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Ninth annual Holiday Trolley to be held Dec. 6

November 26th, 2014

Kimberly Reed, of the Purple Rose, (with her husband Tobe) is overseeing the ninth annual Northboro Holiday Trolley. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – The town’s small businesses are once again planning a special holiday shopping event that will feature special offers, events and surprises.

The ninth annual Northboro Holiday Trolley will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 12-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by many of the town’s small business, as well as the new group Northboro Local First, as a way to showcase the different stores, restaurants and community organizations in the town.

Region waits for Thanksgiving eve storm

November 25th, 2014

Region – Here is an update as of Monday afternoon, Nov. 24, regarding a possible Thanksgiving Eve snowstorm:

Now it is just a waiting game as the storm approaches us from the southwest. It is hard to believe that after 3 straight days of temperatures in the high 50s and low 60s we would be looking at a major snowstorm. Only in New England.

Free Thanksgiving dinner to be offered in Westborough

November 25th, 2014

Guests at last year's dinner enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at the Knights of Columbus Council 85 hall in Westborough. 
Photo/  Knights of Columbus Council 85

Westborough – The 44th annual Westborough Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be held Thursday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St. Once again, a free Thanksgiving Dinner of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, cider, and pumpkin pie and assorted desserts will be served to all members of [...]

Northborough tax rates to go up; town to keep single rate

November 25th, 2014

Northborough – The average Northborough single-family homeowner faces a $260 increase in their total property tax bill, “about $42 greater than what we had forecast at town meeting,” Town Administrator John Coderre told the Board of Selectmen Nov. 24.

Two announce plans to vie for Beaton’s seat as state representative

November 24th, 2014

State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury/Westborough – Although he just won his third term as the 11th Worcester District State Representative, Matthew Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) will not be serving in that position in the new year. Instead, he will be the joining Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s cabinet as the state’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs. Fellow Shrewsbury resident and former state representative Karyn Polito, will also be a member of Baker’s administration, serving as the commonwealth’s lieutenant governor.

Town Meeting voters to have final say over fate of Burnett/Garfield Mansion

November 23rd, 2014

The historic Burnett/Garfield House on Main Street in Southborough.
Photo/submitted

Southborough – The fate of the Burnett/Garfield property, located at 84 Main St., was discussed with residents at the Nov. 18 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, but it wasn’t until after an executive session later than night that final details of an agreement were reached that will preserve the house and property in perpetuity while restoring the property to its 19th-century splendor. The agreement includes a deed restriction that would ensure that the four structures on the property are never demolished and the overall parcel never subdivided.

Region may see snow on Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2014

AccuWeather Nov. 23

By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Region –  Here is an update as of Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, regarding a possible Thanksgiving Eve snowstorm: The European model shows a large swath of from 12 to 20 inches of snow headed our way.  While I’m not sure I would agree with those amounts, I am becoming [...]

Consultant say city’s Fire Department needs major improvements (updated 11.24)

November 21st, 2014

Marlborough – A report conducted by an outside consultant has found “internal conflicts and cultural attitudes, many of which are self-imposed,” throughout the Marlborough Fire Department.

That strife has “seriously affected [the department’s] standing in the community and in the region,” according to consultants, Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI).

Shrewsbury officials hold joint financial workshop

November 20th, 2014

By K.B. Sherman, Community Reporter Shrewsbury – A joint workshop among the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the School Committee was held before the selectmen’s meeting Nov. 12. For fiscal year (FY) 2014, the town finished with a positive cash balance. Schedule A collection was $14.794 million with motor vehicle excise showing [...]

Walsh strives to help homeless women veterans

November 19th, 2014

( l to r): Tracy Turczynski, Discover Cleaning Corporation; Pam Stevens, Seder & Chandler LLP;  Mary-Meg Walsh, Veterans Inc.; Deborah Penta, PENTA Communications; Karen Chapman, Corridor Nine president; Stacy Cataldo, SNI Companies/Staffing Now and Danielle Delaini, Corridor Nine

Photo/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough – The plight of veterans who have difficulty assimilating back into society has received, rightfully, much attention. For many women veterans, the problem can be compounded by a host of factors, some as complex as military sexual trauma (MST) or simply not being aware of what services are available. Those are the veterans that Mary-Meg Walsh, an employment and training specialist with Veterans Inc., strives to help.

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