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Westborough artist reflects on art, teaching and The Graphic Workshop

September 16th, 2015

John Hayes (Photo/Submitted)

Westborough – Westborough resident John Hayes has spent his life focused on art and teaching, combining both as an art teacher. With 42 years under his belt, Hayes understands the challenges growing artists face and believes anyone who is able to make a living by producing their own art is very fortunate.

Westborough commemorates anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks

September 15th, 2015

Sgt. Steven Reale, Westborough Police Department and United States Marine Corps; Troy Kanji, WHS freshman; Matt Stockwell, Westborough Fire Department and member of United States Air Force Reserve and Elizabeth Hopkinson, WHS sophomore

Westborough – Under warm and cloudy skies, approximately 50 people gathered Sept. 11 in front of the Forbes Municipal Building (FMB), to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The event was organized by Westborough High School (WHS) freshman Abigail McLucas as part of her involvement with Project 351, an initiative that selects student ambassadors from each community across the state who works toward the goal of implementing positive changes in their community.

Avidia Charitable Foundation donates $1,000 to St. Bernadette School.

September 6th, 2015

(l to r) Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank; Julianne E. Morin, assistant principal at St. Bernadette School; Jennifer Cardoso, Northborough branch manager of Avidia Bank. (Photo/submitted)

Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,000 to St. Bernadette School in Northborough. This donation is for tuition assistance for students attending St. Bernadette School. Avidia Bank is a $1.2 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.

Avidia donates to the Hudson Portuguese Club

September 6th, 2015

(l to r) Lurdes Melo, president of the Board of Directors for the Hudson Portuguese Club; Kevin Santos, Oversight Committee member of the Hudson Portuguese Club; Jeff Tucker, board member of the Hudson Portuguese Club; Manuel Chaves, Oversight Committee member of the Hudson Portuguese Club; and Mark R. O’Connell, president & CEO of Avidia Bank. (Photo/submitted)

Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Hudson Portuguese Club. This donation is for the Hudson Portuguese Athletic Program. Avidia Bank is a $1.2 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.

Former sponsor meets her adult ChildFund alumnus

August 28th, 2015


Northborough – Before Deb Bourque of Northborough was married and had two children, she began donating $24 monthly to ChildFund International (formerly known as Christian Children’s Fund) to sponsor then-8-year-old Momodou Bah of the Gambia in West Africa. According to the organization’s website, “ChildFund exists to help deprived, excluded and vulnerable children have the capacity to improve their lives and the opportunity to become young adults, parents and leaders who bring lasting and positive change in their communities.”

Marlborough Police Chase 5K to benefit beloved employee’s family

August 27th, 2015

Runners begin a past Marlborough Police Chase 5K.
File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – The Marlborough Police Patrol Officers Association (MPPOA) is preparing for its 12th Police Chase 5K to hit the roads Saturday, Sept. 19, at 11 a.m., beginning and ending at the Marlborough Moose Family Center 1129. Concurrently, the Marlborough Police Department (MPD) is mourning the recent loss of an employee, Sue Blaisdell. Proceeds from this year’s fundraiser will go to her family, said Officer Pat Hogan, the race director since its inception in 2001.

RTN Federal Credit Union awards $10,000 in scholarships

August 26th, 2015

RTN Federal Credit Union Director Edward C. Brown, Jr., (right), presents the RTN scholarships to recipients Megan LaPlante, first place, and Daniel Thornton, second place. Missing is Margaret Coppinger, third-place winner. (Photo/submitted)

Region – RTN Federal Credit Union has announced the 2015 recipients of its James A. Burley Jr. Scholarship Award. The monetary prizes totaling $10,000 are conferred annually to three college-bound students whose parents are Credit Union Members. Megan LaPlante of Framingham received the top prize of $5,000; she will be attending the University of New […]

SnG Band to play free concert in Westborough

August 26th, 2015

SnG Band

Westborough – The Westborough Recreation Department is inviting residents of all ages to a free concert featuring the SnG Band Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Bay State Commons Gazebo. According to the band, they play “fun, dance-able music from all eras, including the 70s, 80s and 90s. We specialize in three chord […]

Worcester Chamber Music Society kicks off 10th anniversary season

August 26th, 2015


Region – The Worcester Chamber Music Society will present its 10th anniversary season opener Saturday, Sept. 19, at Tuckerman Hall, 10 Tuckerman St.., Worcester, at 8 p.m. The event will include a special opening night reception with dessert and cash bar. Featured performers will be Julian Milkis, clarinet, and Sonya Ovrutsky Fensome, piano. On Thursday, […]

Art exhibit at the Briarwood Community

August 26th, 2015

R Briarwood exhibit

Region – The Gallery at Briarwood, 65 Briarwood Circle, will hold its fifth public art exhibit in a series of six for 2015. “Present Perfect Continuous: The Art of Irina Parfenova” will run Sunday, Sept. 13, through Thursday, Nov. 5, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. The opening reception, with […]

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