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Gun control advocates in Westborough call for common ground with opponents

October 19th, 2013

Congressman Jim McGovern speaks Oct. 13 at the Forum on Preventing Gun Violence in Westborough. McGovern said that extreme factions in the gun lobby have prevented meaningful gun control legislation. 
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Westborough – Speaking at the Forum on Preventing Gun Violence at Congregation B'sai Shalom in Westborough Oct. 13, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D- 2nd District), said there needs to be a broader coalition of responsible gun owners to lessen gun violence.

McGovern called on gun owners to “stand up” to extremism “by taking a public stand on sensible legislation that doesn’t take away their constitutional rights.”

Hensley to be honored as Knox Trail's “Good Scout”

October 4th, 2013

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Westborough – Each year the Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts of America chooses someone as its “Good Scout Honoree for Westborough.” This year's nominee, Lester Hensley, certainly fulfills the tenets of who the council seeks to honor – someone who has “demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives.” As CEO and president of EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd., he is a second generation head of the Westborough-based business. Hensley has devoted countless hours to his community as a volunteer with youth sports, school organizations, and other community groups. He currently chairs the Westborough Planning Board and the town's Economic Development Committee.

Shrewsbury is in the 'spirit’

September 28th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – Hundreds of people of all ages attended the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival Town Expo Sept. 28. The expo, which was one of the highlights of the weekend long festival, featured dozens of vendors, crafters, nonprofit organizations and local businesses. Here are some photos from the day, many featuring the Community Advocate's mascot, […]

17th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury to be held this weekend

September 26th, 2013

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Shrewsbury ?The 17th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury (SOS) Fall Festival will be held throughout the town this weekend and organizers say that there will be a full complement of activities that promises fun for residents of all ages.

The first SOS, held in 1997, started out as a homecoming festival but then grew into a community-wide event. In 2000, the Spirit of Shrewsbury organization became a nonprofit. Since then it has grown to include all facets of the community, business, nonprofits, school and civic groups.

Portion of Shrewsbury's Main Street to be closed for two weeks

September 16th, 2013

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Shrewsbury – Starting on Wednesday, Sept. 18 a portion of Main St., will be closed to allow crews to work on sewer construction. According to Robert Tozeski, the superintendent for water and sewer, the approximately half-mile stretch of road between Founders Road, near Dean Park, and South Street will be closed to thru traffic starting […]

Taste of Northborough to return to Applefest

September 13th, 2013

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Northborough – After a hiatus of several years, the popular event, A Taste of Northborough, is returning to the town's Applefest celebration.

The event, sponsored by the Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) Boosters Club will be held in the school's cafeteria Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2-4 p.m. Local restaurants, stores and farm stands will be offering guests the opportunity to try out some of their fare.

Westborough breaks ground for new fire station

September 11th, 2013

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Westborough – Town officials gathered to break ground Sept. 10 at the Milk Street location where the town's new fire station will soon be built.

Robert Brown, the chair of the Municipal Building Committee (MBC), noted in his opening remarks that it was fitting that the ground breaking was taking place on the “eve of 9/11.”

“As people were running away from the buildings firefighters, police and EMTs were running in,” he said. “When 911 calls come in [to Westborough], I want the firefighters to know the town is behind them, they have good equipment and they are respected and loved.”

Northborough to hold Applefest Sept. 20-22

August 28th, 2013

Bill and Pat Griffin pass out apples donated by the Davidian farmstand at last year's Applefest. Photo/submitted

Northborough – In just a few weeks, Northborough will be celebrating one of its biggest and most anticipated events of the year – Applefest. Organizers are now finalizing the plans for the three-day celebration which will be held Friday, Sept. 20 through Sunday, Sept. 22.

The festival was started in 1991 by a small group of volunteers who aimed to promote the downtown businesses as well as acknowledge the town's agricultural roots. Since that time, it has grown into a beloved weekend extravaganza with participation from local businesses, nonprofits, and just about every town group imaginable.

Isabelle Chang is Spirit of Shrewsbury Grand Marshal

August 22nd, 2013

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Shrewsbury – Isabelle Chang has been announced as the Grand Marshal for the 17th annual Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival.

A resident of Shrewsbury for over 60 years, the former Isabelle Chin grew up in Boston, the daughter of an import/export tea merchant. One of nine children, she was the fifth child in a bustling household.

Shrewsbury's World War I monument to be rebuilt

August 14th, 2013

A poster of the eight Shrewsbury men killed in World War I.

Shrewsbury – After a three-year fundraising campaign, Shrewsbury's World War I monument will finally be rebuilt.

The original monument was built in 1933 in honor of Maj. Howard Beal, a Shrewsbury resident who was killed in action on the Western Front in 1918, and was located in front of the school which bears his name. Over the ensuing decades, the monument had deteriorated beyond repair and was decommissioned last year and then taken down in the fall. The new monument will be located in that spot.

The town's Veterans” Council launched an effort to raise $150,000 for a replacement one, according to council member Frederick Russell, who is also the commander of the Victor R. Quaranta American Legion Post 397.

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