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Snow on the way – but not for region

January 20th, 2016

By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist Well, it looks like we have dodged a major bullet!  The effects our area will feel from the weekend storm will likely be minimal at most, with most areas hardly getting any plowable snow at all.  The storm looks to be going out to sea well to our south, […]

Much improved Assabet hockey defeats Grafton

January 20th, 2016

Joe Corsi rips a slap shot on net during the second period.

Region – The Assabet Valley Regional Technical School (AVRTS) hockey team defeated Grafton High School by a score of 1-0 in a hard-fought and hard-hitting game played Jan. 19 in Worcester.

Mass. Academy of Math and Science announces information sessions

January 19th, 2016

Mass Academy students doing a chemistry demonstration at Worcester Polytechnic Institute/NASA’s Touch Tomorrow Day.

Region – The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), 85 Prescott St., will hold information sessions Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1-3 p.m.; and Saturday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Changes in high school competition benefit Shrewsbury’s varsity swim team

January 19th, 2016

(l to r) Mike Lee, Lea Murphy, Cameron Greiner and Erin Kean
Photo/John Orrell

Region – Competitive high school swimming underwent a major transformation beginning this season that has been met with near across-the-board endorsement by area swim coaches, including Shrewsbury High School varsity head coach Alexandra Wilson.

Teams remain co-ed but no longer will boys compete against girls in events. Under the new rules, boys will compete against boys and girls versus girls, a radical shift from the past. So, has the change been for the better? Wilson thinks it has.

Westborough High track off to a running start

January 15th, 2016


Region – The 2015 component of the 2015-2016 Westborough High School Track and Field team has been as good as it can get and then some. The team has recorded decisive victories over always-tough opponents Quabbin Regional, Groton-Dunstable and Nashoba Regional high schools, with some of the victories being by margins of 40 points or more.

Important steps to avoid a house fire and stay safe

January 14th, 2016

Lt. Annmarie Pickett

Region – According to the National Fire Protection Association, people age 65 and over are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large.

SpencerBANK employees join together for Toys for Kids donation

January 5th, 2016

R Spencer Bank donation-cr

Spencer – SpencerBANK employees worked together this holiday season to support the Spencer Toys for Kids campaign. Collectively, staff members donated toys to 21 children living in Spencer. The Bank also serves as a drop-off location for this program each year.

Avidia donates to the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest

January 4th, 2016

(l to r) Francis X. Hurley, president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest; Keith Dwinells, Hudson branch manager of Avidia Bank; and members of the club

Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. This donation will be used for afterschool programs.

Sheriff’s annual Winter Coat Drive spreads warmth during holiday season

January 4th, 2016

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis with staff of St. Anne's Human Services of Shrewsbury, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office Community Outreach Team and volunteers, during the sheriff's visit to drop off and distribute winter coats as part of his annual Winter Coat Drive. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis spent Dec. 8 and 9 visiting a number of greater Worcester area charities to distribute some much needed warm winter jackets. The Sheriff’s Coat Drive is an annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a […]

Rapidly freezing conditions predicted for tonight

December 29th, 2015

Region – The National Weather Service has issued this advisory for tonight: Temperatures were rapidly falling to below freezing in eastern Massachusetts as of 2:30 p.m. The freezing line stretched from near Lynn southwestward to Arlington, Wellesley and Hopkinton. These colder temperatures will be moving rapidly southward across the Boston metropolitan area by 4 p.m. […]

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