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Shrewsbury’s Legion baseball excels in summer action

June 30th, 2016

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Shrewsbury – Don’t blame Shrewsbury Victor R. Quaranta Post 397 American Legion Baseball manager Frank Vaccaro if there’s an extra bounce in his step and inflection of enthusiasm in his voice when he talks about his 2016 squad.

Coggeshall leads by example for Bravehearts

June 30th, 2016

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Worcester – A player with all the tools and the makeup of Shrewsbury native and Assumption College senior Mike Coggeshall is a rare find, according to Worcester Bravehearts manager J.P. Pyne. The 6’3”, 200 lb. Coggeshall swings a hot bat, is more than solid defensively at third base, but also brings intangibles such as leadership and guidance to a clubhouse with many first-year players seeking to make the transition from college baseball.

Baker helps celebrate GE Healthcare Life Sciences grand opening in Marlborough

June 26th, 2016

Marlborough Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Kieran Murphy, president and CEO of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, and Gov. Charlie Baker

Marlborough – “It’s a great day for Marlborough,” Mayor Arthur Vigeant said as he greeted Gov. Charlie Baker and other state and local officials June 23 to celebrate the official opening of GE Healthcare Life Sciences headquarters located at 100 Results Way, the site of the former Hewlett Packard (HP).

In 2012 Marlborough was left reeling when Fidelity Investments left the city, just as Hewlett Packard had done a few years prior. But now things are definitely on the upswing as the 210,000 square-foot new GE Healthcare joins Quest Diagnostics on the former HP complex, which is now known as Marlborough Hills.

Shrewsbury High’s Twitchell leaves legacy of success on field and ice

June 20th, 2016

Adam Twitchell pitches in a recent game against Westborough High School. 
Photo/Kelly Burneson

Shrewsbury – He is far from flashy or flamboyant; that is clearly not his style. But what players, coaches and Shrewsbury High (SHS) team supporters see in graduating senior Adam Twitchell, all agree, is everything you can ask for in a high school sports-team leader, just without the hype.

Little kids enjoy big trucks in Grafton

June 20th, 2016

Peyton Bennett, 3, and his mother Jessica pose for a photo from inside a fire truck.

Grafton – Families spent a warm June 18 morning attending Grafton Recreation Department’s annual Big Truck Day. Various vehicles were parked behind the Grafton Municipal Building.

Kids got the chance to sit behind the wheel of town vehicles from the fire, police and highway departments. They also honked the horns of local businesses’ tractor, concrete mixer and Mack trucks. A highlight for many was climbing into an Army National Guard Jeep.

Grafton Historical Society hosts 49th Antiques & Arts Fair

June 20th, 2016

Selling raffle tickets on behalf of the Grafton Historical Society are (l to r) Helen Blazis, board member; Nancy Therrien, president; and her granddaughter Freya Langley, 12.

Grafton – The Grafton Common was filled with vendors’ displays June 18 when the Grafton Historical Society presented its 49th annual Antiques & Arts Fair. Guests browsed among dozens of booths offering antiques, collectibles, and artisans’ creations and demonstrations. An appraiser was available to reveal the value of visitors’ antiques and heirlooms.

Standing on the side of love

June 18th, 2016

People of all ages attended the event.

Grafton – Over 100 people of all ages, religions and sexual orientations attended an emotional and poignant candlight vigil held June 15 on the Grafton Common to honor those killed in the Orlando, Fla. shootings. The vigil, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton’s Social Justice Committee, featured songs and prayers that reflected the UUSGU theme of “standing on the side of love.”

Area graduates awarded scholarships at barbecue

June 15th, 2016

(l to r) Susanne Morreale Leeber, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) president and CEO, joins scholarship recipients Katrina Pusateri, Trevor Currin, Michael MacCormak and John Hulton with Darren McLaughlin, Marlborough Regional Community Foundation president.

Marlborough – On a cool, breezy June 9, Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce members met with college-bound students for the annual Scholarship Evening at Wayside Athletic Club. The presentation was emceed by Darren McLaughlin, general manager of Wayside, president of Marlborough Regional Community Foundation (MRCF), and chair of MRCC Scholarship and School to Business committees.

Shrewsbury celebrates groundbreaking for Lakeway Commons

June 14th, 2016

A depiction of the proposed Lakeway Commons
Photo/courtesy Grossman Development Group

Shrewsbury – As Howard Grossman gazed over the nearly 100 town and state officials and local business leaders gathered at the site of the former Spag’s store on Route 9 June 7, he noted that “it had been a long time coming.”

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.

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