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Eagle Scout project marks history

August 4th, 2016

(l to r) Boy Scout Carter Brannon and Northborough 250th Committee member Norm Corbin at Marker #22 at the John Brigham Saw Mill Site where Howard Brook crosses Whitney Street.

Northborough – Fifteen-year-old Carter Brannon is sharing Northborough’s history with the community in an innovative way that also helps him work toward his Eagle Scout badge. The Eagle Scout is the highest achievement to earn as a Boy Scout.

Anyone driving or walking around town probably has seen a few of the handmade, wooden historical markers. There are 50 of them placed at historic sites around town including familiar sites such as the Gale Library, Chet’s Diner, the Aqueduct, Unitarian Universalist First Parish Church, and First Burial Ground on Brigham Street.

Grafton Police host 11th National Night Out locally

August 4th, 2016

Caelan Laverty and Carly Simpson, both 9, wave to a State Police helicopter flying overhead.

Grafton – For the 11th year, Grafton residents and visitors joined thousands of communities nationwide Aug. 2 by celebrating the 33rd annual National Night Out. The event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and locally by the Grafton Police Department.

Designed to strengthen a partnership between police and community, the family-friendly block party is also an opportunity for residents to share their concerns with police and other town officials.

Beating the heat

July 26th, 2016

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Northborough – Kids of all ages flocked to the Splash Pad at Assabet Park July 25 to enjoy a reprieve from the hot and humid weather. Photos/Jerry Callaghan

Tackling town trivia during Hudson 150th anniversary

July 21st, 2016

Figuring the answer to a Hudson trivia question are Murphy family members (l to r) Suzanne, their son James, and Lee, collectively known as the “416 Mainers” team.

Hudson – As Hudson celebrates its 150th anniversary, residents and visitors were challenged to test their knowledge of the town spanning its century-and-a-half history. They attended Trivia Game Night, presented July 18 at the Hudson Public Library with Vertigo Trivia owner and host Dan Barbour. He’s also the young adult librarian at the Shrewsbury Public Library.

Shrewsbury Legion wins Zone 4 championship

July 21st, 2016

Tyler McKeon connects with a pitch in the first inning.

Shrewsbury – There’s just no place like home when a Zone 4 Samko American Legion Championship Series title is on the line, players and coaches of the Shrewsbury Quaranta Post 397 team unanimously agree.

Top-seed Shrewsbury found out that home cooking is what it’s all about as the team defeated visiting second-seed Northbridge, 7-3, on July 19 to capture the coveted championship, its first since 2011. Shrewsbury now advances to double-elimination State competition in Norwood on July 23 versus to-be-determined Section 8 champions.

Hudson ceremony welcomes 253 new U.S. citizens

July 16th, 2016

Celina Chaves (center) congratulates (l to r) her uncle, Jose Chaves, and her aunt, Maria Helena Reis, after they became American citizens.

Hudson – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) presented 253 citizenship candidates to the Middlesex Superior Court during a naturalization ceremony held July 15 in the Riverview banquet hall of the Hudson Portuguese Club. Administering the Oath of Allegiance to the new American citizens was the Honorable Rosalind Miller, associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court.

Library renovations progressing this summer

July 15th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – Members of the Artist Guild of Shrewsbury recently took a tour at the Shrewsbury Public Library to view the ongoing renovations. The group will be displaying their art when the library has its grand re-opening in September. Photos/Jerry Callaghan

Proposals sought for Westborough State Hospital property

July 14th, 2016

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Westborough – On a hill off of Lyman Street, near Lake Chauncy and neighboring Northborough, the former Westborough State Hospital property sits silent, a vestige of the past. The property’s 64 buildings, some of which were built when the hospital opened in 1886, are all now empty and boarded up. Vandals have left their mark since the hospital closed, on the insides as well as the outsides of the buildings.

Southborough seniors celebrate summer

July 13th, 2016

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Southborough – Residents continued the spirit of celebration and patriotism at the annual summer BBQ held at the senior center July 13. Photos/Jane Keller Gordon

Kids display stars and stripes in holiday parade

July 1st, 2016

“Harry Potter” fan C.J. Cryan, 5, marches along the parade route.

Southborough – Once again, Common Street was closed by the Southborough Police as a longtime holiday tradition continued June 30. Young patrons of the Southborough Library and their family members participated in the annual Fourth of July parade, wearing star-spangled accessories while waving American flags.

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