COLUMN: REGIONAL DIGEST
Last two flea market operators pay fees
BRIMFIELD - No liens will be placed on any of the Brimfield Antique Show properties because all delinquent operators have paid their 2008 emergency services fee bills, according to Diane M. Panaccione, chairman of the Board of Selectmen.
The last two operators paid their outstanding bills. Robert and Elizabeth A. Christo, owners of The Meadows Antique Shows, 40 Palmer Road, paid their bill of $9,829 in late November. Selectmen's assistant Carol M. DelNegro also confirmed that Mahogany Ridge LLC, 1 Warren Road, owner/operators Martin J. and Christine E. Kelly along with Robert and Theresa Maggio, paid their $2,150 bill Dec. 1.
These two were the last of thirteen delinquent operators to pay the bills.
Flea market operators had contested the authority of the town to impose special fees on them, instead of having the emergency services paid by all taxpayers.
DYS facility named for Brough
WESTBORO - The House yesterday enacted a bill that designates a state Department of Youth Services facility as the Zara Cisco Brough "Princess White Flower" center. Zara Cisco Brough, who died in 1988, was a prominent member of the Nipmuc Nation Tribe in Grafton.
The new youth services facility is at 288 Lyman St., on the grounds of Westboro State Hospital. The $20 million facility, dedicated in June 2007, is a girls-only lockup. Girls who have been through court are evaluated at the center and assigned to various other programs, such as incarceration or rehabilitation.
The center is named for Ms. Brough, who played a key role in founding the Commission on Indian Affairs and served on the commission in Boston from 1974 to 1984. She attended college in Washington, D.C. and New York, and was employed as a draftsman, designer, technical writer and supervisor of government projects. She was also a consultant to the Army Corps. She spent much of her life serving on various boards, commissions and historical societies for the benefit of American Indian tribes in Massachusetts.
"As a young man growing up in Grafton, I had the unique opportunity to spend many hours with Zara Cisco Brough and her mother on the Indian Reservation on Brigham Hill Road in Grafton," state Rep. George N. Peterson Jr., R-Grafton, said in a press release. "It is truly a fitting memorial to her and to have the facility named in her honor."
3 tree drop-off sites in Worcester
WORCESTER- The Department of Public Works and Parks has...