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July 13th, 2015
Marlborough – The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), local chapter 82 of Marlborough, will be outside of local stores in the city throughout the next few weeks collecting donations for local veterans in need as part of its annual “Forget-Me-Not” fundraiser.
The first national drive was held in 1926, as a way to raise funds for services and assistance for veterans of WWI.
July 7th, 2015
Region – School is out for the summer, which for many kids means sunny days snacking on watermelon, making s’mores at summer camp and trips out for ice cream. But for nearly 20,000 MetroWest school children it means no longer having access to vital in-school food programs such as free and reduced lunch. Throughout the MetroWest region, the reality is that many children, as well as elders, individuals with disabilities and those in emergency situations will struggle this summer and in the coming year finding enough to eat.
July 6th, 2015
Northborough – The Northborough 4-H Small Pet Club recently collected over 100 pounds of food during a Food Drive that was held to benefit the Northborough Food Pantry.
July 1st, 2015
Northborough – As any community group would tell you, volunteers are the heart, backbone and spirit of their organization. And according to Kelly Burke, that is certainly the case at the Northborough Senior Center.
June 30th, 2015
Marlborough – In an effort to save lives through awareness and education, Marlborough moms Maureen Begg and Carol Pickford have begun an informal support group for those who are suffering from opiate addiction. The group, which is also for loved ones, first began meeting at Begg’s home in April. Recently is has relocated to the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3565, 56 Florence St., Marlborough. Meetings take place the first Tuesday of the month from 7-9 p.m.
June 15th, 2015
Northborough – This year began with an idea discussed among Northborough residents Leslie Arsenault, Karen Brewster, Beth Davison and Michelle Gillespie. It was just a few months after Leslie Arsenault lost her son U.S. Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, a Bronze Star recipient who was killed in action last September in Afghanistan. While their personal connections with the military vary, they all share an interest in remembering service men and women. They founded Boros Cares 4 Troops (BC4T) with the mission of sending care packages to deployed service members.
June 4th, 2015
Northborough – Shine the Light Kenya is a nonprofit that was founded in 2011 by Lizzie Maina to help educate children in rural schools and ensure that they have the necessary tools to succeed.
Having relocated from Africa to the United States in 1995, Maina immersed herself into the community and her passion for helping others. Her grandfather started a school in Kenya and she has committed herself to continuing to help those in the surrounding communities. She currently works as a senior caregiver in Worcester and enjoys spending time with the elderly.
May 12th, 2015
Marlborough – A pair of mothers who lost their sons to drug overdose are using their tragedy to help others.
Kathy Leonard lost her 27-year-old son Jonathan Testa in December and Cheryl Juaire lost her son Corey Merrill, 23, in 2011 – both to heroin overdose.
May 2nd, 2015
Holden – 11-year old Teodora Bastug is currently on the list to receive a new kidney and a new liver after being diagnosed with “hyperoxaluria,” four years ago. Hyperoxaluria is a rare condition in which there is too much oxalate produced in the body. Oxalate is a natural chemical in your body, and it’s also [...]
April 28th, 2015
Shrewsbury – Members of Girl Scout Troop 11023 recently donated $200 and 132 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to an orphanage in Haiti. The girls had decided to use part of the money they raised in their recent cookie sale to help others. On hand to receive the check and cases of cookies was Cherylann Gengel of Holden, a founder of the Be Like Brit Foundation.