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In Your Shoes to host ‘Casino Night’ fundraiser

February 28th, 2014

Westborough – Since 2008, In Your Shoes (IYS) has been helping Westborough residents in need. The nonprofit organization provides emergency funds to any person who resides or works in Westborough. “Grants can range from $25-$50, up to $500 based on need,” IYS Vice President Marjet Schoen said. “We help single moms, those who are out [...]

Avidia Charitable Foundation donates to The Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA

February 27th, 2014

(l to r): Jimmie Ames, assistant vice president and market manager, Avidia Bank; Millard B. Berryman, president and CEO for DA-MAR Biological, Inc.; Mary Taber, spiritual director,  L.C.S.W., Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA; Cam Sowa, president and chair of the board of directors of Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA; and Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank.
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Westborough – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,500 to Pastoral Counseling Centers of MA (PCC) to support counseling costs. PCC offers a specialized type of counseling that combines behavioral sciences and religion. The staff members are all licensed therapists who have studied psychology, marriage and family, and pastoral counseling. For more information on the [...]

Shrewsbury Fire Department helps kids living in hotel learn about fire safety

February 27th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Fire Department recently presented its Student Awareness and Fire Education, or S.A.F.E., program to displaced families that are now residing at the Days Inn. The program gave Captain Sean T. Lawlor and other fire department personnel a chance to speak with the tenants about fire safety in the confines of the hotel.

Lawlor began the program for the adults by talking about emergency exit plans. He encouraged them to make sure they know what to do if a fire were to occur and suggested that they practice an exit plan with their children in a calm manner so they will know how to react.

Making blankets for victims of Boston bombings

February 26th, 2014

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Marlborough – While sitting by the fireplace in the central living room at Christopher Heights or in the privacy of their own apartments, residents of the assisted living community are helping to ease the pain of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings by knitting and crocheting “Blankies for Boston.”

“It is their way of providing warmth to first responders, victims and their families,” said Patty Blodgett, activities director.

Fishing derby for Northborough resident with ALS brings communities together

February 21st, 2014

Matt Bruce with his family, (l to r), Jim, Natalie, AJ, and Lauren

To the Editor: I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to everyone that contributed to the great success of the first annual Matt Bruce Ice Fishing Derby held Feb. 15 at Lake Chauncy in Westborough. This event was nothing short of spectacular and it was an uplifting experience for everyone that participated. Even [...]

Westborough family to host MS fundraiser

February 5th, 2014

(l to r): Sharrie (Grady), Marguerite (Kerr), Mary (Cullen), Paul, Jean, John and Tom (seated) Smith.
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Westborough – Tom Smith grew up in Westborough with his brothers Paul and John and his sisters Mary (Cullen), Marguerite (Kerr), Sharrie (Grady) and Jean. He graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, taught at the US Naval Academy (retiring as a commander) and then retired as the director of information technologies at the Mass Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Tom was diagnosed with primary progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2006, a battle he lost in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his daughters Heather, Heidi and Meagan, their spouses and his granddaughters.

Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation donates grant to Horace Mann Education Associates, Inc.

February 4th, 2014

(l to r) John Nason, Horace Mann Education Associates, Inc. (HMEA) parent; Karen Flynn, HMEA vice president, residential services; Ellen Dorian, Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation; Jocelyn Toussaint, HMEA program manager; Jon Lovewell, HMEA resident; Steven and Cynthia Lovewell, Jon’s parents;  Doug MacPherson, HMEA vice president, development and public relations; and Candace Slobogan, HMEA residential coordinator 
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Marlborough – The Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation has awarded the Horace Mann Education Associates, Inc. (HMEA) a $4,870 grant to improve the quality of life for residents of a group home for autistic adults in Northborough. “Helping individuals live full and respected lives right in our own community is a great way for us to [...]

‘The Best Prom You Never Had’ to benefit local girls

January 25th, 2014

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Marlborough – If you are looking for a fun night out and want to relive some of those special times from the ‘80s, then you should consider attending the “The Best Prom You Never Had.” The event, sponsored by the Marlborough Junior Woman’s Club (MJWC), will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St. (behind City Hall).

Fundraising with ‘A Heart for Art’ at Sherwood School

January 25th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Kristen Ward was happy to begin working as a secretary at Sherwood Middle School (SMS) in September 2011 because the hours fit perfectly around her sons’ sports schedules. Two weeks later, her husband, Art, suffered a stroke. Now, Kristen is grateful for her co-workers as an important part of her family’s support system.

On Friday, February 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., SMS will host “A Heart for Art” to raise funds for a hydrotherapy pool for Art. Several months of aquatic therapy showed hopeful progress toward his goal of walking again. However, the facility with the pool has closed and their insurance no longer covers aquatic therapy.

Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services explores new challenges

January 21st, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Soon after starting as executive director of Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS) last June, Terry Cassidy met with community leaders and heard the same comment repeatedly.

“I kept hearing how surprised they were that so many people don’t know what SYFS does,” she said.

She learned that residents are familiar with their modest building and its “SYFS” sign at 240 Maple Avenue, but unaware it’s the hub of activity beyond that address.

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