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Families shelter in local hotels as homeless problem persists

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.”

Local Christmas church services

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. [...]

Families shelter in local hotels as homeless problem persists

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.

Avidia donates $1,500 to Marlborough Public Schools music program

December 15th, 2013

David Morticelli (right), AVP market manager of Avidia Bank, presents $1,500 to (l to r) Lee Woodworth, Marlborough Public Schools Music Association Special Projects; Kyle Cook, Whitcomb Middle School student; and Simon Harding, Whitcomb Middle School band director. Cook will be learning to play the bassoon purchased with the donation.(Photo/submitted)

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.  

List of local Christmas church services now being compiled

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 calendar@communityadvocate.com by Monday, Dec. 16 at noon. Please also feel free to share information about activities happening during the Christmas vacation [...]

Corridor Nine awards $7,866 in mini-grants to educators

December 9th, 2013

Recipients of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 mini-grants/ (Photo/Ron Bouley Photography)

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 [...]

Pieta helps parents navigate grief

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.

Locals invited to share memories of JFK

December 5th, 2013

Region – Like so many millions of people around the globe, Worcester resident William Goldman was devastated when John F. Kennedy Jr. was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963. Although he was just a child at the time, Goldman said he remembered that day when his school’s principal made two announcements that day, first advising students that the president had been shot and then that he had died.

Flu clinics scheduled in Worcester for National Influenza Immunization Week

December 5th, 2013

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Worcester – National Influenza Immunization Week is Dec. 8 – 14, and the following influenza clinics have been scheduled next week at the Division of Public Health, Nursing Office (2nd Floor), 25 Meade St., Worcester, and are open to the general public: • Monday, Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Tuesday, Dec. [...]

Sweets fundraiser to benefit Hopkinton Public Library

December 5th, 2013


Hopkinton – Treat yourself and Hopkinton Public Library this holiday season! Place a holiday order for fabulous treat packages from local Hopkinton business P.Y.LE Sweets (Please Yourself with Luscious Edible Sweets) and 15 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the renovation and expansion of the library. The sale is available now to Dec. [...]

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