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State Representative David Muradian’s tackles ‘hectic’ first months in office

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – With just a few months on the job as the newly elected state representative for the Ninth Worcester District, Representative David Muradian, R-Grafton, is already hard at work.

Grafton’s Top Ten Taxpayers for FY 2014-15

March 27th, 2015

    Name     Nature of Business     FY 15 Value     Amount of Tax     % of Levy Magill Associates Residential Builder $19,996,500 $329,942 0.9% Wyman Gordon Manufacturing $17,601,300 $290,421 0.8% Country Plaza E&A, LLC Shopping Center/CVS $10,906,300 $179,954 0.5% Verizon New England Utility $9,953,300 $164,229 0.5% Toll MA Land [...]

Drumming, chanting are sacred practices for Grafton mother

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – For many, finding a way to seek refuge from the crazy and hectic world is a struggle. For Susan West, 49, it is found in the sanctity of drumming and chanting

Grafton Economic Development: ‘Committed to the Future. Grounded by the Past’

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – Grafton’s Economic Development Commission, a quasi-government entity, was established in 1991 to foster economic growth in the town of Grafton. Chaired by Elias Hanna, the current 10-member board’s mission is “to promote sustainable economic development and to assist the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board in the implementation of the Town’s economic goals and objectives.”

Luthier Lives the Dream in Grafton

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – Steve Beckwith was already living the dream before he and his wife Jan relocated to Grafton from Bolton this past fall. Beckwith, who left behind a high-stress, senior management position to launch his second career as a luthier – a craftsperson who builds and repairs guitars and other stringed instruments – is hoping that the move will make that dream just a little more visible.

Grafton resident helps bring classic plays to area theaters

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – About 15 years ago, Frank Bartucca of Grafton rekindled his enthusiasm for theater. He studied master acting classes at several venues in Boston and Worcester, while performing in plays with community theater groups. Then in 2010, he founded the 4th Wall Stage Company.

From kestrels to carrots, the Grafton Land Trust saves space for diverse pursuits

March 27th, 2015

Grafton Land Trust members and volunteers installed 10 nest boxes around Grafton to attract nesting pairs of kestrels as part of The Kestrel Project. (Photo/Troy Gipps)

Grafton – One night in 1958, a group of men met in the basement of the Grafton United Methodist Church to form what they called the Grafton Forest Association, which would later come to be known as the Grafton Land Trust.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA)

March 27th, 2015

Mary Romaniec of Grafton is committed to her work with the autism community. (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – As a founding member of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), Grafton resident Mary Romaniec goes above and beyond to fulfill the group’s goal of providing education, support and information to caregivers of those with autism. TACA believes in early diagnosis, intensive therapies and medical intervention.

Shakespeare Club of Grafton draws enthusiasts from all over region

March 27th, 2015

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Grafton – When one thinks of William Shakespeare, perhaps his classic works, such as “King Lear” or “Macbeth,” come to mind. Or perhaps one of the many great actors, such as Richard Burton or Sir Laurence Olivier, who played such memorable roles. Or perhaps one remembers studying a play in high school, such as “Romeo and Juliet.” Chances are though one does not think of Grafton when one thinks of Shakespeare. Unless one happens to be a member of the Shakespeare Club of Grafton (SCoG), a group of approximately 20 men and women, who love anything and everything about the Bard.

GHS students plan film fest as community service project

March 27th, 2015

The logo for the Grafton Film Festival organized and executed by Julien Cherry and Yusuf Sezer, students at Grafton High School. (Photo/submitted)

Grafton – A couple of months ago, Julien Cherry, a senior at Grafton High School (GHS), approached his friend Yusuf Sezer, a junior at GHS, about an idea for a community service project for the National Honor Society (NHS): a film festival.

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