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The members of the Westboro Youth Commission welcome senior Allison Shea and juniors Kasey Packer and Rachel Bridge as youth members of the commission. The students will attend monthly meetings from September to June, and provide a youth perspective on programs and policies being developed by the commission and Westboro Youth and Family Services. This is a community service opportunity for the students to take a leadership role in the development of youth-related programming and to learn about the operation of town government.

For the last eight years, William Carr has arrived at the Westboro Healthcare Center two to three times a week with a smile on his face.

Staff at the center say that Mr. Carr provides companionship and laughter to many residents and has a special bond with veterans in the facility. "I feel privileged they allow me to be a part of their lives," Mr. Carr says.

The 81-year-old was born in Gardner and raised in Athol. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was awarded the Victory Medal. Mr. Carr also served in the Korean War.

He graduated from University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering. Mr. Carr married Joan Raymond in 1955, and together they raised four children. They will be celebrating 54 years of marriage.

In 2000, Mr. Carr's mother became a resident at Westboro Healthcare Center. He would visit her two or three times a week. What disturbed him the most was the lack of visitors for the other residents. He began visiting them and created a strong bond with many of them.

Mr. Carr's mother passed away in 2002, but he didn't forget his friendships with other residents and continues to visit the center.

He no longer drives since he is now legally blind, but walks everywhere. Mr. Carr's answer to what advice he would give to encourage veterans and seniors to volunteer is, "Get off the couch, get out of your car, and walk."

Sales Manager Cindy Dube for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage New Homes Division, headquartered in Waltham, has been awarded the National Association of Realtors Green Designation. Ms. Dube achieved the designation after completing 18 hours of course work. The designation provides Realtors with comprehensive knowledge about "green" homes and buildings and issues of sustainability in relation to real estate.

The Celebration in the Garden party raised $9,000 for the Shrewsbury public schools. The party was held June 13 at the Fallon House, home of Heather and Jason Logrippo, in Shrewsbury.

The funds will be used to help fill the gaps left by cuts to textbook and instructional material budgets.

Mark Alder, Hannah Kane, Steve Levine, Heather Logrippo, Beth McCollum, Debra Page Mooney and Melanie Petrucci wish to thank all who contributed to the evening's success. These include event sponsors George and Olivia Cadette, owners of the local Dunkin' Donuts, Renaissance Wine and Spirits, Danielson Flowers, Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union, Mackintire Ins., Alison and Richard Ricker, James and Paula Buonomo, and contributors to the silent auction.

Special acknowledgment goes to Dale Shadbegian, owner of Goodfellas Construction, who announced that a new $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating Shrewsbury public school senior next May.

A highlight of the evening was the auction of four out of the five Shrewsbury selectmen (Moira Miller, Jim Kane, Moe DePalo and John Lebeaux) for their labors. George Cadette "bought" them for two hours of their time working the counter at his Maple Avenue Dunkin' Donuts, date and time to be announced.

Notables in attendance included state Rep. Karyn Polito and her husband, Steven Rodolakis, School Superintendent Anthony Bent, who is retiring at the end of this month, incoming Superintendent Joseph Sawyer and newly appointed Assistant Superintendent Jay Cummings and their wives. School Committee member Sandy Fryc and new Town Moderator Chris Mehne were also in attendance with their spouses.

Two Westboro teens are preparing to travel through Girl Scouts on missions of discovery. Amanda Hughes leaves July 5 for a week in Louisville, Ky., on a Girl Scout "destination" trip, "The Sky's the Limit - Aviation From the Ground Up." Elizabeth Anderson heads to Costa Rica on July 6 for an 11-day adventure, "Rainforest, River and Reef."

"Girl Scout destinations" is any experience, regardless of distance or length of time, which provides a girl (age 11-17) with an opportunity to expand her personal experience. On her weeklong destination, Ms. Hughes, who will enter 11th grade in the fall, will tour an operating airport control tower and radar room, meet and job shadow aviation professionals, visit FAA-approved flight simulators, meet active female airline pilots and explore an airplane hangar and maintenance control.

On her 11-day adventure, Ms. Anderson, who will enter 10th grade in the fall, will backpack to a remote Mestizo rainforest village and stay with a host family to learn about Costa Rican families living in the heart of the rainforest. She will learn about local plants and wildlife as well as traditional medicine and beliefs. She will spend a day at the beach learning how to surf and a day at a waterfall, which she will have the opportunity to rappel down.

Lindsay Poole, a 2009 graduate of Westboro High School, is this year's recipient of the Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Scholarship. Lindsay will attend the University of Massachusetts at Amherst this fall, and major in broadcast journalism.

The Deborah A. Penta Female Leadership Award was founded in 2005 by Deborah Penta, CEO of PENTA Communications Inc., to help inspire and acknowledge female high school students who excel in their leadership roles in academia, extracurricular and community activities.

Meaghan E. McCann of Northboro and John K. McKenna of Shrewsbury graduated from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., on May 17.

Cassie Sullivan of Shrewsbury received a bachelor of arts degree May 24 from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. She graduated magna cum laude with a degree in classical languages.

Michael A. Syslo of Shrewsbury graduated May 17 from St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. He received a degree in biology with a minor in English writing.

Andrew Fiorillo of Shrewsbury received a bachelor of arts degree from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

The following received degrees from University of Massachusetts at Lowell

at the commencement ceremony on May 30:

Paul Laidler of Northboro received a bachelor of science degree in computer science.

Michael Robbins of Northboro received a bachelor of liberal arts.

Paul Tishue of Northboro received a bachelor of science in mathematics.

Darko Milasinovic of Shrewsbury received an associate of science in information technology.

William Padcheve of Shrewsbury received a bachelor of science in information technology.

Christopher Bradley of Westboro received a bachelor of arts in English.

The following received a degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., at its 164th commencement ceremony on May 11.

Kimberly Proos of Northboro, daughter of Dr. Andrew A. Proos and Michele W. Proos of Northboro, received a bachelor of science in nursing from the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

Corinne Leifer of Shrewsbury received a master of public health from the Rollins School of Public Health.

The following Shrewsbury residents graduated on May 23 from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: John Andrew Lindeborg, bachelor of arts in history/adolescent education; Jarrett Edward Simisky, bachelor of science in business admin./emphasis: marketing; Sami Medhat Korna, master of arts in communication



CUTLINE: (1) Catherine Holland, 8, of Shrewsbury recently had 8-1/2 inches of hair cut to donate to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths program, which creates wigs for cancer patients. (2) Mr. Carr. (3) The Rotary Club of Northboro held its annual scholarship luncheon June 9. Graduates of Algonquin Regional High School were awarded scholarships. Three of those receiving awards were Rotary Youth Leadership Award students. Rachael Mazzola is a program facilitator this year, and was the first president of RYLA's Interact club. Recipients in the photo are: Back row, from left: Will Kearney, Mike Amberson, James Koch. Front row: Ashley Berger, Justine Borst, Rachell Mazzola, Hilaurie Varrichione. Not pictured: Nikita Geele.
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