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Advanced Automotive Performance: The Malo brothers mark 10 years in business

By Magda Dakin

When is an auto repair place not just a place to have your car fixed? When it’s Advanced Auto Performance in Uxbridge. For the last ten years Luke and Jason Malo have been providing their customers with high quality, fairly priced, efficient automotive services that meets and often exceeds their clients demands. 

Recently re-located a thousand feet down Route 16, Advanced Automotive Performance moved... Read More

Nature's ways to work: Food from Chockalog Farm

Nature's ways to work: Food from Chockalog Farm

By Magda Dakin

It’s amazing what one person’s dream can accomplish with lots of help from family and friends, a lot of persistence, and amazing daily efforts. Chockalog Farm in Uxbridge is the picture of what a self-sustaining farm, practicing regenerative agriculture, looks like. In other words, Wenona Boucher has created a beautiful blend of animals and plants that for... Read More

Disaster Restoration Services fires up for Hopedale grand opening

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Disaster Restoration Services (DRS) – a full service mitigation and restoration company – held a fiery Grand Opening on Thursday, September 22, in celebration of their new location at 9 Rosenfeld Drive in Hopedale.  A proud row of DRS employees posed for photographs while President Dan Strong cut the ceremonial ribbon beside his sister, Vice President Tammy Strong, to initiate a ga... Read More

NCTV’s Berkowitz, Ampagoomian: Roll the cameras

By Rod Lee

Despite what you might think, recently introduced live streaming is not the greatest strength of NCTV-11 in administering to the public-access needs of residents of the town of Northbridge. Neither is the variety of programming, rich as it is. Or the studio on Church Avenue, although the retrofitted former home of the local American Legion Post is a vast improvement over the station’s previous space in downtown... Read More

New Rockdale Youth Center hosts Grand Opening Celebration

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

September 29th marked an important day for the children of Northbridge. The Grand Opening Celebration for The New Rockdale Youth Center (located at St. Peter’s Church, 57 Church Avenue) unfolded with enthusiasm, gratitude, and a ceremonial ribbon cutting that included approximately one-hundred twenty-five supporters, led by Whitin Community Center Director Heather Elster.

“If anyone... Read More

Hot Costumes prepares to party

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Hot Costumes, located on 175 Main Street in Webster, is ready to party “like it’s 1999” this year, and they have ten aisles of costumes, four dressing rooms, and a massive stock of masks and accessories to prove it.  (Oh, and they even have a Dress-Up-Man to dance and wave to passing drivers at the storefront).

“We’re all about having fun,” admitted co-owner Pedro Villegas. “... Read More

Walktober is still going strong!

Walktober is still going strong with another week full of choices to whet your appetite for fun and activity in The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor. If you have enjoyed the annual program offered by The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) in its first few weeks, don’t stop now.

“Tackle the Trail” returns as a unique opportunity to run along the Air Line Trail on Saturday, October 15th, to benefit the Quinebaug Vall... Read More

Sturbridge Coffee Roasters October “Think Pink” campaign benefits The Cancer Center at Harrington

Southbridge/Dudley, Mass. – Sturbridge Coffee Roasters (SCR) will donate $1 for each pound of freshly roasted coffee purchased to The Cancer Center at Harrington Hospital during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To commemorate our “Think Pink” campaign, coffee is being sold in special pink bags to further raise awareness. The campaign is running at both of SCR shops in Southbridge and the newly ope... Read More

Charlton smalls OK even without merchants group

By Rod Lee

Woe unto the smalls in this day and age of big-box stores, the presence of which makes it “hard for mom-and-pop shops” to survive—a scenario that applies even to long-established businesses like Charlton Optical on Masonic Road in Charlton, Peter Maly says.

“Look at the small pharmacies that have been eaten up,” Mr. Maly said. “We’re [vulnerable] too.” Despite this, Charlton Optical, a fixture in the comm... Read More

Eddy’s Flooring America participates in Worcester’s 2016 Fall Home Show with usual “out-of-the-box” thinking

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Eddy Stein, of Eddy’s Flooring America, isn’t only aging gracefully, he’s aging creatively. With six decades of expertise, the 84-year-old business owner is about to attend the annual 2016 Worcester Fall Home Show on October 21 with his son, Howard, a Boston University advertising and marketing graduate with a penchant for thinking “outside of the box.”

 “It’s old school and new school coming... Read More