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Selectmen maintain single tax rate, residential bills to drop modestly

October 30th, 2014

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By Keith Regan, Contributing Writer Westborough – The Board of Selectmen Oct. 28 voted to maintain a single tax rate for commercial and residential properties, saying it is a key to continuing to foster business growth in the community. In their annual tax classification hearing with the Board of Assessors, the board voted unanimously in [...]

Trash recycling in our communities

October 28th, 2014

Region – On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote on Question 2 – Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law. Also known as the Bottle Bill, if passed this law would require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines.

And as voters and supporters of both sides of the question await the outcome, it is interesting to note what services for trash and recycling are already in place for each of the six towns covered by the Community Advocate. Three of six towns provide curbside service while the remaining three do not.

New agent seeks veterans, families

October 28th, 2014

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Region – The towns of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough, and Grafton comprise the Central Massachusetts Veterans District, explained Adam Costello, the newly-appointed veterans’ agent for the area. Adam replaces Richard Perron, a World War II veteran, who passed away in 2013.

An Army veteran, Costello last served as the senior medic with 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He served seven years and then returned to Massachusetts.

Westborough High alumna advocates for heart disease awareness

October 28th, 2014

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Westborough – Chrissy Gaffney, currently of Worcester, was happy to attend her 30-year reunion of the Westborough High School class of 1984, held Oct. 11 at the Hampton Inn in Natick. She shared with some classmates that it was only three months after her third heart surgery.

“I’m very proud to say that I’m a heart disease survivor,” said Gaffney, a 2014 spokesperson for the Go Red for Women campaign of the American Heart Association. “When you open up that conversation about heart disease, so many people are immediately receptive and want to share their stories, whether it be their own personal experience or they lost a close relative to heart disease.”

Westborough police arrest juvenile for attempting to purchase firearm

October 25th, 2014

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Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement regarding a juvenile arrested for attempting to purchase a firearm without a license: On 10/24/14, the Westborough Police in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the Ashburnham Police, conducted an investigation of an individual who was attempting to purchase a firearm [...]

‘Raising Healthy Teens’ presentation to be held at Hudson High School

October 24th, 2014

Hudson – The Hudson Youth Substance Abuse Prevention initiative will present “Community Conversations: Raising Healthy Teens,” Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St. A panel discussion will be hosted by State Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow and facilitated by Dr. Jodi Fortuna, superintendent of Hudson Public Schools. The purpose of this [...]

Cigarettes likely to blame for early morning Shrewsbury fire

October 22nd, 2014

Shrewsbury – Fire Chief James Vuona released this statement this afternoon regarding a fire at the Shrewsbury Green Apartment Complex this morning:

Shrewsbury Fire Department responded to an Apartment Complex Fire at the Shrewsbury Green Drive Building 12 (Apt. G) at 2:38 a.m. today.

Trivia Night to help important cause for Shrewsbury schools

October 22nd, 2014

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Shrewsbury – The dictionary definition of “trivia” is “unimportant facts.” That word carries more significance for an upcoming fundraiser. On Friday, Nov. 14, the Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) will host its third annual Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus Hall to raise funds for educational initiatives outside of the school budget and curriculum.

Teams of four adults will accept the challenge to answer 10 rounds of 10 questions on various topics. Once again serving as event chair is Mary Aicardi.

Temporary Shrewsbury library now open

October 22nd, 2014

Roxanne Starkin, Children’s Librarian, arranges books in the bright and sunny children’s section of the temporary library.

Shrewsbury – 214 Lake St. is the new address for the temporary home of the Shrewsbury Public Library.

Town Meeting voters support most spending articles

October 21st, 2014

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By Keith Regan, Contributing Writer Westborough–Voters at the special Fall town meeting spent generously on several initiatives to restore the town’s history and upgrade infrastructure, but rebuffed the School Department’s bid to drill a well to irrigate playing fields at the Mill Pond School. The gathering of fewer than 200 voters may have been put [...]

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