Southbridge puts money into fight against substance abuse

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Council action adds more outreach and tip411 app to plan By David Koran and Erick Nordby Citizen Chronicle Writers editor@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — Over the last five years, the number of local deaths related to opioid overdose has more than tripled, following a larger trend playing out across the nation. Town […]

Southbridge councilors joust over funding language

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Substance abuse program money gets a second vote By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer Shaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — Intentions were questioned, definitions were debated, and amendments were offered in an acrimonious discussion related to a proposed substance abuse program. During Monday night’s Town Council meeting, councilors sparred over the language surrounding […]

Councilor Auclair will not further open meeting law complaint

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Neither Auclair, DiPietro in attendance for Council discussion By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer shaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — Though neither the complainant nor alleged violator were in attendance, the Town Council reviewed an open meeting law complaint on Monday night. Town Council Chairwoman Denise Clemence will pen a letter attesting to […]

DiPietro cites learning curve in defense of open meeting law complaint

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Clemence says Council will review complaint By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer shaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — Town Councilor Marc DiPietro denied intentionally circumventing open meeting law after filed a complaint with Attorney General’s office on Monday. Town Councilor Kristen Auclair contacted the Office of the Attorney General and formally filed a […]

Forklift payment dredges up charter debate

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Southbridge officials want clarity from Town Council By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — A contentious two-and-a-half-hour meeting this week featured finger-pointing, three town councilors leaving part way through discussions, and department heads unsure what fund-transfer procedures to follow going forward. The Town Council’s Department of Public Works […]