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Hudson police warn of ‘Green Dot Utility Scam’

February 26th, 2014


Hudson – The Hudson Police Department issued this release today regarding a scam targeting the town’s utility customers:

Area utility customers are being targeted by something known as the Green Dot Utility Scam. This is a scam that has cropped up in a number of locations across the country and appears to target utility customers.

Community supports SYFS 10th annual Gala

February 26th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – A later than usual date is one of the differences for this year’s 10th annual Gala to benefit Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services when it’s held Saturday, March 15, at 6 p.m., at St. John’s High School. Last year’s major fundraiser scheduled in February was postponed due to snow. Co-chairs Jim Heald and Amy Kotsopoulos invite supporters to escape from their winter hibernation.

“It’s a nice night out – especially after a really long winter,” Heald said. “It’s a night to celebrate what the agency is and what it does. And hopefully, we’ll introduce and educate more people to the agency.”

Selectmen agree to ‘letter of non-opposition’ request for medical marijuana ‘farm’

February 26th, 2014


Shrewsbury – The Board of Selectmen agreed at its Feb. 25 meet to approve a “letter of non-opposition” for a company proposing to build a medical marijuana growing facility in the town.

Attorney Edward Bartlett, representing Middlesex Integrative Medicine, Inc. (MIM) appeared before the board along with other representatives of the company to present a proposal for a 41,000-square foot marijuana growing facility at 28 Bowditch Drive.

Council considers measures to combat heroin overdoses

February 25th, 2014


Marlborough – The dramatic increase in the use of heroin and in some cases, overdoses, locally and throughout the country, has prompted one local legislator to ask if the Marlborough Police Department should start carrying a powerful medication which can act as an antidote.

Councilor-at-large Mark Oram asked his fellow councilors at the Feb. 24 City Council meeting to consider undertaking “a review of first responders being equipped with Naloxone to assist in life saving measures related to heroin overdoses.”

Selectmen hear proposal for limited Route 9 medical marijuana zone

February 25th, 2014


Northborough – Planning officials have outlined their proposal to amend the town’s zoning bylaws to permit state licensed medical marijuana dispensaries along a section of Route 9.

Planning Board Chair Rick Leif told the Board of Selectmen at its meeting Feb. 24 that the proposed bylaw was crafted after discussion with Police Chief Mark K. Leahy who told the board it is unlikely such a business would want to open in Northborough.

Worcester Airport gets tentative approval for new landing system

February 25th, 2014

Worcester – In the four months since JetBlue started operating out of the Worcester Regional Airport, 30,000 passengers have flown either to or from Orlando or Fort Lauderdale. Now, officials are hoping with the promise of a new, upgraded instrument landing system, the company and airport will continue to grow.

At the Central Mass Business Leadership Briefing held Feb. 24 at the Worcester DCU Center, officials from JetBlue and Massport discussed with local business and government leaders how the airline has fared since coming to Worcester and what the plans are for the future.

Officials hope more companies will utilize new commuter shuttle

February 24th, 2014

Westborough – Officials from the Worcester Regional Transit Authority (WRTA) held a meeting at the Doubletree Hotel Feb. 19 with local business leaders to discuss a new shuttle service that transports commuters to several office parks to and from the Westborough MBTA commuter rail station.

Steve O’Neil, WRTA’s administrator, said since the kickoff Dec. 2, the number of riders had started slowly, but was anticipated to grow once the weather improved and more people became aware of the service.

Enjoy spring-like temps for one more day

February 22nd, 2014

Region – Just a brief note to share my thoughts about the coming week and the three chances for snow that I see in that time frame. The first chance is hardly worth mentioning and will be here about Sunday night as a weak, relatively moisture starved wave will be passing to our south as it travels along the cold front which will bring an end to our current beautiful spring-like weather. We should see only minor accumulations of snow at most, less if there is rain in the mix, and there is a chance of that happening. I don’t see much chance of this system becoming anything more than a nuisance, if it does that much.

Development group eyes former Spag’s property

February 19th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Representatives from the Boston-based Grossman Development Group, LLC, addressed the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen Feb. 11 to present a proposal to develop the former Spag’s property on Route 9. Representing the group were Howard Grossman, president, Mark Hebert, vice president, and attorney Brian Beaton.

The group presented the board with an overview of the site, which has been in decline since Spag’s closed and was briefly replaced by Building 19.

Paul Cellucci monument proposed at Hudson Town Hall

February 17th, 2014

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Hudson – Discussions continue among townspeople and elected officials for the most appropriate way to memorialize native son Argeo Paul Cellucci, former Massachusetts governor and ambassador to Canada. The idea of a monument was publicly introduced by resident Jim Saart at a Board of Selectmen meeting in December. Selectmen Jim Quinn and Chris Yates volunteered to pursue the idea.

“Jim Saart was the catalyst who got the ball rolling on this,” Quinn said. “He stood up for something that he believes in passionately.”

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