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Shrewsbury selectmen support Proposition 2- ½ override request

April 24th, 2014


Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen voted unanimously April 15 to hold a Special Town Election for the sole purpose of asking the voters to consider a $5.5 million Proposition 2-½ operational override.

This issue has been brought the voters several times since 2004, only to be defeated each time.

At the March 18 selectmen’s meeting, the board heard from nearly 30 people on the topic, with all but two urging an override to both save the schools and certain town services.

Profiles – Candidates for Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen

April 24th, 2014

Shrewsbury – Three candidates will be on the ballot for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in the Tuesday, May 6 Annual Town Election. Here, in their own words, are the bios and answers to four questions from two of the candidates, both incumbents, Henry Fitzgerald and Maurice DePalo. The third candidate, Benjamin Tartaglia, chose not to comment for this feature.

Remembering a local hero in Westborough

April 24th, 2014

An honor guard stands at attention as the casket of George Perry is carried into St. Luke the Evangelist Church.
Photo/David Bagdon

s the longtime veterans’ agent for Westborough, George Perry III helped countless veterans and their families navigate the myriad issues they faced as they returned to civilian life.

When he passed away unexpectedly April 13 at age 66, his death left the community saddened and stunned.

Perry was known for his expertise, knowledge and compassion; so much so that he, along with Assistant Agent Ken Ferrera, were tapped to open the Central Mass. Veterans’ Services District Office last summer. That new office served Northborough, Grafton, and Shrewsbury as well as Westborough.

Humble hero credits ‘right spot, right time’

April 24th, 2014

Charlie Lemay (r) poses for a photo with Ted and Maureen Coghlin at the April 16 American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast 

Like so many others on Dec. 24, 2012, Ted Coghlin and his granddaughter Roselyn were out doing last-minute errands. But when they pulled into the parking lot of the Stop & Shop on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, things quickly went awry when Coghlin suffered a sudden medical emergency. But thanks to the quick actions of one man, Charlie Lemay, what could have ended in tragedy instead ended in the best gift Coghlin and his family could ever get – his life was saved.

Public Art, Your Art: Northborough’s Wesson lion fountain

April 23rd, 2014

The Wesson lion fountain today (Photo/Jim Piotrowski)

Northborough – The Wesson lion fountain, which sits at 4 W. Main St. in front of the old Town Hall building, was, according to the Northborough Historical Society, a gift to the town of Northborough from Daniel Wesson and his family in 1882. Wesson was a firearms designer and one of the founders of Smith & Wesson.

New and expecting parents accept invitation to Marlborough baby shower

April 23rd, 2014

Karen Busa and her daughter, Sophia, three months, attend the first Community Baby Shower held April 12 at the Marlborough Public Library.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – Geralyn Shultz, the children’s librarian at the Marlborough Public Library, welcomed a roomful of new and expecting parents to the first Community Baby Shower, held April 12 in the Bigelow Auditorium.

Author Canale copies of new children’s book at Tatnuck Bookseller

April 23rd, 2014

Worry Doll and Book copy

Westborough – Author Allison Canale will be signing copies of her new children’s book, “Ella and the Worry Doll” at Tatnuck Bookseller Sunday, April 27, from 1-3 p.m. “Whether its snakes, storms, or school bullies, everyone has things that make them afraid. But when Ella and her friends are worried or afraid, they call upon [...]

Author Swanson to sign copies of new novel at Tatnuck Bookseller

April 23rd, 2014


Westborough – Author Peter Swanson will be signing copies of his new novel, “The Girl with a Clock for a Heart” at Tatnuck Bookseller Saturday, April 26 from 1-3 p.m. This debut novel is a romantic noir with shades of Hitchcock in which a man is swept into a vortex of passion and murder when [...]

Marlborough sister organizes dance-a-thon for Autism Speaks

April 23rd, 2014


Marlborough – Amanda DeForest, 25, and her sister Nicole, 23, grew up playing with dolls, baking with their mother, and listening to music together. And, while their relationship was typical in many ways, it was also unconventional. For Amanda, the differences that set her apart from Nicole became more and more apparent as the years passed. It wasn’t until she was in middle school, though, that Amanda began to truly realize the limitations that came with having a sister with autism. She had been told that Nicole was autistic many, many times, but it would take a painful life experience to show Amanda the true depth of their bond.

WRTA shuttle ridership climbing in Westborough

April 23rd, 2014


Westborough– Use of the Westborough shuttle service launched in December has spiked recently after a slow start as a marketing push that targeted area employers helped increase use of the service.

Town Manager Jim Malloy told the Board of Selectmen April 22 that in a three-week period starting on March 3, 274 people used the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) service, compared to 51 people in the first 21 days of the service.

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