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Luthier lives the dream in Grafton

March 26th, 2015

Steve Beckwith

Grafton – Steve Beckwith was already living the dream before he and his wife Jan relocated to Grafton from Bolton this past fall. Beckwith, who left behind a high-stress, senior management position to launch his second career as a luthier – a craftsperson who builds and repairs guitars and other stringed instruments – is hoping that the move will make that dream just a little more visible.

Rocking around third annual sock hop for cancer charities

March 25th, 2015


Marlborough – Poodle skirts, saddle shoes and vintage denim jackets were popular attire March 21 at the Marlborough Moose Family Center 1129 as guests attended the third annual “Rock Around the Clock Sop Hop.” Presented by two fundraising groups, Team Vikki and the Hot Walkers, proceeds will go to the Just ‘Cause Breast Cancer Walk and the Marlborough-Hudson Relay for Life. Team captains Vikki Crowley and Pauline Smith are this event’s co-chairs.

It’s a jungle out there for Mr. MHS 2015 pageant

March 23rd, 2015

Gathered after the pageant are (l to r) Connor Bailey, second runner-up; Billy Garcia Mateo, the newly crowned Mr. MHS 2015; Sophie Baird, Miss Massachusetts Teen 2015, who served as a judge; and Peter DiPersio, first runner-up, wearing a bald cap from a previous skit.

Marlborough – Fifteen contestants representing classes, clubs and sports teams good-naturedly competed in categories including legs, talent, formalwear and interview at the 26th annual Mr. Marlborough High School (MHS) Pageant, presented March 20 at the 1LT. Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School Auditorium. This year’s pageant theme was “jungle,” featuring a song-and-dance number from “The Lion King.”

Running a green streak on St. Patrick’s Day

March 20th, 2015

Leading the annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run out of the Finnegan’s Pub parking lot are Jim McKenna, HCS president (center), with flag-bearers Jean Clark and Annette Fillion.

Hudson – Members of the Highland City Striders (HCS) ran a green streak March 17 in its annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run, an untimed 3.17-mile course beginning and ending at Finnegan’s Pub.

Gala benefits SYFS with ‘Great Gatsby Glamour’

March 16th, 2015

The Honey Taps entertain guests with a song-and-dance number.

Shrewsbury – Many of the over 300 guests were appropriately dressed for the “Great Gatsby Glamour” theme while attending the 11th annual Gala to support Shrewsbury Youth & Family Services (SYFS). The agency’s major fundraiser was held March 14 at St. John’s High School.

Marlborough boys basketball fall just short in run to state championship

March 16th, 2015

(l to r) Nelson Zompetti, Joseph Tirpak, Jose DeLaCruz and Brian Short watch Danvers receive their championship trophy.

Worcester – The Marlborough High School Panthers boys basketball fell to the Danvers High School Falcons by a score of 52-49 in the State Division 2 Finals March 14. The game was played at the DCU Center in Worcester. Danvers has now won the Division 2 state championship three times in the past four years. This was Marlborough’s first trip to the state finals.

Thanks to Bruins, young fan has ‘greatest sports experience’

March 10th, 2015

In Andy Brickley's NESN Seat rs

Northborough – In sports-obsessed New England, every fan has an opinion about their favorite team. Andrew Roberts is one of them – he loves sports so much, he started his own blog, Boston SportsMania. But what separates Andrew from the other “armchair” pundits is that he is only 11.

Shrewsbury celebrates the Chinese New Year

March 10th, 2015

Shrewsbury – Over 800 people gathered at Oak Middle School March 1 to celebrate the traditional start of the Chinese New Year, which this year is known as the Year of the Goat, Sheep and Ram.

Preschoolers spend quality time with someone they love

March 7th, 2015

Oliver Gontarz, 4, relaxes with his mother Alison as they approach the buffet table.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Marlborough – Children excitedly welcomed their guests to the “Someone I Love Tea” the morning of Feb. 25 at the Happy Hours Preschool, located in the Pleasant Street Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest. Each preschooler invited a special person including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, [...]

Westborough Education Foundation grant funds immigration day for second-graders

March 6th, 2015

Second-graders at Fales Elementary School disembark from the ship bringing them to America.

Westborough – Second-grade students at the Annie E. Fales Elementary School were able to experience immigration to the United States as it was in the early 1900s, thanks to a grant furnished by the Westborough Education Foundation (WEF). The grant money was used by second-grade teachers Kathy Swanson and Patty Gallo for the program entitled [...]

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