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Commission votes to establish White Cliffs as historic district

April 22nd, 2015

Northborough – In spite of strenuous opposition voiced by the current owner’s attorney, the Northborough Historic District Commission unanimously voted April 21 to approve the White Cliffs property as a historic district. The decision must ultimately be approved by voters at next week’s Town Meeting.

Selectmen discuss litigation issues in executive sessions

April 15th, 2015

Shrewsbury – The regularly scheduled meeting of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen April 14 was largely taken-up by two closed executive sessions. After opening the public meeting, James Kane, the board’s chair, moved to a closed executive session to deal with respect to litigation involving the town’s Water Management Act, permit 9P4-2-12-271. After resuming the open session of the meeting for several items, Kane again moved to a closed executive session with the Personnel Board and Finance Committee for the purpose of a strategy session in preparation for negotiations with non-union personnel.

Grafton officials disagree over Pulte settlement

April 9th, 2015

Grafton – A settlement between Pulte Builders and the town of Grafton was the subject of a disagreement between town officials during the Board of Selectmen’s April 7 meeting.

On Jan. 9, town officials announced they had had reached a $1.3 million settlement with Pulte Homes over the profit dispute for the Hilltop Farms Chapter 40B development in South Grafton. Of the $1.3 million total amount, the town said it would retain $900,000 and the rest would cover legal expenses.

Grafton may build for-profit crematorium

April 8th, 2015

Grafton – At the Grafton Board of Selectmen’s April 7 meeting the board was encouraged to consider the possibility of having the town build a for-profit crematorium.

Nice weather on the way (after one last gasp of winter)

April 7th, 2015

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Region –Yes, we may see a wintry mix across parts of the area early Wednesday morning and again Wednesday night, as colder air is drawn into southern New England. The best chance of seeing (gasp) snow is across northern Massachusetts, where some locations could see a dusting of accumulation on the grass. The good news: The upcoming weekend looks sunny and mild!

Center encourages financial fitness, self-sufficiency

April 3rd, 2015

(l) Bruce LeBlanc and Bill Burger, volunteer income tax assistance preparers 

Marlborough- Bill, who was recently divorced, is trying to establish his own living accommodations, support his two children and run his own small business. He wants to be independent but doesn’t know how. Through his church he learned about the Financial Fitness Center, conducted by the Marlborough Community Development Corporation (MCDC). Its mission is to encourage financial self-sufficiency through education and coaching services.

Sheriff addresses region’s opiate epidemic

April 2nd, 2015

Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis 

Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis discussed the county’s new focus on fighting opiate abuse at the Shrewsbury Rotary Club’s March 30 meeting.

The sheriff has been vocal about the role substance abuse plays in leading users to crime and, eventually, prison.

Polito, Vigeant discuss community compact, monies for roads

March 28th, 2015

( l to r) - Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, and State Rep. Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough – One of Gov. Charlie Baker’s first acts after taking office in January was to create a Community Compact Cabinet, as a way to establish stronger ties with towns and cities across the state.

Chairing the committee is Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is now meeting with municipal leaders as part of the “Building Stronger Communities” tour to hear their concerns and priorities.

Westborough issues warning to state hospital trespassers

March 25th, 2015

One of the buildings located on the former Westborough State Hospital property 
(Photo/Bonnie Adams)

Westborough – The town wants would-be trespassers on the state hospital property to know they are not only risking arrest but personal harm if they break into the byzantine network of buildings and tunnels.

Town Manager Jim Malloy told the Board of Selectmen at the board’s March 23 meeting that in recent weeks there has been a surge of unauthorized activity on the property.

“It’s pretty much a daily occurrence now over the past three weeks,” he said.

New Marlborough Senior Center officially opens

March 25th, 2015

The public was invited to an open house March 22 at the new Marlborough Senior Center on New Street in Ward Park.
Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – Less than a year and a half after a formal groundbreaking, state and city officials gathered March 19 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the long-awaited, 22,000-square-foot Marlborough Senior Center on New Street in Ward Park. Furnishings were moved from its former Main Street location March 7 and 8.

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