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Whitin Community Center to hold fundraising event for new Rockdale Youth Center April 30

Why can’t children just play anymore?

The simple question comes with a complex answer. Nowadays, recreational time is compromised by competitive sports, crammed academic schedules, an overreliance on technology and even a lack of enthusiasm.

But sometimes the reason is more basic than that. Sometimes children can’t play anymore because there simply isn’t a place for them to play at. Thankfully, for over twenty years... Read More

Chariot for Women: ride-share business renamed SafeHer by the public

It may be the year 2016, but when it comes to what women want, one thing hasn’t changed since the days her apron was a staple wardrobe piece.

Women want to be protected.  Oh, they do.  They can kick-box, kick---, and kick the habit of throwing like a girl but deep down they’re still yearning for the fairy tale knight to hold open doors and lend them an ear (in lieu of a glass slipper).  A double standard?  Do women want it... Read More

American Legion motorcycle poker run for Veterans Inc. May 14

People in Oxford, Auburn, Northborough, Uxbridge, and all the towns in between may see a mile-long line of cycles winding their way from one town to the other on Saturday, May 14. They will be part of the 7th Annual Charity Poker Run organized by American Legion Riders Chapter 58, based in Oxford.

The ride will benefit the Veterans Inc. shelter in Worcester, and it is just one of the community service projects the Riders o... Read More

9th Annual East Meets West Health Fair set for April 30

Nearly 50 vendors will be participating in the annual East Meets West Health Fair & Business Bonanza , which will mark its ninth iteration on Saturday, April 30. The event will be presented by Life-Skills, Inc. and Page Chiropractic to benefit adults with developmental disabilities.

The fair hosts free screenings, product demonstrations, and services from both traditional and holistic vendors who come from all across t... Read More

Mama Dolce’s Café closes

“What a nightmare this had been,” says Nancie Zecco, speaking about Mama Dolce’s Café, her downtown Webster restaurant often described as “Little Italy in Webster.”

Nancie’s professional persona is that of a public health policy expert, with a Master Degree in Public Health and career experience with several health care and pharmaceutical companies.

But she had always had a dream, inspired by her late mother, to con... Read More

Blackstone Valley National Golf: bringing people together

Matt Stephens, General Manager of Sutton’s Blackstone National Golf Club, may not have had a good golf day since March 18  (due to the weather) but when it comes to bringing people together, he’s shooting well under par.  

He began his journey at the golf club in 2006 as Head Golf Professional, took over as Director of Golf in 2010, and has been a General Manager for the last two and a half years. But long... Read More

Performance, nothing short of Spa-tacular

By Rod Lee

Now in its 23rd year, Pools and Cues and Spas Too on Southbridge St. in Auburn has not only longevity, outstanding product and a sterling reputation for customer service to tout, but also a batch of awards and testimonials as evidence of the store’s staying power and continued success.

Not a bad record at all for a family-owned and operated business headed up by Bryan and Judy Melanson who are the proprie... Read More

‘Dawn’ of a new era for flower shop

By Rod Lee

Ask Dawn Brule why she decided to add another venture—the Douglas Flower Shoppe—to one she is already operating and the response is “why not? It was an opportunity and a good fit with The Gift Authority.” Both are housed on the grounds of the Tetreault family’s Granutec Inc. on Davis St. in East Douglas. The com... Read More

Secretary Beaton visits Alternatives’ green buildings

By Magda Dakin

“Very impressive,” said Matthew A. Beaton, Massachusetts’ Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as he toured the renovated buildings at 50 Douglas Street in Whitinsville last week.

Secretary Beaton came to the Alternatives headquarters buildings to see the results of years of renovations done “green,” tour the facility, and mark its innovative completion of the various aspects of environmenta... Read More

Geeta helps women ‘shape it up’ through eyebrow threading

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

It’s expensive to be a woman these days. A basic facial costs approximately sixty-five dollars per hour, a keratin hair-straightening treatment three hundred, and a gel-tip manicure thirty dollars every three weeks. Hair color expenses happen around every six weeks, especially for those of us unwilling to succumb to the grey battle, and let’s not forget the occasional pick-me-up pedicure. 

Wh... Read More