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Local business, nonprofit team up to help neighbors affected by breast cancer

November 24th, 2015

Sue and Roger McCarthy, owners of McCarthy Landscaping and Irrigation, stand with Linda Halloran (center) on the day they presented a $2,000 check in support of the nonprofit organization Halloran co-founded, The Breast Friends Connection.
Photo/Lori Berkey

Shrewsbury – Each year, Roger and Sue McCarthy donate to a selected charity on behalf of the business they own, McCarthy Landscaping and Irrigation, Inc. Long-time supporters of breast cancer aid organizations, the couple had personal reasons this year for wanting to find an organization that helps local people affected by the disease. Sue’s research turned up the Breast Friends Connection, which offers a monthly support group in Shrewsbury as well as other assistance. After learning details about what the group provides, the McCarthys wrote them a check for $2,000 to support the organization.

Local dancers to perform in Ballet Arts Worcester’s “The Nutcracker Ballet” at the Hanover Theatre

November 23rd, 2015

Photo 4: Bella Lanzarini as “Clara”

Region – Ballet Arts Worcester announced the ninth annual production of “The Nutcracker Ballet” at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, Worcester. Over 110 dancers from Central Mass. will perform in the festive production that officially kicks off the 2015 holiday season, Nov. 27, 28 and 29.

Area cheerleaders compete for state championship

November 23rd, 2015

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Northborough – The Hudson High School cheerleading squad competed in the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (MSSAA) 2015 fall cheerleading state championship in the coed small school category Nov. 22 at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough. The squad placed sixth.

Monavar Hakim, 90, of Northborough

November 23rd, 2015

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Northborough – Monavar (Bozourgizadeh) Hakim, born Feb. 27, 1925 in Eshgh-Abad, USSR, passed away Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at the age of 90, in Shrewsbury Nursing Home after a period of declining health. She was predeceased by her husband of 28 years, Dr. Khalil Hakim (1972). Mrs Hakim leaves behind her two siblings Farhad Bozourgizadeh […]

Raymond Shaw, 80, of Westborough

November 23rd, 2015

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Westborough – Raymond “Ray” Joseph Shaw, 80, of Westborough, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015, surrounded by his family, at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital. Ray grew up in Waldwick, N.J., son of Michael T. and Beatrice (Thompson) Shaw. He served four years in the Navy during the Korean War, as a Radar Petty Officer, 1st […]

Westborough girls’ volleyball loses close title match to Notre Dame

November 22nd, 2015

The Westborough girls' volleyball team poses with their runner-up trophy. 
Photo/John Orrell

By John Orrell, Contributing Writer Fitchburg – So many good things have happened for the Westborough High girls’ varsity volleyball team in this 2015 season that it seemed like the very best was destined to come when the team traveled north to Fitchburg High School Nov. 21. And for a time, it did indeed appear […]

Algonquin girls’ soccer run at state title falls short

November 22nd, 2015

Algonquin coach Scott Taggart and captains (from left) Kendall Sweeney, Meagan Stassi, Caroline Leonard and Kate Hostage pose with their trophy.

Lynn – The Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks fell to the Needham High School Rockets by a score of 3-1 in the 2015 MIAA Girls Soccer Division 1 State Finals. The state championship game was played Nov. 21 at Manning Field in Lynn.

Grafton selectmen will not oppose medical marijuana dispensary

November 20th, 2015

Grafton – The Grafton Board of Selectmen held a public hearing Nov. 17 regarding a request for a letter of non-opposition for Milford Medicinals, a company seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 206 Worcester St., (Route 122). The company currently operates a registered marijuana dispensary in Milford, Mass.

James J. Koskinen, 74, of Grafton

November 20th, 2015

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Grafton – James J. Koskinen, 74, of Grafton, passed away Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, in the home he loved, here in New England. His loving wife of 34 years, E. Anne (Williamson) Koskinen, predeceased him in 2004. Jim is survived by a son, J. Matthew Koskinen and his wife Amy of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan […]

Peter DiRico, 95, of Marlborough

November 20th, 2015


Marlborough – Peter DiRico, 95, of Marlborough, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Born in Marlborough, he was the son of the late Paul and Pasqualina (Marino) DiRico and the husband of Mary (Monahan) DiRico, to whom he had been married for the past 69 years. A veteran of WWII, Mr. DiRico served in the Army […]

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