An Upton Boston Strong Story

Andrew at mile 20

12-year-old Andrew Running Boston Marathon 2013...75 yards from blast by DM Floyd One year ago today, my husband and I were a couple hundred yards short of the finish line of the Boston marathon hustling to see our 12-year-old cross. He had run with a group from Heartbreak Hill on in...7.5 miles...and was 75 yards from the first... blast with a second blast a couple of hundred yards behind him. A quick call let us know he was okay, then cell phone silence and over 5 hours before we … [Read more...]

Stone by Stone presented by Robert Thorson


Information provided by the Friends of the Upton State Forest The Friends of the Upton State Forest are excited to partner with Upton Open Space Committee, Upton Cultural Council and Metacomet Land Trust to bring this daylong workshop to Upton. Robert Thorson is a noted author, geologist, and advocate for preservation of historic landscapes. He has written several books about stonewalls and landforms of New England. Since publishing his first book, he has given over 500 talks at venues from … [Read more...]

Nipmuc Shares Feedback from Substance Abuse Forum

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At the School Committee Meeting on Monday April 7 Nipmuc's School Adjustment Counselor Nancy Fagan gave a summary of the March substance abuse forum and provided community feedback regarding the presentation.  Approximately 75-80 members of the community consisting of families, students, and school staff attended the event.  The night was broken up into two sections. The first section Director of Y.O.U. Inc. Kerri McCleary, Parent Facilitator for Learn2Cope Terri Nabulsi,  and Kailin … [Read more...]

Op-Ed by Senator Michael O. Moore : Federal Bills Will Threaten Safety of Massachusetts Residents, Environment

Michael Moore

by Senator Michael Moore In the face of daunting challenges, Massachusetts has never hesitated to take the lead and pass laws intended to protect its citizens.  From improvements in highway and traffic safety to recently proposed domestic violence legislation, the Commonwealth has always emphasized the security of its residents. This practice has continued as states begin to address issues stemming from the use of dangerous toxic chemicals.  Unfortunately, I have grave concerns about two pieces … [Read more...]

Featured Boston Marathon Runner: Michael Morel


Mendon Upton Regional School District's  Pre K-12 Music Coordinator  Michael Morel is running the 2014 Boston Marathon for the first time this year. Mr. Morel is running raising funds for the Hopkinton Center for the Arts (HCA) a non-profit 501 (c)(3) that provides wonderful enrichment opportunities for the visual and performing arts. "I am so excited to have the opportunity to run in my first marathon, this year's Boston Marathon. Like many of us after last year's tragedy, I felt helpless, … [Read more...]

Featured Boston Marathon Runner: James Maloney


U.S. Army Major James Maloney is a 12 year resident of Upton who has served in the Army / Army National Guard for over 20 years including deployments to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 and then again to Afghanistan for 9 months in 2011. He is currently serving as a Casualty Assistance Officer (COA) and Casualty Notification Officer (CNO) and works with and supports families of fallen Soldiers. James is running the 2014 Boston Marathon raising funds for the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. … [Read more...]

Three Baby Giraffes in Three Months

thanks Southwick's Zoo for this submission - all images by Southwick’s staff Daisy born February 2014 being bottle fed  Mendon, MA— 2014 is clearly the year of the giraffe! Three giraffes, a female and two males, have been born at Southwick’s Zoo since January. Two of the calves are being bottle fed, so the Southwick’s zookeepers certainly have their hands full this year. Daisy, a female, was born on January 11th. The mother giraffe, Dottie, was unable to feed the calf, so Daisy did not … [Read more...]


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