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Sunday, February 25, 2018

SYFS annual toy drive to be held through Dec. 15

Shrewsbury - Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services is holding its 13th annual Holiday Toy Drive in support of children in need. New, unwrapped, non-violent...

Muradian to host ‘Bundle up the Blackstone Valley’ coat drive

Region – State Rep. David K. Muradian Jr. (R-Grafton) invites all to participate in “Bundle up the Blackstone Valley,” a coat drive to benefit...

Thanksgiving comes early at Shrewsbury Senior Center

Shrewsbury - State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and State Rep. Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) co-hosted a well-attended Thanksgiving luncheon at the Shrewsbury Senior Center Nov. 13. The annual event featured the traditional turkey feast with all the trimmings catered again by Goretti’s Supermarket in Millbury. Moore was joined by Shrewsbury selectmen Moira Miller and Beth NeJaime Casavant, Housing Commissioner Gayle Vigeant, School Committee member Jason Palitsch, Town Manager Kevin Mizikar, and Senior Center Director Sharon Yager who were gracious servers. The lunch was coordinated by Shelly MacNeil, a member of Moore’s team.

Proctor Elementary School sponsors successful Hurricane Harvey book drive

Northborough - The concept of paying it forward may not be part of the official Massachusetts elementary school curriculum standards, but the third-grade students at the Fannie E. Proctor Elementary School in Northborough have already begun to master the idea. Following the overwhelming destruction of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, the teachers spoke to the students about the importance of reaching out to help others in their times of need. They then discussed the devastation with the students, and, to help them visualize the situation that other third-grade students were facing, they showed them a short news clip of the damage.

Northborough honors its veterans with a patriotic luncheon

Northborough – Northborough veterans were showered with appreciation at the eighth annual Veteran’s Day Luncheon Nov. 3 at the Northborough Senior Center. Senior Center Director Kelly Burke welcomed attendees who enjoyed a program filled with patriotic music and heartfelt presentations. The sun shone bright on the occasion and attendance was high for this mid-day event.

Shrewsbury groups collect items for veterans

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury’s Rotary and Lions clubs teamed up for the second year to collect toiletries for Veterans, Inc. This year, they were stationed at Price Chopper in Shrewsbury Nov. 4 and collected well over four grocery carts full of soap, hand cream, shampoo/conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, hair brushes and socks.

Marlborough mayor and Habitat for Humanity partner to offer critical home repairs

Marlborough – Mayor Arthur G. Vigeant announced that the city of Marlborough and the Habitat for Humanity MetroWest Greater Worcester (Habitat MWGW) are moving forward with performing critical home repairs on two homes in Marlborough in November. Vigeant met with Habitat officials over a year ago to see if their programs can help veterans, seniors and family homeowners in need of critical repairs to their homes.

Food pantry in Natick helps local communities in Metrowest

Region - On a beautiful street in Natick sits a lovely Cape home that houses food and other essentials for people in financial distress. Inside this special place is the location of a nonprofit program called A Place to Turn. This program was established in 1979, and originally started in the private home of Joe and Edna Gillis who recognized the hardships that exist in the suburbs. They felt that this issue is not exclusively an urban problem. Seeing the need for so many people, the site was then moved to the grounds of the Hartford Street Presbyterian Church at 99 Hartford St.

Girl Scouts deliver Halloween goodies

Shrewsbury – Girl Scouts from Troop 11087 in Shrewsbury recently made 25 Halloween goodie bags to distribute to two local residence care homes as part of their partnership with the Worcester Department of Children and Families.

Abby’s House announces $2 million capital campaign for renovations

Region – Abby’s House, a nonprofit organization serving women and their children, recently announced the public phase of their $2 million capital campaign to renovate their building at 52 High St. in Worcester during a breakfast held there Oct. 25.