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Community supports Sofia Sugarman Fund

May 15th, 2016

Pete Towler performs at the “Singing for Sofia” fundraiser.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Grafton – On April 13, 5-year-old Sofia Sugarman of Grafton tragically lost her mother, Kelly, leaving the young girl essentially without her parents. Soon after, the Grafton Police Association established the Sofia Sugarman Fund and pledged the first $1,000. Another opportunity to help Sophia was organized by the Grafton Police Department in conjunction with Homefield Credit Union; state Rep. David Muradian Jr., R-Grafton; Dave Rivers and Jay Hunter.

Grafton Special Town Meeting approves electronic handset voting

May 12th, 2016

Grafton – A short special town meeting May 9 preceded the Annual Town Meeting in Grafton. The first order of business was approving an amendment to Article 2, Section 15, of the Grafton General Bylaws to allow electronic voting. The introduction of electronic handsets last year had been controversial, with one voter standing and condemning the practice as a way to cheat on voting and thus destroy the democratic process.

Mayor presents 2017 budget to council

May 12th, 2016

Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant presented his proposed 2017 budget to the city council at the May 9 meeting, requesting $149.8 million which is just under 5 percent higher than last year’s budget.

“The main driver of the increase this year is the payments on debt service which has been anticipated for a number of years,” the mayor said. The major components are the upgrades to the Easterly and Westerly treatment plants and the Millham Water Treatment Plant, he said.

Shrewsbury selectmen again ponder 40 B housing development

May 12th, 2016

Shrewsbury – At their May 10 meeting, Town Manager Daniel Morgado began by noting that he had attended a meeting on the proposed Stoney Hill affordable housing development May 9. According to him, many issues remain unresolved, including emergency vehicle access to Stoney Hill, normal traffic access to the development, and required sewer capacity issues.

Florida man arrested in Westborough Verizon dispute

May 12th, 2016

Verizon workers picket outside the Extended Extended Stay Hotel at 180 E. Main St.  where replacement workers are being housed. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this morning: On May 12th, at approximately 8:20 AM, the Westborough Police Department was assisting with a labor dispute involving striking Verizon workers and replacement workers who were staying at the Extended Stay Hotel at 180 E. Main St. Four officers were assisting the replacement workers […]

Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen reorganize

May 12th, 2016

Shrewsbury – At their May 10 meeting, the Board of Selectmen congratulated selectmen John Lebeaux and Moira Miller upon their reelection and then reorganized for the coming year.

Maurice DePalo was elected as chair, James Kane as vice chair, and Lebeaux as clerk.

Grafton voters reject funding for proposed new DPW building

May 10th, 2016

Grafton – Voters at the May 9 Annual Town Meeting soundly rejected a proposal to fund a new Department of Public Works (DPW) building.

The plan, which had first been proposed in 2001, has been a source of controversy over the years. The article at the ATM asked for a favorable vote to fund $13.9 million through a Proposition 2-1/2 debt for a new 35, 430 square facility to be built at 48 Old Westboro Road.

Firefly’s patio expansion approved by council

May 10th, 2016

Marlborough – The City Council approved a special permit allowing the expansion of the patio at Firefly’s restaurant, 350 East Main St. during its May 9 meeting. Steve Uliss, chef owner of Firefly’s, plans to use the added space tor acoustic music, television sets, three natural gas fire pits, covered seating, a small bar, kitchen and recreation area for games.

Bolton Street Apartments approved by council

May 10th, 2016

Marlborough – The site plan with conditions for the construction of 40 one-and two-bedroom apartments at 29 South Bolton St. was approved by the city council at its May 9 meeting, following reconfirmation by city councilors Joseph Delano and Matthew Elder that parking was not an issue. The request was granted to Fish Restaurant owner George Voyiatzis who is planning to build the apartments above his restaurant at the corner of South Bolton Street and Granger Boulevard.

Three towns hold annual elections

May 10th, 2016

Region – Low voter turnout was reported as three local towns held their annual town elections May 9.

In Southborough, there were two contested races. Stephen Morreale received 493 votes to win the position of moderator defeating Desiree Aselbekian who received 182 votes and William J. Boland, who received 161 votes. Meme Lutrell defeated Craig Nicholson, 561-272, for a seat on the Planning Board.

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