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Community celebrates 25th anniversary of giving

December 6th, 2014

Nanette Roberge and her award-winning father Chef Leon Roberge pose with his sculpture, adorning his shrimp and raw bar.

Marlborough – Hundreds of guests supported the 25th annual Evening of Giving, held Dec. 4 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel. They sampled offerings from 29 eateries, then treated themselves to make-your-own-sundaes from Trombetta’s Farm.

Ringing the bell to help those in need

December 6th, 2014

Dru Lindgren, the Marlborough Friends of Families in Transition coordinator and State Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, work a shift outside the Price Chopper store in Marlborough. 
Photo/courtesy Barbara Clifford

Marlborough – Volunteers from across all spectrums have stepped up to man shifts ringing the Salvation Army (TSA) bell this season as a way to benefit locally based Friends of Families in Transition (FFIT). TSA is “paying” the organization an hourly rate for every bell ringing shift that is covered by a volunteer.

After slow start, Shrewsbury organization hopes for donations for toys for kids in need

December 5th, 2014

(l to r): Ali Manzello, Michaella Petrucci, Colin Buckley, and Max Kotsopoulos hold some of the presents donated to the 10th annual charity toy drive for children hosted by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) and the Worcester County Department for Children and Families. 

Shrewsbury – The 10th annual charity toy drive for children hosted by Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS) and the Worcester County Department for Children and Families (DCF) has unfortunately gotten off to a slow start this year. Toy collection boxes have remained nearly empty. But a kind-hearted Shrewsbury family is hoping that their recent large donation of toys will help to inspire others to “pay it forward.”

‘Be a Santa for a Senior’ program kicks off in Northborough

December 2nd, 2014

Kelly Burke, Northborough Senior Center; Dee Jordan, Home Instead Senior Care, Northborough office; and Kate Shaw, branch manager, Central One Federal Credit Union, Northborough
Photo/Cindy Merchant

Northborough – This season, many Northborough seniors who are alone or impoverished will receive some holiday cheer thanks to the “Be a Santa to a Senior® “ program. Sponsored by the Northborough Home Instead Senior Care® office, the program brings together businesses, volunteers and members of the community to provide gifts and companionship for lonely and isolated seniors.

Anderson and Trainor join Westborough Fire Department

December 2nd, 2014

Westborough’s new firefighters Logan Trainor (l) and Corey Anderson

Westborough – Corey Anderson and Logan Trainor are the newest firefighters to join the Westborough Fire Department. The two men are graduates of the 220th class of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy’s (MFA) 45- day Career Recruit Firefighting Training Program. A graduation ceremony was held at the Department of Fire Services headquarters in Stow Nov. 21.

Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services to honor Dr. Harvey G. Clermont with Cutting Award

December 1st, 2014

Dr. Harvey G. Clermont poses for a photo in front of St. Anne's Medical Clinic in Shrewsbury. 
Photo/ Courtesy Joyce Maranto of Maranto Studios

Shrewsbury – The Board of Directors of Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services (SYFS), along with Executive Director Terry Cassidy, have announced that the organization will be hosting its 11th annual gala, “Building A Stronger SYFS,” Saturday,  March 14, 2015, at Saint John’s High School, starting at 6 p.m. Chairing this year’s gala will be Melissa [...]

Shrewsbury Patriots Division 12 cheerleaders to compete in nationals

December 1st, 2014

The Shrewsbury Patriots Division 12 cheerleaders are headed for national championship competition in Orlando, Fla.

Shrewsbury – For the second year in a row, the Shrewsbury Patriots Division 12 cheerleaders are heading to national championship competition. The Division 12 team, coached by Erly Scott, is the first Shrewsbury team to attend Nationals for two consecutive years.

After placing first in the American Youth Cheerleading (AYC) local competition in Lowell, the D12 team was up against tough competitors from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut at the AYC Regional Competition held in Manchester, N.H. Nov. 22. The girls placed second, earning a spot at the 2014 AYC National Championship which will be held in Orlando, Fla. Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14.

Rotary Club lights downtown Westborough for holidays

December 1st, 2014

The Kane brothers – Steven, 5, and Matthew, 2 – are appropriately dressed to meet Santa at the Festival of Lights.

Westborough – The Rotary Club of Westborough continued its tradition to brighten downtown Nov. 30 during the annual Festival of Lights. Festivities began with members of the Westborough High School (WHS) Chorus leading a sing-along of carols.

Hundreds ‘gobble wobble’ on snow-lined course

November 28th, 2014

Kris Zieb and Savana Dorsey are dressed to start the turkey day race.

Southborough – Hundreds of runners and walkers worked up a Thanksgiving appetite Nov. 27 by participating in the eighth annual Gobble Wobble 5K Road Race and Two-Mile Walk, beginning and ending at Trottier Middle School. Despite recovering from a snowstorm that morning, most of the 1,172 supporters who registered did participate. Only the Kids Fun Run was canceled.

Small business leaders donate vehicle to local veteran

November 28th, 2014

Members of the All Car Care team (in long-sleeved blue shirts) stand next to the car they helped restore with (l to r) Chuck Lundberg, Clean & Green Car Wash and Detail Center, Howard Priest, Ed Cunningham, Denise Sullivan, Michael Aspesi of Ted’s of Fayville, Inc., and Carl Bruso Jr. of Framingham Ford Lincoln.

Photo/Valerie Franchi

Region – A local veteran in need was presented with a Ford Taurus sedan Nov. 25 through Veterans Inc.’s Vehicle for Vets program and the donations of small businesses across Central Mass. and Metrowest.

Ed Cunningham was the lucky applicant selected by the Vehicles for Vets Committee, based on need and deservedness, according to committee member Dale Proulx.

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