Sunday, February 23, 2020

Lakeway Commons: Honoring a legacy while providing a new vision

Shrewsbury – For years, Anthony “Spag” Borgatti oversaw his legendary retail establishment located on Route 9, not far from Lake Quinsigamond and the Worcester border. Known for his great deals as well as his dedication to Shrewsbury and its residents, Borgatti was beloved by all and to this day, casts a very long shadow. But after in the years following his death, the once bustling commercial site saw a series of retailers come and go, each hoping for just a small slice of Spag’s success. Sadly, during recent years, the nearly 23 acre parcel sat dormant, waiting for its next chapter.

David Spade films in downtown Hudson

Hudson – Residents and visitors lining Main Street sidewalks in downtown Hudson from May 1 to 3 weren’t necessarily there for flatbread pizza or uniquely-flavored ice cream. Many were watching the crew of Brandon’s Dads Productions shoot scenes featuring comic actor David Spade for a film with the working title “Who Do You Think Would Win?”

Award-winning Hudson native thrives in his musical journey

Hudson – Hudson native Jason Paulino, now of Clinton, developed an interest in music as a child growing up in the 1980s. Concurrently, his relatives shared with him their admiration for the rock band Journey and its frontman Steve Perry. Now in his 10th year as lead vocalist of the Journey tribute band known as The Great Escape, Paulino and his bandmates were honored at the Worcester Music Awards presented April 12 at the Cove Music Hall.

Shrewsbury’s Diversity Coalition provides a welcoming and supportive network

By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter Shrewsbury - During the days following the Nov. 8, 2016, Presidential Election, Karen Fine of Shrewsbury feared that her country...

Golf fundraiser will honor memory of Jay Dion in May

Northborough - The first Friends of Jay Dion Memorial Classic golf tournament will be held Thursday, May 25, at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough.

Boston 25 News Zip Trip highlights the best of Marlborough

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Marlborough – Hundreds of residents of all ages gathered on an unseasonably chilly morning July 14 at Ward Park as...

Shrewsbury celebrates Lakeway Commons grand opening

Shrewsbury – State officials discussed the expected economical contributions of the new mixed-use development Lakeway Commons in Shrewsbury during its grand opening ceremony Oct. 21. Yet, they emphasized the importance of memorializing Spag’s, the iconic bargain store that had occupied the location at 193 Boston Turnpike from 1934 to 2004, and its owner Anthony “Spag” Borgatti, nicknamed because of his love for spaghetti.

Holocaust survivor speaks at Northborough middle school

Northborough - The entire 8th grade class at the Robert E. Melican Middle School in Northborough sat hunched forward—almost breathless—during an assembly on May 17. It was Holocaust survivor Sam Weinreb (91) who held their attention. For a full hour, over-and-over, Weinreb said to them, “I want you to know, I want you to know.”

Northborough Fire Department recognized at State House ceremony

Northborough - Northborough Fire Department Captain Robert Theve received recognition from the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services and its Statewide Advisory Council at a State House celebration March 22. The award was presented to those in the state who have been instrumental in providing opportunities to individuals to be fully accepted, engaged and active participants in all aspects of community life.

With words and reflections, Westborough State Hospital patients remembered

Westborough – On May 17, a beautiful, clear sunny Saturday morning, a ceremony was held at the Pine Grove Cemetery to honor the approximately 500 former patients of the Westborough State Hospital who are buried there. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, if a patient at the state hospital passed away without any family members to take care of their final arrangements, they would be buried in the Potter’s Field at the cemetery, with only a small numbered stone to mark their grave.