Town Mgr. Michael Herbert’s Newsletter, 9/15/23

(Reposted every Friday from email)

Good Afternoon Ashland!

Last week, while I was finalizing our newsletter, a fire broke out on West Union Street. Thankfully, our fire and police departments, along with other public safety teams, responded swiftly. Although the number of structure fires has decreased over the years, each incident remains unpredictable and hazardous. I’d like to express my gratitude to all the responders who managed to contain the damage. Thankfully, no one was injured.

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Rabbi Craig Marantz and his wife, Betsy, the newest additions to Sha’arei Shalom. Their enthusiasm for their new journey in Ashland is palpable, and we’re fortunate to have them. My friendship with Rabbi Eric Gurvis, was strongly rooted in our respective connections to the town. After conversing with Rabbi Craig, I’m confident he shares the same dedication to our community. To those celebrating, L’Shanah Tovah! Wishing you a joyous New Year.

Lastly, fall is a season I hold dear, especially because of the myriad events that take place. This weekend, the first India Bazaar will be held at the Corner Spot, showcasing crafts and products from local businesses. Plus, Ashland Day is just around the corner next week!

Finally, a brief update on the vandalism at the Nyanza Memorial. DPW spent a lot of time and effort cleaning the site and were able to make most of it presentable. But we will still need to replace some signs. If you know anything about the vandalism that happened, please reach out to the Ashland Police Department.

Looking forward to seeing you around town.

Michael Herbert
Town Manager