Town of Dudley
The Town of Dudley was incorporated in 1732. We are governed by the Dudley Town Bylaws with a five member Board of Selectmen and a Town Administrator. Our Annual Town Meeting is held on the last Monday in May and the second session for the consideration of financial articles and other business shall be held on the first Monday in November.
Green Community Designation
With open fields and woodlands as well as several active Farms, Dudley is a “green” community as well as earning the State’s energy-related “Green Community” designation. The town’s desire to reduce energy costs and be a responsible community, motivated it to become a Green Community in 2014.
Dudley’s population is 10,210 and we have 6,597 registered voters. Out of the registered voters 1,636 are registered as Democrats, 880 as Republican, 7 as Green Rainbow Party, 13 as United Independent Party, 29 as Libertarian and 4,015 as Unenrolled and 17 as All Others.
Dudley consists of 22 square miles with 90.2 miles of roads. There are three scenic roads, Baker Pond Road, Hayden Pond Road and Marsh Road.
There were 44 marriages recorded, 85 births (with the most popular names: baby boy – Liam and baby girl – Mia) and 105 deaths.
The Dudley Municipal Complex located at 71 West Main Street houses the majority of the town departments and the Police Department. The Highway Department and Recycling Center are located on Indian Road.
Dudley is part of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District. We have Mason Road School located at 20 Mason Road that serves Kindergarten – grade 1 with 352 students; Dudley Elementary School at 16 School Street serves grades 2-4 with 420 students; Dudley Middle School located at 70 Dudley-Oxford Road serves grades 5-8 with 661 students and Shepherd Hill Regional High School that serves Grades 9-12 with 1,263 students.
Dudley has a wonderful library, Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library located at 40 Schofield Ave. The library provides its residents with adult and children programs, literacy programs, public access to computers, downloadable e-books and audiobooks and a friendly, helpful staff.
Dudley has many Churches –to name a few… St. Andrew Bobola Roman Catholic Church on West Main Street, St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church on Dudley Hill Road, Dudley Congregational Church on Center Road and Calvary Assembly of God on Southbridge Road (Route 131).
We have several recreation areas – Merino Pond Town Beach, Crawford Memorial Field (Little League), Pine Street Park and Carmignani Memorial (Fun Zone) Playground.
Dudley has five town-owned cemeteries – Village Cemetery on Dudley-Oxford Road, Corbin Cemetery on Corbin Road, Waldron Cemetery on Ramshorn Road, Marsh Cemetery on Henry Marsh Road and Curtis Cemetery a/k/a Albee/Durfee Cemetery on Albee Road.