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600 Students attend Blackstone Valley Education Foundation October Careers in STEM Webinar Series

WHITINSVILLE, MA, October, 2020 - The Blackstone Valley Education Foundation (BVEF) continued its commitment to providing accessible STEM enrichment to its full and affiliate member school districts during the month of October. In honor of Massachusetts STEM Week 2020 (October 19-23), BVEF rolled out their new virtual programming initiative. The virtual programming at BVEF was designed in response to COVID-19 challenges and to ma... Read More

Northbridge Cultural Council seeks grant applications and new members

November 5, 2020- The Northbridge Cultural Council is currently accepting grant applications from local artists, performers, schools, and nonprofit organizations through December 14, 2020. Funding (usually ranging from $100-$1,000) will be distributed for events or workshops supporting the arts, humanities, and applied sciences in the Northbridge community, taking place any time throughout 2021. Virtual events are welcome! The ap... Read More

42nd BVCC Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony with Maj. Gen. Thomas E. Murphy

Location of the Event: The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce is proud to present our 42nd Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, presented by UniBank, on Thursday, November 19th 2020, at 8:00am and for the first time ever, presented virtually to our Members and friends of the community.

Through our partnership with Venly, Inc., our Keynote Speaker is Major General Thomas E. Murphy, Director of P... Read More

Harrington HealthCare to open Addiction Immediate Care Center

WEBSTER, MA, November 3, 2020 – Harrington HealthCare System has opened an Addiction Immediate Care (AIC) center to provide immediate treatment and ongoing comprehensive care for individuals suffering with alcohol and substance use disorders. The center, located on the Harrington HealthCare at Webster campus, is the first facility of its kind in Massachusetts and nearby Connecticut.

“The Addiction Immediate Care center is... Read More

Center of Hope forges ahead despite challenge of Covid-19

By Rod Lee

As an organization that is used to overcoming challenges going all the way back to a founding initiated by a young mother from Charlton in the 1950s, The Center of Hope Foundation in Southbridge gladly welcomes the latest of these: returning to fully functioning status, once the Covid-19 pandemic eases.

The Center of Hope, or COH (also known as The Association for Retarded Children in Southern Worcester C... Read More

Emanuel Lutheran Church shares God’s grace with the community through new initiatives

by Christine Galeone

One of the most recent initiatives at Emanuel Lutheran Church,, emerged as the answer to a thoughtful, faith-inspired question. Sarahbeth Persiani, a member of the church and its Ministry Committee, remembers the committee asking that important question.  “How can we reach out to people and spread a little kindness?” Persiani recalled was what she and the re... Read More

The Black Swan Inn

By Thomas D’Agostino

In February of this year, Arlene and I, along with our friends and fellow investigators, Bob and Vickie Hughes, had the opportunity to stay a night at the Black Swan Inn located at 354 West Main Street in Tilton, New Hampshire. We were invited by owners John and Trish Basiliere to not only investigate the possible paranormal events that transpire in the Victorian mansion but to discuss events that may... Read More

UniBank appoints Nobo Sircar as Chief Financial Officer

WHITINSVILLE, MA (October 27, 2020) – UniBank, Central Massachusetts’ premier community bank, today announced that Nobo Sircar has joined UniBank as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Mr. Sircar comes to UniBank with significant financial executive experience in the banking industry.  He recently served as EVP and CFO of Bank of New Hampshire and had extensive experience as EVP and CFO at South Shore Bank.  Mr. Sircar curren... Read More

Just Wing It brings Spanish flavor to Webster

By Janet Stoica

“We’re definitely wingin’ it!” said owner Abel Lopez of his new restaurant venture in Webster. The former home of the original Just Wing It food venue continues with the original name and a delicious variety of chicken wing offerings, but Mr. Lopez is also introducing the wonderful and varied flavors of authentic Spanish food to the local populace.

“We have no competition here in Webster” said Mr. Lo... Read More

Open Sky Community Services receives grant to expand Telepsychiatry Services

Worcester, MA – Open Sky Community Services has received a $45,777 grant from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts to expand telepsychiatry services in its group homes including at its Northbridge and Whitinsville sites. 

Open Sky Community Services provides clinical, community-based, and residential care services for individuals with mental health challenges, developmental disabilities, and othe... Read More