August 15th, 2016
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.
August 14th, 2016
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.
August 11th, 2016
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.
August 8th, 2016
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.
August 4th, 2016
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.
August 4th, 2016
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.
July 26th, 2016
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
July 21st, 2016
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.
July 21st, 2016
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.
July 16th, 2016
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.