Local News
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.
02/02/2015 - 06:11:44 PM
Boston Mayor Walsh has announced that the Patriots Rolling Rally will be held Wednesday at 11am. The parade route will begin at the Prudential Tower and end at City Hall. There will be no rally in front of City Hall due to the accumulation of recent snow fall. 25 plus...
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02/02/2015 - 08:47:35 AM
Congratulations to our New England Patriots! As we have come to learn and love over the past 14 years or so, the party doesn't end when the whistle blows. In fact, that's when the party really gets started! New Englanders love their celebrations and there's nothing... Read more.
02/01/2015 - 12:27:54 PM
Brace your self for another storm that's about to hit the area later tonight! As if the two-plus feet we got earlier this week wasn't enough, we've hardly dug out of that one. A winter storm warning is in effect until late afternoon on Monday with this storm dumping... Read more.
01/30/2015 - 01:45:37 PM
On February 19 at 7:30 AM, the Medway Business Council (MBC) will hold its monthly meeting at the Thayer Homestead, 2B Oak St, Medway. Guest speaker for the morning will be Medway Chief of Police, Allen Tingley. He will address members on a variety of topics of... Read more.
01/30/2015 - 12:17:48 PM
A 24 year old Milford woman will be summonsed to court by Milford Police. Amanda Nadeau of Grove Street is accused of threatening to commit a crime. A woman from Lincoln Street sought a harassment prevention order from a judge. It was denied.

A 41 year old Hopkinton... Read more.
01/30/2015 - 12:10:05 PM
The Medway School Committee has appointed Assistant Superintendent Arman Pires to serve as the interim superintendent with Judith Evans leaves in June. Pires has been a principal in Medway and has served as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment. Pires will... Read more.
01/30/2015 - 12:06:00 PM
Medway Selectmen are looking for residents to serve on the Conservation Commission. There are two vacant seats. Residents interested in engineering, architecture, science, landscape design, real estate and planning should consider applying. Resumes should be sent to... 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.
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