Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Local volunteer is painfully aware of how important volunteer work is, and how important it is to teach that awareness to children.
Editor's Note: This story, which originally ran in December 2011, has been republished in our quest to highlight the good deeds Northborough natives and residents are doing. Three years ago, Heather Capes spotted an ad looking for volunteers to assist homeless children. She had always wanted to donate her time, but "taking that first step was the hardest part." She took that first step and is now a devoted volunteer, her face a familiar one at many of the local fundraisers. "I think once you start volunteering," Capes said, "you are inspired by the generosity that you witness and the reward of knowing that you are doing something small to help make life a little easier for others." Capes gives much of her volunteer time to two specific …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Consumerism surrounds the holiday season: is greed inevitable, and how do you avoid it?
For those children who celebrate, Christmas' biggest connotation can be a pile of gifts under the tree. With this in mind, a panel of staff contributors at The Chicago Tribune tackled the question of whether it's inevitable to see greed in their kids around Christmastime. The parents weighed in on suggestions to remind kids of Christmas spirit. Among their suggestions? Help your kids round up some old toys to donate to charity before giving them new toys. Sign them up to participate in a community service project. The Tribune's advice got us thinking at Patch about how we were taught or are teaching our kids to be less greedy around the holidays. Some of our suggestions? Find a giving tree and let your child pick a name or two off of it, …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This week's Best of Craigslist has some missed connections, and free coal.
Notes on Craigslist perusing this week: there's someone in Hopkinton trying to sell a whole lot of Playskool toys; it's easy to pick up Dave Matthews tickets if you want them; and a nativity scene can be yours (even a glowing one) if you should do a search. There is also someone in the MetroWest area offering you an opportunity to make money by printing your own money, legally. Patch didn't feel comfortable passing along that link. That Santa's stacked, and that's a fact—ain't holding nothin' back David in Westborough is trying to unload a unique stacking ceramic Santa that is professionally hand-painted for $25. He'll only take cash, and you must pick it up. This smoking Santa comes from a non-smoking home We can't confirm that the …
Friday, November 23, 2012
The fire station is, again, the official drop-off for toys.
Last year, residents dropped off more than 600 gifts to donate to the Toys for Tots program in Northborough. This year, Fire Captain Robert Theve hopes to meet or exceed that number. The Northborough Fire Department is, once again, the official drop off for donations to the Toys for Tots program, which is run by the USMC Reserve. New toys for donation should be non-violent, unwrapped and in the original packaging for ages 1-16. The toys can be dropped off during normal business hours through Dec. 18. Toys can also be dropped off at the Northborough Free Library and the Town Hall. Theve said that anyone in need this season should contact him at 508-393-1537 and he can talk to those in charge of the recipient list.
Monday, December 26, 2011
No school for a week! If you are looking for something different to do with the kids other than to see a movie or to eat the last parts of your gingerbread house, here are a few ideas that may interest you.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Liz Nolan
Monday, December 26, 2011
The past few weeks have been filled with shopping, baking, and parties. Now you can sit back and relax, right? Not so fast! The kids are out of school for a week and there are places to go and things to do to keep the holiday spirit alive and to kick of the official start of winter. Whatever you choose to do this week, have fun with your family and friends. That is what makes the lasting holiday memories. And, if it snows, be sure to get out there to make some snow angels and drink plenty of hot chocolate. What are you doing vacation week? Share your ideas with us in the comments section. And load your fun vacation pics.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Was your favorite gift an electronic one?
Tis the year of the smartphone and tablet. Did your Santa deliver one to you?
Friday, December 23, 2011
If you forgot someone on your list or missed a shipping deadline, you can still find great gifts in Northborough.
1. Armeno Coffee Roasters, Ltd. is featuring the "Coffees Around the World Sampler." Available only during the holiday season, you get four, half-pound bags of Armeno's single-origin coffees roasted everyday on the premises for $26.75. Included in the sampler is Holiday Cheer, a rich, full-bodied blend and one bag of coffee each from The Americas, Africa and Indonesia/Asia. Call 508- 393-2821 or visit the website for more information. Armeno is closing at noon on Saturday, Dec. 24 and reopening at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012. 2. Northborough is in love with Wegmans. Why not pick up a logoed, 16 oz. travel mug? You can choose from four different designs: Love & Peace, Earth Day, Splash or Patriotic. Now through Dec. 31, you …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill this week that fixed a "glitch" in the state's blue laws.
Northboro Package Store will be open on Monday, the day after Christmas, operating as "business as usual." But until this past Tuesday, liquor stores in Massachusetts were technically not going to be able to open the day after Christmas, according to a provision in the "blue laws" that had not been changed. Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill that would allow package stores in Massachusetts to open on the day after Christmas, as the Boston Herald reported. Under previous state law, reported the Herald, "when Christmas falls on a Sunday—as it does this year—liquor stores must also remain closed on the Monday after the holiday." John Burby, owner of Northborough Package Store, said he wasn't concerned. The town of Northborough had sent a letter…
Boy Scout Troop 1 collected more than $400 for Alice's Tree.
Northborough Boy Scouts Troop 1 collected more than $400 in personal care items for Alice's Tree in conjunction with the Northborough Food Pantry. Started by Alice Stapelfeld of Northborough, Alice's Tree began when Stapelfeld donated a tree to the troops for raking leaves at her house. Now, it has grown into Alice's Tree Project, which collects items such as toothpaste, soaps, shopping bags, hair supplies, tissues, deodorants and more for needy families. Led by scout Harry Silverstein, this is the third year Troop 1 has collected items for Alice's Tree, collecting food in 2009 and winter clothing in 2010. The items were sent to "families in transition" staying at the EconoLodge in Northborough.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What do Santa and his reindeer get for treats from you on Christmas Eve?
Americans have a long standing tradition of not only letting Santa in to their homes through the chimney, but leaving him, and his reindeer, some nourishment for the long journey. Most opt for the plate of cookies, milk and some carrots for Rudolph and the boys. But others have another tradition. And...how many of you wake to a sooty footprint in front of the fireplace in the morning? That proves he was there!