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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

Julia Dougherty and Bernadette LaFollette 

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).   
Photo/Bonnie Adams

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. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

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.

Westborough starts its own Repair Café

March 7th, 2016

Westborough – The Westborough Public Library and the Rotary Club of Westborough are organizing the first Repair Café at the Westborough Library, 55 W. Main St., Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Knowledgeable volunteer repair experts will be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge, except for needed parts. Small appliances, vacuum cleaners, lamps, computers, clothes, bikes, toys, outdoor power equipment, and anything that is broken is welcome and can most likely be repaired. Knives, scissors, and garden tools can also be sharpened.

Friends of Marlborough Seniors to hold No-Show Gala fundraiser

March 7th, 2016

Marlborough – The Friends of Marlborough Seniors is hosting a fundraising event during the month of March. The 2016 No Show Gala, commemorating the one year anniversary of the ribbon cutting for the new Senior Center, allows people to support the Friends without having to attend an event.

Firefighter to host hockey fundraiser for foundation

March 1st, 2016

Mike Matros wears a shirt supporting the Last Call Foundation.

Region – Mike Matros is a Marlborough resident, member of the Sudbury Fire Department and an avid hockey player. He is also a runner who this year will be participating in the Boston Marathon to raise funds for a cause close to his heart – the Last Call Foundation which supports firefighter safety.

Evening of Giving raises $38,000 for Roland’s House

February 22nd, 2016

(l to r) Ivette Mesmar, food chairman; Bob Kays, Evening of Giving chair;  Susan Gentili, director of the Continuum of Care and Services for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council; and Matthew Simoneau, Evening of Giving treasurer

The continuing support of businesses and residents in the community contributed once again to the success of the annual Evening of Giving held in early December at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel. Committee members of the event that raises funds for Roland’s House, the Marlborough-Hudson Homeless Shelter, gathered at the Wayside Inn Feb. 13 to finalize results. Chair Bob Kays presented a check for $38,000 to Susan Gentili, director of the Continuum of Care and Services for the South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), supervisors of the Mechanic Street, Marlborough, operation.

Students’ Valentine’s Day service project more than a competition

February 17th, 2016

Northborough Destination Imagination Eighth Grade Team Catherine Hayden, Mary
Youssef and Lily Mikolajczak

Northborough – Take three enthusiastic eighth-grade students with the idea of a community service project and the result is a successful project that brought awareness to homelessness in
Northborough and a smile for recipients on Valentine’s Day.

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