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Letter to the editor: Corrections regarding water presentation article at town meeting

October 14th, 2016

In reporting on Shrewsbury’s recent Special Town Meeting (“Special Town Meeting votes down two petition-generated articles,” Oct. 4, 2016) the Community Advocate made several statements about my water rate article that were wrong. 1) I did not say that ‘commercial water users should pay more than residential users’ for the same consumption. I did say that commercial rates, which are currently much lower than residential rates, should be increased faster than future residential rate increases so as to make the residential and commercial rates more equitable. 2) I did not say that ‘water rates now in use had been set in 2007’ (current rates went into effect January 1, 2016). I did say that since 2007 residential consumption had been below the state guideline of 65 gallons/day, so from that year on, commercial rates should have been increased faster than residential rates in order to bring them closer together, thus making rates more equitable. 3) In connection with this article, I did not say that the selectmen’s reports were inadequate regarding toxins in the water. I did say that there had been substantial errors in reported residential water consumption and unaccounted water for several years. And I merely said that the town’s Manganese/dirty water problem this summer was probably exacerbated by the fact that one third of all water pumped was being lost. And by the way, Manganese is not considered a toxin even at Shrewsbury’s current high levels.

Letter to the editor: Assabet Valley has many benefits for students

October 14th, 2016

My name is Desirée Diaz and I’m a junior at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. Many times I’ve heard things like “You go to Assabet? How will you make it to college?” when I mention to Shrewsbury High School (SHS) students what school I’m in. It saddens me to hear that going to a technical school means I have no chance of passing college. These critiques miss all the benefits of vocational schools that I myself have experienced.

Letter to the editor: The significance of Columbus Day

October 14th, 2016

We usually celebrate on Oct. 12 to honor Christopher Columbus who first set foot on the soil of the New World in 1492. Although no one realized its tremendous significance at that time, October 12, 1492 was a great day in history. From that day forward, half the world previously unknown to Europeans now lay opened to exploration and colonization.

Letter to the editor: During drought, important to take measures to conserve water

September 11th, 2016

To the Editor: With the current drought reaching historic levels, and having devastating impacts on our ground water supplies, people and businesses still watering their lawns in our towns have to re-consider their actions, regardless of whether they maintain their own wells or utilize municipal water.  Regardless of the source, nearly a quarter of Massachusetts […]

Letter to the editor: Remember to help birds during drought conditions

September 11th, 2016

To the Editor: A request on behalf of the birds and other animals. The present drought has dried up some water sources for the wildlife and killed off insects and plants that provide liquid and nutrition for them. It is easy to put out fresh water every day. And to continue bird feeding to keep them alive. They benefit […]

Letter to the editor: Not allowing film maker to shoot in Westborough is ‘parochial’

September 11th, 2016

To the Editor: As a 27- year resident of the town of Westborough I have to say that I found the response by the police chief and several of the selectmen to a film maker who wanted to shoot a movie scene in the downtown, embarrassingly parochial.  The remarks of a few officials reduced the […]

Letter to the editor: A stormy night in Westborough

August 7th, 2016

To the Editor: It’s called a “micro burst” when the sudden storm hit at 8:24 p.m. [July 22] and we lost electricity here. Even the emergency lights didn’t work so I was grateful for my flashlight even though it was flickering. I was safe in my bed just listening and talking with God and letting […]

Letter to the editor: Thanks to those who made the 2016 ‘Reality Check’ a reality

July 10th, 2016

To the Editor: On behalf of the Rotary Club of Marlborough, I would like to thank some folks publicly who worked hard to make the “2016 Reality Check” on June 15 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School a success. The Reality Check is an interactive, financial literacy game for the sophomore class at Assabet […]

Letter to the editor: Thank you to Northborough Junior Woman’s Club

July 10th, 2016

To the Editor, Happy summer everyone! I wanted to take a moment to thank the Northborough Junior Woman’s Club for their generous donation towards the Splash Pad and the Summer Camp Financial Aid Fund for the 2016 year. The NJWC was kind enough to support the splash pad again this year. Their donation has allowed […]

Letter to the editor: Apple Tree Arts thanks Grafton community

July 10th, 2016

To the Editor: We want to thank the Grafton community for its support of Apple Tree Arts’ third annual Community Ice Cream Social. Everyone enjoyed celebrating the end of the school year with their friends and meeting new ones. Families and children had fun eating delicious bowls of ice cream. Many children had fun bouncing […]

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