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Cops and clergy face off on the soccer field for boy with cancer

June 16th, 2014

The teams from the Marlborough Police Department and local churches pose together after the soccer match played to raise funds for David Badaro, who has Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – The Marlborough Police Department and a group of Brazilian pastors and priests from Marlborough churches met on the soccer field June 7 to raise money for David Badaro, an 11-year-old fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma. David is entering his third month of chemotherapy and will begin radiation therapy toward the end of the summer. The [...]

Community at large has a heart for Art Ward of Shrewsbury

June 15th, 2014

The Ward family: (back, l to r) Colin, 18; Kristen; Kevin, 18; Matthew, 15; (front) and Art.


Shrewsbury – A few months ago, the Community Advocate reported plans for “A Heart for Art,” a fundraiser hosted by Sherwood Middle School with proceeds going toward the purchase of a therapy pool for Shrewsbury resident Art Ward. He suffered a stroke two weeks after his wife, Kristen, began working as a secretary at the school in 2011. According to Kristen, the fundraiser was an even bigger success than they anticipated.

Four Northborough Girl Scouts earn Gold Award

June 12th, 2014

(l to r): Bridget Owen, Ariel Thompson, Alyssa Pfannenstiel, and Elizabeth Wig (from left to right) earn the Gold Award.
Photo/ Jacqueline Jeon-Chapman

Northborough – No one from Northborough has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award since 1996. But on June 2, four girls from Northborough – Bridget Owen, Alyssa Pfannenstiel, Ariel Thompson and Elizabeth Wig – received this award at the Northborough Girl Scout Bridging and Awards Ceremony at Marion E. Zeh School.

Locals still ‘Sewing for Hope’

June 10th, 2014

The girls model their new dresses.

Westborough – Over the past two years, dozens of local men and women have taken part in an initiative to help bring joy – in the form of a bright, colorful dress – to some of the poorest girls in the world.

For Westborough man, building bluebird homes is a labor of love

June 9th, 2014

Matt finishes the installation the 100th birdhouse while Marty looks on.  
Photo/Matt Buffo

Westborough – Westborough resident Marty Newark turned 90 on June 9 and while he was looking forward to celebrating with his family, there was one wish he really had in mind. Newark hoped to finish his legacy project of building and installing 100 nesting boxes for bluebirds. And thanks to a local Boy Scout, Matthew Buffo, that dream became a reality on Newark’s birthday.

Marlborough chamber’s 40th golf outing benefits local kids

June 8th, 2014


Over 80 golfers gathered at the Marlborough Country Club June 3 to play in the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (MRCC) 40th Annual Premier Golf Outing (PGO).

Hastings students ‘Go Buggy’ for seniors

June 8th, 2014

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Westborough – Students from Danielle King’s second grade class at the Elsie A. Hastings Elementary School “buzz” about outside the Salmon Health and Retirement complex after performing a show for the residents June 6.

Weld shows support for Polito

June 7th, 2014

State Representative Matthew Beaton, R-Shrewsbury, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Karyn Polito and former Mass. Governor Bill Weld
 Photo/courtesy Matthew Beaton

Region – Former Mass. Governor Bill Weld attended a fundraiser at the Worcester Country Club June 6 to show support for Karyn Polito, who is running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker this fall. Polito, a resident of Shrewsbury, is a former state representative.

Wayside presents awards on Senior Health and Fitness Day

June 5th, 2014

Ann Addeo, Community Service Award recipient; Darren McLaughlin, general manager of Wayside Racquet and Swim Club; and Frank “Cannonball” Hill, Fit for Life recipient
Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Marlborough – In observance of National Senior Health and Fitness Day, a luncheon was served May 28 at Wayside Racquet and Swim Club with awards presented to deserving guests. The highlight was the announcement of the 18th annual George Fortin Fit for Life Award and the second annual Effie Ann Thompkins Community Service Award. Each of the award’s namesake was in attendance.

As is the custom, that morning began with the Al Kursonis Memorial Tennis Tournament. This year, three winners were recognized by Darren McLaughlin, general manager of Wayside.

Ocean State Job Lot makes another sizeable donation to Worcester County Food Bank

June 4th, 2014

Worcester County Food Bank executive director Jean McMurray stands with Bernie Costa of Ocean State Job Lot to accept the donation.

Shrewsbury – The Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) received a 33,000-pound food drop off from Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL) and General Mills June 3.

The donation is a part of OSJL’s “Three Square Meals” program. According to company officials, the program provides food donations at important times throughout the year. As the program has grown, the company has become a leading food bank supporter throughout New England.

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