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Grafton selectmen discuss town funding and warrant articles

April 21st, 2016

Grafton – At its weekly meeting April 12, the Grafton Board of Selectmen were to vote on several articles to be on the warrant at Town Meeting May 17. The session evolved into a spirited discussion about the best way to fund large expenditures.

The warrant calls for a vote on debt exclusion for the cost of the soon-to-be-built Department of Public Works (DPW) facility and several newer vehicles for the Fire Department. The DPW project is estimated to cost $13.9 million and the Fire Department wishes to acquire a new pump truck estimated at $400,000 and emergency all-terrain vehicle (ATV).

Grafton selectmen sign energy contracts

April 21st, 2016

Grafton – At their April 12 meeting, Grafton selectmen moved to sign two energy company contracts.

Astrum Solar, dba/Direct Solar, had applied several months earlier for a contract to supply aggregate electricity savings to Grafton residents. The request for proposals had been done in January. Direct Solar was chosen as most competitive.

Families sought to share joys of summer with NYC youth

April 20th, 2016

A New York City boy juggles peaches at Tougas Family Farm in Northborough with new friends from his host family of Shrewsbury.

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Region – A team of seven women representing the Fresh Air Fund (FAF) in central Massachusetts needs families from Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury, Southborough and Westborough to host New York City youth for a week this summer. Organizing this region’s efforts are Julie North of Shrewsbury and Eileen Palmer of Northborough. Each has volunteered with the nonprofit organization for about 10 years.

Police create support fund for 5-year-old Grafton girl

April 15th, 2016

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Grafton – The Grafton Police Association has established a support fund for 5-year-old Sofia Sugarman (Connors) whose family recently suffered a tragic event. Anyone wishing to make a monetary donation to this fund can do so by dropping donations off at the Grafton Police Headquarters, 28 Providence Road. Please make all checks payable to the Grafton Police Association and indicate in the note section “Sofia Sugarman Fund.” The Grafton Police Association has pledged the first $1,000 to this effort.

Moderator defends Town Meeting, eyes improvements

April 15th, 2016

Westborough—Town Moderator John Arnold told the Board of Selectmen April 12 that Town Meeting is working better than some of their recent comments may suggest, but also said he’s in the midst of collecting data and suggestions on possible improvements. The most recent TM was held on March 12.

Shrewsbury selectmen talk school funding

April 15th, 2016

Shrewsbury – Coming one night before a special Town Meeting dealing with town school funding, the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen April 12 discussed with State Senator Michael Moore, D-Millbury, and State Representative Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, pending legislation before the state legislature dealing with charter schools.

Selectmen close Memorial Drive speed case

April 15th, 2016

Shrewsbury – An ongoing case before the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen has involved complaints that vehicles speed dangerously along the Memorial Drive section bordering Grafton, where posted speed limits drop from 55 to 50 to 35 miles per hour (MPH) over a short span of road. Residents and neighbors of this roadway have complained repeatedly about what they say is a hazardous situation. In response, the board has completed several studies done to try and quantify the volume and speed of the traffic as the residents insist the speed limit must be reduced.

Local towns respond to Upton blaze

April 14th, 2016

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Upton – One person has died after a fire broke out in Upton this afternoon in an apartment building at the corner of Centennial Court and Main Street (Route 140). Firefighting units helping to respond to the blaze included Westborough, Grafton, Hopkinton, Milford, and Hopedale. The fire started on the first floor and quickly spread. […]

Hopkinton woman charged in Westborough crash

April 14th, 2016

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Westborough – Police Chief Alan Gordon released this statement this afternoon:

On 4/13/16, at approximately 1:05 PM, the Westborough Police Department responded to 105 W. Main St. for a motor vehicle accident involving a 2001 Ford Explorer and a utility pole. The arriving units found a utility pole snapped in half with wires in the roadway.

Verizon union workers go on strike

April 13th, 2016

Region – Nearly 39,000 union workers at Verizon, stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike April 13. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) maintain the landline phone and FIOS network.

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