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Xtreme Restorations by Todd Lewis

By Magda Dakin

The latest trend in investing is called Passion Fund Investing and until recently referred primarily to Art Portfolio investing and the like. Now, due to its incredible surge in popularity, Classic Car Investing has morphed into a viable investing option. According to investment experts quoted in a recent CNBC special, “Ten years ago, classic cars were looked at as collectibles, but now people are recognizin... Read More

The Socrat family recreates Douglas Orchard

“I want to be here until I’m a hundred. I want to always be here.” Nick Socrat is standing in his newly planted vegetable patch, a dream come true for the young man who’s just graduated from the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture with a degree in sustainable food and farming.

Nick will be the heart and soul of the Douglas Orchard & Farm, though it’s abundantly clear that this is a family affair. The Socrat family... Read More

Woonsocket Glass Fabricators officially opens in Whitinsville

By Rod Lee

Helping Woonsocket Glass Fabricators (WGF) move into its 33,000-square-foot production center and showroom on Douglas Road in Whitinsville last November wasn’t the first time MassDevelopment has come to the assistance of Blackstone Valley enterprise and it probably won’t be the last.

A grand opening and ribbon cutting for the facility was held on June 24.

Just since 2011, through June of this year,... Read More

It’s time for PYO Blueberries

By Magda Dakin

Fourth of July isn’t just the beginning of the vacation and holiday season, it’s opening day for Blueberry picking at local farms and farm stands. It’s a fairly short picking season so if you want a fun picking experience be sure to call ahead during open hours and find out if there are berries available for picking that day.

At Vandervalk Farm and Winery 25 Lovell Street in Mendon, p... Read More

Who will win $1000? This is Week 4.

The weekly clue is in your July Xpress edition. The second weekly clue is posted at participating businesses by noon Fridays.  Be sure to check your Xpress for the first clue of the week, and visit any of these participating businesses. They will have it--and all the current clues.

Or you can view the participating businesses and their full addresses on Page 5 page of the full edition PDF downloads a... Read More

Larry’s Landscape Supplies LLC – bark, mulch, and stone

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

New England winters have become a problem.  By late February, we’ve had it with the cold, the shovels, the bouts of road-rage and the sludgy slop of a season that’s taken it waaaaay too far.  A morning blanket of snow in March has lost its luster.  The magic is gone.  Let it go!—we cry out with bare fists, adopting a sudden appreciation for the state of Florida.  We curse.  We crumble. We may even c... Read More

Growing pains for the Oxford Business Association

By Rod Lee

Given its history including the role it has played in fostering civic pride, the Oxford Business Association should be a household name in the community—like that of Clara Barton.

Regrettably, that is not the case.

Surprise and disappointment, then, to find upon querying some members of Oxford’s merchants’ community that the OBA is a relative unknown. This despite a host of contributions the organi... Read More

Nichols College provides a "road to success" for students and graduates

By:  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

They are prepared.  They are polished.  They have fresh perspectives.  They are the Nichols College students and they’re willing to set in motion all that they’ve learned, given the opportunity.   

According to Lorraine U. Martinelle, Director of Public Relations for Nichols College, “As of January 2015, ninety-two percent of Nichols College graduates (class of 2015) were employed within si... Read More

Free Folk Concert-Douglas

If you are looking for a free, fun family night this summer all you have to do is stop by the Old Town Common in Douglas. Folk sensations Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards and their band will be performing on July 7th from 6-8pm. This is one of two summer concert events sponsored by the Douglas Cultural Council. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic dinn... Read More

Southbridge Police Department announces Community Assisted Recovery for Everyone (CARE)

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA – Southbridge Chief of Police Shane Woodson has announced the July 1 introduction of the Department’s Community Assisted Recovery for Everyone (CARE) program. Largely based on the Gloucester “ANGEL” program model, CARE is a community-based program designed to reduce the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid and heroin overdoses in Southbridge.

The program, in collaboration with Harrington HealthCare... Read More