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Wayside cyclists raise over $26K, pedaling to end cancer

March 29th, 2016

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Marlborough – Stationary bicyclists once again exceeded their goal with the 12th annual Pedal to End Cancer (formerly known as Spin for Hope), a three-hour event held March 6 at Wayside Athletic Club. With additional donations expected, 32 cyclists raised over $26,000 for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Throughout 12 years, the club, formerly known as Wayside Racquet & Swim Club, has collected over $212,000 through its fundraisers.

Kids’ clothing swap to be held at St. Anne’s

March 27th, 2016

Shrewsbury – Thanks to the hard work of Violetta Sobiech and her committee, families will be able to swap their children’s clothes at a free clothing exchange on Saturday, April 2 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Father Smith Center of St. Anne’s Church, 130 Boston Turnpike.

Central One donates to Shrewsbury library’s PJ drive

March 19th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Public Library recently held a Pajamas Donation Initiative to support the 9th Annual Boston Bruins/Cradles to Crayons PJ Drive, benefiting homeless or needy children across the state.

Northborough pediatric nurse to run Boston Marathon

March 18th, 2016

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Northborough – Emily Hughes is a 2008 graduate from Algonquin Regional High School and a nurse at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) in its Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Department. On April 18, Hughes will be running the Boston Marathon with team Eye and Ear and, specifically, Team Operation Airway.

Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy offered for military families

March 16th, 2016

Region – Researchers at UMASS Medical School are developing an innovative program for service members and veterans with alcohol related concerns. The program is called Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy for Military Families. Based on a similar program developed over the past 35 years called Alcohol Behavioral Couple Therapy (ABCT), the program is now being adapted for military personnel who are facing unique challenges at home after deployment; challenges that are often include alcohol, feeling down, pain, trauma, isolation, and anger that can get in the way of creating a “new normal” for service members and their families. The principal investigators of the project are Elizabeth E. Epstein, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and director, UMass National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and David Smelson, Psy.D., professor of psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School and research psychologist at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Mass.

5K race planned to remember Melican Middle School teacher

March 15th, 2016

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Northborough – Lisa (Gentilotti) Kaplan, a 12-year veteran Spanish teacher at Robert E. Melican Middle School and lifelong resident of the area, passed away Nov. 23, after a six-week battle with a rare and aggressive type of mesothelioma. She was a graduate of Westborough High School and Assumption College, and had lived in Grafton. A 5K race is being planned for Saturday, May 14, to celebrate her memory.

Raising funds and awareness for Congenital Heart Walk

March 15th, 2016

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Region – Personal reasons compel Dolores Edgren of Southborough to support the Adult Congenital Heart Association and Children’s Heart Foundation, which are the benefiting charities of the Congenial Heart Walk – Boston. Her daughter, Kim Edgren now of North Grafton, is a congenital heart defect (CHD) survivor and chair of the walk since its inception in 2012.

Marlborough High Student honors friend’s memory with toy drive

March 11th, 2016

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Marlborough – This spring, Bernadette LaFollette should have been excited about graduating soon from Marlborough High School and looking forward to the next stage of life.

But sadly, the young woman who many called “friend” will not get that chance. Bernadette passed away in 2013 after a lifetime of illness due to a heart defect she had since birth.

PENTA hosts International Women’s Day event in support of Women Build 2016

March 10th, 2016

Local female business leaders pose for a photo with Bonnie Biocchi, director of development of the Habitat for Humanity – Metrowest Greater Worcester. Inc.  (third from left) and Deborah Penta, CEO of PENTA Communications, Inc.,  (fourth from left).   
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Westborough – Female business leaders from the region gathered at PENTA Communications, Inc. March 8 to commemorate International Women’s Day. The morning’s keynote speaker was Bonnie Biocchi, director of development of the Habitat for Humanity – Metrowest Greater Worcester. Inc. (HFH MWGW) who spoke on the initiative, Women Build 2016.

Shrewsbury Stop & Shop donate to St. Anne’s food pantry

March 8th, 2016

(front) Elaine LeBlanc, St. Anne’s Human Services director, and Jo Ann Keegan, food pantry manager, accept a check from employees of the Shrewsbury Stop & Shop. 
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Shrewsbury –The Shrewsbury Stop & Shop, located at 539 Boston Turnpike, presented a donation of $4,116 to the St. Anne’s Human Services food pantry March 1.

Elaine LeBlanc, the organization’s director, and Jo Ann Keegan, the food pantry manager, accepted the check from management and employees of the store.

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