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Central One spreads random acts of kindness

February 24th, 2015

Anthony Monger (l) gets his breakfast paid for at the 7-11, thanks to Kaiser and Central One.

Westborough – On Feb. 20, a cold, blustery Friday morning, several people out and about in downtown Westborough got a warm and unexpected surprise, courtesy of Central One Federal Credit Union. That morning, the bank’s Westborough branch manager, David Kaiser and assistant branch manager, Rajani Kodun, visited several local establishments and paid for such things as breakfast, haircuts and groceries.

Personnel committee to review mayor’s recommendations

February 24th, 2015

Marlborough- Mayor Arthur Vigeant has asked the City Council to approve the appointment of David Manzello as principal assessor, replacing Bradford Dunn, and Paul Sliney as the tenant’s representative on the Community Development Authority (CDA) for a three-year term. Councilors voted at the Feb. 23 meeting to refer the recommendations to the Personnel Committee.

Council approves $100,000 for snow and ice removal

February 24th, 2015

Marlborough-The City Council approved a request for an additional $100,000 to the snow and ice account to cover costs for the recent storms and in anticipation of others that may follow. Mayor Arthur Vigeant request made at the Feb. 23 meeting was prompted by a communication from Department of Public Works (DPW) Commissioner John Ghiloni.

Apple Tree Arts to mark 25 years by partying like it’s 1989

February 24th, 2015

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Grafton – Countless memories are sure to be shared when Apple Tree Arts (ATA) marks its 25th anniversary with guests partying like it’s 1989. A 1980s-themed cocktail and dance party is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Highfields Golf & Country Club, located at 42 Magill Dr. in Grafton.

Westborough man hopes to find match at bone marrow drive

February 23rd, 2015

Vinoo, a father of three girls, needs a bone marrow/blood stem cell transplant from a donor of South Asian descent.

Region – The South Asian Marrow Association of Recruiters (SAMAR) will be holding a bone marrow drive at the India Center, 152 Main St., Shrewsbury, Sunday, March 1, from 1-4 p.m.

The drive is being held to seek a donor for Vinoo, a Westborough resident, who is in urgent need of a bone marrow transplant. Although he specifically requires a donor of South Asian descent, all others are welcome and encouraged to attend the event.

St. Mary’s Credit Union named SBA Preferred Lender

February 23rd, 2015

(l to r): Sarah Day, SMCU commercial loan officer; Nabil Farooq, SMCU senior vice president, commercial lending; and Armand Fernandez, SMCU vice president, small business lending, accepts a plaque from Bob Nelson, SBA district director; Anne Hunt, SBA deputy director; and Carlos Hernandez, SBA lender relations. 

Marlborough – St. Mary’s Credit Union (SMCU) has been named a Small Business Administration (SBA) Preferred Lender.  The announcement was made recently during a meeting at the credit union’s Marlborough headquarters. As a Preferred Lender, SMCU can now offer small businesses the full range of SBA loan products through a streamlined, faster loan approval process.  [...]

Local organization helps foster kids ‘rise above’

February 23rd, 2015


Region – Each year, thousands of children in Massachusetts are placed into foster care. While many of the basic primary needs of these children are met by the foster families, there is often not enough financial resources left to provide for some of the extra activities that are part of so many children’s lives and that help them grow into healthy adults.

Local Boy Scout leader quoted in ‘Scouting Magazine’

February 22nd, 2015

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Shrewsbury – Thomas Bodden has been involved in Scouting for 12 years. He, like his brother, father and grandfather before him, is an Eagle Scout who is devoted to living out the vision and mission of the Boy Scouts.

New England music duo releases third CD

February 21st, 2015

Musicians Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli. (Photo/Nikilette Walker)

Northborough – After a chance meeting, Northborough’s Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli combined their lifelong musical talents and for the last eight years have been entertaining and inspiring audiences. They took that talent to the next step and recently released their third CD, “Lifted.”

Shrewsbury teacher receives mini-grant for paper recycling project

February 21st, 2015

An example of the recycled paper projects that will be created in Shrewsbury teacher Robert Wilson’s classroom (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Floral Street School art teacher Robert Wilson has created a unique learning experience for his fourth-grade students. Through a grant from the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, Wilson’s students will learn the paper recycling process from start to finish and create beautiful handmade paper from wastepaper.

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