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Wellspring United Methodist Church to hold ‘Worship In Pink’ hope and healing service

October 4th, 2013


Shrewsbury – Wellspring United Methodist Church will be holding a “Worship In Pink” hope and healing service Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main St. A free soup and bread meal will be served at 6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with the service then starting at 7 p.m. in Lawrence Hall.

A few years ago, the Susan G. Komen organization launched a “Worship in Pink” program to invite everyone to join in the fight to end breast cancer. “Worship in Pink” is a grassroots effort with local synagogues, churches, and mosques nationwide to educate their respective members on breast health and breast cancer.

Organization provides comfort one blanket at a time

October 1st, 2013

– Brady, 4, of Webster uses his Binkeez to keep warm during treatments for neuroblastoma.

Region – A former law firm administrator who grew up in Shrewsbury has not only changed her career, but is also changing the lives of many.

In June 2012, Susan Posterro, now a resident of Grafton, left the professional life she had known for 20 years to follow her passion for helping others.

Now she is founder and executive director of Binkeez for Comfort, a nonprofit organization that provides blankets nationwide to recipients of all ages in hospitals, nursing homes or hospice at no cost to them.

Shrewsbury Lions join global crusade to conquer blindness

September 25th, 2013

Shrewsbury – To combat the leading causes of blindness and assist in preserving vision, the Shrewsbury Lions Club is participating in the annual Lions World Sight Day Thursday, Oct. 10, to heighten awareness and education about sight preservation and preventable blindness. The Lions Club will be collecting used eyeglasses at the Shrewsbury Public Library on [...]

‘The Therapy Trio’ shares a special kind of comfort

September 6th, 2013

Tania, holding Lynsey Lu and Mackenzie Connor, and Bob Pano, with Cassie
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Westborough – It has been well documented the effects of therapy dogs on those needing comfort, whether they be children, elders, or victims of trauma. But as Westborough residents Tania and Bob Pano will tell you, although not as well known, cats can perform this type of work as well.

Once a week, the couple, along with Cassie, their 8-year-old Golden Retriever, and Lynsey Lu and MacKenzie Connor, two Scottish Fold cats, visit with elders who live in senior communities in Westborough and Worcester. The “Therapy Trio,” as the pets are known, also helped to provide comfort to those gathered near the finish of the Boston Marathon for eight straight weekends after the April 15 bombings.

Westborough boys holding kids’ footwear drive

September 5th, 2013

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Westborough – Although they are still young, Westborough High School students Kyle Vaccaro, 16, and Johnny Kelley, 14, know the cost of participating in youth sports can be prohibitive. That is why the two boys are now holding a used kids’ footwear drive to help assist local families.

Veterans Inc. festival to aid food pantry

September 4th, 2013

Shrewsbury – U2 Tribute band Joshua Tree will headline Veterans Inc.’s annual Freedom Song Festival Sunday, Sept. 8, from noon to 6 p.m., at Independence Hall, 59 South St. The event will raise much needed funds for the Veterans Inc. food services program, serving homeless veterans in Worcester and Shrewsbury and providing food boxes to [...]

‘Sewing for Hope’ founder to visit Westborough

September 2nd, 2013

Barbara Stone (l) and Judy Hall (r ) hold two of the dresses made last year for the project “Sewing for Hope.” 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Westborough – The founder of an international program to help children in Tanzania will visit local volunteers and speak about her life’s work Monday, Sept. 16, at the United Methodist Church, 120 W. Main St., from 10 a.m. to noon. Dr. Susan Wilson created the Tumaini Fund (“tumaini” means hope in Swahili) to provide necessities [...]

Convoy of Hope to help those in need

August 31st, 2013

Attending a meeting at the mayor's office to discuss the Convoy project are:   (left to right) Nilsa Roman, acting director, City of Marlborough Human Services; Lydia Albino, pastor, Spanish Pentecostal Church of Marlborough; Rob Paiva, pastor, Rivers of Living Water International Ministry of Marlborough; Rob Woods, pastor, New Hope Community Church of Marlborough and Marlborough Convoy of Hope director; Molly Brodeur-Nesbitt, Marlborough Rotary Club; Dave Walton, Marlborough Rotary Club president; Bob Kays, owner, Prospector Bar and Grill; Mayor Arthur Vigeant; and Bob Page, past president, Marlborough Lions Club.

Marlborough – Churches, civic organizations, businesses, social service organizations and community volunteers in Marlborough are pooling their collective resources for “Convoy of Hope,” an event to serve people in need. On Saturday, Oct. 12, they will gather at Stevens Park, off Broad Street, to offer food, practical resources, entertainment, and friendship to people who could use a helping hand.

Shrewsbury couple donate son’s motorcycle to raise funds for cancer organization

August 29th, 2013

The late Scott Zenaro ( r ) sits on his motorcycle with his nephew Michael Riddle in this picture taken circa 2006.

Shrewsbury – After Shrewsbury resident Scott Zenaro died at the much too young age of 36, no one would have blamed his parents, Ron and Carol, if they decided to hold onto their son’s beloved custom-built motorcycle for sentimental reasons. Instead, the couple have decided to let go of the bike via a special raffle which will benefit an organization very dear to their hearts – the Lazarex Cancer Foundation – which they credit with helping to prolong their son’s life after he was diagnosed with end stage Ewing’s sarcoma.

Although he was disabled, Scott lived a very full life, Ron said, working alongside him at his two stores, RAYCO Car Electronics in Shrewsbury and Auburn. Scott loved cars, motorcycles, snowmobiling, water skiing, playing golf, and playing the drums.

Team McCarthy to sponsor 3rd annual golf tournament

August 28th, 2013

Bill McCarthy with his wife and children. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Bill McCarthy worked for almost ten years with Tufts Health Plan and as an independent broker starting his own venture, Coastal Benefits. In July 2007, at just 35 years old, Bill began a grueling two-year battle with stage 4 brain cancer, which he ultimately lost. Today his wife, three children and his business continue without him. The first [...]

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