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RMV debate continues

Seniors split on Casaubon site, Access show to host forum

Helen Duquette, left, discusses moving the Casaubon Senior Center to the Community Center to accommodate the new RMV facility. Dean Coots. (click for larger version)
July 05, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — Seniors are expressing mixed feelings about moving the Senior Center operations to Community Center to make way for a new Registry of Motor Vehicles branch.

Some simply question the decision.

"I don't know why they have to do that," said Helen Duquette as she stood in the Casaubon Senior Center on Larochelle Way, which is scheduled to become home to the new RMV branch under an approved plan. "Why disturb a group that is working well?'

Others, however took clearer positions, with some seniors supporting and others opposing it.

Adding to the discussion, cable access show "Eye On Southbridge will hold a live news conference on the issue at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Town Hall's Cable Control Room. The focus will be on the RMV relocation to the Senior Center building as hosts Larry Beinema and John Gatti Jr., will be joined by former state Rep. Mark Carron and School Committee member Scott Lazo.

"This press briefing will focus on the message state and local government have sent to the business community by actions against Big Bunny [Plaza]," according to a statement from Beinema and Gatti. "A subsequent business initiative will be announced."

An open forum for citizens, legislators and councilors will be conducted in a "courteous and professional manner."

"Transparency and openness in government at the local and state level has been abridged," the statement concluded.

See Wednesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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