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Southborough Community Fund awards $30,000 in grants

January 23rd, 2015

Gathered at the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) grant presentation are (l to r), Judy Salerno, executive director of the Foundation for MetroWest, with SCF board members Robin Martin, Betsy Crowley, Tom Crotty, Cathy Kea, Mary McGuinness and Michael Spataro. Not pictured is SCF board member Noreen Reilly Harrington.


Southborough – Founded in 2014, the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) awarded 10 grants totaling $30,000 in its first year. SCF is one of three town funds formed within the Foundation for MetroWest (FMW), of which Judy Salerno serves as executive director.

“One of the things the foundation does is assemble a group of people in their community to work on building local resources,” she explained. “We serve 33 cities and towns. We recognize that not everyone identifies with all of MetroWest; they do identify with their individual town, such as Southborough.”

Hudson marathoner raising funds for disadvantaged youth

January 9th, 2015

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Hudson – Dan Milton of Hudson links some of his favorite memories with his first running experiences. Only a few days after participating in his 19th consecutive Boston Marathon on Monday April 20, he’ll run Sunday, April 26, in his first London Marathon to fundraise for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (LSGF).

Gymnastics Learning Center gives to those in need

January 5th, 2015


Shrewsbury – The Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) and God’s Little Children Preschool in Shrewsbury are dedicated to giving back to those in need. During the months of November and December, GLC families celebrated the season of giving by “Paying It Forward.” Starting in November, boxes filled with goodies were collected for Operation Christmas Child, a […]

Shrewsbury nonprofit gives ‘forgotten’ an opportunity to shine

December 24th, 2014

Participants in the New England Dream Center enjoy a campfire sing-a-long.

By Christine Galeone, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Creative outlets give people a chance to express themselves while bonding with their peers. But due to mobility issues, age, mental illness or economic instability, many don’t have access to them. That’s what New England Dream Center (NEDC) strives to change. Its new Shrewsbury facility in Liberty Church […]

Children bank on quality time with Hudson mentors

December 15th, 2014

Paige, 11, and Margaret Melo Sullivan participate together in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.


Hudson – Soon after becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Mass/Metrowest, Margaret Melo Sullivan of Hudson, CFO at Avidia Bank, began developing memories with her Little, Paige, who was then age 10.

Among their common interests are singing, dancing and playing outdoors. They were introduced about a year ago at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley in Maynard.

Sheriff’s office distributes over 3,000 winter coats

December 6th, 2014

Alyssa Thibeault, Ellen Savickas and Andrew Abdella from the sheriff’s office; St. Anne’s volunteers Evelyn Jenkins and Elaine LeBlanc; Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis; and Joe Capone, executive director of the Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association 
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis delivered more than 3,000 winter coats to 11 community organizations throughout the county Dec. 3 and 5, as part of the fourth annual Winter Coat Drive. The last stop was at St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury.

Ringing the bell to help those in need

December 6th, 2014

Dru Lindgren, the Marlborough Friends of Families in Transition coordinator and State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, work a shift outside the Price Chopper store in Marlborough. 
Photo/courtesy Barbara Clifford

Marlborough – Volunteers from across all spectrums have stepped up to man shifts ringing the Salvation Army (TSA) bell this season as a way to benefit locally based Friends of Families in Transition (FFIT). TSA is “paying” the organization an hourly rate for every bell ringing shift that is covered by a volunteer.

After slow start, Shrewsbury organization hopes for donations for toys for kids in need

December 5th, 2014

(l to r): Ali Manzello, Michaella Petrucci, Colin Buckley, and Max Kotsopoulos hold some of the presents donated to the 10th annual charity toy drive for children hosted by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) and the Worcester County Department for Children and Families. 

Shrewsbury – The 10th annual charity toy drive for children hosted by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) and the Worcester County Department for Children and Families (DCF) has unfortunately gotten off to a slow start this year. Toy collection boxes have remained nearly empty. But a kind-hearted Shrewsbury family is hoping that their recent large donation of toys will help to inspire others to “pay it forward.”

Annual Sweats for Vets drive under way

December 4th, 2014

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Region – Sweats for Vets is in its fourth year of providing clothing to homeless veterans in Massachusetts. In 2013, they donated 370 Boston team sweatshirts that were passed out at the Veterans, Inc., homeless shelter in Worcester and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston.

The initiative was started by Mark Vital, a veteran and a sixth-grade teacher at Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) in Marborough, as a way to provide sports-related sweatshirts to homeless veterans at Christmastime.

Marlborough Savings Bank engages in friendly competition to benefit local youngsters

December 2nd, 2014

Marlborough Savings Bank and Boys & Girls Club members pose for a photo after a game of basketball.

Marlborough – Marlborough Savings Bank (MSB) employees and members of the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest in Marlborough recently engaged in a friendly game of basketball for the first time. The event was proposed by Christopher DiBenedetto, MSB vice president/risk officer.

“I noticed that this type of event has been popular at other institutions, and thought it would be an excellent fit for our employees,” DiBenedetto said. “This is just another example of how MSB is intertwined in the community.”

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