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Stevens Linen Business Complex abruptly shut down

By Janet Stoica


DUDLEY – Imagine being in business one day and closed abruptly the next, your income virtually taken from you due to circumstances beyond your control.


That’s exactly what happened to tenants at the Stevens Linen Business Complex at 137 Schofield Avenue in Dudley in late December. One of them is The Fitness Studio.


On Thursday, December 28, at 5:30 a.m., when The Fit... Read More

2018 Call for Applications: Janet Malser Humanities Trust

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust is accepting applications for the 2018 grant cycle. Ms. Malser set up the charitable Trust in order to support the arts and humanities, community service and conservation in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, and Webster, MA.
The causes for which funding will be considered include: “the restoration and preservation of historic sites; the furtherance of art and music in the schools,... Read More

Head Start to return to Webster next year

by Janet Stoica

Thanks to Worcester Community Action Council’s foresight, along with assistance and guidance from Carol Cyr of Webster’s Office of Community Development, the former Webster Senior Center building at 116 School Street will once again be filled with the voices of school children.

Worcester Community Action council (WCAC), the federally designated anti-poverty agency for Central and Southern Worcester C... Read More

Apple Tree Arts premieres “Stirring String Mastery” concert on Jan. 27

GRAFTON--Apple Tree Arts presents the second concert of its Saturday Serenades  chamber music series on Jan. 27, 7:30 p.m. featuring the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet with Paul Surapine, CHSO’s executive and artistic director on clarinet in the Great Hall, One Grafton Common in Grafton. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and veterans. For
 tickets, call Apple Tree Arts at... Read More

High school sweethearts stitch together hearts for comfort

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

When Beth and Ed Dabrowski of Webster set their minds to accomplish something, they certainly have their hearts in the right place. The continued success of their Heart Pillow Project is no exception. Married for 30 years now, the 1976 high school graduates (she from Shepherd Hill, he from Bartlett High) spooled in the New Year as they usually do—with fabric, thread and enough fluff to ensure that... Read More

BVT announces Spring 2018 Charity Dinner schedule

UPTON – For the past seven years, the Blackstone Valley Tech Friends of Rachel Club and Culinary Arts program teamed up to host monthly fundraising dinners to benefit several charitable organizations and causes. Beginning in January, the Culinary Arts program will have a new partner in the BVT SkillsUSA chapter as the Friends of Rachel Club steps away from the monthly charity dinners.

“We’ve developed a familial relationsh... Read More

Share warmth with those who need it most

This January, Harbro opens its doors as a donation drop-off location for the Net of Compassion in Worcester. This non-profit is dedicated to serving the homeless in our area and has been hard at work for over six years. Please bring your new or used clothing to either location; together we’ll make sure it gets into the hands of people who need it.

Most needed items: winter jackets, socks (... Read More

Blackstone Valley pastors share remedies to recover the Christmas spirit

by Christina Galeone

Look around you. What do you see? When you turn on your television, check your e-mail or go to a favorite website, there’s a good chance you’ll be hit by some aggressive ads. If you watch the news on television or visit a news-related website, you’ll most likely be hit by some distressing stories.

So, with all the commercialism and chaos, how can we find the joy and peace of Christmas time? To a... Read More

Tradition inspires couple’s rustic modern woodworking

by Christine Galeone

When Ed Berg was a young boy, he spent many summers and school vacations with his grandfather. A skilled carpenter and woodworker, the man took his grandson under his wing. A love of woodworking and valuable skills were passed down from the older generation to the youngest as they worked together on projects. 

Now, many years later, Mr. Berg has been busy utilizing those skills to create rustic... Read More

Photographers offer a rare look inside abandoned institutions

In a powerful exhibit slated for the Heritage Gallery at Alternatives’ Whitin Mill, husband and wife photography team Mike and Joanne Zeis share their passion for taking photos in abandoned asylums. Bringing Light to the Darkness opens to the public on January 5 with a free wine and cheese reception from 4:30-7:30 PM at 50 Douglas Rd, Whitinsville, MA.

In their travels, the Zeis’s have found that photographs of th... Read More