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Local soldiers complete training exercise at Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center

August 14th, 2016

Region – Members of a task force with the New York Army National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team successfully completed the rigors of a force-on-force training exercise July 29 at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk Louisiana. Soldiers were expected to be deployed home by Aug. 5. The troops, with more […]

Grafton research company recognized with clean energy grants

August 14th, 2016

Region – On Aug. 2, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $280,000 in funding for seven researchers and companies developing innovative clean energy and water technologies across the commonwealth. The funding, which comes from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s (MassCEC) Catalyst program, will support clean energy and water research in Amherst, Boston, Cambridge, Medford, North Grafton, Somerville […]

Avidia Bank promotes employees at local branches

August 9th, 2016

Hudson – Avidia Bank, a $1.3 billion community bank based in Hudson, recently announced that two of their employees have been appointed into new positions to prepare the bank for future growth.

David Morticelli, formerly the assistant vice president, market manager of the Marlborough branch, has been promoted to assistant vice president, branch administrator. Morticelli has over 30 years of banking experience, spending more than 10 of those years with Avidia Bank. In this new role, Morticelli will provide leadership to Avidia Bank’s entire branch banking network.

United Way of Tri-County Tools for School backpack drive under way

August 8th, 2016


Region – Close to 700 families with school-age children in the Metrowest/I-495 area will receive backpacks filled with school supplies through the United Way of Tri-County’s Tools for School program.

For 22 years, the United Way of Tri-County has been bringing together local businesses, faith organizations, and individuals to hold supply drives and sponsor children with a backpack and school supplies for their first day back to school.

NAMI course on mental illness for family members

August 7th, 2016

Region – The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of North Central Massachusetts will offer NAMI’s 12-week Family-to-Family Education Program, a free course for family caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses, starting Friday, Sept. 9, in Leominster. The course, with enrollment limited to 20, will take place on Friday evenings, 6:30-9 p.m., in Leominster, […]

Sheriff honors members of 17th Annual Youth Public Safety Academy

August 7th, 2016

Marlborough youth proudly hold up their certificates after completing the 17th annual Youth Public Safety Academy. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian and the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office recently recognized 116 graduates of the Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA).  Children from Acton, Billerica, Marlborough and Maynard were among those who graduated after spending five days learning from members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office as well as local police and fire departments. “For […]

Simone is appointed Corridor Nine chair

August 4th, 2016

Mary Simone (Photo/submitted)

Region – Mary Simone, general manager of the Marlborough Courtyard by Marriott, has been appointed the new chair of the board of directors for the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce for a two year term. Simone has served on the chamber’s executive committee for two years and has been an active member of the […]

ARC to host seventh annual golf tournament

August 2nd, 2016

Region – The Addiction Referral Center (ARC) is sponsoring its seventh annual golf tournament Friday, Aug. 19 at Juniper Hill Golf Course, 202 Brigham St., Northborough.  Registration will take place at 8 a.m., with a tee time of 9 a.m. Several prizes will be awarded during lunch following the competition.  Sponsorships are being encouraged by […]

Avidia donates $1,000 to St. Bernadette School

August 2nd, 2016

(l to r) Mark O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank; Deborah O’Neil, principal of St. Bernadette School; and Jennifer Cardoso, Northborough branch manager of Avidia Bank

Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,000 to St. Bernadette School in Northborough. This donation is to help assist with financial aid. Avidia Bank is a $1.2 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.

Some like it hot…but some don’t

July 28th, 2016

Cartoon/Ed Turner

Region – The extended heat wave this summer has residents racing for relief whether that’s a local pool, the beach or an air-conditioned building.

Not surprising, officials across the region, worried about drought conditions after a particularly mild winter, have issued strict water bans.

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