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Peer Recovery Center adds programs for family support and gambling addiction

“We know there are people who want and need help, but there is a shyness about walking into a facility – it takes a lot of courage,” says The Rev. Janice Ford.

The “facility” is the Opening the Word Peer Recovery Center at 10 Mechanic Street in Webster, which opened in August to address substance use disorder issues faced by its residents and those of the surrounding communities. Since then it has added a support group for... Read More

Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Legislative Breakfast

WHITINSVILLE, MASSACHUSETTS --The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Legislative Breakfast on Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:30-9:00 AM at the Charles F. Minney VFW Post 3329 located at 16 South Main Street, Millbury.

All of the Valley’s state legislators are expected to attend.... Read More

TLGV’s February Acorn Adventure POSTPONED

The Last Green Valley’s Acorn Adventure, Winter Birds, scheduled for Feb. 2 at Hopeville State Park, 929 Hopeville Road, Griswold, CT is being postponed.

 A pre-hike of the park revealed challenging conditions, which combined with the predicted cold temperatures Saturday morning necessitated the postponement.

 The Acorn Adventure is being rescheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 23. However, TL... Read More

‘Friends of Lasell Field' regroups in Northbridge

Jan. 29, 2019 - Northbridge, MA -- ​A group of local volunteers have come together as the result of the deplorable conditions at John Whitin Lasell Memorial Field, Northbridge PublicSchools’ athletic complex located at 171 Linwood Avenue. The field, dedicated to Lasell’s memory houses the school district’s track, football, soccer lacrosse and field hockey games.
John Whitin Lasell, born in 1897, an extended me... Read More

Shop Grafton puts town, merchants on the same page

By Rod Lee

In a video that appears on the home page of the town’s website John R. Allen who is Grafton’s newly appointed economic development specialist encourages local residents to patronize local businesses as a way to keep spending dollars close to home.

Mr. Allen’s message comes as good news to merchants like Morgan King at Off the Common, an antiques marketplace at 4 Worcester St. His pitch builds on a success... Read More

Reichert has the right stuff for Chamber’s Gaudette award

By Rod Lee

In bestowing the coveted Gerry Gaudette Extra Mile Award on Leslie Reichert at its 40th annual meeting at Pleasant Valley Country Club in Sutton on November 16th, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce was recognizing a woman whose enthusiasm for “green cleaning” is exceeded only by her concern for those in need.

“Leslie is an amazing woman who channels her compassion into action,” Chamber President/CE... Read More

National Grid Foundation awards $15K to WCAC Head Start Partnership with MA Audubon to bring science & nature into the classroom


Southbridge, Massachusetts - Worcester Community Action Council's Head Start program has been named the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the National Grid Foundation to support a science and nature curriculum in all of the agency's twelve classrooms. The initiative, in collaboration with Massachusetts Audubon Broad Meadow Brook, will provide for multiple classroom visits and hands-on lessons at WCAC's Head Start cente... Read More

New year, new challenges for Oxford’s new town manager

By Connie Reddy Dwyer

Last September Oxford welcomed its new Town Manager Jennifer “Jen” Callahan, who’s known as one who “loves helping communities solve problems,” Callahan is tenacious in resolving issues “from the beginning to the end.”

As a former state representative and town administrator, Callahan knows how a municipality operates and how to work with the state legislature to get things done right. Excited a... Read More

Webster’s new Police Chief Michael Shaw makes a smooth transition

By Janet Stoica

Webster has experienced many transitions in the past several years, the latest being its new Police Chief Michael Shaw, who assumed his position on January 13, with the retirement of Chief Timothy J. Bent.  

It is an assignment he looked forward to enthusiastically. “It’s a mixture of excitement and nervousness,” he said. “I just want to do a good job.”

Chief Shaw has been part of Webster’s la... Read More