Northborough

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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Local woodworker refurbishes chairs for charity

December 13th, 2014

Northborough resident Forest Lyford shows the refurbished seat from a recent chair repair project. (Photo/Michael Gelbwasser)

Northborough – Dilapidated chairs find their way into Northborough resident Forest Lyford’s basement woodworking workshop and are helping Northborough groups raise funds during this holiday season.

Northborough Food Pantry making a difference

December 13th, 2014

Donna Weaver and Ann Taggart, co-directors of the Northborough Food Pantry. (Photo/Nance Ebert)

Northborough – In the lower level of the Town Hall, the Northborough Food Pantry services the needs of many families. This supplemental source of food for people in the community can make all the difference in the world.

Northborough volunteer treasures flowers and friends

December 13th, 2014

Francesca “Cessy” Bombara (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Francesca “Cessy” Bombara likes to be busy. The Northborough resident divides her time between the Northborough Garden Club, where she serves as co-president with Amy Graham, and the Friends of Northborough Seniors, where she is secretary on the Board of Directors. She is also corresponding secretary for the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., and runs a small, private business out of her home for close friends and family, “Flowers by Francesca.”

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 PetChance.org, 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.

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