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Open -minded

July 8th, 2013

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Southborough – When it comes to new construction requirements, not everyone agrees on the definition of “open space.”  Recently in Southborough, the Planning Board decided to remove the “Open Space Residential Development” bylaw from an upcoming proposed zoning overhaul following opposition from the Open Space Preservation Commission (OSPC). Although the commission is clearly in support [...]

No doubt…there will be a drought

July 8th, 2013

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Region – In recent years, drought advisories have been the norm as officials worry that days of unabated heat will deplete municipal water sources.  However, with the amount of rain we have had in recent weeks, some communities, including Marlborough, have chosen to ease those restrictions.  But, with the area now in the midst of [...]

Stretching the budget

July 8th, 2013

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Marlborough – It’s not often that a school district can cover a significant budget shortfall without cutting positions but Marlborough officials have found a way to do so. After Mayor Arthur Vigeant, who is also the School Committee chair, proposed a $55.29 million school budget for Fiscal Year 2014, the city council cut $250,000 out. [...]

The size is right….

June 17th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – For several years now, the Shrewsbury Library Board of Trustees has been trying to get approval for monies for a new, expanded library to replace what they say is a building that is outdated and in disrepair. Those plans were rejected by the voters, many of whom felt the project was too grand.  [...]

For the ‘health’ of it

June 6th, 2013

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Northborough – In Northborough, residents don’t just “talk the talk” when it comes to healthy living, they “walk the walk” – literally. They also bike, hike, garden and focus on healthy living, thanks to a program called “Healthy Northborough. “ Started in 2008, the program aims to get residents exercising and eating a healthier diet. [...]

Don’t forget to smile!

June 6th, 2013

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Marlborough – As society changes, surveillance cameras are becoming more of a norm.  In Marlborough, the School Committee is considering a proposal to increase the number of cameras at the high school to 50 and at the middle school to 30. Future plans might include installing cameras at the elementary schools as well. Still to [...]

There’s no choice

May 24th, 2013

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Northborough-Southborough – When it comes to the possibility of school choice at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS), school administrators say there is no choice but to say no. The Northborough-Southborough School Committee recently voted unanimously against instituting a school choice program at the school. If the proposal had been approved, towns (other than Northborough and [...]

Living in a ‘dry’ town

May 21st, 2013

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Region – As homeowners prepare to awaken their lawns after a long winter, there is one unwelcome sign of spring in the air – water bans. Many local communities, including Marlborough, Shrewsbury, and Westborough, have already initiated mandatory water restrictions. And unless Mother Nature cooperates, it appears that it might be a long, dry, spring [...]

Will a ‘downsize’ be the right size?

May 21st, 2013

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Shrewsbury –In October 2012 voters denied a plan that would have approved funds for a 43,000-square library renovation and expansion that would have been combined with monies from a state library grant. Proponents are now hoping that a scaled-down proposal will meet the approval of voters this year. After the project was scaled down to [...]

Serving up a decision

May 21st, 2013

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Northborough/Southborough – Ever since the 2006 completion of the Algonquin Regional High School renovation/reconstruction project, Northborough and Southborough have been going back and forth about how much each town should receive of the $36 million in state reimbursement funds. Given two approaches – one based on the regional contract’s cost break-down, which depends on relative [...]

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