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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.

Singers comfort those on the ‘journey home’

December 12th, 2014

Members of the Journey Home Singers practice from their next performance: (seated, l to r) Mary Beland, Judy Bissett, Jan Racca, Yvette Kite, (standing, l to r) Karleen Chase, Marjorie Peairs, Director Kathy Todd, Dennis Deyo, Jennifer Todd and Anne Deysher. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Several years ago, Kathy Todd’s sister, Martha Walker, was very ill. Todd, who was a member of the Westborough Congregational Church choir, started singing to Martha as she lay in her hospital bed. The music seemed to comfort her. That gave Todd the inspiration to start a group to sing for people with terminal illnesses or chronic conditions. Martha has since passed away, but from that germ of an idea, Journey Home Singers has developed with Todd as its director.

Northborough resident born to serve fellow veterans

December 11th, 2014

Gerard W. Bourque (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Northborough – Army veteran Gerard W. Bourque seems to have been born to serve his fellow military peers. He was born May 30, back when Memorial Day was always observed on that date.

Northborough couple to continue work with Rotary as district leaders

December 11th, 2014

Patricia and Francis Doyle

Northborough – Nearly 20 years ago, Patricia (Pat) Doyle was asked by the Marlborough Rotary Club if she would serve as an advisor for two of the club’s teen programs. Pat, then the social studies coordinator at Marlborough High School (MHS), agreed. She herself was not a Rotarian but her husband Francis (Skip), who owned a photography studio at the time, was a member of the Rotary Club of Northborough. Pat oversaw the two programs, Interact Club and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), until she retired from her MHS position six years later.

Northborough Moms and Tots Founder Enjoys Helping the Community

December 11th, 2014

Liz Nolan (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – The entryway of one Northborough family’s home is frequently filled with an unusual array of items. But whether it’s filled with 350 pounds of potatoes or 100 backpacks, it’s always filled with compassion for the community. Liz Nolan, the founder of the altruistic playgroup Northborough Moms and Tots, has been cheerfully filling that entryway for the past eight years.

Instructing line dance in Northborough and beyond

December 11th, 2014

Mary Dragon
(Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Northborough – As a line dance instructor and choreographer, Mary Dragon of Northborough draws upon decades of experience with various styles including ballet, jazz, tap – and even some disco.

Athlete Spotlight: Billy Polymeros

December 10th, 2014

Billy Polymeros

What are your earliest football memories?

“My first year of playing football was freshman year. One specific memory from that year is beating Westborough the week before Thanksgiving. It was my first game under the lights.”

Ten noteworthy people of Northborough

December 10th, 2014

Peter Whitney

By Bob Ellis, Northborough Historical Society Northborough – Everyone’s list of 10 achievers will be different in part at least. A list completely different from the following might represent the town of Northborough very well. Of the individuals described below, four did much of their work in the 18th century, three in the 19th, and [...]

Author hopes to make math fun for local students

December 9th, 2014

Greg Tang with Tom Salvemini’s third-grade students at Hasting Elementary School. (Photos/Nance Ebert)

Westborough – Author Greg Tang, who has created a series of books to interest children in math, visited Hastings Elementary School Nov. 25.

Northborough gymnast ‘sparkles’ in competition

December 9th, 2014


Northborough/Shrewsbury – Northborough gymnast Leanne Hart “is our little sunshine in the gym,” said her coach Joe Latuga. “She is easy and fun to work with.”

Hart, an eighth-grader at the Robert E. Melican Middle School, trains three days a week from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Gymnastics Learning Center (GLC) in Shrewsbury.

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