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In September, restaurants’ and patrons’ thoughts turn to patio dining

By Rod Lee

Call it deck dining. Outside dining. Patio dining. Street-side dining.

Regardless of the term used, taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner in the open air—weather permitting—is a much more prevalent pastime in the Blackstone Valley, Central Massachusetts, Northeastern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island than most people realize.

Shown a “master list” of establishm... Read More

The Other Side of Bermuda

By Thomas D'Agostino

Bermuda is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the eastern seaboard. The 21-mile-long island owned by Great Britain is famous for its pink sands, historic sites and of course, Goslings rum and ginger beer. The island is also a corner of the famous Bermuda Triangle where many ships and planes have mysteriously vanished. The... Read More

St. Roch Flea Market & Vendor Fair a treat for buyers and sellers

By Rod Lee

Dan Carbonneau had at least two reasons to smile as he moved around the Oxford Town Common the morning of August 24th.

First, the weather a month before the arrival of fall was ideal for St. Roch Parish’s third annual Flea Market & Vendor Fair. Sunny and pleasant. Second, tables set up from front to back were brimming with glassware, books, furniture, paintings and collectibles and drawing a lot of in... Read More

Douglas – It’s time to start thinking Oktoberfest!

October 5th, 2019, from 9am to 4pm we will once again be closing down Main St. Douglas and hosting one of the largest events in the Blackstone Valley.

We will be bringing back favorites such as the Weiner Dog race (this year to include a category for small breeds), the 'Larger than Life Parade' featuring music and dancing from Dance Sensations, and our 'Larger than Life' Characters, the ‘choo choo train’, bouncy rides, car... Read More

End of Summer Beach Party with Tom Revane

Webster, MA - September 4, 2019 - Indian Ranch will host an End of Summer Bash this Saturday, September 7th from 12:00PM to 2:30PM in Webster, MA. Set to take place on the beach at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant, the party will feature music from local favorite Tom Revane. Tickets are on sale now for  just $10 at ... Read More

CrossFit AC is tailor-made as a business venture for Zathan and Ally Simpson

By Rod Lee

Early in a conversation with Zathan Simpson it becomes obvious that the shine hasn’t worn off the gift he presented himself with back in March, when he and his wife Ally acquired the CrossFit Athletic Center in Sutton.

“Since I started coaching it’s been a goal of mine,” Mr. Simpson said between classes the afternoon of August 13th. Clad in gym shorts and a brightly colored T-shirt and looking fit as the... Read More

Colin McCullough: helping people enjoy vegan recipes--one smoothie at a time

by Christine Galeone

Over the years, Colin McCullough has taught many vegan cooking classes throughout Central Massachusetts. At those classes, his students would ask for a book of the recipes he demonstrated. But there wasn’t one. He had searched for such a cookbook years ago and never found one that had delicious, healthy vegan meals. For both reasons, the Millbury resident decided to write a vegan cookbook. And the timi... Read More

No need to shake the sand from your sandals yet

by Christine Galeone

As summer winds down and kids go back to school, many people are settling back into their normal routines. But with Labor Day over, there’s no need to shake the sand from our shoes just yet. There’s still time to enjoy the warm breezes, the colorful flower gardens and an outdoor concert or two.

Likewise, local businesses and organizations have been easing back into the swing of things.  And they... Read More

Mendon Cultural Council Seeks Grant Applications

The Mendon Cultural Council is announcing they will be accepting grant applications for the upcoming year beginning September 1 through midnight October 15, 2019. Funds will be distributed for events supporting the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences in our community.

Organizations, schools, and individuals may apply for funding. Applications are no longer accepted on paper, and must be completed online. To access... Read More

Harrington NEON 5K to Benefit Mental Health Services

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, August 27, 2019 -- Harrington HealthCare System has announced the return of its family-friendly 5K walk/run this September.

The Neon 5K fundraiser will be held on Saturday, September 21 directly preceding the start of AutumnFest... Read More