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Webster Five Cents Savings Bank hires new business banking executives

December 17th, 2014

Russell Dye

Region – Webster Five Cents Savings Bank has hired a five new employees as part of the business banking team. Russell Dye was hired as vice president and team leader in commercial lending. Bringing over 30 years of experience in the banking industry, Russ will be responsible for generating new business and managing customer relationships [...]

Natick VNA honored by MetroWest Chamber of Commerce

December 13th, 2014

(l to r) Kevin Foley, assistant vice president, finance & accounting, The TJX Companies and MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Board chair; Lauren B. Schiffman, director of communications, Century Health Systems/Natick Visiting Nurse Association; Shana Hermans, population health specialist, Century Health Systems/Natick Visiting Nurse Association; and Bonnie Biocchi, president & CEO, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. (Photo/courtesy John Swisher)

Region – The Natick Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) home health care agency announced that it has been named as Non-Profit Partner of the Year by the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce (MCC). The award, which was presented at the MCC’s recent 119th Annual Meeting and Awards Gala, was based on several criteria, including the agency’s contributions [...]

Hundredth Town Chorus searching for new voices

December 13th, 2014

Members of the Hundredth Town Chorus. (Photo/submitted)

  Region – The Hundredth Town Chorus is seeking female singers to sing in their four-part chorus. No prior musical experience is needed. No auditions are required. The chorus is in need of new female voices, of all ages, for the new spring season beginning Wednesday, Jan. 7.   The chorus recently celebrated its 65th [...]

SpencerBANK donates to NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center

December 13th, 2014

(l to r) Jennifer Anderson, assistant vice president and mortgage officer of SpencerBANK; Mullen Sawyer, executive director of Oak Hill Community Development Corporation; Janiece Diaz, HomeOwnership educator & financial coach; and Lynne Esposito, vice president & Mortgage Division manager of SpencerBANK. (Photo/submitted)

Region – SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Central Massachusetts, a program of Oak Hill Community Development Corporation that provides homebuyer counseling, training and educational services to residents of central Mass. This donation will benefit the organization’s Financial Capability Program and will be used to coach homeowners on how to improve their finances. “This [...]

GMPI relocates during season of giving

December 9th, 2014


Region – The holiday season is an unusually busy time for everyone. That’s particularly true for Greater Marlborough Programs, Inc. (GMPI), who recently moved its administrative office and opened a new family support center. Concurrently, the nonprofit agency is conducting its third annual Season of Giving. Yet, everyone involved is managing well, noted Carol Manne, executive director.

Red Cross holds blood donation drives in the area

December 7th, 2014

Blood drive logo

Region – The American Red Cross is holding blood donation opportunities in the region during the holiday season. The gift of a blood donation only takes about an hour and can give patients a chance to celebrate more holidays to come. To encourage donations and show appreciation, all those who attempt to donate blood Dec. [...]

Assabet Valley Mastersingers receives Southborough Community Fund Grant

December 5th, 2014

At the award ceremony was Doug Cotanche, Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM) board member; Tom Crotty, chair of the Southborough Community Fund; and Ellen Church, AVM general manager. (Photo/submitted)

Region – Assabet Valley Mastersingers (AVM) recently received a $1,000 grant from the Southborough Community Fund, a fund of the Foundation for Metrowest. In the inaugural round of grants from this new fund, AVM was one of 10 recipients and the only organization dedicated to the arts. The award will provide funding support for the [...]

Boys & Girls Club needs teams for annual basketball tournament

November 30th, 2014

Region – The Boys & Girls Club of Metrowest will hold its 36th annual Lil’ Lads and Lassies Basketball Youth Tournament beginning the week of Monday, Jan. 12, for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade boys and girls. The seventh- and eighth-grade tournament will begin Monday, Jan. 26. Games will be played at the Argeo R. Cellucci Jr. [...]

Volunteers needed to ring kettle bells for nonprofit organization

November 28th, 2014

R FFIT Kettles cr

Regional – The Salvation Army (TSA) has officially kicked off its Red Kettle Campaign with bell ringers popping up in parking lots throughout the area. This holiday season TSA has partnered with locally based Friends of Families in Transition (FFIT), offering to “pay” the organization an hourly rate for every bell ringing shift that is covered by a volunteer.

Small business leaders donate vehicle to local veteran

November 28th, 2014

Members of the All Car Care team (in long-sleeved blue shirts) stand next to the car they helped restore with (l to r) Chuck Lundberg, Clean & Green Car Wash and Detail Center, Howard Priest, Ed Cunningham, Denise Sullivan, Michael Aspesi of Ted’s of Fayville, Inc., and Carl Bruso Jr. of Framingham Ford Lincoln.

Photo/Valerie Franchi

Region – A local veteran in need was presented with a Ford Taurus sedan Nov. 25 through Veterans Inc.’s Vehicle for Vets program and the donations of small businesses across Central Mass. and Metrowest.

Ed Cunningham was the lucky applicant selected by the Vehicles for Vets Committee, based on need and deservedness, according to committee member Dale Proulx.

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