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High Altitude jump rope team perseveres for success

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Last September (2016) Alexandra and Lauren Materia may have been at the end of their ropes after their coach resigned, but they refused to give up jumping as a team.  Now the jump ropers have a new name, coach, matching sneakers, and a general manager who’s behind them every step of the way.

“The girls have brought such power to the team,” said General Manager Stephen Materia, father of the... Read More

Trendzʽingʼ in the right direction for 2017

By Rod Lee

It is hard to imagine 2017 starting much better than it has, business-wise, for Tracy DeRienzo of Trendz Consignment Boutique on Providence Road in Northbridge.

There is her second-place showing to New To You in Holden for “Best Clothing” and “Best Consignment” in the T&G’s annual contest; this, coupled with a first as “Best Consignment Boutique” in the recent Readers Choice Awards.

“It’s an ho... Read More

A national park—now a local historic district?

By Rod Lee

Downtown Whitinsville merchants working hard to breathe new life into Church St. are surely going to welcome the news that a move is afoot to create a “local historic district” to be integrated into the Blackstone Valley’s recently earned status as a national park.

While the “boundaries” for such a district as defined by bylaws now being formulated by a five-person committee headed by Kenneth M. Warchol a... Read More

Ray Belsito Jr. shifts Arnie’s Auto Body into high gear

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Ray Belsito Jr. knew he wanted to be involved with cars “in some way, shape, or form” at an early age.  The second generation auto mechanic who still recalls mixing bondo at his father’s shop in Webster (Ray’s Auto Restoration) may have taken a few career turns, but when it comes to reaching that goal, his hands have remained steady at the wheel. 

“My grandfather is seventy-six and still doe... Read More

Improv Asylum to headline WDO Chamber meeting

By Barbara Van Reed

Members of Boston’s comedy theater Improv Asylum will bring their unique presentation style to the Webster Dudley Oxford Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting in a keynote feature called “Train your Head to Think on its Feet.”

The group will show how the tools and techniques of improv can lead to better teambuilding and a more effective workplace.

The Chamber’s annual meeting will be held fro... Read More

A Chronicle of the next generation of skilled workers

UPTON – An upcoming episode of WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle” will highlight Blackstone Valley Tech’s mission to develop the next generation of skilled workers in Massachusetts.

The nightly news magazine was inspired by the spotlight the recent election placed on the working class in the United States. Their inspiration led them to research and report on the standing of the working class in Massachusetts – one of the most expensive... Read More

Millbury Savings Bank pledges $10,000 to Millbury Parents Club

MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS, January 3, 2017 Millbury Savings Bank has pledged to donate $10,000 over three years to the Millbury Parents Club, to help support the club’s mission of funding educational activities and cultural experiences for all students of the Millbury Public Schools.

“Our town’s schoolchildren benefit directly from the programs that Millbury Parents Club helps fund,” said Robert J. Morton,... Read More

Oxford citizen volunteers – are you there?

By Janet Stoica

OXFORD – Ben Franklin, one of our country’s founders, and Lucille Ball, a brilliant comedic actress from days gone by, have used an appropriate phrase for finding people who are the doers of our society: “When you want something done, ask a busy person.”  The Town of Oxford is definitely looking for busy people who can volunteer on several Town committees. The volunteering aspect is perhaps the most difficu... Read More

Town appetite for Indian Ranch restaurant?

By Rod Lee

Early indications are that no hackles will be raised by Indian Ranch ownership’s plans to add a restaurant to the venerable entertainment/recreational venue on Gore Road in Webster. No hue and cry, no as-yet fierce resistance, no battle lines like the ones drawn for the long confrontation that preceded the launch of the paddleboat Indian Princess.

So it proceeds for the Robert/Raun family in its continuin... Read More

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