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Avidia Bank donates to the Mark Fidrych Foundation

April 25th, 2015

(l to r) Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank; Ann Fidrych with the Mark Fidrych Foundation; Jennifer Cardoso, Northborough branch manager of Avidia Bank; and Mark Braverman with the Mark Fidrych Foundation. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Avidia Bank recently donated $1,000 to the Mark Fidrych Foundation to further their mission of enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities or special need through sports and sports education. Avidia Bank is a $1.2 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough [...]

Native Southborough resident shares research on elusive wolverines

April 25th, 2015

Rebecca Watters gives a presentation at the Southborough Community House April 16.

Southborough – Wildlife biologist Rebecca Watters, a Southborough native and graduate of Algonquin Regional High School, came back to her hometown April 16 to give a presentation about her experience and studies on wolverines at the Southborough Community House. Watters currently lives in Bozeman, Mont., and goes on yearly expeditions to the northern Mongolian mountains where she conducts extensive research on these rare animals.

Shrewsbury student earns rank of Eagle Scout

April 22nd, 2015


Shrewsbury – American Legion Ray Stone Post 238 and Troop 4 announced that Matthew R. Wolohan, 16, of Shrewsbury, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout March 4. The ceremony date for the Eagle Scout presentation is yet to be announced. Matthew, the son of Daniel and Patricia Wolohan, is a sophomore at St. John’s [...]

Kennedy’s invites Marlborough seniors to celebrate Red Sox’s season opener

April 17th, 2015

Ron Bellin gets into the spirit.

Marlborough – On any given day, Kennedy’s Restaurant in Marlborough is a bustling, busy place at lunch time. But on April 13 there was an extra charge of excitement in the air as nearly 70 of the city’s senior citizens converged upon the restaurant to celebrate the Boston Red Sox’s home season opener.

For the past few years, Kerry, the restaurant’s bar manager, has held a big kick-off party to celebrate the start of the baseball season. The staff all wear baseball t-shirts and there are traditional snacks, such as peanuts and popcorn, on all the tables.

Musician shares his imagination and love of books at Kane Elementary

April 16th, 2015

T-Bone (Tom Stankus) delights the students at the Kane School with his stories and singing.

Marlborough – The moment Tom Stankus, known as “T-Bone,” started playing his ukulele, the students at the Francis J. Kane Elementary School were immediately under his spell. He delighted the students and teachers with his magnetic personality, witty sense of humor and songs about reading as a journey.

Northborough college student spends spring break building homes in Appalachia

April 16th, 2015

Emily Polanowicz (fourth from left) with her team, is ready to tackle her construction project for Habitat for Humanity in Raleigh, N.C.

Northborough – For most college students, the annual rite of spring is a trip to somewhere warm and sunny, soaking up the sun on the beach during the day and partying at night. Not so for Emily Polanowicz, a junior at Boston College. Along with about 400 other students, Polanowicz chose to donate her break time to the Appalachia Volunteers Program, where she was assigned to do carpentry work at a Habitat for Humanity project in Raleigh, N.C.

Your Home – April 17, 2015

April 16th, 2015

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Here is the special “Your Home” supplement that was included in the April 17, 2015 issue of the Community Advocate.

Hudson High gymnast returns to the sport she loves

April 14th, 2015

Ava Sandford (Photo/submitted)

Hudson/Marlborough – At Hudson High School, freshman Ava Sandford is one of the leading gymnasts on her varsity team. Over the years, she has taken part in countless competitions and her love of gymnastics continues to grow.

Hundreds help Northborough boy bump for cancer cause

April 14th, 2015

Liam playing hockey with Boston Bruins mascot "Blades"

Northborough – Nearly 500 Northborough friends and fans of came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to support nine-year-old Liam Fitzgerald fundraising event, “Get Your Bump On.”

SpencerBANK donates land to Habitat for Humanity

April 11th, 2015

(l to r) Terry McGoldrick, finance director, Habitat for Humanity—MetroWest/Greater Worcester; K. Michael Robbins, president and CEO, SpencerBANK; Tim Firment, executive director, Habitat for Humanity—MetroWest/Greater Worcester; and Randal D. Webber, executive vice president and chief lending officer, SpencerBANK and board member for Habitat for Humanity—MetroWest/Greater Worcester. (Photo/submitted)

Region – SpencerBANK recently donated over 14 acres (five parcels) of land in Sturbridge to Habitat for Humanity-MetroWest/Greater Worcester. SpencerBANK’s donation will aid the organization in carrying out its mission of building simple, decent, affordable homes for low-income families. Habitat homes are built solely through donations and volunteerism to eliminate substandard housing and homelessness in [...]

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