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Happy New Year 2017

Hi Westboronians! Here's a neat alternative to resolutions: the three words approach. For more info, see http://chrisbrogan.com/3words2017/

Thanks and best wishes for an excellent 2017 for us all.

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(BOSTON)- Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) joined her colleagues Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston), Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) in passing a home rule petition to grant the Town of Westborough twenty-two additional liquor licenses which would permit the sale of alcohol to be consumed on the premise.

“With the assistance of my colleagues in the House and Senate, the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen, we were able to deliver legislation to the community which allows for the flexibility to expand upon economic development and business opportunities so that the Town may continue to thrive,” said Representative Gregoire.  “This legislation began as a home rule petition which was passed at town meeting and brought to the delegation’s attention by local officials as an integral component in the further development of Westborough.  I am happy that we were able to assist in its success.”  “I am pleased to have had the opportunity to once again work with my colleagues, in the House and the Senate, to pass legislation on behalf of the Town of Westborough,” said Representative Hannah E. Kane (R-Shrewsbury).  “The legislation authorizes the town to issue up to 22 liquor licenses over the next three years, which will support future economic development and commercial tax revenue growth.”

Westborough’s location, at the intersection of Interstate 495 and Route 9 and with the passage of I-90 through the town, has attracted a growing commercial workforce and an increasing residential population.  This scenario has created a demand for additional hotel, dining and retail opportunities.  While the location is ripe for development, many businesses are reluctant to locate to a community if they are unable to attain a liquor license.  The passage of this legislation will allow the Town to grant these additional licenses to support job creation and local business development within the community.

“I am happy that the work of the Westborough delegation, together with local officials, is coming to fruition,” Representative Dykema said. “We are ensuring that the town has the necessary tools to grow its economy and enrich the attractions available to residents and visitors alike.”  "I was pleased to co-sponsor and pass this home rule petition for Westborough, to encourage more restaurants to open in the town through additional liquor licenses," said State Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton). It was great to work with the Westborough legislative delegation and municipal officials, to get this bill signed into law by Governor Baker."

This legislation, listed as Chapter 293 of the Acts of 2016, would provide these additional liquor licenses in a tiered release between October 14, 2016 and January 1, 2019.  


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Westborough is Having a Birthday!

The 300th Anniversary Committee is definitely working hard and making a great deal of progress in planning the many events and activities that will make 2017 a year of celebration for the residents of Westborough. While November 18, 2017 will mark the actual birth date of our town, the party will begin much earlier. Soon, in November, our Commemorative Store will be open to the public. The 1717 Shoppe will feature many items of interest including t-shirts and sweatshirts, tote bags, etched glassware, holiday ornaments, books by local authors, art work, and a host of hand made consignment articles created by local artisans. As we get closer to the date, we will provide a more detailed list of our special items.

You may have already heard about the growing list of the many events being planned – the Gallery Opening, the Library Lecture Series, the Pub Crawl, the Parade Build- AFloat Workshop, Family Fun Day, a Town-wide Scavenger Hunt, a family fitness Boot Camp, The Grand Parade, the Fireworks, the Gala Celebration, and the Town Manager’s Reception. And this will not be all! None of these events can come to fruition without the active involvement of our community. We are still eagerly welcoming volunteers to help us with the ongoing planning.

It is pretty apparent that none of these events can happen without funding as well as the help of many volunteers. In August, our 300th Committee sent a letter to nearly 7000 households and businesses in our town. We outlined our plans for the year of celebration and issued a request for monetary donations with clearly defined levels of sponsorship.

To date, we have received many generous donations, however we have not come close enough to reaching our goal of $200,000. We truly hope that many of you will consider making a donation of any amount that is comfortable for you. If you look at our website, westborough300.com, you will see a Become a Sponsor link to our sponsor page where you can download and print our letter and donor form. If you have already made a donation, thank you very much!! If not, we hope you will consider doing so today. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Westborough with 300th Anniversary Committee on the memo line. Please mail your donation to the Town of Westborough 300th Anniversary Committee, c/o Board of Selectmen, 34 West Main Street, Westborough MA 01581.

Our 300th Planning Committee will have a booth at the Arts in Common event on the green at Bay State Commons on September 24th. Please visit us and take a chance to win a prize, play a game, check out some of our commemorative apparel, and learn more about the upcoming celebration.

If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer for any of our events or if you need more information about making a monetary donation, please contact:

Reene Hatherley
[Press release received Fri Sep 23, 2016]

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Westborough Library's March Movie for Adults is "Bridge of Spies" Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11 am & 6:30 pm

The Westborough Public Library’s monthly movie for adults will be the Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, “Bridge of Spies”, on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.

In this historical drama set during the Cold War, a Brooklyn attorney (Tom Hanks) is tasked with negotiating a prisoner exchange between an American pilot who was shot down over the USSR and a Soviet spy serving a 45-year sentence for espionage against the U.S. Bridge of Spies was directed by Steven Spielberg.

Please feel free to bring your own snacks and beverages. For more information, call the library at 508-366-3050

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Treasures to explore today! Spurr Open House & Two Community Yard Sales

There's multiple treasures to explore today!

Spurr Open House

10 AM - 12 Noon

There will be an open house Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon, at the Spurr House, 7 Parkman St. The Spurr House was built in 1849 and is owned by the Town of Westborough since the Forbes family donated the house to the town in 1933. For many years the American Legion used the home as a meeting place, but it has been vacant since 2014.

A Spurr House Committee was appointed at March Town Meeting to develop recommendations for the ultimate disposition of the house and property and present at the Oct. 19 Town Meeting. Since then, the Committee has been conducting community outreach to assist with its research and findings. The Sept. 12 open house will be an opportunity to showcase the home's architecture and condition and to receive feedback from visitors.

See Community Advocate for full details.

Westborough Community Chorus Giant Yard, Bake & Book Sale

9 AM - 2 PM

Westborough – The Westborough Community Chorus will present its annual Giant Yard, Bake, and Book Sale Saturday, Sept. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, featuring hundreds of unique items, will be held at the Harvey School Building, 20 Philips St. Proceeds benefit chorus activities, including the Chorus Scholarship Fund, which provides private music lessons for talented youth from middle to high school in Westborough. The rain date will be Saturday, Sept. 19.

The Chorus programs are supported, in part, by the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported, in part, by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For information on Chorus activities, membership, events, and shows, write to P.O. Box 702, Westborough, Ma. 01581 or visit www.westboroughchorus.com.

View original posting at Community Advocate calendar.

Friends of Westborough Community Yard Sale

9 AM - 2 PM

Westborough – The Friends of Westborough, Inc. are sponsoring the third Community Yard Sale Saturday, Sept. 12. With over 13 tables of household items, DVDs, jewelry, and more it will be a shopper’s delight. The community yard sale will be held at the Tufts lot on East Main Street from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition, a hot dog food truck will be on site from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

See the full calendar listing at Community Advocate's  website for more info.

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