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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 [...]

Proud to be your hometown newspaper

July 5th, 2014

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Region – The Community Advocate might not date back to 1776, but this fall we will be celebrating our 40th year as the region's best loved community paper.? This summer we will be hard at work preparing a special issue that will be published in late September that will highlight some of the interesting people [...]

Volunteers needed for Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival

June 25th, 2014

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2014 marks the 18th anniversary of the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival. It will be traditionally held on the last weekend of September, the 27th and 28th, however some events may happen on different days. Check the website at www.spiritofshrewsbury.org for a list of events.

Westborough is on a roll

June 13th, 2014

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Westborough – Like many towns, Westborough must contend with heavy traffic during its peak commuting hours. To help alleviate that congestion, the town, in partnership with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority, has launched a shuttle service between the MBTA commuter rail station at Smith Valve Parkway and several major office parks. During the day, the [...]

Letter to the Editor – Thanks for a kind deed

June 12th, 2014

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To the Editor: On Sunday, May 25, my friend Frank and I shopped at Price Chopper in Shrewsbury. I couldn's believe that my credit card was rejected until the clerk told me that the customer at the next register had paid my bill. The shopper, named Gail, had noticed Frank's Navy hat and wanted to [...]

Physician Focus: A Heightened Alert on Infectious Disease

June 11th, 2014

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By George M. Abraham, M.D., M.P.H. As warm weather approaches, the warnings go out, serving as reminders about mosquito- and tick-borne illnesses. West Nile infection, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Lyme disease are familiar threats to our health every year, and it's important to heed the alerts. This year, however, public health officials are raising additional [...]

Here's the play at the plate…

June 4th, 2014

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Region – John Henry, owner of the Red Sox and the Boston Globe, is safe…he recently sold the Worcester Telegram for a reported $18+ million. Those who are out however, are the 28 Telegram editorial employees who lost their jobs June 2.? Safe for now are the remaining 150+ staffers who still await their fate. [...]

Passing the torch

June 2nd, 2014

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Region – After 11 years very productive years at the helm of the Corridor 9 Area Chamber of Commerce, Barbara Clifford recently stepped down as president. Her high energy style and relentless pursuit of excellence helped establish Corridor Nine as one the area's most vibrant business organizations. Her able successor, Karen Chapman, brings decades of [...]

A series of permanent overrides in Shrewsbury? McRae

June 1st, 2014

To the Editor: Like a sudden, late-spring bloom, hundreds of brand new anti-override signs have popped up this week along Shrewsbury curbsides. Declaring “Vote No! First in a series of permanent overrides!” these signs mis-represent what is ahead of us. The signs imply that a successful “Yes” vote on June 3 will inevitably trigger a [...]

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