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New Opioid Laws for Massachusetts

By Jason Poquette, BPharm, R.Ph

From a legislative perspective, no one could accuse Massachusetts of ignoring the growing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic.  Now, in the latest effort, Governor Baker signed into law several new measures to try and stem the tide of this growing problem.  Deaths due to opioid overdose (drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) have been climbing for years in our state.  Nearly 1,100 conf... Read More

Food, spirits--and spirits -- abound at Waterfront Mary’s

By Thomas D’Agostino

This is the first of a two part series. Part one relates to the history of Waterfront Mary’s and some accounts of the paranormal occurrences that have gone on within its walls. Part two will detail the paranormal investigation Arlene and I performed with our colleague Rich Allarie, proving that Waterfront Mary’s is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, haunted. - Thomas D’Agostino

Waterfront Mar... Read More

Governor Charlie Baker joins the BVCC for Breakfast Meeting

Whitinsville, MA: The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a breakfast meeting featuring special guest, Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday, April 7th from 7:30a.m. to 9:00a.m. at Alternatives Unlimited, Inc., 50 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588.

Since taking office in January, 2015, Governor Charlie Baker has been making Massachusetts a great place to live, work, start a business and raise a family – while d... Read More

Blackstone Valley Gyms

By  Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

America is supersized.  It’s been said.   It’s been written.  It’s been done before.  We’ve chomped on Whoppers, driven mini-vans because we need extra room for our big things and bought homes four times larger than the ones we came from.  Our indulgences, though convenient, have come with a cost.

34.9% of us are obese, according to CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  American... Read More

Former cocaine addict John Golden to speak at family support group

A&E “Intervention” success story

John Golden, who achieved sobriety ten years ago through an intervention orchestrated by his family, has made it his mission in life to help others by sharing his story. Golden will talk about his recovery from drug addiction and alcoholism at the April 11 meeting of the Families Helping Families support group.

A Massachusetts native, Golden appeared in the second season of the A... Read More

Where dogs are always welcome

By Rod Lee

Nowhere is it less of a dog-eat-dog world than in the four legged-friendly towns of Millbury and Sutton.

Between them, Bark-n-Bubbles and Bark of the Town (both located on Riverlin St. in Millbury) and TLC Pet Haven on Rt. 146 in Sutton lay claim to years of experience catering to the care of some of their customers’ favorite companions.

All are in a stage of growth, evidencing the demand... Read More

Webster Five donates $2000 to Old Sturbridge Village

WEBSTER-- The Webster Five Foundation has announced that as part of its Web of Caring to Make a Difference program, it will donate $2,000 to the Educational Outreach Project at Old Sturbridge Village in central Massachusetts. Old Sturbridge Village is a premier learning center and museum showcasing life in New England during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. One third of visitors are students on field trip... Read More

The ghost of the White Bird

By Thomas D'Agostino

Charles Lindberg is credited for the first transatlantic flight after leaving Long Island, New York, on May 20, 1927, and landing safely in Paris on the 21st. This is pretty widely known in history but what is lesser known is that two pilots took off from a Paris airfield and crossed the Atlantic Ocean 12 days before. The only difference: They have never been found. The disappearance of L'Oiseau Blanc ... Read More

Charlton Optical – an eye on service

By Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Charlton Optical is a full-service eyewear business striving to serve the eye care needs of Worcester County patients.  Peter Maly, R.D.O., a licensed optician since 1988, has owned and operated the business for twenty-one years, and holds thirty years of experience in the optical profession.  Peter’s specialties include working with difficult prescriptions, customizing lenses, and performing techni... Read More

Blackstone Heritage Corridor releases Earth Day Cleanup Map

Woonsocket (March 15, 2016) – In celebration of Earth Day and its Trash Responsibly™ program, Blackstone Heritage Corridor, Inc. (BHC) contacted each community within the National Heritage Corridor to create a map of cleanup activities. After speaking with a number of town and city officials and volunteer groups, BHC discovered more than 25 cleanup events are in the works for this spring. “That’s a really healthy... Read More