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Past articles by Sandy:

Sudbury voters approve both local ballot questions

SUDBURY – Voters in town approved both of the two local questions on the ballot, in an election that featured record numbers of early voters. → Read More

OPINION/#ConfabNE:Are the problems at the post office going to change how you vote? Here's what you said.

#ConfabNE is a conversation that publishes in 15 Gannett New England newspapers in five states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode → Read More

OPINION / #ConfabNE: Should we pause or rollback reopening plans?

#ConfabNE is a conversation that publishes in 15 Gannett New England newspapers in five states: New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and Rhode → Read More

Sudbury group seeks to replace community center

Mara Huston, of the Sudbury Parks and Recreation Commission, said that because the senior center and Parks and Recreation Department share space at Fairbank, seniors are limited in when they can schedule programs. → Read More

First Parish of Sudbury to hear Rev. Fred Small on Sunday

SUDBURY - The Rev. Fred Small's life journey has taken him to Yale University, all over the world as a folk singer, law school, divinity school and parish → Read More

Westborough schools delay start until Sept. 6

WESTBOROUGH — Construction delays at the Hastings and Armstrong Elementary Schools have pushed back the first day of school to Sept. 6.School was → Read More

Westborough High School grads complete Appalachian Trail

WESTBOROUGH - Nos. 133 and and 134. Numbers that mark an accomplishment that few start, and even fewer finish. Eamonn Mazur (133) and John O'Connell → Read More

Friends of Shrewsbury Crew team looking to purchase new shells

SHREWSBURY - The high school crew teams have the benefit of having their practice field be one of the premier crew courses in the area. And while the high school has had a crew team since 1937, when it was founded by then-Shrewsbury resident Ken Burns (for whom the Burns Bridge is named), it does not have the luxury of having state-of-the-art equipment. Crew shells, which are made of a… → Read More

Shrewsbury light department holds programs for Earth Day

SHREWSBURY — The Shrewsbury Public Library's meeting room was abuzz as students and parents (grandparents) stopped in to make a succulent garden.Sponsored by SELCO, the Shrewsbury Electric Light Company, the Little Gardeners program provided children in kindergarten through fourth grade an opportunity to plant their own easy to care for garden.Jackie Pratt, marketing and customer care manager… → Read More

Southborough native is rapping his Celtics pride

NEW YORK - Southborough native Charlie Cooper is at it again. With the Boston Celtics up 2-0 over the Bucks, Cooper is hopeful that his second Celtics rap → Read More

Northborough voters to consider CPA spending, pot establishments

NORTHBOROUGH — Voters will need to make their way through 35 articles at Monday's Annual Town Meeting before deciding on the fate of marijuana establishments in town.The warrant includes the fiscal 2019 budget, which totals $64.1 million in spending. On the warrant are $21,068,876 for general government, $24,265,593 for the Northborough K-8 School budget, $11,933,763 for the Algonquin Regional… → Read More

Shrewsbury Fire Department holds awards night

SHREWSBURY — In addition to recognizing the members of the department who have made a difference in the department and town, Fire Chief Jim Vuona added a new recruit to his staff: Barbara Donahue.Vuona honored six members of the department at the third annual awards ceremony, before naming Donahue an honorary firefighter."I appoint you Shrewsbury's first and only honorary firefighter," Vuona… → Read More

Westborough High senior to represent U.S. in ski championships in Sweden

WESTBOROUGH — While it's not unusual to go skiing over spring break, Kalman Heims is taking it to a completely different level. Heims, 17, is one of eight skiers who will represent the United States in the Freestyle Junior World Championships in Duved, Sweden, where he will compete in the moguls events. The Westborough High School senior qualified by finishing third in the NORAM (North American)… → Read More

Dretler, Nerssessian elected in Sudbury

SUDBURY — Voters in the annual town election chose Janie Dretler for the Board of Selectmen and Silvia Nerssessian for the School Committee. → Read More

Therapy dogs bring companionship and joy to nursing home residents

WESTBOROUGH —One of the highlights of Doris Ouellette's day is when Rosemary visits."She's so soft and cuddly, such a great lap dog," Ouellette said. "It's great to have her here."Rosemary, a 9-year-old coton de tulear therapy dog and her owner, Kathy Sawyer, usually come to Beaumont on Thursdays, but made a special visit this week on Tuesday, where they met up with Maui, a 3-year-old golden… → Read More

Incumbent loses seat on Westborough Board of Selectmen

WESTBOROUGH — Challengers Shelby Marshall and Syed Hashmi for the Board of Selectmen were elected to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, ousting incumbent selectman George Barrette.There were two seats available on the board because former selectman Denzil Drewry did not seek re-election. Marshall was the top vote getter, with 777 votes; Hashmi received 693 and Barrette received 523."I'm humbled… → Read More

Selectmen seek more parking at Westborough commuter rail lot

WESTBOROUGH — A town-owned property across the street from the commuter rail station might be the solution to the parking woes for commuters. → Read More

Westborough annual town election ballot set

WESTBOROUGH - The annual town election features 11 candidates for nine seats; the only races are for the Board of Selectmen and for a one-year seat on the → Read More

Shrewsbury seeking help on Beacon Hill with 40B requirements

SHREWSBURY — With its stock of affordable housing hovering at just over 6 percent, the town is seeking help from Beacon Hill to be add 48 mobile homes to its official count. Assistant Town Manager Kristen Las testified before the Joint Committee on Housing in support of a bill, S731, filed on behalf of the town that would allow the homes in the Edgemere Mobile Home park be counted as part of the… → Read More

'Shrewsbury Fair' world premiere is Jan. 26

SHREWSBURY — When the combined eighth- and ninth-grade band takes to the stage next Friday, the musicians will be performing a piece written just for them.The piece, "Shrewsbury Fair," is a three-movement piece written by composer and City University of New York music professor George Lam, that depicts different images from town. Lam composed "Shrewsbury Fair" in the fall of 2017 after working… → Read More