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SEF honors Shrewsbury HS Unified Team

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury - The Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) honored the Shrewsbury High School Unified Team with the Community Service Award...

Children’s librarian dresses up to spark literary fun

By Lori Berkey, Contributing Writer   Shrewsbury - Roxanne Starkin fondly recalls her childhood when her mother was studying for her bachelor’s degree and carted her...

Diane Cournoyer Dance Center to host open house

Northborough - The Diane Cournoyer Dance Center will be hosting an open house Saturday, April 27, at its new studio, located at 386 West...

Westborough Unplugs: Nourse Farm offers special event as part of town-wide initiative

By Kate Tobiasson, Contributing Writer Westborough - It was drizzling all day May 5, but Westborough Unplugs Week concluded with a fun and busy event...

Peaslee playground fundraiser encourages exercise

Northborough - Students and teachers from Marguerite E. Peaslee Elementary School hit their strides Oct. 10 at the Peaslee Fun Run, the first fundraiser for a new playground.

Mayor requests bond for turf field at middle school

Marlborough - The construction of the city’s first synthetic turf athletic field will begin late spring next year at the 1LT Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School if the City Council approves a proposal by Mayor Arthur Vigeant which was presented at the Nov. 3 council meeting.

Treasure hunt yields historical documents from Northborough’s founding days

Northborough - Three members of the Northborough Historical Society, Robert Marchetta, Jenifer Bakkala and Rob Berger, recently travelled to the Massachusetts Archives Division in South Boston in search of historical documents. They had their sights on seeing the Engrossed Act of 1766 (the 1766 Act) which established Northborough as a district separate from Westborough. (An engrossed act is one in its final form, which has been debated, ratified, and then copied and signed.)

Westborough honored as ‘Purple Heart Town’

By K.B. Sherman, Contributing Writer Westborough – On Aug. 7, communities across the United States commemorated “Purple Heart Day.” This prestigious award, originated by General...

Shrewsbury library receives grant for English Conversation Circle

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Public Library has received a $4,500 grant from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation to help fund the library's English Conversation...

Selectmen question School Committee's budget request

Westborough – The Board of Selectmen at its Feb. 12 meeting chose not to make a school budget recommendation before the Annual Town Meeting (ATM), amid uncertainties as to why there remains a gap between the School Committee's budget proposal and the board's budget recommendation.

Council approves zoning change for industrial use

Marlborough - The City Council approved a zoning change at its March 11 meeting that will allow Partners Health Care, headquartered in Boston, to construct a facility on a parcel of land on Forest Street. The proposed zoning amendment, submitted by Council President Patricia Pope, added a definition for "Data Storage/Telecommunications Facilities under Industrial Uses" to existing zoning bylaws.

Nortborough scouts hold annual Pinewood Derby

Northborough - Cub Scouts of Northborough Pack 55 pose for a picture before getting ready to watch their cars compete in the annual Pinewood Derby held Jan. 17 at the Robert E. Melican Middle School. Nearly 70 kids participated in the event.

Veterinary nutritionist helps animals stay healthy   

Northborough – As a child, Dr. Cailin Heinze knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian.  Growing up on a farm in Pennsylvania, animals were an important part of her life. She also became fascinated with biochemistry and nutrition.

Westborough celebrates with Festival of Lights

Westborough– Although the balmy temperatures didn's exactly make it feel like a winter wonderland, Westborough's downtown, and in particular, the town's rotary, looked like one the evening of Nov. 27. That's because the entire area was once again lit up with Christmas lights, thanks to the generosity of the Westborough Rotary Club. The club sponsors the annual Festival of Lights each year as a community service project.

Rotary Club lights downtown Westborough for holidays

Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough continued its tradition to brighten downtown Nov. 30 during the annual Festival of Lights. Festivities began with members of the Westborough High School (WHS) Chorus leading a sing-along of carols. Santa Claus was transported by the Westborough Fire Department in Engine 3 to the rotary, where children shared their holiday wishes and received candy canes. Assisting as Santa’s helpers were 16 members of WHS Interact.

Local storyboard artist lends talent near and far

Northborough – When John Forcucci was only around 4 years old, he discovered reruns of a New England Saturday morning television show featuring a drawing instructor named Captain Bob (Robert Cottle). By watching the show, he also discovered something else. He realized how much fun it is to create art.

Anti-prejudice youth group announces 2017 program

Shrewsbury - Students Together Opposing Prejudice - S.T.O.P. - has announced plans for its seven-week middle school program next February and March. Described as an anti-prejudice youth education and leadership initiative, the sessions address all forms of discrimination.

Women in STEM Conference hopes to inspire middle school girls

Northborough - The Northborough Junior Woman’s Club will be hosting its 10th Women in STEM Conference Saturday, March 25. The free event is open to girls in fifth through eighth grade and will expose them to careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through workshops presented by dynamic women role models working in those fields.

Legislators discuss Northborough’s top priorities with selectmen

Northborough – The Board of Selectman and Town Administrator John Coderre welcomed the town’s legislative delegation at their March 13 meeting. Legislators appear annually to discuss top priorities. State Senator Harriette Chandler, D-Worcester, State Representatives Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, and Harold Naughton Jr., D-Clinton, were in attendance.

Drumming brings joy and laughter to seniors

Marlborough - An interactive drumming workshop held recently at the Marlborough Senior Center brought familiar tunes, laughter, and fun to a group of men and women who thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Under the direction of Steve Benedetto, owner of Respectful Beats, each tapped on their small drums, trying to keep the beat as suggested.