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Corridor Nine Chamber’s Food Drive supports local food pantries

December 17th, 2013

Representatives of Wegmans in Northborough joined the annual food drive.

Region – The Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce members, schools, and community residents responded in force to the chamber’s annual Food Drive to support the food pantries of Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, and Grafton. “The food drive was launched in October and ended Dec. 12 as a resounding success,” Chamber Vice President Karen Chapman said. [...]

Wegmans offers employment opportunities for those with disabilities

December 11th, 2013

John Polanowicz, the state's health and human services secretary, listens to Paul describe his job duties at Wegmans. Paul was placed at the store through the efforts of the Central Mass Employment Collaborative. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – In an economic environment that is still struggling, many are still finding it difficult to gain employment. For those with disabilities, the search can be especially frustrating. But thanks to the Central Mass Employment Collaborative (CMEC ) over 100 Massachusetts residents have found jobs this past year, including 26 at the Wegmans store in Northborough.

Hudson AMVETS to deliver hundreds of Christmas meals

December 11th, 2013

Commander Bill Rivers coordinates the deliveries from the Hudson AMVETS Post 208 last Christmas Day.

Hudson – The Hudson AMVETS Post 208 will again make special deliveries Christmas Day. Volunteers will prepare and provide hundreds of hot ham dinners as part of the 24th annual “Home Alone for the Holidays.” They’ve already distributed 586 complimentary meals on Thanksgiving to 11 communities including Hudson, Marlborough, Northborough and Southborough. Commander Bill Rivers is organizing the project for his 18th year.

This Thanksgiving, temperatures were uncomfortably chilly for the 48 drivers making deliveries, but Rivers has seen volunteers endure worse weather conditions.

Pieta helps parents navigate grief

December 8th, 2013

Hudson/Marlborough – Under normal circumstances, preparing for the holidays can be stressful and tiring. For parents who have lost a child, the pain of loss is felt most poignantly during this time. Because the parent-child relationship is physically, socially and psychologically unique, the loss of a child is devastating for a parent – at any age or stage of life. No one knows this better than the members of Pieta, an ongoing support group for bereaved parents.

‘Sweats for Vets’ founder appeals to public for holiday donations

December 8th, 2013

Mark Vital, founder of Sweats for Vets, poses with some of his sixth-grade Advanced Math and Science Academy students.
Photo/Mark Vital

Region – In a region that has celebrated eight major sports championships in just over a decade, it’s a common sight to see many wearing clothing bearing the logos of those winning teams. Everyone, it seems, wants to show their Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins pride.

Westborough Youth and Family Services offers free Holiday Gift Shop

December 5th, 2013

(l to r) Girl Scouts Christina Buffo, Margaret Baldwin, Ellen Waite, and Elizabeth Whalen help decorate the Holiday Gift Shop.
(Photo/Bonnie Adams)

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Westborough – Westborough Youth and Family Services (WYFS) and the Rotary Club of Westborough are once again teaming up to sponsor a free Holiday Gift Shop for families in need. WYFS first started the project in 2001 and partnered with the Rotary Club in 2004. All of the gifts are [...]

‘Tis the season Westborough Civic Club’s tree sale helps community

December 4th, 2013

Westborough Civic Club members Brian Falvey and Keith Melvin unload trees from atop the delivery truck early morning Nov. 30, the first day of sales. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Westborough – Throughout each year since 1975, the Westborough Civic Club has contributed to many of the town’s nonprofit organizations. They’re continuing that mission with funds raised by the 38th annual Christmas Tree Sale, now in progress at the former Tufts Machine lot at 53 E. Main St., across from Arturo’s Restaurant.

24th Evening of Giving to be held Dec. 5

November 29th, 2013


Marlborough – The 24th Evening of Giving, in support of Roland’s House, the Marlborough-Hudson homeless shelter, will be held Thursday, December 5, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Route 20 in Marlborough. An elaborate variety of international dishes, as well as popular traditional cooking will be featured, including the popular shrimp and raw bar, [...]

Friends of FIT, Corridor Nine bring holiday joy and meals to homeless families

November 29th, 2013

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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.

Shrewsbury Nursing and Rehabilitation holds drive to benefit St. Anne’s Giving Tree

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.”

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