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No contested races in this year’s Northborough Annual Town Election

May 4th, 2015

Jeff Amberson

Amberson is a 31-year resident of Northborough. Employed at iRobot Corporation as a supply chain manager, he and his wife Joann, who works at Algonquin Regional High School, have raised three children all of whom attended Northborough schools. Amberson first became active in town through coaching various youth teams and volunteering as the first freshmen lacrosse coach at Algonquin. He is a past president of the Northborough Lions Club and past treasurer for the MetroWest chapter of Ducks Unlimited. His initial experience in town government was his appointment to the Conservation Commission, where he served six years, four as chair. During that time he helped write the town’s first Open Space Plan.

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest name Youth of the Year

May 3rd, 2015

Youth of the Year Stephan Barthold with club members during a wiffle ball game (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – On May 4, Stephan Barthold will represent the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest (BGCMW) at the State House as their Youth of the Year. Stephan was selected this year for his high achievements in school, at the club and in the community. Since 1947, Youth of the Year has been Boys & [...]

Holden girl awaits kidney and liver transplant

May 2nd, 2015

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Holden – 11-year old Teodora  Bastug is currently on the list to receive a new kidney and a new liver after being diagnosed with “hyperoxaluria,” four years ago. Hyperoxaluria is a rare condition in which there is too much oxalate produced in the body. Oxalate is a natural chemical in your body, and it’s also [...]

SpencerBANK raises money for the Jimmy Fund

May 1st, 2015

(l to r) Cheryl Orne, Lucille Newton, Alison Welman, Nancy Wilbur, Kyle Bourque, Wendy Coran, Lynne Esposito, Deborah Decoste and Susan LaCroix. (Photo/submitted)

Region – SpencerBANK employees recently participated in Rally for the Jimmy Fund in conjunction with Red Sox Opening Day April 13. Employees were given the opportunity to wear Red Sox apparel in exchange for a $5 donation to the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This year, SpencerBANK employees generously donated $315 in an effort [...]

Briggs performs music with friends in Grafton and beyond

April 29th, 2015

Josh Briggs (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – Country-rock singer-songwriter Josh Briggs immediately jumped into the Grafton area music scene at the young age of 14. His family moved from upstate New York to Massachusetts the summer before his freshman year at Grafton High School (GHS), where he graduated in 1992.

Fay School library director honored with pathfinder award

April 29th, 2015


Southborough – Sharon Lux, library director at Fay School for pre-kindergarten through grade nine, received the Ellen Verne Pathfinder Award at the Massachusetts School Library Association’s annual conference, held March 1 at the University of Massachusetts Conference Center in Amherst.

Friends set up fundraiser to help man stricken with Lewy Body Dementia

April 29th, 2015

Donna and Dan McDonald with their four grandchildren

Northborough – Nearly 40 years ago, Donna and Dan McDonald, who were high school sweethearts at Algonquin Regional High School, were married. Together they raised two sons, Jason and Tom, who now each have two children of their own. In 2001 Donna was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which thankfully is in remission for the time being. But that is the not the couple’s main health concern. For in 2012 when he was only 54, Dan, a former truck driver and manager, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a disease that is similar to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

Melican Middle School student to perform at Carnegie Hall

April 27th, 2015

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Northborough – According to her three older brothers, Robert E. Melican Middle School student Megan Keller has been singing since she could talk. For most of her life singing was just a leisure pursuit until, in sixth grade, chorus teacher Katherine Getchell instilled in her an enthusiasm for singing that turned the soccer player in to a genuine singer. Recently, after being nominated and auditioning, Megan was chosen to attend the Middle School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall in June.

Students help Spring Street School secretary prepare for citizenship test

April 25th, 2015

Judith Adair, Spring Street School secretary, with fourth-grade Student Council members, Liza-Jane Brunelle, Alyson Bentley, Anika Sukthankar, Malek Jallouli, Saket Damle and Sam Pergola. (Photo/Mary Pritchard)

Shrewsbury – Douglas and Judith Adair, with their children Amy and Alex, arrived in the United States for the first time in 1998 when Douglas’s work brought them here from England for 16 months. Judith said they were excited to return in 2001 when her husband’s work brought them back to the United States. The family officially declared this country “home” when Douglas and Judith became United States citizens in January.

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 [...]

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