Northborough tax rates to go up; town to keep single rate

Northborough - The average Northborough single-family homeowner faces a $260 increase in their total property tax bill, “about $42 greater than what we had forecast at town meeting,” Town Administrator John Coderre told the Board of Selectmen Nov. 24.

Two seats open in Hudson School Committee race

Four candidates are vying for two seats on the Hudson School Committee this spring. Here, in their own words, are their bios...

Westborough's Open Space plan is almost complete

Westborough – There are many reasons why a community should have an official Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP), a state consultant told the Westborough Open Space Preservation Committee at a public hearing held Feb. 27. Melissa Cryan, a representative from the Mass. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said that not only would the plan serve as documentation and a blueprint for the community's open space and recreation needs, it also can be used to help obtain state grants. Cryan met with the Open Space committee at the start of the public hearing to review what types of information a plan should contain and what kinds of grants are available. She commended the committee for the work they have put into the plan, which will be presented to the voters for approval at the March 17 Annual Town Meeting (ATM). Cryan noted that in order for a town to get grants, the open space plan must first be approved by her office. Once that is done, the town would then be eligible to apply for different types of grants including acquisitions of conservation land; land for public park purposes such as ball fields or bicycle paths; land and water conservation; and large parcels of land that are 500 acres or more.

Author shares magic in modern day fairy tale

Region - Several years ago, Anna Staniszewski, a book author for young adults, said she found herself feeling down after working on a project that she described as "very dark."
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Ski Ward to sell beer, wine this winter

Shrewsbury –Ski Ward will begin selling alcohol this winter in an attempt to increase its revenue as operating prices continue to rise due to the sluggish economy.

Shrewsbury School Committee hears budget forecast

By Joan Goodchild Community Reporter Shrewsbury - School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer and Director of Business Services Liam Hurley met with the School...

The C.A. six tips of the day for April 26

Region –Today is Thursday, April 26, the 117th day of 2012. On this day in 1986, the world's worst nuclear power plant accident occurred...

Shrewsbury's Francis Gardens celebrates upgrades

Shrewsbury – On July 16, the residents of Shrewsbury's Francis Gardens Housing Development celebrated the completion of several infrastructure projects, including sidewalk and parking lot repaving and the installation of new windows. Dennis Osborn, executive director of the Shrewsbury Housing Authority (SHA), explained that Gov. Deval Patrick and the state legislature had recently appropriated grant monies to the state's Department of Housing and Community, which in turn allotted monies to the commonwealth's 240 housing authorities, including the SHA.

After mishaps, Grafton & Upton Railroad cars finally arrive at destination

Grafton – It has been a stressful few days for employees of Grafton & Upton Railroad as well as several local towns as the railroad has attempted to transfer two 120-foot-long propane cars from Taunton to a propane storage and transloading facility on Westboro Road in North Grafton. First, the cars, which were transporting 120-foot long propane tanks, were unable to navigate a tight, congested corner in Milford.

Buyer finally found for Westborough’s Nathan Fisher House

Westborough—After years of trying, the town has found a buyer for the Nathan Fisher House. The Board of Selectmen voted June 9 to accept a bid from Release Well Being Center LLC to purchase the house and the 3.3 acres it is located on the westbound side of Route 9 for $1.1 million.