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Officials offer advice on dealing with snow and ice on roofs

February 20th, 2015

Region   –  The prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms Massachusetts is experiencing have contributed to potentially dangerous conditions for businesses and homes alike.  Heavy mounds of snow are creating severe roof load conditions. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has received reports of over 100 full and partial roof collapses over the last week. Additionally [...]

Ice dams cause problems in Shrewsbury

February 20th, 2015

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury fire officials said that there were two incidents reported on Feb. 19 from ice dams falling from rooftops that then severed a natural gas line in one instance and an oil line in another instance.

Westborough Annual Town Election candidate profiles

February 20th, 2015

Westborough – The town of Westborough will be holding its Annual Town Election Tuesday, March 3 at the Westborough High School, 90 West Main St. There are no contested races this year.

Here, in their own words, are statements from three candidates. Next week’s issue of the Community Advocate will have statements from other candidates.

Charles Caliri named new MHS principal

February 18th, 2015

Charles D. Caliri (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Marlborough Public Schools announced that veteran school administrator Charles D. Caliri has been named the next principal of Marlborough High School (MHS). Caliri was one of three final candidates from a pool of more than 40 applicants screened for the position, which is currently held by Interim Principal Wendy Jack. He has accepted [...]

Only a few inches of snow expected during Tuesday’s storm

February 16th, 2015

Region – We have yet another disturbance heading our way but this one looks like only a glancing blow for central Massachusetts. After a beautiful but very cold day, the Shrewsbury area will see clouds increase during the later portion of the evening. The cloud cover will help to cut radiational cooling off and we will not reach any outrageous cold by morning, with low temperatures of about zero in most places. Light snow will break out around dawn tomorrow.

Updated – Demolition delay extended for White Cliffs

February 15th, 2015

Northborough – By a unanimous vote Feb. 12, the Northborough Historical Commission passed a measure to extend the demolition delay ruling for the White Cliffs property to the full 180 days. That decision was made during a public hearing held in front of nearly 50 residents and town officials who gathered at the Robert E. Melican Middle School. But if the property is to be ultimately saved, there is still much work to be done, Normand Corbin, the commission’s acting chair, stressed.

Selectmen back $26.6 million Gibbons School project

February 13th, 2015

Westborough—The Board of Selectmen voted Feb. 10 to place a warrant article seeking $15.1 million in local funding for the $26.6 million renovation of the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School before voters at the Annual Town Meeting in March.

Snow blows Westborough out of mailbox repair business

February 11th, 2015

The downtown municipal parking lot 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Westborough–Officials are letting residents know that due to the extraordinary amounts of snow belting the region, the town will not be in a position to replace mailboxes damaged in snow removal efforts.

“This is an unusual year,” Department of Public Works Director John Walden told the Board of Selectmen at its meeting Feb. 10. “I have been getting hundreds of calls, literally hundreds.”

School cancellations, delays for Tuesday, Feb. 10

February 10th, 2015

Region – Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School and Marlborough Public Schools are closed today. Hudson, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Southborough have a two hour delay. St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury has a one hour delay.

Schools closed on Monday, Feb. 9

February 8th, 2015

Region – All public schools in the core Community Advocate readership area – Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough and Westborough – have announced they will be closed Monday, Feb. 9, due to the inclement weather. Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough and St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury have also announced that they [...]

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