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Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘NO’ for a split tax rate at Southborough Town Meeting

April 11th, 2014

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To the Editor: Article 24 on the Town Warrant of Southborough is proposing a dual property tax rate which would tax business at a higher rate. The rationale for those who oppose Southborough’s long-standing single tax rate is that increased business in Southborough will cause home values to decline.  Here are the realities to consider: [...]

Letter to the editor: Celebrate National Library Week

April 11th, 2014

Dear Editor, During the week of April 13-19, the Marlborough and Hudson Public Libraries join libraries in communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers. Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club is proud of our membership in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs whose work in [...]

Letter to the editor: Vote ‘NO’ for a split tax rate at Southborough Town Meeting

April 11th, 2014

To the Editor: Article 24 on the Town Warrant of Southborough is proposing a dual property tax rate which would tax business at a higher rate. The rationale for those who oppose Southborough’s long-standing single tax rate is that increased business in Southborough will cause home values to decline.  Here are the realities to consider: [...]

Shrewsbury student/teacher ratios still being quoted incorrectly

March 26th, 2014

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To the Editor: Last November the Community Advocate printed a long, front-page article about Shrewsbury’s schools, including extensive comments from the school superintendent and a chart showing Shrewsbury’s student/teacher ratio as 21 to 1. I knew immediately that this ratio was wrong, and    I pointed this error out in a letter that was printed December [...]

Viewpoint – All economies are local

January 16th, 2014

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Massachusetts communities can no longer rely on state or federal aid to fill their budget gaps. Therefore, each municipality must take responsibility for its own economic fate.

Towns and cities are failing to take advantage of economic development opportunities and tax revenues. They do not understand how to create the optimum number of local jobs, nor understand municipal metrics that determine their economic well-being. They lack knowledge about their industry clusters, especially about which are thriving or struggling. They do not know the decision makers at those enterprises who pay business taxes and create jobs.

Letter to the Editor – propaganda campaign for a Shrewsbury operating budget override is now in high gear

December 3rd, 2013

To the Editor: The propaganda campaign for a Shrewsbury operating budget override is now in high gear, and the Community Advocate made it clear that it supports this campaign when it published a lengthy front page article in its November 15, 2013 edition titled ‘Class sizes in Shrewsbury causing teacher headaches, achievement gaps’. (www.communityadvocate.com/2013/11/14/under-pressure-class-sizes-in-shrewsbury-causing-teacher-headaches-achievement-gaps). This [...]

Letter to the Editor: Thank you from Westborough Education Foundation

November 24th, 2013

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To the Editor: Are you smarter than your Selectmen?  The Westborough Education Foundation held its annual Trivia Bee on Nov. 4; and the Selectmen (Ian Johnson, George Barrette, and Tim Dodd), who played on a team sponsored by Ball Financial, hold bragging rights as the 2013 Trivia Bee Champions. The big winners are Westborough school [...]

To the Editor:

November 24th, 2013

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The Marlborough Recreation Department would like to thank the following organizations, businesses, and community groups who made donations to our recreation programs that allowed needy children to attend the program/lessons free of charge: Mayor’s Charity Fund; Family and Friends of our beloved  Marlborough’s first Recreation Director Louis F. Ghiloni; Juniper Farms; Marlborough -Fraternal Order Of [...]

Letter to the editor: Southborough KOC completes successful charity drive

November 14th, 2013

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To the Editor: The Knights of Columbus Council 119 in Southborough carried out the annual Tootsie Roll Charity Drive for handicapped children at five locations: Dunkin’ Donuts, the Village Spa, St. Anne’s and St. Matthew’s parishes, and at Heritage Day (Oct. 14). The response was outstanding. The combined donations amounted to $1,640. The Knights thank [...]

Letter to the editor: Thank you from Shrewsbury Library Board of Trustees

November 14th, 2013

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To the Editor: Thank you Shrewsbury voters! This journey began in 1998 when it became clear that the current library was not meeting the needs of our growing community. The Library Trustees thank the many dedicated people who contributed to our goal of renovating and expanding our library. Without your continued efforts and support, this [...]

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