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Priya Rathnam named Shrewsbury’s new assistant library director

March 28th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Patrons of the Shrewsbury Public Library are already familiar with the new assistant director and head of adult services: Priya Rathnam, who joined the staff in 2006. Prior to her current position, she served as a volunteer, page, children’s librarian and reference librarian. She was chosen to succeed George C. Brown, who retired in January.

After earning her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in English language and literature at the Madurai Kamaraj University in India, she received her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Rhode Island.

Rathnam immediately felt comfortable at the library when she moved to Shrewsbury in 2004.

CSI/Culley’s Septic: Family firm meets homeowners’ needs for septic, Title 5 service

March 28th, 2014

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By Nancy Brumback, Contributing Writer

How long have you been in this business?
“We’ve been in the septic business for 15 years. We’ve owned Culley’s since 2004,” said Jeff Curtis, who owns CSI/Culley’s Septic with his wife, Chrissi.
“Culley’s has been an established septic service in the Lancaster and Nashoba Valley area for over 60 years. We bought it from Robert Culley, Sr.,” Chrissi added.

Former NBA player to share his ‘journey from addiction to recovery’

March 27th, 2014

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Hudson – Parents, grandparents and guardians are invited to attend “An Evening with Chris Herren,” Monday, April 7, at the Hudson High School (HHS) where the former NBA basketball star will discuss his journey back from a serious drug and alcohol addiction. The event, which is free, will start at 6 p.m. The program is sponsored by the Hudson Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (Hudson YSAP) Coalition.

The former college basketball star achieved his dream of playing professionally – including for the Boston Celtics and in leagues overseas – but his success was soon lost as he battled a dark descent into addiction. After intensive rehabilitation programs, he has been alcohol- and drug-free since 2008. He now shares his story with groups such as the Hudson YSAP Coalition in the hopes of reaching individuals and families to help them make positive choices.

Boston Marathon Profile – Daniel Schwartz

March 26th, 2014

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By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer Daniel Schwartz of Shrewsbury, 42, running his fifth marathon, and raising money for Team BMC, in support of the Boston Medical Center How many marathons have you run? How many times have you run Boston? This will be my fifth marathon. I have not run Boston before. The Disney Marathon in January [...]

Boston Marathon Profile – John Ouano

March 26th, 2014

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By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer John Ouano of Northborough, 47, running in his third marathon, and fundraising for Project Home How many marathons have you run? How many times have you run Boston? I have run two marathons – Chicago 2012 and Boston 2013. Has this winter’s weather affected your training routine? If so, what have you [...]

Southborough student achieves Eagle Scout rank

March 26th, 2014

Southborough student achieves Eagle Scout rank

Southborough – Stanley Zarrilli, 18, of Troop 92 of Southborough, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout March 18. Zarrilli, a senior at Algonquin Regional High School, is a lifelong Cub Scout and Boy Scout with years of community service and scouting activities. For his Eagle Project, he assisted in the construction of three picnic tables [...]

Shrewsbury resident graduates from state firefighting academy

March 26th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Firefighter Benjamin Gerber graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) March 21. Gerber is veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Iraq. He earned numerous service medals and awards while a member of the military, including Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Service Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, [...]

Musically observing Women’s History Month

March 26th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Ellen of the musical ensemble “Too Human” sings an Ella Fitzgerald classic in a concert of music featuring notable women, presented March 23 at the Shrewsbury Public Library. The afternoon gathering also included a display of artwork created by Janet Schwartz and Dave Kaphammer. The program was sponsored in part by a grant [...]

Citywide sights and sounds of art

March 26th, 2014

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Marlborough – Chloe Bartlett and Julia Huezo, both seniors at Marlborough High School and members of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, provide violin music at the opening reception of the annual Citywide Art Show, held March 20 at 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School. With each of the city’s public schools represented, the exhibit featured [...]

Race to honor memory of Matt Bruce

March 26th, 2014

A 5K run/walk to honor the memory of Northborough resident Matt Bruce will be held Saturday, April 5 in Northborough. Photo/submitted

Northborough – A 5K run/walk to honor the memory of Northborough resident Matt Bruce will be held Saturday, April 5, at the Proctor Elementary School, 26 Jefferson Rd. Matt died March 21 after a courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 26. Originally the 5K was to be a fundraiser to help with [...]

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