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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.
October 4th, 2016
To the Editor: A 15- year old teen, who feels isolated for whatever reason (being bullied, dealing with stress at home, trying to cope with the recent death of a loved one, struggling with sexual identity, or feeling enormous pressure–school, sports, etc.), wakes up daily feeling anxious, depressed, and does not feel ready to tackle […]
September 21st, 2016
To the Editor: New England towns abound in quaint homes and streetscapes that depict a bygone era when life was much simpler. Westborough is typical and it is a great place to live. Many such towns have managed to keep things simple and maintain the historical integrity within the context of a rapidly growing community. […]
September 13th, 2016
Why does winter seem to pass soooo sloooowwwwwly, while summer goesbysofast? From June through September is four months. So is December through March. But that equality of time means nothing when you get the feeling that – Yikes! Here it is September, and I’m not done with June! Or – Here it is March, and […]
September 11th, 2016
Southborough – An article at the Oct. 18 Special Town Meeting will request that the Board of Selectmen close Flagg Road at the culvert near the road’s intersection with Route 9. If approved, traffic to and from the proposed 180-unit Chapter 40B project, Residences at Park Central, or any other development that is to be […]
September 1st, 2016
To the Editor: Labor Day is celebrated in North America every first Monday in September. It first started with the Knights of Labor in 1882 under the leadership of Peter J. Maguire from Camden, N. J. Other organizations adopted the idea. By 1887, Colorado passed the first act making it an official holiday. Soon afterwards, all […]
August 27th, 2016
Region – When residents and guests celebrate the 20th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival next month, there will be one new event they will definitely not want to miss – a fireworks display on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fireworks will be lit from the Glavin Regional Center on Lake Street and weather permitting, should […]
August 10th, 2016
Marlborough – When the Marlborough City Council meets for their bi-weekly meetings, they can have at times up to 200 pages of written documentation for review. That can result in almost 2,000 pages being printed out for each meeting.
To help reduce that cost, City Councilor Matt Elder has suggested that the council use electronic technology such as smartphones and tablets and websites such as Google Drive and Dropbox instead.
August 3rd, 2016
Grafton – For many families, a pet is not just a dog or cat; it is a beloved family member. And while saving human lives is of course the top priority for firefighters, they do try their best to rescue pets if it is safe to do so.
During the month of August, the Grafton Fire Department is requesting donations so that they may purchase two pet saving kits. Each kit will include special equipment designed to handle and treat cats and dogs that have been affected by a fire.
July 28th, 2016
Region – The extended heat wave this summer has residents racing for relief whether that’s a local pool, the beach or an air-conditioned building.
Not surprising, officials across the region, worried about drought conditions after a particularly mild winter, have issued strict water bans.