Wenzel: Bob, Joan Gregoire celebrate anniversary, former Marlborough Hospital therapy dog named marathon’s official dog


MARLBOROUGH – Bob and Joan Gregoire were honored recently with a surprise 45th wedding anniversary party. Hosted by their daughter, state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, dozens of well-wishers gathered at Welly’s restaurant in Marlborough to congratulate the couple.

With greetings from the Massachusetts House of Representatives in Boston, Danielle read the citation to them.

The boundaries of the seat for Danielle’s 4th Middlesex District shifted recently, allowing her parents the opportunity to vote for her. Prior to the redistricting, the location of their Marlborough home was in the district of state Rep. Carmine Gentile.

State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, at left, hosted a surprise 45th wedding anniversary for her parents, Bob and Joan Gregoire, on April 16, at Welly’s restaurant in Marlborough. (Photo/Mary Wenzel)

“I’m your new State Rep.,” Danielle told her parents.

SUNDAY MAY 1, 2022 is right around the corner.

Known as May Day, the date is celebrated in many countries to feature the return of spring with festivities such as dancing around a maypole.

In Marlborough, members of the Women’s Fellowship of the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational make May Baskets to give out each year. They are filled with items such as small individually wrapped snacks, pens/pencils, wrapped candy, small pads of paper and other goodies.

Members of the Women’s Fellowship of the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, make May Baskets each year and fill them with candy and other goodies to give to others. In the photo, making the May Baskets are Cindy Tenney, left, and Kim Whitten. (Photo/Mary Wenzel)

IN HONOR of the recent Boston Marathon, the UMass Memorial – Marlborough Hospital would like to send a huge shout-out to Spencer, its former caregiver and pet therapy dog, on being named the official dog of the 126th edition of the Boston Marathon.

The 12-year-old golden retriever had a 3.5 pound benign tumor removed in 2020. About a year later, doctors found a cancerous tumor. Spencer’s battle with cancer and his resilience continues to bring happiness to those around him.

“He’s the regular guy who is fighting the fight. I would say there’s thousands of these runners who are with their own Spencer story, whether it’s personal, physical, mental or whatever. He shows inspiration that he’s still here,” said Richard Powers (Spencer & Penny), Spencer’s dog dad.

THE CITY OF MARLBOROUGH passed along condolences to former Marlborough Mayor William Mauro on the death of his wife, former First Lady and City Nurse Anita Mauro on March 31, 2022.

Also, the City is saddened by the passing of Joseph “Joe” Moineau, former Ward 4 City Councilor, on April 12, 2022. Also, former School Committeewoman Hazel Miele passed away on April 8, 2022.

IN PARTNERSHIP with the Massachusetts Environmental Police and the Marlborough Recreation Department, the City of Marlborough is excited to offer a free boating safety class to any interested Marlborough or Hudson resident. The class is first come, first serve and has a maximum capacity of 30 participants. For more information on the class, go to: https://www.marlborough-ma.gov/…/boating-safety-course…

To register for the class go to: https://www.mass.gov/…/mep-boating-safety-course-online…

THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH in Marlborough is extending an invitation to Christians of all denominations in Marlborough to join together in a spirit of unity for a local prayer gathering on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 5, at 7 p.m.

“National days of prayer have been a part of our nation’s heritage since the days of our founding,” noted First Baptist Pastor Logan Loveday. “With so much unrest and division in our country today, there is a desperate need for we in the Church to ask forgiveness for our sins, and seek God’s mercy and healing for our land.”

Days of national prayer in America trace back at least to 1775, when less than two months after the Battle of Lexington and Concord, Continental Congress President John Hancock declared June 12 as a “Day of Public Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer, that we may with united hearts and voices … confess and deplore our many sins.”

Hancock further proclaimed, “It is recommended to Christians of all denominations to assemble for public worship and to abstain from servile labor and recreations on said day.”

The First Baptist Church is located at 22 Mechanic St., Monument Square, in downtown Marlborough, next to the Marlborough Public Library.

THE SPRING HOUSEHOLD HAZERDOUS WASTE DAY is Saturday, May 14, 2022, from 9 a.m. to noon. at 860 Boston Post Road East. Medication will not be collected at this event. Unwanted or expired medication can be brought to the Marlborough Police Department – MA or to a CVS pharmacy.

If you have any questions on an item, contact the Marlborough Department of Public Works at 508-624-6910.


April 25 – Rachel LaBrache

April 26 – Steve Zeigler

April 29 – Brian Hasbrouck

April 30 – Dick Kelleher and Zella Haesche

May 3 – Lynn Faust

May 4 – Marie Navin

May 5 – Hedy Berry and Sandie Wheeler

May 6 – Diana DeFalco and Jayne Stokes

May 7 – Bob Dolan Jr.

May 9 – Sarah Hanahan and Laura Lane

May 10 – Ed Beauchemin Jr. and Jim Agoritsas

May 11 – John Rice 


May 5 – Linda and Mike Ossing

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