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Report cites lack of consistent leadership responsible for fire department woes

March 10th, 2015

Marlborough – A consultant’s report has cited that a lack of consistent leadership in the Marlborough Fire Department during the past 10 years has resulted in some significant problems. That report was presented by Peter Finley and George Klauber of Municipal Resources, Inc. to the City Council during its March 9 meeting.

Marlborough chamber to hold snow and ice issues workshop

March 9th, 2015

Marlborough – The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) will be presenting a workshop on snow and ice issues Wednesday, March 11, from 6 – 8 p.m. in the MRCC Conference Room, 11 Florence St. Snow and ice dams can cause serious problems. At this event, a panel of experts will answer questions and discuss [...]

Uncontested races draw few voters in Westborough election

March 5th, 2015

Westborough – There were no surprises in the Westborough annual Town Election held March 3. Only 493 out of 11,359 eligible residents voted, a 4.3-percent turnout. Seven out of the nine open seats were filled by incumbents and all races were unopposed. George Barrette and Denzil Drewry were re-elected for three-year terms on the Board [...]

Communities deal with winter budget woes

March 3rd, 2015

Region – With the recent record-breaking snow fall this winter, the story is the same in many area towns; over budget for snow and ice removal.

“This winter has been relentless,” said Southborough’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Karen Galligan whose department is over budget by about $135,000.

Two storms predicted for region in next few days

February 28th, 2015

Region – It is hard to believe that we are waiting for yet another plowable snow storm to visit central Massachusetts with the beautiful day in progress today. This is the kind of day some of the old timers referred to as a “weather breeder”. Clear blue skies and light winds are allowing temperatures to moderate a bit and help to melt a little of our deep snow cover. Our temperatures will top out in the low to mid 30s today, and this feels like a heat wave after the severe cold of recent weeks.

Shrewsbury voters approve all articles at Special Town Meeting

February 27th, 2015

Shrewsbury –Approximately 140 voters approved all items by unanimous consent on the warrant at the Feb. 25 Special Town Meeting (STM).

Council concerned with traffic at proposed new Dunkin Donuts

February 26th, 2015

Marlborough- A proposal to build a new Dunkin’ Donuts at the site for the former Registry of Motor Vehicles was met with concern by members of the City Council during a public hearing held during the council’s Feb. 23 meeting. NGP Management Corporation of North Reading is applying for a special permit to relocate the current Dunkin Donuts at 312 Maple St. (Route 85) and build a new shop at 525 Maple St.

Selectmen back funding expanded senior center van service

February 25th, 2015

Westborough – The Board of Selectmen voted to support funding a fourth driver for the Council on Aging’s (COA) senior transportation service for the coming fiscal year and pledged to work with the group to develop a true long-range plan for expanding the service to meet growing demand.

Selectmen finalize Annual Town Meeting warrant

February 25th, 2015

Westborough–As they finalized for the warrant Saturday, March 14 Annual Town Meeting, the Board of Selectmen voted against supporting the only citizens petition slated to be taken up by voters.

Frigid temps to continue for next few days (but no snow!)

February 25th, 2015

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It is perhaps a bit early to be summarizing the month of February 2015, but our weather looks to be quiet for the rest of the month, but continued very cold. Snowfall for the month stands at 49.9 inches here in Shrewsbury and I do not expect any more snow before the end of the month. Add to that the 38.5 inches that fell in the last week of January and we have a total of 88.4 inches of snow accumulating in Shrewsbury over the last 4.5 weeks. The cold has been just as or even more spectacular, as this month is not only on track to be the coldest February since weather records have been kept in Worcester (well over 100 years), but the coldest month ever for any month.

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