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ARHS students partake in cultural immersion trip

June 2nd, 2014

(l to r) Olivia Murphy, Tony Sena-Leo, Thea Hickey, Veronica Green-Gott and Aly Church. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough/Southborough – In April a group of Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) students boarded a plane to Lyon, France, to participate in the school’s first two-week cultural immersion experience.

Shrewsbury High School graduates 395 in 2014

June 1st, 2014

A classmate takes a photo of Mira Magner and Domitille Buricatu.

Shrewsbury – Diplomas were presented to 395 graduates of the Class of 2014 at a ceremony May 29 at the Shrewsbury High School (SHS) Field House. Speakers included Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer, SHS Principal Todd Bazydlo and School Committee Chair Dr. B. Dale Magee.

Retiring superintendent puts ‘kids first’

May 28th, 2014

Natalie Chace and Marianne O’Connor
Photo/Lisa Chace

Westborough – The experienced mentor, the super superintendent, and the beloved principal, Mrs. Marianne O’Connor, is retiring this year. She, who has spent 22 whole years in the Westborough School District and 30 impressive years in education, is retiring. Leaving. In retirement, Mrs. O’Connor plans to spend more time with her family, her “94-year-young mother,” and grandchildren in Newtown, Connecticut.

Oak Middle School to present ‘The Pajama Game’

May 28th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Oak Middle School, 45 Oak St., will present “The Pajama Game,” a musical, Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. The Pajama Game takes the audience back to the 1950s at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory.

On heels of honors, ARHS thespians to present new play this week

May 27th, 2014

The cast of “The Apple Tree”

Northborough/Southborough – At a red carpet event held May 18 Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) English teacher Tom Alera and the cast and crew of the school’s December production, “Damn Yankees” received six High School Musical Theatre Awards (TAMY). The coveted awards were judged and granted by Mount Wachusett Community College’s Theater at the Mount in Gardner. Damn Yankees’ walked away with Best Playbill, Best Production Number (“Shoeless Joe”), Best Ensemble, Best Actress (Brittany Price), Best Choreographer and Best Director (Tom Alera).

Hastings Elementary dons purple to help fight cancer

May 27th, 2014

Maryori Campos, Danielle Guimaras and Jordyn Reyes, from Cheryl Collins' class, enjoy the special assembly to kick off Purple Day. (Photos/Nance Ebert)

Westborough – May 19 marked the 41st annual Purple Day at Hastings Elementary School. This year, the students at Hastings also got to participate in the American Cancer Society’s awareness and fundraising event, Relay Recess.

Marlborough youth honored for significant community service

May 25th, 2014

Gathered at Marlborough City Hall are (back, l to r) Youth Commission members Kelley French, Pascal Chesnais, Mike Gibson, Connie Mish, and Mayor Arthur Vigeant, (front, l to r) City Council President Trish Pope, and Youth Service Award recipients Sydney Teele, Jaelyn Kassoy, Christina Furtado, Joey Ciolino and Paige Lariviere. (Not pictured are Alysha McGovern, award recipient; and Steve Zepf, commission member.)

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – After a few years’ hiatus, the Marlborough Youth Commission revived its Youth Service Award, which was presented to six recipients at the start of the City Council’s May 19 meeting at City Hall.

Al-Hamra students debate Proposition 2-1/2 vote

May 25th, 2014

Meriem Ibrahami presents the affirmative side at the Al-Hamra School’s final debate on the proposed Proposition 2 ½ override in Shrewsbury.

Hamza Khalid offers the opposition’s opening remarks in Al-Hamra’s debate over the proposed Proposition 2- ½ override in Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury – A hot topic in Shrewsbury this spring has been a proposed Proposition 2-1/2 override. On Tuesday, June 3, voters will go to the polls to vote on a $5.5 million override, which if approved, would add $4.2 million to the School Department’s budget; the remainder would go to various municipal departments and the capital budget.

Northborough girls are ‘princesses’ for a day

May 23rd, 2014

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Northborough – The Northborough Education Foundation held its second annual Mother/Daughter Tea Party May 17 at Algonquin Regional High School. The room resembled Disney World with little girls dressed in their prettiest princess costumes alongside their mothers. After sipping on Shirley Temples and eating pink cupcakes, the “princesses” had an afternoon full of singing and dancing with “Princess Elsa and Princess Anna” from Disney’s “Frozen.” The event also included a raffle, activities, games and fun favors.

Immaculate Conception receives ‘Good Neighbor’ awards

May 22nd, 2014

The Very Rev. Michael W. MacEwen, V.F., Pastor, Immaculate Conception Parish, and Martha M. McCook, principal, Immaculate Conception School. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Immaculate Conception Parish and School were recently honored at the United Way Tri-County Breakfast Awards Ceremony held at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham. Both the parish and the school were nominated by Marlborough Community Services, a Tri-County United Way agency. The “Good Neighbor Food Security” awards recognize the amazing generosity of the school [...]

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