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The Gypsy Rose adds to re-flowering of Oxford

By Rod Lee

Enter Joanna Thomas with a plan to make The Gypsy Rose Floral Boutique at 250 Main St. an integral part of an evolving and expanding retail scene in the town of Oxford.

“Oxford can change. It’s not just gas stations and pizza places!” Ms. Thomas said last week, in explaining why after twenty-seven years in the floral industry and a period of time providing decorations for weddings out of her house she opt... Read More

A Tree for Christmas

By Magda Dakin

If Christmas for you means family, love and tradition, then you may have a Christmas tree tradition that involves a real tree. Whether you have an established annual routine of going out to the fields and cutting your own tree or if the family gathers at the local tree lot to choose the perfect one, everyone looks forward to the final result, displayed in a prominent place in the family room.

One grea... Read More

South County shops abuzz for Small Business Saturday

By Rod Lee

The start of the holiday shopping season comes too early for some consumers whose sensitivities are offended by the early marketing blitz—and not soon enough for shopkeepers who have been anxious to see the increased foot traffic that the post-Thanksgiving Day stampede brings to their door.

  At stores like Affordable Salt Therapy Spa and Appletree Fabrics in the West Side Plaza and Teddy Bear Farms in Au... Read More

Southwick’s Zoo mixes the stew for 2017

By Rod Lee

Normally the phrase “this place is a zoo” conjures up thoughts of crowded aisles at Market Basket or maybe riders jamming MBTA trains to get to the Esplanade for the Boston Pops’ Fourth of July fireworks show.

A term that is usually viewed as a negative, because of its suggestion of chaos or imminent stress.

At Southwick’s Zoo it’s just the opposite. Those five words are worn as a badge of honor—as... Read More

John Waller’s Christmas Concert Tour starts Nov. 28 in Whitinsville

Ignite Outreach is proud to partner with Pleasant Street Church in Whitinsville to present the John Waller Christmas Tour with Special Guest Vanessa Honea.  The Christmas Tour includes more than 15 stops along the East Coast and is honored to begin the tour in Massachusetts at the Pleasant Street Church on November 28 at 7:00 p.m.

The concert will feature the popular Christian singer-songwriter’s top songs, including the #... Read More

Foxy Travel, Shop Small event ready to roll!

By Rod Lee

Perhaps nothing points to the possibility of Whitinsville’s still-fledgling Shop Small 01588 event becoming a permanent fixture the Saturday after Thanksgiving than Foxy Travel’s decision to get involved in this year’s production with a “Blackstone Valley Shopping Tour” by deluxe motorcoach.

For Shop Small 01588 lead organizers Christine Guanipa of Little Man Originals and Michelle Siefken of Art…Make It... Read More

Seasonal schedule for Southwick’s Zoo and the Purple Peacock Gift Shop

The zoo’s main grounds may be closed for the winter, but the Purple Peacock Gift Shop will remain open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Purple Peacock offers a variety of unique and distinctive gifts including home décor, jewelry, clothing, fair trade items, plush, and more.

The Skyfari Sky Ride will also be available on weekends in November, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Skyfari ride passes over the Afric... Read More

A different kind of donation drive

If you are like most people, you have an accumulation of clothing and other items in your closet that you don’t use, need or want any longer.  Bay State Trail Riders Association, Inc. (BSTRA), a local 50l(c)(3) nonprofit organization, invites you to bag up those clean, gently used items and donate them.

BSTRA will turn your donation into cash which will be used to fund trail improvements to our local trail systems in state... Read More

The Friendly Ghost of Valentine Marston

By Thomas D'Agostino

A family vacationing at Hampton beach were out walking one morning when they saw a little boy who looked about 12 years old standing in front of an old house smiling. The boy appeared to be glowing brighter than the surrounding area he was standing in. The daughter of the family became frightened over the appearance of the handsome smiling... Read More