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Radio Station WGAW recently began its 76th year of broadcasting to the region. Hotline Radio airs every Saturday from noon to 2pm on the station with host Steve Wendell. Listen on AM 1340, 98.1 FM, or Listen Live Online, CLICK HERE.

Mayor Nicholson and Civil Defense Director Topolski on Gardner MA WGAW Radio

On Saturday August 13, 2022, Gardner Mayor Michael Nicholson was host Steve Wendell’s first guest as usual and spoke of staffing issues in the current environment. He spoke of delays in trash pickup due to staffing issues with E.L. Harvey and that the company was catching  up Friday and Saturday for Thursday pickups. 

Greenwood Pool Staffing Issues

Nicholson stated, “We are still experiencing the economic effects of the pandemic.… Normally we’ve got a list a mile long, a wait list for people looking for lifeguard jobs, but this year no one wanted to do them.”  He stated that staffing issues prevented Spray Park at Greenwood Pool opening this year.

Program to Assist with School Delay

Mayor Nicholson spoke of delay of the Gardner Public Schools opening.   School District is attempting to come up with a program to assist with day care for elementary school students during the delay, reaching out to various organizations. Most schools start September 6th, Gardner Elementary starts about a week later.

Gardner PD Update

The Panel of 5 Review committee has selected 3 top candidates, including at least one individual from the Gardner Police Department.   Once Chief is chosen, Deputy Chief position will be posted.

With Paul Topolski, Director of Civil Defense

Paul Topolski, Director of Civil Defense, spoke of getting together with a regional plan with various area communities. Would concern flood plans, hazardous materials, manmade technological disasters, and natural disasters such as various storms.   Various courses available on FEMA website for individuals interested in civil defense.