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Hot Costumes prepares to party

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Hot Costumes, located on 175 Main Street in Webster, is ready to party “like it’s 1999” this year, and they have ten aisles of costumes, four dressing rooms, and a massive stock of masks and accessories to prove it.  (Oh, and they even have a Dress-Up-Man to dance and wave to passing drivers at the storefront).

“We’re all about having fun,” admitted co-owner Pedro Villegas. “... Read More

Walktober is still going strong!

Walktober is still going strong with another week full of choices to whet your appetite for fun and activity in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. If you have enjoyed the annual program offered by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) in its first few weeks, don’t stop now.

“Tackle the Trail” returns as a unique opportunity to run along the Air Line Trail on Saturday, October 15th, to benefit the Quinebaug Vall... Read More

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters October “Think Pink” campaign benefits The Cancer Center at Harrington

Southbridge/Dudley, Mass. – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters (SCR) will donate $1 for each pound of freshly roasted coffee purchased to The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To commemorate our “Think Pink” campaign, coffee is being sold in special pink bags to further raise awareness. The campaign is running at both of SCR shops in Southbridge and the newly ope... Read More

Charlton smalls OK even without merchants group

By Rod Lee

Woe unto the smalls in this day and age of big-box stores, the presence of which makes it “hard for mom-and-pop shops” to survive—a scenario that applies even to long-established businesses like Charlton Optical on Masonic Road in Charlton, Peter Maly says.

“Look at the small pharmacies that have been eaten up,” Mr. Maly said. “We’re [vulnerable] too.” Despite this, Charlton Optical, a fixture in the comm... Read More

Eddy’s Flooring America participates in Worcester’s 2016 Fall Home Show with usual “out-of-the-box” thinking

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Eddy Stein, of Eddy’s Flooring America, isn’t only aging gracefully, he’s aging creatively. With six decades of expertise, the 84-year-old business owner is about to attend the annual 2016 Worcester Fall Home Show on October 21 with his son, Howard, a Boston University advertising and marketing graduate with a penchant for thinking “outside of the box.”

 “It’s old school and new school coming... Read More

“Annie” honors immigrant history through art

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s never too late to pursue that which you love, and Oxford’s Ann-Marie Moscoffian Richard, better known as “Annie,” is living proof. Harboring a love for drawing since kindergarten, she chose to return to art in her sixties, after taking classes at Worcester Art Museum via a scholarship acceptance that came with opportunity and tears.

“I cried. This was something I wanted to do all my life... Read More

The Last Green Valley Announces “Best of Tastes of the Valley” Winners

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) held its 11th Annual Tastes of the Valley feast and fundraiser on Sunday, September 18, at The Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock, CT. The event celebrates locally-grown foods while raising funds for the National Heritage Corridor. Each year, local restaurants prepare tasting portions of delicious menu items using food and beverages grown and produced in The Last Green Valley.

For the four... Read More

Whitinsville Christian School Presents “Once Upon a Pops” Concert

Whitinsville, MA – Whitinsville Christian School Strings proudly presents “Once Upon a Pops,” a fun, family-friendly concert featuring music from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and other classic tales. The concert is Saturday, October 29th, at 6:30pm at Whitinsville Christian School, 279 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA, in the Krull Auditorium.

Doors open at 6:00pm. The event features table seating and complementary cake, coff... Read More

Do genes determine your response to drugs?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Brad Pitt reportedly claimed to be “one of those people you hate because of genetics.” I’m not sure about that, but I do know that genetics determine much more than our good looks or acting talent.  In fact, they have a profound impact on the way individual patients respond to drugs. This field of study is known as pharmacogenomics, and understanding the unique genetic char... Read More

Local pumpkin growers undaunted by summer drought

By Magda Dakin

Part of the wonder of fall in New England is the abundance of color, apparent in the beautiful maples and other deciduous trees and shrubs that line the roads and hillsides. You can see the huge arrangements of mums in every shade of autumn color adorning roadside stands and the front stoops of nearly every home. And then you have Pumpkins! Everyone has a favorite way to display them, big or small, shaped li... Read More