Ryan, Villar Clash Over Transparency, Right to Call Meetings

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By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor SOUTHBRIDGE – Dr. Jeffrey Villar, receiver of Southbridge schools, sits at a meeting table in his office with pages of data from several reports and surveys on the troubled district. The data is uneven at best. It shows occasional strengths or improvements in some aspects […]

Untited Lens Granted TIF Agreement

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By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor SOUTHBRIDGE – Town Council approved a tax increment financing agreement (TIF) for United Lens Monday, Oct. 29. The agreement pertains to a $15 million upgrade to the manufacturer’s facility located at 259 Worcester Street. That amount will be used to build a central utility building […]

San Angelo: Southbridge Launches Red Ribbon Week

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Life is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free: A Letter from Ron San Angelo, Southbridge Town Manager “It has to be a topic of conversation. Parents have to discuss the dangers of illegal drugs with their children. Business owners need to discuss this issue with employees. Teachers need to educate their […]

Lawsuit Against Southbridge, Former Town Councilor Dismissed

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By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor SOUTHBRIDGE – A lawsuit that was filed earlier this year against The Town of Southbridge, Town Manager Ron San Angelo and former town councilor Esteban Carrasco, Jr. has been dismissed by United States District Court Judge Timothy S. Hillman. The order of dismissal was entered […]

Southbridge Fire Chief Takes Job in Upton

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📷 Photo by Ryan Servant SOUTHBRIDGE – Fire Chief Mark DiFronzo has given notice of his resignation and will accept a position as Fire Chief in Upton, Massachusetts. Derek S.Brindisi, Town Administrator of Upton, confirmed Monday that the town is “actively in conversation with Chief DiFronzo about possibly being our next […]