By Linda Rennie, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Spring and summer are always so welcome here in New England after the winter months; however August can bring some unbearably hot days. The community of Marlborough not only has Fort Meadow to help bring some relief from the heat but we are located reasonable distances from other recreational areas. Over the years the population has benefited from these advantages.
In 1867, there was an excursion to Walden Pond in Concord by railroad. Three hundred and thirty-eight people from Marlborough spent the day in this area.
In 1875, a particularly hot August, there was an excursion to Martha’s Vineyard on the Boston, Clinton & Fitchburg Railroad. More than 100 people from Marlborough enjoyed this outing.
Harmony Grove in South Framingham has been a place where many Marlborough residents have enjoyed summer days. In August 1871, the Howe family held their family reunion there. In 1873, a large group from of Marlborough had the pleasure of a community picnic
at the grove.
Despite the heat of summer, Marlborough celebrated when the circus came to town. Phineas T. Barnum’s circus arrived on the northern railroad Aug. 15, 1876.
August has seen its share of thunderstorms and bad weather. There was a destructive tornado Aug. 15, 1787, in the southwest corner of Marlborough and northern part of Southborough. On Aug. 25, 1846, there was an earthquake about five minutes before 5 a.m. It jarred doors and windows. On Aug. 22, 1851, at 5 p.m., there was whirlwind hurricane and tornado. It commenced in the northeast corner of Framingham and passed through Weston and Waltham.
Today, Marlborough enjoys the summer with its summer concerts on the common. There are family activities at Memorial Beach located on Fort Meadow. The Marlborough senior programs, Boys and Girls Club, Recreation Department and local churches all offer benefits
and excursions for the community.
Marlborough – Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) July 31 announced the launch of the Great Futures Campaign to mobilize the community in support of kids to help them achieve great futures. The local club is joining Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide to ensure that every child and teen has access to a safe place after school and during the summer where they can build the knowledge, skills and behaviors to put them on the path for success.
According to BGCMW, every day 15 million kids nationwide (one out of four) leave school with no place to go, putting them at risk of being unsupervised, unguided and unsafe. During the summer, an alarming 43 million kids in America lack access to summer learning programs, increasing their risk of learning loss and putting them at a disadvantage before the school year starts. The way a child spends their time after school and during the summer can significantly affect the path they take.
“Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest has been serving the community with afterschool and summer programs for 70 years,” BGCMW President Fran Hurley said. “During that time, we’ve seen the positive impact that occurs when young people have access to a safe place with caring adult mentors and enriching programs during out-of-school time. We want today’s generation to be successful in school and in adulthood, to be healthy and active, and to develop strong character skills they need to become future leaders for our country.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest is asking the public to help the organization reach more kids and put them on the path to a great future. The organization serves over 3,500 children and youth each year, providing quality out-of-school programming in Marlborough, Hudson and Framingham.
For more information about the Great Futures Campaign, visit www.greatfutures.org. For information on BGCMW, visit www.bgcmetrowest.org.]]>
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Westborough – Kendra Lippert, a dancer with Rhythm Dance Company of Westborough, was crowned the National Champion at the Headliners National Dance Competition held recently at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I.
Lippert qualified for the national title competition after winning the Teen Miss Headliners Regional title in January at the regional competition held in Worcester. In addition to her national and regional Headliners’ titles, she also won four additional regional titles this 2014 season including: Teen Miss Nexstar, Teen Miss Starquest, Teen Miss Starpower, and Hall of Fame competition Inductee.
Dance studio owner, director, and choreographer, Nicole Kelley, commented, “Kendra’s numerous awards and accolades have a direct correlation to her hard work, determination, and passion for dance.”
Visit www.rhythmdanceco.com for more information.
Northborough – Students in St. Bernadette School’s summer academic program are enjoying unique classes such as “Sleuthing Art,” “Excellent Experiments,” and “STEM + Art = STEAM.”
In “Sleuthing Art,” students created a gallery of beautiful paintings and drawings. Once the artwork was hung, a “theft” occurred and the children had to use forensic science to solve the crime. After a visit with a detective at the Northborough Police station, they learned to collect evidence, take fingerprints and shoeprints, and even learned about DNA evidence by extracting DNA from a strawberry.
In “Excellent Experiments” children become scientists by combining art, math and science skills. Students were taught about electricity and built their own circuit boards and alarm systems. They were also taught about gravity, air resistance, drag and friction and were then challenged to use their scientific skills and artistic abilities to not only design their own parachutes, but to also successfully launch and land a hardboiled egg without cracking it.
“STEM + Art = STEAM” offered younger students the opportunity to integrate art with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This program develops creativity,
problem solving, critical thinking, communications, self-direction, initiative, and collaboration using such materials as Legos, sand, bubbles and balloons.
St. Bernadette School, a Roman Catholic Pre-K, elementary, and middle school located in Northborough, was established in 1997 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is now enrolling for the 2014-15 school year. To find out more information and schedule a tour, contact the school at 508-351-9905 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Region – Hopkinton Drug, Inc., at 52 Main St., released a statement July 23 announcing that Judge William Young of the U.S. District Court entered a preliminary injunction in favor of Hopkinton Drug. The company was suing CVS Caremark to fully reinstate Hopkinton Drug as a provider pharmacy for all health plans for which CVS Caremark serves as pharmacy benefits manager.
On June 23, CVS Caremark had issued a notice of termination of Hopkinton Drug effective July 3. Hopkinton Drug then sued CVS Caremark, alleging among other things that the termination was made in bad faith. Judge Young made a preliminary ruling that there was a reasonable likelihood of success that Hopkinton will prevail on its claim of bad faith termination, and that Hopkinton Drug is entitled to be immediately reinstated in the Caremark network. The judge ordered that Caremark effectuate the reinstatement by July 21.
Accordingly, patients with CVS Caremark may proceed once again to fill their prescriptions at Hopkinton Drug. For questions or problems related to this issue, contact Jennifer Stevens at Hopkinton Drug at 508-435-4441, ext. 123 or email@example.com.
By Jim Pitrowski, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – When you travel through downtown Marlborough, you can’t help but notice the beautiful Shoeworkers’ Monument at Centennial Park at the intersection of routes 20 and 85.
The park was designed by architectural firm Panagore Associates, and both the park and monument were built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Marlborough’s incorporation as a city in 1990.
The life-size bronze statues stand 5’5” tall, and are surrounded by a brick wall. The male and female subjects are on a 10-inch wide granite base and depict the shoemakers sitting and standing at a small bench. The scene includes the typical tools used and clothing worn by shoemakers, many of whom worked part-time and would, throughout the early to mid-1800s, add a shed onto their house in which to work. Because these workshops frequently measured 10’ by 10’, they were referred to as “ten-footers.”
The monument was designed and installed by sculptor David Kapetanopoulos, the same artist who created The Tortoise and the Hare in front of the Marlborough Public Library. Kapetanopoulos grew up in Marlborough and worked briefly in one of the many shoe factories that are part of the city’s industrial history. His parents and grandparents also worked in Marlborough’s shoemaking industry.
The plaque attached to the park reads, “Dedicated to the Legacy of Marlborough’s Shoeworkers.”
At one point, the city was the second-largest shoe manufacturer in the world with Boyd and Corey Shoe, Temple Shoe, Diamond Shoe, Bennett Shoe, Marlborough Shoe, Mutual Shoe, Commonwealth Shoe, and Ashby-Crawford companies all within a few miles of one another.
Later, in 1863, Frye Shoe was founded and in 1871, the Rice and Hutchins Shoe factory opened.
The Shoeworkers’ Monument will remain as a visible tribute to the thousands of men and women who helped establish Marlborough as a worldwide leader in the shoemaking industry.]]>
Marlborough – “I used to think engineering was hard and for grown-ups,” commented Kyle Ha, a fifth grader from Worcester, “but building a better flashlight taught me how cool it was.”
Ha was one of 108 students from seven districts who participated in the first-ever statewide science fair for elementary school students in Massachusetts.
On June 20, students from across the commonwealth gathered at the Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) in Marlborough to present projects which ranged from testing which fruits generate the most electrical current to comparing the viscosity of various polymer slimes. The fair was organized by Science for Shooting STARs, a nonprofit organization that provides accessible STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programming to K-6 students, especially those representing gender and racial minorities.
Founded in 2012 by AMSA students and Northborough residents Amol, 15, and Rahi Punjabi, 17, the program has grown from serving a dozen students in their local community
to over 500 students in 20 communities across Massachusetts. Science for Shooting STARs engages students in inquiry-driven activities and group research projects and exposes them to STEM career paths and professions.
However, what sets it apart from other STEM education initiatives is that the organization is run entirely by high school volunteers.
“Teaching students how to think like engineers gives them a skillset they can use to pursue a range of careers and make valuable contributions to our society,” noted Rahi, who will be studying at Columbia University next year.
“One of our long-term goals is to compile all our work into a sort of curriculum that can be adopted by high schoolers everywhere,” Amol added. “Then, we could bring this brand of STEM education to the millions of students who need it.”
Since January, over 20 student-mentors have been coordinating the statewide science fair program. These students worked with elementary school students who chose project topics, researched their subjects, tested their hypotheses, analyzed their data, and finally presented their findings to their peers, parents, teachers and members of the community.
Three AMSA teachers judged the presentations: Kelly Antonuccio (physics), Lisa Thibault (biology), and Jeremy Morris (engineering). Cash prizes were awarded to the top three projects.
First place was awarded to “The Crystal Clear Girls,” the team of Hailey, Sabrina, Gabby and Carol, who investigated how the type of solute affects the growth of crystals. Second place went to “The Tasters,” the team of Tara, Victor and Andre, who investigated the effect of age on the genetics of taste. “The KAY Flowers,” the team of Katie, Alexis and Yednelis, earned third place, with their exploration of the transpiration process in flowers.
Prior to the state science fair, in May three regional science fairs were held in the Boston, Worcester, and Metrowest areas. These fairs gave the students the opportunity to practice presenting their projects to judges before the state competition as well as celebrate their achievements with their families and teachers.
In the Boston region, the top prize went to “The Color Changing Carnations,” the Somerville team of Lygia, Elizabeth and Jennifer, who were mentored by Erica Budina, a graduating senior from Medford High School.
“I initially went into the program thinking that I would be teaching the kids a thing or two about science,” Budina remarked, “but it turns out that they taught me a few things about myself. They taught me how important it is to be clear about what you are trying to explain in science.”
Budina will be heading to Harvard University in the fall to study engineering.
The top Metrowest team, “The Tasters,” worked with mentor Hanna Seariac, a sophomore at AMSA.
“I didn’t exactly know what it would be like stepping into this program,” Seariac said. “My experience this year has reminded me that while I love science and that’s fantastic, what is even better is sharing it with these kids.”
Science Fair judge Thibault noted the importance of the Science for Shooting STARs program.
“The state science fair celebrates and supports a lifetime love of learning, encouraging kids to learn on their own and follow their curiosity and provide inspiration for further study,” Thibault said. “After judging all the projects, I am in awe by the way high school students run this program and excite the next generation about science.”]]>
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Crossings, a senior living community located at 311 Main St., will hold an elder financial management seminar Thursday, Aug. 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Presenters are Steven Salisbury, long-term care insurance specialist; Russ Swallow, expert on life settlements, long-term care insurance, health savings accounts, group health insurance and employee wellness initiatives; and Patty Serveas of Elder Resource Benefits Consulting. Topics will include planning and paying for assisted living, long-term care insurance, veteran aid and Attendance Benefits Life Settlements. To reserve a space, call 508-845-2100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.]]>