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Get in Shape for Women donates to Abby’s House

March 18th, 2015

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Northborough – Jody Chaffee, the owner of Get in Shape for Women in Northborough, recently sponsored a clothing drive for Abby’s House Thrift Shop in Worcester. As a result, the business recently donated over 17 large bags of women’s clothing, coats and shoes to the shop.  Approximately 40 members brought in their clothing that no [...]

Shrewsbury High student spreads ‘enchantment’ to local girls

March 18th, 2015

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Shrewsbury – Madeline Dolan is currently a junior at Shrewsbury High School. Thanks to a project she started several years ago, One Enchanted Evening, she can also put the title “fairy godmother” on her resume as well. And thanks to her, hundreds of local girls, who couldn’t afford a new prom dress, have been given a beautiful new or slightly used formal dress, at absolutely no cost.

Evening of Giving raises $32,500 for Marlborough shelter

February 26th, 2015

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Marlborough – Friends of Roland’s House, a group that supports the Marlborough-Hudson emergency homeless shelter, recently announced that $32,500 was raised at the 25th Evening of Giving held Dec. 4 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel.

Roland’s House, located on Mechanics Street, is a temporary shelter serving up to 18 men and women. Its operations are supervised by the South Middlesex Opportunity Council’s (SMOC) continuum of housing and services through the Common Ground Resource Center.

Westborough man hopes to find match at bone marrow drive

February 23rd, 2015

Vinoo, a father of three girls, needs a bone marrow/blood stem cell transplant from a donor of South Asian descent.

Region – The South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters (SAMAR) will be holding a bone marrow drive at the India Center, 152 Main St., Shrewsbury, Sunday, March 1, from 1-4 p.m.

The drive is being held to seek a donor for Vinoo, a Westborough resident, who is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. Although he specifically requires a donor of South Asian descent, all others are welcome and encouraged to attend the event.

Central One donates to American Heart Association

February 10th, 2015

Central One Federal Credit Union employees wear red to support the American Heart Association.
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Shrewsbury- Central One Federal Credit Union employees joined the National Wear Red Day Feb. 6 to show their support for women’s heart disease awareness. National Wear Red Day is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease sponsored by the American Heart Association. The organization created and introduced the Red Dress as the national [...]

Southborough Community Fund awards $30,000 in grants

January 23rd, 2015

Gathered at the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) grant presentation are (l to r), Judy Salerno, executive director of the Foundation for MetroWest, with SCF board members Robin Martin, Betsy Crowley, Tom Crotty, Cathy Kea, Mary McGuinness and Michael Spataro. Not pictured is SCF board member Noreen Reilly Harrington.

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Southborough – Founded in 2014, the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) awarded 10 grants totaling $30,000 in its first year. SCF is one of three town funds formed within the Foundation for MetroWest (FMW), of which Judy Salerno serves as executive director.

“One of the things the foundation does is assemble a group of people in their community to work on building local resources,” she explained. “We serve 33 cities and towns. We recognize that not everyone identifies with all of MetroWest; they do identify with their individual town, such as Southborough.”

Hudson marathoner raising funds for disadvantaged youth

January 9th, 2015

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Hudson – Dan Milton of Hudson links some of his favorite memories with his first running experiences. Only a few days after participating in his 19th consecutive Boston Marathon on Monday April 20, he’ll run Sunday, April 26, in his first London Marathon to fundraise for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation (LSGF).

Gymnastics Learning Center gives to those in need

January 5th, 2015

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Shrewsbury – The Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) and God’s Little Children Preschool in Shrewsbury are dedicated to giving back to those in need.  During the months of November and December, GLC families celebrated the season of giving by “Paying It Forward.” Starting in November, boxes filled with goodies were collected for Operation Christmas Child, a [...]

Shrewsbury nonprofit gives ‘forgotten’ an opportunity to shine

December 24th, 2014

Participants in the New England Dream Center enjoy a campfire sing-a-long.

By Christine Galeone, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Creative outlets give people a chance to express themselves while bonding with their peers. But due to mobility issues, age, mental illness or economic instability, many don’t have access to them. That’s what New England Dream Center (NEDC) strives to change. Its new Shrewsbury facility in Liberty Church [...]

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.

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