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Local woodworker refurbishes chairs for charity

December 13th, 2014

Northborough resident Forest Lyford shows the refurbished seat from a recent chair repair project. (Photo/Michael Gelbwasser)

Northborough – Dilapidated chairs find their way into Northborough resident Forest Lyford’s basement woodworking workshop and are helping Northborough groups raise funds during this holiday season.

Northborough volunteer treasures flowers and friends

December 13th, 2014

Francesca “Cessy” Bombara (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – Francesca “Cessy” Bombara likes to be busy. The Northborough resident divides her time between the Northborough Garden Club, where she serves as co-president with Amy Graham, and the Friends of Northborough Seniors, where she is secretary on the Board of Directors. She is also corresponding secretary for the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc., and runs a small, private business out of her home for close friends and family, “Flowers by Francesca.”

Northborough nonprofit helps bring holiday spirit to homeless families

December 13th, 2014

Julie Stanwood, founder of Friends of Families in Transition. (Photo/Melanie Petrucci)

Northborough – Divine intervention sometimes places people in the right situations at the right time. Such was the case with Julie Stanwood in November 2011. Stanwood, a veteran volunteer for many social service organizations, was central Massachusetts’ coordinator for Birthday Wishes, an organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children in shelters throughout Massachusetts. Stanwood was helping out at a Thanksgiving dinner distribution in Northborough sponsored by The Helping Hands Association, when a volunteer working with the homeless at the Econolodge came in to inquire if there was extra food that she could take back to the motel. Stanwood discovered there were 19 homeless families living at the Econolodge in Northborough and didn’t have any food for Thanksgiving.

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.

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 [...]

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