Wenzel: Spare Time Shop to close


Wenzel: Spare Time Shop to close

MARLBOROUGH – Duxbury High School has three football players all of whom had fathers that played football at Marlborough High School. Duxbury has just won its second consecutive Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium. They are: Pete Long, MHS ‘89, Darren Long, Duxbury ‘25; Adam Barr, Duxbury ‘24, Jim Barr, MHS ‘84; Mike Landers Jr., Duxbury ’27 and Mike Landers, MHS ‘89. Mike’s dad is City Councilor Don Landers.

Wenzel: Spare Time Shop to close
The 2023 Super Bowl winner at Gillette Stadium, Duxbury High School, has three football players all of whom had fathers that played football at Marlborough High School. They are, from left, Pete Long, Darren Long, Adam Barr, Jim Barr, Mike Landers Jr. and Mike Landers (Photo/Courtesy)

PAUL AND THERESA SCOPETSKI, owners for 50 years of retailing at The Spare Time Shop, is coming to an end. As of Christmas 2023, they are closing their hobby shop that has been a valued part of Marlborough since 1973. They wish to thank their customers and all of the employees over the past five decades for their support and help. Following a liquidation sale of inventory and store fixtures, the Scopetskis are retiring, relocating to Nevada.

SINCE 1979, The Boston House: Hope and Healing for Children with Cancer has served as a home away from home for children with cancer and their families while undergoing cancer care in Boston.

A small group of Marlborough Lions members joined with, Medway and Boston host Lions from district 33K’s K-crew and were able to cook and pack Thanksgiving dinners for the five families (20 people) staying there for the holiday. It was a small but meaningful gesture to brighten the holidays for these families dealing with difficult circumstances. The Marlborough Lions are looking forward to serving dinners again for Christmas.

THE MARLBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS School Committee recently celebrated five Marlborough High School students on their recognitions for academic excellence and leadership. Seniors Violet Ren and Alexis Ott received the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ award for academic excellence; Luiz Bernardes and Jordan Bautista received the National School Development Council’s award for student leadership; and Rhea Khanderia received the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen award for student leadership and community service.

Wenzel: Spare Time Shop to close
Chandra Lothian, a member of the Marlborough Historical Society, enjoys the “Christmas at the Farm,” held at the Peter Rice Homestead. (Photos/Mary Wenzel)

“CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM” was held recently at the Peter Rice Homestead, with the Marlborough Historical Society members serving “Country Christmas” muffins, cookies, hot chocolate and more. With cozy fires and old fashioned decorations, dozens of people enjoyed the festivities. Many of the Historical Society members wore fashions from yesteryear to set the scene for a nostalgic experience.

Wenzel: Spare Time Shop to close
The Marlborough Garden Club held its 44th Holiday Boutique, with state Rep. Danielle Gregoire, at left, (choosing decorations for her State House office?). From left, Garden Club members Shawna Avey, Marian Mamayek, Terry
Sutherland and Sue Dolesh, Boutique chairman.

MEMBERS of the Marlborough Garden Club have had a very busy December. On Dec. 2 they held the Holiday Boutique, the 44th, featuring beautiful one-of-a-kind arrangements, both fresh and faux. Later in the month, it was off to decorate the historic Wayside Inn in Sudbury. The Marlborough team joined with other Garden Clubs to give the Inn its traditional festive flair. On Dec. 13, members gathered at the Wayside Inn for their annual Holiday Dinner. In January, with no meeting scheduled, members can take the time to relax.

FROM the Marlborough Lions Club: No matter what you celebrate, no matter how you celebrate….May this beautiful holiday season fill your heart with love, your home with joy, and your life with laughter. Happy holidays. Wishing you and your family love, peace, and happiness.


Dec. 22 – Jim Rizza
Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve
Dec. 25 – Merry Christmas
Dec. 26 – Ashley Levy
Dec. 27 – Paul Polewaczyk
Dec. 28 – Jim Toohey and Traci Vanzini Cappadona
Dec. 29 – Nick Nasuti and Linda Furbush
Dec. 30 – Robert Colombo and Anna McEnaney
Dec. 31 – Dan Caruso and Alyssa Crocker
Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve
Jan. 1 – Happy New Year
Jan. 1 – Matt Simoneau, Dick Kyper and Lois Dolan
Jan. 2 – Sue Phaneuf and Diane Travers
Jan. 3 – Helen Barber, Jackie Smith and Elizabeth Young
Jan. 4 – Ken Reynolds
Jan. 5 – Ed Clancy


Dec. 30 – Anita Stetson and Tim Kinney

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