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MAPFRE Insurance Donates $10,000 to American Red Cross in response to Webster tornado that displaced dozens of families

 WEBSTER, Mass., August 28, 2018

MAPFRE Insurance today announced a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts (ARCMA) to support its Disaster Relief fund in response to the tornado that struck Webster August 4. The donation will be used to help the 43 individuals who were displaced by the tornado, and other people whose lives are affected by devastating events.

“When a tornado, fire or flood... Read More

bankHometown welcomes Nancy S. Roberts as AVP and Branch Manager of Webster Branches

Oxford, MA – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that Nancy S. Roberts has accepted the position as AVP and Branch Manager of the two Webster Branches (4 Gore Road and 218R Main Street) starting on June 6th.

Prior to joining bankHometown, Nancy was the Vice President, Business Development Branch Manager at Eastern Savings Bank. She worked previously at First Niagara Bank and People’s United Bank.... Read More

Sen. Moore recognizes Adele Gentry for years of service

BOSTON – Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) visited the Northbridge Senior Center to present Adele Gentry with an Official Senate Citation to recognize her service to the seniors of Northbridge.  For more than 18 years, Adele served as the Outreach Worker at the local Senior Center. 

“Adele has been making a difference in the lives of seniors in the Northbridge community,” said Senator Moore.  “She has instrumental play... Read More

Erich’s Cutting Edge, cohorts, tell cancer to Buzz Off

By Rod Lee

The motto “Don’t Tread on Me” having fallen into relative disuse, it was surprising to see it emblazoned on a plaque attached to a wall of Erich’s Cutting Edge Barbershop on Main St. in Oxford on August 8.

Some of those familiar with the phrase may also know that it harks to the days of the first Marines enlisting in Philadelphia; that they carried drums painted yellow with a coiled rattlesnake on them an... Read More

Weekend brunch is next big thing at J. Anthony’s

By Rod Lee

Even having grown up in the restaurant business, which has been good to his family, Jason Villatico admits he is uncertain about what the future holds for the industry—and for the introduction of “brunch” at J. Anthony’s Italian Grill in Auburn every Saturday and Sunday starting September 1st.

“I am setting my expectations low,” Mr. Villatico said from behind a desk in his office just beyond the dining ro... Read More

Chamber supports PawSox move to Worcester

Worcester, Mass.— The City of Worcester has signed a letter of intent with the Triple AAA baseball team, the Pawtucket Red Sox, to have the team begin their 2021 baseball season here in Worcester. The letter of intent will require City Council approval in the coming weeks. This is a significant milestone, in that the proposal will not only involve the construction of a new ballpark, but a major redevelopment of t... Read More

The ghost of the ship chandler

By Thomas D’Agostino

Samuel Bates of Cohasset, Massachusetts, owned a fleet of trade ships that sailed to ports all over the world. In the early 1750s, he built a ship chandlery to supply and outfit his vessels. The business passed down from generation to generation, finally ending with John Bates as its owner.

John Bates was a true businessman. Fr... Read More

Douglas Oktoberfest incorporates old favorites, new entertainment, website

On Saturday, October 6 from 9am to 4pm on Main Street, Douglas, Massachusetts will once again host one of the largest events in the Blackstone Valley. Douglas Oktoberfest is very excited to announce this year’s headlining act, Boombox: the '70s and '80s Experience. The DOUGLAS, Massachusetts, August 13, 2018 -- Oktoberfest Incorporates Old Favorites, As Well As New Entertainment, Website.

seven-member band consist... Read More

Tom Rush Concert at Great Hall, Grafton Common

Grafton, MA. .  . Apple Tree Arts presents one of America’s greatest singer-songwriters Tom Rush in Concert Oct. 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Great Hall, One Grafton Common. An acclaimed international folk artist, Tom Rush’s music has influenced generations of artists from the folk revival in the ‘60s to the renaissance of the ‘80s and ‘90s. Tom Rush in Concert is the inaugural concert of the Grafton Performing Arts Series presented in t... Read More