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Selectmen discuss plan to raise SELCO rates

November 28th, 2014

Shrewsbury – Representatives of Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations (SELCO) briefed the Board of Selectmen during the board’s Nov. 24 meeting on plans to raise its rates. SELCO, a nonprofit business, plans to raise rates charged to customers in order to pass through increased prices from content providers.

Northborough prepares for holiday season

November 28th, 2014

Northborough – Northborough is more involved in the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots collection program this year.

The Northborough Police Station, at 211 Main St., has become the town’s fourth official drop off site for the drive, which is underway and runs through Dec. 14, Northborough Fire Capt. Robert Theve told the Board of Selectmen Nov. 24.

Metrowest Festival of Trees continues growing

November 27th, 2014

After getting her face painted, Violet Thomas checks out the trees at last year’s festival.

File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Marlborough – The Marlborough Historical Society added some decorated trees to its Christmas at the Farm, held at their Peter Rice Homestead in 2008. That has grown to become the seventh annual Metrowest Festival of Trees at the Royal Plaza Trade Center. Festivities are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, [...]

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.

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 [...]

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