Paula J. Owen, Telegram & Gazette

Paula J. Owen

Telegram & Gazette

Worcester, MA, United States

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Past articles by Paula:

Director of the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury stepping down; audit coming soon

MILLBURY - The town is poised to launch an audit of the Asa Waters Mansion bookkeeping.Town Manager David J. Marciello is hoping to hire an auditor by the end of the week, he said on Friday.Meanwhile, the director of the mansion, John K. McElroy II, told the mansion's governing board last week that he plans to leave the historic town landmark. Mr. McElroy said he will stay on for at least a… → Read More

Sutton voters to decide Monday on fire engine, zoning changes

SUTTON - Voters at annual town meeting Monday will decide on a $33.2 million budget that includes nearly $16 million for the school department, a 2.3 percent increase over this fiscal year's budget, and $1.863 million for the Police Department, up 3 percent.The town meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Sutton High School, 383 Boston Road.Town Manager James A. Smith said several requests on… → Read More

Millbury fire victim still in critical condition; was a hoarder

MILLBURY – A 42-year-old South Oxford Road man was in critical condition Wednesday, suffering from severe burns and other injuries caused from a fire that started in his kitchen while he was sleeping, according to Fire Chief Richard P. Hamilton Jr.Fire Lt. Francis B. King was also brought to the hospital for a medical issue as a precaution, the chief said. He was released.The Fire Department… → Read More

Millbury police seek to charge substitute teacher who brought ammunition to school

MILLBURY — A substitute teacher was fired last week after bullets allegedly fell from his pockets in a pre-kindergarten classroom, and police → Read More

Dog's life: at Worcester funeral home, memorial service for Angus

WORCESTER - Angus O'Malley Garcia's obituary describes a life filled with the simple joys of being a human: trips to Martha's Vineyard replete with fish → Read More

Sun, snow bring visitors to Wachusett Mountain on Sunday

PRINCETON – It may be spring with temperatures in the 50s and sunny, but there was still lots of snow and plenty of visitors Sunday at the → Read More

Sun, snow bring visitors to Mt. Wachusett Sunday

PRINCETON – It may be spring with temperatures in the 50s and sunny on Sunday, but there was still lots of snow and visitors to the Mt. Wachusett ski area, which will remain open through April 8 if the weather cooperates.Jarrod A. Tshudy, 18, of Westminster, customer service supervisor at Mt. Wachusett ski area for three years, said there was a great turnout of visitors to the mountain Sunday.… → Read More

Sunday Sitdown: George M. Mirijanian, chess player at Wachusett Chess Club

FITCHBURG – George M. Mirijanian, 75, joined the Wachusett Chess Club in high school after his best friend taught him the game. He has played ever since, encouraging others along the way, producing a chess program “Chess Chat” on the local cable station Fitchburg Access Television since 2006 and writing a weekly chess column for more than 30 years.He also learned to speak multiple languages over… → Read More

Teamwork wins gold at Special Olympics for Wachusett area

HOLDEN – Liam R. Frick, 5, usually watches his 9-year-old brother, Owen, play hockey, but on Thursday in the gym at Wachusett Regional High School, Liam got to play hockey himself during the school’s annual Special Olympics games.Derek J. VanOudenhove, Wachusett Regional School District physical education teacher and Special Olympics director for the district, said it is the sixth year the… → Read More

Those Who Served: Jeanne and Christian de Marcken help vets retrace steps in Belgium

WORCESTER - She was only 14 years old, riding a tram with her 16-year-old sister through Belgium to visit their eldest sister, when passengers heard the → Read More

Twin Cities Rail Trail design hearing set for Wednesday in Leominster

LEOMINSTER – Preliminary design of the Twin Cities Rail Trail will be aired at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hilton Doubletree → Read More

Tears and laughter punctuate the final service at Christ Lutheran Church in West Boylston

West Boylston's Christ Lutheran Church, organized in 1958, is closing because of a long decline in membership and funding and is in negotiations with Next Level Church, a nondenominational Christian church, to buy the building. → Read More

Program gives local small businesses insights, chance to grow

WORCESTER — Renee A. King Diaz, owner of The Queen’s Cups gourmet cupcake shop on Water Street, said she wanted to go back to school to take some business courses, but didn’t have the time while running her business full-time and managing 26 employees.Ms. King Diaz graduated from Worcester State University with a psychology degree with plans of becoming a counselor years earlier and hadn’t… → Read More

Sunday Sitdown: Kristine K. Bostek, president and CEO of You Inc.

WORCESTER - Kristine K. Bostek, 50, president and CEO of YOU Inc., assumed the agency’s leadership role about two years ago.She previously served as vice president of senior care services at Fallon Health, leading strategic, business and growth planning, as well as marketing, outreach and relationship management with providers, community partners, advocacy organizations and government… → Read More

Leominster touts its fully funded pension system

LEOMINSTER – Leominster is the first municipality in the state to fully fund its pension system, according to Mayor Dean Mazzarella, who credits → Read More

Childhood pals turned WWII vets from Worcester reunite after 70+ years

WEST BOYLSTON – There was something about the two World War II veterans’ stories that seemed so similar to Becky Gardner, a social worker at → Read More

Sunday Sitdown: Robert W. Curley Jr., president of the North Quabbin Trails Association

ATHOL - Robert W. "Bobby" Curley Jr., president of the North Quabbin Trails Association, is passionate about trail use in the region, spending countless hours the last seven years working on the trails and its maps that allow novice and avid hikers alike a guide to some of the most beautiful nature trails in the state. Mr. Curley, 61, who grew up in Boston, said he immediately contacted the… → Read More

Clinton residents at housing complex fearful after neighbor found dead

CLINTON – Residents at the elderly and disabled housing complex on Water Street managed by the Clinton Housing Authority say they are scared after → Read More

Area families of diabetics fight soaring cost of insulin

After losing state-funded medical coverage because of a slight increase in income, Tina and Eric Sunden of Auburn say they are struggling financially each → Read More

Ashburnham couple re-create 1969 wedding night at Old Sturbridge Village

STURBRIDGE – After 50 years of marriage, instead of celebrating on a cruise or traveling abroad, Robert F. Johnson Jr. and his wife, Carolyn, → Read More