Shawsheen Tech Donates POW/MIA Chair of Honor

January 8, 2019
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School donated a POW/MIA Chair of Honor made by students to the town of Billerica. In the foreground, Richard Woodlock, shop teacher and veteran of the war in Iraq, looks at the chair. SUN/ ELIZABETH DOBBINS

BILLERICA -- Shawsheen Valley Technical High School presented the town a POW/MIA Chair of Honor made by students at the Board of Selectmen meeting Monday night.

Superintendent Tim Broadrick said the project was an opportunity to “talk to our students about sacrifice and service.”

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to start talking with the students about hardwork and the trades and their responsibilities and as citizens,” he said.

The chair honors service men and women who are prisoners of war or missing in action.

Among those who worked on the chair was shop teacher Richard Woodlock, a veteran of the war in Iraq.

A similar chair is already on display in Billerica Town Hall. Broadrick said the town could place the chair in another town owned building.

Students are making these chairs for each of the five communities served by the school: Billerica, Burlington, Wilmington, Bedford, Tewksbury and Billerica.

* In executive session, selectmen met to “discuss the reputation, character, physical condition or mental health, rather than professional competence, of an individual, or to discuss the discipline or dismissal of, or complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee, staff member or individual.”

Selectmen entered executive session to discuss this topic and another item -- strategy regarding collective bargaining or litigation. They announced they would re-enter public session only to adjourn.

* Town Manager John Curran told selectmen the Board of Health is working on regulations regarding vaping. A proposal would allow products related to vaping and flavored tobacco to adult-only tobacco stores.

* An appointment to the Traffic Management Committee was postponed to determine whether the open position was at-large or for a specific region of Billerica.

The two applicants spoke at the meeting Deedee Dorrington and Dave Gagliardi.

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