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Trendzʽingʼ in the right direction for 2017

By Rod Lee

It is hard to imagine 2017 starting much better than it has, business-wise, for Tracy DeRienzo of Trendz Consignment Boutique on Providence Road in Northbridge.

There is her second-place showing to New To You in Holden for “Best Clothing” and “Best Consignment” in the T&G’s annual contest; this, coupled with a first as “Best Consignment Boutique” in the recent Readers Choice Awards.

“It’s an honor even to... Read More

A national park—now a local historic district?

By Rod Lee

Downtown Whitinsville merchants working hard to breathe new life into Church St. are surely going to welcome the news that a move is afoot to create a “local historic district” to be integrated into the Blackstone Valley’s recently earned status as a national park.

While the “boundaries” for such a district as defined by bylaws now being formulated by a five-person committee headed by Kenneth M. Warchol are focusing... Read More

Ray Belsito Jr. shifts Arnie’s Auto Body into high gear

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Ray Belsito Jr. knew he wanted to be involved with cars “in some way, shape, or form” at an early age.  The second generation auto mechanic who still recalls mixing bondo at his father’s shop in Webster (Ray’s Auto Restoration) may have taken a few career turns, but when it comes to reaching that goal, his hands have remained steady at the wheel. 

“My grandfather is seventy-six and still does restoration... Read More

Jan. 13, 2017 Blackstone Valley South

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