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This workshop is for women only

Who wouldn’t want to have more hours in a day, more control over her life, and a positive work/life balance? But for many of us it’s easier said than done.

The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce established a Women’s Success Network program earlier this year with a goal to provide area women with tools and events to achieve success in every phase of their lives and careers.

The next event is an informative and in... Read More

Spotlight shines on BV Education Hub, student achievers

By Rod Lee

It could be said that no better evidence exists of a perfect collaboration—between the private and public sectors, between Democrats and Republicans, between the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce and its many partners—than the one that was celebrated on August 30th during a MassMEP Recognition Ceremony for twelve learner-achievers at the Blackstone Valley Education Hub at the Linwood Mill in Whitinsville.... Read More

Blackstone, Millville hold their own as centers of commerce

By Rod Lee

Situated just north of the border of Rhode Island and just south of the hustle and bustle of communities located near the city of Worcester, the seemingly sleepy towns of Blackstone and Millville lay claim to business districts that are surprisingly active.

Donna Latour, a decorative painter who has operated The Tole Booth, a gift shop at 129 Main St. in Blackstone, for seventeen and a half years, can att... Read More

Al’s Rubbish & Container Celebrates 25 years of excellence and triumph as “Little Guy”

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Despite a few nudges from his colleagues now and then, President Al Gerard, of Al’s Rubbish & Container, has no plans to retire at the age of 63. He has too much to be grateful for—a small business he’s got down to a science, a wife he admires, an energetic son to carry on the rubbish name, and an Office Manager whom he claims “is what makes everything go well.” The past summer, likewise, dealt... Read More

In September, restaurants’ and patrons’ thoughts turn to patio dining

By Rod Lee

Call it deck dining. Outside dining. Patio dining. Street-side dining.

Regardless of the term used, taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy cocktails, lunch or dinner in the open air—weather permitting—is a much more prevalent pastime in the Blackstone Valley, Central Massachusetts, Northeastern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island than most people realize.

Shown a “master list” of establishm... Read More

The Other Side of Bermuda

By Thomas D'Agostino

Bermuda is one of the most popular vacation destinations on the eastern seaboard. The 21-mile-long island owned by Great Britain is famous for its pink sands, historic sites and of course, Goslings rum and ginger beer. The island is also a corner of the famous Bermuda Triangle where many ships and planes have mysteriously vanished. The... Read More

St. Roch Flea Market & Vendor Fair a treat for buyers and sellers

By Rod Lee

Dan Carbonneau had at least two reasons to smile as he moved around the Oxford Town Common the morning of August 24th.

First, the weather a month before the arrival of fall was ideal for St. Roch Parish’s third annual Flea Market & Vendor Fair. Sunny and pleasant. Second, tables set up from front to back were brimming with glassware, books, furniture, paintings and collectibles and drawing a lot of in... Read More

Douglas – It’s time to start thinking Oktoberfest!

October 5th, 2019, from 9am to 4pm we will once again be closing down Main St. Douglas and hosting one of the largest events in the Blackstone Valley.

We will be bringing back favorites such as the Weiner Dog race (this year to include a category for small breeds), the 'Larger than Life Parade' featuring music and dancing from Dance Sensations, and our 'Larger than Life' Characters, the ‘choo choo train’, bouncy rides, car... Read More

End of Summer Beach Party with Tom Revane

Webster, MA - September 4, 2019 - Indian Ranch will host an End of Summer Bash this Saturday, September 7th from 12:00PM to 2:30PM in Webster, MA. Set to take place on the beach at Samuel Slater’s Restaurant, the party will feature music from local favorite Tom Revane. Tickets are on sale now for  just $10 at ... Read More

CrossFit AC is tailor-made as a business venture for Zathan and Ally Simpson

By Rod Lee

Early in a conversation with Zathan Simpson it becomes obvious that the shine hasn’t worn off the gift he presented himself with back in March, when he and his wife Ally acquired the CrossFit Athletic Center in Sutton.

“Since I started coaching it’s been a goal of mine,” Mr. Simpson said between classes the afternoon of August 13th. Clad in gym shorts and a brightly colored T-shirt and looking fit as the... Read More