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SpencerBANK supports StandUp For Kids

April 9th, 2014

(l to r):  Jerry Shpak, SpencerBANK vice president and investment executive and active board member of the Worcester chapter of StandUp For Kids; Donna Katsoudas, StandUp For Kids volunteer executive director; and K. Michael Robbins, SpencerBANK, president and CEO.
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Spencer – SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to the Worcester chapter of StandUp For Kids, an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness. “StandUp For Kids is dedicated to helping at-risk youth and plays an important role in the Worcester community. We are pleased to assist this organization and increase awareness of their mission,” said [...]

Shrewsbury woman celebrates 15 years as volunteer host of advocacy show

April 7th, 2014

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Shrewsbury- Fifteen years ago, Robbin Miller was fed up with the way people with disabilities were portrayed in mainstream media as heroes rather than as people who were living their lives like everyone else. A busy licensed mental health counselor, Miller made time to start a show on Shrewsbury Media Connection’s Public Access Channel 28 that would project people with disabilities in a more even light, raise awareness about resources, and teach people how to be “disability sensitive.” She’s been hosting the program, “Miller Chat Show,” that airs five times weekly, ever since.

Concert to benefit Assabet Valley Pastoral Counseling Center

March 27th, 2014

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Westborough – The public is invited to come and enjoy the Seventh Annual Westborough Interfaith Community Concert this Sunday, March 30, at 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Westborough, 120 West Main St. The concert will feature selections sung by the church’s different choirs as well as various other groups from Westborough [...]

Ocean State Job Lot donates to Worcester County Food Bank

March 26th, 2014

This 18-wheeler was a welcome sight March 25 as it came bearing 40,000 of donations from the Ocean State Job Lot headquarters in North Kingstown, R.I.

Shrewsbury – An Ocean State Job Lot tractor-trailer brought 40,000 pounds of donations to the Worcester County Food Bank on Route 9 in Shrewsbury March 25.

“It’s Christmas in March,” food bank Executive Director Jean McMurray said.

“It translates into just over 17,000 meals. For us to get this kind of support, we would have to get it from multiple sources,” she said.

Program to be held for caregivers for those with memory loss

March 24th, 2014

Region – The Metrowest Alzheimer’s Partnership will present “Memory Loss is a Family Affair” Saturday, April 5, at the Callahan Senior Center, 535 Union Ave., Framingham. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with light refreshments. The program runs from 10 to 11 a.m. The speaker is Dr. John Zeisel, president and co-founder of the Hearthstone Alzheimer’s [...]

Local law firm donates pajamas for children

March 13th, 2014

Laura Brennan, children’s librarian at the Northborough Free Library, holds pajamas donated by Mirick O’Connell. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – On Feb. 14, the law firm of Mirick O’Connell held a $5 Jeans Day fundraiser in support of the Northborough Free Library’s pajamas drive. Employees could wear jeans to work that day if they made a donation. The library was participating in a statewide collection of new pajamas for children during the month [...]

In Your Shoes to host ‘Casino Night’ fundraiser

February 28th, 2014

Westborough – Since 2008, In Your Shoes (IYS) has been helping Westborough residents in need. The nonprofit organization provides emergency funds to any person who resides or works in Westborough. “Grants can range from $25-$50, up to $500 based on need,” IYS Vice President Marjet Schoen said. “We help single moms, those who are out [...]

Avidia Charitable Foundation donates to The Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA

February 27th, 2014

(l to r): Jimmie Ames, assistant vice president and market manager, Avidia Bank; Millard B. Berryman, president and CEO for DA-MAR Biological, Inc.; Mary Taber, spiritual director,  L.C.S.W., Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA; Cam Sowa, president and chair of the board of directors of Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA; and Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank.
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Westborough – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,500 to Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA (PCC) to support counseling costs. PCC offers a specialized type of counseling that combines behavioral sciences and religion. The staff members are all licensed therapists who have studied psychology, marriage and family, and pastoral counseling. For more information on the [...]

Shrewsbury Fire Department helps kids living in hotel learn about fire safety

February 27th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Fire Department recently presented its Student Awareness and Fire Education, or S.A.F.E., program to displaced families that are now residing at the Days Inn. The program gave Captain Sean T. Lawlor and other fire department personnel a chance to speak with the tenants about fire safety in the confines of the hotel.

Lawlor began the program for the adults by talking about emergency exit plans. He encouraged them to make sure they know what to do if a fire were to occur and suggested that they practice an exit plan with their children in a calm manner so they will know how to react.

Making blankets for victims of Boston bombings

February 26th, 2014

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Marlborough – While sitting by the fireplace in the central living room at Christopher Heights or in the privacy of their own apartments, residents of the assisted living community are helping to ease the pain of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by knitting and crocheting “Blankies for Boston.”

“It is their way of providing warmth to first responders, victims and their families,” said Patty Blodgett, activities director.








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