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Westborough boy wins a unique Bruins souvenir

April 18th, 2014

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Westborough – Colin Barr, a 9-year-old student at Armstrong Elementary School, was excited to go to the Boston Bruins versus Buffalo Sabres game in Boston April 12 with his father, John. His excitement, however, grew by leaps and bounds in the first period and not just because his favorite team was playing well after a mini-slump. Instead, it was because he found he was going to be taking home a coveted souvenir – a jersey of from one of the players that would be literally right off the player’s back.

Mayor announces Marlborough’s two Senior of the Year recipients

April 18th, 2014

Mayor Arthur Vigeant congratulates the two Senior of the Year recipients, Lydia Whitcomb and Rita Collins.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – “The more things change, the more they stay the same” is a proverb that applies to the 38th annual Senior of the Year Dinner when Mayor Arthur Vigeant welcomed residents age 60 and over April 16 at the Marlborough High School cafeteria. New this year, there were two honorees: Lydia Whitcomb and Rita Connors.

As in past years, the mayor noted that each deserves recognition for outstanding contributions to the city.

Northborough boy alerts authorities to fire

April 17th, 2014


Northborough – An observant little boy is being credited, in part, with notifying authorities of a brush fire April 14 that spread over nearly seven acres before being contained.

Aidan Callaghan, an 8-year-old second-grader at the Lincoln Street School was on the bus home when he noticed smoke coming from a wetlands area on Crawford Street. As soon as he got off, he ran into his house and told his mother, Jennifer.

Westborough man teams up with Rob Fuller Motorsports to raise cancer awareness

April 17th, 2014

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Westborough – While he did not get to drive the race car, Westborough native and cancer survivor Dave McGrath’s role on the Rob Fuller Motorsports (RFM) team at the Thompson Speedway Icebreaker race April 6 was no less important.

Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection have teamed up to feature young cancer survivors during the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in an effort to raise awareness of cancer symptoms and the obstacles teens and young adults face to diagnose cancer at earlier stages. McGrath attended the race as an honorary crew member for RFM and his picture was featured on the race car.

Marlborough students begin summer job hunting

April 16th, 2014

John Cone and Tiffany Cyr, both juniors at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, fill out job applications at the Teen Job Fair.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – Many young adults ages 16 to 21 took their first step toward entering the workforce April 10 by attending the 12th annual Teen Job Fair at the Pleasant Street Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW). Representatives from 23 employers offered applications for summer or year-round jobs.

Algonquin students organize race for education

April 16th, 2014

Algonquin Regional High School’s Global Learning Initiative members (l to r) Elizabeth Wig, Stephanie Wu and Olivia Mott work to make sure everyone has equal access to an education.

Northborough/Southborough – In an effort to help improve education globally as well as locally, the former Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) Girls Learn International Club has been renamed Global Learning Initiative (GLI) and is now partnered with Room to Read, an award-winning nonprofit organization which helps children pursue a quality education, reach their full potential, and contribute to their community and the world. The organization, which is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif., is founded on the belief that “World Change Starts with Educated Children.”

Circus comes to ‘Saturdays at Fay’

April 13th, 2014

Following the circus show, Eric Zhang, 4, learns how to balance a plate.

Families were entertained by the “Jedster the Jester Circus Show” presented April 12 at Fay School. In addition to watching him perform magic and create balloon animals, kids learned how to juggle and balance plates. The jester is also known as Jed Stefanowicz, who will teach a Circus Arts Camp this summer at Fay School.

Local student ensembles win honors at music festival

April 10th, 2014

Jared Entwistle plays the French horn in Algonquin’s ninth-grade concert band.

Region – Bands and choral groups from Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS), Northborough’s Robert E. Melican Middle School, and Southborough’s Trottier Middle School were among dozens of groups that performed at the 38th annual Concert and Choral Festival organized by the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association (MICCA).

Shrewsbury educator honored as state’s ‘Middle School Teacher of the Year’

April 9th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Caryn Keenan has much to smile about these days. Recently the Oak Middle School teacher was honored by the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) as the 2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year. Having taught for 21 years, Keenan is delighted with this recognition that she has received but was also quick to give credit to others.

“I love my job and all of the people that I work with. My boss, Patricia Degon, is awesome. She is the director of health, physical education and family consumer science [for the district]. The town of Shrewsbury is fantastic because they are such huge supporters of physical education as well,” said Keenan.

Stuck in traffic in Westborough

April 8th, 2014

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Westborough – It’s a problem that has vexed town officials and commuters alike – 18-wheelers getting stuck under the CSX bridge on East Main Street (Route 30).

As he looked on at yet another 18-wheeler wedged under the bridge the morning of April 8, Police Chief Alan Gordon shook his head.

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