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Stories written by Community Advocate Staff

Maria A. Afonso, 91, of Hudson

July 29th, 2016

Hudson – Maria A. (Silva) Afonso, 91, of Hudson, died Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester. She was the beloved wife of the late Manuel Afonso, who died in 1998. Maria was born and raised in Sao Miguel, the Azores of Portugal, daughter of the late Jose and Maria (Raposo) Silva. […]

Julio’s Liquors allows customers a chance to purchase rare whisky

July 28th, 2016

Ryan Maloney, the owner of Julio's Liquors
Photo/Erb Photography

Westborough – At 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 31, Julio’s Liquors will open its doors to allow the first 500 visitors (21 years or older) a chance to purchase the rarest of the rare whiskies. The event will work as a lottery system. Each of the first 500 visitors at Julio’s will receive a special […]

Some like it hot…but some don’t

July 28th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Region – The extended heat wave this summer has residents racing for relief whether that’s a local pool, the beach or an air-conditioned building.

Not surprising, officials across the region, worried about drought conditions after a particularly mild winter, have issued strict water bans.

Westborough Library celebrates National Coloring Book Day

July 28th, 2016

Westborough – The Westborough Public Library will celebrate National Coloring Book Day: “A Day to Relax and Color” Tuesday, Aug. 2, when the library will debut its newly circulating Coloring Book Art Kits for adults. Each kit includes a coloring book designed for adults, 24 colored pencils, and a pencil sharpener. You can color in a design or collaborate on a design that someone else may have started.

City receives grant for energy system at City Hall

July 28th, 2016

Marlborough – Marlborough has been awarded a grant for nearly $195,000 by the commonwealth’s Department of Energy Resources and $4,656 from a private donor for the K-9 unit. The Green Communities Competitive Grant will help fund the installation of an energy management system for City Hall which will enable the Public Facilities Department to control office temperatures when the building is occupied or unoccupied, according to a communication presented by Mayor Arthur Vigeant to councilors at the July 25 meeting.

New fire station proposed for west side of city

July 28th, 2016

Marlborough – The City Council revived a generation-long debate on the need for, and feasibility of, a new fire station in the western sector of the city. Councilors Peter Juaire and Matt Elder proposed the establishment of a special committee to consider sites for a new fire station at the July 25 council meeting. They specified the new committee be named by the mayor and council by the end of August.

Mayor appoints new building commissioner

July 28th, 2016

Marlborough – Douglas Scott of Barre, presently serving as the city’s interim building commissioner, has been appointed by Mayor Arthur Vigeant to fill the position for a three-year term. He asked city councilors to approve his recommendation at the July 25 meeting.

Financing again a topic for selectmen

July 28th, 2016

Shrewsbury – On July 26, Carolyn Marcotte, Shrewsbury town collector and treasurer, reviewed for the selectmen permanent and temporary financing for the new library and for school heating system upgrades. She reported that the town had obtained a most favorable average interest rate of just 2.34 percent on the loans. The library has obtained permanent financing and there had been five bidders for both the library and schools.

Selectmen vote to appeal 2017 storm water management regulations

July 28th, 2016

Shrewsbury – At their July 26 meeting, the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen discussed whether to file an appeal to the allegedly onerous and overly expensive Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit regulations outlining requirements for cities’ and towns’ storm water management. The single-spaced, 42-page directive is a result of a process begun 10 years ago.

Robert P. Colleton Sr., 55, of Hudson

July 28th, 2016

Obit Robert P. Colleton Sr_crop

Hudson – Robert P. Colleton Sr., 55, of Hudson, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and friends, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his residence. He was the wonderful and adoring husband of Mary (Bradstreet) Colleton of Hudson, and was the beloved husband of the late Christina T. (Rossi) Colleton, who passed away in […]

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