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Pedal to End Cancer fundraiser March 1

February 21st, 2015

Region –  The 11th annual American Cancer Society’s Pedal to End Cancer, a three-hour spinning event in which participants solicit sponsors and test their endurance to raise funds for cancer research and patient services, will be held Sunday, March 1, at health clubs across New England. Since Pedal to End Cancer began as Spin for [...]

Swedish Bakery specializes in wedding cakes

February 20th, 2015

BF Crown Bakery cropped for featured image

Crown Bakery has made wedding cakes from the beginning?

“Yes. Wedding cakes are a special niche,” said Jon Lundstrom, owner of the Worcester bakery his father started in 1960. Crown is a full-service bakery, offering a wide range of pastries, breads, Swedish specialty items and cakes for all occasions, as well as deli and breakfast sandwiches.

Icy mix on tap for region

February 20th, 2015

Region – There might be an interesting twist to the forecast for our weekend storm. While not sharing the widespread confidence for a brief but substantial warm up on Sunday changing our precipitation from snow to rain, I completely agree that this storm event will be both preceded and followed by very cold and windy conditions.

Officials offer advice on dealing with snow and ice on roofs

February 20th, 2015

Region   –  The prolonged cold weather and repeated snowstorms Massachusetts is experiencing have contributed to potentially dangerous conditions for businesses and homes alike.  Heavy mounds of snow are creating severe roof load conditions. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has received reports of over 100 full and partial roof collapses over the last week. Additionally [...]

Avidia Charitable Foundation donates to Rise Above Foundation

February 20th, 2015

(l to r):  Jimmie Ames, assistant vice president and market manager, Avidia Bank; Sarah Baldiga, co-founder of Rise Above Foundation; and Mark R. O’Connell, president and CEO of Avidia Bank
Photo/submitted

Region – The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $1,000 to the Rise Above Foundation, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing Massachusetts children in foster care with enriching activities, opportunities and experiences.

Mass. Academy of Math and Science students excel at international math contest

February 19th, 2015

Region – A team of students from the Mass. Academy of Math and Science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute placed in the top 3 percent at a worldwide, high school math competition in which students used mathematics to solve real-world modeling problems. The team composed of Dari DeWalt, of Ayer; Isay Katsman and Dan Larrabee, of [...]

Pedal to End Cancer fundraiser March 1

February 18th, 2015

Region -  The 11th annual American Cancer Society’s Pedal to End Cancer, a three-hour spinning event in which participants solicit sponsors and test their endurance to raise funds for cancer research and patient services, will be held Sunday, March 1 at health clubs across New England. Since Pedal to End Cancer began as Spin for [...]

Only a few inches of snow expected during Tuesday’s storm

February 16th, 2015

Region – We have yet another disturbance heading our way but this one looks like only a glancing blow for central Massachusetts. After a beautiful but very cold day, the Shrewsbury area will see clouds increase during the later portion of the evening. The cloud cover will help to cut radiational cooling off and we will not reach any outrageous cold by morning, with low temperatures of about zero in most places. Light snow will break out around dawn tomorrow.

Grafton High School on the ‘leading edge’ of education

February 16th, 2015

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester observes sophomore students using their iPads in English class at Grafton High School.
Photo/Valerie Franchi

Grafton – After being on the verge of losing its accreditation with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., in 2008, Grafton High School is now a blazing a trail in the state with its 1:1 iPad program, according to Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell D. Chester.

“Grafton is on the leading edge of what we are seeing more and more in the districts,” he said.

Grafton Suburban is now Homefield Credit Union

February 15th, 2015

(l to r) Kelly Benoit, assistant vice president of marketing, products and customer service; Lloyd Hamm Jr., president and CEO; and associates Carol Bagdis, Estelle Peters and Maureen Wojnar
Photo/Bonnie Adams

Grafton – For nearly 50 years, the Grafton Suburban Credit Union has served the banking needs of thousands of local residents as well as businesses. On Feb. 11, the bank started a new chapter, as it officially changed its name to Homefield Credit Union (HCU).

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