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Support group for families of addicts and alcoholics outgrows the living room

Pam is the mother of a drug-addicted child. To help her cope with the challenges of living with an addict, she would go to Worcester-based support groups, as there were none in the southern Worcester County area.

“So many families are struggling with addiction,” says Pam. “It has just exploded in our community and a lot of families need help to deal with loved ones with this horrible disease.”

The need for a local s... Read More

Annual WCCD seedling sale underway

By Magda Dakin

When thoughts turn to spring, it inevitably means, “When can I start thinking about planting?”  Whether your yard is big or small, or you’re planting in pots on the patio, a great place to begin is at the Annual Seedling Sale. The fundraiser benefits the Worcester County Conservation District (WCCD), a mostly volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the quality of local water, soil and natural resource... Read More

Mendon headlines: school budget, D.C. Bates move, Pearson Farm sale

By Magda Dakin

A bustle of activity at the Mendon Town Hall reflects the enthusiasm of residents doing what’s best for their community and the future of their town. 

Town Administrator Kimberly Newman praised the involvement of committee members and volunteers alike in doing the work required to pass the biggest budget item that came before the town this year: the override that funded the regional school district bu... Read More

Hyping Central Massachusetts


By Janet Stoica

Dudley resident Katelyn Rozenas is the new Regional Marketing Coordinator for Discover Central Massachusetts, the recently reorganized tourism council for the southern section of Central Massachusetts, and there couldn’t have been a better person selected for the position. Her positive energy and vibrant enthusiasm for all things Central Massachusetts are infectious.

The first thing she talk... Read More

East Meets West Health & Business Fair set for April 30

The annual East Meets West Health Fair & Business Bonanza will mark its ninth iteration on Saturday, April 30. The event will be presented by Life-Skills, Inc. and Page Chiropractic to benefit adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

The fair hosts free screenings, demonstrations, and services from both conventional and holistic vendors, who come from all across the state to participate in the event. The Am... Read More

Lenten Death and Dying Workshop Series

The time of Lent brings reflection about death and dying, the fragility of life. Last year the Rev. Carol Reynolds, pastor of the First Congregational Church UCC in Millbury, and the Millbury/Sutton Ecumenical Clergy Group led a series of community workshops intended to prepare individuals and families for the eventuality of dying. 

The workshops were so meaningful to the participants that they were invi... Read More

What’s in a name? Local realtors association now reflects regional membership

More than 1500 real estate agents who live or work in southern Central Massachusetts are members of the local realtors’ association, the Central Massachusetts Association of Realtors® (CMAR), which until last month was known as the Worcester Regional Association of Realtors®. The association was established in 1923.

Kris Koliss, president of the 2016 CMAR Board of Directors, explained that the name change reflects a strate... Read More

A Gut Check for Chronic Pain Patients

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

Your stomach may not be happy with your dose of OTC (over the counter) pain medications.  That is the conclusion of a survey recently released by the AGA (American Gastroenterological Association).  The online poll entitled “Gut Check: Know Your Medicine” surveyed over 1,000 U.S. patients and over 250 gastroenterologists about the use and risks of OTC medication when treating chronic pain. ... Read More

Valentine’s Day, a whole new way

By Rod Lee

In these times, when it comes to Valentine’s Day thoughtfulness, there are options. Are there ever!

No need to go the easy and predictable route with candy and a card from a big-box store when it is possible to think more imaginatively and capitalize on the “wow factor.” Why settle?

Smalls in Dudley-Oxford-Webster are more than happy to oblige those discriminating shoppers who are looking for an it... Read More

Call for actors, call for artists...

Alternatives and its arts and culture subsidiary, ValleyCAST (Blackstone Valley Culture, Art, Science Together) have just the thing to get your artistic side stretching its legs. Both the 4th Annual Art Palette Contest and the One Act Play Festival on the Mumford are returning to Alternatives’ Whitin Mill this March – and are seeking participants of all ages and abilities, today.

The Art Palette Contest is an annual event... Read More