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Summer basketball league helps players gear up for season

July 22nd, 2015

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Photo/John Orrell

Region – There is always room for improvement in any sport, the experts say, and the game of basketball is no exception. Hence the creation of the Crompton Kingsway Basketball League, a 12-team summer league comprised of players from area high schools that play from early June through July at Worcester’s Crompton and Greenwood parks. The teams play hard with winning as a goal, but the underlying objective is to sharpen skills and build chemistry for the upcoming season.

Committee planning Hudson’s 150th anniversary celebration

July 22nd, 2015

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Hudson – The Hudson Sesquicentennial Committee is progressing with plans to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary in 2016. Co-chairing the committee are Sarah Cressy, president and CEO of the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce, and Selectmen Chair Fred Lucy.

Selectmen honor Bruce for 29 years on force, lifetime of service

July 22nd, 2015

Northborough—The Board of Selectmen marked the retirement of Sgt. James Bruce after 29 years on the town’s police department, in a brief but emotional ceremony July 20. .

Lt. William E. Lyver, Jr.— standing in for a vacationing Chief Mark Leahy—noted that although Bruce spent 29 years on the force, he has been working in service to the community for much longer, starting as a member of the local fire explorer post and later becoming the town’s first firefighter paramedic.

New archery pavilion is dedicated to Westborough’s Montalbano

July 22nd, 2015

Matthew J. Budz, Scout executive/CEO,  (third from left) with members of the One Ball Two Strikes Foundation (l to r) Tara Fallon, Pat Fallon, Sharon Montalbano, Andy Montalbano, Ian Johnson, John Gareri and Maureen Johnson. Missing from photo are foundation members Ellen Bishop and Kristen Montalbano.

Westborough – The late Greg Montalbano was best known for his skills on the baseball diamond, pitching for St. John’s High School, Northeastern University, the Red Sox organization and the Worcester Tornadoes. But Montalbano was also an avid outdoorsman, who loved to backpack, camp, fly fish, and canoe down rivers in Maine. Many of those hobbies were ones he participated in as a member of Troop 100 in Westborough, where he also earned his Eagle Scout rank.

As someone who was stricken with cancer himself, he volunteered numerous times to play in and speak at fundraisers for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Sadly, Montalbano lost his own battle with cancer in 2009, just days before he was to turn 32.

Webster Five announces promotions

July 22nd, 2015

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Region – Webster Five Cents Savings Bank recently announced the promotion of Pawel Powaza, personal banker, to assistant branch manager of the Shrewsbury location. Powaza joined Webster Five in early 2015 and has since been promoted to oversee the daily operations of the branch, including staff supervision.

Avidia donates to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster

July 22nd, 2015

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Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster. This donation will help with operational support of Project Learn STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

Nipmuc Nation to hold 92nd annual Powwow

July 21st, 2015

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Grafton – Nipmuc Indians have resided in Grafton since before recorded history and Nipmuc Nation is stronger than ever.

The tribe will be holding its 92nd annual Powwow Sunday, July 29, at the Hassanamesit Reservation in Grafton. The festival features traditional dancing, drumming, food, kids’ crafts and vendors.

Brownies collect shoes for Guatemalans

July 21st, 2015

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Shrewsbury – Brownie Troop 11087 recently held a drive to collect shoes to be donated to those in need in Guatemala. Thanks to their efforts 165 pairs of shoes, both children and adult sizes, were collected. The shoes were then delivered to families in Guatemala by volunteers from Mt. Olivet Church in Shrewsbury.

Growing number of women in the military

July 21st, 2015

Women from the Navy Color Guard from the Quincy U.S. Naval Reserve Base stand proudly with Viviana Marcotte (center), Iraq War veteran and director of the Women’s Veterans Network (WVN).

Marlborough – More and more women have joined the military in the past few years and the number continues to escalate. The significant display of interest began in 2013 when the Department of Defense lifted the ban on women in combat.

Valois Home Improvements- Specializing in moderate and major home remodeling projects

July 21st, 2015

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What type of projects do you specialize in?

“Over the last year, we have been doing larger remodeling projects—kitchens, bathrooms, basements, large decks,” said Raymond Valois, who started Valois Home Improvements 15 years ago.

“Projects like kitchen remodels are very detailed and finish-oriented, and suit themselves to my skill set. Dealing with the idiosyncrasies of old and new houses is my strong point. I don’t typically take on full-size additions.” Valois works primarily within a 20-mile radius of Shrewsbury.

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