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Westborough student is runner-up in national math competition

January 31st, 2016

Karthik Karnik (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science senior and Westborough resident Karthik Karnik earned his place as runner-up in the American Mathematical Society’s “Who Wants to be a Mathematician” competition, which was held Jan. 7 in Seattle, Wash. Karnik represented the New England region and was one of only 10 students selected from more than 2,300 students nationwide who qualified to compete.

Lunar rocks land at Proctor School

January 29th, 2016

Proctor School fifth-grade teacher Kristen MacDonald with samples of lunar rock and soil

Northborough – Fannie E. Proctor Elementary School fifth-grade teacher and the district Science Curriculum Leader Kristen MacDonald loves science. She did not hesitate to take a certification course in order for her to be able to borrow official National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) lunar and meteorite samples.

High school students award $23,814 to Worcester County nonprofits

January 29th, 2016

Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Advisory Committee members and staff on retreat at North Grafton’s Community Harvest Farm in September. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Leadership, teamwork and good listening are among the many skills gained by a group of 18 dedicated high school students who participated in this year’s Youth for Community Improvement (YCI) Advisory Committee. In December, this student-led group awarded $23,814 in grants to seven Worcester county nonprofit programs.

Athlete Spotlight: Dylan Lien

January 29th, 2016

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What are your earliest basketball-related memories?
“My earliest memories would be the games of ‘horse’ with my older brother.”

Shrewsbury fire captain graduates from Firefighting Academy training program

January 27th, 2016

(l to r) State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Shrewsbury Fire Captain Aaron Roy and Shrewsbury Fire Chief James Vuona 

Shrewsbury – Captain Aaron Roy of the Shrewsbury Fire Department was one of 32 fire officers who graduated Jan. 25 from the 22nd offering of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. The 13-week program was developed in accordance with National Fire Protection Association standards for chief fire officers, and is delivered jointly by the Edward J. Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. It is a comprehensive course providing training in the non-fire suppression aspects of managing fire departments.

‘Skating for Hope’ donations to help cancer patients and families

January 23rd, 2016

(l to r) Paul McGrath, Cam Neely, president, Boston Bruins, and Dave McGrath

Region – Dave McGrath, who with his family and friends, organizes an annual fundraising event each fall, “Skating for Hope,” recently made three significant donations to help individuals with cancer and their families. McGrath is a 23-year cancer survivor who now serves as the night manager for Hope Lodge, a facility in Worcester that offers […]

Nationally recognized master storyteller at Congregation B’nai Shalom

January 21st, 2016

Eva Grayzel (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Eva Grayzel, a well-known motivational speaker and cancer survivor, will speak at Congregation B’nai Shalom’s (CBS) annual Jewish Women’s Kallah (teaching event) Saturday, Jan. 30, from 12 to 4:30 p.m. The Kallah will begin with Shabbat singing and then a catered dairy lunch, after which Grayzel will share her story of survivorship. Following […]

Westborough High graduate earns Girl Scout Gold Award

January 21st, 2016

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Westborough – Westborough Girl Scout Christina Buffo has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award. When Christina was seven years old, she dreamed of being a paleontologist – of being able to pick up a bone, look at it, maybe do some tests, and say definitively that this was, indeed, the skull of an ultrasaurus. While […]

Shrewsbury native to run Boston Marathon for Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

January 20th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – Megan Yuen, 21, is a 2013 graduate of Shrewsbury High School and currently a junior at Boston College (BC) working toward a degree in biology. On April 18, 2016, Yuen will be running the Boston Marathon on behalf of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

From ‘reluctant reader’ to city’s assistant library director

January 18th, 2016

M Jason Homer (Mobile)

Marlborough – Jason Homer has evolved from growing up as a self-described “reluctant reader” to being named assistant director of the Marlborough Public Library (MPL) beginning in August 2015.

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