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Westborough honors it fallen veterans

May 27th, 2015

The Gibbons Middle School band performs during the Memorial Day parade.

Westborough – Memorial Day allows residents to thank the community members who didn’t get to “live the life that we live every day,” as well as their families, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said during a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day.

“The best we can do is just this,” Polito) told residents during Westborough’s Memorial Day observance, held May 25 in front of the Forbes Municipal Building.

ARHS thespians to present Journey to Absurdity

May 27th, 2015

The cast of Journey to Absurdity

Northborough – For their final production this year, the Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) Dramahawks will be presenting “Journey to Absurdity.” The show is a collection of short plays beginning with the simplicity of a Thorton Wilder play (where no props are used) and gradually become more abstract and absurd. The production ends with a play written by master playwright Eugene Ionesco where, according to teacher Tom Alera, who is directing the show, nothing is as it seems. Works from other playwrights included in the production include Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter and Christopher Durang.

Memorial Day parade honors veterans, active duty military

May 27th, 2015

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Marlborough – The annual Memorial Day parade, honoring veterans, active duty military men and women, and those who have given their lives while in service to our country, took place May 25 as city residents gathered along the parade route. City officials, members of the Veterans Council, the Marlborough High School band, several Boy Scout troops and other participants assembled at the American Legion Home on John Street and proceeded up Main Street, stopping at war memorials along the way and concluded at Monument Square.

Shrewsbury commemorates Memorial Day

May 27th, 2015

The Kapustas, the Healds and their puppy Buddy, the O’Connors, the Gangars and the Samaras gather to watch the parade.

Shrewsbury – Residents of all ages gathered to watch the annual Memorial Day commemoration, which included a parade, May 25.

Northborough stroke survivor continues on the mend

May 27th, 2015


Northborough – The American Stroke Association (ASA) observes May as American Stroke Month, a time for people to become better aware of warning signs. Raju Nivarthi and his wife, Aparna, of Northborough recently learned more after he suffered a stroke last October. Now, he’s again driving himself to work and to therapy twice a week.

Marlborough Economic Development Corporation advocates for city

May 27th, 2015

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Marlborough – Marlborough Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the state-chartered economic development arm of the city of Marlborough. Originally established in 2007 and operating under the name “Marlborough 2010,” the organization underwent a name change in 2010 as well as an increase in staff. The current executive director, Tim Cummings, joined MEDC in January of 2012 and the organization continues to focus on its mission “to stabilize the residential tax base by increasing Marlborough’s commercial tax revenue” with the goal of guaranteeing the future stability of the city and allowing for higher quality of life for all Marlborough residents.

Shrewsbury/Grafton Kids Ride benefits Jimmy Fund

May 27th, 2015

Shrewsbury/Grafton – Bicyclists ages 3 to 13 participated in the fifth annual Shrewsbury/Grafton Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride, held May 16 at the UMass Medical School South Street Campus in Shrewsbury. Proceeds go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and its Jimmy Fund.

Algonquin seniors organize basketball tournament to benefit Coaching4Change

May 26th, 2015

Sean Hill, a 2013 Algonquin Regional High School graduate, shoots the ball in the 135 Spring Classic Basketball Tournament.

Northborough – Ninety-six basketball players, ranging in age from 15 to 20, competed in the third annual 135 Spring Classic tournament which was held May 24 at the Ellsworth-McAfee Park.

Northborough remembers fallen hometown hero

May 26th, 2015

The American Legion Vincent F. Picard Post 234 Color Guard leads the parade.

Northborough – On May 25, the Memorial Day parade made stops for ceremonies at four monuments in downtown Northborough. This year, speakers paid tribute to U.S. Army Spc. Brian K. Arsenault of Northborough. The Bronze Star recipient and 2004 Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) graduate was killed in action at age 24 last September in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Hudson honors hometown hero with bridge dedication

May 26th, 2015

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito speaks at the podium during the dedication of the Capt. Seth R. Michaud Memorial Bridge. Other participants included (standing, l to r) Selectman Joe Durant, Selectman Jim Quinn, Veterans Agent Brian Stearns, Vinny Giombetti of Disabled Veterans Chapter 82, (seated, l to r) state Rep. Kate Hogan, D-Stow, U.S. Army Capt. Kristen Walls and Selectmen Chair Fred Lucy.

Hudson – The highlight of this year’s Memorial Day observance May 25 was the unveiling of a bronze plaque memorializing U. S. Marine Corps Capt. Seth R. Michaud on the rebuilt Houghton Street bridge. Michaud was a helicopter pilot who was killed by friendly fire in Africa at age 27 in 2003, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

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