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Local students earn Business Professionals of America awards

April 24th, 2014

(l to r) Sharon Mattingly, Marlborough High School (MHS) Business Professionals of America (BPA) adviser; Susanne Morreale Leeber, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; MHS senior Ashley Beauchamp; Abigail Mangsen, Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) sophomore; Darren McLaughlin, Marlborough Regional Community Foundation president; and Mary Miller, AVRTHS BPA adviser. (Photo/Michael Gelbwasser)

Marlborough – Local students Ashley Beauchamp and Abigail Mangsen’s road to becoming business professionals includes an upcoming trip to Indianapolis thanks to awards from Marlborough-area business leaders.

Service dogs provide love, assistance to those in need

April 24th, 2014

Cathy Zemaitis and 5-year-old Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Sam Brown, who belongs to her niece, Abi Johnson. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Westborough resident Cathy Zemaitis grew up with dogs and horses. So it was no wonder when, in 2012, she took the position as director of development at NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans in Princeton. The nonprofit was established in 1976 and offers a wide spectrum of assistance dog services for those who are deaf or hearing impaired, combat veterans, the physically disabled, classrooms, therapy and ministry, and children with a disability or on the autism spectrum. They have placed over 1,500 service dogs, giving their handlers freedom, physical autonomy, and relief from social isolation.

Service dog gives Westborough woman invaluable companionship

April 24th, 2014

Katie Atchue and her service dog Cabot (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Katie Atchue and her dog Cabot of Westborough are among the more than 1,500 service dog pairings that NEADS has facilitated.

Northborough library hosts ‘Lego Night’

April 24th, 2014

4 -1/2 year- old Wes from Shrewsbury shows off his "shadow shooter booster."

Northborough – The Northborough Free Library recently held a “Lego Night” where kids of all ages could let their imaginations go wild and create all types of interesting inventions. Photos/Bridget Parmenter

Shrewsbury selectmen support Proposition 2- ½ override request

April 24th, 2014


Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen voted unanimously April 15 to hold a Special Town Election for the sole purpose of asking the voters to consider a $5.5 million Proposition 2-½ operational override.

This issue has been brought the voters several times since 2004, only to be defeated each time.

At the March 18 selectmen’s meeting, the board heard from nearly 30 people on the topic, with all but two urging an override to both save the schools and certain town services.

Profiles – Candidates for Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen

April 24th, 2014

Shrewsbury – Three candidates will be on the ballot for two seats on the Board of Selectmen in the Tuesday, May 6 Annual Town Election. Here, in their own words, are the bios and answers to four questions from two of the candidates, both incumbents, Henry Fitzgerald and Maurice DePalo. The third candidate, Benjamin Tartaglia, chose not to comment for this feature.

Remembering a local hero in Westborough

April 24th, 2014

An honor guard stands at attention as the casket of George Perry is carried into St. Luke the Evangelist Church.
Photo/David Bagdon

s the longtime veterans’ agent for Westborough, George Perry III helped countless veterans and their families navigate the myriad issues they faced as they returned to civilian life.

When he passed away unexpectedly April 13 at age 66, his death left the community saddened and stunned.

Perry was known for his expertise, knowledge and compassion; so much so that he, along with Assistant Agent Ken Ferrera, were tapped to open the Central Mass. Veterans’ Services District Office last summer. That new office served Northborough, Grafton, and Shrewsbury as well as Westborough.

Humble hero credits ‘right spot, right time’

April 24th, 2014

Charlie Lemay (r) poses for a photo with Ted and Maureen Coghlin at the April 16 American Red Cross Hometown Heroes Breakfast 

Like so many others on Dec. 24, 2012, Ted Coghlin and his granddaughter Roselyn were out doing last-minute errands. But when they pulled into the parking lot of the Stop & Shop on Route 9 in Shrewsbury, things quickly went awry when Coghlin suffered a sudden medical emergency. But thanks to the quick actions of one man, Charlie Lemay, what could have ended in tragedy instead ended in the best gift Coghlin and his family could ever get – his life was saved.

Joanne M. Donahue, 84, of Marlborough

April 24th, 2014


Marlborough – Joanne M. Donahue, 84, died Saturday night, April 19, 2014 after a long period of failing health. She was born in Marlborough, the daughter of the late Joseph and Annie (Kittredge) Donahue, and lived there most of her life. She was graduate of St. Vincent’s School of Nursing, class of 1950, and went [...]

Can’t thank you all enough…

April 24th, 2014

Steve Levine, President of Steve Levine Inc. and an agent at REMAX Prestige. 508-735-4663

By Steve Levine, President of Steve Levine Inc., and an agent for REMAX Prestige
The outpouring of calls and emails over the last two months has been quite shocking, to say the least…and I must say it was very, very appreciated. The one lingering fear that any writer has is wondering whether people are reading any of their material. So thanks to those who reached out; I know for sure that my column isn’t winding up at the bottom of a birdcage!

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