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Face time…for a fee

September 25th, 2014

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What parade would be complete without a bevy of politicians… especially in an election year? Marlborough’s Annual Labor Day parade happens to be a particularly popular one that has drawn candidates in past years representing races ranging from U.S. Senate to state representative. While city officials have always welcomed the politicians, they have also used [...]

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Shrewsbury residents from GLC

September 25th, 2014

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To the Editor: The Gymnastics Learning Center opened for business in Shrewsbury more than 30 years ago in 1983. During the past three decades, we have been privileged to train thousands of Shrewsbury children age 15 months through high school in our gymnastics programs. We have also educated numerous children in our God’s Little Children [...]

I am growing vintage

September 25th, 2014

Imagine my surprise and shock. According to a recent news article, some members of the fashionable set have decided that it’s cool to have a stationary telephone. You remember the type. It sits on a table or desk and stays there. It’s boxy. It’s too big, heavy, and awkward to tuck into a pocket. It [...]

It’s not easy being popular

September 19th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Most area communities are experiencing growth but Shrewsbury seems to be heading the pack. Between the 1990 and 2010 census, Shrewsbury’s population grew by a whopping 46 percent. That type of growth wreaks havoc with budgets and the capacity of infrastructure. Officials in Shrewsbury have done a solid job keeping up with this [...]

It's the most wonderful time of the year….for parents!

September 4th, 2014

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Region – After what seemed like a very short summer and an early Labor Day, it’s the time of the year beloved by most parents – time to head back-to-school. Preparations have been underway for weeks. Custodians have been busy cleaning the schools, teachers have finalized lesson plans, athletes have already started practicing for the [...]

Technology is “king”

August 30th, 2014

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Region- In simpler times, back-to-school shopping meant pens, pencils and a book bag. In today's technology-rich society, parents are faced with a variety of technology purchases just to keep their kids up to date. Current shopping lists will include laptops, tablets and a variety of wireless devices. From the school administrator's standpoint, the challenges are [...]

Don’t bug us again…

August 18th, 2014

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Since 2008, when Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) were first identified in Worcester and then in Shrewsbury, the pests have decimated thousands of trees. To help prevent further infestations federal and local officials have asked for the public's help. Adult beetles are most active during the summer and early fall. Throughout the summer, they can be [...]

The courage to begin

August 13th, 2014

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Pia the young osprey perched at the edge of a massive nest constructed atop a pole on an island in Maine's Muscongus Bay. Alone, she peered over the narrow inlet between her island and the forested mainland, and to the wider bay beyond. She flapped her wings and jumped, lifting herself above the nest, hovering, [...]

40B, or not 40B…that is the question

July 24th, 2014

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Most people agree with the need for affordable housing and the concept of “40B,” the state mandate that requires at least 10 percent of all housing within a community to be considered affordable. However, some area communities have seen 40B guidelines used to gain approval for developments that are not ideally suited for a site. [...]

Physician Focus: Your local board of health

July 15th, 2014

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By Christopher Quinn, M.D. and Cheryl Sbarra, Esq. Much of their work remains invisible to most residents, yet the work is critically important and affects all citizens across the Commonwealth. For more than 200 years, in fact, ever since 1799 when Paul Revere (yes, that Paul Revere) was appointed chairman of the nation's first board [...]

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