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Three towns hold annual elections

May 10th, 2016

Region – Low voter turnout was reported as three local towns held their annual town elections May 9.

In Southborough, there were two contested races. Stephen Morreale received 493 votes to win the position of moderator defeating Desiree Aselbekian who received 182 votes and William J. Boland, who received 161 votes. Meme Lutrell defeated Craig Nicholson, 561-272, for a seat on the Planning Board.

February is Heart Health Month

February 15th, 2016

Dr. Cynthia Ennis in her office in the UMass hospital urges women to pay more attention to heart disease. 

Worcester – Dr. Cynthia Ennis, a cardiologist and electrophysiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, is the founder and director of the Women’s Heart Health Program. Ennis grew up in Shrewsbury and currently lives with her husband and three children in Westborough.

She is passionate about spreading the message that women need more information and resources in regard to heart problems.

Families shelter in local hotels as homeless problem persists

December 18th, 2013

Region – Pearl Dionysopoulos was recently employed and is married with five children, aged 5 to 16. She is not what readily comes to mind when one thinks of the homeless. The family was renting a home in Roxbury. Her husband worked in painting and construction. She worked at a pizza joint in Dorchester.

“Things were good; they were good for a while,” Dionysopoulos said.

Wegmans offers employment opportunities for those with disabilities

December 11th, 2013

John Polanowicz, the state's health and human services secretary, listens to Paul describe his job duties at Wegmans. Paul was placed at the store through the efforts of the Central Mass Employment Collaborative. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – In an economic environment that is still struggling, many are still finding it difficult to gain employment. For those with disabilities, the search can be especially frustrating. But thanks to the Central Mass Employment Collaborative (CMEC ) over 100 Massachusetts residents have found jobs this past year, including 26 at the Wegmans store in Northborough.

“Sweats for Vets” founder appeals to public for holiday donations

December 8th, 2013

Mark Vital, founder of Sweats for Vets, poses with some of his sixth-grade Advanced Math and Science Academy students.
Photo/Mark Vital

Region – In a region that has celebrated eight major sports championships in just over a decade, it's a common sight to see many wearing clothing bearing the logos of those winning teams. Everyone, it seems, wants to show their Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins pride.

Driven to provide transportation for more Marlborough seniors

December 2nd, 2013

Jeanne McGeough, volunteer program administrator of a pilot transportation program for seniors
(Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Marlborough – The Marlborough Senior Center and its Council on Aging (COA) launched a pilot transportation program in October to accommodate more of the people who they serve.

COA Executive Director Jennifer Claro noted that the pilot program was designed to complement the volunteer-run Friends in Service Helping (FISH) and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), the parent company of Busy Bee and Dial A Ride. Busy Bee is used in Marlborough.

Under pressure: Class sizes in Shrewsbury causing teacher headaches, achievement gaps

November 14th, 2013


Shrewsbury – Oak Middle School English teacher Derek Pizzuto is, to put it mildly, frustrated. After a series of personnel cuts in Shrewsbury schools, there are less teachers to go around. Less teachers means a higher teacher-student ratio and less time to work individually with students. A lack of teachers also means there's no one to help students produce a yearbook or advise a photography club. And now, student achievement appears to be suffering in Shrewsbury schools.

“We'se at a crisis point where teachers and administrators are doing all they can,” Pizzuto said. “We'se working past the boundaries of what can be. I's seeing more and more teachers looking burnt out.”

Shrewsbury Veterans Day ceremony dedicates new WWI Memorial

November 12th, 2013

The new World War I Memorial is dedicated Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Shrewsbury – After several years of planning and fundraising, the Shrewsbury Veterans Council welcomed guests Nov. 11 to a dedication ceremony for the new World War I (WWI) Memorial in front of the Beal Early Education Center. Emceeing the ceremony, Selectman Jim Kane summarized the spirit of the project's supporters.

“Through this effort, from across our very special town, rose the support to make this monument a reality,” he said.

Region to commemorate Veterans Day

November 8th, 2013


Region – Here is a preview of local Veterans Day events: Hudson – This year's parade will assemble Monday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 10 a.m. from the AMVETS Post on South Street. The ceremonies will be held at Liberty Park/Wood Square.? This year's featured guest speaker is Naval Combat Aviator, Commander […]

Northborough residents reject Zoning Board limitations

October 29th, 2013


Northborough ??” Northborough Town Meeting voters on Oct. 28 overwhelmingly rejected a change to the bylaw that would eliminate the Zoning Board of Appeal's (ZBA) ability to grant use variances.

Under Northborough's bylaw, the ZBA has the power to allow a use in a zoning district not otherwise permitted. The largest use variance granted by the board occurred in 2005 and paved the way for the Northborough Crossing shopping center.

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