Category Archives: Town & Gov


(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.  


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,, 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]

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

Let’s nominate our librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

Nominate a librarian for the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

ilml2015-hires-finalLibrarians in our nation’s 120,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people every day.  If a librarian has made a difference in your life, now is the chance to tell your story.

The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community.

Nominations will be open until September 28.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information and to nominate a librarian, visit

[Here is the link to Nominate a Public Librarian– webmaster]

The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

It is administered by The American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world.


[webmaster note:  The info pages mention this point: “If you have a group of people who want to send in a nomination for the same librarian, please consider pooling your thoughts into a single nomination, if possible.”   What say you, Westborough people?]

Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks performance @ Library, Tue Jul 14, 7PM

Come and Escape the Ordinary!

The Delvena Theatre Company will be presenting Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks by Fran Baron at the Westborough Public Library on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm, as part of the adult summer reading program.

On a scorching hot day in Fall River, back in August of 1892, a heinous crime occurred. Spinster Lizzie Borden was accused, tried, and acquitted for the vicious ax murders of her father and stepmother. This true unsolved mystery has fascinated people for over 100 years. Two people died on that day in 1892, but Lizzie continues to live on in American folklore.

An edutainment production, the show will feature Lynne Moulton and Joseph Zamparelli, Jr. in multiple roles. The performance includes a mock trial that invites the audience to participate by questioning Lizzie and deciding her guilt or innocence. Did she or didn’t she? You be the judge at the Westborough Public Library on July 14.

Lynne Moulton has performed several roles for Delvena Theatre including her IRNE nominated Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Sissy in Piece of My Heart and also for numerous other theatre companies in the New England area. She received her acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art under the direction of Sir Robert Palmer and at Trinity Rep Conservatory.

Joseph Zamparelli, Jr., is an actor, director and producer. A graduate of Boston College (Psychology/Theater Arts), he went on to the professional training program at Circle in the Square Theater School in NYC. In addition to commercial film and television work, he is Producing/Artistic Director of BostonAlive.

The Delvena Theatre Company was founded in 1992 and has performed at various venues, most often at the Boston Center for the Arts.~ The company was nominated for five Independent Reviewers of New England awards.~ Its production of ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ was on Theatre Mirror’s Best List for acting, directing and production.~ Presentations of ‘Anna Weiss’ and ‘Beyond Therapy’ were included on Theatre Mirror’s best play list and ‘Blue Heart’ was placed on Aisle Say’s best list.

Lizzie Borden and the 40 Whacks is supported in part by a grant from the Westborough Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Escape the Ordinary is sponsored by the Westborough Library, the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins, the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the Friends of the Westborough Library. For more information, contact the Library at (508) 366-3050.