Local News
01 / 30 / 2015
  - 11:59:26 AM
Congressman Joe Kennedy will hold constituent office hours tomorrow in Hopkinton and Hopedale. He will be at the high school in Hopkinton from noon to 1:30 and at the Hopedale fire station from 2:15 to 3:45 to meet with residents. Read more

01/29/2015 - 04:23:49 PM
The blizzard that hit the area this week will be costly for communities and hit their snow removal budget hard. In Milford, Highway Surveyor Scott Crisafulli told WMRC the initial estimate is at $200 thousand. He said he hopes the federal FEMA agency chips in to ease... Read more.
01/29/2015 - 04:15:14 PM
The Mendon Community Preservation Committee approved the expenditure of $20 thousand to do an engineering study to improve the streetscape in the are of Maple and Main Streets. This would include installing sidewalks, crosswalks, curbing and handicapped accessibility... Read more.
01/29/2015 - 03:51:17 PM
Mendon Selectmen have signed a contract to have a classification and compensation study done on employees. The first step will be to create accurate job descriptions and then the study can determine if the person's pay is appropriate. Employees meet with the firm in... Read more.
01/28/2015 - 11:20:34 AM
A long time Mendon town official, Thomas Hackenson, has died. Hackenson served as building inspector for 40 years and a state inspector for 35 years. He also served as an assessor for 59 years. The funeral is Monday at 10am in St. Gabriel Church in Upton with calling... Read more.
01/28/2015 - 11:14:39 AM
The Mendon Board of Health holds a hearing tonight to discuss proposed tobacco regulations. The minimum legal sales for these items is 21. Under the proposed rules no individual cigars may be sold and no free samples of tobacco products will be allowed. All tobacco... Read more.
01/28/2015 - 11:04:25 AM
James F. Paulhus, President and CEO of UniBank recently announced that Suzanne Parsons has joined the bank as Senior Vice President, Director of Human Resources and Training. In this role, Ms. Parsons is responsible for the strategic initiatives related to compensation... Read more.
01/28/2015 - 10:58:41 AM
Milford Police were called to the Tedeschi's Convenience Store on Main Street around 2:30 this morning for a reported stabbing. It turned out that the 26 year old man stabbed himself in the chest. He was bleeding profusely and left a trail of blood from his apartment... Read more.
01/28/2015 - 10:45:39 AM
Our area towns are weathering the Blizzard of 2015 and today will be a clean up day for highway departments and home owners. In Milford, police had several calls about people throwing snow into the roadway after they had been plowed. This is a town bylaw violation... Read more.
01/27/2015 - 01:30:15 PM
The Blizzard 2015 travel ban is still in effect until midnight. Governor Baker will lift the ban but still urges drivers to refrain from unnecessary use of the roadways while crews are still cleaning. MBTA service will resume in the morning but may be limited in certain... Read more.
01/27/2015 - 07:45:54 AM
Some schools and town halls are closed or delayed Wednesday. Keep an eye on WMRC Daily News.com, WMRC's Facebook and Twitter pages and listening to WMRC on 1490 and in the media center. We'll be making updates as they come in throughout the night and day, keeping you... Read more.
01/26/2015 - 05:50:48 PM
I would say to the residents of Mendon, please listen to the direction of Governor Baker and stay off the roads. Stock up on water and prepare for a potential long period of power outages. Grab a few games and a lantern to play with family while we wait out the storm... Read more.
01/26/2015 - 04:50:15 PM
Governor Baker has signed an Executive Order allowing for the enforcement of a statewide travel ban effective at midnight. The following exceptions shall exist for the ban and all drivers are encouraged to remain safe and use their best judgment:

Essential emergency... Read more.
01/26/2015 - 11:00:44 AM
“Before the arrival of the storm this evening, it is important that you take the proper steps to ensure the safety of your family and home,” said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz. Read more.
01/26/2015 - 10:55:41 AM
The Medway Police and Fire Departments are seeking funds for some major improvements. Police want to upgrade their radios and the repeater system that boots the signal to eliminate dead spots. Also, cruiser computers need to be improved. The Fire Department wants to... Read more.
01/26/2015 - 10:53:17 AM
Northbridge Selectmen have approved a ten percent across the board increase in ambulance rates on the recommendation of Fire Chief Gary Nestor. Last year the fees were increased and it generated about $100 thousand in additional revenue. Read more.
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.
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