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5 Things You Need To Know Today: March 23

There is a potential kidnapper on the loose in nearby Shrewsbury, and the city will start sweeping the streets on Monday.

1. This letter was reportedly sent home with students in nearby Shrewsbury recently, and it might be good for those of us in Marlborough to be aware: All Shrewsbury residents are warned about a possible child abductor that may be in our region. Reports are of a white male, 20-30 years old, glasses, balding and driving a white Subaru Outback. He is reported to have stopped at a school bus stop in the vicinity of Grace Avenue (last week), approaching school children and asking if they were "waiting for their parent and wanted a ride." Police have been notified, but all parents should consider having a discussion with their children about the matter and teach them what to do if anyone comes near them. Whether you have children or not, if you live near a school bus stop it would be appreciated if you kept your eyes open and called 911 immediately if you see anything even remotely suspicious. 

2. Starting Monday, March 26 the will officially begin a city wide street sweeping program. The program is scheduled for 10 to 12 weeks and will run Monday through Friday from approximately 4 a.m. to late evenings depending on the neighborhood. The ability to stick to the schedule is directly affected by inclement weather, as well as equipment availability. The sweeping will commence in Fort Meadow area and will work systematically throughout the city from there. In addition to cleaning our streets, this program tries to lessen the amount of infiltration into the storm drainage system which eventually ends up in our reservoirs, said a statement on the city's Facebook page. 

3. The Drama Club will present "The Wizard of Oz" beginning this evening through Sunday, March 25 at the . The show will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door until they run out. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors and students. 

4. If you'd like to keep up on Marlborough news, but don't always remember to log on Marlborough Patch,  The newsletter goes out each morning with the top stories from the day before, but there are several options to best fit your interests and lifestyle. We won't abuse your address, and we will never give your email to a third party. 

5. The  is asking residents to support their "No Show Ball" by not attending. That's right. Go online and purchase your "virtual tickets" for $5 to an event that will not be taking place. By doing this, all the proceeds will go towards the development of children in the MetroWest community and not towards an extravagant fundraising event. The event itself will "not" take place on April 1 – April Fool’s Day. Tickets can be purchased online. Be sure to forward to your friends, family and colleagues because the more “no shows,” the better!

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Lori March 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
thank you so much for reporting about the possible child abductor in Shrewsbury - that is certainly close enough to worry me! I have 3 small children and one will start taking a bus to school in the fall. will you update us as you hear more about this please?
Josh Gray March 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM
The best way to defend against something like this is for everyone to be aware, I think. I will definitely update as I get info.

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