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Shrewsbury Fire Department receives federal grant to bolster staffing

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury – It isn’t a secret that the Shrewsbury Fire Department is understaffed, according to Fire Chief Jim Vuona. “We...

Westborough school district to present “Race to Nowhere”

Westborough – Just about everyone would agree that growing up nowadays is not like it used to be. Kids are under pressure to excel at an early age in school, sports and extracurricular activities. And many do. But many others struggle, sometimes with terrible consequences.

What happens in Vegas, stays in “Mr. MHS 2013 Pageant”

Marlborough – The Marlborough High School (MHS) chapter of American Field Service (AFS) conducts several fundraisers and community service projects throughout the school year. But their longest running event that draws the most attention – and the most laughs – is a parody of beauty pageants with male contestants. The 24th annual Mr. MHS 2013 Pageant was presented March 15 at the Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium with a Las Vegas theme.

Ban on plastic bags poses difficulties for senior citizen

As a senior citizen having a hard time living on Social Security, which has not increased in three years, and having a more difficult time paying Shrewsbury taxes which have increased $1,200 in the past three years, I want to thank you  - the voters – for getting rid of plastic grocery bags.

Assabet JROTC help Hudson police collect Toys for Tots

Hudson – On Dec. 12 and 13, the Hudson Police Department received help collecting donations to its annual Toys for Tots campaign for five hours each day at Walmart. They were joined by cadets of the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School in Marlborough, led by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Randolph P. Mann.

Shrewsbury Town Meeting results a mixed bag

Shrewsbury ??" Shrewsbury Town Meeting members approved 12 out of the 17 warrant articles – including several zoning articles – during the Oct. 21 Special Town Meeting. Town Meeting members unanimously voted to allow the town to enter into a new agreement with Wheelabrator. The agreement allows the waste-to-energy company to extract metals from ash at its landfill off Route 20. According to Town Manager Daniel Morgado, the equipment needed to extract the metal would not be visible from the road and the extraction process does not produce dust. The town stands to collect tax revenue on the equipment and collect an additional fee from Wheelabrator. Any such facility will need approval from the Zoning Board of Appeals, Shrewsbury Board of Health, and state Department of Public Health.

Algonquin, Shrewsbury play soccer doubleheader

Northborough – The Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks and Shrewsbury High School Colonials boys and girls soccer teams were both active in a doubleheader played Sept. 17.

Concert and picnic to celebrate ‘Life in the Huguenot Settlement’

Oxford – A concert and picnic will be held at the Huguenot Fort, Fort Hill Road, Oxford, Sunday, Sept. 11 at noon to celebrate...

Officials, residents hope buyer will step forward to save White Cliffs

Northborough – Now that the news has broken that the owners of the White Cliffs estate have applied for a demolition permit, residents and those who have enjoyed attending functions there have taken to social media to express their dismay. Joining them in expressing frustration is the Historical Commission who has been trying, Normand Corbin, the commission’s chair, said to try to find a way to prevent the historic manse from coming down.

Author White to sign copies of new novel at Tatnuck Bookseller Saturday, Nov. 23

Westborough – Author Kevin Richard White will be signing copies of his new novel, "Steep Drop," at Tatnuck Bookseller, Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10...