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May 18th, 2016

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Shrewsbury voters ban plastic shopping bags

May 17th, 2016

Shrewsbury – In an event that took many people by surprise, voters at the May 16 Annual Town Meeting (ATM) voted to ban the use of plastic shopping bags in town.

The article, which has been submitted by citizen petition, had previously been rejected by both the Board of Selectmen and the Finance Committee (FINCOM).

Shrewsbury Police arrest suspect for B&Es and pursuit

May 17th, 2016

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Police Department released this statement this afternoon:      On Monday, May 16th 2016 at 5:52 pm Shrewsbury Police responded to a residence on Balsam Circle for a suspicious male in the rear of the house but subsequently fled the area on foot. A description of the suspect, who was later identified […]

Dancing fountains at Dean Park season opens May 17

May 16th, 2016

Dean Park Fountains
Photo/submitted

Shrewsbury – The popular musical/dancing fountains at Dean Park will open for the season Tuesday, May 17. During the day, the fountains dance to various types of music. At night, fountains come alive, not only to music, but with a colored lights display. Music to accompany the fountains can be heard on 91.7 FM on car or portable radios. Listen to big band sounds from the ‘40s, Disney songs, classical, patriotic and well-known hits from the past.

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.

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