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Area libraries participate in MA eBook Project

February 28th, 2014

R-Ma ebook project

Region – The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is conducting a pilot program known as the MA eBook Project to study the concept of sharing an electronic collection with libraries statewide. Among the 51 participants are the public libraries in Hudson and Shrewsbury, and the Fay School Library in Southborough. The project officially launched in November with an initial plan to run for six months. It has now been extended through June.

MLS partnered with two vendors. Over 3,000 e-books are available from Baker & Taylor via its Axis 360 digital media circulation platform. Over 30,000 e-books and other materials are available on an unlimited multi-user basis from BiblioLabs through its BiblioBoard platform.

Ashland Business Association offers scholarships to high school seniors

February 26th, 2014

Ashland – Each year the Ashland Business Association (ABA) awards scholarships to high school seniors residing in Ashland. This spring the ABA will award a minimum of two-$1,000 scholarships to students who best demonstrate good work ethics, motivation, creativity and business/community interests. The deadline to submit the application and all supporting material is midnight, Friday, [...]

Freezing rain expected late tonight

February 20th, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for a period of freezing rain from late tonight into early tomorrow morning. Their 10:30 A.M. updated forecast discussion is below, with a few editorial changes for ease of reading:

“Expect precipitation to develop across the western zones between 7 and 10 pm tonight and expand northeastward quickly. This will also bring a significant warm layer into the region from the south at higher levels of the atmosphere. Temperatures look to be warm enough at the onset for precipitation to fall as rain. However…surface temperatures will drop through the night…resulting in a change to a variety of precipitation types for much of the area. Expect a period of snow or rain mixed with snow for southern New Hampshire before a change to freezing rain as the warm layer reaches that far north. An hour or two of sleet mixed in with rain/snow is possible north of Route 2 but south of the MA/NH border. Elsewhere a change to freezing rain is expected. Am most confident in this change roughly west of 495 and north of the Mass Pike. However…freezing rain is also possible across northern CT…parts of northern RI…and areas of MA back to the 95 corridor. This is all dependent on how quickly temperatures fall at the surface. If temperatures remain above freezing at the surface… then precipitation will remain as rain in these areas. If they don/t then freezing rain will occur. Have issued winter weather advisories for southern New Hampshire and all of Massachusetts roughly west of 495. Advisories may be necessary outside of this area…but with the uncertainty in the surface temperatures…will allow the day shift to take another look.”

Another day, another snow event

February 19th, 2014

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By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Region – It really seems that we can’t catch a break this winter.  Although the next two events seem to be pretty insignificant, anything with even a small amount of freezing rain can be troublesome, particularly when salt and ice melting chemicals are in such scarce supply. Light snow [...]

Weather update as of Tuesday, Feb. 18 a.m.

February 18th, 2014

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By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Everything appears to be on track for the current storm.  Snow should begin in central Massachusetts later this morning and become heavier for a time around or just after noon.  It will all end in the early evening hours, as the developing storm really intensifies out in the Gulf [...]

Update on Feb. 15 storm

February 15th, 2014

By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Region – It is quite a rare event when we see two powerful storms within 3 days of each other, but that is exactly what we are looking at.  A storm system is about to move off the Carolina coast and it will undergo “Bombogenesis” as it moves up [...]

Local churches provide weekly meals for residents

February 13th, 2014

Region – Many area residents who are having financial difficulties find a warm welcome, a hearty dinner, and pleasant conversation each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as they come together for dinner at Our Father’s Table. There are no forms to fill out or questions asked to be allowed to join in at the First Baptist Church basement on Mechanic Street in Marlborough.

Family network makes a play date

February 7th, 2014

Kayla Onyango, 4, of Marlborough rides a miniature roller coaster.

Region – Children and grownups from the Together We Can Family Network (TWCFN) enjoyed an active afternoon Feb. 2 at Playtown Express in Southborough. After a couple hours of climbing, bouncing, riding and laughing, the kids were treated to snacks and given a book to take home. TWCFN offers free activities for families up to [...]

Region anticipated to get 8-12″ of snow

February 4th, 2014

The morning commute is expected to be nasty Wednesday morning!

By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Region – So far, the impending storm is behaving almost exactly as portrayed several days ago.  Snow will begin in the Shrewsbury area around 2:00 to 4:00 a.m. tomorrow morning, becoming moderate to heavy just before dawn, likely around 6:00 A.M., and continue for the rest of the morning.  [...]

State Rep. Peterson will retire after current term ends

February 4th, 2014

State Representative, George N.  Peterson, Jr. 

Region – After 20 years as a state representative, George N. Peterson, Jr., R-Grafton, has decided to step down when his term ends next January.

Peterson, 63, the current assistant minority leader, represents the 9th Worcester district in central Massachusetts, which includes Grafton, Northbridge and Upton and prior to the legislative redistricting in 2012, also represented parts of Westborough.

Leaving the House of Representatives will be bittersweet, he conceded, but added that it was “time.”

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