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Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

Lately, signs of spring have been popping up all over the Blackstone Valley. Whether you hear the birds chirping outside while you’re drinking your morning coffee, or you see roadside forsythia bushes radiating their own kind of sunshine, you can’t help but notice them. But the signs aren’t limited to the natural world.

Harbingers of the season can also be spotted at many Grafton businesses. Lik... Read More

Malcolm Halliday retires on a ‘high note’ with premiere ‘Ode to Clara Barton’s Portrait’

By Amy Polumbo-LeClaire

Malcolm Halliday, renowned musician and artistic director of the Master Singers of Worcester, dazzled a wide-eyed crowd during an April 1 concert held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.  Around the World in Forty Years commemorated the 40th year anniversary of the advanced choral group while serving as a farewell to a Kentucky-born musician who once begged his parents to help break a r... Read More

McKenna to offer additional mental health training

Boston, MA – On May 22nd and June 5th, Representative Joseph McKenna (R-Webster) will sponsor two additional Mental Health First Aide training courses in the 18th Worcester district.  Hosted at the Webster Fire Department community room, the courses will teach a 5 step action plans that encompass the skills, resources, and knowledge needed fo... Read More

Boy Scouts of America holds breakfast for scouting

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On Wednesday, March 22, the Mohegan Council Boy Scouts of America, along with the support of numerous sponsors and council members, filled their plates for a hot breakfast at the Hogan Center of The College of the Holy Cross, while promoting their mission “to prepare the youth of central Massachusetts for leadership by delivering fun and effective experiences through the Scouting program.” 

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At Long Subaru, a love for patrons—and pets

By Rod Lee

The story of Long Auto Group and Long Subaru is not just one of a transformation from “shoe sales to tire treads” by the company founded by Richard H. Long in 1927.

In this, Long Auto Group’s 90th-anniverary year, it is also one of a dedication to community, as reflected in Webster-based Long Subaru’s support of such local causes as the Webster-Dudley Boys & Girls Club, the Webster-Dudley Food Share a... Read More

A Parrot Once Helped Solve a Triple Murder

By Thomas D’Agostino

Halifax, Massachusetts, in the late 19th century was a close-knit little community of about 600 people. One journalist in the 1870s referred to the town as such, “no lawyers and none needed.” This would change, however, when on February 15, 1874, a gruesome triple murder took place in the Sturtevant home.

The two elderly brothe... Read More

Trendz Consignment Boutique has a sibling

By Magda Dakin

Tracy DeRienzo, owner of Trendz Consignment Boutique, has made something great even better. Her very popular clothing and accessories consignment shop for women and teens has sprouted a sister store right next door, featuring furniture, home décor and vintage pieces. The new store, Trendz Boutique, reflects store owner Tracy DeRienzo’s love for beautiful, creative antiques and handcrafted items, featuring re... Read More

Galliford’s, at Southwick’s Zoo, ʽjust want the Valley needed!’

By Rod Lee

It early returns are any indication, the Brewer family’s foray into the food and beverage business with Galliford’s at Southwick’s Zoo is going to be a huge success.

The 22,000-square foot year-round restaurant and tavern, which opened in February, is already winning praise.

“Galliford’s is just what the Valley needed!,” Jeannie Hebert, president of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, told t... Read More

Blackstone Valley Shelter has opened its doors to those in need

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

“God has been tapping me on the shoulder for the past ten years,” says Leslie Reichert, member of the United Presbyterian Church in Whitinsville.

Situations and certain people kept dropping into her vision, as though calling her to take action.  The only problem was, the situations were a lot easier to ignore, and caused a few arguments with the Big Guy, especially when she drove down Hill S... Read More

Riverdale Mills at home in a world of wire

By Rod Lee

There may be few throwbacks left to the Blackstone Valley’s glory days as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. But one of them—Riverdale Mills Corp. in Northbridge—is a 21st Century powerhouse.

Situated on Riverdale St. next to a placid pond where two bald eagles nest, “Riverdale” (as the company is now known by its abbreviated name) is one of the largest manufacturers of galvanized and P... Read More