Westborough Resident in 2015 Boston Marathon; Fundraising for Joe Andruzzi Foundation

[received on Facebook from Emma Sellers Thibault — webmaster]

Hi there. I am a Westborough resident who is running the Boston Marathon. I am partnering with Not Your Average Joe’s in Westborough to help my fundraising. Every Tuesday between now and the marathon, anyone who presents the attached flyer will have 15% of their check donated to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation which helps cancer patients and their families both emotionally and financially.

Flyer: Joe-Andruzzi-Certificate

Selected weekend events for March 20-22, 2015

This Saturday, a breakfast buffet, and Casino Night fundraiser for local veterans; on Sunday, another foreign film showing at the library, and a classical music concert.  All found on our events calendar.

Saturday March 21

  • Free community breakfast buffet at Siloam Lodge
  • Casino night fundraiser for local veterans at Knights of Columbus Hall

Free community breakfast buffet

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Siloam Lodge of Masons

From the Community Advocate: An all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.  This monthly event is offered as a community service and is an opportunity for those interested to learn about Masonry.

While offered for free, donations are accepted from anyone wishing to help support Masonic charities. Donations of non-perishable food items for the Westborough Food Pantry will also be accepted.

Siloam Lodge of Masons is located at 12 Church St., Westborough 01581

Casino Night fundraiser to support local veterans

7:30 PM – 10:30 PM, Knights of Columbus Hall

From the Community Advocate:  Westborough “In Your Shoes, a Giving Circle”, will be holding a Casino Night fundraiser, all proceeds to support veterans in Westborough.

Come and enjoy an evening of blackjack, poker, and roulette!

Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door). For more information, call Sherry at 508-366-9616 or Judy at 508-366-0881. To find out more about In Your Shoes, visit www.inyourshoeswestborough.com.

Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 17 Willow St., Westborough, MA, United States, 01581.

Sunday March 22

  • Classical music with an acclaimed violin soloist, and
  • Portuguese foreign film “Only When I Dance” at the Library (rescheduled from Feb 15)

Symphony Pro Musica Concert – “Spring Currents”

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM, Mill Pond School

Angelo Xiang Yu is the acclaimed soloist in SPM’s March concert, playing Saint-Saens’ Violin Concerto No. 3. and Ravel’s Tzigane. The program will include Higdon’s blue cathedral, and Debusy’s La Mer.

Please see full details here.

Mill Pond School is located at 6 Olde Hickory Path, Westborough MA 01581

Winter Foreign Film Festival at the Library with “Only When I Dance”

2:00 PM, Westborough Public Library

“Only When I Dance” (2010).  Portuguese with english sub-titles:

Synopsis:  This documentary follows Irlan and Isabela, two teenagers from the violent favelas of Rio de Janeiro, as they pursue their dreams of becoming professional ballet dancers. This inspiring story takes us from Rio – where their communities must raise the funds to support their ambitions – to exhilarating ballet competitions in New York and Switzerland. It’s a film about their determination to dance, and the price one must pay for talent, ambition and success.

Westborough Public Library is located at 55 W. Main St., Westborough MA 01581.

Open letter regarding the State Representative Special Election, March 2015

Hello.  This is an open letter from Westborough.com to the candidates, and to the heads of our respective party committees in town.

After our recent town meeting, it’s fresh in our mind just how challenging these governmental processes are.  We face a perpetual tension between never-ending needs and obligations, and means and opportunities to provide them.

The awkward truth is that whatever systems we have, and decisions we’ve made, they’re never quite enough.  Needs and wants continue to grow .  Perhaps this is part and parcel with the human condition.  And yet the means to fulfill these needs and wants, one might say, is decidedly opposite.  Sources are limited.  And in some cases, diminishing — consider the business-fueled portion of our town’s revenue.

Can we shift this conversation?

Could we perhaps borrow from the business world their concept of “continual improvement“, and strive to find ways to adopt, and adapt, this way of thinking to our governmental purposes?

Put another way, can we all strive for thinking in the direction of “doing more, with less” ?

More services.  Less taxation.  Why not?

Here’s an alternative phrasing:  “win-win”.

With this idea in mind, we offer several  questions:

  1. Questions to our candidates for State Representative,
  2. Questions to the heads of our respective party committees in town
  3. One shared question, to all.

Questions for the candidates

From either your personal or professional life:

1.  Where have you been able to bring forward “out of the box” style thinking, in order to truly accomplish more, with less? 

2.  Where have you been in the position of the “lone voice of opposition”,  and were able to successfully sway, or enroll others, to your way of thinking?  

  • Can you bring new solutions, and where have you done that?
  • How effective are you at bringing other people around to your way of thinking?  I.e. being effective in promoting and achieving your position, especially when it is not the majority position.

Questions for Party Committee Heads

1.  What is your biggest fear, threat , or concern — or sense of lost possibility — if the opposition candidate is elected, instead of your party’s candidate?  What vision goes unfulfilled? 

2.  What confidence or assurance do you have, that if your candidate is in fact elected, that this vision will come to pass?

3.  Do you have any evidence or data that would suggest that?

Question for All

What do you say to the disenchanted or cynical electorate, who perhaps may feel that neither candidate is going to offer that big of a difference .. that we’re just going to end up with the same kinds of results … and that this election doesn’t really matter in the long run?

What might you say to offer a different point of view to people who may be thinking in this way?

Thanks, Westborough!

Thursday Poll – Magic 8 Ball

Ever heard of the Magic 8 Ball? Made by Mattel; available from Amazon with plenty of online versions, too.
“Has all the answers you need.” Let’s hope so!
Please give us your answer to our silly Thursday poll.

“It is decidedly so.”

Calling all chicken soup lovers …

“I’ve heard it both ways.”  Keep the vegetables?  Or pitch ‘em?  Seeking your favorite chicken soup recipes, to help kick off the new “Foodie” department on Westborough.com

On certain Wednesdays, we’ll be blogging about food related topics, issues & fun.

Let us know what you’d like to read about.  Restaurant reviews, anyone?  (Gary K – we miss you!)

Favorite place recommendations, here in town, or around the area?

Anyway, send us your comments.  And don’t forget — please share those chicken soup recipes!  And do let us know what the story is about those vegetables in the stock.

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