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Polito reflects on early weeks of administration

January 31st, 2015

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
Photo/Ron Bouley, Bouley Photography

Westborough – Karyn Polito, the commonwealth’s recently installed lieutenant governor, was the opening speaker at the Jan. 29 annual legislative breakfast meeting of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, held at the Doubletree Hotel, was attended by nearly 200 local business professionals.

UMass nurse runs Boston Marathon to raise money for ALS

January 31st, 2015

Thin Aung is an avid runner who completed the Worcester Running Festival half-marathon. (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Thin Aung, 30, is a registered nurse at UMass Medical Center, University Campus. It is what she refers to as her “dream job.” She works the overnight shift in the medical intensive care unit where she takes care of patients with both rare and common diseases. It is here that Aung has come to know her patients and their families on a personal level – sometimes sharing experiences that have made a lasting impression on her. One such experience with a patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) motivated Aung, an avid runner, to do more to help. On Monday, April 20, she will run the Boston Marathon for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund.

Shrewsbury actresses to perform onstage in Worcester

January 29th, 2015

Jackie Fashjian 
Photo/submitted

Shrewsbury – The Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) continues its Neil Simon season with “Proposals” directed by Sally Holden. Two of the nine cast members are Shrewsbury residents. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., from Feb. 6 through 22 at the Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave. in Worcester.

Southborough resident turns addiction into action

January 29th, 2015

Danielle Boland
Photo/submitted

Southborough – Southborough resident Danielle Boland was a successful sales director in the high-tech industry, when a couple of years ago, she decided to completely change her life and her career.

It wasn’t a choice, Boland said, but a necessity.

Northborough’s Rutan to perform locally with ‘Dartmouth Aires’

January 29th, 2015

Recent graduate Ben Rutan sings with Aires at Algonquin Regional High School in 2012.  (File photo/Sue Teplansky)

Region – The annual Wick Choral Festival will be presented at St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Rd., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, from 7-9 p.m. each day. The event, established in 1992 in memory of St. Mark’s class of 1933 graduate Myron A. Wick Jr., showcases local a cappella groups. For information visit www.stmarksschool.org.

Community rallies around longtime Marlborough Police employee Sue Blaisdell

January 29th, 2015

Sue Blaisdell (far right, standing) and her family. (Photo/submitted)

Friends and family of Marlborough Police Administrative Assistant Sue Blaisdell are rallying around her after learning she was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer. They have started a site to raise money to help her and her family with the financial burden of medical and other expenses: www.gofundme.com/k8gniw.

Dorian finds purpose, inspiration far from home

January 29th, 2015

Catherine Dorian

Northborough – As a young girl growing up in Northborough, Catherine Dorian always looked forward to when her family would go on their annual summer trip to their lake house in upstate New York. But in 2010, when she was 16, she wanted to do something a little bit different for part of her summer vacation. Perusing online, she came across a program, VISIONS Service Adventure.

Shrewsbury man helps sustain sisters’ historical charitable mission

January 28th, 2015

Michael Stowe (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Michael Stowe grew up in a family that taught him to help people in need. Heavily influenced by his father, the longtime Shrewsbury resident devotes much of his free time to volunteerism. After years of board service to the Saint Francis Community Health Care (SFCHC) charitable foundation, he feels honored to be assuming the roles of chair and board president this year.

Southborough paramedic emphasizes community education

January 28th, 2015

Lieutenant Chris Dano (Photo/Nance Ebert)

Southborough – Even at a very young age, Lieutenant Chris Dano knew that he wanted to help people. As he got older, he joined the Army Reserves and simultaneously joined the Auburn Fire Department as a volunteer. He knew immediately that this was his calling.

Happy 95th birthday, Alice Kavanaugh of Southborough!

January 28th, 2015

Alice Kavanaugh, 95 (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Southborough – Alice Kavanaugh celebrated her 95th birthday Jan. 20 with her family, friends and co-workers at the Southborough Senior Center. In addition to volunteering for many years with the Meals on Wheels program, she’s been working as an administrative assistant at the Senior Center for 12 years.

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