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Friday, February 15, 2019

Happy Holidays from the Community Advocate!

The entire Community Advocate staff would like to wish a very happy holiday season to all of our friends and advertisers! ?Thank you all...

Marlborough Rotarians, Girl Scouts serve seniors holiday dinner

Marlborough – For 20 years, the Marlborough Rotary Club delivered food baskets to 30 families in need during the holidays. As of 2012, the club has continued its mission to provide community service while helping more residents. For the third year, the club partnered with the city’s Council on Aging and Girl Scouts when a congregate holiday meal was served Dec. 3 at the Marlborough Senior Center. A number of the 90 guests were residents of the Main Street senior housing complex. The following week, 40 dinners were served at the senior housing complexes on Bolton and Pleasant streets.

Library presents Latin American Festival

Shrewsbury - Jose Castillo, a music professor at Quinsigamond Community College, performs a Puerto Rican folk song at the Latin American Music & Dance...

Hudson thanks military veterans for their service

Hudson – On a cold Nov. 11 morning, parade participants and spectators in downtown Hudson thanked military veterans for their service.

Central One donates to Shrewsbury High School Athletic Department

Shrewsbury – For the second year in a row, Central One Federal Credit Union has made a $20,000 donation to the Shrewsbury High School (SHS) Athletic Department. Surrounded by members of SHS's athletic teams, David L"Ecuyer, the bank's president and CEO, presented the check Sept. 8 to Dr. Joseph Sawyer, the superintendent of the Shrewsbury Public Schools and Todd Bazydlo, SHS principal.

Student wellness conference seeks to promote healthy choices

Region - Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. told a gathering of over 200 middle and high school students that their choices will define them, and that he worries about them. These students - many leaders in their schools - gathered at Worcester State University March 22, to attend Early’s 2016 Student Wellness Conference.

Grafton youth boosts wounded warriors

Grafton – He may be only 7 years old, but Tyler Hardiman has a very big heart. Last year he hosted a lemonade stand near his home on Barbara Jean Street, raising $1,500 for Grafton Police Sgt. Michael Mazzola who was battling lymphoma.

Mock “accident” helps remind Shrewsbury High School students of safe driving practices

Shrewsbury – When police, firefighters and paramedics are asked to respond en masse to an accident near a high school, the news is usually not good. But on May 2, just such a scene helped Shrewsbury High School (SHS) juniors and seniors, in a very real and dramatic way, prepare for their upcoming proms and graduation.

Fay teacher, parent advocates for helmet safety

Southborough - For Fay School physical education teacher Heidi Qua, life took a dramatic turn on Sept. 8, 2004 when her 2-1/2 year old son, Jacob, in a horrific freak accident, fell from a third-story screened dormitory window onto a concrete courtyard below. (Heidi and her husband, David were dorm parents at the school at the time.) Jacob was rushed to UMass Memorial Center where he spent 27 days in a drug-induced coma, 17 of them on a ventilator. After 19 days in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), Jacob was moved to Franciscan Children's Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Brighton where he spent three months doing in-patient rehabilitation. At the time, Jacob was functioning at the level of a seven-month old. While Qua watched her son struggle with simple tasks, she found reasons to feel blessed.

Christmas comes early for one young man thanks to car enthusiasts

Region- Like many young men, James Nifong of Sudbury loves cars. In his case, it is the two-door British sports car MGBs. In fact, by carefully saving his money, he was able to purchase his first one two years ago when he was only 15. The car was a real “fixer-upper.” Realizing he needed help in how to fix the car as well as actual hands on assistance he reached out to authorities on this car – the Boston Area MG Club (BAMG) – for advice. The car enthusiasts were delighted to help the young man.