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J. Scott Rielly joins UniBank as Vice President of Commercial Banking

WHITINSVILLE, MA – Robert E. Paulsen, Jr., SVP and Senior Lending Officer of UniBank, recently announced that J. Scott Rielly has joined the bank as Vice President and Commercial Lender. In this role, Mr. Rielly provides relationship management and portfolio management for commercial businesses. 
Mr. Rielly has over 30 years of experience in commercial lending and financial services. He was most recently... Read More

Baker-Polito administration announces $575K MassWorks Award for Grafton

GRAFTON – November 20, 2018 – Today, Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Grafton Town Administrator Timothy McInerney and other local and state officials to announce a $575,000 MassWorks Infrastructure Program grant for sewer improvements on Westboro Road.
The project will add 1,425 feet of sewer main along Westboro Road. The sew... Read More

Salvation Army seeking bell ringers

Ringing bells for Salvation Army can be a challenge in the cold winter days, but it is a worthwhile endeavor for you and your family members of all ages. It will also benefit others who will need fuel, medical or rent assistance this winter.  Can you give just TWO HOURS of your time? Do you need Community Service Hours for school? Walmart, Shaw’s & now Market 32 are joining us in this worthwhile cause and all... Read More

Interesting epitaphs

By Thomas D’Agostino

Since my last two installments, I received several requests for more interesting epitaphs.  It appears the New England sense of humor spans the ages when it comes to these quirky and cute limericks and verses. No one was impervious to the chisel and hammer’s compensated prose. Family, friends and even disgruntled neighbors often came... Read More

Steadfast Family Dental: Dr. Ben brings progressive dentistry to Auburn

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Steadfast Family Dental is a full-service, brand-new dentist facility located on the second floor of Auburn’s Galaxy Pass building. Owned and operated by Benjamin Tubo, otherwise known as Dr. Ben, the new business is enhanced by digital dentistry, which denotes a highly detailed, efficient, and technologically astute practice for assessing and treating a patient’s unique dental needs. Such progressive... Read More

No fuzzy math as Webster inches toward single property tax rate

By Rod Lee

Whether the discussion is with Chief Assessor Marc D. Becker or members of the business community, there is widespread agreement that the town of Webster is a welcoming place for enterprise thanks to a relatively low commercial tax rate of $16.40 per $1000 of assessed valuation—down significantly from a high of $28.35 in 2002.

This may become even more apparent during a tax-classification hearing in the s... Read More

Apple Tree Arts Holiday Pops Concerts

Grafton, MA, Nov 15, . Come celebrate the season at Apple Tree Arts Holiday Pops concerts Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. showcasing the talented 29-member Community Chorus performing a selection of upbeat, contemporary and traditional holiday music in a fun... Read More

New England Steak & Seafood’s Thanksgiving tradition includes meals for first responders

By Magda Dakin

Fall, family holidays, and great meals all epitomize a New England tradition and nowhere is this more evident than at the New England Steak and Seafood restaurant in Mendon.

Here, one of those traditions for the last 25 years has been the complimentary Thanksgiving meals provided for fire, EMS, and police personnel on duty Thanksgiving Day, in Mendon and ten surrounding communities.  

Sixty-two... Read More

Mendon Greenhouse closes its doors

By Kevin Rudden

For as long as most Mendon residents can remember, when they needed flowers they headed to the Mendon Greenhouse on the Hastings Street section of Route 16. The business closed its doors at the end of September, when owner Colleen Oncay retired.

Oncay owned the business during the past three decades, and before that, it was owned and run by Dean Wiegers. During... Read More

Douglas veterans mark World War Centennial with new memorial at Carter Square

By Barbara Van Reed

Douglas residents might pass by Carter’s Square without knowing who or what it’s meant to honor.

The square, a small island at the junction of Manchaug Road and Gilboa Street, is named for Michael Carter, the only soldier from Douglas to die in World War I.

Michael Carter was a member of the Lost Battalion, one of around 550 men in the 77th Division, 197 of whom were killed in action, 150... Read More