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A bridge more travelled

April 28th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – Last November, the new Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge, which connects Shrewsbury to Worcester via Route 9, officially opened to great fanfare. The bridge, which replaced the nearly 100-year old bridge spanning Lake Quinsigamond, was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

A road less crumpled

April 21st, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Grafton – The town of Grafton will receive just over $500,000 this year in state funds to help repair pot holes, resurface roads and conduct other infrastructure repairs.

The funding was included as part of a $200 million Chapter 90 bond authorization approved by the House of Representatives on March 30.

A man with many hats

April 20th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Northborough –Mark Leahy has announced that he is retiring next month as Northborough’s Police Chief to become the executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association.

He will be taking over for the association’s current executive director A. Wayne Sampson, who is the former Shrewsbury Police Chief.

A clean sweep

April 14th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Region- Now that winter is finally over, groups in several of local towns are out and about picking up trash and sprucing up their communities.

Shrewsbury Girl and Boy Scouts, as well as other civic groups, spent a recent rainy Saturday working in and around town.

Train kept a rollin’

March 31st, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Region – Commuters who use the Framingham-Worcester commuter rail may notice some midday and off-peak delays over the next few months as Keolis, the company that maintains the rails, sets out to replace 30,000 railroad ties.

The company plans to replace railroad ties between Newtonville and Southborough this fall.

Visiting the past

March 24th, 2016

Janice Lindsay

Today, I delve into the past, because I currently find the present just a bit scary, given current events and politics.

If you don’t like the weather…wait a minute

March 23rd, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Region – We all know that the weather in New England can be unpredictable and this past winter was just that. With above average temperatures that even hit 70 in February and much less snow than the past two years, it seemed that Mother Nature had given us a break. But then a with surprise snowstorm and cold snap on the first few days of spring it appeared she was saying, “Not so fast!”

Here’s your hat…what’s your hurry?

March 16th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Marlborough – When a school superintendent leaves his or her position, the district must often go through a lengthy and often costly process, qualifying and then interviewing candidates as well as hiring an interim superintendent.

With the announcement that Richard Langlois is leaving the Marlborough district to take a position in Windham, N.H., the city’s school department finds itself seeking a new leader once again.

The greatest show on earth?

March 10th, 2016

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Although Super Tuesday has come and gone in Massachusetts, the political grandstanding, name calling and cringe inducing behavior certainly has not. As candidates claw for every last delegate, it appears that they are willing to go to great lengths to discredit their opponents.

Recognizing ‘Joe V.’

March 4th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Marlborough – Joe Valarioti will be honored by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) at a dinner March 23 with its lifetime achievement award.

Valarioti opened Central Auto Rebuilders in 1957 and moved to Marlborough three years later. He has been an avid community volunteer, serving on the Assabet Valley Regional Technical School District School Committee, MRCC board and Marlborough Rotary Club.

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