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Marlborough Hills parking plans approved

November 12th, 2014


Marlborough- The city council unanimously approved during its Nov. 3 meeting a site plan to expand parking at Marlborough Hills, a development located at 200 Forest Street. Developers Atlantic Management was seeking approval for the increase which would provide additional parking for 110 vehicles for employees of GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Quest Diagnostics.

Officials issue Westborough traffic advisory

November 7th, 2014

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Westborough – Starting Monday, Nov.  10, motorists are advised to avoid traveling on West Main Street in the center of town. Significant delays can be expected due to work being done on the water main in front of 25 W. Main St. and the Town Hall. The work is anticipated to start at 9 a.m. [...]

Westborough Gold Star Mother shares family memories

November 5th, 2014

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Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Westborough – Rita Lee of Westborough celebrated her 94th birthday Oct. 5 with a gathering of four generations. Also on that day, she was accompanied by a granddaughter to the Registry of Motor Vehicles where Lee successfully renewed her driver’s license. “I’m fortunate that I’m very close to my [...]

Mayor requests bond for turf field at middle school

November 4th, 2014


Marlborough-The construction of the city’s first synthetic turf athletic field will begin late spring next year at the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School if the City Council approves a proposal by Mayor Arthur Vigeant which was presented at the Nov. 3 council meeting.

A ‘community advocate’ for forty years

October 31st, 2014

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I get asked every few weeks how I got started in this business…I think it’s a pretty good story and I never grow tired of sharing it.

In 1974, my father Ed left his job working for the Worcester-based News Recorder and began a partnership with his friend Art Surabian. Together they formed an ad agency called Bagdon and Surabian Advertising. At age 14, I was their first employee- Art’s wife and dad soon also joined the staff.

Twenty-fifth ‘Evening of Giving’ will once again benefit homeless shelter

October 31st, 2014

Collecting personal items at the 2013 Evening of Giving to be donated to Roland's House are (l to r) Tony Maenhout, Fatima Awada and her sister, Ivana. 
File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – The 25th Evening of Giving, in support of Roland’s House, the Marlborough-Hudson homeless shelter, will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. to midnight at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West.

The night will feature many of the city’s finest restaurants offering samplings of their signature dishes. A popular shrimp and raw bar, hosted by renowned local Chef Leon Roberge, will also once again be a highlight.

Selectmen maintain single tax rate, residential bills to drop modestly

October 30th, 2014


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


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.”

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