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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.

Winter weather expected for beginning of spring

March 19th, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for points to the north and west of the Shrewsbury/Worcester area for tonight. They are expecting a sloppy mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain from about 8:00 P.M. tonight through about 9:00 A.M. tomorrow morning. I suspect that most of the frozen precipitation will be over before sunrise tomorrow, with accumulations of about 2 inches around the Route 2 corridor to 1 inch or less in our area to only a coating to the south of the Mass Pike. There could be a repeat of this early Saturday morning, complete with a nuisance coating of frozen precipitation. During the day Thursday we could see yet another tantalizing taste of Spring as, if we see enough sunshine, temperatures could rise to the middle 50s before dropping back to more seasonal levels Thursday night. The same could be said for Saturday afternoon, as we could again see it warm to the 50s with enough sunshine.

Verizon assures public they are working on Internet woes

March 19th, 2014

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Westborough – Last August Westborough was named as the “digital” capital of Massachusetts. At the time, Google, together with local and state officials, recognized the town for its many small businesses that used a variety of websites, blogs, and social media to get their message out.

Recently however, disruptions in the Internet service provided by Verizon have hampered this digital community. Users are complaining of frequent Internet disruptions typically in the late afternoon. Our informal poll has shown that the problem is not isolated to one section of town, but rather is scattered throughout the whole town.

After debate, Westborough voters approve budget at Town Meeting

March 18th, 2014

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Westborough–Tensions between growth and fiscal prudence, the town’s history and its increasingly diverse present and future, drove hours of debate at the Annual Town Meeting March 15, where even small budget line items sparked impassioned discussion, though in the end voters largely endorsed the recommendations of town leaders.

An $89 million operating budget for fiscal year 2015 passed by voters was the one recommended by the Advisory Finance Committee. All of the capital items put forward – including new cruisers, a new police and fire radio tower and bathroom renovations at the Westborough Public Library – were approved by the 200 or so voters who turned out for the meeting.

Council reviews zoning to accommodate medical clinics

March 11th, 2014


Marlborough – A growing need for establishing medical clinics in the city was the subject of a public hearing held during the March 10 City Council meeting. A proposed amendment to the city’s zoning code would allow medical clinics in business-zoned areas where they are not presently allowed.

William Pezzoni, an attorney and a member of the executive committee of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), spoke in favor of the move, stating there is a substantial need in the community for facilities to provide health care and the emergency process.

Iron Mountain fuel storage request draws neighborhood ire

March 11th, 2014


Northborough – A dozen neighbors upset about how Iron Mountain went about expanding its facility on Bearfoot Road pressed the Board of Selectmen March 10 about a plan to expand fuel storage on the property.

Selectmen eventually approved a fuel storage permit to allow Iron Mountain to store 10,300 gallons of diesel fuel on the property at 171-175 Bearfoot Rd.

Stormy weather on the way for Wednesday

March 11th, 2014

Snowboarders like this one at Ward Hill in Shrewsbury might be hoping for a bit more snow this winter. The rest of us, not so much.

Region – The storm is going more to the north and accordingly most of its snow will occur to our north as well. It now appears that rain will begin during the late morning hours tomorrow in most areas and even in those areas where precipitation does begin as snow it will quickly change to rain. Rain will become heavy during the late afternoon and continue through Wednesday night, with urban and street flooding likely in the usual areas. Rain will change to a wintry mix in the very early morning hours Thursday. Precipitation should become all snow for a while Thursday morning with only small accumulations in the 1 to 3 inch range likely throughout our entire area. Very cold air will flood in and there is a chance of a very rapid freeze of snow/slush and rain water on paved surfaces around dawn Thursday. Winds will become southeasterly and increase to 15 to 25 mph in inland areas but will be 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph along the coast, shifting to the northwest in all areas Thursday and remaining quite strong. Thursday night will remain breezy and temperatures will sink to the single numbers, possibly approaching record low levels once again. Some moderation is likely Friday and into the weekend.

Westborough Town Meeting to tackle town solar project, budget

March 5th, 2014

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Westborough – A potential solar field on town-owned property, a host of capital items and a level-services operating budget top the warrant for Westborough’s Annual Town Meeting (ATM), which convenes on Saturday, March 15.

Town Meeting voters face two dozen articles this year, including zoning changes, raises for non-union town workers and a number of capital expenditures, including a new public safety radio tower, proposed renovations to restrooms at the public library and funds for new fire chief vehicle, to replace one that recently had to be towed off I-495, according to town officials.

Westborough town officials disagree on moving forward with solar project

February 27th, 2014

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Westborough – Voters at the annual Town Meeting Saturday, March 15, will decide on a proposal to allow the town to lease six acres of the contaminated Superfund site at the corner of Otis Street and Smith Valve Parkway for a solar project. Voters also will decide on a related change to the dimensional regulations in Westborough’s zoning bylaws. Both require approval from a two-thirds majority.

The Board of Selectmen voted Feb. 25 to make its recommendation at town meeting.

Shrewsbury superintendent explains budget recommendations to selectmen

February 27th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer, accompanied by School Committee Chair Sandra M. Fryc and the rest of the committee, met with the Board of Selectmen Feb. 25 to outline the reasons for his fiscal year 2015 budget recommendations.

Sawyer reiterated that growing class size continues to be the most pressing issue for the town’s schools. As a result, he said, there is evidence that the town’s schools have slid from level 1 to level 2 in quality. Level 1 represents the state’s top 20 percent of schools; level 2 includes the next 40 percent.

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