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The Spa at Whitinsville Wellness Center

WHITINSVILLE – The Spa at Whitinsville Wellness Center invites customers and community to help them celebrate the first year in their new location at 1271 Providence Road, on the second floor of the Milford Federal Savings & Loan building.

Owner and manager Robin Allen said attendees will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, meet the staff, and learn about the many services they offer, such as yoga, meditation,... Read More

Webster parish offers free dinner to veterans

Late last year the Church of the Reconciliation, an Episcopal parish in Webster, felt called to begin an outreach to veterans in the Webster-Dudley-Oxford area.  The goal was to honor their service, but also to create opportunities for those who might like to have serious conversations about their service time--the challenges and concerns that may have surfaced since leaving active duty.   

The Rev. Janice Ford, Rector of... Read More

Family Fuel: today’s price is--

DOUGLAS – It was the day before Christmas and the weather was cold and rainy. But for hundreds of travelers along Route 16 in Douglas the day came with a special surprise:  the gas price sign at Family Fuels at 63 Main Street read $1.99 per gallon.  

Ray Whitehead, owner of the full-service gas station and convenience store, said he lowered the price of gas on Christmas Eve Day from the previous day’s $2.49 as a thank you... Read More

7 ways to love your pets

By Dr. Kelly Wolfenson Guay

And so our thoughts turn to spring's arrival, and love.  Here are tips on how to best love your pet and make caring for your furry friends a year-round valentine.

  1. Quality food makes a huge difference in our pets' health, skin, coat, and even stool quality.  Many pets develop allergies at any age to many common ingredients found in commercial pet foods.  Chicken, beef, and wheat are c... Read More

Peking Garden

Business Profile by Magda Dakin

SUTTON - Is Chinese food on New Year’s Eve a tradition in your family? Was it as good this year as you thought it would be?  At the Peking Garden, New Year’s Eve was, as we say in New England, “wicked busy.”  Owner and Chef Jian Lin said: “We have so many loyal customers who come back week after week and especially for their special occasions.” On New Year’s Eve a handwritten note on the doo... Read More

Oh the places you’ll go!

“When I started working as a travel agent twenty years ago I had to write out the tickets by hand,” says Mary Anne Fontaine. “It was awful, awful, awful.”

Professional travel agents have weathered a lot of changes in their industry in the last few decades, not the least of them that many web-savvy travelers consider agent roles obsolete in light of online ticket bookings.

However, as global travel becomes more compl... Read More

Harrington Moves to Lower Tier with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. – January 7, 2015 – Effective January 1, 2015, the Harrington Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) has moved to a lower cost tier on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts insurance plans, resulting in lower co-pays for those who use Harrington services.

The change is a result of Harrington’s recognition for its high quality performance and system-wide cost reductions. Harrington was one of 60 urban ho... Read More

Alternatives to offer Mental Health First Aid Training

You probably know how to respond when someone is experiencing a physical crisis, but do you know what to do in a mental health emergency? Alternatives, one of Central Massachusetts’ leading human service providers, is inviting all school personnel, clergy, and other interested members of the community to attend a training on Mental Health First Aid on Thursday, January 22 and Friday, January 23, 2015.

Early intervention is... Read More

Pleasant Street Church to kick-off 12- step Celebrate Recovery Program

BLACKSTONE VALLEY – The Pleasant Street Church in Whitinsville will launch a new weekly 12-step recovery program called Celebrate Recovery on Monday, January 19.

Celebrate Recovery is a Biblically-based 12-step program that uses the principles of the Beatitudes as the foundation for recovery.  It is designed to help heal a wide variety of habits and harmful behaviors, including dependency on alcohol and drugs, pornography,... Read More

Angels program serves children in need

Each year, Harrington HealthCare System participates in the “Angels” program to give back to those in need. Organized through Catholic Charities, Harrington receives a number of angel tags with a child’s name and clothing size, which are then distributed to our employees. Catholic Charities picks up all the gifts and gives them to families in need in Southbridge and surrounding areas. This year, Harrington gave clothing and shoes... Read More

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