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by Bob Katzen,      By a vote of 38-2 the Massachusetts Senate - with Groton’s Senator Ed Kennedy voting in the affirmative - approved an amendment that would raise the existing surcharge on most Registry of Deeds real estate transaction fees by $30 (from $20 to $50). This money helps to fund the...
Massachusetts Legislature is considering repealing punitive student loan legislation, approving civics education funding, and protecting non-profits from terrorist attacks and hate crimes.   Punitive Student Loan Legislation Could Be Repealed A bill before the Judiciary Committee would repeal a...

John Reilly, at left, celeberates his election to Select Board

by Robert Stewart,      Newcomer John Reilly topped a field of four candidates to win a three-year term on the Select Board in the only contested race at town elections this year. Reilly will replace member Barry Pease who did not run for reelection as he has moved out of town.    Select Board...
by Connie Sartini,      Select Board Vice Chairman Alison Manugian announced that the investigation into a complaint lodged by Jenifer Evans against Town Manager Mark Haddad is now complete. At the Select Board’s Wednesday, May 15 meeting, Manugian read the issues cited in the Evans’s complaint,...
by Connie Sartini,     Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Select Board that if the Board wants to make any changes in Town Counsel, he would need time to put out a Request for Proposal (RFP).     He reviewed the legal budget to date - noting the town spent $117,000 through April, with $36,000 for...
by Connie Sartini,      Town Manager Mark Haddad told the Select Board that in reviewing the third quarter revenues that the trend for motor vehicle excise taxes, licenses, and building permits are down over last year.     On the positive side, the revenue from the local meals tax is increasing...
 Opioid overdoses killed 2,033 people in Massachusetts in 2018 - According to the Department of Public Health (DPH), there were a total of 2,033 confirmed or suspected opioid overdoses in Massachusetts 2018, the last full year recorded. The DPH said fentanyl was present in 89 percent of the 2018...

Under the newly approved zoning classification for the Groton Inn’s property at 11 Lowell Road, design for the expansion of the Inn must go through approvals with the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Historic District Commission and all other boards. John Amaral said, “We’re trying to be very sensitive to the issues that currently exist in the Center, but most importantly bring some of that vibrancy and additional community to the center of town.”

by Russell Harris   When the steel skeleton of the Groton Inn was erected two years ago, some shook their heads, solemnly predicting that the business was not viable and would fail. The skeptics have been proven wrong, very wrong. From opening day, demand for lodging at the Inn and dining at Forge...
by Connie Sartini    Spring Town Meeting voters authorized the Select Board to petition the Massachusetts General Court for an increase in the number of liquor licenses available in Groton.       The additional licenses include three licenses for restaurants for the sale of on-premises, all-...
by Connie Sartini     Following a vote of Town Meeting residents will now be subject to notices of violation if they discharge water from their property onto a public way.  Failure to correct the discharge issue within 30 days of notification is then subject to enforcement action.    Discharge of...

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