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Natick Visiting Nurse Association receives donation from Zoup! Soup

February 25th, 2015

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Region  - Natick Visiting Nurse Association (Natick VNA), the area’s premier free-standing, not-for-profit home health care agency, has received a $740 donation from Zoup!, a new fast-casual restaurant in Natick’s Sherwood Plaza. The donation was made after a recent pre-grand opening fundraiser, which was held at Zoup!. Zoup! served 12 of its award-winning soups at [...]

SpencerBANK hires new vice president of commercial lending

February 25th, 2015

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Region – SpencerBANK recently announced the hiring of Tom Moschos as vice president of commercial lending. In his new post, Moschos will be responsible for originating commercial loans for the bank, as well as providing premier customer service to the bank’s existing portfolio of commercial clients. Moschos is an experienced and successful banking professional with [...]

Apple Tree Arts to mark 25 years by partying like it’s 1989

February 24th, 2015

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Grafton – Countless memories are sure to be shared when Apple Tree Arts (ATA) marks its 25th anniversary with guests partying like it’s 1989. A 1980s-themed cocktail and dance party is scheduled for Friday, March 6, from 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Highfields Golf & Country Club, located at 42 Magill Dr. in Grafton.

Local organization helps foster kids ‘rise above’

February 23rd, 2015


Region – Each year, thousands of children in Massachusetts are placed into foster care. While many of the basic primary needs of these children are met by the foster families, there is often not enough financial resources left to provide for some of the extra activities that are part of so many children’s lives and that help them grow into healthy adults.

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

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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

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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 [...]

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