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Communities deal with winter budget woes

March 3rd, 2015

Region – With the recent record-breaking snow fall this winter, the story is the same in many area towns; over budget for snow and ice removal.

“This winter has been relentless,” said Southborough’s Department of Public Works (DPW) Superintendent Karen Galligan whose department is over budget by about $135,000.

Grafton/BVT hockey falls to Worcester in playoffs

March 2nd, 2015

Grafton/BVT’s Tyler Hart bring the puck up the ice during the first period.

Worcester – The seventh-seed Grafton/BVT Indians boys ice hockey team fell to the second-seed Worcester Wildcats by a score of 5-1 in the quarter final round of Central Division 3A playoffs. The game was played Feb. 28 at Buffone Skating Arena in Worcester.

Two storms predicted for region in next few days

February 28th, 2015

Region – It is hard to believe that we are waiting for yet another plowable snow storm to visit central Massachusetts with the beautiful day in progress today. This is the kind of day some of the old timers referred to as a “weather breeder”. Clear blue skies and light winds are allowing temperatures to moderate a bit and help to melt a little of our deep snow cover. Our temperatures will top out in the low to mid 30s today, and this feels like a heat wave after the severe cold of recent weeks.

Commerce Bank and employees donate $95,000 to United Way of Central Mass.

February 28th, 2015

Commerce Bank presents the United Way of Central Massachusetts with a check for $95,000. Pictured (l to r) are Commerce Bank President and CEO Brian Thompson, Commerce Bank Product Manager Peter Rawinski, United Way Relationship Manager Doreen Thornburg, Commerce Bank Senior Vice President Michael Roy, and United Way President and CEO Timothy Garvin. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Commerce Bank recently presented the United Way of Central Massachusetts with a check for $95,000, representing the donation by the Bank and its employees from their 2014 fundraising campaign. “The United Way of Central Massachusetts is humbled and awed by the generosity of the employees of Commerce Bank and by the example Commerce [...]

Frigid temps to continue for next few days (but no snow!)

February 25th, 2015

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It is perhaps a bit early to be summarizing the month of February 2015, but our weather looks to be quiet for the rest of the month, but continued very cold. Snowfall for the month stands at 49.9 inches here in Shrewsbury and I do not expect any more snow before the end of the month. Add to that the 38.5 inches that fell in the last week of January and we have a total of 88.4 inches of snow accumulating in Shrewsbury over the last 4.5 weeks. The cold has been just as or even more spectacular, as this month is not only on track to be the coldest February since weather records have been kept in Worcester (well over 100 years), but the coldest month ever for any month.

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

February 25th, 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 [...]

Natick Visiting Nurse Association receives donation from Zoup! Soup

February 25th, 2015

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Region  - Natick Visiting Nurse Association (Natick VNA), the area’s premier free-standing, not-for-profit home health care agency, has received a $740 donation from Zoup!, a new fast-casual restaurant in Natick’s Sherwood Plaza. The donation was made after a recent pre-grand opening fundraiser, which was held at Zoup!. Zoup! served 12 of its award-winning soups at [...]

SpencerBANK hires new vice president of commercial lending

February 25th, 2015

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Region – SpencerBANK recently announced the hiring of Tom Moschos as vice president of commercial lending. In his new post, Moschos will be responsible for originating commercial loans for the bank, as well as providing premier customer service to the bank’s existing portfolio of commercial clients. Moschos is an experienced and successful banking professional with [...]

Apple Tree Arts to mark 25 years by partying like it’s 1989

February 24th, 2015

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Grafton – Countless memories are sure to be shared when Apple Tree Arts (ATA) marks its 25th anniversary with guests partying like it’s 1989. A 1980s-themed cocktail and dance party is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Highfields Golf & Country Club, located at 42 Magill Dr. in Grafton.

Local organization helps foster kids ‘rise above’

February 23rd, 2015


Region – Each year, thousands of children in Massachusetts are placed into foster care. While many of the basic primary needs of these children are met by the foster families, there is often not enough financial resources left to provide for some of the extra activities that are part of so many children’s lives and that help them grow into healthy adults.

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