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 […]

Southbridge unveils capital plan budget proposal

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SOUTHBRIDGE — Town Manager Ron San Angelo presented a proposed budget for capital project expenses for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins July 1. In a public hearing ahead of the Town Council meeting on Monday night, San Angelo guided onlookers through the highlights of the 28-page planning document. Most […]

Councilors contest Chairwoman Clemence’s call for contractual counsel consultation

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Town Manager pact to be discussed with labor attorney By Kaitlin Servant Citizen Chronicle Writer SOUTHBRIDGE — A vote to authorize Town Council leadership to seek legal counsel relative to the town manager’s contract resulted in flared tempers, departures, and a 5-0 affirmative vote. In a roughly two hour meeting, […]

Southbridge struggles with little state aid, funds lost to charter school

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Underperforming schools hindered by fiscal constraints By Laurie Schlatter and Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writers SOUTHBRIDGE — The town has a double-prong problem hampering its spending plan for the coming year in the barest increase in state aid and a hefty drop in state money to cover the town’s costs […]