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 […]

Town Council debates, permits Senate candidate’s introduction

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Merolli given apolitical voice in 6-1 vote of Town Council By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer Shaun@TheCitizenChronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — State Senate candidate Tom Merolli was granted permission to introduce himself to the Town Council, but his time at the podium was not universally welcomed and there was consternation surrounding the […]

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 […]

Town Council to vote on pay for employees on active military duty

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Local medic’s service is impetus for proposed change By David Koran Citizen Chronicle Writer SOUTHBRIDGE — On Monday evening, the Town Council will vote to amend compensation of personnel on active military duty. As the Fire Department hasn’t had an active duty service member since the Vietnam War, until recently […]

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 […]