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To coincide with the advocacy of "going green" by local, regional and national business and governmental agencies, the theme for the 2008 Spirit of Shrewsbury Fall Festival is "Going Green."

There will be demonstrations and displays from environmentally friendly companies, including Shrewsbury Electric Light Company (SELCO), Shrewsbury Health and Water departments. There will also be green, flag pole banners displayed on major roads for a six-week period around the time of the festival, according to organizers.

Black Diamond Coffee's third anniversary celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 26, at 307 Grafton St.

The event will feature free food and raffle prizes from Black Diamond Coffee, Salon Sogno, Yard-Max and J.R. Thomas Personal Training.

There will also be a create your own drink contest with the winner getting to name the new drink.

Sen. Edward M. Augustus Jr. (D-Worcester) recently announced that applications for the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities grant program are now available through the state Executive Office of Public Safety's Web site.

"A great education can open so many doors of opportunities, but if a school is not a safe place or hampered by the threat of drug abuse, those doors can close very quickly," Augustus said. "I hope the communities in my district can take advantage of this program and receive funding to promote safe and healthy learning environments."

This state grant program is funded by the Federal Safe and Drug Free Schools Act (SDFSCA) which supports federal, state, school and community efforts and resources to foster safe and drug free learning environments.

The grant program authorizes a variety of science-based programs and activities designed to prevent youth drug use, violence and delinquent behavior.

Targeted populations may include runaway or homeless youth, parenting or pregnant teens, youth in juvenile detention facilities and school dropouts, among others.

Priority for grant awards are given to programs and organizations offering violence prevention and intervention services, and those focusing on alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse and other resources.

The application deadline is Wednesday, July 23 at 5 p.m.

Nimisha Patil, a seventh-grade student at Bancroft School in Worcester, and daughter of Drs. Harish Patil and Namrata Patil of Shrewsbury, was awarded one of three grand prizes at the 11th annual Massachusetts Middle School Science and Engineering Fair held at Worcester Technical High School on June 7.

Nimisha's project, "Rate of Rust Formation," investigated the effects of salt on the corrosion of metal and was among 226 projects presented by students from more than 60 middle schools across the state. Nimisha is also the 2008 recipient of the Bancroft Scholar award, awarded annually to a Bancroft School seventh-grade student who has one of the highest grade point averages, plus contributes to the intellectual life in the classroom and possesses high moral character.

Recently, the Shrewsbury Council on Aging, Fire and Police departments offered a CPR course for seniors. Instruction on defibulator use was also included. The instructor was Linda Gosselin, who was assisted by Police Officer Stephen Rice.

Auditions for Worcester Children's Chorus, at Assumption College, 500 Salisbury St., Worcester, will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9.

The newly-formed Worcester Children's Chorus will begin residency at Assumption College starting in the fall 2008.

Malcolm Halliday and Jennifer Kane are co-directors.

The chorus is currently accepting treble voices grades 5 through high school. Other audition dates will be announced throughout the summer.

To schedule an audition, call the Worcester Children's Chorus at (508) 767-7077 or e-mail

The following Shrewsbury students were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Bryant University:

Timothy Osborn, a senior majoring in information technology; Amy Grimaldo, a senior majoring in applied actuarial mathematics; Rachel Williams, a junior majoring in marketing; Nicholas Candito, a junior majoring in finance; Christopher Barnum, a junior majoring in marketing; and Heather Dalke, a junior majoring in accounting.

Rep. Karyn Polito, who represents Shrewsbury and precincts 1 and 4 in Westboro, recently announced she will be providing a new, monthly e-newsletter for constituents who choose to sign up through Polito's Statehouse office.

Polito's monthly e-newsletter will update constituents on the current issues on Beacon Hill, as well as on local matters such as local funding and budgetary issues.

The e-newsletter will also list her upcoming office hours and contain a one-question constituent poll.

Constituents can also find links on the e-newsletter that will bring them directly to Polito's Web site, where there will be more detailed information about the issues discussed.

To sign up for the monthly e-newsletter, send your name and e-mail address to:, or call (617) 722-2230 or (508) 845-2300. If leaving a voicemail, make sure to spell out the e-mail address clearly.

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CUTLINE: (1) Nimisha Patil; (2) Shrewsbury residents (from left) Dolores Smith, Logan Johnson, Elvira Smith and Victoria Smith walk down a rainy Beacon Street, in Boston, while participating in Project Bread's 40th annual Walk for Hunger. More than 40,000 walkers showed their commitment to the cause by taking part in the event that raised a record-breaking $3.8 million, on May 4. Funds go to emergency food programs. For more information, visit
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