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Northborough student earns top honors in statewide anti-tobacco poster contest

May 27th, 2013

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Northborough-Shrirang Sane, a sixth-grade student at the Robert E. Melican Middle School has won top honors in the 2013 Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest, an annual educational event to alert schoolchildren to the dangers of tobacco and smoking sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) and the MMS Alliance. Sane was one of just 12 winners selected […]

Assabet Valley inducts honorees to “Hall of Achievement”

May 21st, 2013

The 2012-2013 Hall of Achievement inductees (l to r) are Andrew McDonald, Edward Hajduk, Catherine Mogavero, James Lambert, John Pawlika, Jonathan Williams. (Photo/submitted)

Region-Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School recently inducted seven new honorees to the Hall of Achievement. This initiative was started in 2010, with the induction of seven recipients. In 2011, nine more were added, and in 2012, there were 12 recipients. The purpose of the Assabet Valley Hall of Achievement is to recognize and honor […]

Public invited to participate in “Flags for Our Fallen”

May 16th, 2013

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Region – With Memorial Day just weeks away, many municipalities are planning commemorations and tributes. But now there is another way that citizens can help honor veterans, by purchasing small American flags that will be displayed as part of a large group of flags in either Shrewsbury or Worcester.

The initiative, “Flags for Our Fallen,” was started last year by Shrewsbury resident Amanda Sullivan. With the help of Liberty Church officials, she sold 1,500 flags leading up to Memorial Day, for $2 each, for a total of $3,000. Those flags were then displayed at the church's 495 Hartford Turnpike, Shrewsbury location and at the New England Dream Center (NEDC) in Worcester. All proceeds were donated to NEDC programs that support veteran initiatives such as Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome support and workforce training.

Shrewsbury Crossings to offer free veterans” seminar

May 15th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – In recognition of Memorial Day, Shrewsbury Crossings will offer a free Veterans” Benefits Seminar, Tuesday, May 21, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.? A light supper will be served.? Patty Servais from Elder Resource Benefits Consulting is presenting. The Veterans” ?Aid and Attendance benefit provides funding for veterans and their spouse or surviving spouse to […]

Locals earn title of United States Marine

May 12th, 2013

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Region – Two local men recently earned the title of United States Marine after graduating from recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C. Marine Corps Pvt. Jared D. Dodge is the son of Jo-Ann and Douglas M. Dodge of Marlborough. He is a 2009 graduate of Marlborough High School. Marine Corps Pvt. […]

Shrewsbury's vibrant art community offers many opportunities

May 10th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury resident Nancy Allen still remembers the pride she felt when a nun gave her high praise for her first crayon drawing in first grade. She was enthralled by her uncle's watercolor creations, and wanted to make art her career.

Shrewsbury women make 203 dresses for Tanzanian girls

May 8th, 2013

(back, l to r) Ann Marie Kennedy, Judy Hauptle, Marilea Catallozzi, Doris Dufault, Cindy Day, Eleanore Dineen, and Judy Hall. (front, l to r) Carmel Sandock, Darlene Pacheco, Muriel Branconnier, Dorothy Buduo, Bonnie Landmesser and Ellen Cutler. Photo/Sue Wambolt

Shrewsbury – As part of the “Sewing for Hope” project, an initiative to sew dresses for orphan girls in the Kagera section of Northwest Tanzania, a group of 23 women from The Village at Orchard Meadow have been busy stitching. The women, who began sewing Jan. 14, have made a total of 203 dresses.

Residents make strides for Parkinson's disease

May 4th, 2013

The MA Chapter APDA board members display the Optimism Walks" traveling banner: (left to right) Laurie Pant, Cathi Thomas, Melissa Diggin, David Loeser, Kristin Stapleton, Denyse Turpin (Photo courtesy/Kris Stapleton)

Southborough/Northborough – According to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA), Parkinson's disease affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States. The disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system resulting in a variety of symptoms, including muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait.

Local parent avails online support to those coping with type 1 diabetes

April 23rd, 2013

Westborough resident Steve Winer reflects on the service he co-founded that provides online support to people coping with type 1 diabetes. (photo/Lori Berkey)

Westborough – It was “Friday the 13th”June of 1997 when Steve Winer, of Westborough, heard news that “scared the living daylights” out of him. He found out his 11-year-old daughter, Allison, had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Soon, a neighbor he hardly knew knocked on his door. Someone had told the woman about the diagnosis and she came to tell the Winer family that her daughter also has type 1.

Story of youngest Marathon victim inspires a local plea for peace

April 23rd, 2013


Northborough – As he reflected on the aftermath of the devastating Boston Marathon bombings, Ernie Rivard, a pastoral assistant at St. Rose of Lima Church, said he was particularly moved by the story of the youngest victim, little 8-year-old Martin Richard.

“I saw two images that especially struck me,” Rivard said. “One was of him making his first Communion and the other was of him holding a sign that said “No more hurting people. Peace.””

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