By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant and City Councilors welcomed visiting students and educators from Japan to the Nov. 2 city council. The students were joined by Marlborough students, host families and teachers. Vigeant and Council President Trish Pope presented honorary citizen citations to the Japanese students and introduced Toshikazl Sato, the principal of Akita Junior High School in Akruno, Japan, who publicly expressed his gratitude for the warm reception.
Nancy Kline, a Marlborough teacher who has been involved in the program since its inception in 1994, accompanied the group. She actively participates in their activities while they are here in Marlborough, along with Ward 7 City Councilor Donald Landers, a former assistant superintendent of schools, who was instrumental in the conception of the Japanese exchange program.
The mayor also extended greetings to members of Marlborough Boy Scout Troop 41, also in attendance, who is gathering information for community badges.
In other business, councilors approved the reappointment of Deborah Fox as City Collector for a one-year term. They also approved the following appointments: Anthony Arruda to the board of assessors, Thomas Evangelous to the recreation commission, Santiago Vergas as youth appointee to the youth commission, Larry Roy to the conservation commission and Susan Laufer to the library board of trustees.