Local News
02 / 12 / 2015
  - 03:56:20 PM
The Mendon Finance Committee met last night as they continue to create the new budget for fiscal year 2016. At the present time, the shortfall is $141 thousand plus another $250 thousand for snow and ice. This does not touch requests being made by department heads... Read more

02/12/2015 - 03:44:59 PM
Two articles on a special town meeting warrant in Upton last night won voter approval. $80 thousand dollars from the town hall renovation project will be used to buy land across from the building. It will be used for parking. Residents ok'd the use of $8,500 in... Read more.
02/12/2015 - 03:18:32 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Milford Selectmen, the Finance Committee and others are working on improving technology that has lagged behind for years. Paul Blivess came on board last summer and has been working to improve the system. FinCom Chairman Mark Shane said extra personnel... Read more.
02/11/2015 - 03:25:16 PM
Upton's election season begins today. Nomination papers become available in the office of Town Clerk Kelly McElreath. All papers must be returned for certification by Monday March 16th.

The Medway Water and Sewer Commission meet tonight to discuss a possible sewer... Read more.
02/11/2015 - 03:14:45 PM
The Bellingham School Committee this week appointed High School Principal Peter Marano as the district's new superintendent. Over the past 16 years he has served in the guidance office, as an assistant principal and then principal. The other candidates was... Read more.
02/11/2015 - 03:05:34 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Upton Board of Health has ended its involvement with attempting to restrict the Grafton and Upton Railroad after a decision from a federal agency that says the railroad is exempt from any local control. Selectmen Bob Fleming read the correspondence... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 12:18:14 PM
The Upton Library Feasibility Committee will review potential sites for a new facility and discuss an owners project manager for the project.

The Medway Community Preservation Committee meets tonight to discuss town meeting articles and the rehabilitation of Choate... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 12:10:03 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - A manufacturing bill sponsored by Congressman Joe Kennedy has been signed into law by President Obama. It will create a network of regional manufacturing institutes across the country to support domestic production, drive innovation and expand work force... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 12:05:05 PM
The Mendon Upton school budget is close to $32 million for next year, an increase of $2.1 million. It's driven by the strategic plan put forth by Superintendent Dr. Joe Murscheck. He went over salary issues at a recent meeting. Read more.
02/10/2015 - 11:57:03 AM
Schools in the area are in session today after yesterday's storm. Milford Superintendent Dr. Bob Tremblay told WMRC there is no consideration of cancelling any planned school vacations. He Said five days have been used and that number is always built into the calendar... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 11:49:26 AM
Milford Finance Committee Chairman Mark Shane is working with his members to formulate the new budget that begins in July. He continued last week to be cautious because of numerous issues.

The town has about $15 million in stabilization, $1.4 in free cash and excess... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 11:37:16 AM
The Mendon Upton School District will assess the snow and ice loads on all roofs after a plea was made for the inspection to the town's public safety director, Ernie Horn, by parent and activist Mike Watson. He expressed concern after several roofs and building... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 11:30:13 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Upton Selectmen and the Finance Committee are working on their new budget but said the final document won't be ready until early April. The school budget with Mendon is a cause for concern. Here's Town Manager Blythe Robinson and Chairman Bob Fleming... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 08:25:50 AM
At the January 20 Board of Selectmen meeting, the Town Manager and Finance Director presented the Capital Improvement Committee’s 10-Year Capital Plan. The CIC has not yet made a recommendation on the proposed $15 million new public works garage on Wood Street, which was... Read more.
02/10/2015 - 07:31:42 AM
Mother Nature just won't let up. Meteorologists are tracking a couple new systems heading our way. The first is expected to hit in just a couple of days. The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall for a 24-hour period beginning at 7am on Thursday. 4 to 6... Read more.
02/09/2015 - 02:57:28 PM
The new Mendon Upton school budget is close to $34 million. A hike of $2.1 million over this year.

The Upton Board of Library Trustees will discuss a joint construction program with the Council on Aging and the status of renovations to the Knowlton-Risteen building... Read more.
02/09/2015 - 02:49:47 PM
Milford will seek to have some of the cost of cleanup from the blizzard reimbursed through FEMA. Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafulli said that storm alone cost the town $200 thousand. It's likely Milford will ask for $167, 478 dollars in assistance. This includes snow... Read more.
02/09/2015 - 02:41:25 PM
Milford selectmen will continue to work on improving the town's technology infrastructure with the hiring of a second support technology support technician and creation of a network administrator. There were 44 applicants received and that number was narrowed down to... Read more.
02/09/2015 - 02:33:58 PM
Upton selectmen hope to have a funding request for paperless initiative ready for presentation to the annual town meeting in the spring. The concept would be available to all boards and committees and make lots of information available to residents on the town's...
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02/09/2015 - 02:26:06 PM
The Uxbridge wastewater treatment facility is in need of improvements. It's 30 years old and most of the equipment is outdated and reaching the end of its useful life. A plan will be developed by the EPA to evaluate ways to make the plant for efficient, investigate... Read more.
02/09/2015 - 02:14:33 PM
The Milford Board of Health is reaching out to businesses. Health Officer Paul Mazzuchelli said this is a way to keep in touch, educate and inform food service establishments about issues affecting them. Paul said it's a way to develop a good relationship with those... Read more.
02/09/2015 - 02:10:13 PM
The Milford Senior Citizen Tax Relief Committee met last week and decided to seek town meeting approval this spring to reduce the age eligibility from 68 to 66 years of age. Those eligible get a break on their property taxes saving them hundreds of dollars. Read more.
02/09/2015 - 09:22:37 AM
Celebrate Holliston is now accepting grant applications for the 2015. Holliston seeks to invest in projects that they see as worthy and that will make the most contribution to the community. A wide range of grants are given each year. There is no common thread other... Read more.
02/08/2015 - 06:16:20 PM
“With the threat of approaching storms, additional snow can add weight and stress to the roofs of structures if not cleared. Also, for areas that get rain, the dry, fluffy snow piled on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing any additional sleet and rain,” says... Read more.
02/08/2015 - 05:11:47 PM
For the third Monday in a row we'll be experiencing another winter storm that will affect both commutes and, most likely, Tuesday morning. Snow will be light and steady throughout the rest of Sunday night. Starting around 1am Monday morning it will begin to fall heavy... Read more.
02/06/2015 - 03:45:30 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Residents should be extremely cautious if they try and remove ice jams from their homes or businesses. A business owner in Holliston started a blaze week when using a torch. Fire Chief Mike Cassidy... Read more.
02/06/2015 - 03:36:27 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Mendon parent and activist Mike Watson has been sharply critical this week in various emails about the way the school committee is heading preparations of the current budget. He said school officials in partnership with the Mendon Finance Committee... Read more.
02/06/2015 - 03:28:31 PM
A Milford man who had been indicted on child pornography charges hung himself in his home on Village Circle. 45 year old George Holtsnider was arrested last year and charged with possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and several counts of... Read more.
02/06/2015 - 03:25:07 PM
The search for a new town administrator is underway in Holliston and officials hope to hire someone by May. A consultant told selectmen to expect about 25 applications for all over the country. That number will be reduced by a screening committee. Current... Read more.
02/06/2015 - 03:17:59 PM
The Milford snow and ice removal account is just $67 thousand over budget with the last two big storms. The blizzard cost $200 thousand. Highway Surveyor Scot Chrisafulli and his staff are preparing for the new storm that's coming. He asked that no snow be tossed... Read more.
02/06/2015 - 03:11:53 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Milford has prepared a comprehensive report to the EPA on the controversial storm water permit issue and recently hired a consultant to assist in preparing the final document that will be submitted to the agency by the end of the month. Town engineer... Read more.
02/05/2015 - 01:43:09 PM
A Milford family dealing with their child having cancer will received a $5,000 helping hand donation today from the group Cops For Kids With Cancer. Milford Chief Tom O'Loughlin told WMRC that the group has helped 300 families since the year 2000 and donated $1.5 million... Read more.
02/05/2015 - 01:24:59 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - A ground breaking for the new Milford Woodland School will be held next month and construction will begin soon after that so the building that will house 985 students and staff will be ready by the fall of next year. The town's cost is $34 million with... Read more.
02/05/2015 - 01:08:55 PM
A fire at a wood processing facility on Fruit Street in Hopkinton destroyed a building last night. The call for the blaze came in just after 9pm and the fire was under control about an hour later. The company is JB Sawmill and Land Clearing. Read more.
02/05/2015 - 11:46:17 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Milford School and Finance Committees meet tonight to review the new spending package at $42.2 million, an increase of $1.2 million over this year, or 3.1 percent. Staff salaries account for $34 million, an increase of $984 thousand and... Read more.
02/05/2015 - 11:28:45 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Mendon Upton school budget for the next fiscal year has pretty much been finalized reflecting an increase of $2.1 million. It's been labeled an expense driven budget by Superintendent Doctor Joe Murscheck. It's also being driven by the strategic... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 12:52:53 PM
The new school budget in Hopedale will be close to $11.2 million. An increase of $700 thousand over this year's package.

The Medway Capital Improvement Committee meets tonight to review and prioritize projects for the next fiscal year and prepare a presentation... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 12:04:07 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Mendon Finance Committee meets tonight to continue their work on the new budget and go over spending requests by department heads. Selectman Rich Scofield told WMRC that finances are getting better... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 11:49:14 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Milford School Committee meets with the Finance Committee tomorrow night to review their new spending package that stands at $42.2 million, an increase of $1.2 million over this year. FinCom Chairman Mark Shane said he wants departments to be prudent... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 11:42:01 AM
Milford School Committee Vice Chairman Mike Walsh returned his nomination papers yesterday to Town Clerk Amy Neves. She said he has the required amount of signatures. Walsh, Chairman Scott Harrison and Building Commissioner John Erickson are vying for three seats... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 11:00:08 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The deadline for new admissions to Blackstone Valley Tech in Upton is Friday. Usually there are about 800 applicants for 300 positions in the 13 town district. An open house in December drew 1000 prospective students to tour the school and learn about... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 10:50:43 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - The Milford School Committee discussed needed technology improvements at a recent meeting. The issue was reviewed extensively and the cost will be high. Here's Chairman Scott Harris and Kathy Perry, Assistant Superintendent for Business... Read more.
02/04/2015 - 10:35:47 AM
Hopedale School Superintendent Dennis Breen is out on medical leave for an undetermined time period. Pamela Smith, Director of Pupil Personnel Services will take his place for the time being. Read more.
02/04/2015 - 10:22:30 AM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Milford Elementary and Stacey Middle School Received continued accreditation recently from a visiting team of educators from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Here's Superintendent of Milford Schools Dr. Bob Tremblay... Read more.
02/03/2015 - 02:06:14 PM
The Franklin Economic Development Committee meets tonight to begin their discussion on the proposed sale of the town owned Pond Street land. The Town Council approved adding a residential component to the request for proposals from bidders and that is causing some... Read more.
02/03/2015 - 01:40:56 PM
Milford school administrators and teachers are preparing for the transition of Middle East students to their new buildings. Fifth graders go to Woodland and Eighth graders go to Stacey when the new Woodland School opens in the fall of 2016.

Hear the full story... Read more.
02/03/2015 - 01:25:51 PM
Representative John Fernandes recently cosponsored an important rules change in the house which requires that role call votes for the full committee be recorded and published. He said this amendment dramatically opens up the committee process and will publicly announce... Read more.
02/03/2015 - 01:21:18 PM
A chimney fire early yesterday morning in a home on Lavern Street in Medway caused considerable damage to two rooms. A crack in the chimney was listed as the cause. A wood during stove was being used. The fire broke out during the beginning of the snow storm. Read more.
02/03/2015 - 01:14:51 PM
Milford and area highway crews were out all night cleaning up after yesterday's storm. Workers plowed, sanded and salted in an effort to clear the roads. WMRC's Ed Thompson talked to Milford Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafullo about the use of liquid to enhance the use... Read more.
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