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Reminiscing with popular oldies band's lead singer

August 31st, 2012

Mike Joyal, a Marlborough resident and lead singer of the Reminisants, performs at Southgate at Shrewsbury.  (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Marlborough – As lead singer of the Reminisants, Marlborough resident Mike Joyal performs over 150 engagements annually throughout New England, and a weeklong cruise to Bermuda on Norwegian Cruise Lines. After 12 years entertaining at Hampton Beach, N.H., they were among the first bands selected for multiple bookings this debut season of the shoreline's new Seashell Stage. While Joyal enjoys travelling to gigs, he also welcomes opportunities to work locally.

Athlete's Spotlight: Assabet Regional's Vincent Paul Harpin

August 31st, 2012

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Team: Assabet varsity football

Coach: Robert McCann

Notable Stats: Ran for 1,189 yards with 10 touchdowns last season, all while sharing hand-offs with the league leader in rushing yards, Nate Costello.

Driving for a cure in Shrewsbury

August 31st, 2012


Shrewsbury – Spencer resident and Leicester-Spencer Eagles member Shelly Travers (left) poses in front of her show truck along with her brother, Holden resident Donny Doherty, during a car show at the Hebert Candy Mansion to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Awareness Foundation Aug. 19. The event, which attracted about 50 show cars, is the second […]

Hudson's Arts Alliance “rocks” summer program

August 31st, 2012

Nature scenes painted on rocks help to beautify the Hudson Rail Trail. (Photo/Sarah Freedman)

Hudson – The Arts Alliance has sponsored the arts since 1991, funding programs like “Art in the Hall.” This summer, Hudson residents will soon be able to find art in other places – like on the Hudson Rail Trail.

“Art Rocks” is a program in which local artists of high-school age and older can paint rocks along the trail with nature-themed art. It is the third of many ongoing projects collectively known as Hudson Pathways. The goal for Art Rocks is to beautify the rail trail and spark interest in it.

Active Northborough volunteer also helps husband's alma mater

August 31st, 2012

Alfred University President Charley Edmondson (left) and Michael Christakis, president of the Alfred University Alumni Council (right), award the college's prestigious 2012 Honorary Alumnus Award to Virginia Simms George.  (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – While most college alumni do not volunteer at their own alma maters, Northborough resident Virginia Simms George, the wife of Northborough Moderator Frederick A. George Jr., does so much volunteering at her husband's alma mater – Alfred University, in Alfred, N.Y. – that she was recently honored by the school with its Honorary Alumna Recognition Award, making her an honorary alumna.

Complete list of obituaries for Aug. 26 to Aug. 31

August 31st, 2012

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Region – Here is a complete list and links to the individual obituaries posted on the Community Advocate website from Aug. 26 to Aug. 31. The Community Advocate will post obituaries online (and in print, as space allows) at no charge as a courtesy to our readers. Please send information (and a picture if desired) […]

Shrewsbury's “Child Find” program helps students with special needs

August 31st, 2012

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Public Schools are committed to providing special education services for students with disabilities from age three through twenty-one. Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness activities, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify, and refer as early as possible all young children with disabilities and their families who are […]

Northborough Senior Center to host Applefest events

August 31st, 2012


Northborough – The Northborough Senior Center, 119 Bearfoot Rd., will be hosting three events Friday, Sept. 14, as part of this year's Applefest celebration.

The first event will be the popular Applefest Bake-off. Residents are invited to submit their culinary creations in one of two categories: traditional and diabetic-friendly. Kelly Burke, the center's director, said the second category is a subtle, gentle way to get people to think about choices that might be a bit healthier.

Marlborough councilors ask Zoning Board to review proposed development

August 31st, 2012

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Marlborough – Leery of the impact of a proposed affordable housing project in the Ames Street area, the City Council requested during its Aug. 27 meeting that the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) review the project's plans.

Last year the Gutierrez Company proposed another plan that suggested construction of 290 units of affordable housing in the same area, but then withdrew the application. At a public hearing at that time, several residents in the area voiced strong objections citing problems with water conditions and heavy traffic that would evolve if the project were approved. They also expressed concern regarding the impact on city schools that would occur with the potential addition of many school-age children and the added burden to Fire and Police departments.

New town administer to wear many “hats”

August 31st, 2012

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Southborough – Along with being the new town administrator, Mark Purple has a new job description, with expanded responsibilities. Taking over after Jean Kitchen's departure, Purple will handle a longer list of duties, including helping departments plan budgets, negotiating contracts, working with the School Committee, and developing a new trash disposal system. Town officials had […]

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