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Shamrock sales benefit MDA

SHREWSBURY - Shaw's Supermarkets kicked off its partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association by selling its first shamrock on Feb. 28 at the 50 Boston Turnpike Road, Shrewsbury, location. Shaw's will be going "green" until St. Patrick's Day. At the register, customers will be asked to buy a one-dollar green shamrock, or a five-dollar gold shamrock, to help Jerry's Kids.

The success of the nationwide program has had excellent results: Shaw's Supermarkets in Massachusetts raised more than $75,000 last year for area children and adults battling neuromuscular disorders, one customer at a time.

MDA serves thousands of families in Massachusetts who are affected by any of 43 neuromuscular diseases, offering comprehensive medical services and funding research programs. At present, there is no cure or treatment for muscular dystrophy.

MDA receives no government funding and charges no fees to those served by the association.

Library friends sponsor concert

AREA - The Friends of the Marlboro Public Library will present the annual "Ezra Cutting Trust Fund Concert" - the second concert of the 2007-2008 Yacyshyn Concert Series - at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bigelow Auditorium, Marlboro Public Library, 35 West Main St., Marlboro. "Jazz in Concert" features The Deanna Witkowski Jazz Trio with New York-based pianist-composer-vocalist Deanna Witkowski, Dave Ambrosio on bass and Vince Cherico on drums. Winner of the 2002 Great American Jazz Piano Competition and a past guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, Deanna Witkowski brings an exuberance and vitality of spirit to her fusions of jazz, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and sacred music. An accomplished bandleader and composer, Ms. Witkowski has been described as "consistently thrilling" with a "boundless imagination" (All Music Guide) and "a clear musical vision" (JazzTimes).

"Jazz in Concert" marks the 38th season for the "Yacyshyn Concert Series," funded and sponsored in part by The Ezra Cutting Trust Fund as administered by the United States Trust Co., N.A. - Marilyn E. Wales, vice president, Personal Trust Division - and supported in part by a grant from the Marlboro Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The public is invited and admission is free. For more information, call (413) 648-9663 or send e-mail to rajohnson36@verizon.net.

Tahanto event boosts Boosters

BOYLSTON - The Tahanto Booster Club has extended its thanks to all those who attended or donated to the Athletic Field Fundraiser held Feb. 9 at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club.

The fundraiser was the first of its kind for the booster club and it proved to be a great success. The event coordinator did some research and came up with the Super Mega raffle idea.

The money raised from this event will offset the cost of building a new softball field near the left side of Tahanto Regional High School's front entrance.

The club also has extended thanks to Cyprian Keyes for holding the event and being contributors. All who attended had fun purchasing tickets and waiting for their numbers to be called. Three Tahanto students, Laura and Kelli Murphy and Ali Cosimini, sold the tickets and Karine Mikitarian, a future Tahanto student, pulled the winning numbers.

The booster club's Alan Cosimini will oversee construction of the field and is in the process of seeking out local companies and residents to help with the physical work. If interested, call Mr. Cosimini at (508) 869-0590. Local companies who donated to the fundraiser included Weetabix Food Co., Dick's Sporting Goods, Staples Office Supply, Price Chopper, Cyprian Keyes Golf Club, Vinny C's of Boylston, Endicott Oil Co. and NPC Cocard.

The club is now halfway to its goal of raising $10,000. Donations are tax-deductible and may be made payable to "Tahanto Booster Club Field Fundraiser," 1001 Main St., Boylston, MA 01505.

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CUTLINE: WESTBORO - The lobby of Hastings Elementary School is brightened with colorful swimming life, thanks to the dedication of teacher Tom Salvemini, far right. Mr. Salvemini brought the aquarium to the school a few years ago to give the children a daily view of a variety of sea life, as well as to add an interesting focal point to the school's main walkway. Westboro Civic Club members Gerry Knall, left, and Steve Hart, second from right, present a $350 donation to cover ongoing aquarium expenses. The children in the photo, from the left, are: Mya Foley, Jason Wong, Gobe Angelini, Chloe Smith and Sidney Berg. Donations were provided by the Westboro Civic Club and are used solely for the benefit of Westboro and its residents. For more information, visit www.westborocivicclub.com.

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