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Bird won't repeat on Recreation Committee

June 06, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Walter Bird Jr. will not be reappointed to the Recreation Committee, of which he is chair, next month and a search to replace him is under way.

The decision comes as a result of Bird, the executive editor of Stonebridge Press and the chairman of the committee, recently moving to Brimfield, which goes against a town bylaw.

"Nothing nefarious was being done," Bird said during an impromptu meeting with Town Manager Christopher Clark Thursday, June 3. "We have a committee in the middle of some exciting things and we were trying to figure out how to keep things going smoothly. That's it."

Clark said he intends to send a letter to Bird, who was appointed last year to a one-year term, informing he cannot reappoint him to the committee when his term expires next month, because he moved out of town.

Clark did say he will let Bird serve until he finds somebody to replace him because he did not want to leave the five-member committee shorthanded, given the projects currently underway. The committee, which was reconstituted last year after a period of inactivity and features all new members who had not previously served, reintroduced Friday Night Dances to the town, is working on bringing a skateboard park to Joe Capillo Park and is relaunching the town's Summer Concert series next month.

"He [Bird] does not want to leave us in the lurch," Clark said.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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