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Shrewsbury Public Library move soon underway

August 8th, 2016

The renovated Shrewsbury Public Library is scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 6. 
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Shrewsbury – With the renovation and expansion of the library building nearly complete, programs and services of the Shrewsbury Public library will soon be moving back to 609 Main St.

To begin the move process, the temporary library at 214 Lake St. will close at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13. The library will remain closed for three weeks, during which time the collection of over 130,000 items will be moved and reintegrated, information technology systems will be finalized, and staff will prepare for starting services and programs at the “new” library.

Aug. 5 – Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9

August 7th, 2016

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Region – The Community Advocate is now partnering with Charter TV3 in Worcester to produce a new cable feature – “Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9.” Every week, the 90-second spot will feature either Publisher David Bagdon or Managing Editor Bonnie Adams profiling three of the newspaper’s top stories.  The […]

Selectmen discuss traffic problems in Grafton center

August 4th, 2016

Grafton – At the Aug. 2 meeting of the Grafton Board of Selectmen, the board discussed with Assistant Town Engineer Brian Szczurko the lack of parking spaces in Grafton center and how to best manage traffic there.

The officials discussed the prior decision to make Jordan Boulevard a one-way street, complete with signs and flashing lights. Several selectmen noted that drivers ignore the one-way street signs and lights and just turn the wrong way from Route 122 to North Street. They then discussed potential parking spaces to be created on Jordan Boulevard and whether that would block traffic.

City receives grant for energy system at City Hall

July 28th, 2016

Marlborough – Marlborough has been awarded a grant for nearly $195,000 by the commonwealth’s Department of Energy Resources and $4,656 from a private donor for the K-9 unit. The Green Communities Competitive Grant will help fund the installation of an energy management system for City Hall which will enable the Public Facilities Department to control office temperatures when the building is occupied or unoccupied, according to a communication presented by Mayor Arthur Vigeant to councilors at the July 25 meeting.

New fire station proposed for west side of city

July 28th, 2016

Marlborough – The City Council revived a generation-long debate on the need for, and feasibility of, a new fire station in the western sector of the city. Councilors Peter Juaire and Matt Elder proposed the establishment of a special committee to consider sites for a new fire station at the July 25 council meeting. They specified the new committee be named by the mayor and council by the end of August.

Mayor appoints new building commissioner

July 28th, 2016

Marlborough – Douglas Scott of Barre, presently serving as the city’s interim building commissioner, has been appointed by Mayor Arthur Vigeant to fill the position for a three-year term. He asked city councilors to approve his recommendation at the July 25 meeting.

Financing again a topic for selectmen

July 28th, 2016

Shrewsbury – On July 26, Carolyn Marcotte, Shrewsbury town collector and treasurer, reviewed for the selectmen permanent and temporary financing for the new library and for school heating system upgrades. She reported that the town had obtained a most favorable average interest rate of just 2.34 percent on the loans. The library has obtained permanent financing and there had been five bidders for both the library and schools.

Selectmen vote to appeal 2017 storm water management regulations

July 28th, 2016

Shrewsbury – At their July 26 meeting, the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen discussed whether to file an appeal to the allegedly onerous and overly expensive Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit regulations outlining requirements for cities’ and towns’ storm water management. The single-spaced, 42-page directive is a result of a process begun 10 years ago.

Boroughs JCC shuts its doors

July 26th, 2016

Borough’s JCC in Westborough
Photo/Jane Keller Gordon

Westborough – The Boroughs Jewish Community Center (JCC) will close its doors on Friday, July 29, 2016, six years after a volunteer group of parents opened it as an independent, non-profit charitable center on Oak Street in Westborough.

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My kids think of this place as their second home,” said Boroughs JCC Board President Stephen Marmor.

July 22 – Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9

July 24th, 2016

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Region – The Community Advocate is now partnering with Charter TV3 in Worcester to produce a new cable feature – “Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9.” Every week, the 90-second spot will feature either Publisher David Bagdon or Managing Editor Bonnie Adams profiling three of the newspaper’s top stories.  The […]

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