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Rotary Club of Westborough takes home top award

November 25th, 2015

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Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough took home top honors at the annual Foundation Forum for the club with the most cumulative donations to The Rotary Foundation within District 7910.

The award was accepted by Westborough Club President Jim O’Connor and Foundation Chair Evelyn Ware.

WHS hosts student-run Special Olympics Bocce Tournament

November 25th, 2015

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Westborough – Around 350 students from across the state gathered at Westborough High School (WHS) Nov. 15 for the Special Olympics Bocce Tournament where attendees enjoyed themselves competing in bocce, mingling in Olympic Town, or having a good time with fellow student council members, best buddies and classmates. For the first time, WHS hosted the tournament, an event overseen by the Massachusetts Association of Student Councils (MASC) and Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA), which has been bringing students from across the state to compete in recreational bocce for four years.

Christopher Buzzell is newest member of Northborough Police Department

November 25th, 2015

Northborough – The Board of Selectmen Nov. 23 confirmed the appointment of Christopher Buzzell as the town’s newest police officer.

Buzzell is a 2010 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School and a 2014 graduate of Westfield State University, where he studied criminal justice.

Tax bills rise along with home values in Northborough

November 25th, 2015

Northborough—Rising home values will help boost the average residential tax bills by $365 this year, one of the larger increases of the past decade as the town’s rate of commercial growth slows and taxpayers make the first payments on the Lincoln Street School project.

Continuing a musical journey from stage to teaching studio

November 25th, 2015

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Westborough – Mezzo-soprano Julie Krugman debuted onstage as a high school sophomore portraying the female lead in a comic operetta. Now, she’s a vocal teacher with 40 middle and high school students at her home studio in Westborough.

St. John’s headmaster prepares to step down from post

November 25th, 2015

Michael Welch

Shrewsbury – For the last 14 years Michael Welch has been an integral part of St .John’s High School, the all-boys Xaverian Brothers-sponsored Catholic School in Shrewsbury. Recently, Welch surprised the school community when he announced that he was stepping down from the position in June 2016.

Police Chief Burks considers Hudson his home

November 25th, 2015

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Hudson – Originally from Worcester, Chief Michael D. Burks Sr. became aware of Hudson long before joining its police department as the youngest full-time officer at age 20 in 1986. Since then he has developed three decades of experience working several positions in the department.

As a preteen playing football with the Worcester Vikings, he attended the Pop Warner jamboree when it was held annually in Hudson. Also, while in his teens playing basketball with the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church team in Worcester, he and his teammates bought Nike sneakers with the red Swoosh logo at Siger’s Sports, formerly on Main Street in Hudson.

Boston and Newton concerts to feature Marlborough singer

November 25th, 2015

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Marlborough – Once again, vocalist Grace Hughes of Marlborough will be featured when the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra presents its 43rd annual Christmas concert in Boston. This year’s milestone performance marks the 50th anniversary of Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts.” Hughes will sing three pieces including “A Song for Christmas.”

Genealogist uncovers ancestors and a lifetime of joy

November 25th, 2015

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Hudson – Is it possible to move forward into the future while looking at the past? Doris (Parker) Blais Bonnell, a genealogist and genealogy instructor, thinks so. That’s what she’s been doing for nearly her whole life.

“If you don’t look back over your shoulder, there’s so much that’s buried back there,” she said.

Historical restoration helps bring town’s history alive for present and future generations

November 24th, 2015

Ed Turner stands next to a restored frame with one of the town's historical documents.

Westborough – As the proprietor of the Art and Frame Emporium, Ed Turner naturally has a passion for art. But after a recent project he completed for the town of Westborough, he has found he is also inspired about using art to preserve local history.

Over the course of the last year and a half, Turner and his team refinished 16 antique frames that were found abandoned in the attic of the old Westborough fire station. Those pieces were then used to display priceless documents that had been stored in the town vault. How this project all came to fruition is a happy story of chance, luck and synchronicity, as well as a dedicated group of residents and professionals who knew they had treasures on their hands.

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