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While the kids are away the foxes come out to play


By Debra Roberts, Contributing Writer

Photo/Maribeth Grandpre






Northborough – While they were at home, following the COVID-19 social distancing recommendations, the Grandpre family had an exciting day on March 30 watching fox pups frolicking and playing near their gardening shed. They discovered that an entire fox family had apparently been living there.

“I like how playful the kits are! Our dog Charlie wanted to meet them!” said Ryan Grandpre, who is a freshman at Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS).

“The foxes are so cute and entertaining to watch. We were surprised to see them in our backyard!” remarked his sister Maeve, who is an ARHS junior.

The Grandpre’s also spotted two adult foxes.

Photos/Maribeth Grandpre





Shirley M. Cheney, 90, of Hudson

Hudson – Shirley M. (Brooks) Cheney, 90, died Thursday March 26, 2020 after a period of failing health.  She was the wife of the late Roscoe Cheney. She was born in Hudson, the daughter of the late Asa and E. Muriel (Wilson) Brooks and lived there most of her life.

Shirley worked many years as a supervisor for the Massachusetts state hospital system and was an avid bingo player. If she could fund a game, she would play.  She enjoyed going to fairs and bazaars and spent countless hours tending to her garden, particularly her flowers.

She is survived by a daughter Linda Boulette and her husband Paul of New Braintree, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sons Richard and William Santella.

A private family burial was held on Tuesday.  A funeral service is being planned for a later date and will be announced on the Short & Rowe Funeral Home website (www.shortandrowefuneralhome.com).

Northborough Army LT. to assist those suffering in pandemic

Lt. Cote with baby Ella

By Cheryl Arsenault, Contributing Photographer

Northborough – When one signs up to serve in the military, they never know exactly where that promise to serve will take them. Earlier this week, Army 1st LT William Cote, 33, a physical therapist, was given orders to report to Fort Devens, to prepare to be sent to another destination to assist with those ill with the coronavirus.

Cote and his wife, Amanda, have a two-month old daughter Ella. At this time, family members are stepping in to assist the young mom, and her baby, but they would be grateful for prayers offering support for William and the many others on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Amanda, William and baby Ella
Lt. Cote and baby Ella
A sign at the Legion offers support for Lt. Cote.
photo/Cheryl Arsenault

Gary L. Kelley – RE/MAX Executive Realty offers customers secure services in current environment

Region – Real estate transactions are continuing every day, albeit with a tempered pace.  What is often the busiest time of year now feels like the depths of winter.  Gary L. Kelley – RE/MAX Executive Realty, is adept at working remotely, and is now doing virtual showings, showings with social distancing, and virtual client consultations.  Other services include: e-signatures available; electronic contracts; offers presented remotely; and strict safety precautions.

“Some clients need to sell and we are supporting this while others are tapping the brakes,” Kelley said. “We aim to help our clients no matter what.”

For more information call 508-733-6005, email [email protected]  or visit www.movewithgary.com.


A sweet gift of thanks from Shrewsbury’s Nothing Bundt Cakes

Shrewsbury – Robin Ann, a staff member at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, accepts this generous donation from Nothing Bundt Cakes. The bakery, located at 98 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, donated the treats as a way to thank the hospital’s hard working employees.


Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing offers online and pickup services

Northborough – Open Circle Acupuncture & Healing will be closed temporarily until Tuesday, April; however, they are still providing herbs and supplements to support the immune system and to help with the extraordinary stress of the moment.  Natural herbs and supplements can be incredibly powerful tools for boosting immunity and maintaining health and balance.  Their online self-care videos offer another way to connect with Open Circle’s community and provide tips and support during this time that the business is closed.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and sign-up to receive emails for all kinds of immune boosting recipes, stress relieving acupressure and tapping and wellness tips on a wide variety of health topics.

They will be available in their office for curbside pickup of herbs, supplements and CBD products Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call 508- 393-1212 to place the order over the phone and arrange for pick-up.  Visit  www.opencirclehealing.com  for more information.

Westborough residents invited to join students to cheer Fales staff

Westborough – Tomorrow, March 31, residents are invited to come out of their homes and cheer as teachers and other staff members at the Annie E. Fales Elementary School travel through their students’ neighborhoods.

Here is the route they will follow starting at 11 a.m.:

Fales Parade Route Meet at MBTA parking lot – Parade will begin promptly at 11 a.m.


Left out of parking lot to Fisher St.

Right on to Gleason

Right on to Townsend Blvd

Right on to Farrington Ln

Left on Corning Fairbanks Way

Left on to Townsend Blvd

Left on to Gleason St.

Left on to Fisher St.

Right on to Otis St

Left on to Fisher St.

Right to Mill Pond Rd

Right on to W. Main St.

Left on to Old Colony

Right to Dane way

Right to Westminster Way

Right Ward Ln

Left on to W. Main St.

Left on to Eli Whitney St.

Right on to Joanne Dr.

Right to Overlook Dr.

Left to Birch

Left to Armstorng

Left to Oldham Rd.

Right to Partridge Rd. to Mt. View.

Left on to Adam St.

Right to Appleseed Dr.

Left to Harvest Way

Left to Nash St.

Left to Adams St.

Right to Orchard Hill

Left to Quick Farm Rd.

Left to Adam St.

Left to Ruggles St.

Right to Long Dr. to Cook st.

Right to Ruggles St.

Left to Wayside Rd.

Right to Ruggle St.

Left to Bowman Ln

Left to Rev. Thomas Hooker

Right to Olde Meetinghouse Rd

Left to Rev Thomas Hooker

Left to Bowman Ln.

Left to Olde Coach Rd.

Left to Bowman St.

Right to Upton Rd

Left to Spring Rd.

Right to Lackey St

Right to Phylmor Dr.

Left to Crossman

Right to Upton

Left to Mt. Pleasant St.

Right to Deer Slayer

Left to Ruggles

Right to Chestnut

Left to W. Main St.

Left to W. Main St.

Left to Eli Whitney St.

Left in to Fales School Parking lot


Westborough’s Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital puts out plea for supplies

Westborough – Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital is the latest medical facility to put out an urgent plea for supplies. Administrators are asking for donations of N95/KN95 masks specifically (surgical masks are not needed at this time), protective gowns and Purell hand sanitizer. If you can help, contact Becky Roman at [email protected].

Staying on the job during COVID-19, firefighters quell smoky underground fire

By Dakota Antelman, Contributing Writer

Marlborough firefighters cool the ground around a small fire March 30. As they tried to locate the source of smoke, firefighters said, they kept uncovering more embers, necessitating a full fire hose.

Marlborough – Firefighters came upon a unique scene March 30 dousing a small underground fire outside of a Subway sandwich shop, the source of which they struggled to pinpoint.

Responding amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, firefighters quelled the unidentified blaze in an otherwise empty parking lot, opting to bring out a high-pressure hose after fire extinguishers and shovels failed to cool persistent smoke

Firefighters said they were unsure how the fire started but added that it caused no damage to any of the several nearby businesses.

As the region has locked down over fears of the coronavirus, departments across the region have taken precautions to stay safe while still responding to emergencies.

Among them have been an adoption of the typical social distancing guidelines suggested for all these days.

“Stay six feet apart,” one firefighter playfully reminded those nearby as he cleaned up.

(Photos by/Dakota Antelman)

A firefighter drags a hose to empty it of water after a response to a small fire March 30.
Marlborough firefighters cool the ground around a small fire March 30. As they tried to locate the source of smoke, firefighters said, they kept uncovering more embers, necessitating a full fire hose.
A Marlborough firefighter attaches a hose to engine truck number two during a small response to a small underground fire.

Northborough BOH’s says 25 residents have tested positive for COVID-19

Northborough – On March 30 the Northborough Board of Health (BOH) announced that Northborough now has 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The BOH will continue to work with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to ensure any affected residents are properly monitored, quarantined and isolated per the guidelines set by MDPH.

Residents are reminded to continue to practice social distancing, avoid large groups of people, and stay home as much as possible. The BOH also updated residents about a new online tool introduced on March 27 by the Baker-Polito Administration called Buoy Health for people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Buoy Health’s online 24/7 tool buoy.com/mass is free for Massachusetts residents and uses current COVID-19 guidance from the CDC and MDPH. Additional resources are available on the State’s website Mass.gov.

To read the full statement from the Northborough BOH visit https://www.town.northborough.ma.us/.