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Abby's House helps women, children for over three decades

December 27th, 2012

Abby' House, a non-profit Worcester-based shelter, has been helping women and children for decades.  (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Annette Rafferty, born in 1930, began her work with Abby's House in 1973, before it even existed. After teaching for 21 years at various Catholic schools, she was asked by the Worcester Urban Ministry Commission to serve on a committee assessing whether there was need for a new homeless shelter in Worcester. Heading the task force, Rafferty took to the streets.

It didn’t take long to conclude that homelessness was a growing problem. She talked to individuals, neighborhood centers, and even prostitutes.

Francis J. Cornacchioli, 70

December 27th, 2012

Obit Francis J. Cornacchioli

Worcester – Francis J. Cornacchioli, of Worcester, formerly of Auburn, died Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, in his home with his family by his side, after a short and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Born in Worcester on July 9, 1942, he was the son of the late Bruno and Mary (Patriarco) Cornacchioli. [...]

John E. Perry Jr., 63

December 27th, 2012


Hudson – John E. Perry Jr., 63, of Hudson, former longtime resident of Arlington, died on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012 at Marlborough Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Karolyn J. (Zimmerle) Perry of Hudson. John was born and raised in Somerville, son of the late John E. Perry Sr., and is [...]

The year in review, and looking ahead…

December 27th, 2012

Steve Levine, President of Steve Levine Inc. and an agent at REMAX Professional Associates. 508-735-4663. www.stevelevine.com

By Steve Levine, President of Steve Levine Inc., and an agent for REMAX Prestige

As 2012 draws to a somewhat anti-climactic close, we can look back on the real estate market with a deep sense of relief. What a year it has been.

The Fitness Asylum: Boutique gym focuses on a fitter body and a healthier lifestyle

December 27th, 2012

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Shrewsbury??”Is one of your resolutions to be happier when you look in the mirror?

The Fitness Asylum, a small independent gym just off Main Street in Shrewsbury, concentrates on results – weight loss, a toned body, and developing a healthy lifestyle to reinforce those first two.

Westborough Players” “Annie” spotlights family fun

December 27th, 2012

Helena Spofford and her father, Geoff, are set to perform together in the Westborough Players" Club production of "Annie: the Musical."  (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Westborough – Many families have developed a history with the Westborough Players” Club (WPC), one of the longest-running community theater groups in Massachusetts. Add to the list Geoff Spofford, of Westborough, and his daughter, Helena, 11, who are among over 40 performers preparing to open the club's 76th season with “Annie: the Musical.” The show will be presented Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m., with matinees Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m., at Gibbons Middle School.

Marlborough Early Childhood Center requests items and notes for Newtown students

December 26th, 2012

Sandy Hook

Marlborough – The recent tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. deeply touched the hearts of people world-wide. As that school prepares for what will undoubtedly be a difficult return after the holiday break, many are hoping to help make that transition a bit easier. Locally, the Marlborough Early Childhood Center (ECC) [...]

Matthew Hopewell, 92

December 26th, 2012

Obit Matthew Hopewell

Shrewsbury – Matthew George Hopewell, 92, passed away peacefully in his home Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marjorie (Dumas) Hopewell of Shrewsbury; his two daughters, Bonnie Murphy and her husband Kevin of Shrewsbury and Cathy Gordon and her husband Steven of West Boylston; [...]

Catharine T. Waple, 89

December 26th, 2012

Obit Catharine Waple

Shrewsbury – Catharine “Kay” T. (O”Leary) Waple, 89, formerly of Roslindale and E. Boston, died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 at UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, after a brief illness. Her husband, John J. Waple, passed away in 2008. She is survived by her four sons, William Waple of Saugus, Robert Waple of Marlborough, Edward Waple of [...]

John R. Frongillo, 85

December 26th, 2012

Obit John Frongillo

Shrewsbury – John R. Frongillo, of Shrewsbury, passed away peacefully Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 after a brief illness. He was born Nov. 7, 1927 in Worcester, and was a graduate of North High School, furthering his education at Assumption College. On May 5, 1951, John married his beloved wife of the next 61 years, Gloria [...]

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