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AstraZeneca to close Westborough facility

December 12th, 2014

AstraZeneca has announced it will be closing its 50 Otis St. location in late 2015. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

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

Ted and Maureen Coghlin 
File photo/Joyce Maranto, Maranto Studios

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.

Selectmen discuss plan to raise SELCO rates

November 28th, 2014

Shrewsbury – Representatives of Shrewsbury Electric and Cable Operations (SELCO) briefed the Board of Selectmen during the board’s Nov. 24 meeting on plans to raise its rates. SELCO, a nonprofit business, plans to raise rates charged to customers in order to pass through increased prices from content providers.

Northborough prepares for holiday season

November 28th, 2014

Northborough – Northborough is more involved in the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots collection program this year.

The Northborough Police Station, at 211 Main St., has become the town’s fourth official drop off site for the drive, which is underway and runs through Dec. 14, Northborough Fire Capt. Robert Theve told the Board of Selectmen Nov. 24.

Metrowest Festival of Trees continues growing

November 27th, 2014

After getting her face painted, Violet Thomas checks out the trees at last year’s festival.

File photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Marlborough – The Marlborough Historical Society added some decorated trees to its Christmas at the Farm, held at their Peter Rice Homestead in 2008. That has grown to become the seventh annual Metrowest Festival of Trees at the Royal Plaza Trade Center. Festivities are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, [...]

Ninth annual Holiday Trolley to be held Dec. 6

November 26th, 2014

Kimberly Reed, of the Purple Rose, (with her husband Tobe) is overseeing the ninth annual Northboro Holiday Trolley. 
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Northborough – The town’s small businesses are once again planning a special holiday shopping event that will feature special offers, events and surprises.

The ninth annual Northboro Holiday Trolley will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 12-5 p.m. The event is sponsored by many of the town’s small business, as well as the new group Northboro Local First, as a way to showcase the different stores, restaurants and community organizations in the town.

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