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More snow, dangerous temps predicted for early week

January 31st, 2015

1-31-15 EC cold

Region – By now I’m sure you have heard about the storm to impact central Massachusetts on Monday, and yes it’s true. A disturbance currently in the Midwest and moving east will develop a secondary center off the Delmarva coast later tomorrow. This storm will intensify and turn to the northeast, running up the coast and likely passing over or just to the west of the benchmark. While I do not expect a storm of the magnitude of our recent blizzard, this one has the potential to cause blizzard or near blizzard conditions over the southeast half of southern New England. There will be serious impacts from this storm as outlined below.

ShopLocalMA.com to launch March 1

January 29th, 2015

Melissa Pride-Fahs

Region – ShopLocalMA.com will launch March 1 to support and promote local businesses in the greater Worcester County. The site will reach over 350,000 residents in the 11 communities of Worcester, Shrewsbury, Boylston, W. Boylston, Westborough, Northborough, Marlborough, Southborough, Hopkinton, Grafton and Upton. Customers can read and write reviews, filter businesses by rating, category and distance from their homes, as well as find ongoing events

Berkshire Bank announces 2015 Scholarship Awards Program

January 28th, 2015

Region – Berkshire Bank has announced it will honor 30 high school seniors in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont through its annual Scholarship Awards Program.  The program will award $45,000 in total scholarship dollars to students who have demonstrated community service through their volunteer efforts, have been successful academically and have a financial need.  [...]

Local students entertain seniors at holiday party

January 28th, 2015

Students from Oak Middle School, Shrewsbury and Shrewsbury High School sing Christmas carols for the residents after their dinner. (Photos/submitted)

Region – Music students from elementary, middle and high schools in Westborough and Shrewsbury volunteered their time to perform for the residents of Shrewsbury Towers at their annual holiday party Dec. 13. Music teachers Ann and Paul Tomashefsky brought vocalists and instrumentalists to entertain the residents with Christmas carols and other music following their holiday [...]

What to expect when blizzard hits region tonight

January 26th, 2015

Region – Now we sit and wait. The storm continues to develop and track pretty much on schedule as outlined over the past few days. Not only will it be very intense, but will cover a very large geographical area, large enough so that minor changes in track will go unnoticed for the most part. It also will be very slow moving leading to a prolonged period of severe impacts, as outlined below.

This week’s storm could rival Blizzard of ’78

January 25th, 2015

Region – The National Weather Service forecast office in Taunton has issued a Blizzard Watch for the portion of Massachusetts east of Worcester County, from Monday night into Tuesday night. They are looking for 18 to 24 inches of snow, winds gusting up to 70 mph and very cold temperatures in all but the Cape and Islands.

Doctors Express announces partnership with independent practice group

January 18th, 2015

Region – Doctors Express, the largest independent urgent care provider in Massachusetts, recently announced a partnership with one of the largest independent cooperative physician groups, the Central Massachusetts Independent Physicians Association (CMIPA). This first-of-its-kind partnership will offer more resources for patients, better communication between providers and patients as well as continuity of care. Doctors Express [...]

Slippery commute predicted for Monday morning

January 11th, 2015

Region – We can expect another round of light snow to a wintry mix to bother us tomorrow. Snow will begin early tomorrow morning in the pre-dawn hours and transition to a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain by mid to late morning, and there is a chance of some plain rain mixing in during the late afternoon as well.

Simple Church adds on services and new venue

January 8th, 2015

Region – Simple Church of Grafton has added an additional service on Fridays at 5 p.m. beginning Jan. 16, at our new winter season venue at the Congregational Church of Grafton, 30 Grafton Common. The Thursday evening service at 7 p.m. will also be held at the Congregational Church. Simple Church services would include preparing [...]

SpencerBANK supports Hearts for Heat

January 7th, 2015

(l to r) Lori L. Kowal, vice president of marketing, SpencerBANK; Sharon Legasey, president of Hearts for Heat, Spencer chapter; and K. Michael Robbins, president and CEO of SpencerBANK. (Photo/submitted)

Region – SpencerBANK recently donated $1,000 to the Spencer chapter of Hearts for Heat, a nonprofit community-based charitable organization dedicated to providing heating assistance to qualified residents of Spencer. It also donated $500 to the Leicester chapter, which supports Leicester residents. The donations will help Hearts for Heat offset heating costs for residents in need [...]

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