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Where to park the Senior Center?

April 27th, 2013

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Marlborough – Although Marlborough residents and officials have agreed since 2002 that the city needs a new senior center, agreeing on its location is proving to be difficult. To keep costs down, a city-owned property is preferred. Mayor Arthur Vigeant recently proposed building the center on a small portion – less than 3 percent – [...]

‘Who’s on first?’

April 11th, 2013

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Northborough – It appears that baseball has gotten to be a very competitive game in Northborough…both on and off the field.  Although there are only about 50 to 60 players who would qualify by age, there are two organizations competing for those players – the longstanding Northborough Baseball and Softball Association (NBSA) and a new [...]

Taking a bite out of property taxes

March 28th, 2013

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Northborough – Just like surrounding towns, Northborough is struggling to raise tax revenue without raising property tax rates. At a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, Town Administrator John Coderre suggested instituting the increase in hotel and meals tax that the state approved as an option several years ago. At that time, some nearby municipalities adopted [...]

‘Beetle-Busters’

March 13th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – Despite attempts to control infestation in the area along the Worcester-Shrewsbury line over the past several years, the Asian Longhorned Beetle has managed to move into new areas in Shrewsbury, including town property located at the edge of St. John’s High School’s athletic fields. The beetle infestation has already resulted in significant local [...]

Guilty by association?

February 27th, 2013

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Westborough – Although Westborough’s chemical health policy has been in place for several years, some School Committee members spoke out against it at a recent meeting. Their opposition centered around the fact that their children could be punished merely by being present where drugs or alcohol were being used. Although no one can deny the [...]

Central One Federal Credit Union is a good sport

February 21st, 2013

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Shrewsbury – A shortfall in funds for fiscal year 2014 has led to cuts totaling $90,000 from the town’s school budget. To bridge the gap, school officials have been seeking sponsors – businesses and individuals – to fund budget items. In response, Central One Federal Credit Union has stepped forward in a big way by [...]

The $4 million dollar question

February 6th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – It’s not unusual for school administrators and town officials to disagree on the budget numbers associated with running the schools. Although there is often a differential, it’s usually close enough that things can be settled with a few compromises. But, as Shrewsbury prepares its fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget, Superintendent of Schools Dr. [...]

Where there’s smoke …

February 1st, 2013

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Northborough – The dangers associated with second-hand smoke have caused the Northborough Board of Health to consider tightening smoking restrictions on some town properties. Smoking is currently permitted on the grounds of the Town Hall, the library, the Senior Center and the Police and Fire departments, but at a distance from the buildings. A proposal [...]

Seems like time to realign

January 25th, 2013

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Northborough – Last year’s hiring of DPW Director Dan Nason prompted a department review that has resulted in a proposal to re-organize the DPW. The proposed plan includes both the creation and elimination of certain positions, some of which are currently vacant due to past budget cuts. In addition, the re-organization seeks to transfer responsibilities [...]

A sticky situation

January 18th, 2013

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Westborough – When protesters held a sit-in inside the TransCanada Corporation’s regional headquarters on Turnpike Road last week, the eight young men and women were chained together at the waist and feet, and their hands were Superglued together. After attempts using bolt-cutters and even the Jaws of Life failed, a locksmith was called in from [...]

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