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NHS Students “Walk Out” to Support Parkland School

Over 2500 schools across the nation, including Northbridge High School, took part in a walk-out on March 14th in honor of the 17 victims of the school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High Schools, as well as to support the students who are still attending the school.   

The NHS walk-out was organized by Isabelle Croteau and Madison Ireland who kicked off the somber event by reading brief but powerful biographies abou... Read More

Shared living information sessions

If so, find out about the personal and financial benefits of being a Shared Living Provider with Alternatives’ Shared Living Program. Learn how providing a home for an individual with disabilities can change their life and yours.

Alternatives will present three Shared Living Information Sessions, as follows:  

Thursday, March 27, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Millbury Public Library, 128 Elm St, Millbury.      

Thur... Read More

Eileen McAnneny discusses ballot initiatives at legislative breakfast

Eileen McAnneny, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, was the guest speaker at the annual legislative breakfast sponsored by the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, held on February 16.

Ms. McAnneny prefaced her presentation with a note that the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation is a non-profit, non-partisan fiscal watchdog.

Commenting on the Baker Administration’s FY 2019 budget, she said that a... Read More

Fontana Kitchens: custom cabinets and baths with a woman’s touch

By Magda Dakin

Food aficionados everywhere crave a beautiful, functional kitchen space to work in. It all seems to come together better when everything is in place and the kitchen is set up just the way you like it. Wendy Beltramini of Fontana Kitchens gets to make that dream come true for many residents in the Blackstone Valley. Located in downtown Mendon just across from the Town Hall and next to Country Bumpkin, Fontana... Read More

Hoopla builds for Blackstone Valley Education Hub

By Rod Lee

The long road to establishing a satellite campus of Quinsigamond Community College in the Blackstone Valley has seen its share of twists and turns; seemingly getting no closer to its destination.

Now, however, a new plan—an alternate route—is in place. Not for an extension of QCC in the region per se but rather for a “Blackstone Valley Education Hub” the mission of which will be essentially the same as be... Read More

North Village Condo lottery set for May 8

Applications for 31 affordable housing units in Douglas due April 23

More than ten years after the North Village 40B project was first presented to Douglas selectmen and planning boards, construction of the North Village condominium development on North Street is now well underway.

Thirty-one of its 124 three-bedroom, duplex-style condo units have been designated as affordable housing, to b... Read More

Whitin Community Center’s Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

WHITINSVILLE – The Whitin Community Center’s annual meeting was held on Monday, February 26, 2018, at the WCC. The evening began with a beautiful spread of hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Whittier Farms and enjoyed by the Board Members, Trustees, Corporators, Award Recipients, WCC Staff and Administration who gathered to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments.    

At the event, the organization was addressed with a welc... Read More

Tonia’s Treasures opens for business in Douglas

By Magda Dakin

It’s a brand-new shop in downtown Douglas, but when you enter you’ll be welcomed by a very familiar face: Tonia Gosselin. For more than 30 years, Tonia has been employed just across the street at the Citgo/Xtra Mart, watching the comings and goings of this very store. With the closing of yet another flower shop, leaving the space empty, Tonia and her friends began to dream about what would best serve the com... Read More

Local Toastmasters Club hosts an open house

STURBRIDGE, MA – March 1, 2018 — Village Toastmasters hosts an Open House on Thursday, March 22 from 6:30-8:15 pm at the Chamber of Central Mass South. 

For over 90 years, Toastmasters has helped millions of people improve their communication and leadership skills. People from all professions and ages have benefited.

The March 22 Open House is an opportunity for people to learn how Toastmasters can help improve conf... Read More