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The long and costly road

February 25th, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Meter beater

January 20th, 2016

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Westborough – Starting in February, a new municipal aggregation program, called Westborough Community Choice, will provide residents and businesses who currently are customers of National Grid a way to purchase electricity at lower rates from Constellation Energy Power Choice, Inc.

Gone…but not forgotten

January 19th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – For decades, Anthony “Spag” Borgatti was not just the proprietor of his namesake store on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, he was a much beloved member of the community whose generosity touched scores of local families and organizations.  Starting with a $35 loan from his mother, following his graduation from Shrewsbury High School, Borgatti […]

Northborough takes the cake…

January 8th, 2016

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Northborough – A party wouldn’t be a party without a sweet treat. As Northborough prepares to celebrate its 250th anniversary with a special event Sunday, Jan. 24, there will be not one but two very special cakes that will be served to guests, thanks to Buddy Valastro, the star of the popular television series, “Cake […]

If you don’t like the weather…just wait a minute

January 1st, 2016

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Region – As New Englanders we are used to variations in our weather patterns, but who would have ever expected a Christmas Day when the thermometer hit almost 70 degrees cinching the record as the warmest December on record? But as we all know, the nice weather can’t last forever. One only has to think […]

All I want for Christmas…

December 28th, 2015

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With 2015 rapidly coming to a close, the 2016 presidential race will surely be intensifying as the candidates focus on the Nov. 8 election. Will our next president be one of the front runners, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? Or perhaps one or two of the other candidates will catch the voters’ eyes and surge […]

The ribbon of Christmas meaning

December 23rd, 2015

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When we moved into our house twelve years ago this month, we noticed a knee-high balsam in the middle of the small cleared field that was our back yard. When that little tree had grown to four feet high or so, I decorated its branches at Christmastime with bright red balls and a velvety red […]

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