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Maggie, a golden retriever that participates in Shrewsbury Paws for Patients, a program for which trained pets and their owners visit patients of all ages at hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation and assisted living facilities, is doing well, according to her owner, former longtime Shrewsbury resident Mike Kewley.

Maggie was diagnosed with mast cell cancer in August 2006. She had to have surgery to remove a hyperactive thyroid in the middle of cancer treatments. The tumor was the size of a golf ball located in front of her nose.

She started chemo treatments at the end of September 2006 and had to stop treatments in the middle of October because the side effects were making her so weak and Kewley didn't think she was going to survive.

"After changing her diet to a holistic-type and giving her natural supplements, here we are over a year later and Maggie is going strong," Kewley said. "Her exam was in February 2007 at Tuft's and her blood work came back normal and the tumor appeared to be gone."

The League of Women Voters of Massachusetts in conjunction with Stop & Shop is sponsoring its ninth annual online essay contest.

The purpose of the contest is to allow students an opportunity to reflect on and write about issues relating to elections, public policy, citizenship and democracy.

The essay questions differ depending on the grade level of the student. The three groupings are fourth and fifth grades; sixth through eighth grades; and ninth through 12th grades. There is also a question for 18 to 24 year olds.

U.S. Savings Bonds will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in grades 4 to 12. The adviser or teacher of the winning students will also receive a classroom educational grant. There will be one prize of $1,000 for the 18- to 24-year-old group.

Winning essays may be published both on the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts' Web site in addition to the League's newsletter. The winning essays may also be published in local papers.

In addition, an awards event will take place on April 13, in Faneuil Hall, in Boston.

All entries must be submitted electronically by March 4.

For more information, visit http://www.lwvma.org.

Huntington Learning Center in Shrewsbury has named Charlie Garabedian "Teacher of the Month" for December.

Garabedian is a certified teacher and has been teaching at Huntington for 15 years, working with students ages 8 to adult on building math and organizational skills. He also teaches math at Quinsigamond Community College and previously taught at Shrewsbury High School.

Founded in 1977, Huntington Learning Center has been providing supplemental learning services since 1977

The following Shrewsbury residents were named to the honor roll at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, in Worcester.

High honors: Ko Eun Chun and Ju-hun Kim, both in grade 11; and Kyu Hyun Chang, grade 9.

Honors: Da Eun Chun and Cassandra Drosier, both in grade 12; Jeanelle Uy, grade 11; Jee Eun Chon and Sean Kelly, both grade 10; and Sung Hun Jun and Jessica Sebring, both in grade 9.

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cutline: (1) The Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts held its 10th Anniversary Gala - `Do Your Piece,' at the Wachusett Country Club in West Boylston in October. Among the award recipients was a group of teachers from Parker Road Preschool: (kneeling) Parker Road Preschool Director Mary Lammi; (front row, from left) Melissa Carriveau, Joy Sala, Loubaina Buxamusa, Arlena Boyle and Angela Todisco; and (back row, from left) Eileen Tetreault, Michelle Kilroy, Anne Pullman, Kristin Connolly and Jen Vangel, who were presented with the most coveted award of the evening - `Outstanding Educational Team.' The award also included a song written for them by a local Shrewsbury parent and was composed and sung by Annie Moriondo of Shrewsbury High School's A Cappella Choir.

The team was among many nominees and was chosen due to its commitment and its special ability to reach children coping with autism spectrum disorders. (2) Nicole Cuellettes, 5, shows a candy cane she caught to William Jones, 2, at the Shrewsbury Child Development Committee's annual Winter Wonderland on Dec. 14, at Mount Olivet Church.
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