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Northborough residents reject Zoning Board limitations

October 29th, 2013

Northborough ??” Northborough Town Meeting voters on Oct. 28 overwhelmingly rejected a change to the bylaw that would eliminate the Zoning Board of Appeal's (ZBA) ability to grant use variances.

Under Northborough's bylaw, the ZBA has the power to allow a use in a zoning district not otherwise permitted. The largest use variance granted by the board occurred in 2005 and paved the way for the Northborough Crossing shopping center.

Gun control advocates in Westborough call for common ground with opponents

October 19th, 2013

Westborough – Speaking at the Forum on Preventing Gun Violence at Congregation B'sai Shalom in Westborough Oct. 13, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D- 2nd District), said there needs to be a broader coalition of responsible gun owners to lessen gun violence.

McGovern called on gun owners to “stand up” to extremism “by taking a public stand on sensible legislation that doesn’t take away their constitutional rights.”

Hensley to be honored as Knox Trail's “Good Scout”

October 4th, 2013

Westborough – Each year the Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts of America chooses someone as its “Good Scout Honoree for Westborough.” This year's nominee, Lester Hensley, certainly fulfills the tenets of who the council seeks to honor – someone who has “demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives.” As CEO and president of EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd., he is a second generation head of the Westborough-based business. Hensley has devoted countless hours to his community as a volunteer with youth sports, school organizations, and other community groups. He currently chairs the Westborough Planning Board and the town's Economic Development Committee.

Shrewsbury is in the 'spirit’

September 28th, 2013

Shrewsbury – Hundreds of people of all ages attended the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival Town Expo Sept. 28. The expo, which was one of the highlights of the weekend long festival, featured dozens of vendors, crafters, nonprofit organizations and local businesses. Here are some photos from the day, many featuring the Community Advocate's mascot, […]

17th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury to be held this weekend

September 26th, 2013

Shrewsbury ?The 17th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury (SOS) Fall Festival will be held throughout the town this weekend and organizers say that there will be a full complement of activities that promises fun for residents of all ages.

The first SOS, held in 1997, started out as a homecoming festival but then grew into a community-wide event. In 2000, the Spirit of Shrewsbury organization became a nonprofit. Since then it has grown to include all facets of the community, business, nonprofits, school and civic groups.

Portion of Shrewsbury's Main Street to be closed for two weeks

September 16th, 2013

Shrewsbury – Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 18 a portion of Main St., will be closed to allow crews to work on sewer construction. According to Robert Tozeski, the superintendent for water and sewer, the approximately half-mile stretch of road between Founders Road, near Dean Park, and South Street will be closed to thru traffic starting […]

Taste of Northborough to return to Applefest

September 13th, 2013

Northborough – After a hiatus of several years, the popular event, A Taste of Northborough, is returning to the town's Applefest celebration.

The event, sponsored by the Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) Boosters Club will be held in the school's cafeteria Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2-4 p.m. Local restaurants, stores and farm stands will be offering guests the opportunity to try out some of their fare.

Westborough breaks ground for new fire station

September 11th, 2013

Westborough – Town officials gathered to break ground Sept. 10 at the Milk Street location where the town's new fire station will soon be built.

Robert Brown, the chair of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC), noted in his opening remarks that it was fitting that the ground breaking was taking place on the “eve of 9/11.”

“As people were running away from the buildings firefighters, police and EMTs were running in,” he said. “When 911 calls come in [to Westborough], I want the firefighters to know the town is behind them, they have good equipment and they are respected and loved.”

Northborough to hold Applefest Sept. 20-22

August 28th, 2013

Northborough – In just a few weeks, Northborough will be celebrating one of its biggest and most anticipated events of the year – Applefest. Organizers are now finalizing the plans for the three-day celebration which will be held Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22.

The festival was started in 1991 by a small group of volunteers who aimed to promote the downtown businesses as well as acknowledge the town's agricultural roots. Since that time, it has grown into a beloved weekend extravaganza with participation from local businesses, nonprofits, and just about every town group imaginable.

Isabelle Chang is Spirit of Shrewsbury Grand Marshal

August 22nd, 2013

Shrewsbury – Isabelle Chang has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the 17th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival.

A resident of Shrewsbury for over 60 years, the former Isabelle Chin grew up in Boston, the daughter of an import/export tea merchant. One of nine children, she was the fifth child in a bustling household.

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