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Mary MacDonald

Mary MacDonald

E-mail: mary.macdonald@patch.com Phone: 508-317-6136 Hometown: Hampton, NH Position: Local Editor, Milford Patch Mary started her 20-year reporting career in New England, initially at the Vineyard Gazette on Martha's Vineyard, and later Foster's Daily Democrat in southern New Hampshire, where she covered local news in Rochester and Portsmouth, as well as in York, Maine.  She left her native New Hampshire for a job as a police reporter at The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. After covering police, government and higher ed in Jacksonville, she moved to Atlanta to become a reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She specialized in education reporting for most of her nine years in Atlanta, later moving to general assignment, where she wrote news and feature stories from Atlanta's northern suburbs. In 2009, Mary left the Atlanta paper to go to grad school, thinking she would like to try teaching. She taught English in Springfield (MA) for nearly two years, and has a master's degree in secondary education from University of Massachusetts Amherst.  When she's not working, Mary enjoys cooking, running, hiking and spending time with her family in Rhode Island.  Beliefs At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for writers to inject beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that our beliefs are on the record will cause us to be ever mindful of writing, reporting and editing in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know. Politics I am a registered Democrat who occasionally crosses over and votes Republican. I follow the issues most important to me, typically crime and education.  Religion I'm not particularly religious. I was raised a Catholic but am not observant. 

Recent Contributions

Do You Know an Outstanding Volunteer?

Do You Know an Outstanding Volunteer?

The United Way of Tri-County is seeking nominations for several volunteer awards.
Do You Know an Outstanding Volunteer?

Do You Know an Outstanding Volunteer?

The United Way of Tri-County is seeking nominations for several volunteer awards.

Planning Board Recommends Approval for Woodland School Zoning Change

The board voted 4-0 Tuesday to recommend Town Meeting approve a zoning change that would allow the new school to exceed height restrictions.
Police Log: Elderly Woman Without Heat gets Help, OUI Arrest Follows Crash

Police Log: Elderly Woman Without Heat gets Help, OUI Arrest Follows Crash

The following information was provided by the Milford Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Army Corps Collecting Comments on Milford Pond Project

Army Corps Collecting Comments on Milford Pond Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will collect comments on the proposed project through Feb. 21.
Friend of Man Recovering from Motorcycle Crash Creates a Public Fund

Friend of Man Recovering from Motorcycle Crash Creates a Public Fund

A friend of a couple affected by a serious motorcycle crash in Mendon has created a GoFundMe site.
A Fund for Sasha, a Boxer Rescue Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery

A Fund for Sasha, a Boxer Rescue Undergoing Breast Cancer Surgery

A Marlborough woman active in boxer rescues has created a GoFundMe page for Sasha.
Police Log: Northborough Man Charged in Kidnapping for Extortion of Ex-Girlfriend

Police Log: Northborough Man Charged in Kidnapping for Extortion of Ex-Girlfriend

The following information is provided by the Marlborough Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Foxwoods MA to Announce Casino Plan for Fall River

Foxwoods MA to Announce Casino Plan for Fall River

Rejected by voters in Milford Nov. 19, Foxwoods Massachusetts will try again in Fall River.
Police Log: Indecent Exposure Complaint, Medical Flight for Man with Self-Inflicted Wound

Police Log: Indecent Exposure Complaint, Medical Flight for Man with Self-Inflicted Wound

The following information was provided by the Milford Police Department. When arrests are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

Educators to Advocate for Woodland School Replacement

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the project Tuesday.
Marlborough Seniors Participate in Central District Senior Festival

Marlborough Seniors Participate in Central District Senior Festival

Here are five things to know to help inform your day.
Woodland School at Planning Board, and Open for Tours

Woodland School at Planning Board, and Open for Tours

Here are five things you need to know to help inform your day.
Jobs in Marlborough: Social Worker at the Reservoir Center for Health and Rehabilitation

Jobs in Marlborough: Social Worker at the Reservoir Center for Health and Rehabilitation

Marlborough has 117 jobs currently listed on CareerBuilder.com.
Jobs in Milford: Whitcomb House Seeks Executive Director

Jobs in Milford: Whitcomb House Seeks Executive Director

Milford has 50 jobs posted this week.
Marlborough Kindergarten Registration Announced

Marlborough Kindergarten Registration Announced

Save the dates: Feb. 26, 27 and 28, depending on the last name.
Jennifer Walsh, Milford Special Olympics Director, to Attend State of Union Address

Jennifer Walsh, Milford Special Olympics Director, to Attend State of Union Address

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced Monday he will invite Jennifer Walsh as his guest.
Police Log: Disturbances, Burglary at Delana's Bakery

Police Log: Disturbances, Burglary at Delana's Bakery

The following information is provided by the Marlborough Police Department. An arrest does not indicate a conviction.
Push for Illegal Immigrants to be Granted Driver's Licenses in Mass.

Push for Illegal Immigrants to be Granted Driver's Licenses in Mass.

Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing on the bill for Feb. 5.