Southborough residents in the news

It’s been a while since I’ve done a round-up of local news stories featuring Southborough residents, and turns out our neighbors in town have been busy doing some pretty great things – like saving lives. Here’s a collection of stories you may have missed.

Southborough native’s ‘shore’ hand helps save drowning woman (Metrowest Daily News)
For a moment, he thought he’d lost her. Arms flailing, legs churning in the foamy wake of a massive wave off an island on the coast of North Carolina, Southborough native Matt Hillman could not see the ankle of the young woman he’d been hauling to shore, but once he found it he grabbed it — hard. (read more)

Dr. Richard V. Aghababian to lead Mass. Medical Society (
Dr. Richard V. Aghababian, the founding chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who is now retired, was elected to lead the Massachusetts Medical Society at the group’s annual meeting Thursday morning. (read more)

Loss leads Southborough woman to new life (Community Advocate)
When Florence Beatrice, 88, lost her oldest son, James, to suicide in 1998, she was devastated. At the time she was living in Natick in the same house she had raised her children. At the request of her remaining children, Anthony, who lives in Milford, and Florence, who lives in Ashland, Beatrice moved to Southborough to be near both of them and their families. In her new home, a condominium built in the Wildwood Lane senior living development, Beatrice found herself among friendly, helpful neighbors who made her feel safe and welcome. (read more)

Southborough resident is dedicated to Dobermans (Community Advocate)
When Laura McCarthy is not busy with her work responsibilities, she can be found playing with her Doberman Pinchers, Paris and Axel. Both are rescue dogs and inspired McCarthy to become a volunteer with Distinguished Dobermans Rescue. (read more)

Southborough’s Josh Sturgeon reflects on high school, life (Community Advocate)
As graduation approaches, thoughts of the future flood the minds of seniors who ready themselves to venture beyond the walls of high school. For 2003 Algonquin Regional High School (ARHS) graduate Josh Sturgeon, life nine years post-graduation is rewarding and full – thanks, in part, to the many people and teachers who influenced him along the way. (read more)

Southborough student creates mural for Finn School (Community Advocate)
Trottier Middle School Art teacher Martha Bachman received a call from Mary Finn Elementary School art teacher Joyce Caras looking for a student-created mural to decorate a wall at Mary Finn. Bachman brought the idea up with the Mural Club, which meets after school on Wednesdays. Eighth-grade student Meghan Holmes answered the call, offering to design and paint a mural for the Finn School. The only requirements for the mural was that it be no bigger than 4 feet by 8 feet and that any words used be simple so that they could be easily read by the students. (read more)

Former Southborough doctor is the perfect blend of old and new (Community Advocate)
Ninety-six-year-old retired physician Dr. Timothy (“Doc”) Stone is a distinguished and respected resident of Southborough. He resides in the red house next to Fay School, adjacent to the Stone Health Center where his daughter, Susan, now practices acupuncture and alternative medicine. It is in this house, built circa 1750, that he began his medical practice 60-plus years ago. Today, he can be found sitting at his desk with his rotary phone at his side and his Apple computer logged on to his favorite website – a striking contrast of the past and the present. (read more)

Self-taught Southborough video game programmer wins award (Metrowest Daily News)
Jason El-Massih just started programming last year and made his first foray into making video games over the summer, but last weekend his first real project was selected as a top prototype at a local game development conference. (read more)

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