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Candidates debate issues

Route 15, development among key points

Candidates for the Board of Selectmen Angeline Ellison, Alphonso Esposito, Mary Blanchard, Priscilla Gimas and Scott Garieri pose following Wednesday's debate. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
March 31, 2011
STURBRIDGE — The five candidates for Board of Selectmen positions expressed their views to residents at Town Hall during a debate Wednesday, March 30, which was also broadcast on local television.

Three of the five candidates will be elected at the April 11 annual town election.

The debate was moderated by Town Moderator Mike Caplette, and it featured questions asked from residents in attendance as well as phone-in questions. One question involved suggestions that have been made for improving the Route 15 corridor and attracting new businesses to that area, and each of the candidates proposed their own ideas. Incumbent Selectman Scott Garieri discussed his opinions about altering the special use district regulations, stating that Route 15 is a prime area for development if certain changes are made.

"I would definitely like to see more development in that area," said Garieri.

Angeline Ellison and Alphonso Esposito, who are both vying for the one-year seat vacated by Edward Goodwin, agreed that the town should focus on inviting more establishments geared toward entertainment and recreation to the Route 15 corridor.

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

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