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Shrewsbury News

Local news for Shrewsbury, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

10:14 p.m. Arrested, Matthew L. Spear, 32, of 49 School St., Apt. 2, Franklin, for op MV with license suspended, red light violation.

Recalling the standard "two dogs loaded with a bag of butter," alumni gathered Saturday for one last hot dog lunch outside the soon-to-be-demolished old Saint John's High School building on Temple Street. "This is a new beginning for the City of Worcester," said former Worcester Mayor Timothy J. Cooney Jr., Class of 1958, who held a souvenir brick from the building.

While the latest disruption capturing public attention may be Amazon's entree into the grocery business, a major transformation is being debated within the Massachusetts Legislature over eye care - who can treat glaucoma as well as minor eye infections. The political maneuvering is pitting optometrists, doctors carrying an O.D. degree obtained after a four-year, post-college study at an institutions like MCPHS University, which has a campus in downtown Worcester; and ophthalmologists, physicians carrying an M.D. obtained after four years of post-college study in medical schools, such as UMass Medical School in Worcester, and who undergo a one-year internship, and then three-to-five years of residency/fellowship in their specialty.

Worcester News

Local news for Worcester, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

The City Council Tuesday night gave City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. the most favorable job review of his 3½-year tenure as the city's chief executive. Seven of the 11 city councilors rated Mr. Augustus' performance as exceeding their expectations in the four categories he was evaluated on, while two others said the manager exceeded their expectations in three of the four categories and met expectations in the other.

Members of the South County Physical Therapy team gathered to support and hydrate hundreds of runners at the 15th annual Westborough Spring Festival 5K Road Race on Saturday, June 10. "Adequate hydration during a race is an incredibly important part of good health and properly functioning body systems. During a race, the runners should monitor their hydration levels.

Police made 12 arrests. The vice squad obtained a search warrant for 20 Svea St., Apt.

Holden News

Local news for Holden, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

Central Massachusetts chess prodigy Sam Sevian recently became the youngest winner of the Continental Championship in Medellin, Colombia. The 16-year-old Holden resident and former Southbridge resident was seeded eighth among 258 players, in what the tournament said was probably the largest and strongest Continental Championship ever.

HOPKINTON - Two children were among four people injured in a head-on collision between a car and an SUV on Wood Street Wednesday evening, authorities said. A Chevrolet Cruze sedan and a Chevy Traverse LTZ SUV collided near 147 Wood St. around 5:09 p.m., according to authorities A woman driving the Cruze and two children inside and the SUV's driver were taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Fire Lt.

Debate over a ban on Native American mascots in Massachusetts public schools is playing out in a commonwealth with an Indian name, with an Indian on its state flag, with a map full of Indian place names and a history that celebrates Indians and Pilgrims as well as colonists dressed as Indians dumping tea in the harbor. The Legislature's Education Committee this past Tuesday held a hearing on a bill that would prohibit Bay State schools from using Native American mascots.

Northborough News

Local news for Northborough, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

2:10 a.m. Arrested, Ralph Marshall Hillard, 46, of 12 Phillips St., Apt. 3, Westborough, for OUI liquor, drink alcohol from open container in MV, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of motor vehicle.

State and local departments issued about 666,600 violations in 2016, a 35 percent drop from 2009, when more than 1 million were issued statewide. Law enforcement officials said various factors have contributed to the decline.

Wilmington resident Bradford Jackson will serve as the new vice president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents beginning July 1. According to M.A.S.S., Jackson will take on the role of president-elect in 2018 and in July 2019, he will officially serve as the association's president. He was not immediately available for comment.

Grafton News

Local news for Grafton, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

WORCESTER - Nearly $1 million in state grants to Central Massachusetts cultural organizations, the latest in a decade's worth of state investment in the region's creative economy, were spotlighted at a reception at the American Antiquarian Society on Wednesday. Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito, a Shrewsbury Republican, addressed the gathering marking the 10th anniversary of the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund.

The Grafton Police Association recently announced the 2017 recipients of the Walter Kuras Memorial Scholarship and the Henry McNamara Memorial Scholarship. Each year the association awards these scholarships to deserving graduating Grafton resident/students.

1, Worcester, for op MV with license suspended, warrant. 5:01 p.m. Arrested, Natasha Kirkland, 38, of 15 Elm St., Milford, for op MV with license suspended, op MV with registration suspended, uninsured motor vehicle, MV operator refuse to identify self.

Westborough News

Local news for Westborough, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

2:10 a.m. Arrested, Ralph Marshall Hillard, 46, of 12 Phillips St., Apt. 3, Westborough, for OUI liquor, drink alcohol from open container in MV, marked lanes violation, negligent operation of motor vehicle.

5:25 p.m. Windsor Ridge Dr. Traffic/motor vehicle. The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area.

Members of the South County Physical Therapy team gathered to support and hydrate hundreds of runners at the 15th annual Westborough Spring Festival 5K Road Race on Saturday, June 10. "Adequate hydration during a race is an incredibly important part of good health and properly functioning body systems. During a race, the runners should monitor their hydration levels.

Boylston News

Local news for Boylston, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

The Worcester Regional Transit Authority is reminding riders that a new schedule including service cuts begins Saturday, and a fare increase goes into effect the following Saturday, July 1. "We vetted these with the public back in March and April, and did what we had to do," said Jonathan E. Church, WRTA administrator.

LEICESTER – Selectmen approved the existing and soon-to-be leaving town administrator to negotiate a deal with a former local town administrator to become his interim replacement. In a 4-0-1 vote, selectmen Monday night instructed Town Administrator Kevin J. Mizikar to work out a "tentative agreement" with James P. Purcell to serve as the interim town administrator as they search for Mr. Mizikar's replacement.

For homeowners concerned about defoliation of a favorite backyard shade tree, ornamental or apple tree, that has to be good news. Robert Burgess, spokesman for Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, said the horticultural staff has several recommendations for property owners eager to stem the tide of ravenous caterpillars.

Rutland News

Local news for Rutland, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

Paxton News

Local news for Paxton, MA continually updated from thousands of sources on the web.

With the burned-out shell of the Sweetpea Friends of Rutland Animals shelter looming at the back of their property, the mostly-new Sweetpea board of directors talked last week about their plans to rebuild and why it's taking so long to do so. Last June, the board had hoped to break ground to replace the shelter, which burned down Nov. 22, 2015, in a devastating late-night fire that killed all but a handful of the 50 animals inside.

Colin T. Kelley, 54, of Richmond, formerly of Paxton, Mass., Augusta, Ga., Jackson, Tenn., and Invercargill, New Zealand, took his own life at home Monday, April 3, 2017. He was born in Framingham, Mass., and lived in various locations before settling in Paxton.