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WCS appoints dynamic enrollment team

Whitinsville Christian School is pleased to announce that Sonia Zeyl has been hired to further develop their growing Enrollment and Admissions Department. Zeyl comes with a wealth of experience within the school, having spent the last five years as Stepping Stone Preschool Director where she was instrumental in increasing enrollment 300% in 3 years. Dr. Erin Lowery-Corkran will be assisting with enrollment and admissions activiti... Read More

A new year, a fresh look for bankHometown

By Rod Lee

Few individuals, few entities are turning the leaf on a new year quite as excitedly as Webster-based bankHometown, formerly Hometown Bank.

A fixture in South County for well over a century, bankHometown is roaring into 2017 with what President/CEO Michael D. Hewitt describes as “a new, fresh and modern logo and brand.” The revamp, assuring that bankHometown’s future will be “brighter than ever,” resulted... Read More

Screw-machine company runs like a fine Swiss watch

By Rod Lee

It was almost a given that Kenneth Mandile would gravitate toward his father’s machine shop after graduation from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and maybe even that he would buy the company when John Mandile retired in 1997.

Ken Mandile had, after all, been working in the screw-machine industry from the age of ten. “I grew up in the busine... Read More

Webster volunteers for town committees are impressive

By Janet Stoica

Doug Willardson, Webster’s new Town Administrator, is very enthusiastic and energized when speaking about his new town’s government.  Much of his enthusiasm comes from wanting to see Webster’s development continue to improve, especially the downtown area.

Have you ever heard of a parklet?  Well, get out your e-device and Google it!  A parklet looks fresh and interesting -  it’s a temporary sidewalk e... Read More

The mystery stones of Burnt Hill

By Thomas D’Agostino

As we try to trace the ancestry of our European forefathers, we always find more data that other races may have been here first. It appears that Burnt Hill in Heath is a living archeological testament to this theory set in stone. Or, shall I say, set up in stone.

Twenty-one stones sit carefully notched into the bedrock on top of the 1,855-foot rise. The stones weigh three to five hundred pounds... Read More

Millbury Savings Bank pledges $25,000 to Fuel Fund for 2017

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, January 17, 2017For this winter’s home heating season, Millbury Savings Bank has contributed another $25,000 to its Community Energy Assistance Program, a fund the bank established in 2005 to help low-income residents pay their home energy costs. This brings the bank’s total contributions to the program to $305,000.

“Our energy assistance program has been critical to helping local... Read More

Grafton Job Corps could open doors for young women in Blackstone Valley

by Christine Galeone

Did you know that the Grafton Job Corps is not only a member of the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, but it also partners with other local employers to provide them with qualified employees who have completed its program?

Colleen Lanza, director of the GJC center, indicated that Chamber support and enthusiasm for its programs have been immense. She said that Chamber president and CEO Jeann... Read More

High Altitude jump rope team perseveres for success

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Last September (2016) Alexandra and Lauren Materia may have been at the end of their ropes after their coach resigned, but they refused to give up jumping as a team.  Now the jump ropers have a new name, coach, matching sneakers, and a general manager who’s behind them every step of the way.

“The girls have brought such power to the team,” said General Manager Stephen Materia, father of the... Read More

Trendzʽingʼ in the right direction for 2017

By Rod Lee

It is hard to imagine 2017 starting much better than it has, business-wise, for Tracy DeRienzo of Trendz Consignment Boutique on Providence Road in Northbridge.

There is her second-place showing to New To You in Holden for “Best Clothing” and “Best Consignment” in the T&G’s annual contest; this, coupled with a first as “Best Consignment Boutique” in the recent Readers Choice Awards.

“It’s an ho... Read More

A national park—now a local historic district?

By Rod Lee

Downtown Whitinsville merchants working hard to breathe new life into Church St. are surely going to welcome the news that a move is afoot to create a “local historic district” to be integrated into the Blackstone Valley’s recently earned status as a national park.

While the “boundaries” for such a district as defined by bylaws now being formulated by a five-person committee headed by Kenneth M. Warchol a... Read More

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