News roundup: Truck crash details, Harvard Primate shutdown begins, Burnett House Update, and AMSA’s search for new director

Rounding up some interesting news stories from Southborough Wicked Local this week.

Tractor trailer crashes in front of Southborough pizza shop – Southborough Wicked Local:

SWL’s report provides new details on Wednesday night’s accident:

[The driver] had to be pulled from the truck “because of his intoxication,” according to Lt. Sean James. . .

“If it wasn’t for the tree he would have crashed right through into the dry cleaners and barber shop next door,” [Kosta Baltas, co-owner of Southborough House of Pizza] said. (read more)

Harvard’s Primate Center shutdown starts with 45 layoffs – Southborough Wicked Local:

As part of a plan to shut down Harvard Medical School’s Primate Research Center on Pine Hill Drive, approximately 45 employees are expected to be laid off next month. . .

layoff notices went out Oct. 21, to be effective “on or after Jan. 4, 2015.”

A second round of layoffs for 50 employees is expected to take place in January.

“It is expected that a small number of employees will remain at the center to conduct final closeout activities through July and August of 2015,” Savage wrote. (read more)

Southborough: Burnett House deal still being finalized – Southborough Wicked Local:

Selectmen are still trying to hammer out a date for a Special Town Meeting to vote on a deal to save the historic Burnett House. . .

“We can’t schedule a Town Meeting until we have the warrant article,” said Selectmen Chairman Bill Boland.

The Planning Board this week decided to wait to hear from selectmen with an official contract between the town and owner Jon Delli Priscoli before taking a vote for or against the deal. Town Planner Jennifer Burney said she doesn’t know if selectmen want the Planning Board’s recommendation or not.

Boland said they are hoping to call the meeting at the board’s next meeting, Dec. 16. He said the Community Preservation Committee will be presenting the article at Town Meeting. (read more)

Charter school in Marlborough continues search for executive director – Southborough Wicked Local:

In search of a new executive director, officials at the Advanced Math and Science Academy will meet with teachers and parents this week to discuss the qualities the school’s next leader should possess. . .

School officials anticipate hiring someone before summer.

Over the summer, the Board of Trustees declined to renew Executive Director John Brucato’s contract and instead appointed him as the district’s executive director of development, a role from which he recently resigned, citing personal reasons.

The trustees voted in August to hire Mary Ann DeMello as interim executive director. DeMello is a candidate for the permanent job, Board of Trustees Chairman Craig Holbrook said last month. (read more)

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