Region – Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) has an eight-week summer program for ages 5 and up. The three clubhouses in Marlborough, Hudson and Framingham all serve children in their communities during the summer. Days are packed with trips to beaches, parks and other fun places to discover. To learn more about summertime at BGCMW, call 508-485-4912 or visit www.bgcmetrowest.org.]]>
Dr. John Kelly Ph.D. will be one of the guest speakers. Kelly is the director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry in addiction medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has also served as a consultant to the White House Office of National Drug Policy, the U.S. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the U.S. Department of Education and the British Parliament. An open forum discussion will follow.]]>
Northborough – A recently completed study of Northborough’s water and sewer rates shows a need to increase the amount the town’s sewer enterprise fund collects in order to pay for costs associated with improvements to the Marlborough Wastewater Treatment plant.
Department of Public Works Director Dan Nason told selectmen July 20 that a review of rates performed by Woodcock and Associates, Inc., recommends no water rate increase this year, but suggests the town boost sewer rates by 20 percent this year, with similar increases to follow in “subsequent years.”
The Water and Sewer Commission will hold a public hearing on the rate changes Tuesday, Aug. 18. If approved, the new rates would take effect in time to be included in the second quarter bills taxpayers will receive in November.
Chris Woodcock, who performed the rate study, said in his experience the town’s situation with Marlborough is unique. The city is paying for upgrades made to its wastewater treatment plant but has yet to receive an environmental permit for the work and has not yet set out to recover Northborough’s portion of the cost of the $30 million worth of work.
“I’ve never seen anything like what’s going on with Marlborough,” he said. “The fact that this is still not resolved after so long is very unusual and makes it really difficult to project.”
However, the town has put itself in the best position possible, building up a $2 million reserve in the sewer enterprise fund that will help cushion any blow to the fund when the Marlborough bill finally comes due.
“And it will come due at some point,” he added.
In all, taxpayers may face “three to four years” of 20-percent rate increases in order to pay for the Marlborough plant improvements and to restore some level of reserve funding.
Town Administrator John Coderre noted that the town has long known of the looming costs and that it would be difficult to calculate exactly what they will be. The town’s rates for using the plant are based on an inter-municipal agreement that is expired.
He also noted that what’s happening locally is being repeated in many cities and towns as both water and wastewater treatment systems are being brought into compliance with stricter environmental regulations.
“This is just a trend,” Coderre said. “Our goal and our job is to plan accordingly.”
Also at the July 20 meeting, selectmen named retired North Reading Fire Chief Richard Harris as the town’s interim fire chief, to serve until the ongoing search for a replacement for recently retired chief Richard Durgin is completed.
In addition, Coderre told selectmen that the state budget signed last week by Gov. Charlie Baker contains slightly better local aid figures than the town anticipated in its budgeting. The additional $122,000 will be put toward reducing the amount of property tax to be collected.]]>
Marlborough-The city of Marlborough was recently awarded a grant from Attorney General Maura Healey’s Youth Summer Jobs program. In announcing recipients of the $300,000 in grants to fund 200 summer jobs, Healey said: “Keeping young people off the streets in the summer months by offering them the chance to challenge themselves in a variety of ways while getting paid is a proactive way to keep them safe.”
“I want to thank Attorney General Maura Healey for partnering with Marlborough through the grant program to assist our high school summer jobs program,” said Mayor Arthur Vigeant. “Every year we hire high school students to work in a variety of city departments and the funds we received through this grant helps us keep this program going.”
The new funding has been designated for an intern to work in the Conservation Department to assist with maintenance of walking trails and other related tasks. The city also conducts the Marlborough Public Service Internship Program for local college students. During 2015 the city has placed 11 college interns, working 30 hours a week; and 10 high school interns who each worked for 25 hours during the week.]]>
Grafton – Several representatives from the Grafton Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Highway Department appeared before the Grafton Board of Selectmen July 21 to discuss town road repairs.
In June 2014, at a Special Town Meeting, Grafton voters approved a Proposition 2 ½ override of $3.5 million, with $1.5 million allocated to road repairs and $2 million to town schools. The $1.5 million for roads was to be used right away to begin making necessary repairs and hold off further deterioration.
At the July 21 meeting, DPW officials noted that the following roads had received repairs: Brigham Hill, Keith Hill, Elmwood, Ferry, Maple, Wheeler and Upton. Bills were just starting to come in, totaling about $500,000. Selectman Bruce Spinney asked how close to estimates the bills were considering the total of $1.5 million that had been obtained through the 2014 override. In response, DPW representatives said that it was too soon to tell how close to $1.5 million the total would be for the town, and which badly damaged roads were going to get attention in the coming months, perhaps making the “numbers jump.”
Selectmen further learned that the state had done some work on state highways in town that had not been up to town standards. In some cases, the roads had been just milled with no further work scheduled.
The DPW also presented a list of roads, portions of which are recommended to be repaired in 2016: Adams, Carroll, Institute, Merriam, Waterville, Wesson, Sibley and Old Westboro. Although not on their list, Glen Street was also mentioned as one that had been particularly beaten-up during the past winter. Excluding Glen, the estimate for these roads’ repairs is $1,513,375. The highway reps added that these cost estimates do not include any engineering study or plan costs, which, per road, would probably cost around $100,000. However, sidewalks added to those roads were not planned nor part of the estimates.
The board accepted this list of proposed work and voted unanimously for Town Administrator Timothy McInerney to solicit bids.
The board further spent some time looking at long-range debt scenarios drawn-up by Town Administrator McInerney. With most major building complete, the library expansion and the DPW building construction are the last foreseen for some time. A chart produced by McInerney and Assistant Town Administrator Doug Willardson showed that the peak building loan tax bill per resident was about $700/year in 2014, decreasing to about $300/year by 2034, when the DPW building and library expansion will be the remaining major items. The board will spend some time at their next meeting Tuesday, Aug. 11, discussing this issue further.]]>
Grafton – Kevin Gallagher debuted as a drummer in a variety show while a fourth-grader at North Grafton Elementary School. Now a band member of Whiskey Church, he was voted Favorite Local Drummer in the 2015 Local Music Awards presented by WMRC Radio, 1490 AM. Along the way, he got nicknamed “Bam Bam.”
“I was a hyperactive kid, always banging on everything,” he acknowledged. “Mom and dad thought it would be best to channel the energy. I was completely self-taught to play drums with my mom’s influence.”
His parents didn’t realize their young son snuck downstairs at night to watch MTV. He became fascinated by Motley Crue’s music video of “Wild Side” in which Tommy Lee plays drums in a suspended, rotating cage over the audience.
“I wanted to be that man,” Gallagher recalled.
Soon after receiving a drum set as a birthday gift, he reenacted his idol’s drum solo onstage at his elementary school. Then he became active playing snare drums in the Grafton Public Schools’ music programs. Gallagher attended 11th and 12th grades at the Corwin-Russell School in Sudbury, where he graduated in 2000.
A couple years later, a chance meeting while working at a music store led him to join a progressive rock band seeking a drummer. The band, September Twilight, was comprised of four musicians, each an alum of Algonquin Regional High School.
September Twilight performed regularly at Boston clubs, throughout New England, and toured to North Carolina and back. Gallagher cites his several years working with them as a valuable learning experience.
“They helped me learn the proper dynamics of a band,” he noted. “I learned that when a guitar solo comes, the drummer should lay back a little bit and help that person shine. It’s a lot of give and take. It was a fresh breath of reality that learning never stops – especially with music.”
His musical education and experience continued about two years ago when he met another four musicians seeking a drummer for their 1980s cover band Chyldz Play. When Gallagher was invited to join the band, it was renamed Whiskey Church and other genres were added to its ‘80s repertoire.
“They’re the best musicians I’ve ever played with and we work together very well,” Gallagher proclaimed.
Other band members are Chris Hill of Grafton on bass, Rob Keeler of Lowell on electric guitar, Jed Weeks of Uxbridge on electric guitar and Chip Zale of Milford on lead vocals.
In 2014, Whiskey Church was voted Best Local New Act in WMRC’s Music Awards. This year, the band was recognized with four honors including Gallagher as Favorite Local Drummer, which came as a surprise to him.
“I was just floored,” Gallagher said of hearing the announcement. “It felt amazing to have that honor of so many people voting for me.”
Whiskey Church was named Favorite Cover Band and received the Headliner Award. Also, Zale won Best Front Person.
Venues where they perform regularly are the American Legion Delisle Goulet Post 92 in Grafton, Central Tavern and The Tradesman in Milford, Hawks Nest Tavern in Whitinsville, and JJ’s Sports Bar and Grill in Northborough.
Gallagher is grateful for a dedicated following.
“My sister Erin, my mother Denise, and my father Jim still come see me play all the time,” he said. “Some songs that Whiskey Church plays are ones that my mom taught me, like Van Halen’s ‘Jump.’ Sometimes I’ll glance over at my mom and she’s still drumming along with me. It’s awesome having an amazing support network.”
For a schedule of Whiskey Church’s upcoming shows, visit whiskeychurchband.com and follow on Facebook at facebook.com/thewhiskeychurch.]]>
Grafton – Grafton Community Television (GCTV) will bring its cameras to Grafton’s 2015 National Night Out celebration Tuesday, Aug. 4, at the Grafton Police Station, 28 Providence Road, from 5 to 8 p.m.
GCTV Public Access Coordinator Kris McMullin along with Bob DeToma will be taking video footage and coordinate as Jim Gallagher once again will interview town personalities at this community block party event. A new GCTV professional backdrop will be located near the entrance to the old police station building as an area for the on-camera interviews. GCTV plans to produce a program capturing the sights and sounds of what is annually one of the larger outdoor public events in Grafton.
The 2015 National Night Out Review Program will air on GCTV Charter Channel 191/Verizon Channel 34 Friday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 9 at 10:30 p.m. The program will also be available at the GCTV VOD link: http://graftontv.org/current/VoD.html.]]>
Shrewsbury – Marc Phaneuf, Jr. and Daniel Gadbois appeared at a public hearing before the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen July 28, seeking a Common Victualler’s License and an All Alcoholic Beverage Pouring License for a new Hooters Restaurant to be located at the site of the former Chili’s Restaurant at 291 Boston Turnpike Rd. Phaneuf’s company, Phancon, Inc., operates eight other Hooters in New England and New York. The two in Massachusetts are in West Springfield and Saugus. Gadbois will serve as the Shrewsbury restaurant’s general manager.
The Shrewsbury deal was publicly announced in June. According to Phaneuf, the restaurant should be open within 90-120 days and employ 75-80 full- and part-time employees. He said Shrewsbury was selected because of the heavy traffic along Route 9 and the area’s demographics.
Hooters is a Florida beach-themed restaurant chain originally famous for its young, attractive waitresses who wore short, tight orange and white t-shirts and shorts. More recently, according to Phaneuf, the company has made the uniforms more modest and has adapted its menu to offer healthier options, although Hooters Original Chicken Wings will still be prominently featured.
The new restaurant has become an object of curiosity and concern for some residents because of the noise and traffic associated with such a business that operates well into the night. The restaurant would be alongside the Fairlawn Plaza Shopping Center and abut a residential neighborhood.
At the July 28 meeting, Gadbois told selectmen that he has been in the restaurant business since 2004 and has managed a number of food establishments. He is coming from New York, where he ran a similarly-sized Hooters Restaurant. Phaneuf told selectmen that he has been involved with the Hooters franchise system since 1994. Upon questioning, Phaneuf indicated that all restaurant employees complete a state-run 90 minute online course regarding alcohol pouring laws, and then complete a five-day course on the subject.
Selectman James Kane asked if the business volume would be about the same as was the case for Chili’s, to which Phaneuf replied yes. He added that it is not anticipated that there will be no more noise and commotion coming from the restaurant than before nor will there be outside music or entertainment. Selectman Henry Fitzgerald was assured that the size of the parking lot reserved for the restaurant will not be changed from its current total capacity of 125 vehicles. Similarly, Selectman Maurice Depalo was told that neither the building’s façade nor exterior lighting would be changed substantially from what is now the case. He was also reassured that restaurant parking would not be allowed to overflow into the other spaces reserved for the rest of the shopping plaza. Town Manager Daniel Morgado affirmed that the lease stating the parking limitations would be upheld.
Confusion arose when the site plan submitted by the owner was seen to not be the same as that being used by the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals, both of which are also involved in this case.
The hearing was then opened to the public. Daniele Hayes, 11 Bailey Rd., asked a series of questions regarding the potential for noise and light pollution, concentration of businesses along this stretch of Route 9, and the number of liquor licenses the town issues. Ronald Bertelli, Elm Street, also rose to raise his concerns about the traffic expected from the new restaurant, whether there would be adequate parking for the 25-30 employees on duty at any one time, and whether trash removal could be moved from the nighttime to daylight hours.
Phaneuf reiterated that “Hooters wants to be a good neighbor for the community” and would work around neighbors’ concerns as best he could. He added that the hours of operation are dictated by the corporation and that there was little flexibility for neighbors who wanted an earlier daily closing of the restaurant, especially since the target audience (21-49 year olds) “has its own eating habits”.
Fitzgerald moved to continue the hearing until the selectmen’s Tuesday, Aug. 11 meeting.]]>
Born April 2, 1927 in Somerville, daughter of the late Chris and Annie (Hughes) Galvin. Anna was raised and educated in Arlington graduating from Arlington High School. She worked as an operator for New England Telephone Company. She also worked as a supervisor for State Mutual Insurance for many years.
She married her first husband, Joseph Moosey, in 1952 and they lived together in Shrewsbury until his death in 1971. She would meet Jim Mikutaitis whom she would marry in 1980 at St. Stephen’s Church in Worcester.
Anna led a simple life, but one that filled her with so much joy. She enjoyed spending time in Florida looking after her parents, taking trips to Cape Cod, and living in Shrewsbury for 45 years. She was a member of the Shrewsbury Woman’s Club and was active at the senior center.
In addition to her late first husband, Anna was predeceased by her siblings, Joseph Cloherty and Peggy Toughey.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Mikutaitis; her children, Joanne Preston and her husband Michael of Medway, John C. “Chris” Moosey and his wife Mila of Harrisburg, Penn., Paul J. Moosey and his wife Cynthia of Sturbridge, and Peter J. Moosey of Colorado Springs, Col.; two brothers, Jack Cloherty of Winchester and Robert Cloherty of Lunenburg; a sister, Mary Perry of Lexington; two grandchildren, Matthew and Lara Moosey; one great-grandson, Caleb Moosey; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather to honor and remember Anna’s life Friday, July 31, at 10 a.m., at a funeral Mass at St. Mary of the Hills Church, 630 Cross St., Boylston. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. There are no calling hours.
Memorials in her name may be made to the charity of your choice.]]>
Born in Milford, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Ellen (Van Riper) Summers. She was raised in Upton and was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in Milford.
Cecelia taught at St. Louis Parochial School in Webster for 13 years and received her degree in teaching from Framingham State Teachers College. She also taught in the Framingham Public Schools for many years and then became a teacher of Braille for central Massachusetts for 10 years prior to her retirement.
Cecelia was a communicant of St. Luke the Evangelist Church and a 50-year member of the Westborough Country Club, where she was a 20-year club champion of 18 Hole Women’s League. She was also the winner of the Senior Golf Olympics in Cleveland, Ohio in 2013. She was an active member of the senior center and loved knitting and spending winters in Florida.
She is survived by three brothers, John Summers and his wife Gloria, of Duck, N.C., Charles Summers and his wife Loretta of Pt. Orange, Fla., and George Summers and his wife Margaret of Upton, and many nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Mary Strachan, Janet Stockwell, William Summers, and Barbara Knapik.
Her funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m., in St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main St., Westborough. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Cemetery. Calling hours at the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church St., Westborough, are Friday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m.
Flowers are welcomed or donations in her memory may be made to The Greater Worcester Education Fund, 370 Main St., Suite 650, Worcester, MA 01608 in memory of Cecelia Grynsel.]]>