Northborough/Westborough – Patricia and Paul Maloney, of Northborough and Falmouth, announce the engagement of their son Paul E. Maloney Jr. to Anna-dora C. Scanlan, daughter of Gail and Brian Scanlan of Wyckoff, N.J.
The bride-to-be holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College, New York, N.Y., and a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center and Justice Resource Institute, Brookline. She is employed as a clinical social worker at Boston Medical Center.
The prospective groom, a graduate of Westborough High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Boston College. He is a licensed agent at Dolan & Maloney Insurance Agency in Westborough.
A fall 2015 wedding is planned.
Our new venue was wonderful and full of community members of all ages all day long! “The Friends” donated food items after the fair to Abby’s House in Worcester and the Westborough Fire Station.
For the past 28 years, we have supported the community with programs and financial assistance to community members in need.
We wish all a safe and wonderful holiday season.
Chair, The Friends of Westborough, Inc.
Close to 600 people packed the DoubleTree Hotel ballroom Nov. 3. The event raised more than $18,000 to support educational grants to teachers and administrators from across all six of Westborough’s public schools.
The enthusiastic crowd cheered their favorite teams as they fought through their preliminary rounds and ultimately six teams went on to compete in the final round. Many of the participants added to the festive atmosphere by dressing in costume. The kids got in on the action, too, with games led by Matt Travis of Athletic Revolution.
For more information about the Trivia Bee, the C.A.R.E. program, and the Westborough Education Foundation, go to www.westborougheducationfoundation.com.
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We would like to especially thank the Northborough Police and Northborough DPW who ensured that our runners and walkers safely completed the snow covered 5K course. We also want to thank Wegmans for their generous donation of water and cider for the runners, Table Talk for the amazing donation of pies for all the winners, and Dunkin Donuts who kindly donated breakfast treats for the race participants.
Shrewsbury – Football season is wrapping up in Massachusetts, but as most sixth-graders head into the offseason, a group of talented young players are representing the state in the only national tournament for the grade level. With a large group of players from Middlesex, including four from Shrewsbury, the region has a lot to be proud of as the team advances in the tournament.
The Football University (FBU) national tournament features teams from across the 50 states competing for a chance to prove their worth on the football field. Massachusetts’ sixth-grade team was knocked out in the second round last year, but this year’s squad has already won two games, and they are confident in their abilities, even though this is the first time they’ve competed in a national tournament.
“This is unique in that there are no sixth-grade national tournaments except this one,” Assistant Coach Tom Porrell said. “If you want to play against other states at a sixth-grade level you have to come here.”
The players on the team had to meet a high standard to make it onto the roster. Porrell and the other coaches scouted around 200 players from across the state, with central Massachusetts contributing the most players. That means many of the players have competed against each other, but, according to the group from Shrewsbury, that doesn’t cause any problems with team chemistry.
“Even though we’re rivals we act like we’re all friends, even though we haven’t been playing together long,” said Kealan Green, a linebacker and receiver from Sherwood Middle School in Shrewsbury.
Green, along with Sherwood teammates Josh Antonio (fullback and nose tackle), Jack Carlstrom (guard and defensive end) and Justin Toon (tailback and running back) represent Shrewsbury’s contribution to the team. All four were excited for the tournament, but also mentioned the coaching they were receiving and how it would figure into Sherwood’s success next year.
“I have trouble running low, so they’re teaching me how to run harder and lower,” Antonio said.
Toon, whose father Marlon is an assistant coach on the team, mentioned the adjustment players have to make when going from one rule set to another (FBU uses “federation rules”).
“You can’t jump back onside [as a defensive player], so our coach teaches us to do hard motions to get the defense to jump,” he said.
Carlstrom, who is the only blocker from Shrewsbury, said his technical skills have improved due to the coaching on the FBU team.
“Coach Porrell taught us about how to step, how to stay in front of people,” he said. “It’s a lot of technique.”
The large Middlesex contingent to the FBU team might not have happened if the region didn’t take its football so seriously. Scouting sixth-graders is tough, and Porrell said it’s a good thing that the Shrewsbury kids had their games documented on film.
“Most of the team is from central Massachusetts because I’ve seen them,” Porrell said. “I was contacted by a number of parents from other leagues, but they couldn’t show me film.”
The coaching and recruiting has paid off, as the squad shut out New Hampshire in a round one win and recently beat Rhode Island 52 – 8. Porrell wasn’t willing to make a prediction about how far the team will go, but they’re off to a good start.
“The competition gets very, very intense,” he said. “There’s a lot of speed in this tournament, so if you don’t have speed you’re not going to do very well.”
The team’s season ended Dec. 13 when they lost a close game to Connecticut, 28-24.]]>
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.
A Paper Bag Pageant at the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., Hudson, will be held during the 10:30 a.m. service. In the pageant, congregants are recruited to be part of the story on the spot. 978-562-9180, www.ucmh.org.
A Service of Light at Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough, will be held at 6 p.m. http://trinitynorthborough.org, 508-393-8156.
Chabad of Westborough’s annual Public Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration will be held at Westborough Center at the rotary at 4 p.m. Holiday refreshments will be available including Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins), doughnuts, and hot cocoa. Dreidels will also be given out. Admission is free and open to all members of the community. 508-366-0499, Dvora@chabadwestboro.org.
The annual Caroling on the Common will take place at 7 p.m., on Shrewsbury Common. In the event of extreme weather conditions, the event will be moved to the fellowship hall at First Congregational Church, 19 Church Road. Admission is free, with donations accepted for the Worcester County Food Bank.
Christmas Eve service at Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson, 80 Main St., Hudson, at 7 p.m. Sing your favorite Christmas carols, listen to guest harpist Molly McCaffrey, and experience the beauty and peace of the annual candle-lighting ceremony which concludes the service. 978-562-9180, www.ucmh.org.
Christmas Eve services at Grace Baptist Church, 353 River Road, Hudson, will be held at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. www.gracehudson.org, 978-562-8550.
Christmas Eve service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington St., Hudson, will be held from 5-6:45 p.m. http://stlukeshudson.org, 978-562-2701.
A Christmas Eve Vesperal Liturgy at Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 9 Central St., Marlborough, will be held at 6 p.m. www.stsanargyroi.org, 508-485-2575.
Christmas Eve services at First Church in Marlborough, 37 High St., will be held at 6 p.m. (family service) and 11 p.m. (candlelight service). www.firstchurchnet.com, 508-485-6297.
Christmas Eve services at Trinity Church, 23 Main St., Northborough, will be held at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. http://trinitynorthborough.org, 508-393-8156.
A Christmas Eve service at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 34 Prospect St., Shrewsbury, will be held at 8 p.m. 508-842-2731, www.mtolivetlutheran.org.
A Christmas Eve family service with Festival Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church, 440 Main St., Shrewsbury, will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. http://trinityshrewsbury.org, 508-842-6040.
A Festival Holy Eucharist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 Main St., Southborough, will be held with choir at 10 p.m. www.stmarkssouthborough.org, 508-481-1917.
Christmas Eve services at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 15 Common St., Southborough, will include a Christmas Eve pageant service from 6:30-7:30 p.m., a candlelight service 10-11 p.m., and Jesus’ birthday party from 11 p.m. to 12 a.m. Visit http://pilgrimchurch.us, 508-485-4847.
The Vigil of Christmas at Church of Saint Anne, 20 Boston Road, Southborough, will be held at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 11 p.m. www.stanne-southboro.org, 508-485-0141.
A Christmas Eve candlelight service at Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough, 64 W. Main St., will be held at 5:30 p.m. www.uucsw.org, 508-366-2635.
Christmas Eve services at First United Methodist Church of Westborough, 120 W. Main St., will be held at 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 11 p.m. www.firstumchurch.com, 508-366-4910.
Christmas Eve services at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 W. Main St., Westborough, will be held at 5 p.m. (children’s service), 7:30 p.m. (traditional service), and 11 p.m. (festival service with Gospel Ringers). www.goodshepherdcares.org, 508-366-7095.
Christmas Eve Masses at Saint the Evangelist Church, 70 W. Main St., Westborough, will be held at 4 p.m. (in the church and the parish center), 6 p.m. (family Mass with parish pageant), 8 p.m., 9:30 p.m. (Spanish language Mass), and 11 p.m. (Mass with the Parish Choir). http://stlukes-parish.org, 508-366-5502.
Christmas Eve services at Congregational Church of Westborough, 57 W. Main St., will be held at 5 p.m. (children’s service) and 7 p.m. (candlelight service). www.uccwestboro.org, 508-366-2000.
Christmas Day service at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 5 Washington St., Hudson, will be held from 10-11 a.m. http://stlukeshudson.org, 978-562-2701.
Christmas Day Liturgy at Saints Anargyroi Greek Orthodox Church, 9 Central St., Marlborough, will be held at 10 a.m. www.stsanargyroi.org or call 508-485-2575.
Christmas Day worship at First Church in Marlborough, 37 High St., will be held at 10 a.m. www.firstchurchnet.com, 508-485-6297.
Holy Eucharist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 27 Main St., Southborough, will be held at 10 a.m. www.stmarkssouthborough.org, 508-481-1917.
Nativity of the Lord at Church of Saint Anne, 20 Boston Road, Southborough, will be held at 10:30 a.m. www.stanne-southboro.org, 508-485-0141.
Christmas Day Masses at Saint Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 W. Main St., Westborough, will be held at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Mass with the Parish Choir), and 12 p.m. http://stlukes-parish.org, 508-366-5502.
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.”
Over the past several years he has served as an instructor at the Massachusetts Fire Fighting Academy in Stow. He will remain on the staff, in a part-time capacity, and continue working with recruits and new hires, teaching basic fire techniques. He will also teach classes in the officer program, helping the development of leadership skills specific to all departments.
“I get a lot of satisfaction out of sharing my knowledge and experience and combining it with new methods and techniques – all contributing to the public safety of our people,” Fortin said.
He became a call firefighter in 1983 after serving in the auxiliary program, and became a full-time member in June 1988. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1997 and to captain in 2008. He became chief in March 2012.
Upon accepting Fortin’s resignation, Mayor Arthur Vigeant said: “The city of Marlborough is fortunate to have a man like Jim Fortin as our fire chief. His character and integrity are of the highest caliber and I’m sorry that we are losing him. Chief Fortin’s tenure is characterized by a marked increase in department-wide training and education exercises. Programs of note required all command officers to complete courses in incident command tactics and strategies.”
Fortin said he will miss the day-to-day excitement and interaction with everyone, including children in the schools where he has visited numerous times.
“It has been a privilege to serve the people of Marlborough. I have had a very positive working relationship with the mayor, City Council and other city leaders, which has made my job easier throughout my tenure,” he said. “I will miss being an active part of a respected and honorable profession.”
Before joining the Fire Department, Fortin was employed in the residential construction field which is another area he may explore. He said he is planning to “slow down a little” and spend time with his wife, Christine, and their children – Jim Jr. and Jen, both graduates of the Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, as is their father. The chief is also a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College where he earned a degree in fire science.
Fortin said he is working with the mayor’s office to help make a smooth transition for the new interim fire chief.
He received a standing ovation Dec. 15 from the City Council for his years of service during its meeting.
Money raised will fund Venture Crew activities and equipment. Venture Crew 100 is a part of the Boy Scouts of America.
Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Incredibly, he makes his way across the U.S., through Europe, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and finally to Canada and back to the Hollywood sign, by asking strangers for shelter, food, and gas.
Again and again, he’s won over by the generosity of humanity, from the homeless man who shares his blanket to the poor farmer who helps him with his broken down bike, and the HIV-positive mother who takes him in and feeds him. At each stop, he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small.
All are welcome to meet the author. Tatnuck Bookseller is located at 18 Lyman St., the Westborough Shopping Center.