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Jumpstart your new business with Krosslinks

By Janet Stoica

Starting your own small business can be exhilarating but it can also be lonely and frustrating. 

That’s where Krosslinks comes in.

If you’re thinking about starting a new business or need advice to guide you through the new business permit process then it’s time for you to meet with other entrepreneurs and business advisors at Krosslinks. Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at... Read More

Charlton ready for challenges in the New Year

By Janet Stoica

Charlton – The biggest accomplishment for the Town of Charlton this past year has been its success in dealing with a very dangerous stretch of Route 20 on the Oxford/Charlton line.  “Before the terrible accident that had recently happened on that section of Route 20, the state had advised us that our request for safety improvements was going to be dropped from their modification list,” said Rick Swensen, Ch... Read More

Support group for families of addicts and alcoholics outgrows the living room

Pam is the mother of a drug-addicted child. To help her cope with the challenges of living with an addict, she would go to Worcester-based support groups, as there were none in the southern Worcester County area.

“So many families are struggling with addiction,” says Pam. “It has just exploded in our community and a lot of families need help to deal with loved ones with this horrible disease.”

The need for a local s... Read More

Annual WCCD seedling sale underway

By Magda Dakin

When thoughts turn to spring, it inevitably means, “When can I start thinking about planting?”  Whether your yard is big or small, or you’re planting in pots on the patio, a great place to begin is at the Annual Seedling Sale. The fundraiser benefits the Worcester County Conservation District (WCCD), a mostly volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the quality of local water, soil and natural resource... Read More

Mendon headlines: school budget, D.C. Bates move, Pearson Farm sale

By Magda Dakin

A bustle of activity at the Mendon Town Hall reflects the enthusiasm of residents doing what’s best for their community and the future of their town. 

Town Administrator Kimberly Newman praised the involvement of committee members and volunteers alike in doing the work required to pass the biggest budget item that came before the town this year: the override that funded the regional school district bu... Read More

ʽBe Mine’ never tasted sweeter

By Rod Lee

For shopkeepers in the Blackstone Valley, Valentine’s Day is more than that interlude between the tepid post-Christmas month of January and the push to spring when sales start to spike again.

  February 14th (a Sunday this year) may be “a lighter holiday for us” as Patrick Moran of The Welcoming Lantern in Whitinsville—speaking for stores that cannot rely... Read More

Hyping Central Massachusetts


By Janet Stoica

Dudley resident Katelyn Rozenas is the new Regional Marketing Coordinator for Discover Central Massachusetts, the recently reorganized tourism council for the southern section of Central Massachusetts, and there couldn’t have been a better person selected for the position. Her positive energy and vibrant enthusiasm for all things Central Massachusetts are infectious.

The first thing she talk... Read More

East Meets West Health & Business Fair set for April 30

The annual East Meets West Health Fair & Business Bonanza will mark its ninth iteration on Saturday, April 30. The event will be presented by Life-Skills, Inc. and Page Chiropractic to benefit adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

The fair hosts free screenings, demonstrations, and services from both conventional and holistic vendors, who come from all across the state to participate in the event. The Am... Read More

Lenten Death and Dying Workshop Series

The time of Lent brings reflection about death and dying, the fragility of life. Last year the Rev. Carol Reynolds, pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC in Millbury, and the Millbury/Sutton Ecumenical Clergy Group led a series of community workshops intended to prepare individuals and families for the eventuality of dying. 

The workshops were so meaningful to the participants that they were invi... Read More

What’s in a name? Local realtors association now reflects regional membership

More than 1500 real estate agents who live or work in southern Central Massachusetts are members of the local realtors’ association, the Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (CMAR), which until last month was known as the Worcester Regional Association of Realtors®. The association was established in 1923.

Kris Koliss, president of the 2016 CMAR Board of Directors, explained that the name change reflects a strate... Read More