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‘Pet project’

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.

Some like it hot…but some don’t

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.

Summer bugs, magical and not

July 24th, 2016

I awoke recently around midnight and, unable to sleep, I watched out the window as flickering lights floated above the grassy patch behind the house.

All lives matter

July 21st, 2016

Region – It has been a chilling and horrifying few weeks as the nation has watched police departments in Dallas and Baton Rouge come under attack and then face the devastating loss of multiple officers on their forces. There has been one silver lining amidst the sadness – citizens across the country, including here in our region, have come out en masse to show they support their local police departments. Gifts of cards, foods, visits and other gestures of support, officers say, mean the world to them. And in turn, they promise to continue to honor their vow to protect us, even if it means they must continue to put themselves in harm’s way to do so.

Letter to editor: Thank you Shrewsbury Police Department

July 18th, 2016

I wrote this poem to thank the police for all they do especially in light of recent events. I gave it to the Shrewsbury Police department. They loved it. My friends suggested I send it to you so that other police officers could see it.

New possibilities for a storied property

July 13th, 2016

Westborough – In 1886, the Westborough State Hospital was built on the shores of Lake Chauncy and near the Northborough border. In 2010, the commonwealth closed the hospital and then four years later, sold it to the town of Westborough for $2.2 million. Town officials are now seeking proposals for the purchase of approximately 36 of the property’s 94 acres.

Time flies when you’re having SUN…

July 8th, 2016

Region – Although the winter of 2016 was not nearly as bad as the previous few, it’s a special reward for New Englanders when summer finally arrives.

And what a season it has been so far, with an amazing stretch of virtually perfect days right through the Fourth of July weekend!

Letter to editor: Chipsealing not appropriate for major roads

June 29th, 2016

I am writing regarding the use of chipsealing roads in the Grafton, Westborough, and surrounding towns. Chipsealing is the process of putting down a layer of tar and overlaying it with “chips” of aggregate. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipseal.)

Paving the way

June 29th, 2016

Marlborough – The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has committed to investing nearly $88 million in projects in the city of Marlborough and surrounding areas. Major projects include $31.8 million for reconstruction of the I-90/I-495 interchange; $15.4 million for I-495 maintenance, signage, and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) for Marlborough, Hudson, and Berlin; and $14.6 million for I-290 maintenance.

Nature’s classroom

June 24th, 2016

Shrewsbury – Kara Frankian, a first and second grade teacher at the Floral Street School, was recently named as the first recipient of the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society’s Champion of Environmental Literacy Award for her work in helping to utilize a nature trail behind the school into her students’ curriculum.

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