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It's the most wonderful time of the year….for parents!

September 4th, 2014

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Region – After what seemed like a very short summer and an early Labor Day, it’s the time of the year beloved by most parents – time to head back-to-school. Preparations have been underway for weeks. Custodians have been busy cleaning the schools, teachers have finalized lesson plans, athletes have already started practicing for the [...]

Technology is “king”

August 30th, 2014

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Region- In simpler times, back-to-school shopping meant pens, pencils and a book bag. In today's technology-rich society, parents are faced with a variety of technology purchases just to keep their kids up to date. Current shopping lists will include laptops, tablets and a variety of wireless devices. From the school administrator's standpoint, the challenges are [...]

Don’t bug us again…

August 18th, 2014

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Since 2008, when Asian Longhorned Beetles (ALB) were first identified in Worcester and then in Shrewsbury, the pests have decimated thousands of trees. To help prevent further infestations federal and local officials have asked for the public's help. Adult beetles are most active during the summer and early fall. Throughout the summer, they can be [...]

The courage to begin

August 13th, 2014

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Pia the young osprey perched at the edge of a massive nest constructed atop a pole on an island in Maine's Muscongus Bay. Alone, she peered over the narrow inlet between her island and the forested mainland, and to the wider bay beyond. She flapped her wings and jumped, lifting herself above the nest, hovering, [...]

40B, or not 40B…that is the question

July 24th, 2014

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Most people agree with the need for affordable housing and the concept of “40B,” the state mandate that requires at least 10 percent of all housing within a community to be considered affordable. However, some area communities have seen 40B guidelines used to gain approval for developments that are not ideally suited for a site. [...]

Physician Focus: Your local board of health

July 15th, 2014

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By Christopher Quinn, M.D. and Cheryl Sbarra, Esq. Much of their work remains invisible to most residents, yet the work is critically important and affects all citizens across the Commonwealth. For more than 200 years, in fact, ever since 1799 when Paul Revere (yes, that Paul Revere) was appointed chairman of the nation's first board [...]

Proud to be your hometown newspaper

July 5th, 2014

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Region – The Community Advocate might not date back to 1776, but this fall we will be celebrating our 40th year as the region's best loved community paper.? This summer we will be hard at work preparing a special issue that will be published in late September that will highlight some of the interesting people [...]

Volunteers needed for Spirit of Shrewsbury Festival

June 25th, 2014

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2014 marks the 18th anniversary of the Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival. It will be traditionally held on the last weekend of September, the 27th and 28th, however some events may happen on different days. Check the website at www.spiritofshrewsbury.org for a list of events.

Westborough is on a roll

June 13th, 2014

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Westborough – Like many towns, Westborough must contend with heavy traffic during its peak commuting hours. To help alleviate that congestion, the town, in partnership with the Worcester Regional Transit Authority, has launched a shuttle service between the MBTA commuter rail station at Smith Valve Parkway and several major office parks. During the day, the [...]

Letter to the Editor – Thanks for a kind deed

June 12th, 2014

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To the Editor: On Sunday, May 25, my friend Frank and I shopped at Price Chopper in Shrewsbury. I couldn's believe that my credit card was rejected until the clerk told me that the customer at the next register had paid my bill. The shopper, named Gail, had noticed Frank's Navy hat and wanted to [...]

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