Email Bulletin
January 2007

In This Issue

Chamber Meetings, 20th Anniversary Salute and CIP Tax Rates

Director Spotlight: Dave Rykbost

Congratulations Award Nominees

Community Events

How to Get Your Event Listed


Chamber Meetings, 20th Anniversary Salute and CIP Tax Rates
Save the date--March 30th--for the Chamber's Annual Auction!

1/1 New Year's Day Day. Office Closed.

1/4 Government Affairs Committee, Boyd Coatings Research, 8 am.

1/11 Ambassador Committee, Citizens Community Room, 8 am.

1/15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Office Closed).

1/17 Board of Directors Meeting, Citizens Community Room, 7:45 am.

1/19 Hudson Downtown Roundtable Meeting with Director of Community Development, Michelle Ciccolo. Citizens Community Room, 8 am. Reservations Requested.

1/24 Maynard Matters Meeting featuring an update of the Wildlife Refuge. Maynard Town Building, 8 am.

1/25 Marketing Committee, Hudson Savings Bank, 8:15 am.

1/31 Award Ceremony and Annual Meeting, Clock Tower Cafe, 5 to 8 pm. $25 per person. Reservations Requested.

2/1 Government Affairs Committee, Boyd Coatings Research Co., 8 am.

20th Anniversary Salute!

The Chamber of Commerce celebrated it's 20th Anniversary this past December 1st. Believe it or not, 37 members celebrate their 20th anniversary with the Chamber as well. They include:

Accumet Engineering Corp., Assabet Village Realty Trust, Atlantic Refrigeration, Boyd Coatings Research Co., Boys & Girls Club (Hudson), Casaceli Trucking, Chase-Walton Elastomers, Citizens Bank, Country Glass Co., Gould's Distinctive Clothing, Hannaford Super Markets, Hudson Animal Hospital, Hudson Appliance Center, Hudson Family Chiropractic, Hudson Pest Exterminators, Hudson Savings Bank, Intel Massachusetts, J & K Tire, Knight Fuel, L & S Kerrigan Insurance Agency, Larkin Lumber, M & M Realty Trust, Middlesex Research Co., Nashoba Blue, NETCO, R.S. Lamson & Sons, Robinsons Ace Hardware, Sign Logic, Symphony Pro Musica, Thomas E. Sears Insurance Agency, Tuck's Service Center, Tuck's Trucks, United Coupon and Marketing Solutions, VFW Post #1027, Village Real Estate, W.A. Reynolds Co., Welsh & Parker Insurance Agency

Property Tax Rates

At present, Hudson, Maynard and Stow have set new tax rates. Berlin and Bolton are still waiting to get figures back from the State. Stow voted this past summer to retain a flat tax rate, therefore, everything in Stow will be taxed at $13.82/$1000 Hudson Selectmen unanimously voted to tax commercial and industrial property (CIP) at the maximum allowed by law (1.83), hence Hudson's new rates are $9.52/$1000 for residential and $20.79/ $1000 for CIP. Maynard Selectmen decided on a CIP multiplier of approximately 1.57, hence new rates for residential are $12.76/$1000 for residential and $21.78 for CIP.

While CIP rates didn't dramatically increase in Maynard and Hudson, commercial values have. It appears that in 2005 (data is based off of a snapshot taken on 1/1/06) commercial rents went up approximately 11% in both Hudson and Maynard.

It’s hard to believe that yet another year is coming to a close. As the Chamber celebrates its 20th Anniversary, it’s time to reflect on what got us here. It all comes down to member loyalty, whether it’s the 37 members that have been with us since our inception, the 93 volunteers that serve on our Boards and Committees, or our dedicated Directors, most whom who serve six years—a maximum allowed by our bylaws. Moreover, what keeps it all together is a shared vision of improving our businesses, our communities-at-large, and continuing to grow our collective sphere of influence. It takes the work of many to drive a nonprofit organization from 37 to 500+ members.

In closing, we’d like to recognize four Directors who are leaving our Board of Directors after our January Annual Meeting. Gavin Livingstone of Bryley Systems Inc. has been invaluable as a technical advisor. He and his Bryley team have insured that our network and phone systems continue to operate at their optimum ability. Don Schiavone of SageBridge has infused the Chamber with new ideas to drive us forward. Alice Pillivant of Gramps’ Garage, a volunteer who has served out her maximum of six years, is rolling off the Board. Her ties to Maynard, combined with her infectious positive attitude, will be missed. Lastly, Dick Downey has completed his second six year term. His broad business knowledge, combined with his multiple years as an elected Maynard official, insure a balanced approach when examining public/private partnerships. Their collective service is truly appreciated.

  • Director Spotlight: Dave Rykbost
  • Dave’s an example of someone who knows what they want at a very young age. Although not incorporated until 1989, Dave began a lawn mowing service at age 11 in 1975! Dave’s Landscape Management is now a 25 Employee full service landscaping service that still provides the basics, but also does masonry, water gardens, etc. In addition to operating Dave’s Landscape, Rykbost also owns Integrity Business Center on River Rd. Dave received a BS in Business Administration from UNH and an Associates in Horticulture from Mass Bay Community College. Dave currently serves as the Chamber’s Vice Chair, Chairs the Ambassador Committee and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee.

  • Congratulations Award Nominees
  • January 31st marks the date for our Annual Award Ceremony and Annual Meeting. While our Board of Directors has yet to pinpoint award recipients, we'd like to congratulate those nominated!

    Jackie Kane, Tom Ricci, Kim Underwood, Dave Lamson, Dennis Murphy, Eric Gulko, Charlie Bacon and Mark O'Connell were nominated for the I. George Gould Award for Entrepreneurship.

    Ariba, Morey's Tavern, GetGood Marketing, The UPS Store and Feeley Pool & Spa were nominated for the New Business Award.

    Calare Properties, Morey's Tavern, BOSE, Maynard Library, LaRosee & Sons and The Riverview at the Hudson Portuguese Club were nominated for our Outstanding Renovation Award.

    Dick Downey, Bob Nadeau, Paul Boothroyd, Dottie MacKeen and Fred Batstone were nominated for the Maynard Leadership Award.

    Jan Patterson, Michelle Ciccolo and Glenn Davis were nominated for the Cellucci Award for Outstanding Regional Leadership.

  • Community Events
  • Registration for Arts Alliance Arts Afterschool Programs for elementary and middle school aged students. Registration due 1/25. Classes start the week of 1/29. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    New Members Welcome! Arts Alliance River's Edge Community Band and Pro Musica Youth Chorus. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    1.9 Arts Alliance "Art in the Hall" Reception featuring Photographer Rob Colclaser. Hudson Town Hall. 6:30 to 8 pm. Refreshments & Music. 562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    1.18 Arts Alliance River's Edge Players Audition Workshop with Paul Johnson @ Hudson's Farley School. 7 to 9 pm. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

    1.18 Parenting Strategy Workshop at First United Methodist Church (Hudson). 7 pm. Workshop includes 8 sessions. Free, but class size is limited, so register early. 978.562.2932.

    1.20 Summer Camp Fair hosted by St. Michael Parish Schools. Includes summer employment opportunities for older students. Hudson Catholic Gym. Free. 10 am. to 1 pm. 978.562.7174.

    1.20 Symphony Pro Musica presents music of Brahms, Beethoven and Joan Tower. HHS. 7:30 pm. Hudson High Aud. 978.562.0939 www.symphonypromusica.org. SPM also presents the same concert in Westboro on 1.21 at 3:30 pm. at the Mill Pond School.

    1.24 and 1.25. Arts Alliance River's Edge Player Auditions for the mystery/comedy Why Bump Off Barnaby? , 7 to 9 pm. Location: TBA. 978.562.1646. www.upwitharts.org.

  • How to Get Your Event Listed
  • To get your event listed on the Chamber's Monthly Email Bulletin, email information to info@assabetvalleychamber.org. For additional listings, visit www.assabetvalleychamber.org.

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