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Voicing concern for the environment in Southborough

March 19th, 2014

Carl Guyer, chair of the Southborough Green Technology and Recycling Committee

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Southborough – At the March 14 meeting of the Breakfast Club at the Southborough Senior Center, Carl Guyer, chair of the Southborough Green Technology and Recycling Committee (SGTRC), spoke about the impact of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. He and SGTRC are encouraging residents to support the effort for Southborough to become a certified Green Community. There are currently 123 designated Green Communities in Massachusetts including Marlborough.

Author Scott to sign copies of new novel at Tatnuck Bookseller

March 18th, 2014

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Westborough – Author James Scott will be signing copies of his new novel, “The Kept,” at Tatnuck Bookseller Sunday, March 23 from 1- 3 p.m. In the winter of 1897, Elspeth Howell treks across miles of snow and ice to the isolated farmstead in upstate New York where she and her husband have raised their [...]

Algonquin Dramahawks to perform ‘The Odd Couple’

March 17th, 2014

Members of “The Odd Couple” cast: (top row, l to r) Jack Tzianabos, Tyler Murphy, Mike Kutch, Jack Henningson, (bottom row, l to r) Mike McGregor and Joe McCuine. 

Northborough/Southborough – Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) thespians will be presenting Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple,” a comedy in three acts, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 20, 21 and 22, at 7 p.m. each night.

The show, which made its premiere on Broadway in 1965, was revived in a 1968 film as well as a 1970s television series. The plot revolves around two mismatched roommates: the fastidious, insufferably uptight and incredibly neat photographer, Felix Ungar, and the disheveled, easygoing and incredibly messy sportswriter, Oscar Madison.

March 17th, 2014

MDeLaPena The Coyote Wars cover

Westborough – Author and Southborough resident Michael C. De la Pena will be signing copies of his new book, “The Coyote Wars” at Tatnuck Bookseller, Saturday, March 22 from 1 – 3 p.m. Deep within the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, a terrorist family resides in a compound they call the Fortress.  Tim Wallace is the [...]

Greyhound Friends: Hopkinton group helps rescued dogs find homes

March 14th, 2014

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Hopkinton—Rescuing dogs—greyhounds from the racing industry and hounds of other types from states with overpopulations—has been the mission of Greyhound Friends for over 30 years. The other half of that mission is placing these dogs in homes where they will be loved and cared for.

Miracle baby’s mom becomes advocate for March of Dimes

March 14th, 2014

Michael on his first birthday.

Shrewsbury – Michael Luke Pelak IV. It’s a long name for a little boy who came into this world well ahead of schedule and weighing only four pounds. His mother, Shrewsbury resident Jennifer O’Connor, calls her son by a shorter name, one that reflects the struggle behind that early arrival: “my miracle.”

Marlborough farmer, 96, shares secrets to aging well

March 13th, 2014

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Marlborough – For nonagenarian Robert Lavallee of Marlborough, the secret to longevity and good health is just that…a secret.

Service dog helps veterans find a purpose for living

March 11th, 2014

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Region – Since 9/11, dogs have become an important part of homeland security, both in the military and law enforcement. March 13 marks K9 Veterans Day, an unofficial holiday recognized in some cities and states to honor those dogs.

Specially trained dogs are now taking on a new role in the military: as service dogs for returning soldiers and veterans.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Valiant Veterans, based in Worcester, is one of the many organizations working to lower that number through programs to help veterans return home to civilian life and overcome afflictions associated with military service.

Shrewsbury resident recalls moving to US as a teen

March 10th, 2014

Shrewsbury resident Elina Pirovich, principal of the Russian School of Mathematics in Shrewsbury, moved to the United States from the Soviet Union as a teenager. (Photo/Lori Berkey)

Shrewsbury – When Elina Pirovich was 15, she was living in her homeland of the Soviet Union in an area that is now the independent country of Lithuania. It was 1982, and Leonid Brezhnev was in power. People who were Jewish were being persecuted, she said, and her family is of that faith. A window of opportunity opened for her family to emigrate as political refugees. Wanting a better future for their children, Pirovich’s parents decided to dislocate themselves from everything they knew and start a new life in the United States.

Shrewsbury filmmaker prepares for festival circuit

March 9th, 2014

Bob Heske of Shrewsbury (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Bob Heske of Shrewsbury co-wrote short films that have earned awards at festivals, most notably “Waiting” starring Emmy Award winner Richard Schiff for NBC-TV’s “The West Wing.” Most recently, Heske produced and wrote a full-length feature, “Blessid,” shot mostly in Shrewsbury. While the film is undergoing final editing, it got a sneak-peek screening for the cast and crew Feb. 21 at Studio 22 in the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA in Westborough.

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