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Mendon leaders say “Open for Business”

By Kevin Rudden

Recognizing that it needs to boost the number of businesses in town to achieve a better residential-to-business property tax ratio, the Town of Mendon is now making a focused effort to let small businesses know they are welcome to locate in the 350- year-old community.

Attracting business is a principal focus of the Board of Selectmen, says Chairman Christopher... Read More

Baker-Polito administration designates 25 cities and towns as Green Communities

 BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration announced that an additional 25 Massachusetts cities and towns have been designated by the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) as Green Communities, committing to an ambitious renewable energy agenda to reduce energy consumption and emissions. With today’s designation, over half of the Commonwealth’s municipalities have earned their Green Communities designation and 68... Read More

African Concert at Cornerstone Church, Uxbridge

Cornerstone Church, E. Hartford Ave, N. Uxbridge will host a free African Concert on January 28th @ 6:30 p.m.
Join them for an evening of songs and stories from Africa!  UrbanPromise International and Cornerstone Church are excited to offer a night of African music and stories by the UrbanPromise International fellows choir. 

Charniak Insurance ʽProgressive’ in more ways than one

By Rod Lee

A first look at the brick-faced front of 274 Main Street in Webster is all it takes to realize that the three-story building is one of the downtown’s oldest structures—as well as one of its most strikingly conspicuous; it stands out, in part, because of its position next to a parking lot.

The Charniak family bought the property from Henry and Bessie Stayman in the early 1980s as the new home for Charniak... Read More

So you bought a haunted house - Part 1

By Thomas D'Agostino

The title may sound a bit amusing, but to those who have actually bought or rented a house that is still tenanted by its former inhabitants, it can be a most frightening experience. Houses that are haunted can pass from one party to another many times without the thought or notion of there being a ghost or two. Sometimes the spirits la... Read More

Facelift for Lombard Dining Hall creates buzz at Nichols

By Rod Lee

Life in the dining hall at college may arguably be a more enjoyable and rewarding experience than even those moments accrued in the classroom, in the dorm, in the library, in the auditorium, in the gymnasium or on the athletic field—given that this is where new friends are made, stimulating conversation is conducted and the world’s most pressing issues are resolved.

This is undoubtedly no less or more tru... Read More

Stove King rules

By Janet Stoica

Danielson CT – Education is always the best way to purchase a major appliance and, if you need assurances that you’re buying the right type of heating and/or aesthetically-pleasing stove appliance, you can take a short trip to Danielson, Connecticut, and meet with Matt Brazeau, owner of Stove King.

Matt and his wife, Ashlee, have been in the heating appliance business since 1906 – no, wait a minute,... Read More

Stevens Linen Business Complex abruptly shut down

By Janet Stoica


DUDLEY – Imagine being in business one day and closed abruptly the next, your income virtually taken from you due to circumstances beyond your control.


That’s exactly what happened to tenants at the Stevens Linen Business Complex at 137 Schofield Avenue in Dudley in late December. One of them is The Fitness Studio.


On Thursday, December 28, at 5:30 a.m., when The Fit... Read More

Head Start to return to Webster next year

by Janet Stoica

Thanks to Worcester Community Action Council’s foresight, along with assistance and guidance from Carol Cyr of Webster’s Office of Community Development, the former Webster Senior Center building at 116 School Street will once again be filled with the voices of school children.

Worcester Community Action council (WCAC), the federally designated anti-poverty agency for Central and Southern Worcester C... Read More