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Tri-town group receives community block grants

July 18, 2010
Recipients of the 2010 Community Development Block Grants from the state Department of Housing and Community Development were announced last week. Among them, a joint award of more than three quarters of a million dollars for Brimfield, Holland and Wales.

The three towns collaborated on a single grant application covering a number of uses such as repair and rehabilitation of low income housing units and private septic systems, as well as providing for a significant contribution to the Tri-Town Domestic Violence Task Force.

Among the $766,000 CDBG are funds for Hitchcock Free Academy, which will help the culture and education center break through some barriers.

"It's taking us the next step into removing all architectural barriers," said Hitchcock Executive Director Sue Gregory.

Architectural barriers, Gregory explained, are any aspects of the historic building that prevent handicapped people from accessing programs on different floors or utilizing any of the facility's resources.

Although it is not a municipally owned building, which would be required to conform to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Hitchcock is a community facility and should be accessible to all, Gregory said.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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