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SpencerBANK supports StandUp For Kids Worcester

August 11th, 2015

Donna Katsoudas, executive director of StandUp for Kids (l) and Nada Kanaan, Worcester branch manager and board member of StandUp for Kids

Spencer – SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to the Worcester chapter of StandUp for Kids, an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness. “StandUp for Kids plays an important role in our community. We are pleased to assist this organization and help increase awareness of their mission to improve the lives of children,” said K. […]

Cliff Walk for ALS

August 9th, 2015

Region – On Sunday, Sept. 13, the ALS Family Charitable Foundation will present their 19th annual “Cliff Walk” for ALS fundraiser, sponsored by Superior Rail & Iron Works. Supporters are invited to spend the day on the beautiful Cape Cod Canal, at the Buzzards Bay Recreation Area on Main Street, for a full day of […]

Veterans to hold ‘Forget-Me-Not’ fundraiser

July 13th, 2015

(l to r) Mayor Arthur Vigeant, poses for a photo with Ward 2 City Councilor Robert Page and Ron Dalbec, both who are members of the Disabled American Veterans, local chapter 82 of Marlborough 

Marlborough – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), local chapter 82 of Marlborough, will be outside of local stores in the city throughout the next few weeks collecting donations for local veterans in need as part of its annual “Forget-Me-Not” fundraiser.

The first national drive was held in 1926, as a way to raise funds for services and assistance for veterans of WWI.

Foundation for MetroWest launches $55,000 summer hunger challenge

July 7th, 2015

Region – School is out for the summer, which for many kids means sunny days snacking on watermelon, making s’mores at summer camp and trips out for ice cream. But for nearly 20,000 MetroWest school children it means no longer having access to vital in-school food programs such as free and reduced lunch. Throughout the MetroWest region, the reality is that many children, as well as elders, individuals with disabilities and those in emergency situations will struggle this summer and in the coming year finding enough to eat.

Northborough 4-H Small Pet Club donates to town’s food pantry

July 6th, 2015

(top, l to r) Victoria Witkowski, Danielle McCurley, and Brooke Macjewski  
(bottom, l to r) Nolan McCurley and Wesley Gray

Northborough – The Northborough 4-H Small Pet Club recently collected over 100 pounds of food during a Food Drive that was held to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry.

Volunteers honored at Northborough Senior Center

July 1st, 2015

Volunteers Eileen Moynihan (left) and Kelly Harrison (right) pose for a photo with Adrienne Cost, the chair of the Northborough Council on Aging. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – As any community group would tell you, volunteers are the heart, backbone and spirit of their organization. And according to Kelly Burke, that is certainly the case at the Northborough Senior Center.

Marlborough moms create support group for opium addiction

June 30th, 2015

M support group opiates-rs

Marlborough – In an effort to save lives through awareness and education, Marlborough moms Maureen Begg and Carol Pickford have begun an informal support group for those who are suffering from opiate addiction. The group, which is also for loved ones, first began meeting at Begg’s home in April. Recently is has relocated to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3565, 56 Florence St., Marlborough. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.

Northborough area on the road to caring for military troops

June 15th, 2015

Welcoming race participants are BC4T founders (l to r) Michelle Gillespie, Karen Brewster, Leslie Arsenault and Beth Davison.

Northborough – This year began with an idea discussed among Northborough residents Leslie Arsenault, Karen Brewster, Beth Davison and Michelle Gillespie. It was just a few months after Leslie Arsenault lost her son U.S. Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, a Bronze Star recipient who was killed in action last September in Afghanistan. While their personal connections with the military vary, they all share an interest in remembering service men and women. They founded Boros Cares 4 Troops (BC4T) with the mission of sending care packages to deployed service members.

Northborough woman ‘shines the light’ for girls in Kenyan villages

June 4th, 2015

Lizzie Maina (fourth from left) and the volunteers from St. Rose of Lima Parish

Northborough – Shine the Light Kenya is a nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by Lizzie Maina to help educate children in rural schools and ensure that they have the necessary tools to succeed.

Having relocated from Africa to the United States in 1995, Maina immersed herself into the community and her passion for helping others. Her grandfather started a school in Kenya and she has committed herself to continuing to help those in the surrounding communities. She currently works as a senior caregiver in Worcester and enjoys spending time with the elderly.

Moms turn grief into recovery through local support group

May 12th, 2015

Cheryl Juaire (left) and Kathy Leonard with photos of their sons.
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Marlborough – A pair of mothers who lost their sons to drug overdose are using their tragedy to help others.

Kathy Leonard lost her 27-year-old son Jonathan Testa in December and Cheryl Juaire lost her son Corey Merrill, 23, in 2011 – both to heroin overdose.

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