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Northborough tax rates to go up; town to keep single rate

November 25th, 2014

Northborough – The average Northborough single-family homeowner faces a $260 increase in their total property tax bill, “about $42 greater than what we had forecast at town meeting,” Town Administrator John Coderre told the Board of Selectmen Nov. 24.

Two announce plans to vie for Beaton’s seat as state representative

November 24th, 2014

State Rep. Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury/Westborough – Although he just won his third term as the 11th Worcester District State Representative, Matthew Beaton (R-Shrewsbury) will not be serving in that position in the new year. Instead, he will be the joining Governor-elect Charlie Baker’s cabinet as the state’s secretary of energy and environmental affairs. Fellow Shrewsbury resident and former state representative Karyn Polito, will also be a member of Baker’s administration, serving as the commonwealth’s lieutenant governor.

Town Meeting voters to have final say over fate of Burnett/Garfield Mansion

November 23rd, 2014

The historic Burnett/Garfield House on Main Street in Southborough.

Southborough – The fate of the Burnett/Garfield property, located at 84 Main St., was discussed with residents at the Nov. 18 Board of Selectmen’s meeting, but it wasn’t until after an executive session later than night that final details of an agreement were reached that will preserve the house and property in perpetuity while restoring the property to its 19th-century splendor. The agreement includes a deed restriction that would ensure that the four structures on the property are never demolished and the overall parcel never subdivided.

Region may see snow on Thanksgiving

November 23rd, 2014

AccuWeather Nov. 23

By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Region –  Here is an update as of Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, regarding a possible Thanksgiving Eve snowstorm: The European model shows a large swath of from 12 to 20 inches of snow headed our way.  While I’m not sure I would agree with those amounts, I am becoming [...]

Consultant say city’s Fire Department needs major improvements (updated 11.24)

November 21st, 2014

Marlborough – A report conducted by an outside consultant has found “internal conflicts and cultural attitudes, many of which are self-imposed,” throughout the Marlborough Fire Department.

That strife has “seriously affected [the department’s] standing in the community and in the region,” according to consultants, Municipal Resources, Inc. (MRI).

Shrewsbury officials hold joint financial workshop

November 20th, 2014

By K.B. Sherman, Community Reporter Shrewsbury – A joint workshop among the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, the Finance Committee, and the School Committee was held before the selectmen’s meeting Nov. 12. For fiscal year (FY) 2014, the town finished with a positive cash balance. Schedule A collection was $14.794 million with motor vehicle excise showing [...]

Walsh strives to help homeless women veterans

November 19th, 2014

( l to r): Tracy Turczynski, Discover Cleaning Corporation; Pam Stevens, Seder & Chandler LLP;  Mary-Meg Walsh, Veterans Inc.; Deborah Penta, PENTA Communications; Karen Chapman, Corridor Nine president; Stacy Cataldo, SNI Companies/Staffing Now and Danielle Delaini, Corridor Nine

Photo/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough – The plight of veterans who have difficulty assimilating back into society has received, rightfully, much attention. For many women veterans, the problem can be compounded by a host of factors, some as complex as military sexual trauma (MST) or simply not being aware of what services are available. Those are the veterans that Mary-Meg Walsh, an employment and training specialist with Veterans Inc., strives to help.

New power supplier secured for city residents

November 19th, 2014

Due to the increase in electricity rates from National Grid, the city of Marlborough has announced the selection of Hampshire Power as the city’s supplier under a municipal aggregation for its Community Choice Power Supply Program. Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced the change in a communication shared by the City Council at its Nov. 17 meeting.

Westborough police investigate alleged suspicious activity near high school

November 19th, 2014

Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this morning: On 11/18, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the Westborough Police received a report of suspicious activity on Blake St. which is across the street from the Westborough High School. The report was from a 15 year old female who was just leaving the school. She [...]

Boroughs trail proposed for city, adjacent towns

November 18th, 2014

Marlborough – For the past several years a group of interested volunteers from Marlborough, Northborough, Southborough and Westborough have worked together to create a 30-mile recreational trail link between their communities. A conceptual plan created for the “Boroughs Community Trail Loop” was presented to the Marlborough City Council via a communication from Mayor Arthur Vigeant at the council’s Nov. 17th meeting for consideration.

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