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Abby's House helps women, children for over three decades

December 27th, 2012

Abby' House, a non-profit Worcester-based shelter, has been helping women and children for decades.  (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Annette Rafferty, born in 1930, began her work with Abby's House in 1973, before it even existed. After teaching for 21 years at various Catholic schools, she was asked by the Worcester Urban Ministry Commission to serve on a committee assessing whether there was need for a new homeless shelter in Worcester. Heading the task force, Rafferty took to the streets.

It didn’t take long to conclude that homelessness was a growing problem. She talked to individuals, neighborhood centers, and even prostitutes.

Shrewsbury Education Foundation to present community service award

December 23rd, 2012

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Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) has announced that it will host its annual awards dinner Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. This year, SEF will be honoring former Shrewsbury School Committee member Mark T. Murray with its Community Service for Shrewsbury Public Schools Award. The event will be held at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in [...]

SYFS announces Outstanding Youth Award winners

December 20th, 2012

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Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services, Inc. (SYFS), the town of Shrewsbury's only private, nonprofit community counseling and social services agency, recently announced the 2013 winners of its Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Awards. These awards will be given to four outstanding Shrewsbury youths for their service and accomplishments at a special SYFS 30th Anniversary [...]

Fundraiser will honor memory of Lizzi Marriott

December 15th, 2012

Lizzi Marriott. (Photo/www.rememberlizzi.org)

  Westborough – The Westborough Athletic and Social Association (WASA) has announced it will sponsor “A Night in Remembrance of Lizzi Marriott” Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013 at the Acacia at Indian Meadows Country Club, in Westborough. The event will include refreshments, auctions, raffles, and music and dancing to the central Mass. band, “Outta Commission.” Marriott, [...]

After theft, Hasbro comes to aid of Shrewsbury church's toy drive

December 10th, 2012

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Shrewsbury – They didn's come by sleigh and they weren's led by a team of reindeer. But on Monday, Dec. 10, the mood was definitely merry as nearly a dozen employees of Hasbro, the Pawtucket, RI-based toy giant got the chance to play Santa's elves. The lucky recipients? St. Anne's Church, which just days before had been devastated after thieves broke into a locked shed on the church's 130 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) property and stole nearly 100 gifts slated for children in need this holiday season.

Remembering Chris Weigl

December 7th, 2012

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We lost a member of our Community Advocate family yesterday when 23 year old Christopher Weigl was hit and killed as he rode his bicycle on Commonwealth Avenue. Chris, who grew up in Southborough, was pursuing a master's degree in photojournalism at Boston University but to be honest, that degree wasn’t even necessary. Chris already [...]

Colonel believes decline in vet numbers is cause for concern

November 30th, 2012

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Westborough – “I wish a Vietnam veteran could walk beside me when I come through an airport in uniform and people thank me for my service,” U.S. Air Force Col. Brent French, of Westborough, said. “They never got the recognition for their sacrifices as we do today.

Nominations for Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Award due Nov. 30

November 28th, 2012

The 2012 Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury award winners ( l to r) Kelsey Giordano, Hannah Levine, Kevin Harrington and Romaine Campbell.  (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services, Inc. (SYFS) is now accepting nominations through Nov. 30 for the Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Award. The award recognizes teens, who reside in the town of Shrewsbury, who have shown an exceptional commitment to volunteering in their community for the good of others. The recipient is a role [...]

Westborough Holiday Shop makes the season bright for those in need

November 20th, 2012

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Westborough – Westborough Youth and Family Services (WYFS) and the Rotary Club of Westborough are committed to helping local residents in need. But come December, that mission takes on an extra dimension – ensuring that all parents or caretakers are able to provide their children with a few special holiday gifts.

Since 2004, the groups have sponsored a free Holiday Gift Shop for families who are struggling perhaps with their finances or a medical crisis. All of the gifts are donated courtesy of generous residents, businesses and organizations. The shop, located in the auditorium in the Forbes Municipal Building, 4 West Main St., is open by appointment only and all visits are confidential.

Algonquin's Dick Walsh looks back on coaching career

November 16th, 2012

Dick Walsh (left) poses with Algonquin Athletic Director Francis Whitten (right). (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Sometimes, it is nice to reflect. Especially when you can reflect on 23 years of steering the ship for the Algonquin football team.

Dick Walsh first started coaching at the high school in Northborough in 1957, when it was known as “Northborough High School.”

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