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Local student ensembles win honors at music festival

April 10th, 2014

Jared Entwistle plays the French horn in Algonquin’s ninth-grade concert band.

Region – Bands and choral groups from Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS), Northborough’s Robert E. Melican Middle School, and Southborough’s Trottier Middle School were among dozens of groups that performed at the 38th annual Concert and Choral Festival organized by the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA).

BGCMW announces youth basketball division champions

April 10th, 2014

(back, l to r) - Fran Hurley, president and Jeff Stupik, social recreation coordinator, Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest 
(middle, l to r)  - Jim Hickey, vice president of business development, Ellen Dorian, executive vice president, and Rick Bennett, president and CEO, Marlborough Savings Bank 
(front, l to r) - Two participants from the Youth Basketball League

League sponsor Marlborough Savings Bank shares in program’s continued success Marlborough – The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest recently celebrated the end of a great season for the local Youth Basketball Program, a 10-week program that has been running for more than 35 years. The generous support from the program’s League Sponsor, Marlborough Savings [...]

Special Shrewsbury Town Meeting will address former Spag’s property development ‘vision’

April 10th, 2014

An artist's initial rendition of "Lakeway Commons" 
Photo/courtesy Grossman Development Group, LLC

Shrewsbury – A plan to develop the former Spag’s/Building 19 property into a multi-use complex will be on the agenda for the Tuesday, April 29, Special Town Meeting (STM). The warrant will ask voters to approve nine articles that would substantially change the rules and roadways of the property located on Route 9.

The developer, Grossman Development Group, met with the Board of Selectmen during the board’s April 8 meeting to discuss the initial “vision” for the project, which they have dubbed “Lakeway Commons.”

Westborough selectmen will continue to explore ‘underride’ option

April 10th, 2014

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Westborough – The Westborough Board of Selectmen will continue to explore the option of proposing a Proposition 2- 1/2 “underride” to voters in the future, with some board members expressing concerns that the town’s relatively robust $6.7 million in untaxed levy capacity could prove tempting to special interests.

A Prop 2- 1/2 underride would permanently reduce the town’s overall tax levy limit, but not lower property taxes or affect town budgets in the near term. By tapping excess levy capacity, a community can boost taxes more than 2- 1/2 percent in any given year without an override vote.

Westborough’s West Main Street mixed-use project gets final OK

April 10th, 2014

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Westborough – A new mixed-use building with 28 apartments and 3,700 square feet of retail space at 25 W. Main St. won final approval from the Board of Selectmen April 8, clearing the way for the project nearly three years after it was first proposed.

Selectmen approved a site plan for a new four-story building and 37 parking spaces on the property, where an existing building will be demolished, possibly as soon as next month.

Shrewsbury educator honored as state’s ‘Middle School Teacher of the Year’

April 9th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Caryn Keenan has much to smile about these days. Recently the Oak Middle School teacher was honored by the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) as the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Having taught for 21 years, Keenan is delighted with this recognition that she has received but was also quick to give credit to others.

“I love my job and all of the people that I work with. My boss, Patricia Degon, is awesome. She is the director of health, physical education and family consumer science [for the district]. The town of Shrewsbury is fantastic because they are such huge supporters of physical education as well,” said Keenan.

Get in Shape for Women to hold open house

April 9th, 2014

Northborough/ Westborough – Get in Shape for Women will be holding a spring open house at its Northborough and Westborough locations Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.  There will be free demonstrations to see firsthand how its complete training program for women can help achieves results that can changes lives. The Get In [...]

SELCO to celebrate Arbor Day in Shrewsbury

April 9th, 2014

Shrewsbury – Join Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations (SELCO) for its annual Arbor Day celebration Saturday, April 26, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Shrewsbury Town Common. SELCO will be giving away 750 free trees to Shrewsbury residents. All selected varieties are resistant to Asian Longhorn Beetle infestation, and are not classified as host [...]

SpencerBANK supports StandUp For Kids

April 9th, 2014

(l to r):  Jerry Shpak, SpencerBANK vice president and investment executive and active board member of the Worcester chapter of StandUp For Kids; Donna Katsoudas, StandUp For Kids volunteer executive director; and K. Michael Robbins, SpencerBANK, president and CEO.

Spencer – SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to the Worcester chapter of StandUp For Kids, an organization whose mission is to end youth homelessness. “StandUp For Kids is dedicated to helping at-risk youth and plays an important role in the Worcester community. We are pleased to assist this organization and increase awareness of their mission,” said [...]

SOHUM Yoga and Meditation Studio announces new lectures and classes

April 9th, 2014

Westborough – SOHUM Yoga and Meditation Studio is launching a free monthly lecture series open to the public. The first one will be held Sunday, April 13 at 5:30 p.m. It will be led by  Marilyn Taylor who will discuss practices that consciously reflect your well-being in all areas of your life. Sohum is also [...]

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