NorthboroughThe Town of Northborough, originally part of the Town of Marlborough, then Westborough, was incorporated in 1766 and became a town on its own in 1775.

The town is approximately 18.8 square miles and as of 2010, had a population of 14,155. It is part of Worcester County and its form of government is Open Town Meeting. The town’s administration is comprised of a Town Manager and an elected Board of Selectmen.

A multitude of mills once thrived along the Assabet River, which runs through the town. Now Northborough is home to many businesses, including Northborough Crossing, a 600,000 open air retail development. One of the anchor stores is a Wegmans, which is the first store in New England for this Rochester, NY-based chain of grocery stores.

Visit Northborough’s town government website here.

Visit Northborough’s public schools (K-8) website here.

Visit Northborough’s high school (Algonquin Regional High School, shared with Southborough) here.
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Northborough’s administrator brings passion to leadership role

December 13th, 2014

Northborough – When John Coderre first arrived in Northborough, he had no intentions of staying long or working for the town. He thought Northborough was in an ideal location, accessible to Boston and all points north, south, east and west. Now, he said, Northborough has been his “adoptive hometown” since 1997, describing the town as a “great community” with a good reputation for excellent schools.

New crowdfunding site give pets’ a chance’

December 13th, 2014

Northborough resident Peter Alberti, founder of, and his wife Janet. (Photo/Valerie Franchi)

Northborough – In February, Scrunchie, a year-old Pomeranian from Ludlow, was found abandoned, suffering from near-fatal injuries inflicted by his former owner. A new crowdfunding website, created by Northborough resident Peter Alberti, raised $10,000 in three days to pay for his medical care.

Plans underway to celebrate Northborough’s 250th anniversary

December 13th, 2014

More than 40,000 spectators gather to enjoy the finale of Northborough’s 200th anniversary celebration in August 1966 with a three-hour Bicentennial Parade. The float seen here, designed and created by the Jezabelles, won a prize for best organizational float out of more than 46 participating floats. (Photo/Northborough Historical Society)

Northborough – Founded in 1766, Northborough will be turning 250 years old in 2016. A celebration is in order, so planning is well under way to commemorate the significant milestone.

Northborough nonprofit helps bring holiday spirit to homeless families

December 13th, 2014

Julie Stanwood, founder of Friends of Families in Transition. (Photo/Melanie Petrucci)

Northborough – Divine intervention sometimes places people in the right situations at the right time. Such was the case with Julie Stanwood in November 2011. Stanwood, a veteran volunteer for many social service organizations, was central Massachusetts’ coordinator for Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children in shelters throughout Massachusetts. Stanwood was helping out at a Thanksgiving dinner distribution in Northborough sponsored by The Helping Hands Association, when a volunteer working with the homeless at the Econolodge came in to inquire if there was extra food that she could take back to the motel. Stanwood discovered there were 19 homeless families living at the Econolodge in Northborough and didn’t have any food for Thanksgiving.

Historic fire truck to return to Northborough

December 13th, 2014

Former Northborough firefighter David Hunt, Northborough Firefighters Association President Paul Desaultels and Desaultels’ wife Libby pose with the hand tub at Historic New England’s Haverhill headquarters. (Photos/Michael Gelbwasser)

Northborough – Seeing Northborough’s first fire truck once had residents rushing out with buckets of water – to help fight a fire.

Betty A. Gray, 98, of Northborough

December 12th, 2014

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Northborough – Betty A. Gray, a longtime Northborough resident, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2014 at Beaumont Nursing Home. She was the widow of Robert C. Gray of Gray’s Carpet Center. She leaves five children, Sally Stone (Richard), Judith Tibert (Kenneth), Susan Stokes (Carl), Richard Gray, and Gerald Gray (Patricia Harrington); 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and [...]

Northborough Garden Club: Brightening the community for almost 90 years

December 12th, 2014

(Clockwise from upper left) The Northborough Garden Club logo, plant sale offerings, town beautification, town line planter, library rose bushes, daffodil "kinder-garden" project at Fannie E. Proctor Elementary School, member floral arrangement, tulip "kinder-garden" at Proctor, McAfee-Ellsworth Park planter (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Delighting our senses, gardens are truly amazing. The sight of delicate purple petunias, vibrant pink geraniums and bold yellow marigolds can bring a smile to the weariest of souls. And in the summer, what aroma can rival that of freshly-picked herbs? For almost 90 years, the Northborough Garden Club has been brightening residents’ lives and the town in many beautiful ways.

Challenger basketball a big hit in Northborough

December 12th, 2014

(l to r, front, standing) Sean Durkin, Will Corwin, Steve Summers, Will Iverson and (front, sitting,) Ryan Summers pose for a photo at the TD Garden center court with former Boston Celtics star Cedric Maxwell. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Basketballs slam against the hardwood floor. Kids yell with approval and clap their hands as a ball swishes through the net. Coaches give instructions, guide, demonstrate and explain. Members of the Northborough Challenger Basketball program follow their directions. The gym at the Northborough Town Hall is buzzing with activity as parents watch from the bleachers.

Organization lends ‘helping hands’ to Northborough community

December 12th, 2014

Helping Hands

Northborough- For the past 12 years, Jane O’Toole has volunteered her time to helping those in need in the Northborough community through the nonprofit volunteer organization Northborough Helping Hands Association, Inc.

Singers comfort those on the ‘journey home’

December 12th, 2014

Members of the Journey Home Singers practice from their next performance: (seated, l to r) Mary Beland, Judy Bissett, Jan Racca, Yvette Kite, (standing, l to r) Karleen Chase, Marjorie Peairs, Director Kathy Todd, Dennis Deyo, Jennifer Todd and Anne Deysher. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Several years ago, Kathy Todd’s sister, Martha Walker, was very ill. Todd, who was a member of the Westborough Congregational Church choir, started singing to Martha as she lay in her hospital bed. The music seemed to comfort her. That gave Todd the inspiration to start a group to sing for people with terminal illnesses or chronic conditions. Martha has since passed away, but from that germ of an idea, Journey Home Singers has developed with Todd as its director.

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