 17, 2006
LEOMINSTER— A $2,000 brunch for library officials and staff working on the expansion and renovation of the public library on West Street has infuriated members of the City Council who grudgingly approved additional borrowing to pay for cost overruns on the project. “I’m floored,” Councilor John M. Dombrowski said yesterday after seeing the allocation in the meeting minutes of the library trustees. “It’s not a lot of money, but it’s almost mind-numbing.”
Library Director Susan T. Shelton countered that the holiday brunch will be paid for through trust funds, which have nothing to do with taxpayers’ money.     Read more

Trustees planned $2,000 party
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, November 17, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- Despite $1.3 million in cost overruns, library officials had planned to spend "up to $2,000" on a "holiday brunch" inside the new multi-million dollar library next month, according to minutes from a recent Leominster Public Library Board of Trustees meeting. But they can't because the building won't be ready in time, Gilbert Tremblay, the chairman of the board, said Thursday. "This (was) going to be a reception for city officials, for people who have made donations, etc.," Tremblay said during an interview. The trustees met on Oct. 10 -- the same day the City Council voted 7-1 to approve a $1.3 million loan to cover a shortfall for renovating the library. The trustees, at the Oct. 10 meeting, approved the minutes for their Sept. 11 meeting, which included a portion about the brunch. "The trustees unanimously approved expending up to $2,000 from trust funds for this as a way of saying 'thank you' to everyone who has worked so hard on the library project," the minutes say. Read more

City revels in free cash - Leominster has $6M available
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 10, 2006
LEOMINSTER - The city has almost $6 million in certified free cash, clearing the way for Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella's plan to pay off a cost overrun for the public library building project. The mayor also plans to ask the City Council to approve using the money for millions of dollars in capital expenses.City Councilor Dennis A. Rosa, who heads the council Finance Committee, said he anticipated a higher than normal figure for free cash after reviewing the city's balance sheets.The Web site for the state Department of Revenue's Division of Local Services lists certified free cash for Leominster at $5,943,576 for fiscal 2007, which started July 1. It's one of the highest free cash figures in the state and the highest in the region.Fitchburg, by comparison, has certified free cash of $333,440, while Worcester has $2,101,529, according to the Web site."It takes discipline by all and it's a team effort," Mr. Mazzarella said last night."We're in good financial condition and this proves it," Mr. Rosa said. Read more

Library’s campaign soars high
Fundraising halfway to $1.2 million goal

Anna L. Griffin, Montachusett T&G, November 5, 2006
LEOMINSTER— Support for the Leominster Public Library’s fundraising campaign has reached the $700,000 mark. The goal is $1.2 million. “We’re very pleased with the response from the public,” said Susan Shelton, director of the library. “The public has been very supportive of us throughout this entire process.” The library’s fundraising campaign recently received the first installment of a $10,000 donation by Hudson Savings Bank. “We have a branch in the city and we like to get involved with the communities that we’re doing business in,” said Kenneth R. Simms, vice president and director of marketing for Hudson Savings Bank. The bank has a branch on Lancaster Street. “We know how important the library is to the people of the community,” Mr. Simms said. “It’s something we felt we needed to show our support for.”  Read more

'Free cash' to lower increase in property tax
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, November 2, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- The property-tax increase resulting from the construction of the new library will not be as high as previously expected, thanks in part to "free cash" Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella plans to use toward cost overruns. The City Council, at the request of the mayor, approved a loan order this fall to cover an additional $1.3 million for the new library across from City Hall. The $1.3 million could have resulted in a $14 property-tax increase for the average single-family homeowner.  But that's not going to happen now, Mazzarella said.  "What we will do, through a variety of different sources, is we will take the $1.3 million and pay it off between seven and 10 years, and pay for it using some free cash," Mazzarella said during an interview Wednesday. "That will wipe out the $14." Read more

Mayor has plan to pay library overrun
Mary Jo Hill , Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 2, 2006
LEOMINSTER - Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella said he has come up with a plan to pay for the $1.3 million overrun in the library project that will not involve a tax hike and, in fact, has an idea that will cut the project's cost to taxpayers. There had been talk that borrowing to cover the shortfall would hike the average taxpayer's bill by $14, but Mr. Mazzarella said a capital budget he has put together would wipe out that increase. Under this budget, Mr. Mazzarella would borrow the money for the shortfall but use free cash to pay off the loan. The City Council would vote over a 7- to 10-year period on paying off part of the $1.3 million each year using free cash, Mr. Mazzarella said. The mayor also wants to use free cash to pay off about $400,000 in interest for temporary borrowing for the entire library expansion.  Read more

Library costs may be in budget -
Leominster seeks overrun solutions

Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, October 31, 2006
LEOMINSTER - Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella said he will likely have a capital budget ready next week that includes an additional $1.3 million needed to cover cost overruns for the library expansion project. The city recently sold a house for $325,000 that is part of the property where Sky View Middle School was built, and there had been discussion by the City Council about using that money to help cover the library costs. But Mr. Mazzarella said yesterday he did not know if some of the money for the library will "come from that pocket." Another possibility discussed to cover the project's shortfall was free cash, or leftover state funding. The mayor said he is working on certifying free cash for the city now. The capital budget will include money for the library and other capital needs.  Read more

Councilors vow to push mayor for more information next time
Matthew Bruun, Telegram & Gazette, October 12, 2006
LEOMINSTER— Members of the City Council said Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella can expect closer scrutiny of major funding requests and budgets after the saga surrounding cost overruns on the public library expansion. The council voted 7-1 Tuesday to ratify the mayor’s requested loan authorization worth $1.3 million. But the wide margin of the vote belies the discontent that was visible in the council chambers over the cost of the library and the mayor’s handling of the funding request. “I felt like I was backed into a corner and there were no options,” Councilor Dennis A. Rosa said yesterday. “We could have been more partners in this particular situation. I’m never going to be put into this position again.”  Read more

Library money finally OK’d
Rosa disputes need for bond
Matthew Bruun,  Telegram & Gazette, October 11, 2006
LEOMINSTER— Despite concerns about how the request ended up in council chambers, the City Council last night affirmed its vote supporting a $1.3 million bond authorization to complete the expansion and renovation of the public library. Councilor Dennis A. Rosa cast the lone dissenting vote last night, echoing his stance from two weeks ago that alternative funding sources were available to cover cost overruns associated with the project without raising taxes through added borrowing. “I say this to the taxpayers — show me the money,” Mr. Rosa said. “It’s there.” Councilor Richard M. Marchand, who joined Mr. Rosa in voting against the loan authorization last month, was not present last night because of a medical issue, Council President Robert A. Salvatelli said.  Read more

Council officially approves loan
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, October 11, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- The City Council Tuesday night finalized the appropriation of an extra $1.3 million needed for constructing the new library. The council voted 7-1 in favor of approving a loan order for the $1.3 million. It was their second vote in favor of the spending. Two votes were needed to make the approval official. Mark Bodanza, the chairman of the Leominster Public Library Building Committee, said officials can now focus on finishing the project. Workers are adding onto the old library across from City Hall, and also renovating the existing building. "We feel relieved that the process is over," Bodanza said after the council voted during their meeting in City Council Chambers in City Hall. Read more

Salvatelli: Library vote may go poorly
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, October 10, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- City Council President Robert Salvatelli thinks the second vote needed to finalize the approval of an extra $1.3 million for the new library might not go well tonight. It could be tough times," Salvatelli said during a recent interview. Councilors already voted 7-2 on Sept. 28 to approve the money needed for the cost overruns. They must vote a second time to officially approve the spending. A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight in the City Council Chambers in City Hall. Salvatelli said there is a chance some councilors who voted in favor of the spending the first time might change their minds. Read more

Council questions some of library's 'must-have' list
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, October 6, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- City councilors Thursday night questioned why the new library needs some of the appliances on the project's "must have" list. "Why do they need four refrigerators and three microwaves?" at Large City Councilor Dennis Rosa asked during the council's finance subcommittee meeting at City Hall. "Beats the hell out of me," replied at-large Councilor John Dombrowski. No library officials attended the subcommittee meeting, which lasted about 15 minutes. Library officials have previously said they plan to pay for furnishings and other items inside the new building with private donations. Read more

Council ponders Leominster library needs
Count of bathrooms, refrigerators, microwaves raises questions about expansion

Mary Jo Hill, Telegram & Gazette, October 6, 2006
LEOMINSTER— Questions continued to swirl around the library project yesterday, with city councilors asking if the building will have 12 bathrooms and why it needs three full-sized refrigerators, a minifridge and three microwaves. The council’s Finance Committee was considering the second reading of a loan order that would allow Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella to borrow up to $1.3 million more to finish the expansion and renovation of the library. Rather than make a recommendation, the committee asked for more time, since a public hearing will be held Tuesday on the request.  Read more

Library loan stirs Council
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, October 1, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- The weeks-long debate about whether the City Council should approve spending $1.3 million more on the library hit a boiling point Thursday night as some councilors became furious with the mayor. "I got played," an enraged Ward 1 City Councilor David Rowlands said during the special meeting at City Hall. "I will never be put in this corner again," he said, referring to how Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella told the council that if they don't approve an additional $1.3 million of taxpayer's money for the new library, construction of the building would stop. Read more

Leominster OKs $1.3M loan for library - Council backs mayor's bid in show of `faith'
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, September 30, 2006
LEOMINSTER - After lengthy and heated debate, city councilors decided to put their faith in Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella this week and approve his request to borrow up to $1.3 million to complete the expansion of the public library.The loan authorization was approved by a 7-2 vote, with Councilors Dennis A. Rosa and Richard M. Marchand opposing. The matter will be the subject of another public hearing Oct. 10, when the City Council must approve a second reading of the loan order.At the lengthy meeting Thursday night, both Mr. Rosa and Mr. Marchand were concerned about raising taxes to pay for the project's cost overruns. Read more

Library loan gets initial OK
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 29, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- The City Council on Thursday gave initial approval to a $1.3 million loan order to cover unexpected costs associated with renovating and adding onto the Leominster Public Library. The council voted 7-2 in favor of the loan order, with at Large Councilor Dennis Rosa -- the chairman of the finance committee -- and Ward 5 Councilor Richard Marchand voting in opposition. Councilors must take another vote on Oct. 10 on the loan before it receives final approval. They will hold a public hearing on the matter at 7 p.m. that night. Library Director Susan Shelton, when asked how she felt after the meeting finished around 10:10 p.m., replied: "We still have one more vote to go."      Read more

Council balks at library loan $1.3M sought to finish project
Mary Jo Hill, Telegram & Gazette, September 29, 2006
LEOMINSTER— City councilors repeatedly pressed Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella last night about finding other ways than borrowing to come up with $1.3 million needed to complete an expansion of the city library. During last night’s special meeting of the City Council, Councilor Robert A. Salvatelli said if the mayor comes up with the money in a different way he would support it. Mr. Mazzarella said he could walk out of the council chambers a hero if he said there were other ways to fund the shortfall in the project. But that would not be responsible, he said.  Read more

Meeting on loan issue canceled
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 28, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- Officials canceled Wednesday night's special City Council meeting regarding the allocation of $1.3 million for unexpected library building expenses. The meeting will occur tonight in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. A public forum is scheduled for 6:55 p.m., and the meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The council had originally planned to meet Wednesday night and vote on whether the city will take out a loan to cover the $1.3 million. But to vote on the loan order, councilors must first vote to allocate the money, according to City Council President Robert Salvatelli.  Read more

Library loan on docket tonight
Marisa Donelan, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 27, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- The City Council, Mayor Dean Mazzarella and other city officials will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall to further discuss a $1.3 million loan order to pay for additional costs of building the new library, as well as any other financial options. They will also meet at 6:55 p.m. Thursday in City Hall to vote on the loan order request, Ward 4 Councilor and City Council President Robert Salvatelli said Tuesday. The council on Monday delayed voting on the loan, which Mazzarella had requested, after a lengthy discussion.  Read more

Leominster library funding faces more hurdles
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, September 27, 2006
LEOMINSTER— Councilors still have questions about Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella’s request for $1.3 million in supplemental money to complete the renovation and expansion of the public library. The council did not vote on the request after a lengthy discussion Monday night and is slated to meet again tonight at 7:30 to continue discussion on the matter. Council President Robert A. Salvatelli has requested another special meeting at 7 p.m. tomorrow for a vote on the request. "The project will be completed,” Mr. Salvatelli said yesterday afternoon. “But I don’t think any councilor wants to be put into a box.” Read more

Council delays vote on library loan
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 26, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- City councilors on Monday night delayed voting whether to borrow $1.3 million to pay for unexpected costs associated with building the new library.They voted to delay making a decision until they meet again for a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night in City Hall, so they can better understand their financial options.They also asked the city's financial department heads to attend the meeting.Before the council decided to delay taking a vote, Ward 1 City Councilor David Rowlands suggested some alternative ways to come up with the $1.3 million. Read more

Audience pleads to councilors to approve $1.3 million for Leominster library
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram &Gazette, September 26, 2006
LEOMINSTER - A multigenerational crowd made impassioned pleas to the City Council last night seeking support for $1.3 million to complete the renovation and expansion of the public library. But councilors also heard from residents concerned about increasing property taxes and the effect those hikes will have on senior citizens.As debate continued in the council chambers last night, it appeared there was a consensus that the $1.3 million was a necessary appropriation, but how it would be made was still to be determined. Read more

Councilors may decide on library loan tonight
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 25, 2006
EOMINSTER -- The City Council is scheduled to discuss tonight whether to approve a $1.3 million loan to pay for unexpected costs of building the new library. Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella has asked the council to approve the spending to help cover a shortfall in the money needed to complete the building, which is supposed to open in spring 2007. The matter has stirred controversy in recent weeks, especially from residents, who are concerned about their taxes going up. But the mayor said many people are supporting the project.  Read more

Library costs questioned - FinCom asks why?
Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, September 22, 2006
LEOMINSTER - With a request to borrow another $1.3 million for the city library project on the table, the Finance Committee last night quizzed those working on the project about changes that added to the costs and why they did not see some of the changes coming. Councilor Dennis A. Rosa said the council should have been treated as a partner in the construction project. Now that the renovation and expansion of the Leominster Public Library is 80 percent complete, the council is in "sticker shock" over the cost, Mr. Rosa said.        Read more

Library project problems continue
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 22, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- At Large City Councilor Dennis Rosa said Thursday night the City Council is facing a "worst-case scenario" in deciding whether to approve a $1.3 million loan for the new library. "It's almost like a play or a nightmare," Rosa said during the council's finance subcommittee meeting in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. His comment came after Leominster Public Library Committee Chairman Mark Bodanza told councilors that if they spend more time considering whether to approve the money to pay for unexpected building costs, they could delay the project.  Read more

Council getting calls over library
J.J. Huggins Sentinel & Enterprise, September 20, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- Some city councilors told library officials Tuesday they've gotten an earful from residents angry that the mayor is asking the council to approve a $1.3 million loan for unexpected building costs. City Council President Robert Salvatelli, while touring the new library, said he has heard senior citizens complain they are afraid their property-tax bills will rise because of the proposed spending. "I get stopped every day. I've been on the council for seven years and this is the most I've ever heard," Salvatelli said.  Read more

Library costs may hike tax bills
J.J. Huggins, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 15, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- The unexpected construction costs of the new library could trickle down to residents via their property-tax bills, according to at Large City Councilor Dennis A. Rosa. Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella is asking the City Council for a $1.3 million appropriation to pay for additional costs of building the new library, which is across the street from City Hall.  Read more

Leominster library costs rising
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, September 13, 2006
LEOMINSTER - Although it is expected to win the support of the City Council, the request for another $1.3 million toward construction costs on the massive expansion of the Leominster Public Library will face some tough scrutiny.
Councilor Dennis A. Rosa, chairman of the Finance Committee, has scheduled a meeting for 6:45 p.m. Sept. 21 to explore the request, which had its first appearance on the council agenda Monday night. "I'm a little concerned we're so far into the project and the City Council is just now hearing about this shortfall," Mr. Rosa said yesterday. "I am charged with a fiduciary duty to look into this and see how this happened."  Read more

$1.3M loan may be needed for library
Marisa Donelan, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 10, 2006
LEOMINSTER -- Mayor Dean J. Mazzarella will ask City Councilors to consider approving a loan of $1.3 million to pay for unexpected costs of expanding the Leominster Public Library. Mazzarella said the request is necessary because construction has cost more than city officials initially expected. Mazzarella said he learned last week about the additional costs. "I knew when all the other building projects in the state, and all the schools projects, were coming in way above where they were supposed to be," he said. "I sort of thought ours would come in high as well."  Read more

Library's new chapter - Leominster celebrates construction milestone
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, January 12, 2006
LEOMINSTER - While the Leominster Public Library's massive addition is still a year away from opening, much celebration took place at the construction site yesterday morning. Officials held a "topping off" ceremony, at which library backers signed their names to one of the last steel beams to be installed in the 35,000-square-foot addition on Pearl Street.  Read more

Addition by subtraction at library

Robert Burgess, Sentinel & Enterprise, September 28, 2005
LEOMINSTER -- Spectators peered through the metal fence surrounding the public library's West Street grounds to watch the 1966 addition begin crashing to the ground Tuesday.  While viewers said they were excited to see the structure come down -- the early stages of a $10.8 million renovation of the 30 West St., facility -- few were disappointed to see it go.  Read more

'66 addition to library going down - Way is being cleared for major expansion
Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 29, 2005
LEOMINSTER - A large hole on the back wall of the Leominster Public Library is a sign of things to come. Demolition of the 10,000-square-foot addition put up in 1966 is expected to begin in several weeks, said Susan T. Shelton, the library director. "What they're doing right now is they're doing some internal demolition." Carpeting, lighting fixtures and ceiling tiles are being taken out so the structure becomes a shell ready for demolition, she said.  Read more

Library's anniversary, construction deadline loom near
Robert Burgess, Sentinel & Enterprise, August 29, 2005
LEOMINSTER -- The Leominster Public Library's West Street home is just an empty building with a metal fence around it right now. Patrons looking to drop by to read a local or foreign newspaper, participate in a book club or sign up their children for storytime have to drive more than a mile down Mechanic Street to the temporary library.  But in just a few weeks, passersby will see the destruction of the West Street structure's newer, rear addition, which already has a large hole under one of the empty windows, the result of gutting the building before demolition.  Read more

Appleseed absence questioned
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 14, 2005
LEOMINSTER - Where's Johnny? That's the question that was asked by several passers-by at the Leominster Public Library's 30 West St. site. Work on the exterior of the building has started in anticipation of a construction and renovation project. The bust of John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, that stood near the entrance to the building is gone, but it is in a safe and secure location.  Read more

Ground broken for library - 2006 finish slated for job in Leominster
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, July 3, 2005
LEOMINSTER - Neither rain nor pessimism deterred the groundbreaking ceremony for the Leominster Public Library's expansion and renovation project.
The event was held under cloudy skies Friday morning at the entrance to the library, 30 West St., but the mood was decidedly sunny.  Read more

City breaks ground on library expansion
Hillary Chabot, Sentinel & Enterprise,  July 2, 2005

LEOMINSTER -- About 150 residents joined Library Director Susan Shelton and Mayor Dean Mazzarella at a groundbreaking ceremony for the $10.8 million library expansion Friday morning.   Read more

Library given a long last look
Anna L. Griffin, Telegram & Gazette, June 26, 2005

LEOMINSTER - A final and fond farewell was bid Tuesday to the Leominster Public Library.   The event was held for children and their parents at the library's 30 West St. location. The event featured games and other activities for the children, as well as refreshments in an otherwise empty library. Read more

Bids for library opened - Offers higher than expected
Matthew Bruun, Telegram & Gazette, June 10, 2005

LEOMINSTER - Library officials will meet next week to discuss the construction bids that were opened yesterday at City Hall, showing prices that were slightly higher than had been estimated for the major expansion and renovation project.
Fontaine Bros. of Springfield submitted the low bid of $9,077,000, purchasing agent Gregory C. Chapdelaine said.  Read more

Companies compete for library-building contract
Hillary Chabot, Sentinel & Enterprise, June 10, 2005

LEOMINSTER -- Three companies submitted bids to be in charge of building a new library on West Street -- and the lowest bid came in at $9.077 million, said Purchasing Agent Greg Chapdelaine.The entire cost of the project is $10.8 million. Still, Chapdelaine said, there's not much breathing room. Read more

A fine alternative - Customers applaud temporary library quarters
Mike Elfland, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, May 17, 2005

LEOMINSTER - The Ortega kids were glad to be back at the library yesterday morning, even if the library was no longer at the library. Read more

Leominster Public Library to have temporary new home
Anna L. Griffin, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 24, 2005

LEOMINSTER-When? How? Where? These and many more questions have been asked of the staff of the Leominster Public Library after the announcement that the library will be moving to a temporary location."We've had a lot of questions," said Susan T. Shelton, library director. Read more

Library to move to temporary location
Anna Parachkevova, Sentinel & Enterprise, April 12, 2005

LEOMINSTER -- The public library will move to Crossroad Office Park at 690 Mechanic St. for the next 18 months, until renovation and expansion of its current facility is completed.   Read more

Library project start nears - Leominster to seek bids
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, April 7, 2005

LEOMINSTER - Ground may be broken in June for the long-awaited expansion and renovation of the public library, Library Director Susan T. Shelton said yesterday. "We're on our way," she said.The city will advertise for construction bids on the library project next week, Purchasing Agent Gregory C. Chapdelaine said.  Read more

Razing starts library project
Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 18, 2004

LEOMINSTER - A carriage house on West Street is tentatively scheduled to be demolished tomorrow, giving the public the first physical sign that the expansion of the Leominster Public Library is getting under way. Read more

Needed: Temporary library space
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, November 11, 2004

LEOMINSTER - As public library officials continue their search for temporary quarters during a 16-month major renovation and expansion of the public library on West Street, the City Hall auditorium has been discussed as a possible last resort. Read more

Temporary home being sought for Leominster library
Mary Jo Hill, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, August 11, 2004

LEOMINSTER -- If all goes as hoped, by December the Leominster Public Library will have moved into a temporary home while contractors begin more than doubling the size of the building and the amount of parking.  Read more

Leominster hoping to break ground on library expansion in November
By Lisa Guerriero, Sentinel & Enterprise, February 17, 2004

LEOMINSTER-- The planned expansion of the Leominster Public Library calls for the historical section of the building at 30 West St. to be preserved, said a member of the building committee.  Read more

Leominster library project to start
Matthew Bruun, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, February 16, 2004

LEOMINSTER- Ground should be broken in November on an enlarged and renovated Leominster Public Library, and the search has begun for a site to house the facility's collection during 16 months of construction.  Read more



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