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CMS Chamber ʽmovesʼ with changing times

CMS Chamber ʽmovesʼ with changing times

By Rod Lee

At first glance a decision by the Central Mass South Chamber of Commerce to vacate its longtime tourist-friendly “Information Center” home on Rt. 20 for a more technology-driven office on Hall Road—also in Sturbridge—would appear to be a counterproductive.

Not so, says CMS South Chamber Executive Director Alexandra McNitt. The move, effective this week, is si... Read More

Brendan Daley, a story of survival and acceptance

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Brendan Daley, a forty-six year old twin, has been through a lot.   Born on October 5, 1970, with a nameless facial disfiguration (Crouzon Disease was speculated upon though never confirmed) that led to over forty surgeries, more than a few stares, and the immense support of family and friends, Brendan has learned to cope, in part, by not taking himself too seriously.

“I like to joke around. ... Read More

CW3 Michelle Ramsey - A Woman in Uniform, A Soldier of Honor

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CW3) Michelle Ramsey, at the age of forty-five, has been in the military longer than she’s been out of it. Minutes before meeting her, I sat atop a high Dunkin Donuts stool in Webster and tightened my abs, as though GI Jane were about to greet me, as though I needed to prove that, despite my shabby (and too obvious) commitment to the gym—we’re somehow on equal ground. Girl... Read More

Addiction support group marks 1st anniversary

By Barbara Van Reed

Anyone with a family member or friend who’s struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism knows this: It’s a terrifying thought that the next phone call might be from an emergency responder letting you know that your loved one will never be coming home again.

Three local women, Pam, Karen, and Maureen, who’ve experienced this first hand, sought to do something to support other families going throu... Read More

Since 1985, WIB networks for women

By Rod Lee

Ironic, isn’t it, that with the nation on the verge of possibly electing its first woman president, women in a workplace that continues to be dominated by men are still fighting for their rights?

Especially when it comes to equal pay.

Empowering women was the reason now-retired insurance broker Judith A. Jaeger founded Sturbridge-based Woman In Business Inc. (WIB) in 1985 and it is the cause that r... Read More

Commercial Lender Todd Donohoe of bankHometown

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

On September 28 of this year, Todd Donohoe celebrated his one-year anniversary as Commercial Lender for Bank Hometown, Auburn. As far as the new job goes, the banker with a college background in Business and Japanese Studies is candid about what “gets him up every day” to come to work:  Helping people. With ten years of management experience (Rental Enterprise, Bank of America, Santander Bank) Dono... Read More

Webster Dudley Business Alliance marks 10 years

By Barbara Van Reed

The Webster Dudley Business Alliance (WDBA) celebrated its 10-year anniversary last week at its annual meeting, held at Point Breeze Restaurant in Webster. The WDBA was founded in October of 2006 to promote the benefits of doing business locally, and currently has more than 50 members.

The group’s president Deb Horan, owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet, recounted some of the lasting contributions the a... Read More

Thanksgiving dinner help

By Barbara Van Reed

Where can I get a fresh, hormone-free turkey? Where can I get a prepared Thanksgiving meal for pick-up? Who has homemade holiday pies for sale? If those are the questions, here are some possible answers.

At Whittier Farms in Sutton, fresh turkeys from the Out Post Farm in Holliston will be available in sizes from 12 to 30 pounds, at $3.79 per pound. Out Post’s gravy is $6.99 a quart.  Out Post tu... Read More

Hospice Volunteers Needed

November 4, 2016 – SALMON VNA & Hospice seeks volunteers in Charlton, Dudley, Leicester, Marlborough, Oxford, Spencer, Webster and West Boylston for companionship to hospice patients, giving their caregivers a much-needed break. Just 2-3 hours per week, with training and support provided. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Mike Metcalf at 774-214-8702 or... Read More

Blackstone Valley Shopping Tour to support local merchants on Small Business Saturday

Local travel agency Foxy Travel Inc. has a big idea for Small Business Saturday, the annual day-after-Black-Friday, which mostly benefits the larger enterprises.

“We have designed a Blackstone Valley Shopping Tour that we sincerely hope to make an annual event,” said Tiffany Cutting, motorcoach tour coordinator for Foxy Travel. “This tour was developed to feature the small businesses that we consider hidden gems here in th... Read More