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This week’s storm could rival Blizzard of ’78

January 25th, 2015

Region – The National Weather Service forecast office in Taunton has issued a Blizzard Watch for the portion of Massachusetts east of Worcester County, from Monday night into Tuesday night. They are looking for 18 to 24 inches of snow, winds gusting up to 70 mph and very cold temperatures in all but the Cape and Islands.

Possible ‘wild weather’ for the next two weeks

January 24th, 2015

Region – The current storm is behaving as expected. There will be a short lull in precipitation until early to mid afternoon when it will begin to turn colder and the snow will pick up in intensity and continue until early this evening. Another 2 to 4 inches could fall on top of the nearly 6 inches already on the ground. This is the first shot in what could be a wild 10 to 15 day period of extremely cold and very stormy winter weather on our horizon.

Officials, residents hope buyer will step forward to save White Cliffs

January 23rd, 2015

White Cliffs
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – Now that the news has broken that the owners of the White Cliffs estate have applied for a demolition permit, residents and those who have enjoyed attending functions there have taken to social media to express their dismay. Joining them in expressing frustration is the Historical Commission who has been trying, Normand Corbin, the commission’s chair, said to try to find a way to prevent the historic manse from coming down.

Northborough resident runs Boston Marathon to raise funds for homeless animals

January 23rd, 2015

Sandy Gittlen and her dog, Lily

Northborough – Sandra Gittlen is a freelance writer, specializing in technical, business and lifestyle pieces. A resident of Northborough, she is also an accomplished athlete, who competes in triathlons. But there is another area of her life that she is really most passionate about – that of a volunteer for the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc., a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that takes in over 1,000 cats and dogs each year. And on Monday, April 20, she will take that dedication to another level when she participates for the third time in the Boston Marathon, running to raise funds for the shelter.

Southborough Community Fund awards $30,000 in grants

January 23rd, 2015

Gathered at the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) grant presentation are (l to r), Judy Salerno, executive director of the Foundation for MetroWest, with SCF board members Robin Martin, Betsy Crowley, Tom Crotty, Cathy Kea, Mary McGuinness and Michael Spataro. Not pictured is SCF board member Noreen Reilly Harrington.


Southborough – Founded in 2014, the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) awarded 10 grants totaling $30,000 in its first year. SCF is one of three town funds formed within the Foundation for MetroWest (FMW), of which Judy Salerno serves as executive director.

“One of the things the foundation does is assemble a group of people in their community to work on building local resources,” she explained. “We serve 33 cities and towns. We recognize that not everyone identifies with all of MetroWest; they do identify with their individual town, such as Southborough.”

Shrewsbury basketball teams take two from Algonquin

January 23rd, 2015

Shrewsbury’s Mike West looks to pass early in the second quarter during the game against Algonquin.

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury High School Colonials boys and girls basketball teams defeated the Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks in back-to-back games played Jan. 20.

The Shrewsbury girls squeaked by Algonquin 47-46 in the first game of the evening. Both teams stayed within several points of each other throughout the game and traded off sharing the lead. Algonquin senior Emily Carens was the overall top scorer of the game with 19 points, and junior Caroline Leonard contributed 12 points. Junior Hailey Moore was the top scorer for Shrewsbury with 16 points and senior Abby Joseph added 9 points. The Shrewsbury girls improve to 5-6 on the season while the Algonquin girls fall to 5-5.

Westborough seeks ‘Snow Angels’ to help senior citizens this winter

January 22nd, 2015

Westborough – The town of Westborough recently announced a new program, “Snow Angels,” that is designed to link physically able residents with senior citizens who are having trouble either financially and/or physically removing snow from their driveways and walks.

Westborough dietician inspires healthy nutrition

January 22nd, 2015

White with her senior students from the course “Experienced in Community Nutrition” tape an episode of “Healthy Bites” at Framingham State University. (Photo/Submitted)

Westborough – As a professor, the creator of her own television show, and an in-store dietician, Westborough resident Karen White’s career takes many different forms. Through multiple educational channels, White pursues her one main goal: to teach people about healthy eating habits.

Owners of White Cliffs apply for demolition permit

January 21st, 2015

White Cliffs
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – After 10 months on the market, there are no buyers in sight for the historic White Cliffs estate. As a result, the owners of the 6.5-acre plus property applied for a demolition permit tonight at the Historical Commission meeting.

According to Michael Durkin, a Realtor with LAER Realty Partners, who is representing the current owners, the LaCava family, the decision was not an easy one to make.

Shrewsbury students to compete on ‘High School Quiz Show’

January 21st, 2015

Shrewsbury High School Quiz Team members Grant Xu, David Du, Stephen Przybylek and Alex Todorov

Shrewsbury – A team of six Shrewsbury High School (SHS) students will test their knowledge when they compete on the sixth season of WGBH TV’s “High School Quiz Show” Jan. 31 in Boston.

Shrewsbury’s team is made up of senior co-captains David Du and Alex Todorov, senior Grant Xu, and juniors Mounith Madadi, Stephen Przybylek and Gokul Ajith.

Recently Commented

  • ?: how is a demolition application help save the white cliffs? Isn’t that just moving the process along...
  • David B: 37 more…
  • Devi Sundaresan: WAY TO GO, SHS!!!
  • Devi Sundaresan: I wish I had the money to buy and restore. Please do not demolish.
  • Amanda Millette: If you are interested in saving this wonderful historic building please check out the facebook group...