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.
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.
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.
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.
April 7th, 2015
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!
April 3rd, 2015
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.
April 2nd, 2015
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.
March 28th, 2015
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.
March 25th, 2015
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.
March 25th, 2015
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.