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Letter to the editor: Thanks to those who participated in scarecrow display

October 30th, 2016

Based on what was recently seen on the Shrewsbury Town Common, 2016 was a great year for scarecrows.

Letter to the editor: Student holding drive for Northborough Food Pantry

October 21st, 2016

To the Editor: A fifth grade student at The Fitzgerald Institute is doing a food drive to give food to people who are hungry. The students at The Fitzgerald Institute are doing Community Service projects based on what they think people need.  The Northborough Food Pantry donates food to those in need and helps over […]

Letter to the editor: Girl Scouts travel thanks to community support

October 14th, 2016

Westborough Girl Scout Troop 30633 would like to thank the community for their tremendous support in helping them achieve their travel goals, and supporting a strong Girl Scout program in our town. The troop, 15 girls and four adults, traveled to Arizona this summer. The girls have been holding money earning projects since November 2014, raising $10,000 to supplement the cost of the trip.

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 […]

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