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ʽSweat equity’ places Grille 122 in line for opening by Mother’s Day

By Rod Lee

The heart of a community beat faster when signage for Grille 122 went up above and across the street from the new restaurant on Providence Road in the Linwood neighborhood of Northbridge a week or so ago.

Turns out, Grille 122, a bar and restaurant, which is taking over an address previously occupied by Brian’s-An Eating and Drinking Place and before that by Teddy’s II, isn’t quite ready to begin welcomin... Read More

Northbridge Senior Center needs volunteer medical drivers

This is a very unique program that is not offered by many Senior Centers. There are many seniors in Northbridge that do not drive and do not have transportation to go to out of town doctor’s appointments. This is a much needed and very popular program at the Center with an average of 75 rides a month. Volunteer drivers take the clients to appointments in Worcester, Milford, Millbury, Sutton, Framingham and yes, even Boston. Drive... Read More

Lawmakers unveil bill targeting illicit marijuana market

BOSTON – Two Worcester-area lawmakers have introduced a bill aimed at tackling the illicit market for marijuana in Massachusetts—recently estimated as nearly 75 percent of all marijuana sales across the Commonwealth—while creating new revenues to reinvest in meaningful social equity, youth consumption prevention, law enforcement training and drugged driving detection.

Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and Representativ... Read More

Business Breakfast with Town Administrators

Webster Town Administrator Doug Willardson, Dudley Town Administrator Greg Balukonis, and Oxford Town Manager Jennifer Callahan will be the featured guests at a “Breakfast with Town Administrators” on May 15, from 8 to 10 a.m.

The Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce is the event sponsor.

The town administrators will outline the state of business in their towns, update their local projects, provide grant inform... Read More

Blackstone Valley 2019 Expo pleases participants and visitors alike

By Magda Dakin

Truly fun for the whole family, the 21st Annual Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Home & Community Expo was a rousing success on a beautiful March 16 Saturday.

Jeannie Hebert and her competent staff put together all the elements to make coming out on a Saturday for a fun family day a thing to look forward to year after year.

With at least eighty different groups represented, there was m... Read More

The Curtis House

By Thomas D'Agostino

Woodbury, Connecticut, in Litchfield County is your average small New England town. Church spires rise up over the trees, old homes grace the landscape and even a cemetery or burial yard sitting next to the church completes the criteria that most small New England towns possess. It also has one thing that most towns have, and that is a haunted inn. In fact, The Curtis House is said to be the oldest inn... Read More

How sweet it is…Fork It Over raises more than $24,000 for Girl Scouts

By Rod Lee

It did not take official pronouncement of Pepe’s Italian Restaurant as a second-place winner (twice) in the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts’ Fork It Over event at the Worcester Art Museum on March 26th for Theresa Travaglio-Romeo to know that her family’s restaurant was going to be a hit with patrons.

Competing in Fork It Over for the first time, Pepe’s Chefs Derek T. Herman and Michael P... Read More

Choice1Graphics – ready with a very long list of printing products and services

Janet Stoica

They’ll print, etch, and emboss on just about anything you can think of, that’s the “impression” the capable group at Choice1Graphics promotes to its customers. “We can do almost any type of promotional item. Just come in and see us for a gift idea, any type of family reunion item, or bridal gift,” says Store Manager Zach Brogna.

Zach describes some of the items the shop on Webster’s Main Stree... Read More

Oxford American Legion welcomes

By Connie Reddy Dwyer

“For all too long, there’s been a misunderstanding about the American Legion being a private club. It is open to the public and we welcome everyone, all ages, especially veterans,” said Don Mekler, as of last year the bar manager and new administrator at the Legion, Post 58.

He talked about his new position. “There is a lot of paperwork to deal with that the town and state require but I have tr... Read More

Webster school system partners with MAPFRE for student safety

By Janet Stoica

She’s been Webster’s public schools superintendent for 19 months now and Ruthann Goguen is on a fast track to bring new leadership and safety programs to the three schools in the system: Park Avenue Elementary, Webster Middle School, and Bartlett High School.

She has enlisted MAPFRE Insurance, the area’s largest employer, and Boston Children’s Hospital to implement several of the programs.

“We... Read More