From the region.
Student arrested after Facebook threat
STURBRIDGE - A 16-year-old Tantasqua Regional High School student was arrested at the school yesterday morningafter he allegedly posted threats on Facebook saying he planned to bring a gun to school.
Sturbridge police learned of the threats from the parents of another student. The remarks were posted late Tuesday night, police said.
The teen was arrested by Sturbridge police, who also informed school administrators about the threats. He was taken to Dudley District Court, where he was arraigned in a juvenile session on a charge of making firearm threats toward a school.
Police said the boy was having conflicts with other students.
City Council seeks `substantial' state funds
WORCESTER - Even though the city is sitting on a $10 million tax-levy reserve, the City Council has adopted a resolution calling on the governor and state Legislature to pass legislation that raises "substantial new revenue" to help fund municipal programs and services.
Supporters of the resolution, co-sponsored by five city councilors, said the additional revenue is needed to fund programs and services that have repeatedly been cut in the state budget.
The resolution is in support of a bill filed by state Rep. James O'Day, D-West Boylston, called "Investing in Our Communities," though there is no mention about where the "substantial new revenues" would come from.
There was no discussion on the resolution Tuesday night before the council voted 7-4; it had been tabled the previous two council meetings.
Voting for the resolution were District 5 Councilor William J. Eddy, Councilor-at-Large Michael J. Germain, Councilor-at-Large Joseph C. O'Brien, District 2 Councilor Philip P. Palmieri, District 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera, Councilor-at-Large Frederick C. Rushton and Mayor Joseph M. Petty.
Voting against it were District 1 Councilor Tony Economou, Councilor-at-Large Konstantina B. Lukes, District 3 Councilor George J. Russell and Councilor-at-Large Kathleen M. Toomey.
School superintendent announces retirement
NORTHBRIDGE - Superintendent of Schools Susan M. Gorky is retiring tomorrow.
Mrs. Gorky, who has been superintendent of schools for three years, sent a letter to staffers in the School Department last week announcing her retirement, according to a spokesman in her office.
School Committee Chairman Michael McGrath did not return a telephone call seeking comment on the process for seeking a new superintendent of schools.
Towns get money for shared equipment
BRIMFIELD - The state has awarded Brimfield, Brookfield, East Brookfield, Warren and West Brookfield a $58,000 grant so they can buy a sign-making machine and an asphalt roller and trailer to share in recovering from the June 2011 tornado and October snowstorm.
Jay Gonzalez, secretary of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance, announced the grant during a tour of Brimfield yesterday with Selectmen Diane M. Panaccione and Stephen R. Fleshman and other town officials.
Meanwhile, Peter Church, director of forest stewardship for the Department of Conservation and Recreation, told officials on the tour that crews in the fall cleared trees from fire roads in the devastated 600-acre Brimfield State Forest.
He said heavy bulldozers would finish clearing a 100-foot fire break along Dearth Hill Road and between the state forest boundaries and private property in about a week.
Mr. Fleshman told Mr. Gonzalez that of the 42 properties most severely damaged or destroyed by the tornado, 13 homeowners had decided not to rebuild.
He said the town opted not to use the single vendor on the state contract for tree cleanup.
He said by not using the Florida-based Ashbritt recovery services, the town saved taxpayers millions of dollars from the amount quoted of $8.5 to $9 million.
"I would think there would be more than a single source for disaster recovery on the state contract," Mr. Fleshman said.
Millbury fire chief to take over in Sutton
SUTTON - The committee working to replace Fire Chief Paul Maynard after he retires tomorrow
received many applications, but didn't have to search too far to find the candidate it was looking for: Matthew R. Belsito, fire chief in neighboring Millbury for several years, accepted the job.
Chief Belsito's contract was expected to be ratified by selectmen last night, and he plans to start work in Sutton Monday morning.
Crossing town lines into Sutton will let Chief Belsito reach his lifelong goal of serving as a fulltime firefighter, he said. He has served in a call position as Millbury's fire chief since 2007 and as assistant chief from 2000 to 2007. Overall, he has served as a Millbury firefighter for more than 27 years.
Chief Belsito will retire from Millbury on Sunday.
"I had the golden opportunity; I'm ecstatic," Chief Belsito said. "I'm looking forward to building on what Chief Maynard has done. From what I've seen it's a great department."
Town Manager James A. Smith said the town received 32 applications and interviewed seven candidates.
"Matt stood out above the other candidates," he said.
DPW announces streets to be swept
WORCESTER - Beginning today, the city's Department of Public Works and Parks will begin sweeping the areas bounded by Grafton Street, Massasoit Road, Heywood Street, Winthrop Street, Vernon Street, Madison Street, and Francis McGrath Bloulevard.
Sweepers cannot pick up brush, branches or yard waste. Those items may be taken to yard waste sites at Clark Street at East Mountain Street, Chandler Street opposite Foley Stadium, and 1065 Millbury St. (formerly Ballard Street.) The yard waste sites are open from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The Millbury Street site is also open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Yellow signs will be posted on trees, fences and on poles before streets are swept. Residents are reminded to sweep sidewalk debris into the street.
Street sweeping takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays.
Anyone with questions may call customer service center at (508) 929-1300.
DPW will flush fire hydrants in town
WESTBORO - The Department of Public Works will be flushing fire hydrants through June 9 in the following areas: Otis Street, Fisher Street, Whipple Tree Lane, Assabet Drive, Edward Dunn Way, Maynard Street, Arch Street and Glen Street. Also included will be various dead-end water mains throughout the town.
Flushing will occur between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Residents are advised to run the cold-water faucet for two to three minutes to clear the water line after the area has been flushed - and check the water color before consuming or doing laundry.
Message boards will be placed beforehand in the areas to be flushed. Residents may call the DPW at (508) 366-3070 for the current flushing area or any related questions.
PHOTOG: T&G Staff/STEVE LANAVA
CUTLINE: HONORED FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE - The Worcester Community Action Council honored five men and their organizations at the Sixth Annual Action Hero Award Celebration at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences last night. The Action Hero Award recipients were, from left, Bruce Gaultney, publisher of the Telegram & Gazette; Mauro DePasquale, executive director of Worcester Community Cable Access TV 13; Jordan Levy, host of a radio show on WTAG; Stephen F. O'Neil, administrator of the Worcester Regional Transit Authority; and Peter Gardner, president of Curry Printing. The awards are presented for exemplary philanthropic endeavors. WCAC's mission is to help people become economically self-sufficient.