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Shrewsbury mom helps Friends With Heart expand awareness and support activities

February 8th, 2015


Shrewsbury – In 1997, when Shrewsbury resident Dawn King was pregnant with twins, she was told one of them would be born with the complex heart defect, hypoplastic left heart syndrome. Ben arrived with a condition requiring multiple operations and had to be tube-fed for his first three years. King initially gained support from other families who were dealing with congenital heart disease (CHD), but they lived far away.

Westborough grad competes in ‘The Sing-Off,’ starts recording company

February 5th, 2015

Photo 1: (l to r) Paul Holmes, Nimal Eames-Scott, Jacob Reske, Jackson Thea and DJ Stanfill of A.Squared. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – For Westborough native Jake Reske, singing is second nature. From performances at the Westborough Players Club community theater when was just 10 years old to performing on live television for the musical competition “The Sing-Off” in December, Reske is no stranger to the stage.

Westborough and beyond, youth ministry brings good to the world

February 5th, 2015

Gloria Josephs with youth group members (l to r) Sarah Connors, Shannon Connors, Addie Egan and Jessica Orlando celebrating Christmas with residents of The Bridge Home at their Christmas party. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – Walking into Gloria Josephs’ office, it is obvious that Josephs loves her job. You are greeted by pictures decorating the walls and adorning the desk depicting smiling children, teenagers and adults in various locations. Amidst the photos is a large calendar which outlines the many activities that Josephs directs each month – the coffeehouse in January, the “Rock-a-Thon” in February, and the annual pasta supper in March, just to name a few.

Announcing new women’s magazine with local ties

February 5th, 2015

45 Magazine logo


Region – Two women who have made their mark within the local literary community will share their expertise on a broader scale with 45 Magazine (45 Mag), a bi-annual online and print journal.

Its editor-in-chief is Zorina Frey, founder of the Literary Arts Open Mic, which has been running for over two years at Tatnuck Bookseller, Gift Gallery and Café in Westborough. When she moved last October from Westborough to Florida, the open mic’s host became Jan Krause Greene, an author and storyteller from Marlborough.

Building a stronger SYFS with Gatsby-style Gala

February 4th, 2015

A black pearl necklace created and donated by Sachs Jewelers specifically for a drawing at the 11th annual Gala to benefit Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services.


Shrewsbury – Support from the community continues to grow for Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS). Last year, a record number of 375 guests attended the agency’s major fundraiser. The event committee’s goal is to match that turnout for the 11th annual Gala to be held Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m., at St. John’s High School.

Polito reflects on early weeks of administration

January 31st, 2015

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito
Photo/Ron Bouley, Bouley Photography

Westborough – Karyn Polito, the commonwealth’s recently installed lieutenant governor, was the opening speaker at the Jan. 29 annual legislative breakfast meeting of the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce. The event, held at the Doubletree Hotel, was attended by nearly 200 local business professionals.

UMass nurse runs Boston Marathon to raise money for ALS

January 31st, 2015

Thin Aung is an avid runner who completed the Worcester Running Festival half-marathon. (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – Thin Aung, 30, is a registered nurse at UMass Medical Center, University Campus. It is what she refers to as her “dream job.” She works the overnight shift in the medical intensive care unit where she takes care of patients with both rare and common diseases. It is here that Aung has come to know her patients and their families on a personal level – sometimes sharing experiences that have made a lasting impression on her. One such experience with a patient with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) motivated Aung, an avid runner, to do more to help. On Monday, April 20, she will run the Boston Marathon for the UMass ALS Cellucci Fund.

Shrewsbury actresses to perform onstage in Worcester

January 29th, 2015

Jackie Fashjian 

Shrewsbury – The Worcester County Light Opera Company (WCLOC) continues its Neil Simon season with “Proposals” directed by Sally Holden. Two of the nine cast members are Shrewsbury residents. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m., from Feb. 6 through 22 at the Grandview Playhouse, 21 Grandview Ave. in Worcester.

Southborough resident turns addiction into action

January 29th, 2015

Danielle Boland

Southborough – Southborough resident Danielle Boland was a successful sales director in the high-tech industry, when a couple of years ago, she decided to completely change her life and her career.

It wasn’t a choice, Boland said, but a necessity.

Northborough’s Rutan to perform locally with ‘Dartmouth Aires’

January 29th, 2015

Recent graduate Ben Rutan sings with Aires at Algonquin Regional High School in 2012.  (File photo/Sue Teplansky)

Region – The annual Wick Choral Festival will be presented at St. Mark’s School, 25 Marlboro Rd., Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30-31, from 7-9 p.m. each day. The event, established in 1992 in memory of St. Mark’s class of 1933 graduate Myron A. Wick Jr., showcases local a cappella groups. For information visit www.stmarksschool.org.

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