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Region to commemorate Veterans Day Nov. 11

November 7th, 2014

Region – The region will commemorate Veterans Day Tuesday, Nov. 11. Here is a preview of local Veterans Day events received as of press time. Visit www.communityadvocate.com and www.facebook.com/communityadvocatenewspaper for additional updates. Westborough – On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, ceremonies to honor Westborough’s veterans will begin at 9 a.m. at Veterans of Foreign War [...]

Arctic weather on tap next week

November 6th, 2014

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By James M. Arnold, Weather Specialist We have, with only a couple of minor exceptions, enjoyed a very nice fall so far.  However, our stretch of good luck does look like it will run out in the next week or so.  Arctic air will begin to drop into the northern plains by the late in [...]

SpencerBANK raises money for breast cancer awareness

October 31st, 2014

Employees donated $5 or more to wear jeans to work in support of breast cancer research. (l to r, front row) Pam Keyes, Sheryle Gaudette, Stacie Moulton, Nicole Rawlston, Chelsea Edwards and Lynne Esposito; (l to r, second row) Pam LeBlanc, Lori Kowal, Maria Campsie, Tim Gardell, Nancy Wilbur, Susan LaCroix, Lucille Newton, Wendy Coran, Lisa Chaffee, Steve Quink, Jennifer Anderson, Jaime Salerno and Rich Hebson. (Photo/submitted)

Region - SpencerBANK recently participated in Lee National Denim Day to benefit the American Cancer Society. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, employees raised $500 to support the fight against breast cancer. Employees were encouraged to donate $5 or more and, in return, were allowed to wear jeans for the day. “When the opportunity arises to raise awareness and [...]

Baypath Humane Society seeks foster families

October 30th, 2014

Two of the animals in need of foster homes. (Photos/submitted)

Region – Baypath Humane Society is reaching out to the community in search of foster homes for dogs and cats. “Foster parents are heroes to us, and to the animals in our care,” said Shelter Director Elizabeth Jefferis. “Nurturing an animal in need is one of the most selfless acts you can make. It makes [...]

Hospice volunteers needed

October 30th, 2014

Region – Hospice volunteers are urgently needed in MetroWest and Central Mass. Those who can offer companionship and support for people facing a life-limiting illness should consider becoming a hospice volunteer at MetroWest HomeCare & Hospice. Direct service hospice volunteers engage with patients, and their caregivers and families, to support a caring and compassionate environment and [...]

Trash recycling in our communities

October 28th, 2014

Region – On Tuesday, Nov. 4, Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to vote on Question 2 – Expanding the Beverage Container Deposit Law. Also known as the Bottle Bill, if passed this law would require deposits on containers for all non-alcoholic non-carbonated drinks in liquid form intended for human consumption, except beverages primarily derived from dairy products, infant formula, and FDA approved medicines.

And as voters and supporters of both sides of the question await the outcome, it is interesting to note what services for trash and recycling are already in place for each of the six towns covered by the Community Advocate. Three of six towns provide curbside service while the remaining three do not.

New agent seeks veterans, families

October 28th, 2014


Region – The towns of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Northborough, and Grafton comprise the Central Massachusetts Veterans District, explained Adam Costello, the newly-appointed veterans’ agent for the area. Adam replaces Richard Perron, a World War II veteran, who passed away in 2013.

An Army veteran, Costello last served as the senior medic with 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Fort Shafter, Hawaii. He served seven years and then returned to Massachusetts.

Engineering student sets example of leadership for her peers

October 25th, 2014

Kayleigh Stevens at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. (Photo/Valerie Franchi)

Region – There are some people who make the rest of us seem like underachievers. Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School senior Kayleigh Stevens is one of those people. The drafting and design student has a list of accomplishments a mile long and keeps adding to that list. On a typical day, she is at school until 9 p.m. and many nights she barely has time to sleep.

Sue Ganas Tolley joins Tina Bilazarian Inc., Realtors®

October 25th, 2014

Boylston – Tina Bilazarian Inc., Realtors® welcomes Sue Ganas Tolley, CNS to the firm as a Realtor-Associate. “Sue’s enthusiasm and professional approach will be a positive addition to our firm,” Tina Bilazarian said. A resident of West Boylston and a native of Shrewsbury, Tolley will specialize in residential, land, new construction, and relocation within Worcester [...]

Commerce Bank launches food drive

October 22nd, 2014

Region – Commerce Bank announced that its 13 offices throughout central Massachusetts are collecting donated food items for the Worcester County Food Bank, to help it feed hungry people living in 60 cities and towns in the region. “Each year, more than 100,000 people in need in Worcester County receive assistance from the Worcester County [...]

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