Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Inc., the town's only private, nonprofit community counseling and social services agency, has honored four young people in town with the 2008 Outstanding Youth of Shrewsbury Awards.
The winners are: Peter Frongillo and Roderick Geer, both seniors at St. John's High School; and Kayla Lynne Peterson, Grade 10, and Ben Roy, Grade 12, both of Shrewsbury High School.
These young people will be honored for their service and accomplishments at the agency's 25th anniversary celebration gala and awards dinner. The event will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. March 15 at St. John's High School.
For more information on the awards and the gala, visit www.syfs.cfsites.org. Sponsorship forms can be found on the Web site for any businesses or individuals wishing to place an ad in the program book or sponsor the event.
To purchase tickets, call the agency at 508-845-6932 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
gets TV airing
WCVB-TV anchor and environmental reporter David Brown recently visited Book Door Vacuum Shop in Uxbridge for a story on their "green cleaning" classes.
Store owner Leslie Reichert holds seminars and classes to teach people how to clean green. Since toxins can come into homes through cleaning products, Ms. Reichert coaches people about new products and technology so they can learn a new way to keep their homes clean without chemicals.
WCVB-TV visited the store during one of the classes and interviewed Ms. Reichert and some of the participants in the class. Mr. Brown called Ms. Reichert part Bill Belichick and part Martha Stewart.
One student, Barbara VanderKlay, had to relearn how to clean. She said that she had to get over the different smells, since her definition of clean was the smell of bleach. "A lot of people relate clean to certain smells," Ms. Reichert said in a prepared statement "We have to coach them away from the smells of bleach and ammonia, and let people realize that clean isn't defined by smell and that cleaning products can actually work like aromatherapy."
As Shrewsbury's budget season kicks into high gear, Citizens For A Better Shrewsbury is launching several initiatives to give residents more interactive access to municipal data, new opportunities to communicate with one another about ongoing issues impacting town services and quality of life, and resources for making Shrewsbury "greener."
"Citizens For A Better Shrewsbury remains a nonpartisan group of citizens working to present fact-based understanding of major developments and challenges facing our town," said Chris Juetten, the group's director of communication, in a prepared statement. "Now that we're celebrating our second anniversary, we're launching a more comprehensive Web site and gearing up to help citizens understand exactly what is happening with the town's budget planning for next fiscal year."
CBS' focus areas over the next months include: analysis of the budget as data become available from the town; analysis of the municipal health insurance plans and costs; creation of a primer on Shrewsbury's town government, focusing on the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee, School Committee, and town meeting procedures; and presenting environmental strategies and tips for a greener Shrewsbury.
Its primary objectives are to advocate for responsible spending and to foster a better informed voting public. The group supports no candidates, town departments, or political organizations.
For more information, visit www.CitizensBetterShrewsbury.org.
BRWA awarded grant
for river restoration
Blackstone River Watershed Association has been awarded a grant by the state Riverways Program to continue its efforts toward the promotion and restoration of the Mumford, West, and Mill rivers in the Blackstone Valley.
The grant will be used to promote awareness and advocacy throughout the community using educational materials and stream survey information to convey "river-friendly" behavior and practices. The association's goal is to provide communities with the necessary resources to become advocates for their own riverways.
Stream surveys were conducted on the Mumford River in 2006 and the West and Mill rivers in 2007. The information obtained from the surveys was essential in establishing the scope of work for this grant.
To volunteer or for more information, contact Michelle Walsh, Blackstone River Watershed Association environmental outreach coordinator, via e-mail at email@example.com or by calling 508-450-8331. The association's Web site is www.thebrwa.org.
Westboro culture panel
awards grant funding
The Westboro Cultural Council presented grants for 2007/2008 to the following recipients:
Assabet Valley Mastersingers; Audio Journal, The Cultural Eyes; Richard Clark, "And now Mark Twain."
Jennifer and Colin White, "Coolhead Luke" and other stories.
Gregory Maichack, The Art of Pastel II: The da Vinci Mode.
Maryan Pietropaolo, Vilvaldi Cello Concerto Concert.
John Root, Popular music of the Gaslight Era.
Symphony Pro Musica, Beethoven's 9th Symphony, premiere of "Rhapsody for Orchestra" by Michael Schachter, commissioned for the 25th anniversary performance.
Westboro Community Chorus.
Westboro Community Land Trust, Earth Day 2008.
Westboro Players' Club, "Seussical the Musical.."
Women of Note, Keeping Harmony alive in the barbershop style
The Westboro Cultural Council receives a large part of its funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, as well as the town of Westboro.
The council also depends on and welcomes donations and grants from local individuals, businesses and corporations.
Valley chorus donates
to veterans group
The Blackstone Valley Community Chorus recently presented a donation to the Valley Veterans Organization.
The donation represents a portion of the proceeds from the chorus' veterans' day concert of hope and inspiration. The Valley Veterans provide support and information to veterans in Douglas, Northbridge, Sutton and Uxbridge.
The chorus is a nonprofit community organization funded in part by the Massachusetts cultural councils of Millville, Northbridge and Uxbridge.
For more information, visit www.bvcchorus.org
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CUTLINE: (1) Don Shapleigh and Ziggy Porada, both active Westboro Civic Club members, presented a $500 donation from the club to David Russo and Cam Sowa of the Assabet Valley Pastoral Counseling Center at 8 Church St. in support of the center's work with the community. (2) Diane Pollard, artistic director of the Blackstone Valley Community Chorus, presents a check to Ken Trajanowski, director of the Valley Veterans' Organization.