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Future of Shrewsbury mail distribution center remains uncertain

January 31st, 2015

Shrewsbury – After over two years of uncertainty, the future of the U.S. Postal Service’s Central Massachusetts Postal Processing and Distribution Center is still unknown.

At the Jan. 29 meeting of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, Chair James Kane summarized his recent conversation with U.S. Representative James McGovern (MA-2) regarding the town’s ongoing concern over the future of the center.

Polito reflects on early weeks of administration

January 31st, 2015

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
Photo/Ron Bouley, Bouley Photography

Westborough – Karyn Polito, the commonwealth’s recently installed lieutenant governor, was the opening speaker at the Jan. 29 annual legislative breakfast meeting of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, held at the Doubletree Hotel, was attended by nearly 200 local business professionals.

More snow, dangerous temps predicted for early week

January 31st, 2015

1-31-15 EC cold

Region – By now I’m sure you have heard about the storm to impact central Massachusetts on Monday, and yes it’s true. A disturbance currently in the Midwest and moving east will develop a secondary center off the Delmarva coast later tomorrow. This storm will intensify and turn to the northeast, running up the coast and likely passing over or just to the west of the benchmark. While I do not expect a storm of the magnitude of our recent blizzard, this one has the potential to cause blizzard or near blizzard conditions over the southeast half of southern New England. There will be serious impacts from this storm as outlined below.

Shrewsbury man killed in Westborough motor vehicle crash

January 30th, 2015

Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this evening:

On 1/30/15, at approximately 5:57 PM, the Westborough Police Department responded to 27 Otis St. for a motor vehicle crash. The arriving units found a 2008 Buick Lucerne with heavy front end damage and a backhoe with damage to its right side.

Public hearing to be held on permit for White Cliffs demolition

January 30th, 2015

White Cliffs
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – The Northborough Historical Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the demolition permit for White Cliffs, 187 Main St., Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:15 p.m. at the Robert E. Melican Middle School Teaching Center, 1st Floor, 145 Lincoln St.

Town will be ‘OK’ amid state budget shortfall

January 30th, 2015

Northborough – Cuts to some local aid budgets are possible in the current and coming fiscal year, but Northborough’s financial plan will be “OK,” Town Administrator John Coderre told selectmen at their meeting Jan. 26.

Coderre said he and other municipal leaders who attended a recent meeting with the Baker Administration were hoping for some insight into how a current state budget deficit that is estimated to be around $750 million – and could be even higher – will affect communities.

Selectmen add to charter review group’s charge

January 30th, 2015

Westborough – A year into its work – and with no plans to recommend major changes to how town government operates – the Charter Review Committee asked selectmen Jan. 28 to expand the scope of their work to include reviewing the town’s charter for legal clarity.

The committee gave the board an interim report on its work to date, saying its effort to reach out to community members and leaders have revealed a desire to keep the town’s government structure largely intact.

Selectmen want more info on disability article

January 30th, 2015

Westborough – Selectmen asked for more information on the impact of a proposed town meeting article that would have Westborough adopt state rules specifying that the town is responsible for the medical bills of firefighters and police officers who retire due to a job-related disability.

Fire Chief Walter Perron made the case for adopting the measure – known as Mass. General Laws Chapter 41 section 100B – at the Board of Selectmen’s meeting Jan. 28. The meeting had been delayed a day because of the blizzard.

Marlborough Public Schools closed Thursday

January 28th, 2015

Marlborough – In collaboration with city officials and Public Works and safety personnel, Marlborough Public School officials have decided to keep schools closed Thursday, Jan. 29 as a matter of student safety. “Although streets are relatively clear, sidewalks and bus stops require additional work due to the sheer amount of snow that must be cleared [...]

After storm, frigid weather on tap for next few days

January 28th, 2015

Southborough
Photo/Sue Wambolt

Region – The Blizzard of 2015 turned out to be everything it was advertised to be. Massachusetts was ground zero for what were in some cases record shattering amounts of snow, particularly in Worcester and Middlesex counties. Here is a link to the National Weather Service snowfall total page, and you will be amazed at the number of communities that measured 30 inches or more.

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