Marlborough – When Fidelity Investments left the city of Marlborough in 2011, it was a huge blow to the local economy, rippling down to many of the smaller businesses in the city. But over the past six years, the city has seen a resurgence, attracting large companies such as TJX, Quest Diagnostics, and GE Healthcare, as well as the new large-scale multi-use development, Apex Center. The force behind much of the city’s growth can certainly be attributed to its chief executive officer, Arthur Vigeant, who has made economic development a top priority.
I’m one very, very grateful senior citizen of Westborough, thanks to the Westborough Police Dept. and Roche Bros. for their fast, efficient manner in which they helped me recover my lost pocketbook within four hours, saving me from having a nervous breakdown.
As leaders of diverse faith communities we are writing with one voice that transcends all the differences in our theologies and personal opinions. When President Trump ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, this action crushed the dreams of nearly a million young people covered by the executive order. These young people, brought to the United States by their parents, have done everything our government has asked of them.
A winning merger has taken place: the League of Women Voters chapters of Shrewsbury and Grafton are now one! I think most residents in both towns have heard of the LWV and may believe most towns of our size have a chapter. Not so. In fact, in all of central Massachusetts, this is one of only three chapters. In learning about the local League’s history, I recognize the thanks we owe the founding women and the current members (men included!) who continue to fulfill its non-partisan mission. A piece of that mission is to bring important national and state issues to public attention.
The 2017 Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival has closed out another successful celebration. Warm weather drew crowds of near record numbers to the annual Town Expo and Craft Fair.
Region - The sights, sounds and tastes of India come to life during the Worcester Art Museum’s Fall Community Day, Saturday, Nov. 4. This day-long celebration of “Diwali – Festival of Light” commemorates the triumph of light over darkness. The event takes place at the museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Region – When Amazon announced it was accepting bids for its second headquarters, it set off a frenzy among hopeful cities from Seattle to Austin and from Boston to Toronto. Among the 238 bids the company received was one from a locale dubbed “495 CROSSROADS,” the five-community partnership between Marlborough, Hudson, Northborough, Southborough and Westborough.
Worcester – Over the past two decades, local hockey fans enjoyed the opportunity to watch professional hockey in Worcester, first with the Ice Cats and then the Sharks. Each team played for approximately 10 years before disbanding. Now, fans are eagerly welcoming a new team – the Worcester Railers.
Southborough - Southborough’s “Art On the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods,” has been a resounding success. Southborough artist Catherine M. Weber, a force behind the exhibit, commented, “This four-month exhibition of site-specific art at Beal’s Preserve has attracted hundreds of people, many who would otherwise not have known about this precious local resource.”
Thank you Captain Jay Houston for 40 years of dedicated service to the Northborough Fire Department. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement.