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Grafton community leaders share story time with students

April 29th, 2015

Police Chief Normand Crepeau reads “Officer Buckle and Gloria” to second-graders.

Grafton – Twenty-five special guests were welcomed April 27 by second- to sixth-graders at North Street Elementary School (NSES) for the sixth annual Community Reading Day, organized by the North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group. Most books were selected because they relate to the students’ curriculum or the readers’ professions; others were chosen and brought by the guests.

Native Southborough resident shares research on elusive wolverines

April 25th, 2015

Rebecca Watters gives a presentation at the Southborough Community House April 16.

Southborough – Wildlife biologist Rebecca Watters, a Southborough native and graduate of Algonquin Regional High School, came back to her hometown April 16 to give a presentation about her experience and studies on wolverines at the Southborough Community House. Watters currently lives in Bozeman, Mont., and goes on yearly expeditions to the northern Mongolian mountains where she conducts extensive research on these rare animals.

Northborough resident retires from Marine Corps Reserves after 21 years

April 21st, 2015

Conway, his wife, Naoko, their three kids: Satoshi, Kaz, and Niko and Conway’s mother, Bernice R. Conway the night of Conway’s retirement party at the Vincent F. Picard American Legion Post 234 in Northborough
Photo/Debra Roberts

Northborough – Enduring a long-distance relationship, being deployed overseas when you are just starting a family, facing dangerous situations and not knowing what the future holds for you when you return – these are just a few of the many sacrifices made by our servicemen. Northborough resident Kevin P. Conway and his family have lived with these sacrifices for over two decades. On April 1, Conway retired after 21 years of serving his country as a United States Marine non-commissioned officer.

Northborough Library patrons ‘ate their words’

April 21st, 2015

Second grader Julia Mikolajczak with her edible book, “The Tiny Seed

Northborough – Folks of all ages were invited to “eat their words” as the Northborough Library served up its inaugural Edible Book Festival celebration on March 30. This event is a worldwide celebration held on or around April 1. The global event was initiated by Judith A. Hoffberg and Beatrice Coron in 2000. It was developed to celebrate the birthday of French gastronome, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), who was famous for his book “Psysiologie du goût,” which was described as “a witty meditation on food.”

Kennedy’s invites Marlborough seniors to celebrate Red Sox’s season opener

April 17th, 2015

Ron Bellin gets into the spirit.

Marlborough – On any given day, Kennedy’s Restaurant in Marlborough is a bustling, busy place at lunch time. But on April 13 there was an extra charge of excitement in the air as nearly 70 of the city’s senior citizens converged upon the restaurant to celebrate the Boston Red Sox’s home season opener.

For the past few years, Kerry, the restaurant’s bar manager, has held a big kick-off party to celebrate the start of the baseball season. The staff all wear baseball t-shirts and there are traditional snacks, such as peanuts and popcorn, on all the tables.

Hundreds help Northborough boy bump for cancer cause

April 14th, 2015

Liam playing hockey with Boston Bruins mascot "Blades"

Northborough – Nearly 500 Northborough friends and fans of came out on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to support nine-year-old Liam Fitzgerald fundraising event, “Get Your Bump On.”

Three Marlborough basketball teams win at State Youth Championships

April 9th, 2015

The Marlborough seventh-grade girls’ team: (front row) Ballgirl Caroline Binkewicz; (middle row, l to r) Chloe Wing, Jessica McNeil, Kathleen Binkewicz, Lucy Cappadona and Sharon Rivera; (back row, l to r) Alexia DeFreitas, Diana Bibinski, Ashanti Coston, Coach Paul Vaccaro, Sarah Orentlich and Serena Howes.

Marlborough – The winner’s circle at the recent Massachusetts State Youth Basketball Championships had a definite local flavor to it with Marlborough’s fifth-grade boys’ and both seventh- and eighth-grade girls’ teams taking home state titles. The state tournament included top teams from the various travel youth basketball leagues throughout Massachusetts. Representing the South Central Mass. [...]

Marlborough hotel hosts Shrewsbury MOVE luncheon

April 7th, 2015

MOVE participants pose with the buffet they prepared.

Marlborough/Shrewsbury – Food was prepared in the kitchen and displayed as a buffet in the banquet room. Place settings were arranged alongside centerpieces. Then 72 guests were welcomed April 3 at the Courtyard by Marriott for the annual luncheon hosted by Shrewsbury High School (SHS) students participating in Mobile On-Site Vocational Education (MOVE).

Snowy day brings spring fun indoors at Peaslee Fair

April 3rd, 2015

Fourth-graders Devon Bair (left) and Victoria Kebartas enjoy a visit with the Peaslee Panda.

Northborough – Marguerite E. Peaslee Elementary School held its annual Kids’ Fair March 28. It may have been snowing outside all day, but the fun was heating up inside the school as kids of all ages enjoyed an indoor carnival with games, crafts, activities and raffles. Local businesses generously sponsored the event or donated items for the silent auction.

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.

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