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Shrewsbury resident graduates from state firefighting academy

Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury Firefighter Benjamin Gerber graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) March 21. Gerber is veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and...

Priya Rathnam named Shrewsbury's new assistant library director

Shrewsbury – Patrons of the Shrewsbury Public Library are already familiar with the new assistant director and head of adult services: Priya Rathnam, who joined the staff in 2006. Prior to her current position, she served as a volunteer, page, children's librarian and reference librarian. She was chosen to succeed George C. Brown, who retired in January. After earning her master's and bachelor's degrees in English language and literature at the Madurai Kamaraj University in India, she received her master's degree in library and information studies from the University of Rhode Island. Rathnam immediately felt comfortable at the library when she moved to Shrewsbury in 2004.

Garden club junior members learn about frogs and toads

Shrewsbury - A hint of spring took place at the Shrewsbury Public Library March 18 when the Shrewsbury Garden Club presented "The Life Cycle...

Shrewsbury resident completes Navy basic training

Shrewsbury - Navy Seaman Wesley A. Edlinger, son of Mark A. and Joyce M. Edlinger of Shrewsbury, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at...

Shrewsbury preschoolers get a head start on healthy living

Shrewsbury – First Lady Michelle Obama's push for a healthier generation has really caught on over the last few years. However, she has some competition with Kristin Stewich, nurse at Shrewsbury's Parker Road Preschool, whose passion and energy have inspired a school garden and united volunteers to work toward one healthful, common goal. She even has three- and four-year-olds talking about kale.

Development group hopes turn former Spag's property into mixed-use complex

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Shrewsbury – For decades, the Spag's property on Route 9 was a destination for locals as well as those from...

Shrewsbury crew kicks off ninth annual Calendar Raffle

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury High School (SHS) crew team will be selling tickets for its annual fundraiser – the May Calendar Raffle – beginning...

Local business seeks zoning change

Shrewsbury - Representatives of the Wagner Motor Group of South Street met with the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen March 18. Wagner is in the process of negotiating with the University of Massachusetts to buy a four-acre lot along South Street, adjacent to other properties owned by the car dealer. In order to do this, the lot zoning must be changed from office/research to commercial/business. If the zoning change is approved at Town Meeting, Wagner would then also need a special permit from the town Zoning Board to proceed with the plan to use the lot for parking vehicles.

Selectmen hear pros, cons of Proposition 2-? request

Shrewsbury - A standing-room-only crowd attended the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen's meeting March 18. The topic on the agenda was the Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital Budget, but the crowd's interest was squarely on funding for the town's schools, which participants claimed is woefully inadequate. Over a period of nearly three hours, 29 voters, plus School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer and School Board Committee Chair Sandra Fryc, rose to address the selectmen and the audience with claims that inadequate funding has damaged the town's schools and has resulted in a drop from Level 1 to Level 2 in achievement. First to speak was Robert Holland, 8 Raymond Drive, who listed what he believes are some of the schools" shortcomings and which were repeated numerous times by other attendees. He claimed that Shrewsbury has been irresponsible in funding its schools, in part because the town has refused to raise its property tax rates. This was a common theme during the meeting as voters addressed selectmen and urged them to put before the voters a Proposition 2-? override.

SYFS Gala marks 10th anniversary

Shrewsbury – A record number of 375 guests attended the 10th annual Gala to support Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS), held March 15 at St. John's High School. The evening began with a reception and silent auction with music provided by vocalist John Howard and pianist Chris Leary. Following dinner, activities continued with a live auction and dancing to rock classics performed by Tension, a Shrewsbury-based band. Town Moderator Chris Mehne served as master of ceremonies. The Community Advocate was the media sponsor.

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Shrewsbury Town Moderator announces he will not seek reelection

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Town Moderator Christopher G. Mehne has decided that he will not seek reelection in 2021. Mehne is...