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Joseph D. Ventresca, 88

Shrewsbury - Joseph D. "Joe" Ventresca, 88, passed away Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007 at the University of Massachusetts Hospital after being stricken ill earlier. He leaves behind his devoted wife and partner of 66 years, Grace (D'Elia) Ventresca; his cherished daughter, Joann Iacavoni and her husband, Vincent Sr.; his sisters, Mary Ventresca and Theresa Evangelista; his adored grandchildren, Vincent...

Benjamin J. Savage, 93

Northborough - Benjamin "Benny" J. Savage, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007 at the Bolton Manor Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Marlborough. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley (MacLean) Savage, who died in 2002. He leaves his son, Earl Savage; his sister, Margaret Wade; and nieces and nephews. He was also the father of the late Allan Savage. Born...

Hazen F. Beals, 67

Hudson - Hazen E. Beals, 67, formerly of Hopkinton, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007 at his residence. He leaves his mother, Mina (Noble) Beals; his former wife, Barbara (Gullifer) Beals; his children and their spouses, Danny and Mary Beals, Bart and Marsha Beals, Lee and Ann Beals, Denise and Tom Lake, Todd Beals, and Shanna and Eric Spencer; his...

Louis J. Rota, 83

Marlborough - Louis J. Rota, 83, died at home Sunday, Nov. 4, 2007 surrounded by his family. He leaves his wife of 56 years, Marie (Dentino) Rota; his children and their spouses, Mary Ann Rota, John and Brenda Rota, Louis Rota Jr., and Steven Rota; his siblings, Marie D'Andrea, William Rota, Francis Rota and George Rota; and his grandchildren,...

Nan D. Kurtz, 76

Hudson - Nan D. Kurtz, 76, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2007 at Marlborough Hills Healthcare after an illness. She was the wife of the late Albert Kurtz, who died in 2000. She leaves her sister, Irene Densmore of Florida. Born in Concord, the daughter of Robert and Edythe (Cronk) Dexter, she had lived in Hudson for the past 18...

What goes down must come up

Ssshhh: Listen to the media … have you heard it's a buyers' market? Who hasn't? But how the press reports the housing market is rarely relevant to your neighborhood. Listen to the media and you'll think you can get a $400,000 home for $300,000. Have you also...

Big wins can save season

Region - The ninth week of the high school football season saw several local teams post big victories, ones that either improved their playoff chances, or ones that snapped losing streaks setting up hopes for a big final month of the season. It's a long high school...

Local sports roundup

Region - It's been quite a year for the Westborough High field hockey team. The Rangers entered the week in the midst of the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament, in which they were the top seed, thanks to a 13-1-2 regular season, which included winning the Mid-Wach B league title. They upped that record to 15-1-2 with a firstround...