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Officials launch statewide fire safety program for seniors in Hudson

March 29th, 2014

State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, who is also the head of the Department of Fire Services in Stow, emcees a discussion of Senior SAFE.

Hudson – Local and state officials gathered March 28 at the Hudson Senior Center to officially launch Senior SAFE. The new program has provided grants to 205 fire departments statewide to work with councils on aging and other agencies so that they can offer fire safety education for older adults. It’s modeled after Student Awareness of Fire Education (SAFE) for children under 18, which reduced fire-related deaths within that age group by 71 percent.

Held two days after the fatal fire in a Boston apartment building, the gathering began with State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan inviting everyone to join him in a moment of silence for the two fallen firefighters.

Race to honor memory of Matt Bruce

March 26th, 2014

A 5K run/walk to honor the memory of Northborough resident Matt Bruce will be held Saturday, April 5 in Northborough. Photo/submitted

Northborough – A 5K run/walk to honor the memory of Northborough resident Matt Bruce will be held Saturday, April 5, at the Proctor Elementary School, 26 Jefferson Rd. Matt died March 21 after a courageous battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). He was 26. Originally the 5K was to be a fundraiser to help with [...]

‘No Show Flash Mob’ to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs

March 13th, 2014

Region – The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest announced its annual “No Show” campaign, the 2014 No Show Flash Mob. Participants can go online and register not to dance for only $5 and receive virtual ticket via email. By doing this, all the proceeds will go toward the development of children in the MetroWest [...]

Service dog helps veterans find a purpose for living

March 11th, 2014

Gunnar and Midas

Region – Since 9/11, dogs have become an important part of homeland security, both in the military and law enforcement. March 13 marks K9 Veterans Day, an unofficial holiday recognized in some cities and states to honor those dogs.

Specially trained dogs are now taking on a new role in the military: as service dogs for returning soldiers and veterans.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Valiant Veterans, based in Worcester, is one of the many organizations working to lower that number through programs to help veterans return home to civilian life and overcome afflictions associated with military service.

Local band writes tribute to 2013 Boston Marathon

March 8th, 2014

Members of Root Nine: (Back row, l to r) Rick Schiffman, Matt Barber, Michael Lee, (front row, l to r) Jeff Vetstein and Todd O'Neil. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Root Nine, a Boston-based band that performs along and around the Route 9 corridor, recently released its new single, “Ode to Java Joe.” The song, which is a tribute to the 2013 Boston Marathon, is dedicated to the memories of Krystle Campbell, Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Sean Collier and all others affected by the tragic events of last April 15. All proceeds from the sales of the song will be donated to Boston’s One Fund and the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation.

House passes enhanced anti-bullying legislation

March 8th, 2014

Region – State Representative Danielle Gregoire (D-Marlborough), along with her colleagues in the House of Representatives, passed legislation at the end of February that builds on the 2010 landmark anti-bullying legislation. This legislation was overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 143-4. While the original legislation prohibited bullying and cyber-bullying, and required schools to establish related [...]

Volunteer counselors needed to explain health insurance options to seniors

March 2nd, 2014

Region – The SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) program is seeking certified volunteer counselors to help seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare to understand the many and increasingly complex insurance options available to them. Through an intensive training program, SHINE counselors become certified to explain health insurance options. They work one-on-one [...]

Area libraries participate in MA eBook Project

February 28th, 2014

R-Ma ebook project

Region – The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), in conjunction with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, is conducting a pilot program known as the MA eBook Project to study the concept of sharing an electronic collection with libraries statewide. Among the 51 participants are the public libraries in Hudson and Shrewsbury, and the Fay School Library in Southborough. The project officially launched in November with an initial plan to run for six months. It has now been extended through June.

MLS partnered with two vendors. Over 3,000 e-books are available from Baker & Taylor via its Axis 360 digital media circulation platform. Over 30,000 e-books and other materials are available on an unlimited multi-user basis from BiblioLabs through its BiblioBoard platform.

Ashland Business Association offers scholarships to high school seniors

February 26th, 2014

Ashland – Each year the Ashland Business Association (ABA) awards scholarships to high school seniors residing in Ashland. This spring the ABA will award a minimum of two-$1,000 scholarships to students who best demonstrate good work ethics, motivation, creativity and business/community interests. The deadline to submit the application and all supporting material is midnight, Friday, [...]

Freezing rain expected late tonight

February 20th, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Weather Advisory” for a period of freezing rain from late tonight into early tomorrow morning. Their 10:30 A.M. updated forecast discussion is below, with a few editorial changes for ease of reading:

“Expect precipitation to develop across the western zones between 7 and 10 pm tonight and expand northeastward quickly. This will also bring a significant warm layer into the region from the south at higher levels of the atmosphere. Temperatures look to be warm enough at the onset for precipitation to fall as rain. However…surface temperatures will drop through the night…resulting in a change to a variety of precipitation types for much of the area. Expect a period of snow or rain mixed with snow for southern New Hampshire before a change to freezing rain as the warm layer reaches that far north. An hour or two of sleet mixed in with rain/snow is possible north of Route 2 but south of the MA/NH border. Elsewhere a change to freezing rain is expected. Am most confident in this change roughly west of 495 and north of the Mass Pike. However…freezing rain is also possible across northern CT…parts of northern RI…and areas of MA back to the 95 corridor. This is all dependent on how quickly temperatures fall at the surface. If temperatures remain above freezing at the surface… then precipitation will remain as rain in these areas. If they don/t then freezing rain will occur. Have issued winter weather advisories for southern New Hampshire and all of Massachusetts roughly west of 495. Advisories may be necessary outside of this area…but with the uncertainty in the surface temperatures…will allow the day shift to take another look.”

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