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Hudson AMVETS deliver over 900 holiday dinners

December 28th, 2015

Heather MacDonald moves along the assembly line.

Hudson – The Hudson AMVEST Post 208 made special deliveries Christmas Day, Dec. 25, culminating its 26th season of Home Alone for the Holidays.

Southborough Access Media documents veterans’ stories

December 24th, 2015

Gathered at a luncheon are veterans featured in the Southborough Access Media documentary “Southborough Veterans: Local Life Lessons”: (back, l to r) John Wilson, Mel Kizner, Paul Cimino, Earle Watkins, Steve Whynot, (front l to r) Christopher Robbins and Arthur Butler Jr. Not pictured are Dan Kolenda and Ray Minnucci.


Southborough – Local cable television station Southborough Access Media (SAM) is set to air its most ambitious video project since forming as a nonprofit programming organization. An approximately 30-minute documentary titled “Southborough Veterans: Local Life Lessons” features interviews with nine military veterans conducted by its producer Terry Newman.

Community effort results in a successful holiday toy drive in Shrewsbury

December 24th, 2015

Volunteers set up the toy fair. (l to r) Lisa Raabe, Joanne Tyndall, Michael Gregory, Kim Long, Jason Palitsch, Ali Manzello and Christine Mowry

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS) announced that due to the efforts of many volunteers, donors, businesses and the Shrewsbury Knights of Columbus, several disadvantaged children will have gifts to unwrap for the holidays. In Shrewsbury, 78 children were served through this drive and will have toys, books and warm clothes to unwrap. Additionally, 34 families received grocery gift cards to help with the costs of a holiday meal. The remaining gifts were sent to the Department of Children and Families to help bring holiday joy to children in foster care.

Penta collects over 200 donations for Toys for Tots

December 24th, 2015

W Penta donations  cr

Westborough – For the second consecutive year, regional marketing firm PENTA Communications, Inc., rallied for donations for Toys for Tots and surpassed its goal, by reaching over 200 donations to benefit local children in the Central Massachusetts community. “The holidays bring out the giving spirit more than at any other time during the year,” said […]

Algonquin girls’ basketball tops Fitchburg

December 23rd, 2015


Northborough – The Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks girls’ basketball team defeated the Fitchburg High School Red Raiders by a score of 55-33 in a game played Dec. 22.

‘Moving’ tribute for local business owner

December 22nd, 2015

Mark Silverman receives his MS Shining Stars Award from the Greater New England Chapter Board of Trustees Chair, Piper McNealy.
Photo/National MS Society

Westborough – The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society has honored local businessman Mark Silverman as an MS Shining Star. Silverman is the owner of Mark’s Moving & Storage Company in Westborough. The society recently honored Silverman at a dinner in Norwood for his generosity in supporting its fundraising events. “We have the largest bike event […]

Algonquin hockey wins in overtime to take Boro’s Cup from Wachusett

December 21st, 2015

Algonquin’s Justin O’Connell (#22) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal as teammate Joe Sullivan looks on.

Northborough/Southborough – It may seem to be one of the most unusual idiosyncrasies in high school sports where a victory is recorded as a tie, but for the Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) varsity ice hockey team, it’s all just fine.

The tenacious Tomahawk skaters battled Wachusett Regional High School into a scoreless double overtime for the much-coveted Boro’s Cup championship at the North Star Youth Forum in Westborough Dec. 19, before clinching at the 9:47 mark when co-captain forward Justin O’Connell ended it all in dramatic fashion scoring the only goal of the contest to seal the title. The game is officially a tie as OT is only used to determine outcomes of tournament games in regular season, but all that is a formality. Algonquin (1-0-1) deservedly claims bragging rights as the 2015 Boro’s Cup champions, the team’s first crown since 1997, ending a streak of four consecutive cups won by Wachusett.

Christine Achilles retires from Assabet Valley after 35 years

December 21st, 2015

Christine Achilles 

Marlborough/Hudson – The newly renovated Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School cafeteria lost a bit if its luster, as one smiling face will be missing from now on. Christine “Chrissie” Achilles officially finished 35 years on Dec. 18, and is hanging up her apron. Although she will be honored in June at the annual All-Staff […]

Veterans’ Services District hosts Holiday Celebration

December 21st, 2015

Jimmy J. Belanger, 6, gets a gift from Santa.

Region – On Dec. 20, a first-time Holiday Celebration at the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 in Northborough was attended by residents of the Central Massachusetts Veterans’ Services District (CMVD), which includes Grafton, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Westborough.

After 47 years, Toomey says goodbye to Northborough police

December 18th, 2015

A “throwback” picture of William Toomey
Photo/courtesy Northborough Police Department

Northborough – Chances are if you have stopped in or called the Northborough Police Department for any reason, you have spoken with William Toomey. But as of Dec. 17, Toomey’s long career with the department – an astonishing 47 years – came to an end as he retired from his position of supervisor of communications and records and E-911 PSAP director.

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