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Northborough nonprofit helps bring holiday spirit to homeless families

December 13th, 2014

Julie Stanwood, founder of Friends of Families in Transition. (Photo/Melanie Petrucci)

Northborough – Divine intervention sometimes places people in the right situations at the right time. Such was the case with Julie Stanwood in November 2011. Stanwood, a veteran volunteer for many social service organizations, was central Massachusetts’ coordinator for Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children in shelters throughout Massachusetts. Stanwood was helping out at a Thanksgiving dinner distribution in Northborough sponsored by The Helping Hands Association, when a volunteer working with the homeless at the Econolodge came in to inquire if there was extra food that she could take back to the motel. Stanwood discovered there were 19 homeless families living at the Econolodge in Northborough and didn’t have any food for Thanksgiving.

Historic fire truck to return to Northborough

December 13th, 2014

Former Northborough firefighter David Hunt, Northborough Firefighters Association President Paul Desaultels and Desaultels’ wife Libby pose with the hand tub at Historic New England’s Haverhill headquarters. (Photos/Michael Gelbwasser)

Northborough – Seeing Northborough’s first fire truck once had residents rushing out with buckets of water – to help fight a fire.

Shrewsbury honored as a ‘Purple Heart Community’

December 12th, 2014


Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen accepted an award during its Dec. 9 meeting on behalf of the town recognizing it as a “Purple Heart Community.”

‘Wreaths Across America Day’ to be held in Shrewsbury tomorrow

December 12th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – American Legion Post #397 will sponsor a “Wreaths Across America Day” ceremony at Mountain View Cemetery, Boylston Street, Shrewsbury Saturday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. Seven wreaths representing the branches of the military will be placed at the Veterans’ Lot, located inside section 11, inside the main gate. All are welcome to attend. [...]

Selectmen approve automobile storage request

December 12th, 2014


Shrewsbury – Representatives of Wagner Motors appeared before the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen during the board’s Dec. 9 meeting to discuss a proposal to use a zoned lot off of Route 9 for automobile storage.

The proposal had already been brought before both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. According to Attorney Richard Ricker, the lot would not be a parking lot in the traditional sense, but rather, a “packed lot,” in which BMW cars would be stored in close quarters until they could be moved to the sales building complex.

AstraZeneca to close Westborough facility

December 12th, 2014

AstraZeneca has announced it will be closing its 50 Otis St. location in late 2015. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Westborough – AstraZeneca has announced that it will be closing its facility located at 50 Otis St. at the end of 2015. As a result, 180 employees will be losing their jobs.

Edwin B. “Ted” Coghlin, Jr., 79, noted businessman, community leader and philanthropist

December 12th, 2014

Ted and Maureen Coghlin 
File photo/Joyce Maranto, Maranto Studios

Shrewsbury – Edwin B. “Ted” Coghlin, Jr., 79, noted businessman, community leader and philanthropist died Dec. 10 after a fall at his home.

Northborough Garden Club: Brightening the community for almost 90 years

December 12th, 2014

(Clockwise from upper left) The Northborough Garden Club logo, plant sale offerings, town beautification, town line planter, library rose bushes, daffodil "kinder-garden" project at Fannie E. Proctor Elementary School, member floral arrangement, tulip "kinder-garden" at Proctor, McAfee-Ellsworth Park planter (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Delighting our senses, gardens are truly amazing. The sight of delicate purple petunias, vibrant pink geraniums and bold yellow marigolds can bring a smile to the weariest of souls. And in the summer, what aroma can rival that of freshly-picked herbs? For almost 90 years, the Northborough Garden Club has been brightening residents’ lives and the town in many beautiful ways.

Challenger basketball a big hit in Northborough

December 12th, 2014

(l to r, front, standing) Sean Durkin, Will Corwin, Steve Summers, Will Iverson and (front, sitting,) Ryan Summers pose for a photo at the TD Garden center court with former Boston Celtics star Cedric Maxwell. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Basketballs slam against the hardwood floor. Kids yell with approval and clap their hands as a ball swishes through the net. Coaches give instructions, guide, demonstrate and explain. Members of the Northborough Challenger Basketball program follow their directions. The gym at the Northborough Town Hall is buzzing with activity as parents watch from the bleachers.

Organization lends ‘helping hands’ to Northborough community

December 12th, 2014

Helping Hands

Northborough- For the past 12 years, Jane O’Toole has volunteered her time to helping those in need in the Northborough community through the nonprofit volunteer organization Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc.

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