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Making blankets for victims of Boston bombings

February 26th, 2014


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.

Fishing derby for Northborough resident with ALS brings communities together

February 21st, 2014

Matt Bruce with his family, (l to r), Jim, Natalie, AJ, and Lauren

To the Editor: I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to everyone that contributed to the great success of the first annual Matt Bruce Ice Fishing Derby held Feb. 15 at Lake Chauncy in Westborough. This event was nothing short of spectacular and it was an uplifting experience for everyone that participated. Even [...]

Westborough family to host MS fundraiser

February 5th, 2014

(l to r): Sharrie (Grady), Marguerite (Kerr), Mary (Cullen), Paul, Jean, John and Tom (seated) Smith.

Westborough – Tom Smith grew up in Westborough with his brothers Paul and John and his sisters Mary (Cullen), Marguerite (Kerr), Sharrie (Grady) and Jean. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, taught at the US Naval Academy (retiring as a commander) and then retired as the director of information technologies at the Mass Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Tom was diagnosed with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2006, a battle he lost in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his daughters Heather, Heidi and Meagan, their spouses and his granddaughters.

Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation donates grant to Horace Mann Education Associates, Inc.

February 4th, 2014

(l to r) John Nason, Horace Mann Education Associates, Inc. (HMEA) parent; Karen Flynn, HMEA vice president, residential services; Ellen Dorian, Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation; Jocelyn Toussaint, HMEA program manager; Jon Lovewell, HMEA resident; Steven and Cynthia Lovewell, Jon’s parents;  Doug MacPherson, HMEA vice president, development and public relations; and Candace Slobogan, HMEA residential coordinator 

Marlborough – The Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation has awarded the Horace Mann Education Associates, Inc. (HMEA) a $4,870 grant to improve the quality of life for residents of a group home for autistic adults in Northborough. “Helping individuals live full and respected lives right in our own community is a great way for us to [...]

‘The Best Prom You Never Had’ to benefit local girls

January 25th, 2014


Marlborough – If you are looking for a fun night out and want to relive some of those special times from the ‘80s, then you should consider attending the “The Best Prom You Never Had.” The event, sponsored by the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club (MJWC), will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St. (behind City Hall).

Fundraising with ‘A Heart for Art’ at Sherwood School

January 25th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Kristen Ward was happy to begin working as a secretary at Sherwood Middle School (SMS) in September 2011 because the hours fit perfectly around her sons’ sports schedules. Two weeks later, her husband, Art, suffered a stroke. Now, Kristen is grateful for her co-workers as an important part of her family’s support system.

On Friday, February 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., SMS will host “A Heart for Art” to raise funds for a hydrotherapy pool for Art. Several months of aquatic therapy showed hopeful progress toward his goal of walking again. However, the facility with the pool has closed and their insurance no longer covers aquatic therapy.

Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services explores new challenges

January 21st, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Soon after starting as executive director of Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS) last June, Terry Cassidy met with community leaders and heard the same comment repeatedly.

“I kept hearing how surprised they were that so many people don’t know what SYFS does,” she said.

She learned that residents are familiar with their modest building and its “SYFS” sign at 240 Maple Avenue, but unaware it’s the hub of activity beyond that address.

Ice fishing benefit to be held for Northborough resident battling ALS

January 20th, 2014

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Northborough – Although he is only 26 years old, Northborough resident Matt Bruce is facing the challenge of a lifetime – a diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In spite of that, his friends note that he has a “never give up” attitude.

Longtime Shrewsbury friends rally to ‘Bring Kim Home’

January 15th, 2014

The Hally family. (l to r, back) Jack, Bridgette, John, and Tim with Kim (front) 

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Twenty years ago, a friendship was formed among three families from Shrewsbury. The Hallys Clearys and Magners family shared endless playdates when their children were younger. Kim Hally, Kate Cleary, and Pat Magner have also shared a sisterly bond and, although they all do not remain in the [...]

Food Pantry collection box now at Westborough Youth and Family Services

January 8th, 2014

Westborough – There is now a collection box for the Westborough Food Pantry just outside the Youth and Family Services Office (room 21), second floor of the Forbes Municipal Building, 45 West Main St. (above the police station). For more information, call 508-366-3090, email yfs@town.westborough.ma.us, or visit www.town.westborough.ma.us/YFS.  

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