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LEGISLATORS SECURE ADDITIONAL LIQUOR LICENSES FOR THE TOWN OF WESTBOROUGH

(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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2015 Special Election Survey

It’s time for the Thursday poll!   Would you kindly share your feedback about the recent 11th Worcester District special election for State Representative?

 

UNOFFICIAL WESTBOROUGH RESULTS

[sorry for lack of formatting — webmaster] received 8:58PM

Good Evening,

Attached are the unofficial result of today’s State Election. Feel
free to call this office with any questions.

Sincerely,

Deborah Ledoux
Assistant Town Clerk
34 West Main Street
Westborough, MA  01581
Phone: 508-366-3020

Representative in General Court

11th Worcester District PCT 4 PCT 5 TOTAL

Hanna E. Kane (R) 320 307   627

Jason Palitsch (D) 282 192   474

Write-Ins     0     0         0

Blanks   12     8     20

Total 614 507 1121

UNOFFICIAL SHREWSBURY RESULTS

this just in 8:22 PM from Shrewsbury Town Clerk’s office,
from: Sandy Wright <swright@shrewsburyma.gov>

SHREWSBURY

SPECIAL STATE ELECTION – MARCH 31, 2015

PR. 1 PR. 2 PR. 3 PR. 4 PR. 5 PR. 6 PR. 7 PR. 8 PR. 9 PR.10 TOTAL
Percentages
REP IN GENERAL COURT
Hannah E. Kane

433

269

201

282

306

360

520

501

217

309

3398

Jason Palitsch

414

290

248

293

290

400

368

402

222

339

3266

Write-ins

1

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

6

Blank

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

Total

848

562

450

576

597

760

888

904

439

648

6672

Here’s why you should vote on March 31st!

You may recall our “Question for All” from our open letter to the candidates:

What do you say to the disenchanted or cynical electorate, who perhaps may feel that neither candidate is going to offer that big of a difference .. that we’re just going to end up with the same kinds of results … and that this election doesn’t really matter in the long run?

What might you say to offer a different point of view to people who may be thinking in this way?

We reached Jason Palitsch on the phone on Monday, who kindly shared his thoughts in response to the above question:

“Generally, I would say that for folks who take that kind of approach to individual elections over time, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The best way to have your voice heard as part of the electoral process is either to run for office, or failing that, make sure you vote in an election.

Not everybody will feel strongly between one candiate or another, or between one side or another on an issue.

But whenever a voter decides that they’re not going to participate, or that their voice isn’t going to be part of the process, they create more distance between themselves and the result, not less.

So I always encourage folks to participate, whether they agree with me or not, whether they feel strongly or not.”

Jason went on to point out that in this election, one of the important differences between him and his opponent is in fact his relevant work experience: he worked on Beacon Hill as a legislative aide for three years.

“One of the key differences between us is experience; I’ve had experience accomplishing things in the State Legislature.”

P.S. Precincts 4 & 5 vote tomorrow (March 31), in the Westborough High School Gym, from 7am-8pm.  If you are not sure where you vote, call the Town Clerk’s office at 508-366-3020.

Town Clerk’s office hours:
Mon, Wed, Thu: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fri: 7:30 a.m. – noon.