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Inspired Arts Company

By Janet Stoica

Dudley – Whether you’re two or seventy-two, there is surely a dance style that will fit your character at Inspired Arts Company, located at the former Stevens Linen/Packard Mill Complex, at 137 Schofield Avenue in Dudley. The floorboards are wide and highly polished, the practice rooms are large and mirrored, and the instructors are proficient at their dancing and theater professions. The owner, Nikki Mead,... Read More

Northeast Pizza and Lobster Nook updates

By Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – Northeast Pizza is moving!   The popular Webster pizzeria will soon relocate to the former Peachtree Restaurant at 29 Main Street.  “We hope to open at the beginning of January,” says John Tekelis, owner of Northeast Pizza. “We will still offer our full line of delicious pizza, sandwiches, salads, and grinders and will have homemade baklava and brownies for our dessert choices.” ... Read More

The Celebrated Moll Pitcher

By Thomas D’Agostino

New England is full of tales regarding witches, wizards and other seers that made their living through the telling of fortunes, but none are so recognized and once revered as Marblehead’s own Moll Pitcher.

Moll Pitcher was the granddaughter of famed Marblehead wizard John Dimond who was known to summon ships to safety in storms from atop Burial Hill in the small village. Moll was born Mary “Moll... Read More

Fresh Air Floral has a new home

DOUGLAS - Jeff Sekscenski was extra busy during the holidays: he successfully moved his Fresh Air Floral & Gift Boutique from Main Street to 100 Davis Street, also the home of The Gift Authority.

Jeff and his partner John Paul opened the store in April of last year. However, the Main Street location proved problematic. “Have you seen what Main Street looks like after a snow storm?” said Jeff. “There’s no place to park.... Read More

Dudley, Webster, Oxford highlights

By Janet Stoica

Greg Balukonis began his job as Dudley’s town administrator in July 2014 and immediately became involved with many aspects of Dudley’s planning and future development.

Mr. Balukonis cited some of the year 2015 highlights.  The former town library was sold in February for $85,000, making the building and property a revenue-generating item. The $85,000 profit was put into the town’s capital improvement... Read More

Young employees buoy customer service spirit at Market 32

By Amy LeClaire

Market 32 by Price Chopper has made its mark in Sutton.

Since its grand opening in late October the store has thrived, a success buoyed by the attitudes of recent hires—an optimistic group of young people you’ll find on both sides of the store counters. 

They are the baggers and the cashiers, the meat cutters and the bakers.  They are the cappuccino mixers and cheese slicers and, during my rec... Read More

‘Sam’ and the Whittier Farms way

By Rod Lee

For many of its customers, Whittier Farms is defined by the many aspects of a multi-faceted enterprise: the year-round retail store, landscape materials, holiday orders, catering, events, breeder information, “our own beef,” magnificent Holsteins and of course the two silos sitting conspicuously atop five hundred acres of rolling fields on Douglas Road in Sutton.

The business represents the very personifi... Read More

No snow, lots of Christmas trees, holiday spirit

By Rod Lee

The holiday season is not the same without snow, noticeably absent early this month, but you would not have known that at farm stands and gift shops on the back roads of the Blackstone Valley on a blissfully balmy recent Saturday.

“I’ve been coming to Kelly’s since my mother brought me when I was a kid,” Charlie Innis of Milford said at Dick Kelly’s Farm Stand on Milford St. (Rt. 140) in Upton, where he a... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

For many people, the holidays came too quickly this year. Some people are just beginning to catch their breath. But as the holidays begin to wind down, it’s not too late to spread some of that seasonal cheer and good will. The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day give us the chance to do so at a more relaxed pace. This month, many businesses have been spreading cheer in little ways that have a big... Read More

Dudley Conservation Land Trust acquires 77 acres

Through a generous donation from  the Wieloch family, The Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) has acquired a 77 acre parcel of walking paths, streams, wetlands, forest, stone walls, historic  railway and native wildlife habitat right along  Rt. 197. Within the Wieloch Woods, another 10 acres has recently been offered to the DCLT.  With the purchase of this additional parcel, Wieloch Woods, an iconic Dudley landscape, will expan... Read More