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Candlelight vigil to commemorate those lost to drug addiction

August 25th, 2016

Kathy Leonard, who is organizing the vigil, with a photo of her son Jonathan, who died of an overdose in December 2014

Marlborough – A candlelight vigil will be held on the lawn of the Frank D. Walker Building, 244 Main St., on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day. In memory of those lives lost to overdose in Massachusetts in 2015, 1,531 purple flags have been placed on the front lawn […]

Elks wish Hudson a happy 150th birthday with balloons

August 23rd, 2016

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Hudson – What can a nonprofit organization give a town that already has year-round plans for 150th birthday celebrations? The Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge 959 presented residents and visitors a weekend of sights and sounds Aug. 15 and 16 with its ninth Balloons and Blues Festival.

Seniors enjoy sheriff’s annual picnic

August 21st, 2016

( l to r) Steve Cohen, his mother, Ruth and Evangelidis

By K.B. Sherman, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff’s Seniors’ Annual Picnic was a great success Aug. 20.  Sponsored by Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis, the picnic is an annual event that brings together seniors from all over Massachusetts. The event, held at the Scandinavian Athletic Club in Shrewsbury was attended by well over […]

2016 USRowing Masters National Championships held on Lake Quinsigamond

August 21st, 2016

The Saugutuck Rowing Club (Westport, Conn. ) Women’s Straight Four team competes in their heat at Lake Quinsigamond.

Region – The 2016 USRowing Masters National Championships were held on Lake Quinsigamond Aug. 18 – 21. Over 2,000 athletes from rowing clubs around the country participated.

Second annual Kane Charity Classic raises $51,000

August 16th, 2016

State Rep. Hannah Kane (center) presents a contribution of $17,000 each to representatives of three nonprofit organizations: (l to r) Elaine LeBlanc, St. Anne’s Human Services director; Wendy Mickel, Westborough Food Pantry treasurer; Tom Kennedy, Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services board member; and JoAnn Keegan, St. Anne’s Human Services food bank manager.

Shrewsbury/Westborough – Held Aug. 15 at the Haven Country Club in Boylston, the second annual Hannah Kane Charity Classic golf tournament raised $51,000. The full day of activities began with a continental breakfast and concluded with a 19th-Hole Reception sponsored by Central One Federal Credit Union. There, state Rep. Hannah Kane, R-Shrewsbury, announced that the First-Place Gross Team Award was earned by a foursome of Central One staff members.

Northborough families enjoy old-fashioned fun and games

August 15th, 2016

Competing in a tug of war are (l to r) Ashton Bates, 7, his sister Juliet, 5, Niko Conway, 7, and Landin Youssef, 9.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Northborough – Children of all ages gave their computer games a break Aug. 14 to attend Family Fun Day at Ellsworth-McAfee Park in Northborough. An afternoon of old-fashioned games and activities was held as part of the town’s year-round 250th anniversary celebration. Among the games of yesteryear played were […]

Shrewsbury library donors treated to sneak preview

August 15th, 2016

Ellen Dolan, director of the Shrewsbury Library, is presented with a bouquet of pink roses as a token of appreciation for the major role she played in bringing the expanded and renovated building project to fruition by Board of Trustees Chair Laurie Hogan.

Shrewsbury – An open house was held Aug. 10 at the newly expanded and renovated Shrewsbury Public Library, so that the major donors could see the positive effects of their substantial contributions to the successful $1.75 million fundraising campaign. Maps were passed out for a self-guided tour of the building.

Voters had approved a measure to expand and renovate the library in a ballot vote Nov. 5, 2013. The town received approximately $8 million from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for the project. The town’s portion, $13.3 million, will be funded through a debt exclusion. Supporters committed to also raising $1.75 million through fundraising endeavors.

Rotary Club of Westborough holds seventh annual triathlon

August 14th, 2016

Bikers mount up as they begin their 14 mile ride.

Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough, in conjunction with Sun Multisport, sponsored the seventh annual Westborough Rotary Sprint Triathlon. Over 300 athletes participated in the race, which was held Aug. 14.

A friend and advocate is remembered in Marlborough

August 11th, 2016

Patti Foti’s sons, Christopher (l) and Anthony, stand next to gazebo dedicated to their mother.

Marlborough – Patti Foti, her friends agreed, knew how to get things done. As a proud Marlborough resident, home health aide and caregiver, she was an advocate for those who needed assistance, especially senior citizens in the community. In a firm but gentle way, she let city officials know what needed to be done and held them accountable. When she passed away unexpectedly at age 63 in March, her death left a huge hole in the hearts of many.

On Aug. 10, her family, along with her friends and neighbors in the Bolton Street apartments where she lived for the past year, gathered to not mourn, they said, but to celebrate her life. The ceremony was also a dedication for a special gazebo and recreational area on the property named in her honor.

Loyal supporters outshine rainy start of motorcycle ride

August 8th, 2016

Motorcyclists begin the seventh annual Shawna Jean Larassa Memorial Motorcycle Ride during a sudden downpour.

Marlborough – Nearly 300 motorcyclists and passengers endured sudden downpours Aug. 6 as they started the seventh annual Shawna Jean Larassa (SJL) Memorial Motorcycle Ride. The 50-plus mile ride through 10 communities began and ended at the Marlborough Moose Family Center 1129. There, others joined them for a day of family fun with new attractions.

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