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Fundación MAPFRE Donates $200,000 to Harrington HealthCare System for Purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE)

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, April 8, 2020, – Fundación MAPFRE, a global nonprofit foundation created by MAPFRE, has donated $200,000 to Harrington HealthCare System to support the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) for HHS staff during the coronavirus pandemic, including medical masks, gloves, gowns, face shields and other personal protective equipment.

 

The donation i... Read More

The Last Green Valley is hiring

The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) is searching for a Financial Officer to handle all aspects of the non-profit’s financial activities. The Financial Officer will be responsible for accounting, payroll, grants, contract management, audit preparation and human resources, performing a variety of tasks essential to The Last Green Valley’s success.

“We are looking for one person who can efficiently and accurately handle day-to... Read More

Small business stricken by impact of COVID-19 digs in for the long haul

By Rod Lee

Stuart D. “Stu” Mulhane of Mulhane Home for Funerals on N. Main St. in Millbury was probably speaking for hundreds of other businesses in the Blackstone Valley when during a telephone conversation on March 18th he described the coronavirus pandemic as “no question, unprecedented.

“It is the same for us as all other funeral homes,” Mr. Mulhane said. “Services are limited, especially the size of the gatheri... Read More

Grafton businesses bearing down, adjusting practices during crisis

In recent weeks, news related to the frightening COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. We have also heard about people letting their fear become anger. The hoarding of, shaming and fighting over toilet paper is not something most of us ever imagined would happen in our country.

In response to the serious threat to our health that the virus poses, the Town of Grafton has had to make some difficult decisi... Read More

Hartford’s Haunted Railroad Bridge

By Thomas D’Agostino

Sometime between 2 and 3 in the morning on Saturday, September 5, 1887, Vermont’s worst railroad disaster took place a few miles from White River Junction as the Vermont Central Railroad express train from Montreal jumped its tracks and plummeted onto the frozen White River below. The engine was towing a baggage and express car, a mail car, two ordinary passenger cars, and two sleeper cars. Many were o... Read More

Aquarion’s safe and reliable water service will continue during COVID-19 Pandemic

Oxford, MA.  – March 20, 2020 – As COVID-19 continues to affect communities across its New England service area, Aquarion is committed to doing the essential work needed to ensure safe, reliable water service for customers during these challenging times, while also protecting the health and safety of its employees and customers.  Aquarion has implemented several measures to limit in-person employee interaction in its facilities,... Read More

Night Sweats and Howls

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

I’ve never been a fan of co-sleeping with my dog. I’m a small person with a surprisingly large wingspan. I need to shift from hot to cool sheet-scapes throughout the night, not to mention, I’m a light sleeper. Lincoln’s size, collar jingle, and high self esteem (he would irrefutably take over the King) wouldn’t work. That said, our family’s sleep habits have become somewhat peculiar as we age. Our n... Read More

Attorney Joe Cove and his generation are ʽredefining retirement’

By Rod Lee

Like many of today’s senior citizens, Uxbridge Attorney Joseph C. Cove is still working at the age of sixty-nine.

This is not to say he isn’t thinking about retiring. He looks forward to having more time for gardening and salmon fishing in Canada, which are two of his passions.

So too, however, is law, which he has practiced for forty-four years, dating back to the mid-1970’s.

Mr. Cove could... Read More

Senator Fattman announces passage of unemployment bill

BOSTON State Senator Ryan Fattman (R-Sutton) has announced that the Senate enacted – and Governor Baker signed –an unemployment insurance bill. The legislation waives the one-week waiting period claimants must follow when filing for unemployment benefits. This allows people affected by COVID-19 related layoffs to file for unemployment immediately, providing relief for individuals and families s... Read More

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