Hudson - Hudson Selectman John Parent told his constituent Brian O’Neill at a public meeting on June 5 that he wanted to ensure that their relationship was not adversarial. Though O’Neill himself said their relationship had been “combative,” his advocacy group Protect Hudson and the Hudson Board of Selectmen have since found common ground. Both groups now publically fear the environmental impacts of Eversource Energy’s proposed power line running under nine miles of partially forested land between Hudson and Sudbury.
Region – Low voter turnout was reported as three local towns held their annual town elections May 9. In Southborough, there were two contested races. Stephen Morreale received 493 votes to win the position of moderator defeating Desiree Aselbekian who received 182 votes and William J. Boland, who received 161 votes. Meme Lutrell defeated Craig Nicholson, 561-272, for a seat on the Planning Board.
Worcester – Dr. Cynthia Ennis, a cardiologist and electrophysiologist at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, is the founder and director of the Women’s Heart Health Program. Ennis grew up in Shrewsbury and currently lives with her husband and three children in Westborough. She is passionate about spreading the message that women need more information and resources in regard to heart problems.
Region - Pearl Dionysopoulos was recently employed and is married with five children, aged 5 to 16. She is not what readily comes to mind when one thinks of the homeless. The family was renting a home in Roxbury. Her husband worked in painting and construction. She worked at a pizza joint in Dorchester. "Things were good; they were good for a while," Dionysopoulos said.
Northborough – In an economic environment that is still struggling, many are still finding it difficult to gain employment. For those with disabilities, the search can be especially frustrating. But thanks to the Central Mass Employment Collaborative (CMEC ) over 100 Massachusetts residents have found jobs this past year, including 26 at the Wegmans store in Northborough.
Region – In a region that has celebrated eight major sports championships in just over a decade, it's a common sight to see many wearing clothing bearing the logos of those winning teams. Everyone, it seems, wants to show their Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins pride.
Marlborough – The Marlborough Senior Center and its Council on Aging (COA) launched a pilot transportation program in October to accommodate more of the people who they serve. COA Executive Director Jennifer Claro noted that the pilot program was designed to complement the volunteer-run Friends in Service Helping (FISH) and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), the parent company of Busy Bee and Dial A Ride. Busy Bee is used in Marlborough.
Shrewsbury - Oak Middle School English teacher Derek Pizzuto is, to put it mildly, frustrated. After a series of personnel cuts in Shrewsbury schools, there are less teachers to go around. Less teachers means a higher teacher-student ratio and less time to work individually with students. A lack of teachers also means there's no one to help students produce a yearbook or advise a photography club. And now, student achievement appears to be suffering in Shrewsbury schools. "We'se at a crisis point where teachers and administrators are doing all they can," Pizzuto said. "We'se working past the boundaries of what can be. I's seeing more and more teachers looking burnt out."
Shrewsbury – After several years of planning and fundraising, the Shrewsbury Veterans Council welcomed guests Nov. 11 to a dedication ceremony for the new World War I (WWI) Memorial in front of the Beal Early Education Center. Emceeing the ceremony, Selectman Jim Kane summarized the spirit of the project's supporters. "Through this effort, from across our very special town, rose the support to make this monument a reality," he said.
Region - Here is a preview of local Veterans Day events: Hudson - This year's parade will assemble Monday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and...