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Enchanted Passage bookstore a fantasyland for kids

By Rod Lee

Eighteen months or so have slipped by since the grand experiment that is Enchanted Passage began operations on Armsby Road in Sutton. Long enough for Kimberly Cake, who owns the children’s bookstore and enrichment center with her mother Sandy Loomis, to feel that a corner has been turned.

Speaking of which, there are a fair number of those in traversing the hallways of a building that once housed Vaillanc... Read More

Fallon Health offers alternative to nursing home care with new Webster site

Webster, Mass., July 18, 2018—Fallon Health, a nationally recognized health care services organization and a leading provider of health care to older adults, announced today the opening of a new Summit ElderCare® center in Webster. The center, which is located on 108 Thompson Road, offers all-inclusive, coordinated and patient-centered health care and related support services to individuals age 55 and older who need assistance an... Read More

Small Stones Festival announces Jurors

Grafton, MA, July 13, 2018.  .  . The Small Stones Festival of the Arts (SSFA) has appointed several distinguished jurors for the Nov. 9-11 juried exhibition of fine art and fine art photography to be held at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common. Three regional art organizations – Apple Tree Arts, Worcester County Camera Club and Blackstone Valley Art Association have collaborated to create the Festival. The juried displays of phot... Read More

Outside the Box expands with new puzzle room: Darklight

By Janet Stoica

Two weeks ago, Jeff Lorditch and Jen Harrington, owners of the gaming escape room, Outside the Box in Webster, opened another exciting and interactive physical adventure game, Darklight, at their Main Street location.

Adding to their ever-expanding recreation rooms, this one is a puzzle format that pits two teams of up to six players each against each other. The object of the game is to fin... Read More

Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc. announce affiliation

(Worcester, MA – July 25, 2018) Two well-established Central Massachusetts human service providers have announced their affiliation effective July 1, 2018. Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Massachusetts both have long histories providing services in the region for people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. Together, the two agencies will have a combined workforce of over 1200 staff... Read More

Harrington Black-Tie Fundraiser nets $220,000 for Southbridge Emergency Department

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, July 20, 2018 – Harrington HealthCare System is celebrating a successful black-tie fundraiser held July 14 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, which raised more than $200,000 toward the renovation of its Southbridge Emergency Department (ED).
The event featured tastings from more than a dozen local restaurants including Rovezzi’s, Porterhouse,  Baba Sushi, Mexicali, The Clambox, Metro Bistro... Read More

Bully Prevention Program at Boys and Girls of Webster-Dudley

Local businesses team-up to provide “Wizards and Knights: Bully Prevention Program” on Thursday, August 2  at 2 PM at the Boys and Girls Club of Webster-Dudley starring world- class ventriloquist Lesley Smith and her side-kick family favorite Sammy Snail. This performance was rescheduled from an early June time slot.

The Boys and Girls Club has been awarded a grant from the Dudley Cultural Council to bring Smith and her st... Read More

Hawthorne Hotel

By Thomas D’Agostino

The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is famous for the witch hysteria that took place there in 1692. Salem was also known as a major shipping port. It was the largest in the colonies for many years. Today people flock to Salem to see the attractions, and even more, to attend the annual “Haunted Happenings” that takes place during the mon... Read More

Life Storage answers call for climate-controlled units in Oxford

By Rod Lee

More than a few passing motorists’ attention having been caught by the sight of Oxford’s newest building taking shape on Main St., about one mile south of the traffic light in the town center, the inquiry naturally follows as to “what is going on?”

The answer will come as a somewhat of a surprise in at least one sense. While “Life Storage” signage is prominently displayed near the roof line of the buildin... Read More