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Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

Ringing bells for Salvation Army can be a challenge in the cold winter days, but it is a worthwhile endeavor for you and your family members of all ages. It will also benefit others who will need fuel, medical or rent assistance this winter.  Can you give just TWO HOURS of your time? Do you need Community Service Hours for school? Walmart, Shaw’s & now Market 32 are joining us in this worthwhile cause and all... Read More

Interesting epitaphs

By Thomas D’Agostino

Since my last two installments, I received several requests for more interesting epitaphs.  It appears the New England sense of humor spans the ages when it comes to these quirky and cute limericks and verses. No one was impervious to the chisel and hammer’s compensated prose. Family, friends and even disgruntled neighbors often came... Read More

Steadfast Family Dental: Dr. Ben brings progressive dentistry to Auburn

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Steadfast Family Dental is a full-service, brand-new dentist facility located on the second floor of Auburn’s Galaxy Pass building. Owned and operated by Benjamin Tubo, otherwise known as Dr. Ben, the new business is enhanced by digital dentistry, which denotes a highly detailed, efficient, and technologically astute practice for assessing and treating a patient’s unique dental needs. Such progressive... Read More

No fuzzy math as Webster inches toward single property tax rate

By Rod Lee

Whether the discussion is with Chief Assessor Marc D. Becker or members of the business community, there is widespread agreement that the town of Webster is a welcoming place for enterprise thanks to a relatively low commercial tax rate of $16.40 per $1000 of assessed valuation—down significantly from a high of $28.35 in 2002.

This may become even more apparent during a tax-classification hearing in the s... Read More

Apple Tree Arts Holiday Pops Concerts

Grafton, MA, Nov 15, . Come celebrate the season at Apple Tree Arts Holiday Pops concerts Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. showcasing the talented 29-member Community Chorus performing a selection of upbeat, contemporary and traditional holiday music in a fun... Read More

New England Steak & Seafood’s Thanksgiving tradition includes meals for first responders

By Magda Dakin

Fall, family holidays, and great meals all epitomize a New England tradition and nowhere is this more evident than at the New England Steak and Seafood restaurant in Mendon.

Here, one of those traditions for the last 25 years has been the complimentary Thanksgiving meals provided for fire, EMS, and police personnel on duty Thanksgiving Day, in Mendon and ten surrounding communities.  

Sixty-two... Read More

Mendon Greenhouse closes its doors

By Kevin Rudden

For as long as most Mendon residents can remember, when they needed flowers they headed to the Mendon Greenhouse on the Hastings Street section of Route 16. The business closed its doors at the end of September, when owner Colleen Oncay retired.

Oncay owned the business during the past three decades, and before that, it was owned and run by Dean Wiegers. During... Read More

Douglas veterans mark World War Centennial with new memorial at Carter Square

By Barbara Van Reed

Douglas residents might pass by Carter’s Square without knowing who or what it’s meant to honor.

The square, a small island at the junction of Manchaug Road and Gilboa Street, is named for Michael Carter, the only soldier from Douglas to die in World War I.

Michael Carter was a member of the Lost Battalion, one of around 550 men in the 77th Division, 197 of whom were killed in action, 150... Read More

Former Massachusetts Governor, Michael Dukakis, keynote speaker at Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce 40th Annual Meeting

Sutton, MA: The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce 40th Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Pleasant Valley Country Club, 95 Armsby Road, Sutton, MA on Friday, November 16th from 7:30am to 10:00am. 

This annual event presents a ‘year in review’, which showcases the Blackstone Valley Chamber’s achievements over the past... Read More

Church Street merchants ready for 5th year of Shop Small 01588

By Rod Lee

If a physician with a stethoscope was able to take the pulse of Church St. in Whitinsville these days, he or she would detect a strong and steady heartbeat. Merchants doing business on a thoroughfare that has seen its ups and downs in recent years don’t need such an instrument to know that Church St. is once again on the rebound. As proof, they would point to the arrival of new enterprises coupled with a full-fl... Read More