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A look back at Westborough’s Agricultural Society

July 24th, 2014

Westborough – In 1839 the Westborough Agricultural Society, the forerunner of the Westborough Grange, was founded by 27 Westborough farmers. The purpose of the society was twofold: to promote agricultural education and farm-related techniques and as a social organization. Farming was clearly the primary occupation of the residents and increased with the opening of the Worcester Turnpike in 1810. It was believed that “a society of agriculturists can more easily as well as more expeditiously than individuals collect and distribute such information as cannot but tend to increase the products and improve the soil.” The initial meetings of the society were held at members’ homes and later in the lower hall of the townhouse.

Westborough teacher and coach wins Pathfinder Award

July 24th, 2014

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Westborough/Grafton – It’s not often you’ll find someone halfway through their career with as many accolades as Grafton resident Roger Anderson; however, the Westborough coach and educator’s philosophy is a credit to his success and that of his students and athletes.

City awarded $1.6 million grant for Simarano Drive

July 24th, 2014

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Marlborough – At the request of Mayor Arthur Vigeant the City Council has accepted a $1.6 million grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) that will provide funds for renovations and improvements on Simarano Drive.

The monies will be used to reconstruct roads, improve and add sidewalks, install traffic signals and establish a bicycle path for a “Complete Streets” project.

Performance helps show kids science can be fun

July 24th, 2014

Brooks is instructed by Shoshana when to stop pouring in the bubbles during the  Sciencetellers performance at the Westborough Public Library.
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Westborough – The Sciencetellers visited the Westborough Public Library July 21 to perform their show, “Dragons & Dreams: The Science of Fire & Ice.”

The New Jersey- based group visits children in schools, libraries, festivals and other gatherings to present an interactive show featuring storytelling, comedy, and science experiments.

Selectmen implement water restriction policy

July 24th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Residents who use town water must now follow outside water restrictions until at least the end of September. The Board of Selectmen passed this measure at its July 22 meeting.

The board had determined that there is a water shortage and conservation measures are necessary. Under Article 18 of the General By-Laws of the town of Shrewsbury, the following outdoor water measures are in effect as of July 22, based upon the street address as follows:

Westborough selectmen approve remote participation policy

July 24th, 2014

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Westborough–Reversing a previous position, the Board of Selectmen July 22 voted to adopt a policy governing remote participation in meetings, allowing board and committee members to take part in meetings by conference call in limited circumstances.

Some board members said they remained uneasy about the arrangement, but acknowledged it was necessary to help keep volunteers who are forced to be away from town frequently from dropping off town boards. There are currently 21 vacancies on various boards and committee, Selectmen Chair George Barrette noted.

Marlborough garden tour features Girl Scouts’ Silver Award project

July 24th, 2014

Sara Peltier and Ashley LeConti, members of Girl Scout Troop 72843

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Marlborough – When the Marlborough Public Library presented a garden tour July 20, guests visited several spots including Jaworek Elementary School. That’s where Girl Scout Troop 72843 members Ashley LeConti and Sara Peltier created a vegetable patch as their Silver Award project. The garden’s harvest will be donated to the Marlborough Community Cupboard.

Shrewsbury National wins Northborough Invitational Baseball Tournament

July 24th, 2014

The Shrewsbury National team poses with their trophies after defeating West Boylston.

Northborough – Shrewsbury National defeated West Boylston in the finals of the Northborough Invitational Baseball Tournament for 12-year-olds July 20, under the lights at Casey Field in Northborough. The final score was 9-1. Shrewsbury National scored first with a solo home run by Cade Nelson in the second inning, and never trailed in the game. Logan Peterson pitched a complete game for Shrewsbury National. West Boylston’s lone run came on a home run by Adam Fuller in the fifth inning.

Demolition of historic mansion on hold after purchase and sale expires

July 22nd, 2014

Southborough – A proposed plan to demolish the historic Burnett/Garfield mansion has been put on hold after a purchase and sale agreement with the prospective buyer has expired.

Chick-fil-A will soon be open in Westborough

July 22nd, 2014

Mike Lawson, the owner-operator of the new Westborough Chick-fil-A and Karen Chapman, the president of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, pose for a photo with Chick-fil-A’s “Cow” mascot. 
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Westborough – Local officials gathered July 15 to celebrate the newest addition to the area’s dining options: Chick-fil-A, the fast food chain that specializes in chicken sandwiches.

Construction has already started at the restaurant’s 286 Turnpike Road (Route 9) location. It is slated to open this fall and employ 80 people. The new restaurant will be the Atlanta-based chain’s third Massachusetts location and the second stand-alone in the state.

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