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No tax impact for Northborough’s proposed capital budget items

April 15th, 2014

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Northborough – In addition to $15 million to fund the Lincoln Street School project, voters at Town Meeting this month will be asked to approve an additional $3 million in capital projects that will be funded at no direct cost to taxpayers.

Town Manager John Coderre presented the Board of Selectmen April 14 a proposed capital budget plan for Fiscal Year 2015 that includes $940,000 in municipal spending and $2.1 million in water and sewer projects.

Hudson, Marlborough police departments make arrest after drug investigation

April 11th, 2014

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Hudson – The Hudson Police Department has released information on a month-long investigation with the Marlborough Police Department into the illegal distribution of cocaine that has resulted in an arrest: On Wednesday, April 2, 2014 narcotics detectives from the Hudson and Marlboro Police Departments concluded a month long investigation into the illegal distribution of cocaine [...]

Special Shrewsbury Town Meeting will address former Spag’s property development ‘vision’

April 10th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – A plan to develop the former Spag’s/Building 19 property into a multi-use complex will be on the agenda for the Tuesday, April 29, Special Town Meeting (STM). The warrant will ask voters to approve nine articles that would substantially change the rules and roadways of the property located on Route 9.

The developer, Grossman Development Group, met with the Board of Selectmen during the board’s April 8 meeting to discuss the initial “vision” for the project, which they have dubbed “Lakeway Commons.”

Westborough selectmen will continue to explore ‘underride’ option

April 10th, 2014

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Westborough – The Westborough Board of Selectmen will continue to explore the option of proposing a Proposition 2- 1/2 “underride” to voters in the future, with some board members expressing concerns that the town’s relatively robust $6.7 million in untaxed levy capacity could prove tempting to special interests.

A Prop 2- 1/2 underride would permanently reduce the town’s overall tax levy limit, but not lower property taxes or affect town budgets in the near term. By tapping excess levy capacity, a community can boost taxes more than 2- 1/2 percent in any given year without an override vote.

Westborough’s West Main Street mixed-use project gets final OK

April 10th, 2014

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Westborough – A new mixed-use building with 28 apartments and 3,700 square feet of retail space at 25 W. Main St. won final approval from the Board of Selectmen April 8, clearing the way for the project nearly three years after it was first proposed.

Selectmen approved a site plan for a new four-story building and 37 parking spaces on the property, where an existing building will be demolished, possibly as soon as next month.

Mayor’s Charity Ball benefits Marlborough relief fund

April 7th, 2014

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Marlborough – It was a night of “Glitz and Glam at the Inn” as the city’s residents came together April 5 at the Mayor’s Charity Ball held at the Holiday Inn.

The ball, which has been held each inaugural year since 1960, benefits the Mayor’s Charity Relief Fund, which helps residents in need of financial assistance at times of crisis or hardship.

Mayor Arthur Vigeant, noting that this is the only major source of revenue for the fund, added that the response of residents and businesses had been “overwhelming.”

Shrewsbury Road Scholars 5K benefits schools

April 6th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Over 300 participants of all ages start the seventh annual Shrewsbury Road Scholars 5K and One-Mile Fun Run held April 6, beginning and ending at Oak Middle School. Finishing first overall in 18:29 was Tom Cairns, a junior at Shrewsbury High School (SHS). The first-place female finishing in 21.54 was Erin Hickey of [...]

Employment Options honors Marlborough Police at annual dinner

April 1st, 2014

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Marlborough – Employment Options, Inc. hosted its annual awards dinner at its Marlborough clubhouse March 27, where it presented a special award to the Marlborough Police Department.

The nonprofit agency helps individuals in the MetroWest area manage their mental health and wellness including those who have experienced economic disadvantages.

Each year, it recognizes community leaders who encourage the work of the agency while also serving as a branch to understanding the needs of its members.

Shrewsbury residents, officials debate merit of Proposition 2 -1/2 override

March 31st, 2014

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By Michelle Murdock, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Calling themselves “Community Supporters for Shrewsbury,” a group of concerned citizens have filed paperwork to form a ballot question committee to advocate for a Proposition 2½ override in Shrewsbury. Comprised of six co-chairs, Chris Coghlin, Joyce Danielson, Mel Gordon, Robert “Bob” Holland, Ken Largess, Clint Mills, Treasurer Kathleen [...]

Rainy weather expected through Monday afternoon

March 30th, 2014

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By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Shrewsbury – This last period of rain that ended about 9:00 this morning left an impressive 2.45 inches in my rain gage.  While the rest of the day will be pretty cold and raw with drizzle and a few scattered showers, the next rain shield will not arrive until about [...]







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