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November 29th, 2013
Westborough – Maria Bolf had never experienced homelessness. She said she worked all of her life, up until she underwent surgery and was unable to keep her job. Money got tight, and before long she said her family found itself choosing between paying bills and buying food.
For the last two weeks, Bolf, her husband, and three of her children have been living in a hotel room in Shrewsbury, which is a long way from their former home in Fall River. They were placed there by the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.
November 26th, 2013
Shrewsbury – When Latasha Hughes heard last December that heartless thieves had stolen thousands of gifts that were donated to the St. Anne’s Church Giving Tree program, she, like so many others, was saddened.
“I drive by there all the time so I was floored when I heard the news,” Hughes, the admissions coordinator at Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (SNRC) recalled. “I just thought of all the shattered dreams – not just for the kids but also the St. Anne’s volunteers, who worked so hard. I knew they must be devastated.”
November 19th, 2013
Southborough – For Stephen Coldwell, 74, receiving a brain tumor diagnosis in July has done little to slow him down. Recently, the Pilgrim Church bell ringer, avid (vegetable) gardener and Southborough Food Pantry volunteer has been spotted moving split logs in his yard (to fuel his wood stove) and helping at the pantry’s “Scouting for Food” event Nov. 2.
Coldwell grew up in Framingham. In 1964, while he was attending the University of Rhode Island, his father purchased 35 acres of land adjacent to the Sudbury Reservoir between Middle Road and Parkerville Road in Southborough. Six family homes have since been built on the land, sharing a mailbox and a common drive.
November 18th, 2013
Hudson – For the past 11 years Carol Pinner has woken up at 4:30 a.m. to get ready for her job as a special needs minibus driver for both the Mulready Elementary School and Hudson High School. But on Oct. 3, as Pinner stood in her kitchen, she started suffering from severe stomach pain and then realized when her water broke that she was in labor. An ambulance was called at 4:45 a.m. and 16 minutes later Pinner gave birth to a healthy 7 pound, 14 ounce baby boy on the side of Route 290. Up until that morning, Pinner never knew she was pregnant.
November 18th, 2013
Marlborough – The Recovery Connection of Spectrum Health Systems is presenting a complimentary screening of “The Anonymous People” Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Marlborough High School, 431 Bolton St. The feature documentary film is about the over 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement that many hope will transform how [...]
November 13th, 2013
Shrewsbury – Liam Davidson has had a busy fall, handling a demanding workload as a sophomore at St. John’s High School as well as participating in crew. But there was also one other major project that the 16-year-old had on his agenda over the past few months – taking a leadership role in helping to organize a major community event – the third annual Turkey Trot.
Liam’s reason for helping with the event, which is a two- or five-mile walk, is a very personal one. The trot, to be held in Shrewsbury on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, is in honor of his late grandfather, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Francis P. O’Connor, who died in 2007 of Alzheimer’s disease.
November 12th, 2013
Marlborough – When David and Melynda Veron, owners of The Veron Company landscaping business, took their son, Cooper, 6, to Marlborough’s Allora Ristorante for dinner early this fall, the kindergartener had a bright idea.
October 29th, 2013
Region – The Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Doubletree Hotel, HYPE9 (young professionals group of Corridor Nine), member businesses, and local schools are joining forces again to collect food for those in need. In the true spirit of a community partnership, they are hoping to engage all businesses and residents to help fight local hunger. As such, they are asking businesses and schools to set up collection bins at their locations and to encourage employees, staff members, and parents/school children to make donations.
October 29th, 2013
Shrewsbury – For Sabina Terrades, 47, life has been an extraordinary journey. Terrades was born and raised in France in a home where religion was thought of as a “one of the best man-made scams.”
“We celebrated Christmas and Easter as fun holidays, but without any real connection to what these holidays actually meant. We did not have a Bible in the house and we did not go to church except to attend weddings, baptisms and funerals.”
As a child, Terrades suffered child abuse in what she calls a very dysfunctional environment. Still, she was able to focus her attention on her studies and pursue a successful career.
In 1988 Terrades received a law degree from Nanterre University in Paris and, in 1992, earned her MBA at Ecole Superieure de Commerce, also in Paris. She moved to the United States in 1994 and, in 1995, married New Yorker Carl Bongiovi. The couple moved to Shrewsbury in 2000.
October 16th, 2013
Shrewsbury – Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is not easy bidding, but Beth and Peter Hook have come to love growing fresh vegetables year round, and the fulfillment of providing them to appreciative community members.