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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...

AMSA launches ‘enrichment programs,’ navigates COVID-19 alongside other schools

Caught in the back and forth of cancellations AMSA is navigating lost learning time through some of the region’s most comprehensive “enrichment programs.” 

As region’s sole voc. school, Assabet wrestles with COVID19

Assabet Valley Regional High School has cancelled classes and co-ops, and rolled out a variety of measures to care for students rattled by the sudden events of the past month.

Marlborough COVID-19 update as of March 24

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer   Marlborough - The largest population center in the region, Marlborough has stood on the front lines of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic...

Youth group makes a positive difference for marine life

By Christine Galeone, Contributing Writer Westborough – Did you know that six of the seven species of sea turtles in the world are considered to...

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...

Former Shrewsbury resident is finally living her dream

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury/Cambridge – Former Shrewsbury resident Deb Peeples, 63, recently returned from a month-long residency at the Vermont Studio Center,...

Grafton man recalls posing for iconic Norman Rockwell painting

By Christine Galeone, Contributing Writer Grafton – In 1958, Ed Locke was an eight-year-old boy having lunch in his school’s cafeteria, when fellow Stockbridge resident...

Meet Lady Maria Chaffington, Jane Austen’s ‘friend’

By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer    Hudson - Speaking in an English accent and dressed in a gown from the early 1800s, Lady Maria (pronounced...

Schools launch free food programs, hope to avoid crisis for low income students

Districts assured constituents they would not leave students hungry during COVID19 shutdowns. March 15, officials rolled out plans of how they would do that.

Hudson’s COVID-19 update, March 20

In a busy week, officials clamped down on a variety of municipal functions. We've tracked those moves.

Tatnuck announces new hours, curbside pickup program

Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough has announced new hours and a curbside pickup program as they contend with the need for social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As Coronavirus surges, anxiety hangs over campuses of local college students

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer Region - For some, it’s been a deluge of email updates. For others, it’s been early flights home and semesters...

Waste Management temporarily suspends residential call center

Waste Management is temporarily closing its residential call center in response to COVID-19, Effective March 18, 2020. This change will not impact regular trash and recycling collection.

A new reality

Area public buildings and schools close; Marlborough declares state of emergency; Westborough postpones election   By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer   Region - Even Tom Moses, Hudson’s...

Northborough selectmen host legislative delegation at meeting to discuss priorities

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior community Reporter Northborough – Town Administrator John Coderre welcomed Northborough’s legislative delegation who made their annual appearance to discuss legislative priorities...

Northborough Cultural Council awards 24 grants to local programs

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Northborough – Community leaders, artists, musicians and devotees of the arts gathered at the Northborough Free Library for a...

Shrewsbury Library Director Dolan celebrates her retirement

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Public Library Director Ellen Dolan was celebrated March 8 at a reception in her honor at...

Christopher Heights of Marlborough

Quality assisted living services in a dignified living environment   By Lauren Schiffman, Contributing Writer   Marlborough - Christopher Heights of Marlborough, an assisted living community with 83...

Facing COVID-19 threat, superintendents close region’s schools

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer Region - They spent much of the day on conference calls. When the evening came, superintendents across the region were then...