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School districts prepare to comply with new AED legislation

January 20th, 2017


Region – Every school in the commonwealth — public, private, vocational, charter – will be required to have automated external defibrillators (AEDS) on their premises by July 2018 as a result of a bill passed by the Mass. State Legislature earlier this month.

Angela Demake, 52, of Worcester

January 20th, 2017


Worcester – Angela Catherine Prizio Demake, 52, was reborn and graciously entered the Kingdom of Heaven Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, after a short, fierce battle with cancer. In the days before her passing, she garnered the strength to bid farewell to her family and friends, selflessly offering comfort to those who were gathered by her […]

Jan. 20 – Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9

January 20th, 2017

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Region – The Community Advocate is partnering with Charter TV3 in Worcester to produce – “Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9.” Every week, the 90-second spot will feature Managing Editor Bonnie Adams profiling three of the newspaper’s top stories.  The feature will run Fridays during Charter TV3 Worcester News Tonight […]

MRCC hosts ‘Women at Lunch’ networking event

January 20th, 2017

Linda Vissat, MRCC membership director;  Liz Geller, teacher, Cottage Children’s Center, Inc.; Marley Couchon, Cottage Children’s Center, Inc.; and Susanne Morreale Leeber, MRCC president and CEO
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough – Nearly 30 local businesswomen gathered for a networking luncheon Jan. 18 at the Olive Garden at Solomon Pond Mall. The event, “Women at Lunch,” was hosted by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC).

Public hearing set for city housing plan

January 20th, 2017

Marlborough-A temporary cessation of new proposals for housing developments in the city for a six-month period was approved by the City Council at its Jan. 9 meeting.

Pipeline opponents convince selectmen to rescind approval

January 20th, 2017

Grafton – At the Jan. 17 meeting of the Grafton Board of Selectmen, opponents of the proposed gas pipeline through town presented an alternative solution to the board.

Sponsored by 350 Massachusetts, a group opposed to alleged climate change and in favor of stopping the use of fossil fuels, the presentation and questioning took approximately one-and-a-half hours. Four members of the Greater Franklin Node of 350 Massachusetts, led by Carol Sotiropoulos, gave a presentation. Spectra Energy/Algonquin Gas, the pipeline proponent, did not attend.

Robert W. MacMillan, 84, of Hudson

January 20th, 2017


Hudson – Robert W. MacMillan passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 at the age of 84, with his family by his side. Formerly of Belmont and Waltham, and residing in Hudson since 1965, he was the son of Robert W. MacMillan Sr. and Alice (Morris) MacMillan, both deceased. He was a graduate of Belmont High […]

Arline E. Shenette, 88, of Shrewsbury

January 20th, 2017


Shrewsbury – Arline E. (Perkins) Shenette, 88, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017 at home, surrounded by her loving family, following a lengthy illness. Her husband, Leo Shenette Sr., passed away in 1992. Arline is survived by her three sons, Leo Shenette Jr. and his wife Patricia of Webster, Barry Shenette, and William Shenette of […]

Bruce LaPierre, 57, of Shrewsbury

January 20th, 2017


Shrewsbury – Bruce LaPierre lived a good portion of his life in service of others and did everything in his power to help those struggling with addiction to find help and perhaps in that search…to find God. It was God who granted him the serenity to accept the things he couldn’t change; courage to change […]

Robert Wixted, 81, of Northborough

January 20th, 2017


Northborough – Robert Lundstrom Wixted, known as Bob, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017 at Coleman House in Northborough, following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carolyn Conley Wixted; his brother, Tim Wixted of Harbert, Mich.; his daughter, Ellen Wixted and son-in-law Frank Renna of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; his daughter, […]

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