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Generations interacting to overcome language barrier

March 19th, 2014

Henry Liu and Ning Yin participate in a conversation circle at Algonquin Regional High School.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Northborough/Southborough – There is much more gained than is lost in the translations when a group of Chinese-speaking senior residents of Northborough meet every other week for a conversation circle with bilingual students of the Community Action Program (CAP) at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS).

Kelly Burke, director of the Northborough Senior Center, reached out to CAP while seeking assistance for residents who speak only Chinese. This is the second year that CAP students have been visiting the center to help seniors learn new technology. Burke approached the CAP faculty advisor, Eileen Palmer, who found students fluent in Chinese and interested in the idea of a conversation circle.

Northborough elementary school ‘jumps for heart’

March 18th, 2014

Fourth-grader Hayley Norton and fifth-graders Catey Johnson, Heart Hero Chandler LaValle, Madison Norton and Heather Loretta show their support for the Jump Rope for Heart event. LaValle had open heart surgery when he was a few days old.

Northborough – The Lincoln Street School hosted its sixth annual Jump Rope for Heart event March 13 to help raise money for the American Heart Association.

Dollars for Scholars launches new website

March 18th, 2014

Marlborough – Citizens Scholarship Foundation (CSF) of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars® program officially launched a new website Feb. 28, through a new software tool provided by Scholarship America®, Dollars for Scholars’ parent organization. This new website,, will allow the program to help students in the community access more scholarships. Through the website, students will [...]

Algonquin Dramahawks to perform ‘The Odd Couple’

March 17th, 2014

Members of “The Odd Couple” cast: (top row, l to r) Jack Tzianabos, Tyler Murphy, Mike Kutch, Jack Henningson, (bottom row, l to r) Mike McGregor and Joe McCuine. 

Northborough/Southborough – Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) thespians will be presenting Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” a comedy in three acts, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. each night.

The show, which made its premiere on Broadway in 1965, was revived in a 1968 film as well as a 1970s television series. The plot revolves around two mismatched roommates: the fastidious, insufferably uptight and incredibly neat photographer, Felix Ungar, and the disheveled, easygoing and incredibly messy sportswriter, Oscar Madison.

Informational meeting to be held on Lincoln Street School upgrades

March 17th, 2014

Northborough – Members of the Northborough community are invited to an informational meeting, Tuesday, March 18, regarding the Lincoln Street School Addition/Renovation Project. Tours of the school, 76 Lincoln St., will start at 6:30 p.m. and the information session will begin at 7 p.m. Northborough Town Meeting approved funding for a Lincoln Street Feasibility Study [...]

Sled dogs visit Marlborough second-graders

March 16th, 2014

1 - Second-grade student Alexander Todd tries on some dogsledding gear. (Photos/Nance Ebert)

Marlborough – Six sled dogs, several mushers, top quality dogsledding gear, and a beautiful sunny day made for a wonderful educational outdoor program for the second-grade students at the Francis Kane Elementary School.

Local students achieve honors in New England’s largest math and computer competition

March 14th, 2014

(l to r) Dr. Adam Villa, assistant professor of computer science and mathematics at Providence College; Diane Rodriguez, advisor; Westborough High School students Steven Homberg, Amaresh Emani, Vanshaj Chowdhary and Elijah Nicasio; and Charles Haberle, assistant vice president for academic affairs, academic facilities and technology planning at Providence College.

Region – Students from Algonquin Regional and Westborough high schools demonstrated superior mathematical and computer programming skills at the 28th annual High School Programming Contest March 11 at Providence College. The Westborough team achieved second place, while the Algonquin team placed third. Wachusett Regional High School was the first place winner. The students were among [...]

House Passes Enhanced Anti-Bullying Legislation

March 9th, 2014

BOSTON— Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough) along with her colleagues in the House of Representatives passed legislation this week that builds on the 2010 landmark anti-bullying legislation. This legislation was overwhelmingly passed on a vote of 143-4. While the original legislation prohibited bullying, cyber-bullying and required schools to establish related programs, the passage of this legislation [...]

ARHS parents push for later school start time

March 9th, 2014

Algonquin Regional High School

Northborough/Southborough – In a report on teen sleep needs, Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) parent Mary Hamaker sites that the combination of homework and extracurricular activities, coupled with a 7:20 a.m. school start time, collide with teens’ sleep requirements and natural circadian rhythms. The consequences of too little sleep, she wrote, substantially interfere not only with academic performance, but raise a host of other health problems.

Shrewsbury schools superintendent explains budget recommendations to selectmen

March 2nd, 2014

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer, accompanied by School Committee Chair Sandra M. Fryc and the rest of the committee, met with the Board of Selectmen Feb. 25 to outline the reasons for his FY2015 budget recommendations.

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