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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.

Update – One dead, one injured at crime scene in Grafton

April 13th, 2016

Grafton – Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early, Jr. said today officials are investigating a crime scene at 55 Worcester Road (Route 140), which left one person dead and one hospitalized. Officials say Kelley Sugarman was found dead in a bedroom and her husband, Michael was found with a knife in his throat. At a press […]

Westborough mental health care facility approved

April 13th, 2016

Westborough—The Board of Selectmen April 12 granted one of the final approvals required to convert the former corporate headquarters of Bay State Gas on Friberg Parkway into a 152-bed mental health care facility.

The board unanimously approved a site plan approval for the facility, which will be operated by Signature Health Care at 300 Friberg Parkway.

Historic Burnett-Garfield house saved by Town Meeting

April 12th, 2016

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Southborough – An overwhelming majority of Southborough residents voted to acquire a preservation restriction for the Burnett-Garfield House at 84 Main Street at a well-attended Town Meeting held April 11 at the P. Brent Trottier Middle School. Those who presented arguments in favor stood and applauded Southborough’s Bridget Brady and friends — who almost two years ago at age 14 started a movement — that culminated in the vote.

Using existing Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds, the town will purchase a $970,000 bond to purchase the restriction. There is an expectation that the state will contribute some amount of matching funds. The money will go to the property’s owner, Jon Delli Priscoli, who has up to four years to restore the exterior of the property. He says that he will open a bed and breakfast.

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