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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.

Every great community deserves a great community newspaper

March 25th, 2015

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Grafton –We are excited to announce that starting this week, the Community Advocate has added the town of Grafton to the list of communities we cover. In this issue, you will find stories on many of the interesting and inspiring people that make Grafton such a special place. In addition to this coverage, you will [...]

Binkeez new headquarters will help expand mission of love and comfort

March 24th, 2015

Binkeez founder Susan Posterro (front, center) with volunteers at the dedication of the new headquarters in Shrewsbury Feb. 14
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Grafton/Shrewsbury – Thanks to a local businessman, a nonprofit organization that makes blankets for seriously ill children, teens and young adults now has a new space to store, design, sew and ship their creations.

Shrewsbury resident Carl Cervini donated office space in the commercial park he has owned for 35 years at 420 Boston Turnpike (Route 9) to give Binkeez for Comfort its new headquarters.

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.

Shrewsbury High student spreads ‘enchantment’ to local girls

March 18th, 2015

Madeline Dolan 
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Shrewsbury – Madeline Dolan is currently a junior at Shrewsbury High School. Thanks to a project she started several years ago, One Enchanted Evening, she can also put the title “fairy godmother” on her resume as well. And thanks to her, hundreds of local girls, who couldn’t afford a new prom dress, have been given a beautiful new or slightly used formal dress, at absolutely no cost.

Marlborough High student honors friend’s memory with toy drive

March 17th, 2015

Julia Dougherty and Bernadette LaFollette 
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Marlborough – In her short 15 years of life, Bernadette LaFollette of Marlborough accomplished many things. She was a straight A student at Marlborough High School (MHS), was a member of the school’s marching band, wind ensemble and drama program. She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church where she was an altar server and sang in the children’s choir. Bernadette also loved to write and hoped to publish a book one day. All of this, in spite of a significant heart defect that she was born with. But most importantly, according to Julia Dougherty , Bernadette was a wonderful friend who cared about others and did not let her illness stop her from living life to the fullest.

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.

Worcester Sharks announce ‘A Tribute to Our Fans’ promotional schedule

March 11th, 2015

Worcester Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick
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Worcester – The Worcester Sharks, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks, have announced its “A Tribute to Our Fans” promotional schedule. Highlights will include an appearance by New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the chance for fans to have their picture taken with the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Championship Trophy, and much more as the team ends not only its regular season play but its tenure in Worcester.

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

March 10th, 2015

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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.

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