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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.

Making every vote count

June 15th, 2016

Southborough – It’s been said many times that it is a privilege to vote and in today’s highly charged political climate, those word were never truer. But, though they may want to vote, many long distance commuters are on the road before the polls open and as a result, they don’t make it to the polls. Southborough officials are determined to eliminate as many barriers as possible.

Educational evolution

June 8th, 2016

Westborough – As the world around us evolves at an ever faster pace, it’s important for schools to adapt to students’ needs to ensure they are adequately prepared to succeed in whatever field they choose. In Westborough the school district has been doing just that with its School Improvements Plans, which includes input from students on what they are interested in studying.

Having a voice

June 1st, 2016

Region – For this year’s graduating seniors it will be a year filled with many firsts. One of these will be the first time they will be eligible to vote in the presidential election. With rhetoric that seems uglier than any election in recent memory, this year’s graduating class will have an opportunity to cast a vote that will help shape our nation for the next four years.

Preserving the past for the future

May 25th, 2016

Southborough – When a prospective buyer said he had plans to purchase the historic Burnett/Garfield stone mansion at 84 Main St. and slate it for possible demolition in July 2014, four local teens – Bridget Brady, Jen Fox, Maggie Shoemaker and Kayleigh Travin- decided they were not okay with that idea.

Business builder

May 19th, 2016

Marlborough – Over the past several years, the city of Marlborough has proven that it is ready to face the challenges of a new economy. After Fidelity Investments moved its regional facility out of the city in 2012, many wondered how the city would absorb such a major loss. But led by Mayor Arthur Vigeant, the City Council and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation, Marlborough has successfully attracted major companies to relocate or expand in the city including TJX, Boston Scientific and Quest Diagnostics.

Grafton loses a friend

May 13th, 2016

Grafton – The town recently lost one of its biggest supporters with the passing of Edwin Finn.

Finn served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a pharmacist’s mate and then, after being honorably discharged, returned home to work as a pharmacist, eventually opening Finn’s Pharmacy in South Grafton. He was a member of St. James and St. Patrick’s parishes and the Knights of Columbus Mumford Council 365 as well as a big fan of Grafton and Northbridge sports teams.

Walker’s next chapter

May 6th, 2016

Marlborough – For years, the Frank D. Walker Building has been home to various city offices including the Veterans Services, Retirement Board, and Community Development Authority as well as the United Way of Tri-County’s Marlborough Community Cupboard.

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