Northbridge: The Year In Review

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Despite controversy in 2012, Northbridge residents took the time to enjoy the many opportunities for recreation in town, like fishing at sunset on the Mumford River in Linwood. Photo Credit: Deborah Gauthier

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass.  – The year 2012 might go down in Northbridge history as the year of the argument.

As one member of the Board of Selectmen said recently, enemies were created regarding the Department of Public Works.

Residents took sides on two controversial issues – artificial turf at Lasell Field and construction of a new department of public works facility - and angry debates were heard in coffee shops and read in online comments to stories 

Despite a refusal to build a new DPW building, voters did agree town property needed to be maintained, approving $635,000 to repair Memorial Town Hall and $625,000 for town roads.

It also was a year of goodbyes with the retirement of School Superintendent Susan Gorky in May, Senior Center Director Gail Anderson in July and Veterans Agent Ken Trajanowski in August.

Controversy reared when the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester backed out of an agreement, refusing to sell Oakhurst Retreat, formerly the House of Affirmation on Hill Street to a gay couple from Sutton in July.

Residents reacted with surprise, hurt and anger when a local attorney and Boy Scout leader Andrew Myers was charged with possession of child pornography and enticing boys to perform sexual acts via the Internet.

And Northbridge spent a lot of time voting, either at town meetings or elections – called to make decisions 19 times during the course of the year.

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