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Westborough sets tax rate for FY 2017

December 8th, 2016

Westborough – The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved a single tax rate for FY 2017 at their Nov. 29 meeting. Chief Assessor Jonathan Steinberg presented town fiscal information and options to the board which included historical information, levy limits, average single family value and tax rates, new growth and total town value for 2016 and 2017.

Westborough fire chief introduces newly appointed deputy

December 7th, 2016

(l to r) Westborough Town Clerk Wendy Mickel, Fire Chief Patrick Purcell, Deputy Fire Chief Jason Ferschke, his wife Jill Ferschke, and their children. Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Westborough – Fire Captain Jason Ferschke was sworn in as deputy fire chief at the Nov. 29 Board of Selectmen meeting. Fire Chief Patrick Purcell introduced Ferschke who was joined by his wife, Jill, their children and many of his department colleagues.

Mark’s Moving & Storage receives gold quality award

December 7th, 2016

Mark Silverman
Photo/Nancy Brumback

Westborough – Arpin Van Lines recently named Mark’s Moving & Storage, Inc. as a recipient of the 2016 Gold Quality Award.  The company was honored at the Arpin Van Lines Agent convention held at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage, Calif. “Mark’s Moving & Storage epitomizes the qualities we expect from all of our agents,” said David […]

Attorney offers tips for holiday stress

December 7th, 2016

Carolyn R. Spring 
Photo/Nancy Brumback

Westborough – Westborough TV will present “Stress At the Holidays,” hosted by local attorney Carolyn Spring, during the month of December. The show is part of a monthly series, “Law for Your Life,” that Spring produces with Westborough TV. The December show features guests John Badenhausen, director of Westborough Youth and Family Services, and Mary […]

Hunter’s Grille & Tap to hold can drive and raffle

December 7th, 2016

Grafton – In the spirit of the holidays, Hunter’s Grille & Tap at The Grafton Inn, located at 25 Grafton Common in Grafton,  is giving back to its community with a can drive. From now until Christmas, for every item you donate, you will receive one raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 […]

Shrewsbury’s Arts on the Green brings community together through music

December 7th, 2016


Shrewsbury – Arts on the Green offers members of Shrewsbury and neighboring communities an opportunity to enjoy music and cultural events. Throughout the year, there are a number of concerts and special programs like the International Drum Circle, the widely attended Caroling on the Common, featured pianists, vocalists and more.

Drop-in center offers resources for addiction, recovery support

December 7th, 2016

MetroWest HOPE organizers: (back, l to r) Rev. Kazimierz Bem, pastor, First Church in Marlborough; Marlborough Police Chief Mark Leonard; Hudson Police Chief Michael Burks Sr. and Captain Richard DiPersio; Marlborough City Councilor At-Large Peter Juaire; Marc Pena, lead pastor, Grace Baptist Church; Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigilant; Don Whitesel, pastor of care ministries, Grace Baptist Church; (front, l to r) Jessica Healy, regional program coordinator, Hudson Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition; Kathy Leonard, chair, Marlborough Substance Use Prevention Coalition; Cheryl Juaire, receptionist, Grace Baptist Church; and Erin Holmes, founder, Hudson chapter of Learn to Cope. Photo/submitted

Hudson/Marlborough – Any person dealing with substance use disorders or recovery and their family members can now attend a local drop-in center: MetroWest HOPE (Help, Outreach, Prevention and Education). The project is organized by the Hudson and Marlborough substance use prevention coalitions in conjunction with police from each community.

VFW Post 1027 returns lighted flag to downtown Hudson

December 7th, 2016

The VFW Post 1027’s lighted American flag is once again displayed above the Gold Star Monument at Cox Square in downtown Hudson. Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Hudson – A familiar site during the holiday season for multiple generations of Hudson residents and visitors returned downtown after an absence last year. In time for Thanksgiving and before the 14th annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll, several VFW Post 1027 members hung its lighted American flag above the Gold Star Mothers Monument at Cox Square.

Juniorettes help make holidays happy

December 6th, 2016

Members of the Juniorettes gathered recently at the home of Katherine Hennessy, a member of the Marlborough Junior Woman's club, and made side-tied blankets to be donated to Marlborough Hospital. Attending were (front row, l to r) Claire Cargill, secretary; Casey Sibole, vice president; Victoria Brietenfeld, treasurer; Emma Hennessy, Aline Keledjian, Grace Becker and Lilly Gill; (Back row, l to r) Krista Fillion, Kayla Munroe, Nicole Gately, Alicia Bibi, Caitlyn Geary, Josie Ouellette, Tess Leduc and Molly Farrell, president. Photo/Submitted

Marlborough – A group of local girls, ages 12-18, are busy creating fabric wreaths and collecting toys for the annual Toys for Tots drive for holiday giving in the city. They are members of the Juniorettes, a new program that offers fun, friendship, and service to intelligent, enthusiastic, talented young adults committed to community service and self-development.

‘Chief Joseph’ embodies spirit of giving

December 6th, 2016


Shrewsbury – According to Ellen Dolan, director of the Shrewsbury Public Library, Robert “Chief Joseph” Terkanian is one of the most generous and humble people she knows. Terkanian has just put the finishing touches on the landscaping, sculpture and art he donated to the newly renovated and expanded library building and grounds.

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