Tuesday, March 29, 2016

In the News: Faces of Recovery concert, turnpike toll booths going away, peaker plant gets water from Millis

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin

A local group aimed at fighting substance abuse will be holding a concert this weekend to share treatment stories and further reach out to the community. 
The Support for Addicts and Families by Empowerment (SAFE) is slated to host a "Faces of Recovery" concert on Sunday at Franklin's Black Box Theater. The event will run from 5 to 9 p.m.
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The state is looking for an OK from the town's Conservation Commission to tear down the toll booths and a building at the intersection of the Mass. Pike and Interstate 495 later this year, and restore the area to open space.
The Exit 11A toll plaza demolition and improvement project is part of the implementation of All Electronic Tolling, which eliminates the traditional toll booth system in favor of drive-under electronic toll collectors at various points on the highway, charging for distance rather than the number of exits traveled. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation expects the new system with 15 checkpoints to be in use by October.

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Selectmen Monday voted to move forward with the potential sale of water to Exelon after a committee concluded that the sale is feasible. 
The Drinking Water Committee last week approved motions to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that they move forward with negotiations and planning to sell water to Exelon for its 200-megawatt expansion in Medway.

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