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What next for Church Street--

By Rod Lee

How much of the more than $14 billion in sales generated nationally by the American Express-driven Small Business Saturday was garnered by merchants here in the southern Blackstone Valley towns of Douglas, Mendon, Northbridge and Uxbridge on November 28th --or throughout the course of the Black Friday-to-Cyber Monday weekend—would be hard to tell.

For the approximately two dozen businesses that took part... Read More

Mama Dolce’s Café reopening postponed

By Ginger Costen

It seems the old Murphy’s Law adage - whatever can go wrong, will go wrong - is alive and well in Webster,- especially for the new owner of Mama Dolce’s Café.  

Darlene Mwangi explained that the grand opening originally planned for December 7 had to be postponed until the bank could fix the technical issues with the computerized sales system.  She hoped that all would go well by the next weekend so... Read More

Agency's new name to reinvigorate regional marketing efforts

WORCESTERTroy Siebels, President of the Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts, announced today that the region’s travel and tourism bureau will be called Discover Central Massachusetts.  The agency, which received the state’s designation as a regional tourism council in July, will serve 35 cities and towns from Worcester to South Worcester County and Blackstone Valley, extending west to Warren and the Brookfields and east... Read More

Empire Travel can take you anywhere you want to go

WDO Chamber Profile by Janet Stoica

DUDLEY – Who knew that when Mary Anne Fontaine began a high school part-time job 27 years ago next-door to Empire Travel in Webster she’d one day be the owner of that travel agency?

Mary Anne began working at Chet’s Smoke Shop in downtown Webster while she was a high-schooler.  “I learned the best customer service skills from Karen (Zmetra) Glenn who worked at her family’s smoke s... Read More

What is Antibiotic Resistance?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

According to a recent statement by the World Health Organization (WHO) “Without urgent action, we are heading for a post-antibiotic era, in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill.”

Sounds scary; and it is. 

What WHO is referring to is something known as Antibiotic Resistance, and the consequence of this phenomenon is resulting in upwards of 23,0... Read More

New York, New York!

By Janet Stoica

Nina Zurawski is 11 years old but has lived a ballerina’s life since she was about three. Most recently she was part of The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, held at Worcester’s Hanover Theater from November 27-29.  Her ballet role was that of a Party Girl and Nina, a Dudley Middle School student, very much looked forward to the performance. 

“I r... Read More

Meet Mama Dolce’s new owner

By Ginger Costen

The next time you walk into Mama Dolce’s Café in Webster, you might not immediately notice that there’s a new girl in town. You might not notice because Darlene Mwangi, the new owner, and Nancie Zecco, the previous owner, seem to be so much alike.

First, they’re both Italian and love to cook. Next they’re both outgoing, energetic and love to talk. Wrap this all together with a passion for making oth... Read More

Caring Santa at Auburn Mall

Place: Macy’s Home Court
Auburn Mall will welcome local families to Caring Santa. Together Noerr Programs, Ability Patch & Simon will host Caring Santa, an event dedicated to providing families a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs to visit with Santa. Many... Read More

Bob Leclaire, MCU’s modern-day Methuselah

By Rod Lee

The success of Millbury Federal Credit Union could be measured by the nearly $300 million in assets that MCU had attained by late October; an eagerly anticipated milestone for the venerable financial institution.

A better barometer of MCU’s health and vitality, however, might be the staying power of the people who have guided its destiny through the years. This is all the more impressive when the shifting... Read More

Frosty, Gingerbread Man--shopping!

By Rod Lee

To say that Frosty the Snowman and The Gingerbread Man are taken seriously in the towns of Grafton and Millbury is putting it mildly.

Both legendary creatures will be much in evidence in those Blackstone Valley North communities; although not solely in the same fashion as they were when initially introduced.

Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys are no longer around to sing “Frosty the Snowman” as th... Read More