Local News
01 / 26 / 2015
  - 10:39:29 AM
Holliston Firefighters were called to a home on Washington Street yesterday afternoon for a fire on the second floor of the home. A man arrived home to smell smoke and called the fire department. There was thick smoke from a mattress fire. Crews had the blaze... Read more

01/25/2015 - 08:16:51 PM
A crippling and potentially historic blizzard to impact the area mainly from late Monday into Tuesday, lingering into early Wednesday.

Blizzard Warning in effect from 7 pm Monday to 1 am EST Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Taunton has issued a Blizzard... Read more.
01/22/2015 - 01:31:44 PM
The Blackstone Valley Regional School Committee meets tonight to receive a presentation on engineering technology and discuss a roof repair project.

The Milford School Committee meets tonight to review a technology plan and how the service will be improved between now... Read more.
01/22/2015 - 01:27:28 PM
Milford School Committee Chairman Scott Harrison has been in contact with Health Officer Paul Mazzuchelli concerning the board's efforts to hold TB clinics and screenings for students who may not have the proper immunizations. Paul and Chairman Ken Evans spoke about this... Read more.
01/22/2015 - 12:48:01 PM
Milford voters will have a contest for school committee in April. Yesterday Scott Vecchichiola of School Street too out papers to challenge incumbents Chairman Scott Harrison and Vice Chairman Mike Walsh as well as Building Commissioner John Erickson. There are now... Read more.
01/22/2015 - 12:45:09 PM
The Emmons Street property owned by the town of Franklin will be sold to developer Roger Calarese for half a million dollars. He will demolish the existing building and use the land for retail purposes and offices. Calarese is seeking tenants for the new building. Read more.
01/22/2015 - 12:41:28 PM
Two candidates for the school superintendent's job in Bellingham will be interviewed tonight. High School Principal Peter Marano and Special Education Director Rachael Lawrence are vying for the position. They both have extensive experience in the system. The... Read more.
01/21/2015 - 12:00:27 PM
Holliston Selectmen meet tonight to review budgets for technology, veteran services, building department and zoning board. The board also meets with Police Chief John Moore, Fire Chief Mike Cassidy and DPW Director Sean Reese.

Milford school officials continue to plan... Read more.
01/21/2015 - 11:49:22 AM
The Milford School Committee has received a comprehensive report on how to improve technology and it will be reviewed tomorrow night. A plan for upgrades between now and 2017 has been prepared. Staffing is the single largest cost consideration the committee will be... Read more.
01/21/2015 - 11:45:11 AM
Uxbridge Selectmen decided not to include a two percent pay increase for Town Manager David Genareau in the new budget that's being developed. The board will wait for a hike until their job performance evaluation of Genareau is done in May. The vote against the pay... Read more.
01/21/2015 - 11:40:41 AM
A 20 year old Uxbridge man is being held on $15 thousand bail after being accused of robbing a convenience store over the weekend. Kyle Kennedy of Ebert Taft Road allegedly used a butcher knife to demand money. He is charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous... Read more.
01/21/2015 - 11:35:41 AM
The Upton Zoning Board of Appeals tonight will continue their discussion of an administrative appeal filed by Diana Delgrosso of Depot Street of a discussion from he building inspector regarding property at 25 Maple Avenue. This dates back to August of 2012. A request... Read more.
01/21/2015 - 11:25:31 AM
A plan to move the Mendon Police Department into the basement of town hall and eliminating the trailers is expected to be done by the end of April. The cost of renovating the basement would be about $80 thousand with half to come from town budget and the other half from... Read more.
01/20/2015 - 11:26:02 AM
The following is a list of important dates regarding the Annual Town Election and Annual Town Meeting in the Town of Bellingham for the year 2015 as well as a list of officials to be elected. Read more.
01/20/2015 - 11:22:30 AM
The Medway Conservation Commission is a five-member volunteer board appointed by the Board of Selectmen to three-year, staggered terms. There are currently two (2) vacant seats, and the Commission is seeking letters of interest and/or resumes from residents who would... Read more.
01/20/2015 - 11:17:26 AM
The Hopkinton Town Hall slate roof replacement project is officially completed. The Basement Waterproofing Project is the last of the four projects on the Town Hall this year, and it should be completed by the end of January or early February 2015 at which time the... Read more.
01/20/2015 - 10:18:09 AM
Mendon Selectmen meet tonight to discuss the elimination of the police department trailers. The town's purchase of the Pearson is up for discussion. In other business the board will discuss budget requests and review a special town meeting warrant for March.

Medway... Read more.
01/20/2015 - 10:14:30 AM
The Medway School System website has been revised and has improved communication capabilities. It will be used as a primary way to communicate with parents during the year. You are encouraged to subscribe to the site. All information updates regarding the schools will... Read more.
01/20/2015 - 10:10:18 AM
An audit was done recently on the budget for Blackstone Valley Tech. The excess and deficiency account stands at $402, 476. Budget work for fiscal year 2016 is underway and financial figures will be shared with member communities sooner in the coming months than in... Read more.
01/19/2015 - 08:57:12 AM
Residents of Milford will be coming together this week to show their support for their police department in what is being called a simply a rally to support Milford Police. Peter and Claudia Scandone say, although the rally comes in the wake of recent protests against... Read more.
01/19/2015 - 08:45:08 AM
The Bellingham School Committee will be interviewing two internal candidates tomorrow night as it looks to find a replacement for its current superintendent of schools who retires at the end of the school year. Bellingham High School Principal Peter Marano and Special... Read more.
01/19/2015 - 08:36:41 AM
A Medway couple is being charged with defrauding a lender with the hope of obtaining $50 thousand with both pleading not guilty at their arraignment in Norfolk Superior Court. Denise and Vincent Alessandrini are facing two counts of larceny over $50 thousand, identity... Read more.
01/19/2015 - 08:32:29 AM
An Uxbridge man is facing charges in connection with an early morning robbery of a convienence store in Northbridge. 20 year old Kyle Kennedy is charged with armed and masked robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon. Northbridge Police say Kennedy walked into the... Read more.
01/16/2015 - 10:06:20 AM
Uxbridge Selectmen have approved a payment in lieu of taxes for a solar farm on the Quaker Highway consisting of 32 acres. The agreement is for 20 years with payments of $22 thousand in the first year and $66 for the remaining years. The agreement expires in 2034. Read more.
01/16/2015 - 09:59:17 AM
The new school budget in Medway will be close to $24.9 million, an increase of about one percent over the current package. Seven educators will be cut from the staff and a plan for a full day kindergarten program will be dropped. Read more.
01/16/2015 - 09:51:09 AM
The Bellingham School System has received a state grant of nine thousand dollars to be used to enhance safety and security designed to ensure students and staff are safe in the event of an emergency situation. The funds will be used to purchase two way radios so... Read more.
01/15/2015 - 04:48:58 PM
Upton Selectmen are working on their annual job performanc evaluation for Town Manager Blythe Robinson.

The Mendon Zoning Board of Appeals holds two hearings tonight. One for 2 Stymast Drive and the other for 60 Uxbridge Road.

The Medway Schools Budget Advisory... Read more.
01/15/2015 - 04:19:42 PM
Milford Selectmen will ask Town Councilman Gerry Moody and the Planning Board to look into revising the town's bylaws regarding banners and signs. The Girl's Softball League had their banners taken down by Building Commissioner John Erickson because they are in... Read more.
01/15/2015 - 04:01:41 PM
The Upton Library Feasibility Committee continues its work of planning for a new facility and will ask residents about what they would like, offerings they now use and would like to see in the future. The library is now in the Risteen Building and more space is needed... Read more.
01/15/2015 - 03:51:08 PM
Holliston Selectmen were presented with a plan for a new building for the Parks and Recreation Department at a cost of $8.2 million. It would replace the existing Flagg School on Linden Street. The building would house the Parks and Recreation Department, Family... Read more.
01/15/2015 - 03:50:08 PM
The Milford Finance Committee has told department heads to prepare new budgets with zero increases at least until it's better known what the state budget and local aid looks like. This scenario would mean officials may have to incorporate any salary hikes for the new... Read more.
01/14/2015 - 10:20:49 AM
Former Senator Richard Moore of Uxbridge has applied for a job with the Obama administration as Regional Director for the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. The position covers all of New England. He is also seeking a position as President of the State... Read more.
01/14/2015 - 10:13:41 AM
The group, Citizens for Milford, will hold their first meeting of the new year tonight. Residents who are interested in working on various projects are encouraged to attend. Agenda items include a candidates forum for March. Anyone with ideas for projects will be... Read more.
01/14/2015 - 10:06:55 AM
The search is on internally in the Bellingham School System for a new superintendent. High School Principal Peter Marano and Special Education Director Rachael Lawrence will be interviewed by the school committee next week. Both candidates have extensive experience... Read more.
01/14/2015 - 09:58:47 AM
The Memorial School in the Mendon Upton School District has been hit with a very high number of flu like illness. Superintendent Doctor Joe Murscheck said 109 students out of 462 were out ill, a little more than 20 percent of the population. 11 staff members were out... Read more.
01/13/2015 - 03:02:51 PM
A briefing of local notes and news from our local towns for Tuesday January 13th. Read more.
01/13/2015 - 02:43:09 PM
Milford selectmen last night on a unanimous vote approved renewing the contract for Police Chief Tom O'Loughlin for another three years. It was set to expire on June 30th. O'Loughlin has worked here for 13 years. O'Loughlin deservedly received credit for working... Read more.
01/07/2015 - 12:34:11 PM
A Franklin developer, Roger Calarese, has submitted a proposal to purchase the town-owned Emmons Street property for half a million dollars. The minimum bid sought was $475 thousand. Calarese has been in the development business for thirty years and did two other... Read more.
01/07/2015 - 10:41:23 AM
Hopedale's new school budget reflects an increase of 5.2%. Superintendent Dennis Breen told WMRC that the total will be $11 million and represents a level service spending package. He said the final budget may include some additional personnel and or programs that the... Read more.
01/05/2015 - 02:34:24 PM
Milford employees will save a substantial amount of money over the next couple of months because they will be paying their health insurance premiums. Last fall selectmen were told auditors identified $1.5 million in surplus funds regarding health insurance when the... Read more.
01/05/2015 - 02:20:56 PM
A 59 year old man who fell through the ice at Hopedale Pond over the weekend will be ok after being quickly rescued by a nearby fisherman. The man was skating when he broke through and went into the frigid water. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Read more.
01/05/2015 - 01:57:04 PM
Milford spring election season officially gets underway today when nomination papers become available in the office of Town Clerk Amy Neves. There is one race so far between finance committee member Will Kingkade and former Zoning Board Member Mike Visconti... Read more.
01/05/2015 - 01:55:21 PM
Hopedale selectmen tonight will reorganize because Chairperson Janet Jacaruso will be out on medical leave for several months and will relinquish that post and her position as town clerk. She met with coordinator Steve Sette last week to discuss the matter... Read more.
01/02/2015 - 09:43:49 AM
A 23 years old Milford man arrested after an accident on Congress Street. Samuel Calarese of Pine Street is charged with drunken driving and leaving the scene of an accident. The car overturned in the roadway. Calarese fled the scene but was quickly apprehended. Read more.
01/02/2015 - 09:27:24 AM
Hopedale selectperson and town clerk, Janet Jacaruso, is out on medical leave for the next several months and will relinquish both positions during that time. She met with coordinator Steve Sette last week to inform him and her colleagues on the board will address... Read more.
12/30/2014 - 12:48:06 PM
Milford's excellent financial condition will no doubt play a major role in the coming months as teacher contract negotiations get underway. Some say it may be difficult not to give out higher than usual raises because the town is flush with cash. There is $15.6 million in Read more.
12/30/2014 - 12:45:53 PM
Milford, Franklin, Mendon, Hopedale, Upton and many other area towns have successfully negotiated a new trash tipping or disposal fee with Wheelabrator. It will save Milford $45 thousand in this fiscal year and more in the years to come. The new agreement goes into effect Read more.
12/30/2014 - 12:43:53 PM
Franklin Police are continuing an investigation into a robbery at a convenience store on Union Street. A man wearing a ski mask and brandishing a hammer threatened the clerk and demanded cash. The man left in a grey car and authorities are reviewing security camera's in... Read more.
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