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Monday, July 15, 2019

ADVOCATE VOICES: This week's print edition (July 8 edition)

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Grafton Special Town Meeting set for Feb. 8

Grafton – During its Jan. 5 meeting, the Grafton Board of Selectmen approved the warrant for the Monday, Feb. 8 Special Town Meeting (STM). The purpose of the STM is to create an aggregate electrical supply authority. Recently two competing plans were presented to the town Planning Board. One of the two proposals was through the Solarize Mass Program from the Direct Energy Solar Company. The second was from a team from Good Energy Company (GE). Both spoke of being able to considerably lower the cost of electricity for Grafton residents and businesses.

Golfers come out to support Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest

Marlborough - Golfers are notorious for playing in just about all sorts of weather, so when 144 of them gathered at the Marlborough Country Club July 18, they were not fazed by the hot and humid conditions.

New agent seeks veterans, families

Region - The towns of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough, and Grafton comprise the Central Massachusetts Veterans District, explained Adam Costello, the newly-appointed veterans’ agent for the area. Adam replaces Richard Perron, a World War II veteran, who passed away in 2013. An Army veteran, Costello last served as the senior medic with 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He served seven years and then returned to Massachusetts.

Animal Shelter Inc. of Sterling competing to win a $50,000 grant

Sterling - The Animal Shelter Inc. located in Sterling is looking for help from the community to win a $50,000 grant from Pepsi's "Refresh...

Public hearing on Shrewsbury library renovation to be held Sept. 12

Shrewsbury - The Shrewsbury Library Building Committee will hold a public hearing Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at Shrewsbury Town Hall, 100 Maple...

Marlborough City Council approves budget

Marlborough - The City Council approved a spending plan for next year's city budget at $132.1 million at its June 3 meeting. Councilors agreed with the recommendations of the Finance Committee, cutting just under $742,000 from Mayor Arthur Vigeant's proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2014. Finance Committee Chair Michael Ossing said the final total is an increase over this year of $5.4 million, or 4.3 percent. The average amount of budget increases adopted by the council the past seven fiscal years is just under 3 percent. The budget for FY 2013 totaled $127.1 million.

High Tech “Albuquerque Turkey”

Westborough - In an annual day-before-Thanksgiving tradition, Hastings Elementary School second graders serenaded residents of the Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center in...

Shrewsbury selectmen discuss fiscal study committee progress

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen continued a discussion during its July 23 meeting about the town's Fiscal Study Committee. The last such group had met in 2007 and ended the same year. At a meeting held during May, the board had decided to again create a fiscal study group to seek new avenues of revenue while still possibly cutting expenses. At that meeting, Selectman James Kane had recommended that the board review the 2007 results and then reconvene to address both continuing concerns and the annual budget process. He said that the last time this was done it yielded useful information and thus he suggested the latest such study follow the same structure, taking into account the slight increase in the town's revenues. As had been the case in 2007, the board thought it appropriate for two of its members to participate in the study group as well as appointing some other members. Chairman Henry Fitzgerald and Selectman Maurice DePalo both volunteered to serve on the group. Nine people would be appointed by Town Moderator Christopher Mehne.

Breaking news – truck rollover reported on Mass. Pike near Westborough

This report has just been issued from the Mass. State Police: Westborough - State Troopers are on the scene of a Waste Management truck that...