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Holiday events and services in the local area

December 19th, 2014

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A Living Nativity at St. Stephen’s Church, 3 John St., Westborough, will be held at 6 p.m. at the back of the church of the parking lot. Costumed parishioners will enact the Christmas story to narration from the King James Bible, accompanied by live animals, music and carol singing. Following the pageant, all are invited into the Parish Hall to warm up with hot cider, cocoa and holiday cookies.

A Christmas Cantata will be held at the First Baptist Church of Marlborough, 22 Mechanic St., Marlborough at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

For whom the bell (tower) no long tolls

December 19th, 2014

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Westborough – On a cold and overcast afternoon crews start the process of demolishing the final part of the former Westborough fire station, the bell tower. The building was torn down to make room for a parking lot for the new fire station, which opened next door in November. Photos/Bonnie Adams

Marlborough fire chief retires, will continue fire service training

December 19th, 2014

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Marlborough – Marlborough Fire Chief James Fortin will officially step down as chief at the end of December but will continue to serve in the field of public safety. When he announced his retirement last January, he mentioned his “passion for public safety and the fire services.”

He said, “Educating and instructing future generations of firefighters is something I look forward to doing more of as I move on to pursue new opportunities.”

Tournament continues Mark Fidrych’s passion for helping his community and beyond

December 18th, 2014

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Northborough – This summer, a softball tournament continuing Mark Fidrych’s commitment to special needs children and adults raised $55,000.

The Mark Fidrych Foundation now is planning its fifth annual Make Your Mark Softball Tournament for Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, at the Memorial and Casey fields on East Main Street, according to Fidrych’s widow, Ann.

Northborough chorus still singing strong after four decades

December 18th, 2014

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Northborough – The Northborough Area Community Chorus (NACC), under the direction of Anthony J. Volpe of Westborough with accompanist David Rose of Shrewsbury, is in its 43rd season.

DPW awarded $45,400 in state grants

December 17th, 2014

Marlborough – The city of Marlborough’s Department of Public Works (DPW) has received two state grants, totaling $45,400. The first award for $19,100.00 from the Mass. Department of Environmental Protection comes from the Sustainable Materials Recovery Program and will be utilized for the purchase of recycling containers and related public educational materials.

‘Panther Trail’ will connect open spaces, parks and schools

December 17th, 2014

Marlborough – A draft concept plan for a 26-mile trail, “Panther Trail,” connecting the city’s parks, public grounds and open space in one loop extending throughout the city, was unveiled at the Dec. 15 City Council meeting. Mayor Arthur Vigeant credited Conservation Officer Priscilla Ryder, the Council’s Open Space Committee, “and the work of many volunteers for creating the innovative recreational opportunity”.

Wheelabrator contract extension will mean savings for town

December 17th, 2014

Northborough–The town will reap savings in its trash disposal costs over the next three years after agreeing to ratify an extension to its contract to send trash to the Wheelabrator plant in Millbury.

The 10-year extension is “a pretty good deal” for the town, Town Engineer Fred Litchfield told the Board of Selectmen during its meeting Dec. 15.

Litchfield noted that Northborough and the 35 other communities in the central Massachusetts purchasing cooperative received favorable rates in the initial contract to send trash to the Millbury facility starting in 1986. That original 20-year deal expired in 2006 and was followed by a 10-year extension that is now itself winding down.

Festival features more than trees

December 17th, 2014

The Olde Towne Carolers sing holiday classics.

Marlborough – Traveling weather was ideal Dec. 12 to 14 for guests to attend the Marlborough Historical Society’s seventh annual Metrowest Festival of Trees at the Royal Plaza Trade Center. In addition to over a dozen wreaths, more than 100 decorated trees from two- to 7-1/2 feet were displayed and sponsored by businesses, organizations and community leaders. Many guests purchased raffle tickets for a chance to win their favorite entries.

‘Chair of Honor’ to become moving memorial

December 16th, 2014

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Northborough- The Board of Selectmen accepted during its Dec. 15 meeting POW/MIA Chair of Honor on behalf of the town, with plans to use it as a portable memorial to help remind residents of the approximately 100,000 servicemen and women who remain unaccounted from the nation’s modern wars.

Adam Costello, the director of the Central Massachusetts Veterans District, said missions aimed at recovering the missing are ongoing. He noted that only within recent weeks were the remains of a soldier who died as a prisoner of war in the Korean conflict in 1951 returned home.

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