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Selectmen honor Bruce for 29 years on force, lifetime of service

July 22nd, 2015

Northborough—The Board of Selectmen marked the retirement of Sgt. James Bruce after 29 years on the town’s police department, in a brief but emotional ceremony July 20. .

Lt. William E. Lyver, Jr.— standing in for a vacationing Chief Mark Leahy—noted that although Bruce spent 29 years on the force, he has been working in service to the community for much longer, starting as a member of the local fire explorer post and later becoming the town’s first firefighter paramedic.

Nipmuc Nation to hold 92nd annual Powwow

July 21st, 2015


Grafton – Nipmuc Indians have resided in Grafton since before recorded history and Nipmuc Nation is stronger than ever.

The tribe will be holding its 92nd annual Powwow Sunday, July 29, at the Hassanamesit Reservation in Grafton. The festival features traditional dancing, drumming, food, kids’ crafts and vendors.

Shrewsbury selectmen honor retiring town counsel

July 17th, 2015

Retiring Town Counsel T. Philip Leader (second from right) is congratulated by Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen members (l to r) Henry Fitzgerald, Moira Miller and Maurice Depalo. 
Photo/K.B. Sherman

Shrewsbury – State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and State Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) both attended the July 14 Board of Selectmen’s meeting to honor retiring Town Counsel T. Philip Leader.

All present had congratulatory words for Leader, who served in that capacity for 37 years. Moore and Kane presented Leader with a citation of achievement issued by the Massachusetts Legislature in his honor.

Foundation for MetroWest launches $55,000 summer hunger challenge

July 7th, 2015

Region – School is out for the summer, which for many kids means sunny days snacking on watermelon, making s’mores at summer camp and trips out for ice cream. But for nearly 20,000 MetroWest school children it means no longer having access to vital in-school food programs such as free and reduced lunch. Throughout the MetroWest region, the reality is that many children, as well as elders, individuals with disabilities and those in emergency situations will struggle this summer and in the coming year finding enough to eat.

Shrewsbury police report two fatalities in July 4 MVA

July 6th, 2015


Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Police Department is reporting the tragic news of two fatalities that occurred during an MVA this past Saturday: On Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 6:24 PM the Shrewsbury Police responded to a motor vehicle accident at 882 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) in the area of the Shrewsbury Commons. Also responding to [...]

Selectmen decide fate of dog deemed ‘dangerous’

June 24th, 2015

Shrewsbury – The fate of “Casey,” a black German shepherd, hung in the balance at the June 23 Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen meeting. The dog, owned by Seamus Shanley, 29 Summer St., had been accused by several neighbors as being dangerous.

The June 23 hearing had been called because of a written complaint from the Richardson family, 17 Summer St., who said their small, elderly, disabled Bichon dog died as a result of Casey’s unprovoked attack on it in May 2015. The owners told the board that “Cocoa” had to be euthanized at Tufts Veterinary Clinic shortly after the attack because of its injuries.

Selectmen approve village commons mixed-use project

June 24th, 2015

Westborough – The Board of Selectmen cleared the way June 23 for the latest mixed-use housing and commercial development in the town’s transit oriented village (TOV) district that will include modest cottage-style homes designed to be marketed to older residents or young professionals.

The vote came after the board’s chair, George Barrette, expressed his frustration about the way other committees have approached development topics and how they impact the town’s schools.

Fire chief searches under way

June 24th, 2015

By Keith Regan, Community Reporter Northborough – The town is actively searching for both a permanent fire chief and for an interim chief to serve while the search process unfolds. The Board of Selectmen voted June 22 to name Fire Capt. James Houston as officer in charge of the department should there be a gap [...]

City, waste contractor continue legal dispute

June 21st, 2015

Marlborough – A long, ongoing dispute between the city of Marlborough and the contractor WeCare Environmental LLC continues on, after a federal court judge recently granted a partial summary judgment in the case.

WeCare has managed the composting facility located next to the Easterly Wastewater Treatment Plant since 2003, after taking over for Bedminster Marlborough LLC. The company has three years left on a 20-year contract to process the city’s residential trash and sewage sludge.

Grafton selectmen approve supporting grant request for library expansion

June 19th, 2015

Grafton – The Grafton Board of Selectmen discussed two requests concerning the Grafton Public Library at the board’s June 16 meeting. The requests, which would have to be approved by the voters at Town Meeting, were for an application for a grant to improve the library, and $150,000 for architectural plans for the construction of a new town library.

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