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Fundraisers for family of David Malo

Two members of the David Malo Family of Sterling are dealing with serious medical issues.

On Saturday, September 20, from 5-8pm, there will be a fundraiser with a silent auction, raffles and light refreshments. Admission is $5.

On Sunday, September 21, there will be a yard sale/bake sale, starting at 9 a.m.

Both events will be held at A Diamond in the Ruff, 326 Main Street, Northboro.

100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Malo family. For more information, visit Friends of David Malo and Family on Facebook.


Aponte assumes position of Sterling town accountant

by Danielle Ray

Fred Aponte of Shirley recently accepted the position of town accountant in Sterling, and stepped into the new role last month.

His father served in the Army, which meant Aponte attended a number of different schools as he was growing up, in locations such as Missouri, Germany, and New Jersey. He graduated from Ayer High School, then received an associate’s degree in communications from Mount Wachusett Community College.

Aponte worked for many years in the electronics industry, and eventually accepted an accounts payable position. He held the position of accountant in the town of Harvard for 17 years.

Aponte negotiated his hours in Harvard to 30 per week, which allowed him to pursue additional employment that included bookkeeping for small businesses in the area. In 2008 he accepted the town accountant position in Upton, then had a brief stint as the town accountant in Templeton, beginning in 2013.

“The commute was a big factor, and the fact I know [Sterling Town Administrator] Jeff Ritter from Harvard and Templeton,” Aponte said of the new job’s draw. He added that he knew if he was fortunate enough to get the position, he would be working for an administrator who knows what he is doing and has a personality he could certainly work with.

Since 2005 Aponte has held the position of treasurer for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and since 2011 he has been the treasurer for the Ayer Shirley Regional School District. He is also a certified municipal accountant.

“Right now I am trying to get acclimated to how things are done here, and to keep things flowing smoothly,” he said. “My main point of reference is my 17 years in Harvard where we have a smooth-running Finance Department, so my goal would be to more or less mirror how things are done there from the town accountant’s perspective. I feel that my 17 years of experience, ethical standards, and my attention to detail, will be assets.”

Aponte said his fellow town employees have been great to work with, and have been very welcoming.

“The great part about being a town accountant is that the job is the same no matter where you work, and that the prior accountant left with things in good order,” Aponte said. “The only challenge is the software and learning how to maneuver through it, but it’s a minor challenge.