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Ice fishing benefit to be held for Northborough resident battling ALS

January 20th, 2014

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Northborough – Although he is only 26 years old, Northborough resident Matt Bruce is facing the challenge of a lifetime – a diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

In spite of that, his friends note that he has a “never give up” attitude.

Longtime Shrewsbury friends rally to ‘Bring Kim Home’

January 15th, 2014

The Hally family. (l to r, back) Jack, Bridgette, John, and Tim with Kim (front) 

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Twenty years ago, a friendship was formed among three families from Shrewsbury. The Hallys Clearys and Magners family shared endless playdates when their children were younger. Kim Hally, Kate Cleary, and Pat Magner have also shared a sisterly bond and, although they all do not remain in the [...]

Food Pantry collection box now at Westborough Youth and Family Services

January 8th, 2014

Westborough – There is now a collection box for the Westborough Food Pantry just outside the Youth and Family Services Office (room 21), second floor of the Forbes Municipal Building, 45 West Main St. (above the police station). For more information, call 508-366-3090, email yfs@town.westborough.ma.us, or visit www.town.westborough.ma.us/YFS.  

Southborough woman aids homeless families in transition

December 26th, 2013


Marlborough – Volunteering really does make a difference. For Dru Lindgren, her involvement with Friends of Families in Transition has not only helped homeless families who are temporarily housed in hotels, but has helped to enrich her life and that of her family. She has recently become the Marlborough coordinator for the organization.

Pride and joy thanks to ‘Sweats for Vets’

December 26th, 2013

Mark Vital and two of his volunteers prepare to distribute gifts at the Veterans Inc. shelter in Worcester.

Region – Hundreds of Massachusetts homeless veterans will be able to show their Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox pride this winter thanks to the generosity of those who contributed to the annual drive, “Sweats for Vets.”

The initiative was started by Mark Vital, a sixth-grade teacher at Advanced Math and Science Academy and himself a veteran, several years ago as a way to provide sports-related sweatshirts to homeless veterans each Christmas Eve. Vital’s students also collected hundreds of other smaller items such as hats, gloves and socks throughout the last few weeks.

Hudson AMVETS make special Christmas deliveries

December 26th, 2013

Tim Coughlan and John Lavigne help assemble dinners.

Hudson – The Hudson AMVETS Post 208 made special deliveries Dec. 25. Volunteers, including families and members of Boy Scout Troop 77, prepared and distributed 420 ham dinners as part of the 24th annual “Home Alone for the Holidays.” That was after they provided 586 turkey dinners on Thanksgiving. The post also hosted a Christmas [...]

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.

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