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Holiday events and services in the local area

December 19th, 2014

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A Living Nativity at St. Stephen’s Church, 3 John St., Westborough, will be held at 6 p.m. at the back of the church of the parking lot. Costumed parishioners will enact the Christmas story to narration from the King James Bible, accompanied by live animals, music and carol singing. Following the pageant, all are invited into the Parish Hall to warm up with hot cider, cocoa and holiday cookies.

A Christmas Cantata will be held at the First Baptist Church of Marlborough, 22 Mechanic St., Marlborough at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Marlborough fire chief retires, will continue fire service training

December 19th, 2014

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Marlborough – Marlborough Fire Chief James Fortin will officially step down as chief at the end of December but will continue to serve in the field of public safety. When he announced his retirement last January, he mentioned his “passion for public safety and the fire services.”

He said, “Educating and instructing future generations of firefighters is something I look forward to doing more of as I move on to pursue new opportunities.”

‘Chair of Honor’ to become moving memorial

December 16th, 2014

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Northborough- The Board of Selectmen accepted during its Dec. 15 meeting POW/MIA Chair of Honor on behalf of the town, with plans to use it as a portable memorial to help remind residents of the approximately 100,000 servicemen and women who remain unaccounted from the nation’s modern wars.

Adam Costello, the director of the Central Massachusetts Veterans District, said missions aimed at recovering the missing are ongoing. He noted that only within recent weeks were the remains of a soldier who died as a prisoner of war in the Korean conflict in 1951 returned home.

Committee requests more information on turf field

December 16th, 2014

Marlborough – A proposal for the city’s first turf field is on hold as the Marlborough City Council Finance Committee waits for more information before making a recommendation to the full council. The request was discussed at the council’s Dec. 15 meeting.

The finance committee, chaired by Councilor-at-Large Michael Ossing, had reviewed a request from Mayor Arthur Vigeant to approve a bond for nearly $4 million to fund the city’s first synthetic turf athletic field which was to be located at the 1 Lt Charles W. Whitcomb Middle School.

AstraZeneca to close Westborough facility

December 12th, 2014

AstraZeneca has announced it will be closing its 50 Otis St. location in late 2015. 
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Westborough – AstraZeneca has announced that it will be closing its facility located at 50 Otis St. at the end of 2015. As a result, 180 employees will be losing their jobs.

Edwin B. “Ted” Coghlin, Jr., 79, noted businessman, community leader and philanthropist

December 12th, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Edwin B. “Ted” Coghlin, Jr., 79, noted businessman, community leader and philanthropist died Dec. 10 after a fall at his home.

Annual Sweats for Vets drive under way

December 4th, 2014

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Region – Sweats for Vets is in its fourth year of providing clothing to homeless veterans in Massachusetts. In 2013, they donated 370 Boston team sweatshirts that were passed out at the Veterans, Inc., homeless shelter in Worcester and the New England Center for Homeless Veterans in Boston.

The initiative was started by Mark Vital, a veteran and a sixth-grade teacher at Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School (AMSA) in Marborough, as a way to provide sports-related sweatshirts to homeless veterans at Christmastime.

Northborough winter parking ban begins Dec. 1

November 30th, 2014

Northborough – The Northborough Police Department reminds residents of guidelines regarding winter season issues, including the town’s winter parking ban, requirements for clearing and treating sidewalks, and displacing snow into the street. According to town codes, residents with property abutting a sidewalk must remove snow within six hours and, if the surface is slippery, treat [...]

Volunteers needed to ring kettle bells for nonprofit organization

November 28th, 2014

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Regional – The Salvation Army (TSA) has officially kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign with bell ringers popping up in parking lots throughout the area. This holiday season TSA has partnered with locally based Friends of Families in Transition (FFIT), offering to “pay” the organization an hourly rate for every bell ringing shift that is covered by a volunteer.

Westborough to switch to one polling venue

November 28th, 2014


Westborough –Westborough residents will vote only at Westborough High School (WHS) – not three other schools, depending on their address – starting with the next election.

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