December 31st, 2013
Region – Launched nationally in 2008, LIVESTRONG at the YMCA began in April 2013 at the Boroughs Family Branch YMCA in Westborough. A collaboration between the YMCA of the USA and the LIVESTRONG Foundation, it’s a physical and wellbeing initiative that helps participants affected by cancer strengthen their bodies and minds. Overseeing the program locally is Wellness Director Christine Salovardos.
December 31st, 2013
Region – The start of a new year is always exciting, filled with anticipation and possibilities. This year we have another reason to look forward to 2014 – the Community Advocate will be celebrating its 40th anniversary! As such, we are committed more than ever to bring our readers the best news, sports, business and [...]
December 28th, 2013
Region – A new theater company is preparing its first major production with a cast of 26 performers from 14 communities including Hudson, Marlborough, Southborough, and Westborough. They’re rehearsing in Sterling; the show will be staged in Worcester; and the theater group was co-founded by Kelly and John Bubello of Leominster.
December 26th, 2013
Region – The causes of homelessness in Massachusetts are myriad, according to Julie Stanwood, director of Friends of Families in Transition, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that provides services to those living in local hotels. These may include lack of education, loss of employment, or a sudden illness that creates a loss of income. Sometimes it’s poor choices or an addiction.
“A lot of these people are working,” Stanwood said, but many of them are being paid minimum wage, which is insufficient to live on. “If you’re lacking education or specific skills, you can’t support your family. Even Massachusetts affordable housing is not truly affordable.”
December 21st, 2013
Region – Here is a listing of local Christmas Eve and Christmas Day church services. Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24 Hudson Grace Baptist Church, 353 River Road, 4, 5:30, and 7 p.m. www.gracehudson.org, 978-562-8550. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington St., 7 – 9 p.m. http://stlukeshudson.org, 978-562-2701. First Federated Church, 200 Central St., 7 p.m. [...]
December 18th, 2013
Region – Pearl Dionysopoulos was recently employed and is married with five children, aged 5 to 16. She is not what readily comes to mind when one thinks of the homeless. The family was renting a home in Roxbury. Her husband worked in painting and construction. She worked at a pizza joint in Dorchester.
“Things were good; they were good for a while,” Dionysopoulos said.
December 15th, 2013
Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,500 to Marlborough Public Schools Music Association to purchase a bassoon. Avidia Bank is a $1.1 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough, and Shrewsbury.
December 11th, 2013
Region – The Community Advocate will publish a list of Christmas church services for the region in the Friday, Dec. 20 issue. If you would like your church listed, please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, Dec. 16 at noon. Please also feel free to share information about activities happening during the Christmas vacation [...]
December 9th, 2013
Region – At the Nov. 21membership breakfast, with over 200 members and guests in attendance, the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce awarded 22 mini-grants to educators in 13 schools totaling $7,866.79. Grants were awarded for projects that benefit students from kindergarten to grade 12. The chamber’s mini-grant program is designed to support the development of [...]
December 8th, 2013
Hudson/Marlborough – Under normal circumstances, preparing for the holidays can be stressful and tiring. For parents who have lost a child, the pain of loss is felt most poignantly during this time. Because the parent-child relationship is physically, socially and psychologically unique, the loss of a child is devastating for a parent – at any age or stage of life. No one knows this better than the members of Pieta, an ongoing support group for bereaved parents.