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Northborough chorus still singing strong after four decades

December 18th, 2014

NSI NACC for featured image

Northborough – The Northborough Area Community Chorus (NACC), under the direction of Anthony J. Volpe of Westborough with accompanist David Rose of Shrewsbury, is in its 43rd season.

Happy ending to story of lost wedding ring

December 17th, 2014

Brian Ramsey returning Annie Rose Traiforos’ ring at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital

Westborough – Annie Rose Traiforos, a nurse at Whittier Rehabilitation Hospital in Westborough, was scraping the ice off of her car in the parking lot on the day after Thanksgiving when her wedding ring slipped from her finger into the snow. “I tried to find it but I wasn’t able to because of the heavy [...]

Photos with Santa benefits local K-9s

December 15th, 2014

N Companion Pet Sitting BB cr

Northborough – Companion Pet Sitting and K9 Hydrotherapy recently hosted its third annual “Pictures with Santa” event. The business, photographer Jeff Baker Sr. (who donated his time), Mr. and Mrs. Claus and a few elves, raised money for Police Officer Dan Daly of the Millbury Police Department for his K-9 police dog “Kenzo.”

Children bank on quality time with Hudson mentors

December 15th, 2014

Paige, 11, and Margaret Melo Sullivan participate together in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest.


Hudson – Soon after becoming involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Central Mass/Metrowest, Margaret Melo Sullivan of Hudson, CFO at Avidia Bank, began developing memories with her Little, Paige, who was then age 10.

Among their common interests are singing, dancing and playing outdoors. They were introduced about a year ago at the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley in Maynard.

Scanlan, Maloney engagement

December 13th, 2014

Anna-dora C. Scanlan and Paul E. Maloney Jr. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough/Westborough – Patricia and Paul Maloney, of Northborough and Falmouth, announce the engagement of their son Paul E. Maloney Jr. to Anna-dora C. Scanlan, daughter of Gail and Brian Scanlan of Wyckoff, N.J. The bride-to-be holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., a master’s degree in social work from [...]

Northborough dancer shines in competition

December 13th, 2014

Bella Lanzarini after winning 2013 Junior Miss Starquest, Providence R.I. (Photos/submitted)

Northborough/Shrewsbury – In addition to being a sixth-grader at Sherwood Middle School, Bella Lanzarini is a competitive dancer at Elite Academy of Dance. She has been dancing for five years and this is her third year of competition. She is a member of The Company, the studio’s competitive team.

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 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 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.

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.

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