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December 11th, 2013
Northborough – In an economic environment that is still struggling, many are still finding it difficult to gain employment. For those with disabilities, the search can be especially frustrating. But thanks to the Central Mass Employment Collaborative (CMEC ) over 100 Massachusetts residents have found jobs this past year, including 26 at the Wegmans store in Northborough.
December 11th, 2013
Hudson – The Hudson AMVETS Post 208 will again make special deliveries Christmas Day. Volunteers will prepare and provide hundreds of hot ham dinners as part of the 24th annual “Home Alone for the Holidays.” They’ve already distributed 586 complimentary meals on Thanksgiving to 11 communities including Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough and Southborough. Commander Bill Rivers is organizing the project for his 18th year.
This Thanksgiving, temperatures were uncomfortably chilly for the 48 drivers making deliveries, but Rivers has seen volunteers endure worse weather conditions.
December 8th, 2013
Region – In a region that has celebrated eight major sports championships in just over a decade, it’s a common sight to see many wearing clothing bearing the logos of those winning teams. Everyone, it seems, wants to show their Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins pride.
December 5th, 2013
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Westborough – Westborough Youth and Family Services (WYFS) and the Rotary Club of Westborough are once again teaming up to sponsor a free Holiday Gift Shop for families in need. WYFS first started the project in 2001 and partnered with the Rotary Club in 2004. All of the gifts are [...]
December 4th, 2013
Westborough – Throughout each year since 1975, the Westborough Civic Club has contributed to many of the town’s nonprofit organizations. They’re continuing that mission with funds raised by the 38th annual Christmas Tree Sale, now in progress at the former Tufts Machine lot at 53 E. Main St., across from Arturo’s Restaurant.
November 29th, 2013
Marlborough – The 24th Evening of Giving, in support of Roland’s House, the Marlborough-Hudson homeless shelter, will be held Thursday, December 5, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Route 20 in Marlborough. An elaborate variety of international dishes, as well as popular traditional cooking will be featured, including the popular shrimp and raw bar, [...]
November 29th, 2013
Westborough – Maria Bolf had never experienced homelessness. She said she worked all of her life, up until she underwent surgery and was unable to keep her job. Money got tight, and before long she said her family found itself choosing between paying bills and buying food.
For the last two weeks, Bolf, her husband, and three of her children have been living in a hotel room in Shrewsbury, which is a long way from their former home in Fall River. They were placed there by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.
November 26th, 2013
Shrewsbury – When Latasha Hughes heard last December that heartless thieves had stolen thousands of gifts that were donated to the St. Anne’s Church Giving Tree program, she, like so many others, was saddened.
“I drive by there all the time so I was floored when I heard the news,” Hughes, the admissions coordinator at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SNRC) recalled. “I just thought of all the shattered dreams – not just for the kids but also the St. Anne’s volunteers, who worked so hard. I knew they must be devastated.”
November 19th, 2013
Southborough – For Stephen Coldwell, 74, receiving a brain tumor diagnosis in July has done little to slow him down. Recently, the Pilgrim Church bell ringer, avid (vegetable) gardener and Southborough Food Pantry volunteer has been spotted moving split logs in his yard (to fuel his wood stove) and helping at the pantry’s “Scouting for Food” event Nov. 2.
Coldwell grew up in Framingham. In 1964, while he was attending the University of Rhode Island, his father purchased 35 acres of land adjacent to the Sudbury Reservoir between Middle Road and Parkerville Road in Southborough. Six family homes have since been built on the land, sharing a mailbox and a common drive.
November 18th, 2013
Hudson – For the past 11 years Carol Pinner has woken up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready for her job as a special needs minibus driver for both the Mulready Elementary School and Hudson High School. But on Oct. 3, as Pinner stood in her kitchen, she started suffering from severe stomach pain and then realized when her water broke that she was in labor. An ambulance was called at 4:45 a.m. and 16 minutes later Pinner gave birth to a healthy 7 pound, 14 ounce baby boy on the side of Route 290. Up until that morning, Pinner never knew she was pregnant.