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04 / 06 / 2015
  - 04:00:52 PM
Hopedale Selectmen have postponed their meeting scheduled for tonight out of respect to Chairperson and Town Clerk Janet Jacaruso who passed away Saturday. She had stepped down from both positions last fall for medical reasons. Jacaruso was instrumental in trying to get... Read more

04/05/2015 - 02:09:30 PM
Late Saturday afternoon WMRC reported that there may be a hostage and bomb threat situation at Hopkinton Library after a 911 call from an anonymous source claimed to have two hostages and a bomb in the library. That call came in at 5:30pm. Over the next 3 hours, roads... Read more.
04/02/2015 - 03:26:49 PM
A problem with the fire sprinkler system at the Keller-Sullivan School in Franklin last November caused $53 thousand in damage. Town council members last night voted to use the insurance proceeds to pay invoices associated with the damages at the school. Books, shelves... Read more.
04/02/2015 - 03:18:55 PM
A needed override for the Holliston schools has been put off for one year. The finance committee found $600 thousand in the town budget to supplement the schools to prevent the override and the loss of staff and programs. The override would have requested $1.1 million... Read more.
03/31/2015 - 09:57:21 PM
Citizens for Milford and the Milford Farmers Market are organizing Milford Beautification Day, an opportunity for area residents, organizations, and businesses to work together to beautify our community by picking up trash in downtown. Milford Beautification Day will be... Read more.
03/31/2015 - 03:17:33 PM
Three Holliston police officers were commended recently by Selectmen and Chief John Moore. The officers, Detective Sergeant Chad Thompson, Sergeant George Lurini and Patrolman Andy McCray were called to a home for a drug overdose. They quickly took control of the... Read more.
03/31/2015 - 03:11:01 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Milford town meeting members will be asked in May to make the tax collectors position appointed by selectmen rather than elected as it is now. Selectmen candidate Mike Visconti is against the move. Candidate Will Kingkade has his own feelings about this. Read more.
03/31/2015 - 03:03:41 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - A special town meeting will be held in Hopedale tonight at the Dennett Auditorium at the high school at 7pm. Residents are urged to attend. There are five articles to be discussed. Read more.
03/25/2015 - 12:25:16 PM
On February 19, Medway Chief of Police Allen Tingley addressed Medway Business Council (MBC) members at the Thayer Homestead. Chief Tingley provided a variety of information related to public safety issues in Medway with a recap of some statistics for the past year... Read more.
03/24/2015 - 02:52:38 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - A bit of Milford's history faded away last night as long time selectmen Chairman Dino DeBartolomeis attended his last meeting. Prior to that he was welcomed to town hall by about 100 friends and family members as he said farewell and accepted the... Read more.
03/24/2015 - 02:43:07 PM
Some extra state highway money will be received by communities to help them fix roads damaged by the past winter. Milford gets $122 thousand, Mendon will receive $41 thousand, Hopedale gets $26 thousand and Franklin receives $140 thousand. The funds will be used for... Read more.
03/24/2015 - 02:29:07 PM
DAYBREAK AUDIO - Senator Ryan Fattman, who defeated long time senator Richard Moore last fall, has taken a $15 thousand stipend for his new assignment as an assistant minority whip. During the campaign, Fattman decried and railed on Moore for taking the daily travel... Read more.
03/24/2015 - 02:21:59 PM
Milford Police arrested an alleged prostitute yesterday at a hotel. The 22 year old from Warwick, RI is charged with sexual conduct for a fee. Chief Tom O'Loughlin told WMRC his detectives look at websites such as Craig's List. The woman had been advertising her... Read more.
03/24/2015 - 01:54:19 PM
Mendon selectmen candidate Chuck Scharnagle told WMRC he will research the override issue for schools thoroughly before making a final decision on whether to support it but most likely will be opposed to it. He told WMRC he wants to look at every aspect of the request... Read more.
03/23/2015 - 04:52:51 PM
An accident occurred last week during the ongoing Milford Pond project when a small excavator fell through the ice and was partially submerged. The contractor has been working at the site off Cedar Street for a month. The operator of the machine traveled too far outside... Read more.
03/23/2015 - 04:43:44 PM
A race has developed in Mendon for the open three year selectmen's seat. Finance Committee Chairman Chris Burke took out papers a couple of weeks ago and now newcomer Chuck Sharnagle said he will seek the position. He is the chief information officer for the Mohegan... Read more.
03/23/2015 - 04:31:38 PM
Hopedale residents have a contest for selectmen in May. Tom Wesley of Dutcher Street told WMRC yesterday that he will return his nomination papers today to be on the ballot. He said in the coming weeks he looks forward to engaging residents on conversation on matters of... Read more.
03/19/2015 - 03:12:29 PM
A 24 year old Holliston resident was arrested in Hopkinton. Taylor Davis of Winthrop Street is accused of larceny under $250 dollars, disturbing the peace and malicious destruction of property. Davis went on a vandalism rampage damaging mailboxes and dumping over trash... Read more.
03/19/2015 - 03:05:53 PM
There will be no override question on the annual town meeting warrant this spring in Northbridge. Selectmen dropped the idea this week as they formulate the new budget and the school committee works to make cuts in their new spending package. The committee is looking at... Read more.
03/19/2015 - 03:01:03 PM
The Town of Franklin has a beer and wine license available. Applications are available on the state's website. The form should be filled out and submitted to administrator Jeff Nutting no late than March 27th. It's likely the license will be awarded in April by the... Read more.
03/19/2015 - 02:55:05 PM
The basement of Mendon Town Hall will be renovated at a cost of $85 thousand. It will be used by the police department to get them out of the dilapidated trailers in the parking lot. The project will completely redo the area where the police were housed in the early... Read more.
03/16/2015 - 04:49:07 PM
A 44 year old Bellingham man was apprehended by Hopedale Police disposing of some very bizarre and unusual items in a dumpster at Sacred Heart Church. Authorities said Christopher Walker of Box Pond Drive was observed dumping the material that turned out to be 25 gallons... Read more.
03/16/2015 - 04:42:36 PM
The Colella's Supermarket property on Main Street in Hopkinton has sold for $3.3 million. Cross Point Associates is the firm that made the purchase. They manage such stores as Hannaford's and Whole Foods. Read more.
03/16/2015 - 04:29:16 PM
The Mendon Upton School Committee holds a hearing tonight on the new budget of $31.8 million. Medway Selectmen tonight will approve a contract for a traffic study of the tri-valley design proposal in the amount of $9,500. Recommendations on warrant articles for the... Read more.
03/13/2015 - 10:50:35 AM
A 31 year old hopkinton man was arrested at his home yesterday by local, state and Connecticut State Police. Authorities executed a search warrant and apprehended Matthew Shuman of Walcott Street. He was charged with being a fugitive from justice as well as a criminal... Read more.
03/13/2015 - 10:01:37 AM
The last day for candidates in Hopedale's May election to take out papers is a week from today. Dan Iacovelli will run for selectmen. He is the only candidate so far. Selectmen Bob Burns will run for a new term on the Water and Sewer Commission. Lou Acrudi will run... Read more.
03/12/2015 - 02:39:28 PM
Mendon Selectmen are seeking bids for the renovations of the basement of town hall. A complete description of the work is available on the town's website. The budget for the project is close to $85 thousand. A mandatory pre-bid conference walk-thru will be held on... Read more.
03/10/2015 - 04:02:23 PM
The Medway Planning and Economic Development Board tonight will review zoning bylaw amendments for the annual town meeting and schedule a public hearing. A streets program and draft policy will be discussed. The Upton Finance Committee meets tonight to review the new... Read more.
03/10/2015 - 03:23:38 PM
A call was received today at approximately 12 noon from a male party claiming threats of a bomb in the Franklin High School. Protocols were followed with appropriate Franklin Police and Franklin Fire personnel response, with assistance from the Massachusetts State Police... Read more.
03/09/2015 - 11:47:24 AM
Milford Police made a very significant drug arrest late last week that is sure to stem the flow of heroin into the area. Chef Tom O'Loughlin told WMRC his detectives worked with the office of District Attorney Joe Early's task force and Lowell Police to apprehend a 31... Read more.
03/09/2015 - 11:06:01 AM
The Town of Hopkinton and Holliston will use a grant they received to offer residents a clinician to help them deal with mental disabilities and emotional distress issues in the hope of keeping people out of the court system. The grant funded is good for three years. Read more.
03/09/2015 - 10:11:30 AM
Congratulations to Megan O'Donovan, a 7th grade student at Miscoe Hill Middle School in Mendon. Megan was awarded top honors by the Prudential Spirit of Community Service Award this past Monday at the MURSD Committee Meeting. Megan was awarded not only the top middle... Read more.
03/09/2015 - 09:54:49 AM
New health insurance rates have been negotiated by the Milford Insurance Advisory Committee lead by temporary treasurer Kelly Capece. The rates are for health, dental and life insurance. Capece said Harvard Pilgrim wanted an increase of 24.5 percent. She said due to... Read more.
03/06/2015 - 02:58:02 PM
A Franklin man has been arrested in connection with a security breach this week at the Paramenter School in Franklin. 27 year old Christopher Pratt is charged with trespassing and disturbing a school assembly. He was buzzed into the building but walked down a hallway... Read more.
03/06/2015 - 02:50:16 PM
Medway Department of Public Service crews are working on a daily basis to address issues with roads that are directly attributable to the severe winter weather. Frost heaves and pot holes are prevalent all over town and these are being fixed as quickly as possible... Read more.
03/06/2015 - 02:44:29 PM
Holliston is looking for a new town administrator to succeed 30 year veteran Paul LeBeau who leaves at the end of June. Selectmen want a seasoned manager with strong leadership, organization and communication skills and someone who can direct, manage and facilitate a... Read more.
03/06/2015 - 02:36:36 PM
A house on Blackstone Street in Mendon was destroyed by fire last night and the owner is facing charges. The house had been in foreclosure. A man was taken into custody by police after he initially prevented firefighters from getting near the home. He had to be tased... Read more.
03/05/2015 - 04:37:32 PM
The State Supreme Judicial Court takes up the Mendon adult entertainment case today and will hear from attorney's for the Funaris who want to open a strip club but have been denied the important liquor license. A superior court ruled against the town on issues such as... Read more.
03/04/2015 - 09:48:13 AM
Franklin school officials have distributed a picture of a man who entered the Paramenter Elementary School without a security check and managed to walk down a hallway unchallenged until a teacher confronted the man. He left without incident. A letter went out to parents... Read more.
03/03/2015 - 04:08:16 PM
The Mendon Taft Library Committee meets tonight to get an update on fund raising, the budget including the status of $50 thousand for energy efficiency improvements and donation materials. A parent survey and the new budget will be discussed when the Uxbridge School... Read more.
03/03/2015 - 03:44:10 PM
Medway Selectmen will support a meals tax. The article will be on the annual town meeting warrant this spring. The funds, about $150 thousand a year, would be used to reduce the town's post retirement account liability. Some of the new revenue would go into the free... Read more.
03/03/2015 - 03:38:39 PM
Millis Police are investigating an incident overnight during which a man was badly beaten. A woman called police saying that her friends was being attacked by four people at the corner of Main and Milliron Streets. The victim was med-flighted to a hospital with... Read more.
03/03/2015 - 02:45:30 PM
The Mendon Upton School Committee last night decided not to pursue having a joint town meeting for the school budget. Superintendent Doctor Joe Maruszczak had told WMRC he was opposed to the idea because it would be contentious and detrimental to future cooperation... Read more.
03/02/2015 - 12:27:59 PM
Hopedale Selectmen tonight will open a special town meeting warrant. The session will be held on March 31st. Bellingham Selectmen meet tonight to make an appointment to the High School Principal Search Committee. Resumes are being sought and an appointment will be made... Read more.
02/28/2015 - 09:25:38 AM
The major renovations at the Milford Youth Center is underway and is on schedule. Chairman of the Building Committee, Selectman Brian Murray took WMRC's Ed Thompson on a tour Thursday and lots of work is being done on all three floors. The building is pretty much gutted... Read more.
02/25/2015 - 04:04:39 PM
The Franklin School Committee last night adopted a policy whereby principals may accept memorial donations in honor of a deceased student other than a scholarship. The policy was accepted on a unanimous vote. Member Trevor Clement was a vocal opponent of the policy... Read more.
02/24/2015 - 03:49:08 PM
The Franklin School Committee tonight will discuss the Park Test with Joyce Edwards and a district improvement plan. Snow day make up days will also be reviewed.

Bellingham's new budget is being put at $33.8 million for the next fiscal year. The schools will need... Read more.
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