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Evil plastic thingies and other modern conveniences

February 23rd, 2014

Janice Lindsay

By Janice Lindsay When faced with a major life crisis, most of us rally. We face it, figure out what to do, and get on with it. It’s the little things that drive us cuckoo. I recently bought a plush fleece baby blanket. The blanket was for somebody else. I wanted to give it unwrapped, [...]

A tale of two bridges

February 3rd, 2014

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Region – Recently, work to replace the 100-year-old Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge that spans Lake Quinsigamond reached a major milestone. The span, which connects Shrewsbury and Worcester via Route 9, is now handling all the traffic from the old structure. Once the old bridge is demolished, work will then start on the second half [...]

Heart Health Calls for Caution in the Cold

January 21st, 2014

Dr. Amjad AlMahameed

By Amjad AlMahameed, M.D. Winter and cold weather can pose serious risks to your health. Shoveling snow can trigger a heart attack; staying in the cold too long without protection can cause hypothermia; and frigid temperatures can increase blood pressure and narrow blood vessels, bringing on conditions like Raynaud’s Phenomenon and Chilblains. By taking precautions, [...]

I join the world of apps

January 12th, 2014

Janice Lindsay

By Janice Lindsay I never paid attention to apps, never needed to. But now… According to Google, an app is “a self-contained program or piece of software designed to fulfill a particular purpose; an application, esp. as downloaded by a user to a mobile device.” I had no app-inclined mobile device. My cell phone was [...]

Algonquin makes the grade

January 10th, 2014

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Northborough – School administrators are pleased after Algonquin Regional High School received mainly positive reviews as part of an evaluation done by the New England Association and of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The process involves an extensive peer review by a team of teachers and administrators from both inside and outside the school district. NEASC [...]

Physician Focus: Violence and Mental Illness

December 4th, 2013

John Bradley, M.D. and Michael Tang, D.O., M.P.H. (photo/submitted)

The names bring unwanted reminders: Newtown, Aurora, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Columbine, Washington Navy Yard. These are places associated with some of the most recent and deadliest mass shootings in United States history. Violent incidents such as these never fail to shock the nation and shake our national conscience.

For 9/11field…the buck stops here

December 2nd, 2013


Southborough – The town’s 9/11 Memorial Field was opened in 2001, thanks to a $200,000 state grant and labor donated by local contractors. But now town officials say the field will probably have to close down next year due to a lack of funds to keep up with maintenance costs. The Recreation Commission has been [...]

Standing their ground

November 24th, 2013

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Marlborough – Ever since Mayor Arthur Vigeant announced plans to build a new senior center at Ward Park, a strong contingent of neighbors near the site, the Ward Park Neighborhood Association, have opposed the plans. And although funding for the project has been approved by the City Council and a groundbreaking has already taken place [...]

The seeds of change

November 4th, 2013


Shrewsbury – The town of Shrewsbury may soon join the list of local communities that have farmers’ markets, thanks to a change in the town’s zoning bylaws. After the seeing the success of the markets in neighboring Grafton and Westborough, many residents and local businesses had approached officials about setting one up in Shrewsbury. That [...]

Getting fired up about staffing

October 25th, 2013

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Northborough – As the town continues to grow in population and the number of businesses located there, Fire Chief David Durgin is “sounding the alarm” that his department is not adequately staffed to handle the needs of the community. Currently the Fire Department has a crew of four firefighters per shift; ideally Durgin would like [...]

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