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New York, New York!

By Janet Stoica

Nina Zurawski is 11 years old but has lived a ballerina’s life since she was about three. Most recently she was part of The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Arts Worcester and the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, held at Worcester’s Hanover Theater from November 27-29.  Her ballet role was that of a Party Girl and Nina, a Dudley Middle School student, very much looked forward to the performance. 

“I r... Read More

Meet Mama Dolce’s new owner

By Ginger Costen

The next time you walk into Mama Dolce’s Café in Webster, you might not immediately notice that there’s a new girl in town. You might not notice because Darlene Mwangi, the new owner, and Nancie Zecco, the previous owner, seem to be so much alike.

First, they’re both Italian and love to cook. Next they’re both outgoing, energetic and love to talk. Wrap this all together with a passion for making oth... Read More

Caring Santa at Auburn Mall

Place: Macy’s Home Court
Auburn Mall will welcome local families to Caring Santa. Together Noerr Programs, Ability Patch & Simon will host Caring Santa, an event dedicated to providing families a subdued and welcoming environment for children with special needs to visit with Santa. Many... Read More

Frosty, Gingerbread Man--shopping!

By Rod Lee

To say that Frosty the Snowman and The Gingerbread Man are taken seriously in the towns of Grafton and Millbury is putting it mildly.

Both legendary creatures will be much in evidence in those Blackstone Valley North communities; although not solely in the same fashion as they were when initially introduced.

Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys are no longer around to sing “Frosty the Snowman” as th... Read More

Annie’s Book Store

Not according to Patty Cryan, owner and manager of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. People of all ages shop for and read books in print, she maintains.

“There was a concern when books on tape, CD, and then e-books first came onto the scene. Perhaps even a small dip for a short time, but the market is very strong and consistently so,” she says. “People still love to hold an actual book, take it on vacation, read it in the tu... Read More

Monte Bianco Restaurant

By Janet Stoica

Just a short drive down Thompson Road in Webster and right over the Connecticut line is Monte Bianco Restaurant. The restaurant opened last month, not a moment too soon for local diners who like having more restaurant choices to pick from. 

Owner and head chef Manuel Campoverde is originally from Ecuador but spent decades in New York City preparing and serving his healthy and fresh international dish... Read More

Angelo’s Auto Sales and Service

Business Profile by Janet Stoica

If first impressions are lasting impressions, then Angelo Bifano, owner of Angelo’s Auto Sales in Auburn, makes the very best of impressions, on the phone and in person. His level of politeness and listening skills are second to none.

Angelo’s Auto has everything to do with your means of transportation: car, truck, or van. His mechanics provide repair services for every make and mode... Read More

Unibank coordinates holiday giving campaign

WHITINSVILLE, MA – UniBank recently announced that it will kick off its annual Holiday Giving campaign on November 27 to make the season brighter for individuals and families throughout the community. The campaign is part of the bank’s dedication to improving life for the communities it serves. Each UniBank branch has chosen an organization that fills a need in their community and employees support the program by making and purch... Read More

Holiday Inn Express ribbon cutting

The completion of a multi-million dollar makeover at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites in Auburn was formally celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, November 12.

Local politicians on hand to mark the occasion included State Representative Paul Frost, who read a citation for both Congressman Jim McGovern and the Massachusetts House of Representatives, and Auburn selectman Doreen Goodrich, representing  St... Read More

True Impressions for sports safely

By Magda Dakin

It may not be one of the most exciting gifts to give or get and it may not be the flashiest or the most expensive, but it will get big smiles and keep them too, according to Cristin Sabatino, of True Impressions Inc., creators of custom-fitted mouth guards.

“Holiday gift giving is the perfect time to give your young athlete the best protection his or her teeth can have during sports play,” says Cristi... Read More