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Boston Marathon Profile – Sarah Friedman and Maria Benway

April 8th, 2014

Maria Benway (l) and Sarah Friedman

Region – Sarah Friedman, of Northborough and Maria Benway, of Marlborough will both be running in their first Boston Marathon this year. The two women are running to raise funds for Roseann Sdoia, who had to have part of her right leg amputated after being seriously injured by the bombs in last year’s marathon.

Algonquin holds off Groton-Dunstable in girls’ lacrosse

April 7th, 2014

Algonquin Regional High School's Julia Insani (#15, center) gets the first score against Groton-Dunstable Regional High School's Michelle Herlihy (#3, left), Fiona Henry (#13, right rear) and Maria Antonellis (goalie).

Marlborough – For its season opener, the Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks girls’ lacrosse team hosted the Groton-Dunstable Regional High School Crusaders at 911 Memorial Field April 1.

Last year, the Tomahawks defeated the Crusaders in the Central Massachusetts Division 1 semi-final.

Shrewsbury easily defeats Nipmuc in boys’ lacrosse

April 6th, 2014

Shrewsbury High School's Tim Hally (#20, right), defends against Nipmuc Regional High School's Matt Dunning (#3, left center).

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury High School Colonials hosted the Nipmuc Regional High School Warriors for a boys’ lacrosse game April 5.

The Colonials raced out to an 8-0 lead after the first period, and added another goal in the second period for a 9-0 lead at the half.

Nipmuc scored with five minutes remaining in the third period, but Shrewsbury won handily 16-1.

Detective Crogan to Hudson kids: ‘Call me Officer Chad’

April 3rd, 2014

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Hudson – It’s been about a year since Detective Chad Crogan’s title changed when he accepted more investigative work in the cyber-crimes unit of the Hudson Police Department (HPD). But to the town’s students, he’s still known simply as Officer Chad.

“It’s important for me to make a connection with kids,” he said. “It’s letting them know that police officers do more than write tickets, arrest people and send them to jail. It’s building a trusting relationship at a young age that a police officer is someone who is friendly, so that they can talk with me or any other police officer anywhere.”

Biking and mixing to benefit Best Buddies Challenge

April 3rd, 2014

Zack Daniels


Shrewsbury – Zack Daniels, marketing manager based at the main office of Central One Federal Credit Union in Shrewsbury, is preparing for the 100-mile bicycle route from Boston to Hyannis Port for the 15th annual Best Buddies Challenge. The key word for him is “challenge.”

“I hadn’t ridden a bicycle since 2000,” he shared. “This is going to be a huge undertaking for me.”

Peaslee students selected for all-state chorus

April 2nd, 2014

(l to r) Ally Cashin, Michaela Berk, and Kerri Walsh, with their music teacher, Katrina Whalen, show off their special t-shirts they wore as part of the All-State Treble Chorus . Missing from photo is student Colleen Mulligan. 
Photo/Nance Ebert

Northborough – Four girls from the Marguerite E. Peaslee School recently traveled to Boston to sing in the first ever All-State Treble Chorus. From the 600 students that auditioned, the girls were part of the final 200 that were selected to participate in the chorus. “I am really proud of them,” said Katrina Whalen, the [...]

Corridor Nine honors students and ‘Champions of Education’ at annual breakfast

April 1st, 2014

Corridor Nine officials pose for a photo with the 2014 Scholastic Award recipients.
Photo/courtesy Ron Bouley, Ron Bouley Photography

Westborough – Susan W. Whitten, principal of Northborough’s Marian E. Zeh School, Marlborough Savings Bank, and 22 local high school seniors were all honored at the March 27 Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce 2014 Scholastic and “Champion of Education” awards breakfast held at the Doubletree Hotel.

Marlborough Savings Bank was named as a Champion of Education award recipient in the business category while Whitten was honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

‘The Singing Trooper’ to perform in Hudson

April 1st, 2014

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Hudson – Sgt. Daniel M. Clark known as “The Singing Trooper” will perform Saturday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hudson High School, 69 Brigham St. Clark is best known for performing across the country and for singing  “God Bless America” on opening night of the 2013 World Series. The show, sponsored by [...]

Westborough Community Land Trust hosts Creature Teachers

March 29th, 2014

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Westborough – Rick Roth of Creature Teachers handles a live grey fox during the presentation of “Nature of My Backyard,” held March 29 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. The fun and educational program also featured a live fisher cat, flying squirrel, skunk, woodchuck and turtles. Sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust (WCLT), the [...]

NYC-based jazz saxophonist to perform in hometown of Southborough

March 26th, 2014

Dave Pietro, a Southborough native and 1982 graduate of Algonquin Regional High School


Southborough – While working fulltime Mondays through Thursdays as a music assistant professor of jazz studies at New York University (NYU), Southborough native Dave Pietro travels internationally weekends to play saxophone at clubs, festivals, schools and concert halls. His busy schedule includes a local stop Saturday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., at the Steeple Coffeehouse.

“It’s always great to go home and share your art with friends and family,” he said.

Pietro’s love of music began at age 5. Returning from service at St. Anne Church, he sat at a home organ and duplicated hymns he had heard. He also enjoyed listening to his parents’ extensive collection of swing records. His musical interests grew in school.

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