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Shrewsbury voters easily defeat proposed pipeline ban

November 12th, 2015

Shrewsbury – Of the ten articles on the warrant for the Nov. 9 Shrewsbury Special Town Meeting, perhaps the most contentious was one that would have asked the selectmen to ban any pipeline carrying “fracked” gas through the town. A proposed 125-mile pipeline project, Access Northeast, is being developed by National Grid, Eversource Energy, and Spectra Energy to complement an existing pipeline that runs from New Jersey to Maine. About 400 of the approximately 740 area property owners who could be directly affected are in Shrewsbury. Algonquin Gas Transmission would be the operator. Local opposition to the proposed pipeline generated a petition submitted to the Board of Selectmen bearing more than 100 signatures, enough to place it on the town meeting warrant.

Shrewsbury selectmen approve new wine retailer, bridge closure

November 12th, 2015

Shrewsbury – At the Nov. 10 Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting – the night following the Nov. 9 Special Town Meeting – the hearing on the petition from Total Wine and More was continued.

Tax rate set for Shrewsbury

November 12th, 2015

Shrewsbury – New property tax rates were presented by the Assessor’s Office to the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen for approval Nov. 10. According to the presentation, class rates would be kept at just one and the rate will be $13/1,000, down from $13.20/1,000. However, private property valuations will rise about 5 percent, meaning that the average tax bill will be based upon an increase from $381,000 to $398,000. On average, the average quarterly tax bill will increase.

Shrewsbury police warn of motor vehicle break-ins

November 10th, 2015

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Police Department released this statement this afternoon regarding a series of breaking and entering into motor vehicles:

Grafton Selectmen address multiple issues

November 10th, 2015

Grafton – With few exceptions, the Grafton Board of Selectmen dealt expeditiously with a number of items at the Nov. 3 meeting.

The board voted to sign a contract with Graves Engineering for services relating to the Stowe Road Drainage Improvement Project. At the fall Special Town Meeting, the town voted to approve $50,000 to study the feasibility of repairing a chronic water drainage problem at 38-40 Stowe Road which has resulted in an ever-growing chasm between the properties there.

Hudson’s Veterans Day parade cancelled due to weather

November 10th, 2015

Hudson – Officials have cancelled the annual Veterans Day parade scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 11, due to the impending inclement weather.

The Hudson Veterans Council will instead be hosting an open brunch (hamburgers and hotdogs) at 11 a.m. at the VFW Hall, 3 Palmieri Drive.

City’s ‘free cash’ increases

November 4th, 2015

Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant congratulated the city’s finance team for work that led to the Mass. Department of Revenue (DOR) certification of more than $6.7 million in available funds, generally referred to as “free cash”. Last year’s available funds were $6.1 million.

In a communication to the City Council at the council’s Nov. 2 meeting, the mayor said: “The city of Marlborough’s financial strength and success has and continues to be a true team effort. We are fortunate to have a strong team in City Auditor Diane Smith and Comptroller Brian Doheny.”

No election surprises in Marlborough as Vigeant, councilors re-elected

November 4th, 2015

Mayor Arthur Vigeant 

Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant was re-elected for a third term in the Nov. 3 municipal election, defeating former Fire Chief Edward “Skee” Bigelow. Vigeant scored 2,818 votes and Bigelow received 1,451 votes. Incumbent City Council members who were challenged for at-large and ward seats were also successful in retaining their positions to serve another two-year term.

Westborough to celebrate grand openings of new Fire Station and renovated Town Hall

November 2nd, 2015

The renovated Town Hall

Westborough – The Westborough Board of Selectmen and Municipal Building Committee have announced that the grand openings of the new Westborough Fire Station and the renovated Westborough Town Hall will both be held on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Liquor store seeks approval for Shrewsbury site

October 28th, 2015

Shrewsbury – A four-person team from Total Wine and More, Inc., appeared before the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen Oct. 27 to seek the board’s approval for a new store that would be located at 77 Turnpike, the site of the former Petco.

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