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Don’t let mortgage myths scare you

April 2nd, 2015

Elaine Quigley, Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (Photo/submitted)

Elaine Quigley, Realtor, CBR, CRS, GRI, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
In this article, Blanche Evans helps to dispel some mortgage myths.

The national average for the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage mid-March was 3.86 percent, according to Freddie Mac’s most recent survey. Freddie’s Deputy Chief Economist Len Keifer believes 2015 will be a great year, with the highest number of housing sales since 2007. The outlook for 2015 is even better, assuring almost instant equity if you purchase now.

Avidia Bank donates to Farley Elementary School

April 1st, 2015

(l to r) Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO, Avidia Bank; Lisette Zinner, Donalene Groom and Stacy McLeod, reading specialists at Farley Elementary School; Rachel Scanlon, Farley assistant principal; and Lisette Arbelli, Hudson South branch manager, Avidia Bank. (Photo/submitted)

Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,000 to the C.A. Farley Elementary School in Hudson to help support the needs of struggling readers and help provide quality, research-based materials to use in the classroom. Avidia Bank is a $1.2 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, [...]

‘Buddies’ wanted for Northborough Challenger Baseball

April 1st, 2015

Northborough – Volunteers are needed for the Northborough Recreation’s Challenger Baseball League. Students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to sign up to be a “buddy” for a child with a disability. Practices are Tuesdays 6 – 7:30 p.m. and games are Saturdays at 10 a.m. The season starts Tuesday, April 28, and continues for six [...]

NEF’s Trivia Night Raises $11,300 for Northborough schools

April 1st, 2015

Members of the winning team Pigs Might Fly are (l to r) Pete English, Karen English, Jodi Del Re and Jessica Greenblatt. (Photo/Sue Ogar)

Northborough – Forty-two teams matched wits at the Northborough Education Foundation’s (NEF) sixth annual Team Trivia Night March 27. The event raising a record-breaking $11,300 for Northborough’s public schools. After battling through five rounds of questions on subjects such as local history, politics, pop culture, science and sports, it was team Pigs Might Fly that [...]

More articles added to Town Meeting agenda

April 1st, 2015

Northborough – At the brief regular meeting of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen March 24, the warrant for the May 18 Town Meeting was again reviewed following an initial review on March 10. (http://communityadvocate.com/2015/03/16/draft-warrant-for-spring-town-meeting-discussed/). The new articles seek a resolution in support of Fossil Fuel Divestment; a resolution to ban water fluoridation; to sell a parcel of land in the vicinity of North Street and Vista Drive; and a home rule petition to exempt the Shrewsbury deputy fire chief from civil service law. The selectmen then voted to sign the amended warrant.

Northborough: Louise Houle Annual Town Cleanup April 25

April 1st, 2015

Northborough – All are invited to the Louise Houle Annual Town Cleanup Saturday, April 25, from 7:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, April 26.   Registration and passing out of trash bags and gloves will be at the Robert E. Melican School, 145 Lincoln St., starting at 7:45 a.m. Cleanup will [...]

Grafton: Historical Society annual dinner and awards ceremony

April 1st, 2015

Grafton – On Friday, April 24, the Grafton Historical Society will hold its annual dinner and awards ceremony at the Grafton Inn, 25 Grafton Common, starting with appetizers and a cash bar at 5:30 p.m. This event is open to the public and tickets are $35. The menu for this year’s event will be a [...]

Northborough: Meditation at Northborough Library

April 1st, 2015

Northborough – Back by popular demand, Linda Hurni Hardy’s meditation program will be held Saturday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main St. The program is open to ages 12 and up, and beginners are welcome.   To reserve your spot, email reference@northboroughlibrary.org or call 508-393-5025 ext. [...]

Shrewsbury: Electronic waste recycling event

April 1st, 2015

Shrewsbury – St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 34 Gold St., will be holding an electronic waste recycling event Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All towns are welcome. For more information, email j.wood36@yahoo.com. To view the flier, click on www.shrewsbury-ma.gov/egov/docs/1427806079_719573.pdf.    

Worcester: Concert to benefit independent film focusing on child abuse

April 1st, 2015

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Region – Sira Naras of Shrewsbury is combining her passions as a fervent consumer of live music and an active nonprofit volunteer by supporting an upcoming fundraiser. “Girl Blitz: Voices for Hope Benefit Concert” will be presented Saturday, April 18, 6 p.m., at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.   Among [...]

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