1.) A new Jr. / Sr.
High School is unanimously approved by the Town Council
(Feb 8, 2010). Construction began in the Fall of
2010 and it opened in Sept. Congratulations to all who
made this a reality.
On Feb 8, 2010 the Town Council unanimously approves the
construction of a new Jr/Sr. High School for Southbridge!!!
2.) Private Sector initiatives -
We have a much preserved (and admired ) collection of unique and historic architecture within the town. Read about what was done to Memorial hall.
the Soutbridge Town Council
This is a real positive for Southbridge! Check it out!
Dec 8, 2008 Town Council unanimously endorses the project!
Business Journal 3-Mar-08 Article
on the exciting plan for renovating Memorial Hall bld on Main St.
The 12 Crane Street Complex renovation - Featuring Dark Horse pub, Brewery, etc
Often taken for granted, the "19th Century architecture" along main street
is largely preserved and a unique asset to our community
At left prior to the restoration, and right photo Jan 2007
Find out about the renovation of the Historic Unitarian Church (368 Main).
To see less visible improvment to Southbridge, read the following May 17, 2005 which is another example of improvements to the area. This article, titled "The Color of Success" appears Courtesy of the Southhbridge Evening News!
Brennan Cipro Photo - Courtesy of the South bridge News
and Bed and Breakfast
Come experience this wonderful edition to town. Jonathan and Lisa Krach (and family) relocated from Springfield to Southbridge
to open up their new business in town.This building was one of the Southbridge Historical Commission awards for the year 2002
was presented to Gabriel McCarthy and Margaret Morrissey for the restoration of 14 South St shown below.
Congratulations on the Excellent review of Vienna
( August 18, 2008 in the Worcester Telegram!!!
Fins and Tales - Another Great New
Southbridge Dining Experience !!!
Portion of May 2008 Menu
Located at the "Delahanty Building" at 858 Main St
The Flat Iron Renovations is another success and visible improvement to the town!
Check out the Evolving Artist
Complex located on Mill St in Southbridge.
It is attracting many top name artists and listened to around the world via the Internet
Exciting information of revitalizing the Downtown!
3.) The Jacob Edwards
several years ago, sponsors many events of interest to the
town and is a treasure. This facility is a vibrant and
dynamic cultural center in this community, offering
everything from salsa dances to forein film showings.
Regular showings of local artists and carfts as well as
historic presentations help to fuel Southbridges Vision of
the Future. Jacob Edwards Library is a resource that is
unmatched for both its contents and also its staff.
Margaret Morrissey is newly appointed as Library Director
(Dec 2008), an appointment that is well deserved. She and
her staff have made this Library a resource to be proud
of. It also has made a fine reputation for community
outreach and programs.
Check out June 2006's Pride event with Wicked's author
4.)Abundant clean Water reservoirs & preserved undeveloped land resources -
Southbridge has a unique resource at its disposal - abundant clean water reservoirs under its control and located within its boundaries. This is often overlooked by many, but with time will be appreciated as a critical asset.
It also has beautiful land utilized and visited by many- in the Flood control area referred to as Westville Dam park.
5.) The Southbridge
and Conference Center and Southbridge
Business Center complex.
Breaking news July 2010 - Westfield State announces satelite program coming to Southbridge
Community College announces a Satellite Campus in
Here is there July 7, 2009 press release. For more info, here is their website for the Southbridge campus:
Also, check out what the Hotel has to offer. Visit the pub, restaurant, fitness center, or come for an overnight stay! If you haven't seen it, go down and request a tour!!!
AO Sculpture is now in place; landscaping/lighting planned for 2011
6.) Harrington Memorial Hospital
June 2009- A new Cancer Center opens as the latest addition to Harrington Memorial Hospital Expanded Capabilities. Patients receiving Cancer treatment can now be seen in Southbridge !
Recently completed a major expansion and renovation. Never one to rest on their laurels, they are currently constructing a new cancer treatment facility and are partnering with other area hosptials. Our community is most fortunate to have this facility in our Town!
Nov 2006 additon under construction at right, and now completed;
a new cancer center is now being built (2009)
7.) The Southbridge Downtown partnership is actively working for to improve the central
business area of Southbridge, and promotes the town.
Serious efforts are underway, and volunteers are working
to improve the town. Note the extensive listing of
businesses added to this site, for those not familiar
with what Southbridge has to offer.
Hanging Flowers add beauty to our Downtown!!!
Special thanks to Steve Brady & John Moore (June 2009 photo above)
and the Downtown partneship for their efforts.
Future Of Southbridge Group info - come and join us to improve our town!
8.) Well maintained downtown streets and sidewalks. Installation of Street Lights, new sidewalks, Stop Lights at most intersections, Etc. occured several years ago.
9.) Town Services we sometimes take for granted: Fire Dept, Police, clean Water, widely available town Sewerage, Trash pickup, Harrington Hospital, the Southbridge Airport, Library (newly expanded and renovated), Check out the Feb 6, 2009 Charette to promote Southbridge (check back for actions from this event at JEL).
10.) Many Support agencies for Southbridge and surrounding areas and also are giving to others when needed. Also, there are numerous people who give of their time and energy to improve the town.
Check this out:
www.getinvolvedinyourtown.com Events Schedule
Southbridge helping others in need:
TV Broadcast Video of how Southbridge helped the
Hurricane Katrina Flood victims
Over $10,000 raised in Sept 25, 2005 benefit in Southbridge
How others see our town
The list of postitive of town (1920); many still are relevant.
What Southbridge had to offer in 1895! Its top 10 list from back then!
As for the Southbridge Town Seal and phrase"Eye of the Commonwealth", I recently was asked if Southbridge is still the Eye of the Commonwealth now that AO is no longer a dominant manufacturer in Town. Remants of AO still are manufacuring/distributing (Schott Fiber Optics/ Aearo / AO Sunwear); to my knowledge there is no other community that comes close to being the center of Optics, and as such we are still the Eye of the Commonwealth.
Download 1956 by-laws excerpt
Past improvments and entries on this list included:
Expansion of the YMCA was completed a few years ago. Click here for July 16, 2001 photo during its expansion.Savers Bank $4 Million Expansion & Renovation of Historic Ammidown Building was completed, with great care and expense given to maintaining the historic structure. Click here for Aug 22, 2001 photo of Construction Crane and newly actived intersection lights. This new home opened on June 24, 2002 and gave a major facelift to the downtown and demonstrates business committment to Southbridge. This and other Southbridge Property renovations recieved honors from the Southbridge Historical Commission on December 19, 2002. Click here to see more about this well deserved honor !
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