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City awarded $1.6 million grant for Simarano Drive

July 24th, 2014

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Marlborough – At the request of Mayor Arthur Vigeant the City Council has accepted a $1.6 million grant from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) that will provide funds for renovations and improvements on Simarano Drive.

The monies will be used to reconstruct roads, improve and add sidewalks, install traffic signals and establish a bicycle path for a “Complete Streets” project.

Selectmen implement water restriction policy

July 24th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Residents who use town water must now follow outside water restrictions until at least the end of September. The Board of Selectmen passed this measure at its July 22 meeting.

The board had determined that there is a water shortage and conservation measures are necessary. Under Article 18 of the General By-Laws of the town of Shrewsbury, the following outdoor water measures are in effect as of July 22, based upon the street address as follows:

Westborough selectmen approve remote participation policy

July 24th, 2014

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Westborough–Reversing a previous position, the Board of Selectmen July 22 voted to adopt a policy governing remote participation in meetings, allowing board and committee members to take part in meetings by conference call in limited circumstances.

Some board members said they remained uneasy about the arrangement, but acknowledged it was necessary to help keep volunteers who are forced to be away from town frequently from dropping off town boards. There are currently 21 vacancies on various boards and committee, Selectmen Chair George Barrette noted.

Demolition of historic mansion on hold after purchase and sale expires

July 22nd, 2014

Southborough – A proposed plan to demolish the historic Burnett/Garfield mansion has been put on hold after a purchase and sale agreement with the prospective buyer has expired.

Downtown Marlborough redevelopment plans move forward

July 22nd, 2014

This conceptual rendering of the future design of Downtown Marlborough was one of many displayed at the Open House Forum held July 18 at the Masonic Hall.
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Marlborough – An open house forum to discuss conceptual design and plans for a revitalized downtown Marlborough was held July 18. Residents, city officials and business owners observed and offered comments to members of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Planning Committee that has been working cohesively to come up with a workable plan.

Westborough man arrested after altercations at trailer park

July 21st, 2014

Westborough –  Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this morning: On 7/20/14, at 6:56 PM, the Westborough Police responded to 165 Turnpike Rd., the Westboro Trailer Park, for a male reportedly riding a motorcycle around the park erratically endangering the other residents. The arriving units located an individual, Albert J. DeFelice age 52 of [...]

Grafton firefighter killed in car crash

July 18th, 2014

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Grafton-  Grafton Police Normand A. Crepeau, Jr  released this statement regarding a motor vehicle accident which killed a member of the Grafton Fire Department,  Steven Magliaro, who was 48. On Monday, July 14, 2014, at about 10:45 pm, members of the Grafton Police and Fire Departments responded to the area of 141 Worcester St. in [...]

Southborough steps up economic development effort

July 17th, 2014

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Southborough – “You have what most of the world wants,” said Prof. Maureen Dunne as she finished her presentation to the Southborough Board of Selectmen July 15. “But the race is on.”

Dunne, of the MetroWest Economic Research Center (MERC) at Framingham State University, was before the board to present the results of a recent study completed for Southborough that looked at the town’s business, non-profit and employment activity.

Northborough Police Chief: Crosswalk safety issues a matter of ‘pace of life’

July 15th, 2014

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Northborough – Selectman Leslie Rutan raised the issue of pedestrian safety on crosswalks around town at the Board of Selectmen meeting July 14, asking what the town can do to make crossing the street safer.

Rutan and others have raised the concern before and the same discussion has taken place in most other local communities. In Northborough, extra signage was erected to alert drivers to crosswalks and state grants have been used in the past to beef up enforcement.

Coming Sept. 19 – a special issue focusing on Shrewsbury!

July 15th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – The Community Advocate is planning on a special issue that will be mailed to every home and business in Shrewsbury Sept. 19.* In this issue, we will be featuring stories about the many interesting people, places and events that help make Shrewsbury such a great community. As such, we would love to hear [...]

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