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Dunstable, Massachusetts is well known for the rural atmosphere, no traffic lights, a speed limit of 25 miles per hour and that Dunstable got its name from its sister town Dunstable, UK. As legend goes the King stapled his ring to a post daring the robber to steal it and it was. The stolen ring was found at the home of the widow Dun. Her son, the robber, was taken and hanged to the satisfaction that the new community bore his name.

Established in 1661 and incorporated in 1673 this town was originally 200 square miles and as the surrounding towns incorporated themselves as well as the establishment of state lines in 1740, Dunstable, Ma became what it is today. Approximately 35 miles northeast of Boston, Dunstable, Ma is 17 square miles and is bordered by Pepperell, Tyngsborough, Groton and New Hampshire.

Town design, for the most part is meandering rural roads that eventually wind around to Route 113. The Commons across from Dunstable Town Hall is the site of many town events including the Summer Fest Carnival sponsored by the Dunstable-Tyngsboro Lion's Club in June, the summer "Concerts on the Common" live performance series and the Grange Fair in August and the site for the annual auto show in Dunstable.

The Dunstable, Ma real estate market primarily offers agriculture opportunities and a single family home options. Anyone considering Dunstable real estate needs to ask: Is the neighborhood the right fit?

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Neighborhoods in Dunstable, Ma
Today in the face of urban sprawl, Dunstable has maintained a rural, quaint feel primarily because the main corridor and town center hosts an elementary school, a church, town hall, a couple quaint retail stores, and many of the original homes when Dunstable was first settled. At cross roads, Dunstable, Ma is in the process of considering a long range plan for the area.

Commuting from Dunstable, Ma
Commuters use vehicles out of and into Dunstable, Ma. There is one main transportation corridor Route 113 and the with the town being located just one mile from Route 3, a major transportation corridor commuters have easy access to southern New Hampshire or I-495.

Population of Dunstable, Ma
According to the Census of 2010 there were approximately 3,179 people a 12.37% increase from 2000 and approximately 1057 housing units.

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Government of Dunstable Ma
Dunstable uses the Town Meeting form of government and town-elected selectmen serve as the presiding government officials. Anyone may attend Town Meeting but only registered voters (Ma property owners and renters alike) may vote. The town services are primarily funded through the residential property tax and the tax rate may be raised however, taxes may not be raised more than 2½% (locally known as State "Proposition 2½”) unless approved by the voters at Town Meeting. If real estate taxes are to be raised a separate budget line item must be delineated in the budget as opposed to wrapping all the taxes into an overall budget proposal.

Water Supply and Sewage Treatment of Dunstable, Ma
Dunstable, Ma, rooted in rural development since inception, the town does not supply a public water or sewage delivery system therefore, each property provides a well for potable water and a private septic system for sewage.

Title V is the State law that requires an on-site septic system must meet certain standards and pass a test when a piece of property is sold. Most banks require the septic system be functioning and a home habitable to fund a residential loan however, there are exceptions to this rule. As for private well regulations, it is at the discretion of the property owner to insure the water consumed from the property is potable however, both tests, the Title V test and the potable water test is the seller’s responsibility and are required prior to a Dunstable real estate sale.

Trash Pick-Up Dunstable, Ma Dunstable provides a transfer station (dump) located on Depot Street however, if curbside pick and/or construction debris pick-up there are several privates companies that provide this service.

Electric Service in Dunstable, Ma
Electricity and Natural Gas is provided by National Grid residents that do not have natural gas servicing the property use oil or propane, provided by private sector companies.

Education in Dunstable, Ma
The public school system in Dunstable, Ma consists of a Swallow Union elementary and a regional middle and high school system. Dunstable children upon entry into middle school (5th-8th) attend Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School located in Groton, Ma. High school students also attend Groton-Dunstable Regional High School(GDRS).

Every year the State of Massachusetts requires public school districts to participate in Standardized Testing called the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS). The test scores are published in the Boston Globe and are also located at the State of Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education
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Massachusetts offers a program entitled “School Choice” which allows students from neighboring towns to attend the local public school if there are spaces available and if the local School Committee decides this is in the best interest of the district. If there are spaces available, a notice is published in the local paper. There has been some discussion as to parents of children exercising this option to provide some compensation to the schools district. Each district is different so, please check with administration officials for the current policy.

Another education option is the The Francis W. Parker Charter School, technically located in Fort Devens. Admission is based on a lottery system for grades 7th -12th. One of Massachusetts’ first charter schools, Parker was started in 1995 by area parents and teachers committed to the principles of the Coalition of Essential Schools. According to the website, The Coalition of Essential Schools, were established in 1984 by Theodore R. Sizer at Brown University, is a national network of over 1,200 schools and Centers engaged in restructuring and redesigning schools to promote better student learning and achievement. Essential schools share a common set of ideas known as the Ten Common Principles, which call for schools to set clear and simple goals about the intellectual skills and knowledge to be mastered by all the school’s students; to lower teacher-student loads, personalize teaching and curriculum, and make student work the center of classroom activity; to award diplomas based on students’ "exhibition" of their mastery of the school’s program; to create an atmosphere of trust and respect for the school, faculty, students and parents; and to model democratic practices and honor diversity.

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Established in 1968, Nashoba Valley Technical High School (Nashoba Tech) is a public, four-year (9th – 12th), career-focused high school fostering academic, personal and professional success. According to the website Nashoba Tech promotes a lifetime of learning and achievement, providing our students with quality teaching, specialized instruction in 18 industry-approved technical programs, personalized academic support and leadership development opportunities. Students who live in Chelmsford, Groton, Littleton, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend or Westford may apply for admission.

Innovation Academy Charter School is a college preparatory public charter school serving students in grades five through twelve. The school was founded in 1996 by a group of Chelmsford residents interested in having a choice in public middle school education in the Chelmsford area. Currently, the school serves students from more than 10 Massachusetts communities including Chelmsford, Lowell, Billerica, Dracut, Groton, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford.

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Dunstable is part of the Greater Lowell Technical High School service area, with a campus located in Lowell, Ma in 1974, offering an alternative high school. Greater Lowell Technical High School is the leading provider of technical and postsecondary education for the Greater Lowell community. Our school offers twenty-four technical programs, a fully-accredited general and college preparatory academic program that gives students the necessary literacy skills, teaching them how to problem solve and critically think, and instilling in them the importance of team work, communication, respect, and responsibility. Additionally, the students are educated in a supportive and safe environment empowering them to focus on life-long learning, responsible citizenship, and being productive members of society. Any eighth or ninth grade student who resides in Lowell, Dracut, Dunstable or Tyngsboro may apply for admission.
Library System in Dunstable, Ma
The Dunstable Library was initiated in 1878 and was located in Parkers Hall. Since then it has had several home including cloakroom of the Dunstable Cornet Band Hall, the west room of the Union School House, and the Roby Building. Lizzie Jewett Swallow more fondly known as “Aunt Lizzie” followed in her sister Clara’s footsteps and served the town as librarian from 1895 to 1952’s. Lizzie’s dream was to have the library have its own building, which she never saw, but, her dream was realized in 1998 when the Dunstable Free Library opened at 588 Main Street. In addition, to the collection of books, periodicals, movies, children’s activities and historic items, it is the site of many community activities as well as the site for town elections. Dunstable is also a member of the Merrimack Valley Library Consortium an alliance of 35 public libraries serving the Greater Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts.

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Terrain of Dunstable, Ma
A rural, agricultural town with rolling hills Dunstable has preserved almost 2,650 acres of land in open space as well as small brooks throughout the town. Early in the history of the town, there was a mill on Lake Massapoag and one day, the story goes, when the owner was called away a servant left a hole in the dam uncheck and the high water table swept away the dam and associated mill. The water flooded the valley below and left what, today, is call Lower Massapoag Pond.

Recreation of Dunstable, Ma
Larter Field is a popular spot hosting local sporting activities and residents enjoying the track for walking and running, riding bikes, roller blading and some even sled in the winter. This gathering place was made possible by Margaret Larter and her family when they donated the land in 2000.

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