January 8th, 2013
Region – Like millions of people around the globe, singer/songwriter Justin Cohen was devastated by the senseless murders of 20 children and six adults in the Newtown, Conn. massacre in December. Out of that grief, he wrote the song, “26 Angels.”
December 27th, 2012
Shrewsbury – Annette Rafferty, born in 1930, began her work with Abby's House in 1973, before it even existed. After teaching for 21 years at various Catholic schools, she was asked by the Worcester Urban Ministry Commission to serve on a committee assessing whether there was need for a new homeless shelter in Worcester. Heading the task force, Rafferty took to the streets.
It didn’t take long to conclude that homelessness was a growing problem. She talked to individuals, neighborhood centers, and even prostitutes.
December 23rd, 2012
Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) has announced that it will host its annual awards dinner Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. This year, SEF will be honoring former Shrewsbury School Committee member Mark T. Murray with its Community Service for Shrewsbury Public Schools Award. The event will be held at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in […]
December 20th, 2012
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, Inc. (SYFS), the town of Shrewsbury's only private, nonprofit community counseling and social services agency, recently announced the 2013 winners of its Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Awards. These awards will be given to four outstanding Shrewsbury youths for their service and accomplishments at a special SYFS 30th Anniversary […]
December 15th, 2012
Westborough – The Westborough Athletic and Social Association (WASA) has announced it will sponsor “A Night in Remembrance of Lizzi Marriott” Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Acacia at Indian Meadows Country Club, in Westborough. The event will include refreshments, auctions, raffles, and music and dancing to the central Mass. band, “Outta Commission.” Marriott, […]
December 10th, 2012
Shrewsbury – They didn's come by sleigh and they weren's led by a team of reindeer. But on Monday, Dec. 10, the mood was definitely merry as nearly a dozen employees of Hasbro, the Pawtucket, RI-based toy giant got the chance to play Santa's elves. The lucky recipients? St. Anne's Church, which just days before had been devastated after thieves broke into a locked shed on the church's 130 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) property and stole nearly 100 gifts slated for children in need this holiday season.
December 7th, 2012
We lost a member of our Community Advocate family yesterday when 23 year old Christopher Weigl was hit and killed as he rode his bicycle on Commonwealth Avenue. Chris, who grew up in Southborough, was pursuing a master's degree in photojournalism at Boston University but to be honest, that degree wasn’t even necessary. Chris already […]
November 30th, 2012
Westborough – “I wish a Vietnam veteran could walk beside me when I come through an airport in uniform and people thank me for my service,” U.S. Air Force Col. Brent French, of Westborough, said. “They never got the recognition for their sacrifices as we do today.
November 28th, 2012
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services, Inc. (SYFS) is now accepting nominations through Nov. 30 for the Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Award. The award recognizes teens, who reside in the town of Shrewsbury, who have shown an exceptional commitment to volunteering in their community for the good of others. The recipient is a role […]
November 20th, 2012
Westborough – Westborough Youth and Family Services (WYFS) and the Rotary Club of Westborough are committed to helping local residents in need. But come December, that mission takes on an extra dimension – ensuring that all parents or caretakers are able to provide their children with a few special holiday gifts.
Since 2004, the groups have sponsored a free Holiday Gift Shop for families who are struggling perhaps with their finances or a medical crisis. All of the gifts are donated courtesy of generous residents, businesses and organizations. The shop, located in the auditorium in the Forbes Municipal Building, 4 West Main St., is open by appointment only and all visits are confidential.