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Memorial Day to be commemorated in region Monday, May 25

May 20th, 2015

Region – Here is a preview of Memorial Day events that will be held in local towns:

Grafton – Ceremonies will be held at the town’s ceremonies starting at 8 a.m. A parade starts in Grafton center, starting at Norcross Park to a stop at the Common, and then to the J.F. Kennedy School via Worcester St. and Providence Road for closing ceremonies. There will be a flag raising ta the J.F. Kennedy School at 12 p.m.

Shrewsbury voters approve next year’s annual budget

May 19th, 2015

Shrewsbury – Only 174 of the 35,600 Shrewsbury residents showed up at the four-hour initial night of the Annual Town Meeting May 18. Voters approved, with little change, next year’s budget under Article 6 of the meeting warrant.

Community Preservation Committee votes to fund appraisals for downtown properties

May 13th, 2015

Northborough – At its monthly meeting May 7 the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) voted in favor of two separate motions to appropriate funds to both the Northborough Town Common Committee (NTCC) and the Northborough Historical Commission.

Miller elected to chair of Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen

May 13th, 2015

By K.B. Sherman, Community Reporter Shrewsbury – Moira Miller was elected chair of the Board of Selectmen at the board’s annual reorganization during its May 12 meeting. Maurice DePalo was elected as vice-chair and John Lebeaux was elected as clerk. Selectman James Kane was recently re-elected to a three year term on the Board, beating [...]

Six traffic accidents in 2-1/2 hours keep Westborough’s emergency responders busy

May 13th, 2015

Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this morning regarding an extremely busy morning for the town’s emergency responders. On 5/13/15, the Westborough Police responded to 6 crashes between 6:00 AM and 8:30 AM. The first crash occurred at 6:02 AM on Rte. 9 W at Windsor Ridge Apartments. A 2012 Toyota Camry [...]

Grafton voters discuss Super Park, dog hygiene

May 12th, 2015

Grafton – Grafton voters met to complete both a Special Town Meeting (STM) and Annual Town Meeting (ATM). Of approximately 14,380 Grafton residents, 212 voters showed up to participate. The STM dealt with 14 articles in just 11 minutes, while the ATM covered all 42 articles in another three and a half hours. The articles which generated the most controversy dealt with the future of the proposed Super Park and whether dogs should be banned from town cemeteries and other public places.

Shea defeats Boland for seat on Southborough Board of Selectmen

May 12th, 2015

Region – Three towns – Hudson, Northborough and Southborough all held their annual town elections on May 11.

Brian Shea defeated nine-year incumbent William Boland to win a seat on the Southborough Board of Selectmen in the May 11 Annual Town Election. Shea received 626 votes, Boland received 415 votes and a third candidate, Desiree Aselbekian received 411 votes.

Public hearing date set for mayor’s FY16 budget

May 7th, 2015

Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant presented the fiscal year 2016 budget to the City Council at the May 4 meeting, requesting $143.2 million. It was referred to the Finance Committee for review and recommendations. A public hearing has been set for the Monday, May 18, council meeting.

The new budget is 4.5 percent higher than this year’s financial plan, said Vigeant in his communication, emphasizing it is “the result of a collaborative, data driven process involving each of our department heads.”

Super Park to be reborn in Grafton

May 7th, 2015

Grafton – One of the losses to Grafton upon the construction of the new high school was an area near Town Hall that had been dubbed “Super Park”. In its original configuration, Super Park was a rather undistinguished area of set tunnels, ladders, slides, and other obstacles arranged near several benches and tables at which adults could sit and supervise children at play. Since then, a new Super Park Committee has been created to oversee the construction of a newer, more ambitious park.

Library director updates Grafton selectmen on successful year

May 7th, 2015

Grafton – Library Director Beth Gallaway briefed the Board of Selectmen during its meeting May 5 on the town library’s many successes during 2014.

The numbers tell an optimistic story. During the year, books out were up 28 percent to 142,300, while digital items out were up 40 percent. The library entertained 64,377 visitors, up 35 percent, compiled by using an automatic door counter. New for children are “build kits” that can be checked-out. Visitors buying coffee ($1.00) at the library and using the WiFi access accounted for a large part of the visitor upsurge, as the library provides the only WiFi available to many townspeople.

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