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Inspiring teammates while fundraising for autism cause

August 27th, 2015

Posing for a photo Aug. 16 before running the Falmouth Road Race are Team NECC members (l to r, wearing NECC singlets) Olivia Morgan, Michelle LaPointe, Scott Lawson, Amanda Bullard, Becky Zorovic, Stacy Cohen and Amy McDermott. Teammates not pictured are Tracey Camilleri, Kylee Drugan-Eppich and Jineane Gargiulo.


Southborough – Ten supporters of the New England Center for Children (NECC), collectively known as Team NECC, fundraised for the Southborough-based nonprofit agency Aug. 16 by running the Falmouth Road Race. The team consisted of NECC teachers, parents of students, other supporters, and a particularly inspiring runner with a longtime connection with this autism research and education center.

Local school openings

August 25th, 2015

Back to School

Region – Local students will be heading back to school in the next few weeks. Here is a listing of opening days for schools in the area:

Assumption School to celebrate 90th birthday

August 18th, 2015

Millbury Assumption school

Millbury – Assumption School is celebrating 90 years of providing students with a faith-based quality education by holding a birthday festival Saturday, Aug.  29, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the entire community. The event will include booths from area businesses, carnival games, a dunk tank, and food from local vendors, including Anzio’s Brick [...]

Marlborough student selected to National Society of High School Scholars

July 19th, 2015

Marlborough High School student Ryan J. Moore. (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Marlborough resident Ryan J. Moore was recently selected to become a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS). The organization recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship and community involvement. Moore, a junior at Marlborough High School, has been a top scholar since grade school and began working [...]

Hester awarded Central One scholarship

July 15th, 2015

(l to r) - Michael Rooney, Central One CFO, Kaitlyn Hester and Joan Day, branch manager, Central One Shrewsbury.

Region – Kaitlyn Hester was this year’s recipient of Central One Federal Credit Union’s $1000 William G. Whitten Scholarship. Kaitlyn, a recent graduate of Shrewsbury High School, applied for the scholarship by participating in the Cooperative Credit Union Association Scholarship Program. Central One extends its best wishes to Kaitlyn as she prepares for her academic [...]

Hudson parochial schools alumni revisit alma mater

July 14th, 2015

Alumni of the former St. Michael’s Academy and Christ King School gather after touring the building that housed their alma maters.

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Hudson – Countless memories were shared July 10 in the small, two-story building with four classrooms on Green Street that housed parochial schools for several decades. Alumni were invited for a tour and luncheon before its demolition to expand the parking lot for Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, whose staff hosted the gathering.

Hastings bids farewell to four staff members

July 10th, 2015

(l to r) Joan Truesdell, math plus teacher; Alice Callahan, cafeteria; Mary Cullen; kindergarten teacher and Sandy Eckberg, school nurse. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – This year’s last day of school was especially poignant for the staff and students at the Elsie A. Hastings Elementary School as they bid goodbye to four staff members. Joan Truesdell, math plus teacher; Alice Callahan, cafeteria; Mary Cullen; kindergarten teacher and Sandy Eckberg, school nurse, are all retiring after years of service in the school.

Grafton preteens learn that charity truly does begin at home

July 5th, 2015

Sixth-graders at the Grafton North Street Elementary School cluster around Phil and Sarah Boyer, founders of the Open Hearts and Minds (OHAM) charity, with Laura Deschenes, the teacher in charge of the project.

Grafton – Several years ago, sixth-grade science teacher Laura Deschenes of the North Street Elementary School in Grafton was looking for an organization to involve her students in something that would have an impact on other children.

Breaking ground for Autism Institute in Southborough

June 30th, 2015

Former Gov. Michael Dukakis, capital campaign co-chair

Southborough – The New England Center for Children (NECC) on Route 9 in Southborough is expanding and renovating after raising $10.9 million with a capital campaign. A new three-story, 30,000-square-foot addition will be added to the existing building and named the Autism Institute. There, NECC will conduct training and research to further benefit autism educators and affected families internationally.

Spring Street School kids enjoy Field Day

June 23rd, 2015

Sch Spring St 1

Shrewsbury –  Students enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities at field day at Spring Street School held June 12. From choosing funny face painting and tattoos and dodge ball to the Sponge Bob relay and an obstacle course, students stayed cool during the hot weather and ended the school year with a great day. Thanks [...]

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