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Northborough police respond to fatal car crash on Route 9

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor UPDATE: Auburn Police Chief Andrew Sluckis has confirmed via Twitter that the crash reported in Northborough on Sunday night was, indeed,...

UPDATE: DA identifies Shrewsbury woman found dead alongside daughter, March 19

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor UPDATE: The woman found dead alongside her daughter in Shrewsbury, March 19, has been identified. Shrewsbury Police, meanwhile, have reiterated...

Shrewsbury man and dog survive encounter with bear

By Lori Berkey, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – What started out as a typical morning trail walk for Brendan Lennon and his dog, Greta, resulted in...


Shrewsbury—Joe Marinelli uses the word “refresh” a lot. He applies it not only to the way carpets, furniture or tile and grout look when his cleaning company finishes its work, but also to the way that work makes customers feel.

Westborough students hope to spread passion for community service

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer Westborough- Abigail McLucas and Elizabeth Hopkinson, both students at Westborough High School, are on a mission to empower students of...

Regional COVID-19 vaccination site to open in Westborough

By Dakota Antelman, Managing Editor WESTBOROUGH - The DoubleTree Hotel in Westborough will soon serve as a mass COVID-19 vaccination site. Announcing the news with a...

Moms turn grief into recovery through local support group

Marlborough – A pair of mothers who lost their sons to drug overdose are using their tragedy to help others. Kathy Leonard lost her 27-year-old son Jonathan Testa in December and Cheryl Juaire lost her son Corey Merrill, 23, in 2011 – both to heroin overdose.

Northborough families are going on a ‘bear hunt’

By Debra Roberts, Contributing Writer Northborough – Staying socially engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic can be challenging but members of our local communities are finding...

Warlock of Westborough – Part I

Westborough – Although the Warlock of Westborough, Ted Rabouin, passed away in 2004, he remains a rich part of the town's history. His home, a black cottage painted with flowers and mushrooms, which sat nestled in a wooded area on Bowman Street across from the reservoir has since been leveled and a new home has taken its place, but the stories of what went on there will be etched in the minds of many forever.

Shrewsbury may soon drop to “Green” COVID risk category

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury – Town Manager Kevin Mizikar was cautiously optimistic when he reported to the Board, March 9, that since their...

Warlock of Westborough – Part II

Westborough – "In a little black cottage out of "Hansel and Gretel" on Bowman Street near a quiet reservoir and many pine trees lives 41-year-old Ted Rabouin, high priest of New England witchcraft. He publicly announced himself 10 years ago in order to dispel the countless myths about witches throughout history." (Beaver County Times, Jan.13, 1975) Ted Raboiun, the Warlock of Westborough and former high priest of the Church of Wicca, gained fame on a 1970s episode of "Bewitched" when the sitcom witch, Samantha Stephens, visited Salem for a series of episodes. Rabouin appeared alongside Laurie Cabot, an American Witchcraft high priestess and the "unofficial" witch of Salem. At one point during filming Cabot said, "Ah yes, Teddy, my favorite Warlock!" bringing him instant fame.

Westborough cellist Fung wins prestigious international competition

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Westborough – Showing tremendous poise, grace and talent, Zlatomir Fung recently did what no American has done in 30 years...

Massive copper beech tree thriving in Southborough

Southborough - Copper beech trees are worth talking about. One planted at Tufts University sometime between 1855 and 1860 made the news when it was taken down after being struck by lightening in 2015.

The holiday spirit shines – brightly – in Southborough neighborhood

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Southborough - Growing up in Somerville, John Mansfield’s family always decorated the outside of their house for Christmas. So when...

White Cliffs History – Part 1

Did you ever wonder why Daniel B. Wesson of Smith and Wesson fame decided to build a summer mansion in the little town of Northborough?

Shrewsbury Public Schools: A History

By Alexandra Molnar and Zenya Molnar Contributing Writers GENERAL INFO In 1851, Shrewsbury was divided into seven districts with one school building for each district. Each...

Shrewsbury High School Art Festival

Shrewsbury – On May 18, Shrewsbury High School presented a large impressive gallery in their cafeteria that exhibited collections of artwork by students during this school year.
Gathered before graduating are class officers (l to r) Hewan Weldai, president; Natalia Karadimitriou, vice president; Rahul Razdan, treasurer; Ashvaraya Gite, secretary; and Declan McSweeney, marshal

Shrewsbury High graduates 433 in 2019 at DCU Center

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Diplomas were presented to 433 class of 2019 Shrewsbury High School (SHS) graduates during a ceremony May...

Algonquin mascot study group recommends retiring the Tomahawk

By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer NORTHBOROUGH/SOUTHBOROUGH - Algonquin Regional High School's (ARHS) sixteen member Mascot Study Group recommended the retirement of the “Tomahawk” mascot at a...

The Massachusetts Turnpike: a Westborough controversy

By Glenn Parker, Contributing Writer This is an article in an occasional series about important events or things from Westborough's past. Westborough - In 1948 it...