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Webster Five Foundation donates $218,500 to 70 non-profits in 2020

Webster, MA – The Webster Five Foundation announced that it donated $218,500 to 70 local non-profit organizations in 2020 as part of the Web of Caring to Make a Difference program. The Foundation made many donations this year that continue to have a significant impact on Worcester-area communities, especially in a year that has proved difficult for fundraising efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since its inception, th... Read More

Books make great gifts for children young and old

By Deb Horan, owner of Booklovers’ Gourmet

We are all aware of studies that have shown the importance of reading to children starting at very a young age and how this one act shapes their future in numerous positive ways. A special bond is formed on several levels. The basic nurturing, physical contact of a parent or guardian while holding a book, hearing the fluctuation and expression of voice that brings a story to life,... Read More

The First Congregational Church of Uxbridge services notice

Advent services will be observed each Sunday with special readers before the lighting of the Advent Candles.  Special music is being planned for some Sundays.

We will celebrate on Christmas Eve with our annual Christmas Candle Light Service at 7 p.m. via Zoom.  Although we cannot be together this year, we would invite you to each light a candle during the closing of the service with the singing of "Silent Night." 

I... Read More

The Blackstone Valley Education Hub awarded Skills Capital Grant for $253,500

The Central MA Center for Business & Enterprise, also known as The Blackstone Valley Education Hub in Whitinsville, MA has been awarded a Skills Capital grant from the Commonwealth of MA for $253,500.  The Skills Capital Grants are competitive grants to education institutions across the Commonwealth to update equipment and expand student enrollment in programs that provide career education.  The Blackstone Valley Education Hu... Read More

Representative Soter announces $75,000 Skills Capital Grant for Uxbridge High School

[Boston, MA] - On December 8, 2020, the Baker-Polito Administration announced Massachusetts’ latest round of Skills Capital Grants. In total, $11.7 million in new Skills Capital Grants were distributed to 45 entities throughout the state. Uxbridge High School was included in this round of funding and will receive $75,000 for the school’s Innovations Pathways program.

The Skills Capital Grant Program awards grants for the p... Read More

Community Harvest Project and JCSI Corporate Staffing Inc raised funds to replace critical farm tool.

Grafton and Harvard (MA) - Community Harvest Project (CHP) has partnered with JCSI to hold a successful Giving Tuesday Fundraising Campaign. On December 1, 2020 CHP took part in Giving Tuesday, one of the largest single days of non-profit and charitable giving across the globe, to fundraise $5,500 to replace their Mulch Layer. 
With a matching gift of $1,000 provided by... Read More

Church Street lights up for the holidays

By Barbara Van Reed

A nighttime drive in downtown Whitinsville this month will bring sparkles of good cheer to all who pass through. The ornamental lamp posts on Church Street have been lit up with strings of lights and bows, thanks to a group of local  businesses and residents determined to bring a festive feeling to the downtown area for shoppers, diners, visitors, kids.

The movers and shakers behind the holiday l... Read More

Lenders step up for small business in fight against pandemic

By Rod Lee

The period of crisis imposed by Covid-19 has also been a time for the Blackstone Valley’s financial-services institutions to excel in their ability to help small business survive troubled times.

The work being done by Homefield Credit Union in North Grafton and bankHometown (formerly Millbury Savings Bank, in Millbury), for instance—much of which has taken place behind the scenes—is a sterling examp... Read More

Town of Dudley – Santa Tour for December 4

The Covid-19 situation has caused several changes to our normal activities. One of the most celebrated annual events in Dudley has been the Annual Tree Lighting, having been held for over twenty-five years, generally the week after Thanksgiving. Due to the pandemic, this event has unfortunately been cancelled. However, all is not lost. Thanks to his long-standing connection with the Town Offices, as well as the Fire and Police De... Read More