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Standing on the side of love

June 18th, 2016

People of all ages attended the event.

Grafton – Over 100 people of all ages, religions and sexual orientations attended an emotional and poignant candlight vigil held June 15 on the Grafton Common to honor those killed in the Orlando, Fla. shootings. The vigil, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Society of Grafton and Upton’s Social Justice Committee, featured songs and prayers that reflected the UUSGU theme of “standing on the side of love.”

Ten ways to volunteer for the Community Harvest Project in North Grafton

June 15th, 2016

G Comm Harvest 2

Grafton – You can join the fight against hunger in Worcester Country by volunteering at the Community Harvest Project (CHP) at its North Grafton location. Last year, thanks to the work of nearly 11,000 volunteers, the CHP grew and distributed almost 260,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables. That translated to approximately 1.2 million servings of produce.

Shrewsbury celebrates groundbreaking for Lakeway Commons

June 14th, 2016

A depiction of the proposed Lakeway Commons
Photo/courtesy Grossman Development Group

Shrewsbury – As Howard Grossman gazed over the nearly 100 town and state officials and local business leaders gathered at the site of the former Spag’s store on Route 9 June 7, he noted that “it had been a long time coming.”

Officials and residents celebrate re-opening of One Grafton Common

June 13th, 2016

Thomas Hopkins, director of the Mass. Architectural Access Board (in wheelchair), celebrates the grand re-opening of One Grafton Common with local officials and representatives of Apple Tree Arts.

Grafton – Local officials and residents gathered on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning, June 11 to commemorate the grand re-opening of One Grafton Common. The iconic building had recently undergone an extensive $4.5 million renovation to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as updating the utilities and fire protection. The project also started the process of creating offices, classes, practice rooms, and a performance center for the arts for its primary tenant, the nonprofit Apple Tree Arts.

June 10 – Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9

June 12th, 2016

The Community Advocate's Publisher David Bagdon
Photo/Michael Marcy, Charter Ch. 3

Region – The Community Advocate is now partnering with Charter TV3  in Worcester to produce a new cable feature – “Your Community Advocate – Focusing on life up and down Route 9.” Every week, the 90-second spot will feature either Publisher David Bagdon or Managing Editor Bonnie Adams profiling three of the newspaper’s top stories. […]

Revitalized Hudson downtown becomes regional destination

June 7th, 2016

Rail Trail Flatbread Company serves pies and pints.

Hudson – Formerly vacant storefronts in Hudson are now popular destinations filled with residents and visitors satisfying various culinary appetites. Concurrently, specialty shops are opening alongside several mainstays in the revitalized downtown.

Remembering those lost to gun violence

June 3rd, 2016

Kyra and Simon

Shrewsbury – A prayer vigil to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day was held in front of the First Congregational Church June 2. Participants of all ages wore orange clothing or face paint and lit candles to honor the lives of those affected by gun violence. “We may feel helpless,” Rev. Lynne Dolan told those […]

A poignant reminder

June 3rd, 2016

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Shrewsbury/Worcester – Last night the Kenneth Burns Bridge was lit in orange to commemorate National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Photos/Jerry Callaghan

Family and friends recall Northbridge teen’s humor and compassion for others

May 31st, 2016

Michelle Poulin addresses the audience.
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northbridge – Although his time on earth was much too short, Jimmy Poulin’s impact on those who knew him was immense and profound. In his nearly 16 years Jimmy attacked life with vigor, energy and enthusiasm.

Marlborough veterans Touchette and Page remembered on Memorial Day

May 31st, 2016

Fellow veterans and members of the Italian American Veterans Post 45 of Marlborough, Mike Durand (l) commander of the Sons of the ITAM and John Kortes, commander of the ITAM, (r ) express their appreciation to member John Dupree, (center), who made a Soldier’s Prayer Shadow cut-out for the group. 
Photo/John Sahagian

Marlborough – Although rainy weather caused cancellation of the city’s 150th annual Memorial Day Parade, coordinator Wayne Grant shared a message about the two late Marlborough veterans – Robert Touchette and Robert “Bob” Page – for whom the parade was dedicated to this year.

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