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Why flags are at half staff: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 09:30:15 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff today in honor of the individuals who lost their lives and were injured during the Boston Marathon Bombings of April 15, 2013.

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Seven reasons to attend Town Meeting Wednesday night

April 15, 2014 07:30:20 AM
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This is a post I publish every year before Town Meeting. If you’re on the fence about whether to attend Southborough’s Annual Town Meeting on Monday evening, here are seven reasons why you should.

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The week in government (4/14-4/20/14): Town Meeting and prep

April 14, 2014 09:41:26 AM
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A list of department and committee meetings for the week.

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Gulbankian Farms: Meet the family and read the petition

April 12, 2014 03:24:23 PM

As you probably know by now, one of the Warrant Articles up for vote at Wednesday’s Town Meeting is the rezoning of the Gulbankian property at 40 Mount Vickery Road. (If you aren’t aware or need a refresher on this zoning issue, click here for past coverage.)
In preparation for the vote, the family has produced a following video to let voters know who they are.

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David Parry: A Locally-Funded Plan for Southborough Town Center (Updated)

April 12, 2014 02:31:42 PM

David Parry has submitted his outline of a possible local plan to replace the “state plan” for the Main Street Reconstruction Project.

Parry is the leader of the citizen’s petition initiative to form and fund a committee, through Town Meeting, to review the Main Street reconstruction project. In an effort to help people communicate about this project in advance (rather than hearing his case for the first time on Town Meeting floor) I’ve put up a page with his text and visuals.

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Town Meeting: Reference page, town report (with kids’ art) and an update on Warrant Articles

April 11, 2014 04:30:21 PM
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With the Annual Town Meeting quickly approaching, I posted a new page under the menu “Town Meeting & Election”. You can check the guide for easy reference to the warrant, a list of scheduled articles, and links to related stories.

Also, an update on some of the Warrant Articles scheduled for vote.

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Election news: Candidate withdraws and new election page with positions

April 11, 2014 12:04:00 PM
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This year, there is a race for 5 contested seats on two different boards. To help voters make their decision, I asked each candidate to fill out a position paper.

On this front, there is some breaking news. Yesterday, candidate Lisa Cappello announced that she is withdrawing from the race.

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SWL: ZBA denies permit to Park Central 40B under “Safe Harbor”, developer to appeal

April 9, 2014 09:55:22 AM
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Southborough Wicked Local reports that on Monday night, the Zoning Board of Appeals voted down the permit to build a 40B project at Park Central. The developer is accusing the town of deception and plans to appeal.

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Why flags will be at half staff: Tuesday, April 8

April 8, 2014 07:24:00 AM
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Flags in Southborough and across the state are flying at half staff today in honor of Officer Gregg Maloney.

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Special meetings on warrant articles: Split tax-rate, Main Street, and FEMA maps

April 7, 2014 04:30:00 PM
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These events won’t be listed in the government meetings for the week – because they aren’t town open government meetings. But they don’t quite fit in with legos and sing-a-longs either!

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Candidate refutes BOS accusations

April 7, 2014 11:26:23 AM

Southborough Wicked Local posted news that the Board of Selectman delivered a cease and desist letter to former Selectman David Parry last week. The letter made two accusations, both of which Parry is refuting.

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The week in government (4/7-4/13/14): Hearings on Gulbankian’s, Site Plan Review, and school budget, vote on school calendar, and town meeting prep

April 7, 2014 07:30:49 AM

A list of department and committee meetings for the week.

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Main Street project: Disgruntled residents, more renderings, and upcoming meetings (Updated)

April 4, 2014 02:31:09 PM
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On Wednesday night, the Department of Public Works held a meeting to explain the Main Street reconstruction project plans.

The room was packed with residents, many with questions and comments. Most of the commenters wanted to convey their displeasure with the plan. Some wanted to know how to improve it, while others wanted to stop it all together.

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Vote for what you care about or someone else will

April 3, 2014 04:30:10 PM

Recent conversations have made me realize that some residents don’t understand the power a single voter has at town meeting. Last year, each person who showed up represented 38 registered voters. That 2.6% decide whether to approve a budget or reduce it. So if there’s a budget you care about be there to support it.

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