Sudbury Historical Society’s Upcoming Events In May 2017!

Saturday May 6, 2017 – Modern Architecture: Mid-Century to the New Millennium

Learn about Sudbury’s mid-century buildings and architects, neighborhood development, and how newer contemporary homes are inspired by the design principles of the 1950s and 1960s.

Download the flyer here.

The Historical Society is seeking event sponsors. More info here.

Saturday May 20, 2017 – Mod About History: A Fundraiser for the Sudbury History Center

Saturday, May 20, 2017
7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
At Herb Chambers BMW of Sudbury 128 Boston Post Road
Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & desserts, and silent auction.

More information here.

Vist the Sudbury Historical Society’s website for more information!

The Birdhouse Project For Protect Sudbury

The Sudbury Art Association is organizing and hosting an auction of birdhouses produced by local artists. You can help raise awareness and money for Protect Sudbury and to bring an art event to the Sudbury community

Contact Christine at or (978) 580-6079 if you would be interested in hosting a house during the month of April!

Download the flyer for more information!




Tired Of A Dual Tax Rate? – Come And Be Heard! BOS Meeting 11/15/16

The Sudbury Board of Selectmen will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 7:45 p.m. in the Lower Town Hall, 322 Concord Road, Sudbury, to determine what percentage of the local tax levy will be borne by each class of real and personal property relative to setting the Fiscal Year 2017 tax rate.

The Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has suggested the Selectmen support a return to a single tax rate. Many towns have been gradually shifting more of the tax burden away from business owners in recent years.

Sticking with two rates — one for residential property and a higher rate for commercial and industrial property — caused bills to business property owners to climb thousands of dollars in fiscal 2016.

Communities that employ dual tax rates are at a disadvantage in attracting new business and retaining existing business to our town. Neighboring single-rate communities, such as Acton, Concord, Wayland and Weston, are much more attractive to businesses looking to buy property or rent. It costs a small company several thousand dollars more annually to own or rent a property in Sudbury, rather than in neighboring towns, because of the dual rate. And that hurts residents, who would see their tax burden lessen if more businesses were to locate in the town, according to all studies.

Furthermore, small businesses are at a disadvantage under a dual tax rate system that is less of a burden to larger businesses. This discourages start-ups that create competition and provide needed jobs and services that maintain the “local” flavor of our town.

Reverting to a single rate has proved painless for many other communities and has helped to revitalize their commercial market. A split tax rate sends a signal that a community is less interested in their business sector.

Read the Board of Selctmen’sTax Classification Hearing notice.

A Message From SMILE Mass…

Dear Chamber of Commerce Members,

I would like to thank the Chamber of Commerce for giving me the opportunity to speak on behalf of SMILE Mass earlier this month. It was so nice to meet so many of you. I know that several of you know Lotte as the face of SMILE Mass. She is sorry that she couldn’t make it that evening, but that was good luck for me.

To those of you that chose to sponsor SMILE Mass, I send a sincere thank you. Some of you have received a proof of your banner by now. If you haven’t, please know that our graphic designer is working on it and we will get it back to you as soon as possible.

If you are interested in sponsoring SMILE Mass, the sponsorship options are attached. The $250 sponsorship is our most popular and gets you a lot of exposure for your money. Please know that SMILE Mass will only ask for a sponsorship once a year, so if you choose to sponsor us now, you will not be asked again until Fall of 2017.

Our Gobble Wobble Road Race is coming up quickly on November 19th. If you would like to have a banner at that event, please send over your sponsorship form and logo as soon as possible. We need time to create your banner, send it back to you for approval and have time to get it printed. We can make arrangements to pick up the payment later.

For those of you who were not able to attend the meeting when I spoke, also attached is a copy of our postcard, which is a quick overview of what we have accomplished and what we are currently working on.

If you have any questions on what we do or the sponsorship options, I would be happy to talk with you.

Susan Brown

2016 postcard back

2016 postcard front

Sponsor Opportunities Information (PDF)

Meadow Walk Project Vote Monday, June 13 at 7:30 at the LS Auditorium

The Meadow Walk project will be the redevelopment of the former Raytheon site. Last Tuesday night the Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the Development Agreement for the project (which includes several monetary contributions to the town – like $500K for fields, $100K for the Senior Center transportation needs, $850K for improved technology in Sudbury schools and municipal buildings, and $2 million in traffic improvements to Route 20, among other items). So in addition to getting a great project, the town also gets funds to mitigate impacts and improve town infrastructure. See the press release from Sudbury’s town web site for all the terms and contributions in the agreement.

The Board of Selectmen also unanimously voted to support all three Special Town Meeting articles for the project that will be voted on this coming Monday, June 13 at 7:30 at the LS Auditorium. We urge you to attend Special Town Meeting this Monday at 7:30 at the High School.

Here is the warrant: articles 1, 2 and 3 deal with the project, and note the map, it’s a good picture of what we’ll all be voting on:

The vote on Monday, June 13 2016 is just for the Whole Foods, village-style retail, memory care facility and age-restricted condominiums. The adjoining 40B housing development is being permitted under a separate process before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Here is a link to the ad that will run in the Town Crier this week: