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Financing again a topic for selectmen

July 28th, 2016

Shrewsbury – On July 26, Carolyn Marcotte, Shrewsbury town collector and treasurer, reviewed for the selectmen permanent and temporary financing for the new library and for school heating system upgrades. She reported that the town had obtained a most favorable average interest rate of just 2.34 percent on the loans. The library has obtained permanent financing and there had been five bidders for both the library and schools.

Selectmen vote to appeal 2017 storm water management regulations

July 28th, 2016

Shrewsbury – At their July 26 meeting, the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen discussed whether to file an appeal to the allegedly onerous and overly expensive Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit regulations outlining requirements for cities’ and towns’ storm water management. The single-spaced, 42-page directive is a result of a process begun 10 years ago.

Marlborough veterinarian helps animals around the world

July 27th, 2016

Dr. Gangadhar Patil (Photo/Nance Ebert)

Marlborough – There never seems to be enough hours in a day for Dr. Gangadhar Patil, a veterinarian who practices in Marlborough and volunteers extensively with the World Vets Organization.

River’s Edge Arts Alliance asks members to find solutions to $45,000 deficit

July 27th, 2016

The cast of a recent River’s Edge Arts Alliance production "High School Musical Jr." (Photo/submitted)

Hudson – Facing a $45,000 budget deficit, leaders of The River’s Edge Arts Alliance said that the group could be needing reorganization in order to cut costs and avoid future shortfalls. As they try to reorganize, the Board of Directors has asked Arts Alliance members for help.

River’s Edge Chorale welcomes new director

July 27th, 2016

John Anthony Volpe (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Hudson – John Anthony Volpe completed his first season this past spring as director of the River’s Edge Chorale, a music program of the Hudson-based River’s Edge Arts Alliance (REAA).

He began leading the group of over 30 singers after its founding director Paul Johnson moved to Cape Cod. Volpe felt comfortable throughout his first chorale rehearsal process from April to mid-June.

Westborough nonprofit raises close to $1 million to promote early cancer detection

July 26th, 2016

Pictured at the 15-40 Connection Gala are: (l to r) Ashley Emerson, 15-40 Connection education & outreach director; Jim Coghlin, 15-40 Connection founder; Joyce Kulhawik, featured speaker; and Tricia Laursen, 15-40 Connection executive director

Westborough – The nonprofit organization 15-40 Connection raised more than $950,000 at its signature fundraising event, the 2016 Ungerer Gala, Auction & Golf Tournament.

15-40 Connection, headquartered in Westborough, is dedicated to saving lives by empowering people to recognize cancer symptoms and effectively communicate those symptoms to their physician. The organization was founded by Jim Coghlin in response to a startling statistic – improvements in cancer survival rates for people aged 15 to 40 had been lagging behind all other age groups since 1975.

Northborough company makes roofs look new again

July 26th, 2016

Bob Blanchette
Photo/submitted

“I was in the home remodeling business for over 30 years. I had just landed a job for a new roof, and the homeowner wanted to shingle over the existing roof, but there was moss and lichen on it. He said I could use his power washer to remove all that. I was thrilled with the way the roof looked and with not having to deal with permits, licenses, sub-contractors, inspectors, no trips to the improvement stores,” said Bob Blanchette, who has been operating Roof Washing Services for four years.

Boroughs JCC shuts its doors

July 26th, 2016

Borough’s JCC in Westborough
Photo/Jane Keller Gordon

Westborough – The Boroughs Jewish Community Center (JCC) will close its doors on Friday, July 29, 2016, six years after a volunteer group of parents opened it as an independent, non-profit charitable center on Oak Street in Westborough.

“This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. My kids think of this place as their second home,” said Boroughs JCC Board President Stephen Marmor.

Fishing With Warriors seeks support for golf fundraiser

July 26th, 2016

The group hosted its first trip last year in Costa Rica.
Photo/submitted

Westborough – After the stresses, physical, mental and emotional, of being deployed, veterans face a myriad of challenges when they finally come home. One organization, Fishing for Warriors, hopes to help those brave men and women find a little bit of joy and happiness by offering them a chance to experience a high level sporting event or activity, at no cost to them.

Shrewsbury resident helps grant ‘Birthday Wishes’ for homeless children

July 25th, 2016

Cheryl Pouliot (Photo/Nance Ebert)

Northborough/Shrewsbury – In the eyes of a child, a birthday is a very special thing that deserves to be celebrated. For many children living in homeless shelters, Birthday Wishes, a nonprofit organization based in Newton, ensures that each child will be recognized with a party complete with a cake, games, music, a craft, presents and a goody bag.

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