Thursday, November 24, 2011
There hasn't been a murder in town since 1977. Aren't you thankful? Here are five things we think Northborough is, or should be, thankful for.
Our morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations. This is our special Thanksgiving edition. Feel free to add what you're thankful for in the comments section. 1. How could we not start off with...Wegmans! The opening this year in Northborough brought thousands to the store, and people are still going nuts for the grocery shopping Mecca. 2. And of course you can be thankful for Northborough Patch. We're here with you, and for you, for meetings, events, news and whatever concerns this town. 3. That we've got two competent, accessible, approachable chiefs in town—Police Chief Mark Leahy and Fire Chief David Durgin. 4. There hasn…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Helping Hands of Northborough Coat Drive is a success and how you can make a difference in the life of a homeless child.
At Thanksgiving, many people are thinking about what they are grateful for in their lives. Hopefully, one of those things is a career you love. Northborough Patch blogger Rosemary Eads is working in the career of her dreams. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Northborough. Eads talks about how she set the goal to get her Masters degree in Counseling. So, here was something she knew she wanted to achieve, but did not have the faintest clue how she would fulfill the goal. In her post, she talks about how doors started opening for her "in a magical way" and now she has attained what she was driven to do. In her therapy sessions, she often talks to clients who feel they are not working in a career that they are passionate about, …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
The Tomahawks take on their rivals, the Westborough Rangers, on Thanksgiving.
The ARHS varsity football team once again takes on its annual rivals, Westborough High School, in a Thanksgiving Day matchup on their home turf. Teams take to the field at 10:15 a.m., and tickets are $5. "It should be a great game this year," said Algonquin Head Coach William Long. "Both teams have had their ups and downs this year, so you know the kids from both squads are going to fight tooth and nail to end the season on a high note. I know our seniors—CPT Zach Meath, CPT Kyle vaccaro, Tim Hanlon, Mike Babine and Jordan Entwistle—will give it everything they have to ensure a victory." Look for results and photos of the game on Northborough Patch. Also, we invite you to submit your photos and videos. Just click and load.
As part of Small Business Saturday, the Purple Rose offers some discounts to Patch readers. Must mention what we say here!
As Liz Nolan reported in our Patch Passport series this summer, the Purple Rose is one of the more unique shops to explore when shopping in Northborough. A resident of Northborough for 36 years, Vicki Martelli has been the owner of The Purple Rose for 15 of those years. She had visions of opening a tea room in town, but her plans were changed due to the site not having town sewer. That change of plans has worked out very well, as The Purple Rose continues to grow since it opened. The eight-room, two-story gift shop carries just about anything you can think of, including dinnerware, bedding, bath and body products, items for the baby’s room, a card line, candles, Spartina pocketbooks, and Dash & Albert rugs. The Purple Rose has managed to …
Monday, November 21, 2011
This year's Thanksgiving collection was more successful than ever, regardless of the economy.
Northborough has a giving spirit, and very little can sway that. Throughout the town, volunteer and fundraiser efforts are occuring for the holiday season—the American Legion's troop collection, the Exchange's coat drive and the Scouts food drive for the Northborough Food Pantry, to name a few. One of the biggest ones of the season is coordinated by Helping Hands of Northborough, a volunteer organization. The economy may be affecting people's own food supply on Thanksgiving, but it is clearly not affecting their willingness to give. Helping Hands took in and sorted bags and boxes of food on Friday at the Town Hall, getting it ready to distribute. "The economy didn't affect our collection this year one iota," said Marcia Roman, who …
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Help us help others round out their Thanksgiving spread.
There are all the traditions. The standards. The standbys. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, gravy, squash, pies and the like. But everyone's got their own different twist on these items, and some other ideas to help add to the day of gluttony and football. Perhaps you've got a sweet roll recipe that was handed down from your great grandmother. There's the green Jell-O salad that always inspires seconds. The candied yams that are no-fail, easy, and to die for. We're asking that you share your favorite Thanksgiving recipe right here in our comments section. It'll only take a minute, and it's a way of giving thanks to others in town. And we give thanks to you for sharing. Thank you, our little Patch Pilgrims.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It seems Northborough is not the place to go to eat out on Thanksgiving Day.
Thanksgiving Day means, for many, slaving over a hot stove, rearranging furniture to accommodate the family, and shelling out a week's pay to put it on. It's worth it, too, for a lot of people. But others have decided to ditch that at-home tradition and head out on Thanksgiving to eat. Others don't celebrate it at all, so they just want to know what the heck is open that day. Northborough Patch had planned to give you a rundown of places that either served the traditional feast on Thanksgiving, or places that at least stayed open. What we found is, Northborough closes down for the holiday! The folllowing restaurants are closed on Thanksgiving, probably to celebrate with their families. And isn't that the way it should be, really? Yama …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Families hold on to traditions that reach beyond the standard turkey, stuffing and potatoes. This editor shares one of hers, and we'd like to hear yours.
Every year, before we start passing the dishes (to the left, of course, and every one of them needs to be passed or the people on the other end won't get all the dishes!) on Thanksgiving, my aunt Bonnalee or my mom, Deborah, pull out a certain scrapbook. In it is a copy of an essay my grandmother wrote in the late '70s. The essay was submitted for a contest in the Sunday Eagle-Tribute, and she won a prize for it. It's worth a lot more than that to the family, as since her death, a reading has become an annual tradition. Usually, my aunt can't get through it without crying, and most of us fight throat-lumps, too. The essay: Why I Like My Family By Bonnie Burris Parcell I like my family because the world is too big to embrace. Without it, I…