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Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

March 27th, 2015

Mary Romaniec of Grafton is committed to her work with the autism community. (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – As a founding member of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Grafton resident Mary Romaniec goes above and beyond to fulfill the group’s goal of providing education, support and information to caregivers of those with autism. TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention.

Willard Clock Museum highlights 100 years of clock-making in Grafton

March 26th, 2015

The parlor at the Willard Clock Museum. (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – At the Willard House and Clock Museum, clocks of every shape and size, sitting squarely amidst other artifacts and art, highlight the importance of the Willard family’s inventions and their prolific work.

State Auditor Bump addresses Shrewsbury Men’s Club

March 25th, 2015

State Auditor Suzanne Bump and Shrewsbury Men’s Club member Ralph Lespasio. (Photo/Bonnie Adams)

Shrewsbury – Suzanne Bump, the state auditor for the commonwealth of Mass., was the guest speaker at the March 19 meeting of the Shrewsbury Men’s Club. Over 70 men attended the meeting which was held at the Shrewsbury Senior Center.

Wayside cyclists pedal to end cancer, exceed $20K goal

March 25th, 2015

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Marlborough – Stationary bicyclists were once again compelled by personal reasons to participate in the 11th annual Pedal to End Cancer (formerly known as Spin for Hope), a three-hour event held March 1 at Wayside Racquet & Swim Club. With additional donations and company matches expected, 32 cyclists exceeded their goal and raised over $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. In 11 years, the Wayside benefit collected over $197,800.

Grafton’s Simple Church is an experiment in simplicity

March 25th, 2015

Zachary Kerzee, the pastor of Simple Church in Grafton.

Grafton – Zachary Kerzee, 25, is the pastor of Simple Church, an offspring of the former United Methodist Church in Grafton which closed its doors two years ago, allocating funds from the building sale to the “planting” of a new church. Simple Church, a farm-to-table dinner church located at the church parsonage next to the Elvidge farm property at 82 Potter Hill Road, is committed to simplicity, community and service. And, while affiliated with the Methodist Church, Simple Church is open to all, including those who have felt marginalized by traditional religions, with the emphasis on full welcome into the spirit community of Simple Church.

Binkeez new headquarters will help expand mission of love and comfort

March 24th, 2015

Binkeez founder Susan Posterro (front, center) with volunteers at the dedication of the new headquarters in Shrewsbury Feb. 14
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Grafton/Shrewsbury – Thanks to a local businessman, a nonprofit organization that makes blankets for seriously ill children, teens and young adults now has a new space to store, design, sew and ship their creations.

Shrewsbury resident Carl Cervini donated office space in the commercial park he has owned for 35 years at 420 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) to give Binkeez for Comfort its new headquarters.

Westborough native wins Grammy

March 23rd, 2015


Westborough – Westborough native Tom McDougall, 44, recently received one of the highest honors of the music industry – a Grammy.

Hudson woman to be remembered with 5K walk

March 21st, 2015


Hudson – Maureen Chiasson Young of Hudson, who passed away unexpectedly last June at age 49, is remembered by many as a Marlborough-based real estate broker with a natural knack for networking. Business contacts often became fast friends with whom she’d interact at various fundraisers and community events.

Floral Street School celebrates Community Reading Day

March 20th, 2015

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Shrewsbury – Floral Street School first graders Sam Cunniffe (left) and Patrick O’Toole (right) with guest readers (l to r) Shrewsbury Firefighter Sean Bohdiewicz, The Cat in the Hat (a.k.a. Ed Martel), Shrewsbury Police Patrolman Shawn Valliere, and Shrewsbury Firefighter Nick Vincequere pose for a photo during the Community Reading Day at Floral Street School [...]

Happy 100th birthday Alice Hanley!

March 19th, 2015

Alice E. Hanley posing with her family

Photo/Lovely Owl Photography

Shrewsbury – Alice E. Hanley of Shrewsbury celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 14. Alice is the matriarch of five generations represented in this photo with her daughter, Elizabeth MacAllister, her granddaughter, Mary Pritchard, her great-granddaughter, Liz Castantini, and her great-great-granddaughter, Ava Castantini.

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