December 18th, 2013
Region – Pearl Dionysopoulos was recently employed and is married with five children, aged 5 to 16. She is not what readily comes to mind when one thinks of the homeless. The family was renting a home in Roxbury. Her husband worked in painting and construction. She worked at a pizza joint in Dorchester.
“Things were good; they were good for a while,” Dionysopoulos said.
December 11th, 2013
Northborough – In an economic environment that is still struggling, many are still finding it difficult to gain employment. For those with disabilities, the search can be especially frustrating. But thanks to the Central Mass Employment Collaborative (CMEC ) over 100 Massachusetts residents have found jobs this past year, including 26 at the Wegmans store in Northborough.
December 8th, 2013
Region – In a region that has celebrated eight major sports championships in just over a decade, it's a common sight to see many wearing clothing bearing the logos of those winning teams. Everyone, it seems, wants to show their Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, or Bruins pride.
December 2nd, 2013
Marlborough – The Marlborough Senior Center and its Council on Aging (COA) launched a pilot transportation program in October to accommodate more of the people who they serve.
COA Executive Director Jennifer Claro noted that the pilot program was designed to complement the volunteer-run Friends in Service Helping (FISH) and the MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), the parent company of Busy Bee and Dial A Ride. Busy Bee is used in Marlborough.
November 14th, 2013
Shrewsbury – Oak Middle School English teacher Derek Pizzuto is, to put it mildly, frustrated. After a series of personnel cuts in Shrewsbury schools, there are less teachers to go around. Less teachers means a higher teacher-student ratio and less time to work individually with students. A lack of teachers also means there's no one to help students produce a yearbook or advise a photography club. And now, student achievement appears to be suffering in Shrewsbury schools.
“We'se at a crisis point where teachers and administrators are doing all they can,” Pizzuto said. “We'se working past the boundaries of what can be. I's seeing more and more teachers looking burnt out.”
November 12th, 2013
Shrewsbury – After several years of planning and fundraising, the Shrewsbury Veterans Council welcomed guests Nov. 11 to a dedication ceremony for the new World War I (WWI) Memorial in front of the Beal Early Education Center. Emceeing the ceremony, Selectman Jim Kane summarized the spirit of the project's supporters.
“Through this effort, from across our very special town, rose the support to make this monument a reality,” he said.
November 8th, 2013
Region – Here is a preview of local Veterans Day events: Hudson – This year's parade will assemble Monday, Nov. 11, at 9:30 a.m. and depart at 10 a.m. from the AMVETS Post on South Street. The ceremonies will be held at Liberty Park/Wood Square.? This year's featured guest speaker is Naval Combat Aviator, Commander [...]
October 29th, 2013
Northborough ??” Northborough Town Meeting voters on Oct. 28 overwhelmingly rejected a change to the bylaw that would eliminate the Zoning Board of Appeal's (ZBA) ability to grant use variances.
Under Northborough's bylaw, the ZBA has the power to allow a use in a zoning district not otherwise permitted. The largest use variance granted by the board occurred in 2005 and paved the way for the Northborough Crossing shopping center.
October 19th, 2013
Westborough – Speaking at the Forum on Preventing Gun Violence at Congregation B'sai Shalom in Westborough Oct. 13, U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern (D- 2nd District), said there needs to be a broader coalition of responsible gun owners to lessen gun violence.
McGovern called on gun owners to “stand up” to extremism “by taking a public stand on sensible legislation that doesn’t take away their constitutional rights.”
October 4th, 2013
Westborough – Each year the Knox Trail Council Boy Scouts of America chooses someone as its “Good Scout Honoree for Westborough.” This year's nominee, Lester Hensley, certainly fulfills the tenets of who the council seeks to honor – someone who has “demonstrated integrity and genuine concern for others in both their professional and personal lives.” As CEO and president of EMSEAL Joint Systems Ltd., he is a second generation head of the Westborough-based business. Hensley has devoted countless hours to his community as a volunteer with youth sports, school organizations, and other community groups. He currently chairs the Westborough Planning Board and the town's Economic Development Committee.