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    Town Meeting date set

    Middleborough’s annual Town Meeting will start on May 27 this year, the day after Memorial Day and an unusual start date that can’t be helped, town officials acknowledged last week. Other dates that were considered for the potentially two-day town-wide meeting, where the year’s financial and other decisions are made, conflicted with a range of graduation festivities in the high school auditorium where residents traditionally meet. “This is very difficult,’’ Town Manager Charles Cristello said, especially since it’s a long weekend when many people are away. “We’ll have to pull out all the stops and make sure we reach out,” he said. Addressing the camera in a live cable broadcast, selectmen chairman Stephen McKinnon said he hopes that more than the 150 residents required for a quorum take the time to show up and participate. “This is your big meeting of the year,’’ he said. “This is where the rubber hits the road.”