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5 Things You Need To Know Today: March 15

Marlborough Patch is holding office hours this afternoon, and the city of Marlborough is offering tax assistance to those in need.

1. Marlborough Patch will be holding office hours today! Stop by  off Main Street and chat with us while you sip on a drink. Josh Gray and ad manager Steve Antonellis will be working out this location from 1 to 3 p.m.

2. The Worcester Business Journal reported Wednesday that UMass Memorial Health Care president and CEO John G. O'Brien intends to retire next January

3. Starting Thursday, March 15 the will offer Still LIfe Oil Painting classes with Beverly Rinck. The classes run each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for eight weeks at a cost of $160. Rinck studied art in New York City and has been teaching for the past 35 years. She exhibits her work in many prestigious galleries around New England, said a release. In this fun and flexible class you will learn the basic techniques of oil painting. Rinck gears the class to everyone, from someone who has never picked up a paint brush before to the experienced painter. Brush up on drawing fundamentals, perspective, oil techniques, color mixing and more. Each lesson will advance the artist, ending with a well rounded knowledge of oil painting. Bring what materials you may already have. Note: Instructor will hand out a list of required materials on the first day. Students enrolled in this class will receive 15 percent off all art supplies at Post Road Art Center (even most discounted items).

4. Local residents can receive help at tax time by IRS-certified volunteers at three locations in Marlborough, said a recent release from the mayor's office. In addition to two locations run by AARP that serve seniors, there is now a location  on West Main Street which serves taxpayers less than 60 years of age. It will be important for many workers to file this year so they can collect the Earned Income Credit, for which they may qualify for the first time because their income declined or they became unemployed. Tax refunds through the EIC and Child Tax Credit can help low—and moderate—income families cover day-to-day expenses such as utilities, rent, and child care. Families with three or more children also get an extra boost with a larger EIC this year. Appointments are necessary for the free tax preparation. Seniors can schedule with AARP preparers for Saturday morning appointments at the by calling 508-624-6900, and Thursday morning appointments may be made for the  at 508-624-6900. Those under 60 years old may make Saturday morning appointments at St. Mary’s Credit Union on West Main St. by calling the City’s Human Services office at 508-460-3758.

5. Did you know that you can contribute articles, press releases, birth and wedding announcements (and much more) to Marlborough Patch whenever you'd like? Take a look at our announcements section and start uploading today.

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