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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.

Hospital Reuse Committee planning action for fall Town Meeting

June 19th, 2015

Westborough – The committee studying potential reuses of the Westborough State Hospital will likely ask Town Meeting voters this fall to fund an assessment of the state of the existing buildings on the property.

State Hospital Reuse Committee Chair Brian Bush told selectmen June 9 the committee wants to hire a firm to evaluate the buildings and come up with cost estimates for demolition so that when developers are invited to submit proposals for the parts of the property that will be privately redeveloped, they will have a clear idea of the costs they will face.

Westborough’s Fourth of July Family Block Party to be held June 26

June 19th, 2015

Vincent Zito, 8, is treated to patriotic souvenirs and a corndog at last year's celebration. 
File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Westborough – The town of Westborough’s Fourth of July Family Block Party will be held on Friday, June 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. This annual celebration, held in the downtown area from the rotary to Parkman Ave, will once again feature the popular band “The Reminisants” as well as many children’s events and food [...]

Faith leaders to host vigil in memory of South Carolina victims

June 19th, 2015

Westborough – Congregation B’nai Shalom, 117 E. Main St., will be hosting an “Interfaith Vigil in Solidarity with the Community of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, S.C.” on Sunday, June 21, from 4- 5 p.m. Faith leaders from the Interfaith communities of Westborough and Northborough will be leading the vigil which will have prayer, [...]

After mishaps, Grafton & Upton Railroad cars finally arrive at destination

June 17th, 2015

Grafton – It has been a stressful few days for employees of Grafton & Upton Railroad as well as several local towns as the railroad has attempted to transfer two 120-foot-long propane cars from Taunton to a propane storage and transloading facility on Westboro Road in North Grafton.

First, the cars, which were transporting 120-foot long propane tanks, were unable to navigate a tight, congested corner in Milford.

Council to decide on filling Pope’s seat

June 16th, 2015

Marlborough – City Councilors rallied around departing Council President Patricia Pope and presented her a citation for “great leadership” at the June 15 council meeting, moments after they voted final approval of her new position as the new Council on Aging (COA) Director, effective July 5, 2015. Interim Council President Edward Clancy made the presentation citing her years as Ward 4 Councilor and Councilor-at-Large and emphasizing her “serving with distinction” for the past 18 years.

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