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Festival grants available for 2016

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is launching a new Festivals Program this February to help festival programmers meet the needs of producing, promoting, and developing audiences.

In this pilot year, grant awards will be $500. Grant recipients will also receive technical support. Working together, MCC and ArtsBoston w... Read More

Call for grant applications, Janet Malser Humanities Trust

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust is accepting applications for the 2016 grant cycle. Ms. Malser set up the charitable Trust in order to support the arts and humanities, community service and conservation in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, and Webster, MA.

The causes for which funding will be considered include: “the restoration and preservation of historic sites; the furtherance of art and music in the schools, both public a... Read More

Millbury maintains infrastructure, community life

By Rod Lee

That progress sometimes comes down to mostly maintaining the nuts and bolts is apparent in Millbury Town Manager Robert Spain’s assessment of where the municipality stands looking forward to the 2016-17 fiscal year.

Not necessarily the most exciting side of government but nevertheless crucial.

“We’re in good shape,” Mr. Spain said. “The last seven, eight years have been tough with about $800,000 le... Read More

Harrington celebrates Go Red Day for Women on February 5

Harrington HealthCare will celebrate national Go Red for Women Day on Friday, February 5 by visiting three of our main locations. Each site will have free blood pressure screenings, health education and information on women and heart disease, and door prizes.

You can visit any of the sites below:

Harrington HealthCare at Spencer (118 W. Main Street, 2nd floor, Spencer)  from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Harrington Hosp... Read More

Bald eagles love The Last Green Valley

Fifty wide-eyed volunteers looked skyward during the early-morning hours of January 9 to record bald eagle sightings in The Last Green Valley as part of the Midwinter Eagle Survey.  The Last Green Valley, Inc. (TLGV) has organized teams of volunteers for seven years, and this year, they scouted 24 different locations on the Quinebaug, Shetucket, Willimantic, and Natchaug Rivers, as well as 10 lakes and ponds where eagles have bee... Read More

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