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Gengel shares story of ‘Be Like Brit’ with Corridor Nine’s BFF group

February 14th, 2016

( l to r): Karen Chapman, Corridor Nine president; Cindy Libbey, Corridor Nine; Pam Stevens, Seder & Chandler LLP; Cherylann Gengel, Be Like Brit; Bette O’Reilly, Commerce Bank and Corridor Nine chair, board of directors; and Mary Trenouth, Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital, presenting sponsor of BFF
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Region – On Jan 12, 2010, the Caribbean country of Haiti was rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Nearly 200,000 lost their lives on that tragic date, including a young Rutland woman, Britney Gengel, who was participating in a service mission through her college.

Second Saturday Divorce Workshop launching in Central Massachusetts

February 2nd, 2016

Second Saturday Central Mass panel: Jacqueline McLean Zekos, divorce counselor; Pedro Silva, financial planner; and Polly Tatum, divorce attorney/mediator. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – A monthly divorce workshop, Second Saturdays Central Mass, will hold its first meeting Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corridor 9 Chamber of Commerce, 30 Lyman St., #6, in Westborough. It is geared to woman of all ages and backgrounds who are contemplating or going through divorce.

Play Bunco and help support In Your Shoes

January 27th, 2016

W In your shoes logo

Westborough – The nonprofit organization In Your Shoes will hold a Bunco Night Friday, Feb. 5, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 17 Willow St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Bunco begins 8 p.m. Bunco is a game of chance, no skill required and easy to learn. Prizes will be awarded. Tickets for the event are $25. A cash bar is available.

‘Skating for Hope’ donations to help cancer patients and families

January 23rd, 2016

(l to r) Paul McGrath, Cam Neely, president, Boston Bruins, and Dave McGrath

Region – Dave McGrath, who with his family and friends, organizes an annual fundraising event each fall, “Skating for Hope,” recently made three significant donations to help individuals with cancer and their families. McGrath is a 23-year cancer survivor who now serves as the night manager for Hope Lodge, a facility in Worcester that offers […]

Westborough Rotary’s Free Holiday Shop helps more than 90 families

January 21st, 2016

The Free Holiday Shop was a huge success thanks to the generosity of local businesses, schools and donated items from members of the community. 

Photo/submitted

Westborough – For well over a decade, the Westborough Rotary Club and Westborough Youth and Family Services have partnered to hold their annual Free Holiday Store where parents and guardians can select presents for their children who might otherwise receive none.

“This year, there were 91 families that came through with 186 children benefiting this year. Just knowing that we are truly able to make a difference in so many people’s lives is quite rewarding,” said Julia O’Neil-Welch, WYFS administrative assistant.

Seniors and students join forces to ‘Warm Up America’

January 20th, 2016

Seniors and students have joined together in Grafton to make afghans to warm up their community.
Photo/Joyce DeWallace

Grafton – How do you encourage a new generation to learn a very old craft? According to Diane Racicot, the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Grafton High School, you have students work with members of the local Senior Center.

“I saw it [the Warm Up America program] on the Internet and thought it would be great for the Creative Crafts Class and the Family and Community Leader Club,” Racicot explained.

Men share 50-year legacy of ‘brotherhood’

January 11th, 2016

Dr. H. Martin Deranian and Cameron Fersch 
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Shrewsbury – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s premiere donor and volunteer-supported youth mentoring organization, celebrates National Mentoring Month during the month of January. In collaboration with that initiative, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc. is delighted to share this story of a very special match.

Get In Shape for Women helps families in need

January 4th, 2016

Chaffee with personal trainer Christine Dibuono, and staff of Immaculate Conception Parish

Marlborough/Northborough – Three Marlborough families in need recently had a very merry Christmas thanks to the generosity of members of Get In Shape for Women of Northborough.

Kathy Griffin-Ireland, parish secretary at Immaculate Conception Parish in Marlborough, reached out to Jody Chaffee, owner of Get in Shape for Women, with a donation proposal to help families most in need within the community during the holiday season.

Hudson AMVETS deliver over 900 holiday dinners

December 28th, 2015

Heather MacDonald moves along the assembly line.

Hudson – The Hudson AMVEST Post 208 made special deliveries Christmas Day, Dec. 25, culminating its 26th season of Home Alone for the Holidays.

Community effort results in a successful holiday toy drive in Shrewsbury

December 24th, 2015

Volunteers set up the toy fair. (l to r) Lisa Raabe, Joanne Tyndall, Michael Gregory, Kim Long, Jason Palitsch, Ali Manzello and Christine Mowry

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS) announced that due to the efforts of many volunteers, donors, businesses and the Shrewsbury Knights of Columbus, several disadvantaged children will have gifts to unwrap for the holidays. In Shrewsbury, 78 children were served through this drive and will have toys, books and warm clothes to unwrap. Additionally, 34 families received grocery gift cards to help with the costs of a holiday meal. The remaining gifts were sent to the Department of Children and Families to help bring holiday joy to children in foster care.

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