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Officials and residents celebrate re-opening of One Grafton Common

June 13th, 2016

Thomas Hopkins, director of the Mass. Architectural Access Board (in wheelchair), celebrates the grand re-opening of One Grafton Common with local officials and representatives of Apple Tree Arts.

Grafton – Local officials and residents gathered on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning, June 11 to commemorate the grand re-opening of One Grafton Common. The iconic building had recently undergone an extensive $4.5 million renovation to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as updating the utilities and fire protection. The project also started the process of creating offices, classes, practice rooms, and a performance center for the arts for its primary tenant, the nonprofit Apple Tree Arts.

Shrewsbury baseball comes up short in Central Mass. championship

June 13th, 2016

Shrewsbury’s Mike Filiere dives back to first to avoid the pickoff throw to St. Peter Marian’s Jon Gonzalez.

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury High’s Lee Diamantopoulos is arguably one of the most successful and respected head coaches in area high school baseball and has the credentials to prove it. But even he has to be pondering the possibility that higher forces are playing a role in his team’s quest for a District 1 championship.

Grafton defeated in Central Mass. softball final

June 13th, 2016

Grafton's Lindsey Sawtelle (#12) slides into third base safely.

Grafton – The top-seeded Grafton Indians suffered a tough loss to end their season June 12 against the third-seeded Auburn Rockets in a Central Mass. Division 2 final at Rockwood Field at Worcester State University.

Grafton had defeated Auburn in their two regular-season matchups, but fell short in the final 2-1, in a close game that came down to the final inning.

Families, runners and lucky ducks flock to Hudson Fest

June 13th, 2016

Handling a red-tail boa constrictor provided by Pete’s Reptile Experience are (l to r) Kendall Jordan, 8, with her cousins A.J. Leandres, 8, and his sister Lexi, 5.

Hudson – As Hudson celebrates its 150th anniversary, families, runners and lucky ducks flocked June 11 to South Street and nearby downtown locations. There, the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce marked its 30th annual Hudson Community Fest.

Revitalized Hudson downtown becomes regional destination

June 7th, 2016

Rail Trail Flatbread Company serves pies and pints.

Hudson – Formerly vacant storefronts in Hudson are now popular destinations filled with residents and visitors satisfying various culinary appetites. Concurrently, specialty shops are opening alongside several mainstays in the revitalized downtown.

Algonquin baseball loses a heartbreaker in quarterfinal game

June 7th, 2016

Algonquin starting pitcher Matt Geoffrion delivers a pitch in the first inning.

Northborough – For five-and-one-third innings of the second-seed Algonquin Regional High baseball team’s CMass Division 1 quarterfinal matchup versus visiting seventh-seed Wachusett Regional on Monday, it was as if Tomahawk standout pitcher Matt Geoffrion had cast a silent spell on his opponents’ bats. During that time, the University of Maine-bound Geoffrion and mates were cruising comfortably with a 2-0 lead that to many on hand seemed insurmountable.

Class of 2016 marks Hudson High’s 142nd graduation exercises

June 6th, 2016

Gathered prior to the graduation ceremony are the class officers: (l to r) Dennis Panneton, president; Joshua Teixeira, vice president; Kayley Cedrone, secretary; and Samantha Johnson and Scott Kall, co-treasurers.

Hudson – As the town celebrates its 150th anniversary, diplomas were presented June 5 to 184 members of the class of 2016 during the 142nd graduation exercises at the Hudson High School (HHS) Gymnasium.

Class of 2016 graduates outdoors at Westborough High

June 5th, 2016

W WHS graduation 2016 1-rs

Westborough – The weather cooperated June 4 allowing an outdoor graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 at Westborough High School (WHS), where 248 diplomas were presented.

Speakers included Superintendent Amber Bock; WHS Principal Brian Callaghan; School Committee Chair Josephine Hensley; Kush Patel, class president; and Tiffany Tzeng, valedictorian.

Marlborough Hospital hosts 18th Safe Summer Fun Day

June 5th, 2016

M Safe Summer Fun 1-rs

Marlborough – Families flocked to the 18th annual Safe Summer Fun Day, held June 4 on the front lawn of Marlborough Hospital. The highlight was the distribution of free children’s bicycle helmets, which were properly fitted by hospital staff. Also, eight bicycles and two tricycles were given away throughout the four-hour event.

Shrewsbury High School presents 389 diplomas in 2016

June 3rd, 2016

Gathered before the graduation ceremony are the 2016 class officers: (l to r)  Emma Aulenback, president; Richard Peng, vice president; Jaehyun Lee, secretary; Ryan Beals; Walsh Kang, treasurer; and Michael Wackell, marshal.

Shrewsbury – Diplomas were presented to 389 graduates in the class of 2016 at a ceremony June 2 at the Shrewsbury High School (SHS) Field House.

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