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Mass. Academy of Math and Science students excel at international math contest

February 19th, 2015

Region – A team of students from the Mass. Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute placed in the top 3 percent at a worldwide, high school math competition in which students used mathematics to solve real-world modeling problems. The team composed of Dari DeWalt, of Ayer; Isay Katsman and Dan Larrabee, of [...]

Pedal to End Cancer fundraiser March 1

February 18th, 2015

Region -  The 11th annual American Cancer Society’s Pedal to End Cancer, a three-hour spinning event in which participants solicit sponsors and test their endurance to raise funds for cancer research and patient services, will be held Sunday, March 1 at health clubs across New England. Since Pedal to End Cancer began as Spin for [...]

Only a few inches of snow expected during Tuesday’s storm

February 16th, 2015

Region – We have yet another disturbance heading our way but this one looks like only a glancing blow for central Massachusetts. After a beautiful but very cold day, the Shrewsbury area will see clouds increase during the later portion of the evening. The cloud cover will help to cut radiational cooling off and we will not reach any outrageous cold by morning, with low temperatures of about zero in most places. Light snow will break out around dawn tomorrow.

Grafton High School on the ‘leading edge’ of education

February 16th, 2015

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester observes sophomore students using their iPads in English class at Grafton High School.
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Grafton – After being on the verge of losing its accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., in 2008, Grafton High School is now a blazing a trail in the state with its 1:1 iPad program, according to Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester.

“Grafton is on the leading edge of what we are seeing more and more in the districts,” he said.

Grafton Suburban is now Homefield Credit Union

February 15th, 2015

(l to r) Kelly Benoit, assistant vice president of marketing, products and customer service; Lloyd Hamm Jr., president and CEO; and associates Carol Bagdis, Estelle Peters and Maureen Wojnar
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Grafton – For nearly 50 years, the Grafton Suburban Credit Union has served the banking needs of thousands of local residents as well as businesses. On Feb. 11, the bank started a new chapter, as it officially changed its name to Homefield Credit Union (HCU).

Weekend storm to be followed by bitter cold

February 14th, 2015

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Region – After a very cold morning where the temperature reached a low of -12.8 degrees at my home, temperatures have moderated a bit and light snow has begun. Over the last hour or so, radar returns indicate precipitation filling in and becoming a bit banded at this early time. I have no overall changes to the outlook from several days ago and the storm is about to begin to redevelop off the southern New Jersey coast, though this location is just a bit more to the south than I had thought earlier.

Possible ‘disruptive’ storm could hit region this weekend

February 11th, 2015

Region – Now that our most recent storm is history, we can relax for a few hours before our attention turns to the next in the seemingly endless stream of winter storms to impact the Shrewsbury area. The most recent snowfall resulted in 16.4 inches falling on Shrewsbury, bringing our 18 day total to 71.8 inches. Go to the link below for the most recent snow totals from across southern New England. Rockland won the prize this time with 31 inches and there were many communities reporting more than 24 inches.

Get ready – another 12-20 inches of snow on the way

February 8th, 2015

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Region – Although we have a lull in snowfall for now, it will redevelop during the late afternoon and should continue unabated until around dawn Tuesday. Snow will become moderate to occasionally heavy tonight and continue throughout the day tomorrow before tapering off and ending early Tuesday morning. Most of the snowfall rates will be in the light to moderate range with some heavy bursts, but over a 42 hour period, a lot of snow will accumulate.

SpencerBANK hires new senior vice president

February 8th, 2015


Region – SpencerBANK announced the hiring of John T. Lund as senior vice president/revenue officer. Lund will work closely with the bank’s executive officers to enhance SpencerBANK’s profitability, revenue growth and risk management. “We are excited to welcome John to SpencerBANK. His financial expertise and depth of experience are an excellent addition to our executive team. [...]

Snow, snow and yet more snow on the way

February 5th, 2015

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Region – It looks like we are also setting up for the snow equivalent of “death by a thousand cuts”, as beginning Saturday afternoon, central Massachusetts will come under the influence of at least two minor weather system that will bring snow our way during Saturday afternoon and again Sunday morning. There will also be a northeast wind throughout the period which will augment the snow from the two systems and will also cause snow to continue lightly during the period between the two minor systems. This will continue into Sunday night and while none of these events will be particularly noteworthy, they will be responsible for bringing accumulations of 5 to 10 inches to much of our region by then. Then, on Monday (what else) a more organized and important system will be forming off the southeast coast and will begin to move in our direction. There are still too many moving parts to this to predict a track with any certainty for this storm, but it does have the potential for a significant impact on much of the state of Massachusetts and could extend our snowy period into Tuesday afternoon..

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