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Children bank on quality time with Hudson mentors

December 15th, 2014

Paige, 11, and Margaret Melo Sullivan participate together in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.

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Hudson – Soon after becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Mass/Metrowest, Margaret Melo Sullivan of Hudson, CFO at Avidia Bank, began developing memories with her Little, Paige, who was then age 10.

Among their common interests are singing, dancing and playing outdoors. They were introduced about a year ago at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley in Maynard.

Sheriff’s office distributes over 3,000 winter coats

December 6th, 2014

Alyssa Thibeault, Ellen Savickas and Andrew Abdella from the sheriff’s office; St. Anne’s volunteers Evelyn Jenkins and Elaine LeBlanc; Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis; and Joe Capone, executive director of the Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association 
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Shrewsbury – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis delivered more than 3,000 winter coats to 11 community organizations throughout the county Dec. 3 and 5, as part of the fourth annual Winter Coat Drive. The last stop was at St. Anne’s Church in Shrewsbury.

Ringing the bell to help those in need

December 6th, 2014

Dru Lindgren, the Marlborough Friends of Families in Transition coordinator and State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, work a shift outside the Price Chopper store in Marlborough. 
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Marlborough – Volunteers from across all spectrums have stepped up to man shifts ringing the Salvation Army (TSA) bell this season as a way to benefit locally based Friends of Families in Transition (FFIT). TSA is “paying” the organization an hourly rate for every bell ringing shift that is covered by a volunteer.

After slow start, Shrewsbury organization hopes for donations for toys for kids in need

December 5th, 2014

(l to r): Ali Manzello, Michaella Petrucci, Colin Buckley, and Max Kotsopoulos hold some of the presents donated to the 10th annual charity toy drive for children hosted by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) and the Worcester County Department for Children and Families. 
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Shrewsbury – The 10th annual charity toy drive for children hosted by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) and the Worcester County Department for Children and Families (DCF) has unfortunately gotten off to a slow start this year. Toy collection boxes have remained nearly empty. But a kind-hearted Shrewsbury family is hoping that their recent large donation of toys will help to inspire others to “pay it forward.”

Annual Sweats for Vets drive under way

December 4th, 2014

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Region – Sweats for Vets is in its fourth year of providing clothing to homeless veterans in Massachusetts. In 2013, they donated 370 Boston team sweatshirts that were passed out at the Veterans, Inc., homeless shelter in Worcester and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston.

The initiative was started by Mark Vital, a veteran and a sixth-grade teacher at Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) in Marborough, as a way to provide sports-related sweatshirts to homeless veterans at Christmastime.

Marlborough Savings Bank engages in friendly competition to benefit local youngsters

December 2nd, 2014

Marlborough Savings Bank and Boys & Girls Club members pose for a photo after a game of basketball.
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Marlborough – Marlborough Savings Bank (MSB) employees and members of the Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest in Marlborough recently engaged in a friendly game of basketball for the first time. The event was proposed by Christopher DiBenedetto, MSB vice president/risk officer.

“I noticed that this type of event has been popular at other institutions, and thought it would be an excellent fit for our employees,” DiBenedetto said. “This is just another example of how MSB is intertwined in the community.”

‘Be a Santa for a Senior’ program kicks off in Northborough

December 2nd, 2014

Kelly Burke, Northborough Senior Center; Dee Jordan, Home Instead Senior Care, Northborough office; and Kate Shaw, branch manager, Central One Federal Credit Union, Northborough
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Northborough – This season, many Northborough seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the “Be a Santa to a Senior® “ program. Sponsored by the Northborough Home Instead Senior Care® office, the program brings together businesses, volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

Items requested for birthdays for homeless children

December 2nd, 2014

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Northborough – The Northboro Chiropractic Center is asking for the public’s help in helping them to reach a goal of donating 1,000 items to Birthday Wishes, a nonprofit organization that plans and provides birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters.

Central One treats veterans to lunch

November 25th, 2014

(front, l to r): Owen Russell, Central One Federal Credit Union, Auburn branch; David Kaiser, Central One,  Westborough  branch manager; Alma DeManche, Westborough Senior Center Director, and Denny Drewry, member, Westborough Board of Selectmen and Quarter Master, Westborough Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9013 

(back, l to r): Zachary Daniels, Central One marketing manager, and VFW members Armand Powers and Ron Perry 

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Westborough – Local veterans were treated to a special luncheon at the town’s Senior Center Nov. 11 courtesy of a donation from the Westborough Central One Federal Credit Union branch. “Though we have sponsored Community Dinners in the past, this is the second year we’ve donated funds to cover the cost for each veteran’s meal,” [...]

SpencerBANK raises money for breast cancer awareness

November 2nd, 2014

Employees donated $5 or more to wear jeans to work in support of breast cancer research. (l to r, front row) Pam Keyes, Sheryle Gaudette, Stacie Moulton, Nicole Rawlston, Chelsea Edwards and Lynne Esposito; (l to r, second row) Pam LeBlanc, Lori Kowal, Maria Campsie, Tim Gardell, Nancy Wilbur, Susan LaCroix, Lucille Newton, Wendy Coran, Lisa Chaffee, Steve Quink, Jennifer Anderson, Jaime Salerno and Rich Hebson 

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Region - SpencerBANK recently participated in Lee National Denim Day to benefit the American Cancer Society. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, employees raised $500 to support the fight against breast cancer. Employees were encouraged to donate $5 or more and, in return, were allowed to wear jeans for the day. “When the opportunity arises to raise awareness and [...]

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