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‘Haunting’ fun in Marlborough

October 28th, 2014

Leah Amato and her husband stand in front of their haunted house in Marlborough.

Marlborough – There’s a family- friendly haunted house in Marlborough that is free to visit with a donation to the Marlborough Food Pantry. After a successful first weekend Oct. 25-26, the event will run again on Halloween night, Friday, Oct. 31.

Letter to Editor: Flyer misrepresents Dykema’s record on veterans issues

October 28th, 2014

To the Editor: As the state election nears, I am writing to take issue with a flyer I received a few weeks ago from a group called Mass. Fiscal Alliance disparaging Rep. Carolyn Dykema’s record with regard to veterans. The flyer struck a nerve because I know Rep. Dykema has been a tireless supporter of [...]

Trash recycling in our communities

October 28th, 2014

Region – On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote on Question 2 – Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law. Also known as the Bottle Bill, if passed this law would require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines.

And as voters and supporters of both sides of the question await the outcome, it is interesting to note what services for trash and recycling are already in place for each of the six towns covered by the Community Advocate. Three of six towns provide curbside service while the remaining three do not.

New England Prime Properties, Inc. is rebranded as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties

October 28th, 2014

(l to r) Karen Chapman, president, Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce; Randy DeVries, vice president, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties; Jim Holbrook, Westborough and Marlborough branch manager, Berkshire Hathaway; Nancy Quinn, president,  Berkshire Hathaway;  Steve Anderson, chair, Corridor Nine Board of Directors; and Allen Quinn, marketing director, Berkshire Hathaway. 
Photo/Alexandra Molnar

Westborough – New England Prime Properties, Inc. joined the network Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Oct. 15 to officially become Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties. Local business officials joined the members of the new company in a ribbon cutting celebrating the change in a ceremony held at its 125 Turnpike Road; Suite 7 offices Oct. 23.

Commerce Bank launches food drive

October 28th, 2014

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Region – Commerce Bank has announced that its 13 offices throughout central Massachusetts are collecting donated food items for the Worcester County Food Bank, to help it feed hungry people living in 60 cities and towns in the region.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church to host holiday marketplace

October 28th, 2014


Shrewsbury – St.  Nicholas Orthodox Church is hosting a Thanksgiving Bake Sale, Luncheon and Holiday Marketplace Saturday, Nov.  22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A variety of traditional pies, breads, cakes, and other assorted fresh baked goods will be offered for sale. They will also feature their specialty Mediterranean ethnic offerings from St. Nicholas’ [...]

Oberpriller joins Baesis as senior consultant

October 28th, 2014

Northborough – Baesis Inc. has announced that Cheri Oberpriller, CPA has joined the company as a senior Sage 100 ERP consultant. Oberpriller brings over 12 years of experience with Sage 100 ERP (formerly MAS90/MAS200).

Marlboro Photo offers complete photographic services

October 28th, 2014


Marlborough – Marlboro Photo, a 30-year-old full service photography studio, has announced that Paul LaForte will now be taking over as head of operations from his father, Wil. The business specializes in complete photographic services including digital imaging, studio photography and portraits, product, art and specialty photography and business services. They can provide quick on-premises [...]

New agent seeks veterans, families

October 28th, 2014


Region – The towns of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough, and Grafton comprise the Central Massachusetts Veterans District, explained Adam Costello, the newly-appointed veterans’ agent for the area. Adam replaces Richard Perron, a World War II veteran, who passed away in 2013.

An Army veteran, Costello last served as the senior medic with 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He served seven years and then returned to Massachusetts.

Westborough High alumna advocates for heart disease awareness

October 28th, 2014

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Westborough – Chrissy Gaffney, currently of Worcester, was happy to attend her 30-year reunion of the Westborough High School class of 1984, held Oct. 11 at the Hampton Inn in Natick. She shared with some classmates that it was only three months after her third heart surgery.

“I’m very proud to say that I’m a heart disease survivor,” said Gaffney, a 2014 spokesperson for the Go Red for Women campaign of the American Heart Association. “When you open up that conversation about heart disease, so many people are immediately receptive and want to share their stories, whether it be their own personal experience or they lost a close relative to heart disease.”

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