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UPDATE: Westborough Shuttle schedule starting 27-Jan-2014

Written by Webmaster   
Monday, 06 January 2014 20:10

UPDATE #2:

Here's a link to the MAIN web site:  www.therta.com

Westborough schedule may be found here:

  • Westborough Shuttle – Westborough MBTA to Computer Drive (Commuter) / Westborough Local (PDF)

If the above PDF link expires, here's a copy of the original file for 1/27/2014:

Westborough-Shuttle-1.27.14.pdf


UPDATE #1:

Due to the delay in the opening of Yawkey Station, the newly revised Worcester schedule will now go into effect on Monday, January 27, 2014. As such, all new community shuttle schedules will take effect on Monday 1/27/14.

[This update received 9-Jan-2014 from official Public Notices email distribution.  Original post on Westoborough.com below  -- webmaster]


ORIGINAL TITLE: Westborough Shuttle schedule starting 13-Jan-2014

The Westborough Shuttle route timetable has been updated (effective 1-13-2014):

WestboroughShuttle_2014-01-13.pdf

[pdf fetched from this original URL on 6-Jan-2013 -- webmaster]

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Last Updated on Saturday, 25 January 2014 15:34
 
 

Town Election Calendar for Tuesday March 4, 2014

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Monday, 30 December 2013 13:34

TOWN OF WESTBOROUGH
ELECTION CALENDAR

TUESDAY, MARCH 4, 2014

Note: Prior to obtaining blank nomination papers from the Town Clerk, a candidate will file a statement from the Town Clerk. This statement will contain his/her name and address and the town office for which he/she intends to be a candidate. No candidate for a town office shall receive more blank nomination papers than will contain the number of signatures required to place his/her name in nomination, multiplied by five.

MON., DEC. 2, 2013

  • Nomination papers available from the Town Clerk.

FRI., JAN. 10, 2014

  • Until 5 p.m., last day to obtain nomination papers from the Town Clerk.

TUES., JAN. 14, 2014

  • Until 5 p.m., last day to file signed nomination papers with the Town Clerk for certification. Must have 50 signatures of registered voters.

THURS., JAN. 30, 2014

  • Until 5 p.m., last day to object or withdraw.

WED, FEB. 12, 2014

  • Until 8 p.m., last day to register voters for Town Election & Town Meeting.

TUES., MARCH 4, 2014
From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Town Election in the following polling places:

  • Precinct 1: Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street
  • Precinct 2: Hastings Elementary School Gym, 111 E. Main Street
  • Precinct 3: Gibbons Middle School Gym, 20 Fisher Street
  • Precinct 4: Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path
  • Precinct 5: Mill Pond Int. School, 6 Olde Hickory Path

 

SAT., MARCH 15, 2014

  • From 1 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Town Meeting at the High School Auditorium and continuing through Town Meeting week at 7:00 p.m. until finished.

Town Clerk’s Office Hours:

Mon., Wed., Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Tues: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Fri: 7:30 a.m. - noon.- 508-366-3020 , 45 West Main St., Rm. 25

(12-2-13)

[original link on town website -- webmaster]

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Last Updated on Monday, 30 December 2013 14:46
 
 

Westborough Shuttle comes to town!!

Written by michael h   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 08:12

Hurray!  We now have public shuttle running in town.  Have you seen the new buses that started yesterday?

Called the Westborough Shuttle, it's brought to us by the Worcestor Regional Transportation Authority (WRTA).  Service started yesterday, Dec 2nd, 2013.  

It's a WEEKDAY-ONLY service, running Monday thru Friday. Stops include:

  • MBTA Station
  • Computer Drive and Research Drive office parks
  • Route 30 McDonalds
  • Senior Center
  • Bay State Commons
  • Town Offices
  • Westborough Public Library
  • High School

It's a new service, starting out after a long time in thinking about various routes, and the need to serve the commuters coming into town and the residents within town.  

The WRTA plans to start and collect feedback, and can then change things to meet emerging needs. So let's give it a try, Westborough, and let's be both patient and kind with our feedback, as the inevitable bugs with any new service get worked out.  

WRTA is absolutely keen to hear how things are working, and are committed to incorporate feedback, learn, and make changes as needed in the futures.

See the WRTA site for information, and details about their schedules and stops.

From the above PDF schedule:

How to Ride the Bus

If this is your first trip on the bus, you may be a little nervous. Don’t worry — WRTA personnel are ready to help you! Here are a few tips:

  • It is best to arrive at the curbside at least five minutes early. Buses will stop if they are waved down and if it is safe to stop at that location.
  • When boarding the bus, give exact cash fare to the driver (if you qualify for reduced fare, show your identification card to the driver).
  • As the bus approaches your stop, let the driver know where you want to leave the bus.

For more information on How to Ride the Bus, visit www.therta.com/faqs/how-to-ride-the-bus or call 508-791-9782

Happy travelling, Westboronians!

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:14
 
   

GRAND OPENING for Westboro Package Store

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Thursday, 24 October 2013 20:10

Under new management!  Please come welcome Rich Succar, the new owner of Westboro Package Store on the rotary for its

GRAND OPENING

Friday Oct. 25, 2 PM - 7 PM

Free Wine & Beer Tastings with the following specials:

  • Grand Macnish Scotch Whiskey 1.75L $12.99 ea.
    [A blended Scotch, with a review, here! - webmaster]
  • Bud and Bud Light 30pks. $20.99 + dep.
  • Sam Adams 12 pks. $12.99 + dep.
  • Sutter Home wine 1.5L $7.99 ea.
  • Barefoot wines, 750mL $4.99 ea.
  • Belvedere Vodka 1.75L $45.99 ea.

We now have Lottery - Cigars - Cigarettes.

SALE ITEMS ARE OCT 21 thru OCT 28.

We reserve the right to limit quantities.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 21:05
 
 

2013 Special Town Meeting - day 2

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013 18:34


Tuesday, October 22. 7:30pm.  Back in the saddle, er, auditorium again.

WH-A-A-T?  Yes!  The "non-voter" section is EMPTY.  "First time I've seen that" -- Moderator Harrington.

Thanks again to the Scouts running mics.

Mr. Dodd - with a procedural question... to move article 14 AFTER 27.  Unfortunately, this motion fails.

 

Article 11. Wage and Salary Schedule Amendment (Personnel Board) – so vote. (8-0-0)

A motion to reduce Crossing Guard from proposed R4 to R3.   A count is necessary -- and the amendment carries!

Article passes.

 

Article 12. Amend Classification Plan (Personnel Board/Town Manager/Selectmen) – so vote. (8-0-0)

HERE'S A CONTRADICTION:

Rec Department states that salaries for seasonal worders are fully funded by program fees.

The Rec Department promised the finance committee that no rec department fees would need to be increased, if the status of the seasonal workers move from "contractor" to "employee" status as a result of passing this article.

HOWEVER, we're told that a workman's comp. audit surfaced the need to INCREASE the town's workman's comp coverage, in order to properly protect the seasonal workers.

And the assistant town manager confirmed that the TOWN is paying for this additional increase in insurance, and that it is NOT being paid for, out of the Rec Department's revolving fund.

I'd like to know what the additional insurance cost turned out to be; for it now becomes an ongoing cost that's caused by the Rec Department personnel, but isn't necessarily factored into the calculation of Rec Department program fees.  Is this what town residents want?

At any rate, I'm personally left wondering if it's completely accurate to represent to Town Meeting that Rec Department expenses are covered by Rec Department fees? It may be that we need to alter future use of language such as this.


Article 13. Funds for Easement for the Multi-Use Trail through Westborough (Bicycle and Pedestrian Ad Hoc Committee) – so vote. (8-0-0)

Opinion: folks need to be educated about "funds" and the dollars within them.

Passes!

 

8:42 pm Article 14. Sandra Pond Reservoir Watershed Maintenance (Conservation Officer) – Transfer from Free Cash $50,000. (8-1-0)

9:41 pm -- move to close debate... is defeated! Debate continues...  To tree harvest or not to harvest?  Must we "harvest" (good trees)... such that it offsets costs for the overall article?  This seems to be an issue.

9:52.  Motion carries.  My tweet: Article 14 passes. Oh well, good-bye healthy trees that did not NEED to be removed... it's okay to chop 'em down if "offsets costs".

 

 

Article 15. Prior Year (FY13) Bill (Town Manager) – Transfer from Free Cash $150.04. (8-0-0)

Bizarre  9/10 vote was required!  This was for copier toner :)

 

Article 16. Council on Aging Revolving Fund (Council on Aging Director) – so vote. (8-0-0)

Passes!

 

Article 17. Paving the Senior Center Parking Lot (DPW Manager) – Transfer from Free Cash $53,343. (8-0-0)

Passes!

 

10:08pm Article 18. Economic Development Committee Revolving Fund (Economic Development Committee) - so vote. (7-0-1)

Majority in favor!

My tweet: YES! Economic Development Committee revolving fund article #18 PASSES; Go, EDC! (And come to their next mtg on Tue, Nov 5th.)

 

Article 19. Flanders Road Pump Station Generator (Sewer – DPW Manager) –Transfer from Sewer Retained Earnings $12,000. (8-0-0)

Pass!

 

Article 20. Mixing Valve – Fay Mountain Tank (Water – DPW Manager) – Transfer from Water Retained Earnings $30,000. (8-0-0)

Pass!

 

Article 21. Acceptance of MGL Chapter 60, Section 3D (Ad hoc Senior/Disabled Tax Relief Committee) – so vote. (8-0-0)

Yes, donations to this fund would be tax-deductible. What's "elderly?" -- the statue doesn't specify!  Tim Dodd - what's common in other communities is 60 years of age.

Passes

 

Article 22. Amend Zoning Bylaws, Earth Moving Regulations (Planning Board) - so vote. (7-0-1)

Passes

 

Article 23. Amend Zoning Bylaws, District Regulations, Section 2600, Dimensional Schedule (Planning Board) - so vote. (7-0-1)

 

Article 24. Amend Zoning Bylaws, Article 3, General Regulations, Section 3200, Environmental Controls, Subsections 3220, 3230 and 3240 (Planning Board) - so vote. (8-0-0)

 

Article 25. Amend Zoning Bylaws, Article 4, Special Regulations, Section 4500, Flood Plain District (Planning Board) – so vote. (8-0-0)

 

Article 26. Amend Zoning Bylaws, Article 2, District Regulations, Section 2300, Use Regulations (Planning Board) – so vote. (7-0-1)

 

Article 27. Amend Zoning Bylaws, Article 5, Definitions (Planning Board) – so vote. (7-0-1)

 

Article 28. (Moved up)

 

Article 29. Amendment to General By-laws to allow Electronic Voting (Ad Hoc Electronic Voting Committee) – The Advisory Finance Committee will issue its recommendation at Town Meeting.

 

Article 30. Municipal Zoned Property Dimensional Regulations – Country Club (Town Manager) – so vote. (7-0-1)

 

Article 31. Municipal Zoned Property Dimensional Regulations – Town Hall (Town Manager) – so vote. (8-0-0)

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