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Sturbridge Coffee Roasters October “Think Pink” campaign benefits The Cancer Center at Harrington

Southbridge/Dudley, Mass. – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters (SCR) will donate $1 for each pound of freshly roasted coffee purchased to The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To commemorate our “Think Pink” campaign, coffee is being sold in special pink bags to further raise awareness. The campaign is running at both of SCR shops in Southbridge and the newly ope... Read More

Charlton smalls OK even without merchants group

By Rod Lee

Woe unto the smalls in this day and age of big-box stores, the presence of which makes it “hard for mom-and-pop shops” to survive—a scenario that applies even to long-established businesses like Charlton Optical on Masonic Road in Charlton, Peter Maly says.

“Look at the small pharmacies that have been eaten up,” Mr. Maly said. “We’re [vulnerable] too.” Despite this, Charlton Optical, a fixture in the comm... Read More

Eddy’s Flooring America participates in Worcester’s 2016 Fall Home Show with usual “out-of-the-box” thinking

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Eddy Stein, of Eddy’s Flooring America, isn’t only aging gracefully, he’s aging creatively. With six decades of expertise, the 84-year-old business owner is about to attend the annual 2016 Worcester Fall Home Show on October 21 with his son, Howard, a Boston University advertising and marketing graduate with a penchant for thinking “outside of the box.”

 “It’s old school and new school coming... Read More

“Annie” honors immigrant history through art

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s never too late to pursue that which you love, and Oxford’s Ann-Marie Moscoffian Richard, better known as “Annie,” is living proof. Harboring a love for drawing since kindergarten, she chose to return to art in her sixties, after taking classes at Worcester Art Museum via a scholarship acceptance that came with opportunity and tears.

“I cried. This was something I wanted to do all my life... Read More

The Last Green Valley Announces “Best of Tastes of the Valley” Winners

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) held its 11th Annual Tastes of the Valley feast and fundraiser on Sunday, September 18, at The Mansion at Bald Hill in Woodstock, CT. The event celebrates locally-grown foods while raising funds for the National Heritage Corridor. Each year, local restaurants prepare tasting portions of delicious menu items using food and beverages grown and produced in The Last Green Valley.

For the four... Read More

Whitinsville Christian School Presents “Once Upon a Pops” Concert

Whitinsville, MA – Whitinsville Christian School Strings proudly presents “Once Upon a Pops,” a fun, family-friendly concert featuring music from Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and other classic tales. The concert is Saturday, October 29th, at 6:30pm at Whitinsville Christian School, 279 Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville, MA, in the Krull Auditorium.

Doors open at 6:00pm. The event features table seating and complementary cake, coff... Read More

Do genes determine your response to drugs?

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Brad Pitt reportedly claimed to be “one of those people you hate because of genetics.” I’m not sure about that, but I do know that genetics determine much more than our good looks or acting talent.  In fact, they have a profound impact on the way individual patients respond to drugs. This field of study is known as pharmacogenomics, and understanding the unique genetic char... Read More

Local pumpkin growers undaunted by summer drought

By Magda Dakin

Part of the wonder of fall in New England is the abundance of color, apparent in the beautiful maples and other deciduous trees and shrubs that line the roads and hillsides. You can see the huge arrangements of mums in every shade of autumn color adorning roadside stands and the front stoops of nearly every home. And then you have Pumpkins! Everyone has a favorite way to display them, big or small, shaped li... Read More

Early voting: Town of Auburn

We are excited to announce that all registered voters will be able vote before Election Day for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on October 24th and continue through November 4th, 2016. Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

In the film “You’ve Got Mail” (screenplay adaptation by Nora and Delia Ephron), the Tom Hanks’ character alludes to his love of autumn in New York when he quips about sending Meg Ryan’s character “a bouquet of newly-sharpened pencils.” With the academic year beginning and people returning to busier schedules, that image sparks thoughts of the season almost as much as colorful foliage. It’s a time for m... Read More