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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.

Annual tournament raises funds for Guide Dogs

September 3rd, 2014

Dale Hartford, (third from left), the president and director of Guide Dogs of America, poses for a photo with tournament volunteers and organizers before the start of the event. (l to r): Paul Coffin, Bob Lembo, Hartford, Ken England, Connor O"Hanley, Russell Gittlen, Craig Hughes, and Jim Foley.

Northborough – For those who must navigate through life with limited or no vision, the world can be frightening and daunting place. But thanks to a special partnership between the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) and Guide Dogs of America, thousands of people have found an independence allowing them to live their lives in a way that they might not have otherwise had.

Local church youth group transforms homes and themselves

August 28th, 2014

The Congregational Church of Westborough mission to New York included 32 local teenagers.
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Westborough – “At work camp, I learned how to love others and how to love myself, and I came home with a new relationship with God,” said Katey Allen, a member of the Congregational Church of Westborough. The teenager was one of the 32 teens and seven adults who participated in a recent church service trip to Guilderland, N.Y. Moved by the experience, she seems to have articulated the feelings of many who spent a week repairing homes for low-income households.

Northborough Rotary honors Vickie Killeen

August 26th, 2014

Rotarian George Pember (l) and Rotary President Chuck Frankian present Vickie Killeen with the "Pride in Workmanship Award."
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Northborough – Each year, the Rotary Club of Northborough honors a deserving person with its “Pride in Workmanship Award.” This award, according to a statement from the club, is given to someone who takes great pride in his or her chosen line of work with emphasis on doing a good job and having done so over an extended period of time.

Recently this honor was bestowed upon Victoria “Vickie” Killeen.

Third annual Beaton Charity Golf Classic raises $40,500

August 20th, 2014

State Rep. Matt Beaton presents a check for $13,500 each to representatives of three charities (l to r) Terry Cassidy, executive director of Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services; Elaine LeBlanc, director, and JoAnn Keegan, the food bank manager of St. Anne's Human Services; and Wendy Mickel, treasurer of the Westborough Food Pantry.

Held Aug. 18 at the Haven Country Club in Boylston, the third annual Beaton Charity Golf Classic concluded with a 19th-Hole Reception, sponsored by Central One Federal Credit Union.

Marlborough Savings Bank donates to bereavement camp program

August 13th, 2014

(l to r) Leon Manzon, personal banker; Ellen Dorian, executive vice president - retail banking Marlborough Savings Bank; Cindy Mayher, Parmenter Foundation, executive director; and Donna Driscoll, branch manager, Marlborough Savings Bank.
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Marlborough – Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,500 to The Parmenter Foundation for its Camp Erin Boston program. Camp Erin Boston is a free weekend overnight bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who have experienced the death of someone close to them. Marlborough Savings Charitable Foundation was formed to further [...]

Youth Fest to promote healthful, drug-free living

August 8th, 2014

Hudson YSAP Youth Workgroup members and event volunteers (From L to R): Leia Owen, Buren Andrews, Mikenna Doherty, Sammy Myette, Vini Bulhoes, Patrick Reynolds, and Kennedy Prashaw.

Hudson – Living and enjoying a healthful, drug-free life is a strong message being conveyed to Hudson youths and will be demonstrated to all who attend the Youth Fest Saturday, Sept. 6, at Wood Park. The special event, sponsored by the Hudson Youth Substance Abuse Prevention (YSAP) Coalition, will feature youth bands, dance performances, and other positive examples of self-expression that contribute to healthy decision-making.

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