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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.

Ocean State Job Lot donates to Worcester County Food Bank

March 26th, 2014

This 18-wheeler was a welcome sight March 25 as it came bearing 40,000 of donations from the Ocean State Job Lot headquarters in North Kingstown, R.I.

Shrewsbury – An Ocean State Job Lot tractor-trailer brought 40,000 pounds of donations to the Worcester County Food Bank on Route 9 in Shrewsbury March 25.

“It’s Christmas in March,” food bank Executive Director Jean McMurray said.

“It translates into just over 17,000 meals. For us to get this kind of support, we would have to get it from multiple sources,” she said.

Mr. MHS 2014 crowned in pageant’s 25th year

March 22nd, 2014

Bailey Medeiros, Miss Massachusetts Teen 2014, congratulates the newly-crowned Mr. MHS 2014, Ryan King, who competed as Mr. Senior Class.

Marlborough – Fourteen contestants representing classes, clubs and sports competed good-naturedly in categories including talent, formalwear and interview at the 25th annual Mr. Marlborough High School (MHS) Pageant, presented March 21 at the 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium. Crowned Mr. MHS 2014 was Ryan King, Mr. Senior Class. Named first runner-up was David Dorsey, Mr. TV Production; and second runner-up was Peter DiPersio, Mr. Track and Field. Also among the five finalists were Chris Allen, Mr. Latin Club; and Jake Bishop, Mr. Ski Club.

Marlborough woman uses her story to advocate for early cancer screenings

March 21st, 2014

Debbie and Mark Whitmore with their four boys at a Red Sox game

Marlborough – Marlborough resident Debbie Whitmore is proof that life can change in an instant. In 2011, she was working as a nurse, raising four boys, and starting a new exercise program. Within a few months, she was diagnosed with incurable Stage IV colorectal cancer.

Whitmore, at 44, noticed she was finding herself more tired and out of breath than she thought normal. She also had an unusual craving for ice.

“My friends and I joked about it,” Whitmore recalled. “I was always eating popsicles.”

Generations interacting to overcome language barrier

March 19th, 2014

Henry Liu and Ning Yin participate in a conversation circle at Algonquin Regional High School.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Northborough/Southborough – There is much more gained than is lost in the translations when a group of Chinese-speaking senior residents of Northborough meet every other week for a conversation circle with bilingual students of the Community Action Program (CAP) at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS).

Kelly Burke, director of the Northborough Senior Center, reached out to CAP while seeking assistance for residents who speak only Chinese. This is the second year that CAP students have been visiting the center to help seniors learn new technology. Burke approached the CAP faculty advisor, Eileen Palmer, who found students fluent in Chinese and interested in the idea of a conversation circle.

SYFS Gala marks 10th anniversary

March 17th, 2014

Speaking on behalf of Central One Federal Credit Union, President and CEO David L’Ecuyer accepts the Harry S. Cutting Jr. Award from SYFS Executive Director Terry Cassidy. Central One was recognized for its longtime generosity to the social service agency. L’Ecuyer served as SYFS board president 10 years ago, when the Gala began.

Shrewsbury – A record number of 375 guests attended the 10th annual Gala to support Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS), held March 15 at St. John’s High School.

The evening began with a reception and silent auction with music provided by vocalist John Howard and pianist Chris Leary. Following dinner, activities continued with a live auction and dancing to rock classics performed by Tension, a Shrewsbury-based band. Town Moderator Chris Mehne served as master of ceremonies. The Community Advocate was the media sponsor.

Happily going green

March 12th, 2014

N happily going green

Northborough – Judy Gustafson claps along to Irish tunes at the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration held March 11 at the Northborough Senior Center. Guests enjoyed a traditional corned beef dinner while musical entertainment was provided by Jug O’ Punch. Mingling with the guests was state Rep. Harold Naughton Jr., D-Clinton.  Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Service dog helps veterans find a purpose for living

March 11th, 2014

Gunnar and Midas

Region – Since 9/11, dogs have become an important part of homeland security, both in the military and law enforcement. March 13 marks K9 Veterans Day, an unofficial holiday recognized in some cities and states to honor those dogs.

Specially trained dogs are now taking on a new role in the military: as service dogs for returning soldiers and veterans.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 22 veterans commit suicide every day. Valiant Veterans, based in Worcester, is one of the many organizations working to lower that number through programs to help veterans return home to civilian life and overcome afflictions associated with military service.

Shrewsbury defeats Wachusett to win division title

March 11th, 2014

The Shrewsbury High School boys' hockey Central Mass Division 3 2014 champions pose with their trophy, from left to right: Cole Ambach (#20), Cole Vincequere (#24), David Belbin (#25), Derric Dell'Olio (#6) and Head Coach Stephen Turnblom.

Fitchburg – The Central Massachusetts boys’ hockey Division 3 title game was held at the Captain Kenneth W. Gaetz, Sr. Arena inside the George R. Wallace, Jr. Civic Center March 10 featuring the top-seeded Shrewsbury High School Colonials against the third-seeded Wachusett Regional High School Mountaineers. The Mountaineers were the defending district champions but had been 0-2 against the Colonials this year.

The first period was fairly quiet until the Colonials’ Tyler O’Keefe (assisted by Trevor Shea) scored with 58 seconds remaining. Then, with only four seconds remaining in the period, the Colonials’ Cole Ambach (assisted by Jack Quinlivan and Dan Quinlivan) put the Colonials up 2-0.

Special Olympics athletes compete in winter games

March 11th, 2014

The North Attleboro Northstars, (l to r) Brandon Moore, Clay Paquin, Zach Silvestri and Ryan Pavao, took the gold medal in bowling.

Shrewsbury – More than 1,800 athletes from across the state competed in the Special Olympics Massachusetts Winter Games, held the weekend of March 8 and 9 in Shrewsbury, Worcester and Princeton. Events included alpine skiing, basketball, floor hockey and bowling. Shrewsbury High School hosted basketball games as well as the medal ceremony. The Cushing Bulls [...]

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