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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


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.

The long and costly road

February 25th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

In January 2017 the state is due to finish paying $300 million in bonds. By state law, that means that tolls are no longer to be collected on the Massachusetts Turnpike. However, state officials, including Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack, are recommending that the tolls continue with all proceeds going towards much-needed infrastructure improvements, such as reconstructing the I-495 interchange in Westborough.

Where there’s smoke…there’s controversy

February 12th, 2016


Southborough – The town of Southborough is the latest community to approve the first step in allowing a medical marijuana dispensary to be built in the town.

Recently the Board of Selectmen voted to sign a letter of non-opposition that would allow Commonwealth Cannabis Co. to go ahead with the next step in opening a facility at 255 Turnpike Road (Route 9). The plan must still be approved by the state’s Department of Mental Health.

A fine solution

February 4th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Westborough – Each February the Westborough Public Library’s “Can Your Fines” program offers patrons who have late library materials a way to settle their fines, not with money, but rather with nonperishable items that are then donated to the Westborough Food Pantry.

Taking care of business

January 27th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Marlborough – Over the past several years, the city’s leaders have made a strong effort to bring large companies to Marlborough. Now, with a new initiative and the support of four local banks, they hope to help new and existing small businesses thrive.

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