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McGovern upbeat about economy at BVCC breakfast

By Barbara Van Reed

Congressman Jim McGovern touched on a range of topics, from the omnibus federal spending bill passed last month to the importance of local tourist attractions, as the featured speaker at the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast held on Thursday, January 14.

“We actually came together and did something,” he said, speaking of the massive bipartisan budget bill passed in Decem... Read More

A new year-- familiar names lead the way

By Rod Lee
The dawn of a new year is always a time for reflection, a setting of goals and objectives. The making of resolutions; true in the business community as in other spheres.

This surely must be a harder proposition for enterprises here in the Blackstone Valley that are not yet firmly established than it is for ones with a solid foothold.

It also must be more difficult for those ventures that are unable t... Read More

Northbridge courts QCC satellite campus

By Rod Lee

Northbridge Town Manager Theodore D. “Ted” Kozak prefers to think that the town’s glass is half-full rather than half-empty as the pages of the calendar turn from a relatively good year for the municipality to the uncertainty of the 2016-17 budget season.

He has every reason to feel that way.

On the one hand the gains seem relatively small.

There was the acquisition of a new ladder truck for... Read More

Northeast Pizza and Lobster Nook updates

By Janet Stoica

WEBSTER – Northeast Pizza is moving!   The popular Webster pizzeria will soon relocate to the former Peachtree Restaurant at 29 Main Street.  “We hope to open at the beginning of January,” says John Tekelis, owner of Northeast Pizza. “We will still offer our full line of delicious pizza, sandwiches, salads, and grinders and will have homemade baklava and brownies for our dessert choices.” ... Read More

Dudley, Webster, Oxford highlights

By Janet Stoica

Greg Balukonis began his job as Dudley’s town administrator in July 2014 and immediately became involved with many aspects of Dudley’s planning and future development.

Mr. Balukonis cited some of the year 2015 highlights.  The former town library was sold in February for $85,000, making the building and property a revenue-generating item. The $85,000 profit was put into the town’s capital improvement... Read More

Young employees buoy customer service spirit at Market 32

By Amy LeClaire

Market 32 by Price Chopper has made its mark in Sutton.

Since its grand opening in late October the store has thrived, a success buoyed by the attitudes of recent hires—an optimistic group of young people you’ll find on both sides of the store counters. 

They are the baggers and the cashiers, the meat cutters and the bakers.  They are the cappuccino mixers and cheese slicers and, during my rec... Read More

‘Sam’ and the Whittier Farms way

By Rod Lee

For many of its customers, Whittier Farms is defined by the many aspects of a multi-faceted enterprise: the year-round retail store, landscape materials, holiday orders, catering, events, breeder information, “our own beef,” magnificent Holsteins and of course the two silos sitting conspicuously atop five hundred acres of rolling fields on Douglas Road in Sutton.

The business represents the very personifi... Read More

Grafton’s Business Scene

by Christine Galeone

For many people, the holidays came too quickly this year. Some people are just beginning to catch their breath. But as the holidays begin to wind down, it’s not too late to spread some of that seasonal cheer and good will. The days between Christmas and New Year’s Day give us the chance to do so at a more relaxed pace. This month, many businesses have been spreading cheer in little ways that have a big... Read More

Dudley Conservation Land Trust acquires 77 acres

Through a generous donation from  the Wieloch family, The Dudley Conservation Land Trust (DCLT) has acquired a 77 acre parcel of walking paths, streams, wetlands, forest, stone walls, historic  railway and native wildlife habitat right along  Rt. 197. Within the Wieloch Woods, another 10 acres has recently been offered to the DCLT.  With the purchase of this additional parcel, Wieloch Woods, an iconic Dudley landscape, will expan... Read More

Brenda Lacaire: new owner of Steve’s Collision Center

By Janet Stoica

Brenda Lacaire worked diligently as the office manager at Steve’s Collision Center in Sturbridge for 19 years, and today she is its owner and president. 

“Steve Brunnelle decided to gradually step away from the business he has owned for decades,” said Brenda, “and he made me an offer to buy his collision repair company. After discussing it with my husband, my silent partner, we made the purchase.”  S... Read More