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Some disapprove of the approval

September 7th, 2013

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Northborough – A decision by the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) to approve a special permit for a mixed-use development at 61 and 65 W. Main St. has ignited a war of words on social media between some ZBA and Planning Board officials as well as some residents. On Aug. 27, the ZBA approved a [...]

Oh, that sinking feeling

September 3rd, 2013

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When President Barack Obama touched down at the Marlboro Airport in April 2010 to view local flood damage, excitement quickly turned to dismay for Robert Stetson, the airport’s owner, after heavy Marine helicopters and ground vehicles accompanying the president severely damaged the airfield. Stetson subsequently filed a claim with the U.S. Secret Service alleging $676,000 [...]

Taking a bite out of Summer

August 28th, 2013

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Region – Last summer, an untold number of events were cancelled due to unwelcome guests – mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV). With the recent announcement from Shrewsbury officials confirming that local mosquitos have tested positive for the nasty disease, it appears that this will be a problem once again this year for those [...]

Taking a bite out of Summer

August 21st, 2013

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Region – Last summer, an untold number of events were cancelled due to unwelcome guests – mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV). With the recent announcement from Shrewsbury officials confirming that local mosquitoes have tested positive for the nasty disease, it appears that this will be a problem once again this year for those [...]

Not an opponent in sight

August 17th, 2013

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Marlborough – With the deadline looming for candidates to turn in their papers, it appears that Mayor Arthur Vigeant may well run unopposed this November. Although there could be a last minute candidate or a write-in campaign, at press time, no one has taken out papers to challenge the mayor in his quest for another [...]

The fruits of success

August 7th, 2013

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Westborough – By most accounts, the Westborough Farmers’ Market, open each Thursday throughout the summer, has been a hit. Under the directorship of the nonprofit organization Dismas House, it has allowed local vendors to sell things such as farm produce, baked goods, coffee and wine. If there was a drawback however, it would be with [...]

Westborough voters approve Town Hall renovation

August 7th, 2013

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Westborough – After several years of sometimes contentious debate, Westborough’s voters approved $7.3 million at the March Annual Town Meeting to renovate the Town Hall. As that project is slated to start in September officials are now trying to determine the best course of action to relocate not only the different town offices that call [...]

Bird song and beliefs that work

August 1st, 2013

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By Janice Lindsay He starts singing around 4:30 a.m., his voice high and sweet. He chirps atop a tree at the edge of the woods, hidden from my view. His melody is complex: a short warble, a trill, a longer warble, another trill, a third warble. It lasts five or six seconds. He waits for [...]

The end of the road (work)

July 23rd, 2013

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Northborough – Northborough residents and business owners are breathing a sigh of relief now that the downtown improvement project is in its final stages. Over the past year, traffic lights have been reconfigured, part of Route 20 has been made slightly wider, left turn only lanes have been created, and the railroad crossing has been [...]

Physician Focus: Weight-Loss Surgery is Just the Beginning

July 16th, 2013

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By Rick Buckley Jr., M.D., and Mitchell Gitkind, M.D. Ten years after then-U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona addressed Congress in July of 2003 on the obesity epidemic and declared it “the fastest-growing cause of disease and death in America,” obesity remains a major public health problem. Today, 36 percent of adults and 17 percent [...]

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