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Berkshire Bank announces 2015 Scholarship Awards Program

January 28th, 2015

Region – Berkshire Bank has announced it will honor 30 high school seniors in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont through its annual Scholarship Awards Program.  The program will award $45,000 in total scholarship dollars to students who have demonstrated community service through their volunteer efforts, have been successful academically and have a financial need.  [...]

Local students entertain seniors at holiday party

January 28th, 2015

Students from Oak Middle School, Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury High School sing Christmas carols for the residents after their dinner. (Photos/submitted)

Region – Music students from elementary, middle and high schools in Westborough and Shrewsbury volunteered their time to perform for the residents of Shrewsbury Towers at their annual holiday party Dec. 13. Music teachers Ann and Paul Tomashefsky brought vocalists and instrumentalists to entertain the residents with Christmas carols and other music following their holiday [...]

Volunteering is part of life for Southborough family

January 26th, 2015

Lisa Braccio, son Robert Braccio, Matt Braccio. (Photo/Submitted)

Southborough – For Southborough residents Lisa and Matt Braccio, volunteering is simply part of their life.

New group provides support for cancer patients

January 26th, 2015

Rosalie Utley, who runs the new St. Luke’s cancer support group. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Rosalie Utley was trying to recall when the first meeting for St. Luke’s cancer support group, a group she had formed, was held.

Northborough resident runs Boston Marathon to raise funds for homeless animals

January 23rd, 2015

Sandy Gittlen and her dog, Lily
Photo/submitted

Northborough – Sandra Gittlen is a freelance writer, specializing in technical, business and lifestyle pieces. A resident of Northborough, she is also an accomplished athlete, who competes in triathlons. But there is another area of her life that she is really most passionate about – that of a volunteer for the Baypath Humane Society of Hopkinton, Inc., a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that takes in over 1,000 cats and dogs each year. And on Monday, April 20, she will take that dedication to another level when she participates for the third time in the Boston Marathon, running to raise funds for the shelter.

Westborough dietician inspires healthy nutrition

January 22nd, 2015

White with her senior students from the course “Experienced in Community Nutrition” tape an episode of “Healthy Bites” at Framingham State University. (Photo/Submitted)

Westborough – As a professor, the creator of her own television show, and an in-store dietician, Westborough resident Karen White’s career takes many different forms. Through multiple educational channels, White pursues her one main goal: to teach people about healthy eating habits.

Happy 95th birthday, Alice Kavanaugh of Southborough!

January 21st, 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. She’s considered to be “the perfect employee” [...]

Marlborough native fundraises to build school in Guatemala

January 19th, 2015

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Marlborough – Michael Tirpak, a 2012 Marlborough High School alum, is now a junior studying business administration at Daytona State College (DSC). He’s also learning valuable lessons in philanthropy.

Tirpak has spearheaded a fundraising campaign with a goal of $13,000 to build a two-bedroom school in Guatemala with Hug It Forward. Joining him in the fundraising effort are members of the college’s Rotaract Club, Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Pets Gone Healthy to offer seminar on working with hearing impaired dogs

January 19th, 2015

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Pets Gone Healthy to offer seminar on working with hearing impaired dogs

TV meteorologist entertains and informs students at Peaslee

January 18th, 2015

Meteorologist Barry Burbank at Peaslee Elementary School. (Photo/Laurie Covino)

Northborough – Barry Burbank, veteran meteorologist with WBZ-TV in Boston, visited fourth- and fifth-graders at Marguerite E. Peaslee School Jan. 14. His entertaining and engaging presentation tied into the grade-level science curriculum.

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