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bankHometown provides economic lifelines to local businesses through Paycheck Protection Program Loans

Oxford, Massachusetts, April 21, 2020 bankHometown has approved over 400 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans totaling more than $51 million, allowing hundreds of local businesses across central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut to keep more than 6,000 employees on the payroll.

The program has helped small businesses like bankHometown customer Wormtown Brewery... Read More

TLGV celebrates Earth Day with Cleanup Contest

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) believes we can all still celebrate Earth Day, even if we cannot gather together for town-wide cleanups. To help individuals throughout The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor get into cleanup mode, TLGV is starting a cleanup contest.

 Participation is easy. Go to TheLastGreenValley.org homepage and scroll to the News section. You will find the announcement of... Read More

Webster First donates over $5000 to local food pantries

Worcester, MA – 4/15/2020 – Webster First has been a proud community credit union since it first opened in 1928. It’s been an essential part of the credit union’s mission to show support for their communities by getting involved with local causes and organizations, and giving back through charitable donations.

During these uncertain times in which COVID-19 has affected the lives of the people in their communities, Webster... Read More

COVID-19 RESOURCES

This decision is made by the local and state government in adherence to CDC guidelines.  Please note, at this time, all activities and programs are cancelled except for the Hannaford’s shopping on Tuesday mornings.  Although the Center is closed, our staff are working remotely.  If you are in need of assistance, please call the Center, leave a message, your call will be answered or you can email us at... Read More

Harrington HealthCare System now offering Telehealth Appointments for many services

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, April 15, 2020 – Harrington HealthCare System is now offering telehealth appointments for select services during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Telehealth appointments allow patients to meet with a doctor from home via videoconference or telephone, helping them to maintain social distancing and minimize the risk of infection with COVID-19.

Both existing and new patients can request a Telehealth app... Read More

Virtual Gallery Tour of "Beautiful Blackstone Valley"

Among the many events that were canceled due to social distancing restrictions was the closing reception at the Blackstone Heritage Corridor Gallery with artists from the Blackstone Valley Art Association.
 
But with some quick thinking by BVAA president Lisa Shea, she created a LIVE video event that now lives on YouTube. Lisa interviewed each artist who shared fascinating an... Read More

Are the parks open or closed?

We've been asked the question "Are parks open or closed?" and the answer depends on which state, Massachusetts or Rhode Island, and also who the parks are managed by. The answer also changes by the day.
 
As of now, all ... Read More

Senate passes bill to protect renters, homeowners and small businesses

(BOSTON – 04/09/2020) Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Senate passed An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 emergency to provide a critical safety net for renters, homeowners and small businesses grappling with the immediate economic fallout of the current public health pandemic.

“This legislation allows us to protect homeowners and tenants during these uncertain time... Read More

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