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Marlborough Chamber expands heritage festivities

October 27th, 2015

Dancing a routine are members of Ballet Folklorico Guadalupano from the Immaculate Conception Spanish Community Dancers.

Marlborough – The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce expanded its 20th annual one-day Heritage Festival to become the first Heritage Weekend in the city’s downtown cultural district, rescheduled because of inclement weather to Oct. 23 to 25.

Officials and residents observe Dean Park’s 100th anniversary

October 26th, 2015

Craig Colonero, volunteer coach, offers a pep talk to Dean Park teammates comprised of Shrewsbury High School students.

Shrewsbury – Surrounded by autumn foliage, many memories of yesteryear were shared as Shrewsbury residents and guests joined state and local officials Oct. 24 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Dean Park. The 75 acres was donated to the town by Charles A. Dean in memory of his parents James and Keziah Stearns Dean. The park officially opened October 27, 1915.

Costumed kids on parade in Southborough

October 26th, 2015

SO Halloween Parade 1-rs

Southborough – Intermittent drizzle earlier in the day Oct. 25 cleared in time for costumed kids to participate in the annual Halloween Parade, a longtime tradition presented by the Southborough Firefighters Association. Escorted by Fire Engine 22, lots of families traveled along Main Street for several blocks.

Grafton boys’ soccer shuts out Auburn

October 20th, 2015

Grafton’s Sean MacDonald sneaks past Auburn's Adam Cool.

Grafton – The Grafton High School boys’ soccer team defeated South Worcester County League opponent Auburn High School by a score of 4-0 Oct. 19.

Hudson Recreation hosts well-attended 18th Pumpkin Fest

October 20th, 2015

Costumed as Winnie the Pooh, Phoenix Uribe, almost 2, relaxes by a stack of jumbo pumpkins.

Hudson – Residents and visitors sported autumn layers on a brisk Oct. 17 when Hudson Recreation presented the 18th annual Pumpkin Fest at Morgan Bowl. Five hours of family fun featured lots of refreshments and activities offered by over 30 nonprofit organizations, live entertainment, sculpted balloons by clowns, pony rides, inflatable amusements, trackless train rides and fireworks.

Vigil held for victims of domestic abuse

October 20th, 2015

Participants at the vigil

Shrewsbury – A candlelight vigil was held on Shrewsbury Common Oct. 15 to remember those who have been victims of domestic violence. Local leaders, clergy and residents joined co-hosts from the Against Domestic Violence in Shrewsbury Education (ADVISE) project and Saheli, which advocates for South Asian women.

Southborough celebrates its 42nd Heritage Day

October 13th, 2015

Commander Steve Whynot of VFW Post 3276 (left) leads a color guard of local military veterans.

Southborough – The center of Southborough was bustling with activities on an unseasonably warm Oct. 13 for its 42nd Heritage Day Celebration, organized by Southborough Recreation. Festivities began the previous evening when the Southborough Rotary Club presented the 17th annual Light-Up Southborough. Over 250 carved and decorated jack-o-lanterns were still on display along Common Street for visitors to view before the parade.

Observing Fire Prevention Week in Marlborough

October 13th, 2015

Cole Williams, 4, crawls through an obstacle course.

Marlborough – The Marlborough Central Fire Station hosted a fun and educational open house Oct. 10 in observance of National Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 4 to 10). While adults collected fire safety literature, children watched videos and live demonstrations, played in an obstacle course and got behind the wheel of the department’s emergency vehicles. They and their families were treated to pizza, ice cream and popcorn.

St. John’s football defeats Shrewsbury

October 12th, 2015

St. John’s Nick Pallotta tries to evade a tackle by Shrewsbury’s Nicholas Martin

Shrewsbury – The St. John’s High School Pioneers defeated the Shrewsbury High School Colonials by a score of 28-7, in a game played Friday, October 9 at Shrewsbury High School.

State police museum continues an active first year in Grafton

October 6th, 2015

Gathered at a 1968 Plymouth Fury cruiser from Plymouth County are (front, l to r) John Crawford, vice present of the Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center (MSPMLC); Chris Bitteker and John Tassinari Jr., board members of Cops for Kids with Cancer; (back, l to r) Mike Slepetz, MSPMLC fleet historian; and Phil Masso, MSPMLC assistant fleet historian.

Grafton – About a 20-year process of collecting artifacts resulted in the opening of the nonprofit Massachusetts State Police Museum and Learning Center (MSPMLC) in the former barracks built in 1931 at 44 Worcester St. (Route 140) in Grafton. While the building’s renovation is still “a work in progress,” the time and energy is deserved, noted Charlie “Shirl” Alejandro, a retired trooper and museum director.

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