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Shrewsbury celebrates groundbreaking for Lakeway Commons

June 14th, 2016

A depiction of the proposed Lakeway Commons
Photo/courtesy Grossman Development Group

Shrewsbury – As Howard Grossman gazed over the nearly 100 town and state officials and local business leaders gathered at the site of the former Spag’s store on Route 9 June 7, he noted that “it had been a long time coming.”

June 10 – Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9

June 12th, 2016

The Community Advocate's Publisher David Bagdon
Photo/Michael Marcy, Charter Ch. 3

Region – The Community Advocate is now partnering with Charter TV3  in Worcester to produce a new cable feature – “Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9.” Every week, the 90-second spot will feature either Publisher David Bagdon or Managing Editor Bonnie Adams profiling three of the newspaper’s top stories. […]

‘Battle of the Sidewalks’ continues in Grafton

June 10th, 2016

Grafton – The status of the Grafton Roads Project was reviewed at the June 7 Grafton Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Presenting were members of the Department of Public Works (DPW) Advisory Committee.

At the spring Town Meeting held May 9 voters approved a total of $1,513,375 for road repairs. The project includes Valley View Drive, Adams Road, Carroll Road, Institute Road, Merriam Road, Sibley Street, Waterville Street, Wesson Road and Westboro Road.

Selectmen review new affordable housing proposal

June 10th, 2016

Grafton – Sotir Papalilo, the developer of the proposed 40B affordable housing development at 23 Prentice St., met with the Grafton Board of Selectmen June 7 to discuss the project. The planned development is estimated to cost $9.4 million and would have 54 units in five buildings: 21 one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom, and six three-bedroom units.

Council approves sports center expansion

June 8th, 2016

Marlborough – New England Sports Management Corporation was granted a modified special permit to build an 88,830-square-foot addition at the New England Sports Center by the City Council at the June 6 council meeting. The expansion at the 121 Donald Lynch Boulevard location will include two new ice rinks, restaurants and 110 additional parking spaces.

Apex Center development approved by council

June 8th, 2016

Marlborough – The City Council approved a development agreement proposed by Walker Realty, LLC, to construct a large commercial project on Route 20, west of Glen Street, at the June 6 meeting. A study of a detailed site plan of the Apex Center of New England will continue by the Urban Affairs Committee and city department heads.

Search for new MEDC director begins

June 8th, 2016

Marlborough – The search for a new director of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to fill the position recently vacated by Tim Cummings has begun. Cummings, who led the MEDC for the past four years, accepted a position as economic development director in Nashua, N.H.

Spring Classic basketball tournament benefits Coaching4Change

June 2nd, 2016


Northborough – Ninety-two basketball players competed in the fourth annual 135 Spring Classic tournament May 29 at the Ellsworth-McAfee Park.

Teams of three players each competed in this year’s tournament and raised more than $1,200 for Coaching4Change, an organization whose mission is to teach high school students to become leaders by providing them opportunities to coach afterschool youth sports programs and organizing school-wide athletics tournaments. Coaching4Change provides a network of college mentors, teachers and parents to the students, creating a support system enabling them to experience successes both in the classroom and through coaching.

City receives grant to evaluate economic competitiveness

June 2nd, 2016

Marlborough – The city’s economic competitiveness will be studied in the coming months utilizing the Economic Development Self-Assessment Tool (EDSAT) utilized by Northeastern University’s Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy. The $5,000 grant, approved by the City Council at the May 23 meeting, was awarded to the city through the Community Compact initiative, sponsored by Governor Charles Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

Selectmen hear plans for marijuana farm in CenTech Park

May 29th, 2016

Grafton – The Grafton Board of Selectmen held a public hearing at Grafton High School to discuss a proposal from California-based Nature’s Remedy to create an indoor marijuana farm at CenTech Park. The hearing was held at the high school to allow for more seats for voters and other interested parties after an earlier marijuana hearing for Sage Cannabis near Holliday Drive had created an agitated, large crowd at a selectmen’s meeting where there was insufficient room for interested parties to attend. The room at the high school used on May 24 had approximately 50 seats and most of those were filled.

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