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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 Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Worcester.

Richard Drohan won the grand prize for his work "Spreading Seeds," and Keith Williams 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 Kids Rides to be held throughout New England for the first time.

The Shrewsbury-Boylston ride is expected to attract several hundred children of all ages to ride around Shrewsbury High School 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 nonprofit to hold benefit concert

NORTHBORO - The Friendship Network for Children Inc., a nonprofit organization that serves children with autism, will hold its third annual benefit concert from 7 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Mill Pond School in Westboro. The guest performer will be 2006 "American Idol" contestant Ayla Brown.

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 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 Foundation.

Neil plans to attend the University of Massachusetts 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" 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.



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, Shari Matza and Michelle Schaufeld. (2) Ms. Brown. (3) Neil Kouyoumjian
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Date:Apr 23, 2009
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