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Alternatives Honors Charles Washburn with the Unibank Community Building Award

Each year, at the organization’s annual Thank You Reception, Alternatives recognizes an individual or group that has used their talents and resources to strengthen the community with the UniBank Community Building Award. This year’s award, Alternatives’ most prestigious, was granted to Charles Washburn, recently-retired Executive Director of VSA Massachusetts. Over 800 people were on hand at the Boxborough Regency as Charlie acce... Read More

Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse to host service of Thanksgiving, November 23

On Thanksgiving morning you can take time before your guests arrive to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday with your family in the traditional non-denominational service sponsored annually by the Uxbridge Quaker Meetinghouse Association.  It will be held this year on November 23 at 9:30 A.M. in meetinghouse, which is located at the corner of Aldrich Street and Quaker Highway in Uxbridge.  A fellowship gathering in the carri... Read More

Whitin Community Center’s annual Support our Troops program underway

By Barbara Van Reed

Every November for the last six years, the Whitin Community Center (WCC) senior staff has geared up for its Support our Troops program, to thank the men and woman who serve our country by giving them a care package from home. And this year is no exception.

I am proud that the WCC can help bring the community together to remember our neighbors who are serving our country during the holidays,” said... Read More

Armenian Puppet Show to share culture and benefit local food pantry

Soorp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Apostolic Church Ladies Guild and Alternatives Club 21 - South Worcester County invites people of all ages to the Alternatives Singh Performance Center 60 Douglas Rd, Whitinsville, MA, as we travel back in time: Puppeteer Dora Kalajian Tevan will present: "Armenian Village Child Life 1900" on Sunday, December 17, 2017—with a snow date of Sunday, January 28, 2018.  Come for fellowship in th... Read More

Anticipation at a fever pitch for Shop Small in Whitinsville

By Rod Lee

“Small Business Saturday” in downtown Whitinsville may still be two weeks away but the buzz on Church St. is already loud, as the twenty-seven merchants who are participating in the fourth edition of the event look forward to November 25th.

“It’s awesome,” Shauna Baker of The Flower Shop, 110 Church St., said. Ms. Baker had emerged from a work area to the rear of her full-service florist and gift shop to... Read More

29th Annual Whitin Five Mile Road Race Thanksgiving morning

Join us at the Whitin Community Center Thanksgiving Morning November 23, 2017 in a race to promote family health and fitness, and support programs that help protect the environment. The start time is 8:10 in the morning. The race will include raffles, coffee, cash and merchandise awards (must be present to claim), race t-shirts and refreshments. Lockers, hot showers, and parking amenities provided by the Whitin Community Center,... Read More

Bay Path Regional Vocational Tech School stirs up talent in the kitchen

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Zachary Simons has always loved cars. He came to Bay Path Regional Vocational High School as a freshman thinking he’d be taking apart engines while enrolled in the school’s automotive program. He didn’t expect, instead, to be cooking a creamy Chicken Alfredo for a community of elders, seniors, and regulars. The Shop was his fourth choice out of nine exploratories.  Like most stude... Read More

The graves beneath The Worcester Common

By Thomas D’Agostino

Imagine having a splendid picnic on the grass of the town common. Daily life is rolling by and the usual wildlife is busy with their own affairs. Suddenly, a hand juts up from the earth, followed by another. Within moments, rotting corpses are emerging from the ground all around. Sounds like a scene from a zombie apocalypse movie but if it were to be, the best candidate for that scene would be the Worc... Read More

Upholstery work runs in the family for Clements brothers

By Rod Lee

The Clements brothers, Ken and Art, can be found in a plain building at the north end of Main St. in the town of Oxford that Rusmart Auto Upholstery has occupied for about five of the seventy years it has now been in existence.

They are old school from the top of their heads, which are coated in white hair, to the soles of their shoes. The sign along the road out front, identifying Rusmart, puts on no air... Read More