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The annual reviews of Town Manager Haddad's job performance, written by individual Select Members, were recently released to the public. Each Select Member's individual reviews are normally not made public, but serve as the basis for a composite performance review -- the official review prepared by...

Orion Krause

Edward Wayland defense attorney for Orion Krause, the 23-year-old accused of killing his mother, grandparents and a home health aid with a baseball bat at their 80 Common Street home in Groton last September, said mental illness is to blame for the quadruple murder.    During an arraignment in...
On a split vote of 152 in the affirmative and 84 in opposition, a major name change for the Board of Selectmen was approved by voters Monday night and this elected Board will henceforth be called by the gender-neutral moniker Select Board.     In the past the Board has had a number of female...

Gregory Tammaro of Groton.

 Littleton Police Chief Matthew King reports that the Littleton Police Department arrested four individuals, including Gregory Tammaro of Groton, after they allegedly fled the scene of a shoplifting incident at Shaw’s supermarket at the Four Corners, resulting in a motor vehicle pursuit, ultimately...

Architect's Rendering of light-filled lobby of proposed Senior Center building to be discussed & voted at Spring Town Meeting starting Monday evening April 30 at 7 pm. The Senior Center Building is Article 5 on the Town Warrant and is likely to be debated early on the first night of town meeting. [See floor plan of proposed building on page 3] Total cost of the building is $5,437,000. Funding, if passed at Town Meeting and the ballot box would result in a charge of about $90 per year per average household in Groton. The  actual impact on the taxpayer will be reduced further by retirement of $2,675,000 of long term debt as of July 2019. If approved, the architect estimates it will take about a year to complete construction of the building. 

As Senior Center Director Kathy Shelp began presenting plans for the new Senior Center last Saturday, it became clear that a fresh approach to the proposed Senior Center building and its relation to the community was in play. The change in approach starts with the name itself. “It’s not going to be...
 Town Manager Mark Haddad asked the Board of Selectmen Monday night if they wanted to consider postponing a Community Preservation Fund article on the Spring Town Meeting Warrant that requests $41,000 for restoration work at the historic First Parish Church.      He advised that the town had...

Dr. Ralph Spada [center] publicly thanks Groton EMTs Cody McNayr [at left], Patrick Kiley, Lt. Arthur Cheeks & Gibson McCullagh [not pictured] for saving his life while Fire Chief Steele McCurdy [ at right] claps in appreciation. Photo courtesy GFD.

 On March 28, around 9:30 p.m., Groton EMTs had just finished their training exercises, and two of them were still at the Center Fire Station when a car raced into the Station parking lot with an unresponsive male. Jumping into action, the EMTs were joined by two others, performed CPR on the...

Beautiful view of Duck Pond taken several years ago, before eutrophication and invasive weeds started taking over.

Just like Lost Lake, Knops Pond and Baddacook Pond, Groton’s Duck Pond, is experiencing rapid infestation of aquatic weeds, building up a swelling layer of organic sediment on the pond’s bottom (aka: ‘muck’).      All this leads to unpleasant smells, decreased water clarity, fewer fish, otters,...
  Attorney Tom Gibbons addressed the Zoning Board of Appeals at their April 4 public hearing on behalf of his clients Nazare and Michael Tuomi, owners of property at 53 Pleasant St., regarding two issues affecting renovations at their property. The first was the Building Inspector’s issuance of a...
  Town Manager Mark Haddad advised the Board of Selectmen that the sub bids for the Groton Senior Center came in within 7 percent of their estimate at $2,175,000, and that based on this he is estimating that the total construction cost for the new Senior Center will be between $4.5M and $4.8M.  He...

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