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Local gym teacher finds new passion helping students and community

December 8th, 2016

Christine Foley (center) with student volunteers 
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Region – When Shrewsbury resident Christine Foley took over as the physical education teacher at South High School in Worcester eight years ago, she could never have predicted the direction her career would take her. What started out as a part-time volunteer effort has become a full-time commitment to her students and the community.

Hunter’s Grille & Tap to hold can drive and raffle

December 7th, 2016

(l to r) Chef Jeff, bartenders Shannon and Chris, and Chef Mike

Grafton – In the spirit of the holidays, Hunter’s Grille & Tap at The Grafton Inn, located at 25 Grafton Common in Grafton,  is giving back to its community with a can drive. From now until Christmas, for every item you donate, you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 […]

Interfaith walkers continue to fight hunger near and far

December 6th, 2016

Westborough – You are probably already aware of the positive impact walking can have on your health. Among other things, it can lower your blood pressure, lower your anxiety, increase your energy and help you to maintain a healthy weight. But did you know that by taking a walk, you could improve the health of others as well?

Annual toy drive to benefit local families

December 1st, 2016

Volunteers hold donated toys to be distributed to needy children. Photo/submitted

Shrewsbury – The 12th annual Holiday Toy Collection benefiting needy families served by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services and the Worcester County Department of Children & Families, will accept new, non-violent toys through Friday, Dec. 9. Toys may be dropped off at the following Shrewsbury locations: Gymnastics Learning Center, 574 Lake St.; Shrewsbury Senior Center, 98 Maple Ave.; […]

Habitat for Humanity launches project in Northborough

November 30th, 2016

(l to r) Tim Firment, Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester executive director; Rev. Valerie Schmidt, Trinity Church Pastor; Rick Leif, Northborough Planning Board chair; Bill Pantazis, Northborough Board of Selectman chair; and John Coderre, Northborough town administrator. Photo/Jane Keller Gordon

Northborough – Behind the historic facades of 33-35 and 37-39 Main St. in Northborough, four families will each begin a new chapter of their lives. Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester chapter (HFH MWGW) will convert these properties, located next to the Trinity Church, into four affordable, owner-occupied condos: a five-bedroom, three-bedroom, and two two-bedroom units.

Toy drive to benefit United Way of Tri-County

November 22nd, 2016

Marlborough – Jersey Mike’s Subs, located at 44 Boston Post Road West in Marlborough, is hosting a toy drive to benefit the United Way of Tri-County. Through Tuesday, Dec. 6, donate a new, unwrapped toy and Jersey Mike’s will thank you with a free regular sub. Last year, the United Way of Tri-County helped provide […]

Stop & Shop ‘Turkey Express’ donates to food bank

November 16th, 2016

Officials from the Worcester County Food Bank and Stop & Shop admire turkeys donated to the food bank.

Region – The Stop & Shop “Turkey Express” truck pulled up to the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) in Shrewsbury Nov. 4. to deliver 1,000 turkeys.

Children hold trike-a-thon to raise money for St. Jude’s

November 11th, 2016

Ava M., 4, from Worcester, raised over $800 for St. Jude’s.

Shrewsbury – The students of God’s Little Children Preschool and Kindergarten at the Gymnastics Learning Center in Shrewsbury recently held their annual St. Jude Children’s Hospital Trike-A-Thon to raise awareness and funds for children and families affected by childhood cancer. The students collected donations and then rode their trikes at school. The entire school raised $2,550. Each […]

Westborough Library named recipient of ‘Hannaford Helps’ program

November 10th, 2016

Westborough – Friends of the Westborough Public Library (FOWPL), a nonprofit committed to support the public library, has been selected as a beneficiary of the “Hannaford Helps” Reusable Bag Program for the month of November. The program was developed in order to further support Hannaford’s values by making it easy for customers to contribute to their local community […]

AFC Urgent Care to offer free flu shots for veterans

November 3rd, 2016


Region – On Veterans’ Day, Friday Nov. 11, AFC Urgent Care’s Marlborough and Natick centers will be offering free flu shots to all veterans as a way to thank them for their service. No appointment is necessary but those participating should bring proof of their service such as a military ID. The centers will be […]

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