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First stage of Mass Pike conversion to All Electronic Tolling to begin tonight

October 28th, 2016


MassDOT also announces “grace period” for drivers without transponders Region  – Starting tonight, Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m., Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) contractors will start mobilizing equipment to prepare for the activation of All Electronic Tolling (AET) along the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). At 9:45 p.m. cash tolling will be suspended, with AET officially […]

Westborough selectmen agree to oppose ballot Question 4

October 27th, 2016

Westborough – Westborough resident and School Committee Chair Jody Hensley appeared before the Board of Selectmen at their Oct. 25 meeting to request that they formally oppose ballot Question 4, which if approved by voters in the Nov. 8 election, would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Accompanied by state representatives Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), Hensley gave a PowerPoint presentation citing why the board should oppose the ballot question. The bipartisan coalition opposing Question 4 includes healthcare professionals, businesspeople, educators, community leaders, public safety officers and elected officials.

MassDOT officials explain new all-electronic tolling system

October 24th, 2016


Shrewsbury/Westborough – Commuters west of Boston who wish to travel to the city will continue to pay tolls if they wish to use the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90). But a major project that will dismantle the toll plazas and instead collect tolls via All Electronic Tolling (AET) should eventually make the process less painful.

Anti-Trump rally highlights political divide in Hudson

October 24th, 2016

Anti-Trump protesters cross Main Street during the protest Oct. 22.

Hudson – Eighteen days before the presidential election, dozens of local citizens from opposite ends of the political spectrum turned Hudson’s Main Street into the site of a tense political protest. For two hours on the morning of Oct. 22, groups of marchers supporting and opposing Republican candidate Donald Trump paced up and down the downtown sidewalks. They held signs and sometimes broke into chants.

Committee strives to honor ‘forgotten’ Westborough State Hospital patients

October 18th, 2016

(l to r) Selectman George Barrette, Barbara Banks, Sarah Utka and Glenn Malloy participate in the recent Arts in Common event as a way to spread the word about the Westborough State Hospital Cemetery Memorial Project.

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor   Westborough – In 2010, state officials decided to close the 125-year-old Westborough State Hospital, located on Lyman Street on the shores of Lake Chauncy, and move all of its patients to a facility in Worcester. The town is currently accepting bids on the nearly 100-acre property, and its dozens […]

Vigil to be held in Shrewsbury for domestic violence awareness

October 16th, 2016

Shrewsbury – ADVISE (Against Domestic Violence in Shrewsbury Education Project) will hold a vigil to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence  on Wednesday, October 19 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on the Shrewsbury Common. The rain location will be the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury located adjacent to the common. The vigil is co-sponsored […]

Nonprofit organization to sponsor voter registration drive

October 13th, 2016


Worcester – Political and Civic Involvement Opportunities Inc. of Massachusetts (PACIO) is sponsoring a voter registration drive at the Price Chopper, 221 Park Ave., Worcester on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 12-3 p.m. PACIO, based in Shrewsbury, is a non-partisan and non-profit organization that “seeks to raise awareness of the important issues of our time, and […]

Hudson resident participates in Jimmy Fund Walk for 21st year

October 12th, 2016


Hudson – Every fall for the past 21 years, Hudson native Kevin Blanchard has walked from Hopkinton to Boston to raise money for cancer research. Blanchard said that, as long as there is a need for funding, he will keep walking.

Bus driver injured in Shrewsbury accident

October 5th, 2016


Shrewsbury Police is investigating a 2 car motor vehicle accident which occurred at 3:16 pm today.

Rep. Kane urges caution on marijuana vote

October 4th, 2016

By K.B. Sherman, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – State Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) appeared before the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen to brief them on her take of state Ballot Question 4 – to legalize recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. She claimed that the industry expects within two years of legalizing recreational marijuana it could be a $1.2 […]

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