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Shrewsbury couple to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

June 1st, 2015

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Shrewsbury – It’s been said that love knows no bounds, whether life’s challenges lie in age, health or distance; true love can conquer all. There is one such love story going on in Shrewsbury between Lawrence and Frances Laganelli, who will be celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on June 30. Although health issues have caused both to move a little slower, their love continues to give them strength.

The pair grew up in the same Worcester neighborhood and actually began courting as teenagers. In 1945 they exchanged wedding vows at local Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church. Together they raised three sons – Lawrence Jr., Richard and Mark.

Grafton remembers its war dead on Memorial Day 2015

May 28th, 2015

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Grafton – Several thousand people turned out on May 25 to celebrate Memorial Day in Grafton Center. The parade included hundreds of veterans, volunteers, scouts, and town residents.

Westborough honors it fallen veterans

May 27th, 2015

The Gibbons Middle School band performs during the Memorial Day parade.

Westborough – Memorial Day allows residents to thank the community members who didn’t get to “live the life that we live every day,” as well as their families, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said during a ceremony to commemorate Memorial Day.

“The best we can do is just this,” Polito) told residents during Westborough’s Memorial Day observance, held May 25 in front of the Forbes Municipal Building.

Residents invited to tour Westborough TV’s new facility

May 13th, 2015

(l to r) Tim Novak, studio manager; Karen Henderson, general manager; and Aidan Horrigan, production coordinator

Westborough – There is a resurgence going on in downtown Westborough. The Town Hall is currently undergoing a $7.3 million and the new fire station finally opened in November. The building at 25 W. Main St. has been torn down and replaced with a new multi-floor, multi-use building. And the former Avidia Bank, located at 33 W. Main St., also has a new owner – Westborough TV (WTV). And that is exactly where the nonprofit public access cable station should be, according to General Manager Karen Henderson – right in the heart of the downtown.

Work continues on Town Hall

May 13th, 2015

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Westborough – Crews work on the clock tower of the Westborough Town Hall May 13.

Voters at the March 16, 2013 Annual Town Meeting approved a $7.3 million renovation project for the building, which was built in 1929 and is located in the heart of the downtown area.

Reliant Medical Group to open new walk-in facility in Hudson

May 12th, 2015

Among the Reliant Medical Group representatives participating in the May 11 ribbon-cutting for the new ReadyMED in Hudson are (front, l to r) Stephen Knox, COO; Leon Josephs, M.D., CEO; Kim Gardula, director of same day services, Sherri Jerz, practice manager of ReadyMED in Hudson; and Raj Hazarika, M.D., chair of same day services.

Hudson – Reliant Medical Group offered a preview of its newest ReadyMED urgent care facility in Hudson with a ribbon-cutting and tours May 11 before its official opening Tuesday, May 19. Located at 234 Washington St., the 6,500-square-foot site is easily accessible, noted Raj Hazarika, M.D., chair of same day services.

Moms turn grief into recovery through local support group

May 12th, 2015

Cheryl Juaire (left) and Kathy Leonard with photos of their sons.
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Marlborough – A pair of mothers who lost their sons to drug overdose are using their tragedy to help others.

Kathy Leonard lost her 27-year-old son Jonathan Testa in December and Cheryl Juaire lost her son Corey Merrill, 23, in 2011 – both to heroin overdose.

Groundbreaking held for Grafton’s Town House renovations

May 4th, 2015

Jim Gallagher, speaks on behalf of the Commission on Disability

Grafton – Under brilliant blue skies, town officials and residents gathered at the back of Grafton Town House located at 1 Grafton Common May 2 to celebrate the groundbreaking of the historic landmark’s Phase II Accessibility Project.

The project, which is a venture between the town and the building’s lead tenant, the nonprofit group Apple Tree Arts will bring the building into compliance with Massachusetts Architectural Access Board standards as well as meet current fire safety standards.

Grafton community leaders share story time with students

April 29th, 2015

Police Chief Normand Crepeau reads “Officer Buckle and Gloria” to second-graders.

Grafton – Twenty-five special guests were welcomed April 27 by second- to sixth-graders at North Street Elementary School (NSES) for the sixth annual Community Reading Day, organized by the North Grafton Elementary Schools Parent Teacher Group. Most books were selected because they relate to the students’ curriculum or the readers’ professions; others were chosen and brought by the guests.

Friends set up fundraiser to help man stricken with Lewy Body Dementia

April 29th, 2015

Donna and Dan McDonald with their four grandchildren
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Northborough – Nearly 40 years ago, Donna and Dan McDonald, who were high school sweethearts at Algonquin Regional High School, were married. Together they raised two sons, Jason and Tom, who now each have two children of their own. In 2001 Donna was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which thankfully is in remission for the time being. But that is the not the couple’s main health concern. For in 2012 when he was only 54, Dan, a former truck driver and manager, was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), a disease that is similar to early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

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