Faith in Action: St. Luke’s serves the community of homeless

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Southern Worcester County’s only shelter challenged by growing need By Laurie Schlatter Citizen Chronicle Writer SOUTHBRIDGE — Dr. John Howland, the soft-spoken executive director of St. Luke’s Guesthouse, sounds a bit surprised to take stock of the homeless shelter a year after officially reorganizing as a nonprofit charity. “We’re actually doing better than I thought […]

Communities to come together after Florida tragedy

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Prayer vigils slated for 7 p.m. in Southbridge, Sturbridge By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com Editor’s Note: After publication of the article below, organizers of the “Prayers for Peace” vigil in Sturbridge has been postponed due to weather. The “A Prayer Vigil to End All Violence” in Southbridge is still scheduled to take place. […]

High school jazz band performs at Southbridge library

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Band director stresses ‘high quality music’ By Audrey Clark Citizen Chronicle Writer SOUTHBRIDGE — Toes were tapping and heads were nodding along as local library patrons enjoyed a free concert put on by high school musicians on Thursday night. The Southbridge High School Jazz Band treated patrons at the Jacob Edwards library with delightful blend […]

New receiver debuts at Southbridge school board

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District’s 4th in two years says he’s ‘a straight shooter’ By Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writer shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — The new school chief’s first public meeting was a quick one, but it was filled with tension and concerns over discipline. Dr. Jeffrey A. Villar sat in on his first Southbridge School Committee meeting on Tuesday […]

Officials react to departure of latest high school principal

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Townsel to leave SHS, return to Michigan By Helen Boyle, Amy Fawe and Shaun Moriarty Citizen Chronicle Writers shaun@thecitizenchronicle.com SOUTHBRIDGE — The leadership of the high school is in flux once again. Dr. Andrae Townsel, the second-year principal of Southbridge High School, announced via e-mail last night that he is leaving his post in order […]