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Westborough girls lacrosse tops Algonquin in season opener

April 9th, 2015

Algonquin’s Christen Foley races upfield with the ball as Westborough’s Olivia Harwood tries to catch her.

Westborough – The Westborough High School Rangers girls lacrosse team defeated the Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks by a score of 10-7 in a game played April 7. The game was the season opener for both teams.

Ocean State Job Lot donates truckloads of food to Worcester County Food Bank

April 9th, 2015

Worcester County Food Bank Executive Director Jean G. McMurray and Ocean State Job Lot Westborough Store Manager Bill Thayer (right) with the truck driver who delivered the donations
Photo/Valerie Franchi

By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer Region – Not one but two 53-foot trucks full of food donations arrived at the Worcester County Food Bank (WCFB) on Route 9 in Shrewsbury April 9, as part of Ocean State Job Lot’s “Three Square Meals” charitable campaign. The WCFB was one of 15 food banks throughout New England, [...]

Algonquin baseball opens season with a win

April 3rd, 2015

Algonquin starting pitcher Connor Henderson prepares to throw a fastball.

By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer Northborough – The Algonquin Regional High School Tomahawks baseball team defeated the Quabbin Regional High School Panthers by a score of 7-0 in its season opener.  The game was played April 2 on the artificial turf fields at the New England Baseball Complex. Ryan Solomon had 2 hits and 3 [...]

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

Cartoon 3.27 Grafton rs

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 

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 

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.

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