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Nichols College launches three new business programs

DUDLEY, Mass.—Nichols College is expanding its business concentrations to increase career opportunities for students in the sport management and real estate fields. The college is adding Sport Sales & Strategy, Sport Marketing & Content Creation, and Real Estate Management to its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree programs beginning in Fall 2021.

The three new concentrations offer specialized tra... Read More

Lincoln Knows Best

Amy LeClaire

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The words pass through the speaker of my i-phone, falling like shovels and shovels of cold dirt over my head and shoulders. They crush and bury me. 

We are seated in my husband’s Infinity at the curbside of the Westford Animal Hospital when the internal medicine specialist tells us the news. His... Read More

Where are the remains of Rhode Island’s first settler? Part 2

By Thomas D’Agostino

Here is the second part of the story of William Blackstone’s remains. Three years later, The Lonsdale Company decided to erect a monument in honor of the great reverend. Yet at another meeting held on July 26, 1889, the descendants of Mr. Blackstone resolved to bear the expense of erecting the monument in order to relate the history, in their words, (as accurately as possible) the life and attributes o... Read More

Pandemic tests mettle of local gift shops and restaurants

By Rod Lee

It is the new normal for merchants in South County and the Putnam area in 2020, as they keep one eye on the pandemic and the other on business as usual—to the extent that this is possible.

“One day at a time. You just have to make the most of it and keep going,” Carollee Youssef, who operates Bella Lu, a cigar and gift boutique on Thompson Road in Webster, said on November 18.

Bella Lu has been sit... Read More

Grafton BSA Troop 107 offers Christmas Tree Pickup January 9 & 16

Wondering what to do with your Christmas Tree after the holidays?  Grafton Boy Scout Troop 107 has a solution! As part of our ongoing fundraising and community service, we will pick up your tree and dispose of it for you for a donation to Troop 107. Monies raised go to fund Troop activities such as summer camp, outdoor equipment, books and community service projects.

Pickup dates are Saturday January 9 and Saturday January... Read More

Theatre of Northeastern CT at the Bradley Playhouse awarded $20,000 grant to help get through the pandemic

The Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut was selected by Jewett City Savings Bank to receive a $20,000 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Jobs for New England recovery grant program.

 We are especially grateful to Jewett City Savings Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston for recognizing our theatre’s invaluable contribution to the local economy and the key role The Bradley Playhouse has in the communi... Read More

Santa visits Douglas Orchard & Farm

Douglas Orchard & Farm hosted a COVID-safe visit with Santa for 30 families in the local community on the weekend of December 12 and 13. Children were able to tell Santa their Christmas wishes this year at the farm despite the pandemic. Parents were required to make a reservation. Each family got private time with Santa in the farm’s  high tunnel, surrounded by Farmer Nick’s plants. Santa sat six feet away from the bench that... Read More

Samuel Slater Museum gets a new name to reflect a high-tech historical experience

The Samuel Slater Museum, currently under construction in Webster, will be known as the Samuel Slater Experience. The name change reflects the museum’s mission to create an educational, immersive experience that brings to life the American Industrial Revolution with multi-dimensional sight, sound, and movement.

It traces the life of 21-year-old Samuel Slater in 1789 as he travels from England to America, secretly carrying... Read More

Divorce Support Group begins new session in January, in-person and via Zoom

A new weekly divorce support program begins on Tuesday, January 5.   

Called “Fresh Start – There is Life after Divorce,” this program is for men and women who are separated or divorced and living single again. Led by knowledgeable leaders, the group offers encouragement, friendship, and hope.

Each meeting includes a topical video followed by small group discussion, refreshments, and social time. The program continu... Read More