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Tax-free ‘all clear’ is good news for BV stores, customers

By Rod Lee

Never again will Peter Sclamo of Sclamo Home Furnishings on Grafton Road in Millbury or any of his colleagues in the retailing sector have to wait until the Massachusetts State Legislature decides at the last minute to approve a “tax-free weekend”—as lawmakers did on July 31st, just before going into summer recess.

Store owners like Mr. Sclamo look with understandable bafflement at Beacon Hill’s annual da... Read More

New trains at Southwick's Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo recently purchased 2 new GOPO Trains from Marcotec LLC which is owned by Luc (pronounced Luke) Goemaere out of Naples, Florida for the Woodlands Habitat. Visitors can board the train and take a leisurely ride through the zoo’s largest habitat covering 50 acres. The Woodland Express Train offers zoo visitors the opportunity to view the zoo’s elk as well as native wildlife.

GOPO Trains was created by Luc Goem... Read More

Tetreault Land Conservation Corporation established in Douglas

Merritt “Pete” Tetreault and his wife Veronica are well-known in Douglas as generous contributors to community projects. The gazebo at the town common and the sign in the library lawn are just two of the visible donations they have made.

Pete passed away in August last year, but his legacy and that of Veronica will continue in perpetuity with the establishment of Tetreault Land Conservation, Inc. (TLC), structured recently... Read More

8th Annual Free Shakespeare: AS YOU LIKE IT at Webster's French River Park

(WEBSTER, MA): On Thursday, August 16th, Brown Box Theatre Project will transform Webster’s French River Park into the Forest of Arden in its eighth annual Free Outdoor Shakespeare tour of As You Like It.
When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire, and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love that could only be possible in this pastoral haven, where gen... Read More

Dr. Oliver Joseph joins Alternatives and The Bridge

Alternatives and The Bridge are pleased to welcome Dr. Oliver Joseph to the staff. Dr. Joseph is a graduate of Boston University and the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. He completed his residency in psychiatry at UMass Memorial Medical Center. While at Virginia Tech, he was awarded Letters of Distinction in Research, Psychiatry and Service Learning & Community Service. In addition, Dr. Joseph was named “Volunteer o... Read More

Calling all photographers! Show off your talent in TLGV’s 2019 Calendar

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is searching for 13 photos that capture the unique spirit of the National Heritage Corridor. The selected images will appear in the 2019 TLGV Calendar and hang proudly in businesses and homes throughout the National Heritage Corridor and beyond!

Photos must convey the exceptional natural, historic, and cultural resources of The Last Green Valley. We welcome photos of people caring for and... Read More

New faces on South Main in Uxbridge: The Gift Stop and Hairworks

By Magda Dakin

If you’ve driven through downtown Uxbridge lately you may have noticed a change in the storefronts on South Main Street that used to house Touch of Magick, right next to Eddie’s and across from Alternatives. Touch of Magick has moved to larger quarters a mile or so down the street, making room for two great shops, one new, The Gift Stop, and one established, Hairworks.... Read More

Just off the beaten path, A Page Turner strives for a foothold

By Rod Lee

Stan Sumrall can be found, when he is able to be there, nestled among the books and a few musical instruments at The Page Turner in Webster.

Mr. Sumrall smiles in readily acknowledging that he and his wife Donna’s relatively small store must be “the other bookstore” in town, noting as he does so that he and Deb Horan of the heavily trafficked Booklovers’ Gourmet at 55 East Main St. are “buddies.” Because... Read More

New Medicare cards are arriving in Massachusetts mailboxes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is mailing new Medicare cards to protect the safety and security of people with Medicare benefits. The new Medicare cards no longer contain a person’s Social Security number, but rather a unique, randomly-assigned Medicare number that protects the identities of people with Medicare reduces fraud and offers better safeguards of important health and financial information. 

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“Dr. Liz” is the new superintendent of Oxford Public Schools

By Constance Reddy Dwyer

She started her new job on July 1, and Dr. Elizabeth Ann Zielinski, better known as “Dr. Liz,” is very happy to be at the helm of the Oxford Public Schools system. She will be involved with the four schools in the District: Chaffee Elementary, Clara Barton Elementary, Oxford Middle School, and Oxford High School, in all serving 1,357 students.

Dr. Liz came to Oxford from the King Philip Regi... Read More