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Local cultural councils seek grant proposals

September 13th, 2016

Region – Local cultural councils have announced they are inviting organizations, schools and individuals to apply for funds supporting a range of cultural activities that showcase arts, humanities and interpretive sciences.

St. Mary Family Festival kicks off Sept. 10

September 7th, 2016

Volunteers work together at the 2015 festival. 

Shrewsbury – The 2016 St. Mary Family Festival will kick off Saturday, Sept. 10, with the 5K Road Race beginning at 8:30 a.m. with registration. This is followed by the Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Sept. 11, with special guest appearances by your favorite Disney characters. Breakfast will be served from 8 – 11a.m. in the Parish […]

CARFIT program for seniors to be held in Westborough

September 6th, 2016

Region – Home Instead Senior Care of Northborough and Natick is sponsoring a CARFIT program for area seniors in conjunction with the Westborough Council on Aging. Trained technicians will be assessing senior drivers for their “fit” in their own vehicle.  Drivers will learn if they are positioned correctly, if the vehicle equipment is in the […]

Christopher Heights’ seniors donate coloring kits to pediatric patients

September 6th, 2016

Christopher Heights of Marlborough Assisted Living

Marlborough – The residents at Christopher Heights of Marlborough Assisted Living love to give back to their community, especially when it involves helping children, and their most recent volunteer project helped them do just that. Christopher Heights Activities Director Patty Blodgett reached out to Katie Friend, community outreach coordinator at the UMass Office of Advancement […]

Grafton youth boosts wounded warriors

August 26th, 2016

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Grafton – He may be only 7 years old, but Tyler Hardiman has a very big heart.

Last year he hosted a lemonade stand near his home on Barbara Jean Street, raising $1,500 for Grafton Police Sgt. Michael Mazzola who was battling lymphoma.

The Bea(you)tiful Project sponsors an Evening of Empowerment

August 24th, 2016

Jamie (l) and Dayna Altman

Southborough – Dayna Altman, a 2010 Algonquin Regional High School graduate, is in a very good place. She graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in human services and psychology in 2015 and currently works at McLean Hospital as a clinical educator. Now, she’s organizing a seminar for a nonprofit organization she and her younger sister, Jamie, created called The Bea(you)tiful Project, featuring empowering speakers.

Second annual Kane Charity Classic raises $51,000

August 16th, 2016

State Rep. Hannah Kane (center) presents a contribution of $17,000 each to representatives of three nonprofit organizations: (l to r) Elaine LeBlanc, St. Anne’s Human Services director; Wendy Mickel, Westborough Food Pantry treasurer; Tom Kennedy, Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services board member; and JoAnn Keegan, St. Anne’s Human Services food bank manager.

Shrewsbury/Westborough – Held Aug. 15 at the Haven Country Club in Boylston, the second annual Hannah Kane Charity Classic golf tournament raised $51,000. The full day of activities began with a continental breakfast and concluded with a 19th-Hole Reception sponsored by Central One Federal Credit Union. There, state Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, announced that the First-Place Gross Team Award was earned by a foursome of Central One staff members.

United Way of Tri-County Tools for School backpack drive under way

August 8th, 2016


Region – Close to 700 families with school-age children in the Metrowest/I-495 area will receive backpacks filled with school supplies through the United Way of Tri-County’s Tools for School program.

For 22 years, the United Way of Tri-County has been bringing together local businesses, faith organizations, and individuals to hold supply drives and sponsor children with a backpack and school supplies for their first day back to school.

Loyal supporters outshine rainy start of motorcycle ride

August 8th, 2016

Motorcyclists begin the seventh annual Shawna Jean Larassa Memorial Motorcycle Ride during a sudden downpour.

Marlborough – Nearly 300 motorcyclists and passengers endured sudden downpours Aug. 6 as they started the seventh annual Shawna Jean Larassa (SJL) Memorial Motorcycle Ride. The 50-plus mile ride through 10 communities began and ended at the Marlborough Moose Family Center 1129. There, others joined them for a day of family fun with new attractions.

Second 5K walk to remember Maureen Chiasson Young

August 5th, 2016

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Hudson – It has been an emotional and yet productive two years for family, friends and business colleagues of Maureen Chiasson Young of Hudson, who passed away unexpectedly in June 2014 at age 49. She’s remembered by many as a Marlborough-based real estate broker with a knack for networking and a passion for community service.

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