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Officials launch statewide fire safety program for seniors in Hudson

March 29th, 2014

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, who is also the head of the Department of Fire Services in Stow, emcees a discussion of Senior SAFE.

Hudson – Local and state officials gathered March 28 at the Hudson Senior Center to officially launch Senior SAFE. The new program has provided grants to 205 fire departments statewide to work with councils on aging and other agencies so that they can offer fire safety education for older adults. It’s modeled after Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) for children under 18, which reduced fire-related deaths within that age group by 71 percent.

Held two days after the fatal fire in a Boston apartment building, the gathering began with State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan inviting everyone to join him in a moment of silence for the two fallen firefighters.

Bock chosen as next Westborough School Superintendent

March 28th, 2014

Westborough – The Westborough School Committee has announced that it has chosen Amber Bock to become the next school superintendent. Bock, who will begin her tenure July 1, will replace Marianne O’Connor who is retiring after 35 years as an educator and administrator. Bock is currently the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Weston. [...]

Westborough selectmen seek information on ‘underride’ option

March 27th, 2014

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Westborough–The Board of Selectmen March 25 asked Town Manager Jim Malloy to gather information about whether a so-called “underride” of Proposition 2-½ would be an option for addressing voter concerns about limiting spending and the resulting impact on taxpayers.

Selectman Ian Johnson raised the topic, noting that neighboring Hopkinton is moving forward with an underride proposal during its upcoming town meeting cycle.

Marlborough residents invited to participate in downtown planning forum

March 27th, 2014


Marlborough – The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), has organized a public visioning session to collect the community’s input on the state of Marlborough’s downtown.

The Downtown Marlborough Public Forum will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 at the Masonic Hall, 8 Newton St.

Bomb threat at Westborough High turns out to be false

March 27th, 2014

Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this afternoon:

On 3/27/14, at approximately 10:25 AM, the Westborough Police Department responded to the Westborough High School on W. Main St. for a reported bomb threat.

Narcan proposal sent to mayor for action

March 25th, 2014


Marlborough – The City Council has asked Mayor Arthur Vigeant to move forward with the proposal to equip local police and firefighters with Narcan, a drug commonly used to help counter the effects of heroin overdoses. At the recommendation of the Human Services Committee, presented at the March 24 meeting, councilors requested the mayor to act immediately to acquire the necessary funding to begin training.

In making a plea to the council at the February 24 meeting, Councilor-at-Large Mark Oram introduced the idea of first responders administering Narcan to those having a drug overdose while waiting for paramedics to arrive at the scene. Oram said that heroin overdoses have increased throughout the area and this action can help prevent many possible deaths.

Gun discharge bylaw sparks debate ahead of Town Meeting

March 25th, 2014


Northborough – The Board of Selectmen and Police Chief Mark Leahy sought to ease concerns about what could potentially be a controversial Town Meeting warrant article that would limit how close to an occupied building a firearm can be discharged.

Article 58 on the warrant for the April 28 Town Meeting, submitted by Leahy, would make it illegal to discharge a firearm within 500 feet of a residence or occupied dwelling without written permission of the property owner.

Several gun-rights groups and recreational shooting organizations, including the Gun Owners Action League (GOAL), whose local branch is based in Northborough, and Northeast Shooters recently posted alerts about the bylaw proposal to their websites.

Officials keeping cautious eye on approaching storm

March 22nd, 2014

It is looking more and more like we will be seeing a major storm from Tuesday night through much of Wednesday. We still need to wait for more clarity on the exact track, but more pieces are falling into place. Model guidance has the east coast trough assuming a negative tilt, (see the graphic below, model data from WeatherBell) which argues for two things: First: that will enhance the moisture feed to the circulation, enhancing snowfall in all areas, and second: it will draw the storm further to the west and closer to the benchmark, perhaps even a bit inside of it. The ramifications of this are to bring an intense ocean storm closer to the coast, spreading its more severe impacts further inland.

Selectmen hear pros, cons of Proposition 2-½ request

March 20th, 2014


Shrewsbury – A standing-room-only crowd attended the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen’s meeting March 18. The topic on the agenda was the Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital Budget, but the crowd’s interest was squarely on funding for the town’s schools, which participants claimed is woefully inadequate.

Over a period of nearly three hours, 29 voters, plus School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer and School Board Committee Chair Sandra Fryc, rose to address the selectmen and the audience with claims that inadequate funding has damaged the town’s schools and has resulted in a drop from Level 1 to Level 2 in achievement.

First to speak was Robert Holland, 8 Raymond Drive, who listed what he believes are some of the schools’ shortcomings and which were repeated numerous times by other attendees. He claimed that Shrewsbury has been irresponsible in funding its schools, in part because the town has refused to raise its property tax rates. This was a common theme during the meeting as voters addressed selectmen and urged them to put before the voters a Proposition 2-½ override.

Northborough police seek three in Lyman Street break-in

March 19th, 2014

Northborough- The Northborough Police Department released this statement this evening:

On 03/19/14 at approximately 1611 hours the Northborough Police Department responded to a breaking and entering into a building on 55 Lyman Street. Three teenage/early twenties white males were observed inside the building by an employee who chased them out of the building.

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