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Apple Tree Arts announces summer youth programs

June 26th, 2015

Russell Jewell instructs a student.

Grafton – Apple Tree Arts has announced several youth summer programs that will offer students the opportunity to play in a band or ensemble group. “We are offering older elementary-aged and middle school students the opportunity to play an instrument in a fun collaborative group with two new programs,” said Donna Blanchard, the organization’s executive [...]

There is hope and help at the ARC

June 25th, 2015

Ernest Kapopoulos of Hudson, president of the Board of Directors of the Addiction Referral Center (ARC) of Marlborough, receives a certificate for 25 years membership in the Greater Marlborough Chamber of Commerce recently from Chamber President Susan Morreale Leeber. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – “The Addiction Referral Center (ARC) was highly instrumental in my quest to abstain from alcohol. I had no other place to turn,” said Jerry D. “I had exhausted all other options. With the help of the director and the peer support of the ARC, I have abstained from alcohol for 12 years. The ARC performed a miracle in my life. I will forever be grateful.”

Marlborough chamber hosts fashion show

June 25th, 2015

Brian Daniels

Marlborough – Move over Gisele, Kate and Karlie. There’s a new group of supermodels in town. Specifically the six lovely ladies and one handsome (and brave) man who strutted their best moves in the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (MRCC) Fashion Show held June 19 at the Embassy Suites Hotel. The show was held as part of the MRCC’s monthly Women’s Business Council Luncheon.

Selectmen decide fate of dog deemed ‘dangerous’

June 24th, 2015

Shrewsbury – The fate of “Casey,” a black German shepherd, hung in the balance at the June 23 Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen meeting. The dog, owned by Seamus Shanley, 29 Summer St., had been accused by several neighbors as being dangerous.

The June 23 hearing had been called because of a written complaint from the Richardson family, 17 Summer St., who said their small, elderly, disabled Bichon dog died as a result of Casey’s unprovoked attack on it in May 2015. The owners told the board that “Cocoa” had to be euthanized at Tufts Veterinary Clinic shortly after the attack because of its injuries.

Selectmen approve village commons mixed-use project

June 24th, 2015

Westborough – The Board of Selectmen cleared the way June 23 for the latest mixed-use housing and commercial development in the town’s transit oriented village (TOV) district that will include modest cottage-style homes designed to be marketed to older residents or young professionals.

The vote came after the board’s chair, George Barrette, expressed his frustration about the way other committees have approached development topics and how they impact the town’s schools.

Fire chief searches under way

June 24th, 2015

By Keith Regan, Community Reporter Northborough – The town is actively searching for both a permanent fire chief and for an interim chief to serve while the search process unfolds. The Board of Selectmen voted June 22 to name Fire Capt. James Houston as officer in charge of the department should there be a gap [...]

‘Walking School’ Bus is healthy fun

June 23rd, 2015

Kids from the Francis J. Kane School get ready to walk to school. (Photo/Martin Levins)

Marlborough – For four weeks in the spring and fall, groups of young students at the Richer Elementary School start the day participating in the Walking School Bus program. Kindergarteners to fourth graders and parents meet at the 99 Restaurant parking lot on Route 20 and get ready for a healthy, happy walk to start the day.

Hundredth Town Chorus continues to form harmonious connections

June 23rd, 2015

Wendy Damoulakis, center, and the women of the Hundredth Town Chorus perform for an audience at St. Patrick’s Manor in Framingham. (Photo/Alex Cornacchia)

Westborough – It was 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, May 13, and the house was packed. The venue was intimate, with room for no more than perhaps 50 or 60 people. But the seats — covered with red patterned fabric — were filled with patrons adorned in all manner of floral blouses and cardigans. The sounds of the pianist practicing chords and runs mingled with bursts of loud conversation and the high whistling of hearing aids. A few latecomers

YMCA of Central Massachusetts awards Shrewsbury volunteer

June 23rd, 2015

Paula Green (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Shrewsbury/Westborough – Paula Green of Shrewsbury remembers when she was unable to join a YMCA.

Grafton artist works to convey the energy and emotion of nature

June 23rd, 2015

Artist Allison Picone, with her dog Felix, in front of some of her recent paintings. (Photo/Joyce DeWallace)

Grafton – Fluttering like a butterfly and flitting like a fairy, Allison Coelho Picone embodies the spirit she tries to capture in her award winning paintings.

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