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School librarians: more than checking out books

March 29th, 2015

Photo: (l to r) Audrey Alenson, Trottier Middle School; Janice Bisset, Melican Middle School; Joanne Giancola, Proctor School; Nancy Kellner, Peaslee School; Leigh King, Lincoln Street School; Michelle Rehill, Algonquin Regional High School. (Photo/Liz Nolan)

Northborough/Southborough – Collaborating with teachers and the community, coordinating special projects, and utilizing new technology are all part of a typical day of a Northborough or Southborough school librarian.

Councilors approve Youth Commission appointments

March 29th, 2015

Marlborough – The reappointment of Chair Kelley French and Michael Gibson and the appointment of Sharon Buckley to the city’s Youth Commission were approved by the City Council at the March 23 meeting. The mission of the Youth Commission is to enhance the quality of life for city youth through an ongoing assessment of needs, evaluation of programs provided by the city, private sector and nonprofit organizations, and recommendations regarding changes in programming designed to better meet the needs of the city’s youth.

Selectmen want numbers crunched on police station project

March 29th, 2015

Westborough – Echoing concerns raised by the chief of police at Town Meeting earlier this month, selectmen March 24 asked for a closer look at the financial impact of moving forward more quickly with plans to renovate the Forbes Municipal Building.

Northborough budget will increase average tax bill $269

March 29th, 2015

Northborough – The average homeowner’s tax bill will increase $269 if voters adopt the proposed fiscal year 2016 budget – one of the largest increases in recent years and driven in large part by initial debt payments on the Lincoln Street School project.

Polito, Vigeant discuss community compact, monies for roads

March 28th, 2015

( l to r) - Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, State Rep. Danielle Gregoire, D-Marlborough, and State Rep. Carmine Gentile, D-Sudbury
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough – One of Gov. Charlie Baker’s first acts after taking office in January was to create a Community Compact Cabinet, as a way to establish stronger ties with towns and cities across the state.

Chairing the committee is Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, who is now meeting with municipal leaders as part of the “Building Stronger Communities” tour to hear their concerns and priorities.

Shrewsbury students get fit thanks to Corridor Nine grant

March 27th, 2015

St. Mary's students getting fit
Photo/courtesy Melissa McElreath

Shrewsbury – The students at St. Mary’s School in Shrewsbury began a new physical education program called Skillastics® in March, thanks to a grant from the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce.

Melissa McElreath, the school’s physical education teacher, applied for funding through the chamber’s mini grant program last fall.

It’s a jungle at Zeh Elementary school

March 27th, 2015

(l to r) Hailie Tetreault, Juan Pablo Benatuil and Olivia Kardos

Northborough – The Marion E. Zeh School Drama Club presented Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids” to students, teachers, friends and family March 5 and 6 with a morning and evening performance on both days.

Viewpoint – Phi Beta “Average” of high school

March 27th, 2015

Dear Phi Beta “Average” of High School – Seniors are busy writing scholarship essays and I know why they are having such a hard time….they need greens and blues for motivation and all they see is the white of snow. However long it will take – the snow will melt, spring will come, and the [...]

North Grafton parents, teachers prepare for 25th Fun Fair

March 27th, 2015

Carson McGrath, now a first-grader, rides a pony led by a representative from Ridge Valley Stables at last year’s Fun Fair to benefit the North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group.

North Grafton – The North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group (NGES PTG) is excited to be busy preparing for the 25th anniversary of its annual Fun Fair. The landmark celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at North Grafton Elementary School. Also, returning for its third year is the Auction and Raffle Preview Night to be held Friday, May 8, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114 plans centennial celebration

March 27th, 2015

Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114 circa 1938 (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – February 2016 will mark the 100th anniversary of Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop 114. The troop, which has been chartered by the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury (FCC) since 1916, is one of the oldest troops in Mohegan Council as well as one of the oldest troops within the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

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