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Westboro artists are top winners in contest.

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WESTBORO - Two artists from Westboro were the top winners of the "Peace of Wild Things" Art Contest and Exhibit sponsored by the Broad Meadow Brook Meadow Brook may refer to the following:
  • Meadow Brook — a brook in the U.S. state of Massachusetts
  • Meadow Brook Township (MN) — a town in the U.S. state of Minnesota
 Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester.

Richard Drohan won the grand prize for his work "Spreading Seeds," and Keith Williams Keith Williams (born 21 April 1958) is a British architect. Education and career
He studied architecture at Kingston and Greenwich Schools of Architecture before co-founding Pawson Williams Architects in 1987.
 was the runner-up for his work "A Closer Look."

Twenty-five artists contributed 54 works of art to the exhibit, which opened April 5 at Broad Meadow Brook and will continue through June 1st. Admission is free. After June 1, the show will travel to the Worcester Public Library and a downtown storefront window through the Worcester Windows program.

Treasurer steps down

from committee post

WESTBORO - Betty Salvadore recently stepped down as treasurer of the Westboro Democratic Town Committee after serving in the post for 33 years.

The announcement was made at the committee's April 21 meeting. State Sen. James B. Eldridge, D-Acton, and state Rep. Carolyn C. Dykema, D-Holliston, attended the meeting and presented Mrs. Salvadore with citations for her service.

"The Democrats of Westboro are deeply grateful to Betty for her long and reliable service to the Committee," said committee Chairwoman Kate Donaghue. "We have been very fortunate to have had Betty as our treasurer for so many years. She is entitled to a break."

Also at the meeting, the committee voted to have another long time member, Gibbs Mitchell, receive the Democracy in Action award at the Middlesex and Worcester Democratic Coalition awards brunch on April 26 in Hudson.

Pan-Mass Challenge to hold kids ride

SHREWSBURY - As part of this year's Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, organizers are planning to hold a Shrewsbury-Boylston Kids Ride, one of 40 PMC (1) See Portable Media Center.

(2) (PCI Mezzanine Card) A PCI-based mezzanine card that is widely adapted to VMEbus, CompactPCI and PCI cards.
 Kids Rides to be held throughout New England New England, name applied to the region comprising six states of the NE United States—Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The region is thought to have been so named by Capt.  for the first time.

The Shrewsbury-Boylston ride is expected to attract several hundred children of all ages to ride around Shrewsbury High School There are several schools named Shrewsbury High School
  • Shrewsbury High School (England)
  • Shrewsbury High School (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts)
 to raise money for cancer research. The ride will be held June 27 at Shrewsbury High School, 64 Holden St.

There is a $10 registration fee and a $25 suggested fundraising minimum. Contributions can be made payable to the Pan-Mass Challenge. To register, visit For more information, e-mail, or call 800-WE-CYCLE.

The Pan-Mass Challenge is a two-day, 190-mile bike-a-thon held each August. Since 1980, the PMC has raised nearly $240 million for the Jimmy Fund.

Autism autism (ô`tĭzəm), developmental disability resulting from a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain. It is characterized by the abnormal development of communication skills, social skills, and reasoning.  nonprofit to hold benefit concert

NORTHBORO - The Friendship Network Friendship networks colloquially describes interconnected networks of people who are connected through friendship, often described as overlapping circles of friends.  for Children Inc., a nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization

An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.

Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools.
 that serves children with autism, will hold its third annual benefit concert from 7 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Mill Pond a pond that supplies the water for a mill.

See also: Mill
 School in Westboro. The guest performer will be 2006 "American Idol American Idol is an annual American televised singing competition, which began its first season on June 11, 2002. Part of the Idol franchise, it originated from the British reality program Pop Idol. " contestant Ayla Brown Ayla Marie Brown (born July 28, 1988) is an American NCAA basketball player and recording artist from Wrentham, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Massachusetts State Senator Scott P. Brown (R-Wrentham) and WCVB-TV reporter Gail Huff. .

The concert will also feature Alexis Ohanian, a vocalist and music therapist at The Friendship Network, and other New England musicians. Students from The Friendship Network will also perform.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at

There will also be a 50-50 raffle and a silent auction, as well as an opportunity to meet Ms. Brown. All proceeds from the concert will benefit socialization socialization /so·cial·iza·tion/ (so?shal-i-za´shun) the process by which society integrates the individual and the individual learns to behave in socially acceptable ways.

 programs run by The Friendship Network.

"We want to raise awareness of the emotional world of children with autism," said Nancy Swanberg, founder and executive director of The Friendship Network.

The Westboro public schools Special Education Parent Advisory Council provided support for the concert.

Food, wine event to benefit local center

WESTBORO - The Taste of the Boroughs food-and-wine-tasting event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at the DoubleTree Hotel on Computer Drive.

The event, sponsored by The Vin Bin and DoubleTree Hotel, will highlight local restaurants and wine vendors from several regions. There will also be an auction.

Proceeds will benefit the Westboro Area Jewish Community Center. Tickets are $40. For more information go to or contact the WAJCC at (508) 366-6121.

Assabet student is Youth of the Year

Neil Kouyoumjian, a senior at Assabet Valley Technical High School, has been selected as the 2009 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest.

The Youth of the Year honor recognizes outstanding contributions to family, school, community and the Boys & Girls Club, as well as personal challenges and obstacles overcome. The program was established more than 60 years ago through the Reader's Digest Reader's Digest

U.S.-based monthly magazine. Founded by DeWitt and Lila Wallace, it was first published in 1922 as a digest of articles of topical interest and entertainment value condensed from other periodicals.

Neil plans to attend the University of Massachusetts The system includes UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth (affiliated with Cape Cod Community College), UMass Lowell, and the UMass Medical School. It also has an online school called UMassOnline.  at Dartmouth next year, pursuing a degree in accounting. He has been a member of the BGCMW for 12 years.

Neil will compete for the Massachusetts Youth of the Year title and a $1,000 scholarship from the Reader's Digest Foundation.

"Neil is the ideal Youth of the Year candidate," said Francis X. Hurley, president of the BGCMW. "His strong moral character and the positive influence he has on our younger members make us proud to have him represent our club at the state competition."

Hadassah chapters to hold Donor Dinner

WESTBORO - The Greater Boroughs and the Framingham-Natick chapters of Hadassah will hold a Donor Dinner at 6 p.m. May 11 at the DoubleTree Hotel on Computer Drive.

The guest speaker and celebrity auctioneer will be Susan Wornick from WCVB-TV in Boston. For more information, contact Susan Riseman at (508) 624-0625 or

Winner of Red Sox tickets announced

SHREWSBURY - Mary Thompson is the winner of a pair of tickets to the Red Sox-Yankees game scheduled for April 26 at Fenway Park.

The tickets were donated by long-time library user Vanessa Hale.

The raffle for the tickets brought in $2,002, which will be used for books and other library materials.

Middle school to present `Pirates'

SHREWSBURY - Oak Middle School will be presenting "Pirates of Penzance pirates of Penzance

surrender only when charged by the police to yield in the name of their beloved Queen Victoria. [Br. Opera: Gilbert and Sullivan The Pirates of Penzance]

See : Loyalty

pirates of Penzance
" at 7 p.m. May 7, 8 and 9 in the school auditorium. There will be a special showing for senior citizens at 6 p.m. May 6.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors, will be available at the door, starting at 6 p.m. on the night of the performance.


PHOTOG pho·tog  
n. Informal
A person who takes photographs, especially as a profession; a photographer.

CUTLINE: (1) Committee members for the Taste of The Boroughs event to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Westboro May 3 are, from left, David Crandall, Jessica Crandall, Howard Borer borer, name applied to various animals that are injurious because of their ability to penetrate plant or animal tissues. Among insects, some borers are beetles, e.g. , Shari Matza and Michelle Schaufeld. (2) Ms. Brown. (3) Neil Kouyoumjian
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