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‘The Best Prom You Never Had’ to benefit local girls

January 25th, 2014


Marlborough – If you are looking for a fun night out and want to relive some of those special times from the “80s, then you should consider attending the “The Best Prom You Never Had.” The event, sponsored by the Marlborough Junior Woman's Club (MJWC), will be held Saturday, Feb. 8 at Speakers Night Club, 19 Weed St. (behind City Hall).

Fundraising with “A Heart for Art” at Sherwood School

January 25th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Kristen Ward was happy to begin working as a secretary at Sherwood Middle School (SMS) in September 2011 because the hours fit perfectly around her sons” sports schedules. Two weeks later, her husband, Art, suffered a stroke. Now, Kristen is grateful for her co-workers as an important part of her family's support system.

On Friday, February 7, from 6 to 9 p.m., SMS will host “A Heart for Art” to raise funds for a hydrotherapy pool for Art. Several months of aquatic therapy showed hopeful progress toward his goal of walking again. However, the facility with the pool has closed and their insurance no longer covers aquatic therapy.

Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services explores new challenges

January 21st, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Soon after starting as executive director of Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS) last June, Terry Cassidy met with community leaders and heard the same comment repeatedly.

“I kept hearing how surprised they were that so many people don's know what SYFS does,” she said.

She learned that residents are familiar with their modest building and its “SYFS” sign at 240 Maple Avenue, but unaware it's the hub of activity beyond that address.

Ice fishing benefit to be held for Northborough resident battling ALS

January 20th, 2014

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Northborough – Although he is only 26 years old, Northborough resident Matt Bruce is facing the challenge of a lifetime – a diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which is commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

In spite of that, his friends note that he has a “never give up” attitude.

Longtime Shrewsbury friends rally to ‘Bring Kim Home’

January 15th, 2014

The Hally family. (l to r, back) Jack, Bridgette, John, and Tim with Kim (front) 

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Twenty years ago, a friendship was formed among three families from Shrewsbury. The Hallys Clearys and Magners family shared endless playdates when their children were younger. Kim Hally, Kate Cleary, and Pat Magner have also shared a sisterly bond and, although they all do not remain in the [...]

Food Pantry collection box now at Westborough Youth and Family Services

January 8th, 2014

Westborough – There is now a collection box for the Westborough Food Pantry just outside the Youth and Family Services Office (room 21), second floor of the Forbes Municipal Building, 45 West Main St. (above the police station).?For more information, call 508-366-3090, email yfs@town.westborough.ma.us, or visit www.town.westborough.ma.us/YFS.  

Southborough woman aids homeless families in transition

December 26th, 2013


Marlborough – Volunteering really does make a difference. For Dru Lindgren, her involvement with Friends of Families in Transition has not only helped homeless families who are temporarily housed in hotels, but has helped to enrich her life and that of her family. She has recently become the Marlborough coordinator for the organization.

Pride and joy thanks to “Sweats for Vets”

December 26th, 2013

Mark Vital and two of his volunteers prepare to distribute gifts at the Veterans Inc. shelter in Worcester.

Region – Hundreds of Massachusetts homeless veterans will be able to show their Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox pride this winter thanks to the generosity of those who contributed to the annual drive, “Sweats for Vets.”

The initiative was started by Mark Vital, a sixth-grade teacher at Advanced Math and Science Academy and himself a veteran, several years ago as a way to provide sports-related sweatshirts to homeless veterans each Christmas Eve. Vital's students also collected hundreds of other smaller items such as hats, gloves and socks throughout the last few weeks.

Hudson AMVETS make special Christmas deliveries

December 26th, 2013

Tim Coughlan and John Lavigne help assemble dinners.

Hudson – The Hudson AMVETS Post 208 made special deliveries Dec. 25. Volunteers, including families and members of Boy Scout Troop 77, prepared and distributed 420 ham dinners as part of the 24th annual “Home Alone for the Holidays.” That was after they provided 586 turkey dinners on Thanksgiving. The post also hosted a Christmas [...]

Corridor Nine Chamber's Food Drive supports local food pantries

December 17th, 2013

Representatives of Wegmans in Northborough joined the annual food drive.

Region – The Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce members, schools, and community residents responded in force to the chamber's annual Food Drive to support the food pantries of Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, and Grafton. “The food drive was launched in October and ended Dec. 12 as a resounding success,” Chamber Vice President Karen Chapman said. [...]

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