Following her graduation from Marlborough High School in 1962 and achieving an associate’s degree from Ward Business School in Worcester, she went on to work as a bank teller at People’s National Bank. After raising her two daughters, she returned to work as a bookkeeper for Big Discount Supermarket and then Walmart for nearly 25 years, retiring in 2013.
Elizabeth was a loving person who enjoyed music, going to musical theater, crocheting, and doting on her family’s pets. She especially loved going with her family on getaway trips.
Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughters, Jennifer Ruggiero and her husband David of Orlando, Fla. and Danielle Buczek and her husband Matthew of Whitinsville; her brother, Paul Lepore of Marlborough; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, May 7, at 10 a.m., at St. Matthias Church, 409 Hemenway St., Marlborough. Visiting hours will be held Friday, May 6, from 5-7 p.m., at the Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant St., Marlborough. Burial will be at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 538 Preston Ave., PO Box 1004, Meriden, CT, 06450.]]>
After being encouraged to run by our current Moderator, David Coombs, I decided to seek election to continue my service to Southborough. I want to continue to insure the integrity and independence of the position and our annual Town Meeting.
I am interested in no other position in Southborough. This is not a stepping stone, but my desire to give back to our town, that has given so much to my family and me.
I have a strong, principled core, seeking integrity, fairness, reasonableness and transparency. Explaining, educating, maintaining control and insuring decorum and civility are necessary for the TM to conduct town business. Efficiency and clarity are also important.
I am a student of government having been in Public service for more than 40 years, serving in the United States Army, as a police officer in New Hampshire, Special Agent and Managing Agent with the U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Inspector General. I am now a full-time tenured professor and department chair at Worcester State University
I served for several years on the Southborough Youth Commission and with the Personnel Board after serving for nearly 15 years, most recently as chair.
The Town Moderator serves a role in maintaining checks and balances and separation of powers so that no single element becomes too powerful.
I believe in the institution of Town Meeting. Town Meeting serves as our legislative body. It dates back decades in New England, where we believe in local control. Town Meeting gives citizens the ability to have a voice in running our town and the opportunity to hold their elected officials accountable to provide services and spend limited funds wisely.
Your Town Moderator cannot be an activist, must not take positions on town matters and must stay above the fray.
If elected, I will recommend the establishment of a joint committee with the BOS to explore best practices for Town Meetings. Also, any appointments will be made in an open and forthright manner. I will recommend a Code of Conduct for community members appointed to boards and committees by Town Moderator.
If you have ideas or thoughts please free to reach out to me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I ask for your vote, when you enter the voting booth with your ballot on May 9, 2016.
Much of the litter along the roadsides of Westborough has disappeared thanks to the public-spirited volunteers who participated in the 2016 Town-wide Earth Day Cleanup, sponsored by the Westborough Community Land Trust. This year more than 100 volunteers picked up about 200 bags of trash to make Westborough greener and cleaner.
There were enthusiastic volunteers of all ages, including work teams from Heery International, EMSeal, efi, CCR Wealth Management, E.L. Harvey, H&S Environmental, McDonald’s and Crossfit Prototype, plus public-spirited families and individuals. Other businesses contributed to the day’s success, including Dunkin’ Donuts at 124 Turnpike Road, Mugford’s Flower Shoppe, and Stop & Shop at 290 Turnpike Road. Explorer Post 85 also pitched in this effort to clean up the environment, as did the Westborough Civic Club, Westborough Rotary, J. Harding Armstrong School, and Westborough High School students in the Student Council and National Honor Society,
A special thank you goes to cleanup coordinator Bruce Tretter. Bruce did an outstanding job by biking around Westborough to identify, photograph, and map major litter-strewn locations for cleanup. Also much appreciated are those who helped with publicity and to register and assign volunteers to sites: Janet Anderson, Kris Allen and Kathy Leblanc.
As always, the cooperation of the DPW is critical to the success of our town-wide clean-up. We very much appreciate the work and continued support of Dan Moynihan and his crew, who provide supplies and collect the trash bags. The Westborough Community Land Trust salutes the many volunteers who stepped forward, trash bag in hand, to make our most visible public ways litter-free and our shared environment more attractive.
Scott Shumway, president
Westborough Community Land Trust
Shrewsbury – The children at St. Mary Preschool showed their Red Sox spirit, as they celebrated Opening Day at Fenway Park April 11 and 12. They wore anything Red Sox-related – hats, t-shirts, sweatshirts and even red socks. Lunch was served, and the children enjoyed Fenway franks, popcorn and juice. It was truly a festive time for all, as everyone sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and played baseball activities inside and outside the preschool. The day ended with batting practice in the backyard.
The tournament will begin at 1 p.m. and follow a Florida-style format. The cost to play is $125 per player (limit 144 players) so register early. Admission includes golf, carts, dinner and prizes. Reservations and payments must be made by May 8 to insure a spot. Interested players may sign up by calling A.J. DiLeo at 508-797-2403 or by emailing A.J.DiLeo@aol.com.
There are also sponsorship opportunities available, including tournament sponsorship for $2,000 which includes a sponsor banner at the tournament, pre-event advertising, tee sign, and a foursome for golf and dinner. A major sponsorship includes pre-event advertising, tee sign, and a foursome for golf and dinner for $1,000. Additional sponsorships are Friend of Knights Sponsor for $500, Hole Sponsor for $200, Patron Sponsor for $100 and Raffle Prizes Sponsorship. All sponsors will also receive an acknowledgement at the tournament dinner and in a thank-you letter with the organization’s tax identification number.
To become a sponsor, contact DiLeo at 508-797-2403 or Greg Morelli at email@example.com or 508-414-4185.
The Shrewsbury Knights of Columbus, located at 206 S. Quinsigamond Ave, is a Catholic fraternal organization that services the local community through fundraising and volunteering.]]>
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury resident Alexander DiMauro, a 2012 graduate of Saint John’s High school and a senior at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., is headed to Cary, N.C. for the USA Rugby Collegiate National Championships May 27-29, which will be broadcast on ESPN.
In 2015, two-year team member and two-year team captain of the Seahawks at Salve Regina, DiMauro was voted one of the Top 50 rugby players, and listed as the #2 scrumhalf in the nation for Division II universities by Goff Rugby Report, which has been reporting on college and high school rugby teams for 20 years. With the debut of rugby at this year’s 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, rugby has become the fastest-growing sport in the world.
DiMauro accompanied Salve Regina rugby coach Ronan Hingerty and 19 other men and women rugby players to Ireland this past April to play two games against Irish rugby teams and attend two professional rugby games. Playing on regional rugby summer teams and tournaments all over the northeast, DiMauro also founded and was inaugural coach of Salve Regina’s Women’s Rugby Team. With tireless energy, DiMauro participated on the Campus Activities Board, Campus Ministry, volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club, was a resident assistant, volunteered on two community service trips to an orphanage in Nicaragua, and has served as leader and senior leader for freshmen orientation while at Salve Regina.
DiMauro will receive his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Salve Regina May 15 and hopes to join the Peace Corps for two years, before pursuing a master’s degree in humanities. DiMauro aspires to a teaching position at the high school or university level to make a difference in the lives of students.]]>
Alumni interested in joining the parade unit who are Facebook users can click “going” and post their class year at the event page “HCH Alumni in Hudson 150 Parade” by Wednesday, June 1. Non-FB users can confirm by emailing HCH.Hudson150@gmail.com. The parade director needs to know the number of participants in advance to begin planning the appropriate size meeting places for each unit.
Within three months, the HCH parade unit got 118 confirmations and counting. They represent 38 classes spanning from 1962 to 2009, the year HCH closed. Alumni confirmations include two pairs of parents and adult children, a few married couples, and several sets of siblings, cousins and longtime best friends.
An online fundraiser has collected enough to pay for the parade application fee, trailer rental, float construction and decoration supplies. Now funds are being raised to purchase items for the walking unit and float riders to carry and wear. Alumni hope to buy green and white custom-made banners, commemorative pennants and buttons emblazoned with the HCH emblem, leis, helium balloons and cheer pom-poms.
Donors of at least $15 have a chance to get one of eight gifts, which can be postal mailed or shipped to those whose names are drawn. The donor incentives are gift cards for the Hudson businesses Amaia Martini Bar, Mullahy’s Artisan Cheeses & Specialty Foods, Serendipity and Tuck’s Service Center; a five CD collection of spiritual music recorded by Fr. Joe Rodrigues; two “Hudson 150” T-shirts; pieces of the original and 2006 HCH gym floors; and a set of HCH and St. Michael’s School bricks recovered from the 2015 demolitions.
For more information and to donate, visit www.gofundme.com/HCHAlumniHudson150.]]>
Three towns – Hudson, Northborough and Southborough – will be holding elections Monday, May 9.
In Hudson, two candidates, Fred P. Lucy II and James D. Quinn are both running for re-election for the two available seats on the Board of Selectmen.
In Northborough, Leslie Rutan is running for re-election for the Board of Selectmen.
In Southborough, two candidates, Bonnie Phaneuf and John F. Rooney, III, are running for re-election for the two available seats on the Board of Selectmen. Three candidates are running for moderator – Desiree Aselbekian, William J. Boland and Stephen A. Morreale. The position is currently held by David Coombs.
Grafton will be holding its election Tuesday, May 17. Three candidates are running for the two open spots on the Board of Selectmen – incumbent Craig Dauphinais, Sargon Hanna and Edward Prisby.
Residents will also vote on three ballot questions requesting exemptions from Proposition 2-1/2 to pay for bonds related to the proposed new Public Works facility; a few fire tanker truck; and a new all-wheel drive pumper truck.]]>
Grafton – Formed in the early 1980s, the Friends of Grafton Elders (FOGE) is an all-volunteer nonprofit fundraising organization that helps town residents age 60 and over. The organization funds programs at the Grafton Senior Center as well as assisting other elders, noted Rita Cohen, FOGE president.
“We are a separate entity and help all seniors in Grafton whether they go to the center or not,” she explained. “Our charter says that we provide funding for services designated to meet their physical, social, and psychological needs to enhance longevity and quality of life. We do this by providing financial support for various senior programs.”
Cohen became involved with FOGE when she moved to Grafton 11 years ago, after living in Westborough for 25. She served as a FOGE board member for nine years and president the past five. The organization welcomes the next generation of seniors to participate.
“We’re trying to reach out to the younger seniors and get the baby boomers more involved,” she said, “When they hear the word ‘elders’ they think ‘old people.’ We’re actually a very active community.”
FOGE has observed increasing interest in pursuing physical activities among the population that it serves. The organization funds exercise programs held at the senior center. In addition to a general exercise class, offerings include chair and mat yoga, beginning and advanced tai chi, and Zumba. As interest has grown, so has FOGE’s financial support.
“There are younger seniors attending the exercise programs,” Cohen noted. “We started small and now the classes’ attendance has grown to about 45 people. Right now we give about $16,000 a year for the exercise programs. Like anybody else, seniors need to stay fit for their health and wellbeing.”
When the senior center’s van showed signs of aging, FOGE raised the funds to purchase a new one.
“Two and half years ago, FOGE did a fundraiser and we paid over $56,000 for a new van for the senior center,” Cohen said.
FOGE is also among the sponsors of the center’s van transportation to medical appointments. Additionally, the organization has purchased computers for the center, and funds social events including a tea with a guest speaker and trips to Wright’s Farm Restaurant in Rhode Island.
“Seniors like to go out to lunch,” Cohen said with a laugh.
Beginning each November, FOGE offers a heating assistance program. It’s available to Grafton residents at least age 60 whose household income is not more than 65 percent of the Massachusetts median income. Assistance is offered regardless how their homes are heated.
“The majority of seniors are on a fixed income, and the heating costs go up and down like a yo-yo,” Cohen said. “This year we were lucky because it was a mild winter, but the winter season before was terrible. It was extremely cold and we provided wood, and paid for electric and gas bills for those who qualified.”
FOGE makes itself available to seniors in need of transitional assistance due to unforeseen emergencies.
“We recently helped a senior – a smart, professional – who was scammed out of their life savings,” Cohen said. “We helped pay for their rent for a few months until they could get back on their feet.”
Cohen has met with local clergy to remind them that FOGE will assist elders.
“Clergy know their congregates and who could use help,” she said. “Seniors are a very proud bunch and would rather not come forward to ask. As emergency situations arise, we will help whenever we can.”
For more information about FOGE and to contribute a tax-deductible donation online or postal mail, visit fogeinc.org; contact firstname.lastname@example.org; 508-320-2659; FOGE P.O. Box 186 , Grafton, MA 01519.]]>
Grafton – Representative David K. Muradian Jr., R-Grafton, welcomed Junior Girl Scout Troop 30222 of Grafton to the State House April 20.
The group of 15 girls from the troop, made up of fifth-graders from Millbury Street and North Street elementary schools, were accompanied by troop leaders Colleen Nash and Angela Hogue as well as chaperones Kelly Carol, Gina Mahoney, Jennifer Pierce and Melanie Casey. Muradian treated the group to a tour of the building, including stops in the Senate Reading Room, Senate Chamber, and a rare trip to the Senate balcony overlooking the Boston Common.
The group also took a trip to the House Chamber where the girls sat in the members’ seats while Muradian told them about the history of the chamber as well as the building itself. The tour also included trips to the Great Hall of Flags, Doric Hall, and Memorial Hall. In Nurses Hall, the group was also able to go inside a big inflatable globe in celebration of Earth Day to learn about the impact of environmental policy on the different countries throughout the world.
“The State House is a living, breathing museum and it was encouraging to see such young girls show so much interest in the building’s history and what is done here,” Muradian said. “Although he was unable to make it into the building that day due to a prior commitment, my counterpart in the Senate, Senator Mike Moore, was instrumental in planning the tour and I thank him for his help.”]]>