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Grafton High School on the ‘leading edge’ of education

February 16th, 2015

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester observes sophomore students using their iPads in English class at Grafton High School.
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Grafton – After being on the verge of losing its accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., in 2008, Grafton High School is now a blazing a trail in the state with its 1:1 iPad program, according to Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester.

“Grafton is on the leading edge of what we are seeing more and more in the districts,” he said.

Granddaughter of Shrewsbury couple to perform at Carnegie Hall

February 16th, 2015

Madison Fitzpatrick 


Shrewsbury – Madison Fitzpatrick, granddaughter of Chuck and Joanne Fitzpatrick of Shrewsbury, will be singing at the world-famous Carnegie Hall as part the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series. Madison, a student at Hanover High School, will join other performers for special shows Feb. 19 through Feb. 23.

Volunteer services leader brings Marlborough Hospital care to a new level

February 16th, 2015

Mary Ann Stein


Marlborough – Mary Ann Stein, director of volunteer services and community outreach at Marlborough Hospital, loves her job, and it shows.

“I like the people aspect, and the feeling that I am making a difference,” said Stein, her voice bright with enthusiasm. “I love the variety of volunteers – all the different ages and abilities. Our youngest volunteer is 14, our oldest just turned 93.”

Grafton Suburban is now Homefield Credit Union

February 15th, 2015

(l to r) Kelly Benoit, assistant vice president of marketing, products and customer service; Lloyd Hamm Jr., president and CEO; and associates Carol Bagdis, Estelle Peters and Maureen Wojnar
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Grafton – For nearly 50 years, the Grafton Suburban Credit Union has served the banking needs of thousands of local residents as well as businesses. On Feb. 11, the bank started a new chapter, as it officially changed its name to Homefield Credit Union (HCU).

Updated – Demolition delay extended for White Cliffs

February 15th, 2015

Northborough – By a unanimous vote Feb. 12, the Northborough Historical Commission passed a measure to extend the demolition delay ruling for the White Cliffs property to the full 180 days. That decision was made during a public hearing held in front of nearly 50 residents and town officials who gathered at the Robert E. Melican Middle School. But if the property is to be ultimately saved, there is still much work to be done, Normand Corbin, the commission’s acting chair, stressed.

Peter N. Sabatini, 84

February 14th, 2015

Peter N. Sabatini, 84, of Westborough, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at home. He was the husband of Carmel J. (Nigro) Sabatini.

Weekend storm to be followed by bitter cold

February 14th, 2015

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Region – After a very cold morning where the temperature reached a low of -12.8 degrees at my home, temperatures have moderated a bit and light snow has begun. Over the last hour or so, radar returns indicate precipitation filling in and becoming a bit banded at this early time. I have no overall changes to the outlook from several days ago and the storm is about to begin to redevelop off the southern New Jersey coast, though this location is just a bit more to the south than I had thought earlier.

Selectmen back $26.6 million Gibbons School project

February 13th, 2015

Westborough—The Board of Selectmen voted Feb. 10 to place a warrant article seeking $15.1 million in local funding for the $26.6 million renovation of the Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School before voters at the Annual Town Meeting in March.

Selectmen discuss healthcare costs

February 13th, 2015

Shrewsbury – The rising costs of healthcare was discussed by the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen at its Feb. 10 meeting. In a graphic chart developed by Town Manager Daniel Morgado, meeting attendees were shown the impact on rising healthcare costs for the period of fiscal year (FY) 2009 to FY 2015.

Fire Department awarded state safety grants

February 13th, 2015

Marlborough – More than $11,000 in grants from two major state agencies, including health and human services and public safety, have been awarded to the Marlborough Fire Department. The City Council accepted the grants at the recommendation of Mayor Arthur Vigeant, at its Feb. 9 meeting.

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