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Scouts to hold annual food drive throughout region

October 31st, 2014

Southborough scouts hold up some of the donations collected in last year's drive. 
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Region – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts across the region are once again gearing up for their annual food drive, “Scouting for Food.” Scouts will be delivering flyers and/or door hangers throughout towns this weekend, Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2. The scouts will then return and collect items from residents Saturday, Nov. 8, that will then be donated to local food pantries.

Free training program to be offered for Alzheimer’s caregivers

October 8th, 2014

Westborough – Health Care Staffing, a Care Solutions’ Company, is hosting a free 12- hour training for caregivers, “Caring for People with Alzheimer’s: A Habilitation Curriculum”. The course takes place over six consecutive weekly two-hour programs, held on Tuesdays, from 9-11 a.m., Oct. 14 to Nov. 18. (Oct. 14, 21, and 28 and Nov. 4, 11, and 18.)

The curriculum is based on the model of dementia care called Habilitation Therapy, developed by Paul Raia, Ph.D. and Joanne Koenig-Coste. It can help caregivers make better connections to loved ones with dementia, resulting in improved quality of life.

Marlborough Eagles donate care packages for troops

October 8th, 2014

Marlborough Eagle Riders Chuck Beland (left) and Mark Carney with the items collected for soldiers serving overseas.

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By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter Marlborough – The Marlboro Eagle Riders, members of the Fraternal Order of Marlboro Eagles #3565, recently rode around the community collecting food and personal items to send to members of the military serving abroad. They combined the items with other goods donated by Dollar Tree stores in Marlborough, Hudson [...]

Military Appreciation Day at Marlborough Country Club

October 8th, 2014

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Marlborough – The Marlborough Country Club (MCC) will hold its fourth annual Military Appreciation Day Monday, Oct. 20, honoring military (active and veterans) along with their families for a free day of golf beginning at 10 a.m. To register, contact Dria at the Business Office 508-485-1660, ext. 10, or the Pro Shop 508-485-1660, ext. 16. [...]

Continuing mission of Hudson High alumna in Honduras

September 28th, 2014

(l to r) Michael Kasseris (Rail Trail owner), Jason Kleinerman (Rail Trail general manager), Karim El-Gamal (Rail Trail owner), Steve Kerrigan, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, Gov. Deval Patrick and State Rep. Kate Hogan
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Hudson – After graduating from Hudson High School in 2010, Michaella “Kayla” Walsh Libby majored in public health at the University of Maryland (UM). There, she tutored inner-city children with Kids Power in Washington, D.C., and raised funds for the UM chapter of Students Helping Honduras (SHH), with whom she planned to travel and help build a school. However, she died unexpectedly in 2012 at age 20, only weeks before that trip.

Running at midday break for Special Olympics

September 28th, 2014

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Marlborough – Runners begin the fourth Friday 5K held midday Sept. 26, beginning and ending at the Yawkey Sports Training Center. Palmer Bigelow of Boylston finished first overall in 18:10. The first-place female was Julie Guay of Northborough finishing in 25:00. This race has been held each June and September since June 2013 to benefit [...]

Shrewsbury couple honored for cancer advocacy

September 25th, 2014

Carol and Ron Zenaro
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Shrewsbury – When Scott Zenaro was diagnosed at age 30 with a rare form of cancer, end stage Ewing’s sarcoma, his prognosis was quite grim. His doctors recommended he try to participate in a clinical trial in California run by the Sarcoma Oncology Center. Thanks to the financial support of the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, he was admitted to that program and lived another 2-1/2 years until succumbing to complications from the cancer Feb. 24, 2010.

Since that time, his parents, Carol and Ron, have worked tirelessly to raise funds – an amazing total of $100,000 – for the foundation. It is their way, they said, to not only honor his legacy and life but as a way to thank Lazarex for their generosity. In doing so, they also hope to help other families who are facing the same dire health scenarios.

Southborough second-grader organizes fundraiser for epilepsy awareness

September 25th, 2014

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Southborough – According to the Epilepsy Foundation, absence seizures are caused by abnormal activity in a person’s brain and are characterized by a short period of “blanking out” or staring into space. This type of seizure is most common in children ages 4 to 14.

When Andrew and Melanie Harmon noticed their 6-year-old daughter Emily “spacing out” for a few seconds several times a day, they assumed that she was just thinking about something because she would return to the conversation or activity as if nothing happened. In August 2013, an EEG confirmed that Emily was experiencing absence seizures.

Shrewsbury woman honors a special bond with a 26.2 mile walk

September 14th, 2014

Tracy Flynn will be walking with Team Chickaroo for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 21. 

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Shrewsbury – On a designated day every September, a small group gathers at the starting line of the Boston Marathon. It's 5:30 a.m. They start to walk. The beginning is dark; there aren's many people cheering at the first checkpoint. Gradually, though, the sun starts to come up. More people join in at the halfway mark. The cheering sections become bigger, and louder. By the end, it's hard to maneuver because of the hordes of people making their way to the finish line.

Spirit of Shrewsbury kicks off with oil assistance fundraiser

September 8th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – This year's Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival will begin earlier than usual with a first-time fundraiser Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Ski Ward to benefit Shrewsbury Oil Assistance Relief (SOAR). “Let Your Spirit SOAR” will raise funds to help residents in need of an emergency oil delivery this winter.

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