Worcester—Magay & Barron Eye Center has been in business since the horse-and- buggy days, but the eyeglasses it sells are 21st-century in frame designs and lens technology and can even be environmentally friendly.
“We seek out ‘green’ products whenever possible, including frames made from cotton-based plastics rather than petroleum-based plastics,” some with bamboo or wood trim, said Jim Magay, a licensed optician who has continued the business started by his grandfather in 1912 and passed down to his father.
“We also try to buy frames and materials made in the U.S., though there are not as many companies here as there used to be,” he said. The optical shop carries a line of sunglasses frames that can be used for prescription or non-prescriptions lenses from a firm in Randolph, one of the few left in southeastern Massachusetts.
Magay and his wife, Eddi, office manager and a color specialist who advises customers on frame styles, pointed out that they have “recycled” a building, saving a 120-year-old home on Lincoln Street from demolition to become their retail store, with two apartments upstairs. Jim also still uses his grandfather’s workbench.
The home they built 40 years ago is environmentally friendly as well, with passive solar heat, and they are dedicated recyclers and composters.
The Magays are on the cutting edge, however, when it comes to design and technology. New technology to measure facial structure allows a better fit, and digitally-surfaced lenses provide greater accuracy, a larger intermediate-reading zone for progressive lenses, and better vision for reading handheld electronic devices, as well as thinner, lighter lenses for some prescriptions.
They attend trade shows and visit frame designers around the world to be certain their frame selection offers the latest styles and colors, as well as the traditional styles.
“Color in frames is really important now, even for men’s frames,” Eddi said, picking up a gunmetal gray frame accented with burnt orange temple pieces and a more traditional tortoise shell style with deep red on the inside of the temple pieces. “Depending on their occupation, more and more men are wearing color.”
For women, the styles run from bold to bright to whimsical.
“Color is definitely in,” she noted, showing a frames with plaid fabric embedded in the plastic, with diagonal stripes in orange, red, yellow and black, and a fanciful frame with one round lens and one square lens.
“There are shapes and styles for everyone, depending on a person’s style and the requirement of their prescription,” she said. Some women want several pairs of glasses, for casual wear and for dressier looks, “like shoes.”
The Magays can help a customer sort through the wide selection available, bringing a few samples at a time based on their experienced assessment of what looks good on different faces. They have developed such strong relationships with customers over the years that Jim noted sometimes they buy a frame at a trade show with a specific customer in mind, and have even picked out frames and made glasses for customers who have moved without an in-person visit.
Magay & Barron offers gift certificates for the holidays. Eddi pointed out the gift certificates can be used for a second pair, prescription sunglasses or maybe frames designed for a specific purpose such as wearing under a motorcycle or ski helmet.
Dr. John Dadah, an optometrist, sees patients at Magay & Barron and offers complete eye care services. Magay fills eyeglasses prescriptions from him and from other providers.
Magay & Barron is located at 460 Lincoln St. in Worcester, just off I-290. The store is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 7 p.m. Wednesday, and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed Sunday and Monday. For additional information, see the website at www.magay.com or call 508-852-3760.
Editor’s Note: The preceding is not an endorsement and is presented for informational purposes only.]]>
I have lived in Northborough for 29 years. In that time I have, off and on, paid attention to local and state political activities. Over those years I have come to know State Representative Harold Naughton as a man of courage and integrity, and to know that he cares deeply about the things that matter.
For instance, I became aware of Representative Naughton’s commitment to seniors during the 8 years I worked at the Northborough Senior Center and I know how much seniors benefit from his unflagging advocacy and support.
More recently, when the issue of reviewing Massachusetts’ gun safety laws came onto the front burner following the Newtown shootings, Representative Naughton’s courage and commitment to fairness were demonstrated across the state as he moderated 5 public forums on this contentious issue.
I personally attended 3 of the public forums, with some trepidation knowing the levels of emotion and intransigence surrounding this issue. Many came, with some factions bringing in busloads of people in support of their positions. Despite our current national inability to discuss important issues with the mutual tolerance and respect that they deserve, Representative Naughton achieved a civil level of discourse from all, and he stayed each time until every single person who wanted to express an opinion had had the opportunity to do so. The final bill gave each side something they wanted , though neither side got all they wanted, and received support from both sides. This achievement demonstrated Harold Naughton’s willingness to tackle the most contentious and divisive of issues, his commitment to fairness, and his respect for the democratic process.
In addition, Harold Naughton’s courage and loyalty to our nation has never been in question, nor his commitment to veterans. When the World Trade Center towers were leveled on 9/11, he responded by joining the Army Reserves. Representative Naughton did not have to go, but his boots were on the ground in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and now a Major, he still serves.
I have been receiving information that attempts to discredit Representative Naughton. I simply throw it in the trash where it belongs.
Westborough is fortunate to have two experienced, well-qualified state representatives running for re-election. We urge you to join us in voting for Carolyn Dykema (precinct 2) and Danielle Gregoire (precincts 1 & 3) on November 4th.
Carolyn Dykema is extremely hard-working and thoughtful, always interested in studying problems and listening to constituents in order to craft practical solutions for our community. Thanks to Representative Dykema’s leadership, Westborough became the first municipality in the Commonwealth to adopt the Valor Act, allowing veterans to reduce their property taxes through work. Representative Dykema has fought successfully for increased Local Aid, including Chapter 70 Educational Funds, and ensured towns were reimbursed for the previously unfunded mandate of busing homeless students back to their home districts.
Danielle Gregoire has demonstrated that she is a consensus builder with a practical plan of action. For instance, Representative Gregoire took a leadership role in passing landmark legislation this term to support people with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including autism. Ultimately, the House approved this legislation unanimously since it saves taxpayers money in the long run by ensuring that people with disabilities receive the support they need to enable them to become contributing members of society. Representative Gregoire has also advocated for Westborough-specific initiatives, including increased Local Aid.
Carolyn Dykema and Danielle Gregoire have proven that they are both strong advocates who can get things done for Westborough. We urge you to join us in voting for them on November 4t.h.
Tim Dodd and Ilyse Levine-Kanji
Marlborough – The Immaculate Conception School held a family fun run/5k Oct. 25 to support the school.
This was the first time the school held an event of this nature and it was a great success, according to Linda Short, the school’s principal. Approximately 80 participants registered either as individuals or with their kids for the Halloween-themed fun run. Some runners had ties to school, while others simply came out to support the community. Despite being a timed run, this day was all about the fun. Children, and even some parents, dressed up as they made their way around the course.
Local sponsors also supported the event with food and drink and fun games for kids upon finishing the course.
The Immaculate Conception School, located at 25 Washington Ct., has 200 students in kindergarten through eighth grade.]]>
Shrewsbury – Spooky ghosts, colorful princesses, a wandering gypsy and even a sparkling pheasant recently enjoyed going through a haunted house at the home of Rosemarie and John Boyd for their annual Halloween party.]]>
Westborough – Harry’s Restaurant and Dairy Bar has been serving up delicious homemade fare for nearly 70 years, first in Shrewsbury, then in Westborough after relocating to Route 9 in 1968.
If owner Jon Cohen, son of founder Harry Cohen, has anything to say about it, Harry’s will be around for at least 70 more. The local landmark has a large and loyal clientele, but Cohen is doing his best to reach out to the next generation of customers.
“We are very kid-friendly,” Cohen said, referring not only to those who come in with their parents and order off the children’s menu, but to teenagers and young adults as well.
“We want to be a place where kids will come and stop in for a snack when their homework is done,” he said.
A lot of older customers have been coming for years, he noted, but in order to maintain its popularity Harry’s needs to keep attracting new faces.
“We are trying to attract a younger crowd,” Cohen said. “And those teens and college students will someday bring their own children here.”
To do this, Cohen explained, “We are reinventing ourselves all the time to stay current with trends. There are a lot more choices out there now. We need to keep up with the competition by always offering something new.”
However, that doesn’t mean that Harry’s will stop serving the dishes that have made it so well-loved in the first place.
Harry’s specialty is comfort food. Soups, stews, chicken pot pie, macaroni and cheese, pot roast and meatloaf are just a few of the selections that are perfect for chilly fall and frigid winter days.
“It’s like what your mother used to make,” Cohen said. “It warms your belly and gives you a good feeling.”
There is also a wide variety of pastas, seafood, chicken and barbecue entrees. For lunchtime, there are mile-high burgers and sandwiches, including the hot pastrami sandwich – the first thing Harry’s served when it opened in 1946 when it was called “Harry’s Famous Hot Pastrami.”
The menu has been expanded to include more healthy options, such as baked and grilled items and a wide array of salads.
Cohen promised that Harry’s will continue to offer two of its longtime favorites – fried clams and lobster rolls. They are served year-round.
Harry’s is also the perfect place for a hot breakfast or just a cup of coffee and a slice of homemade pie – just like mom used to make.
Harry’s is located at 149 Turnpike Rd. (Route 9), just west of the Lyman Road intersection. The hours have changed for the winter season: Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday, 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
For more information or for takeout orders, call 508-366-8302 or visit www.harrysrestaurant.com.]]>
All proceeds from the event will be placed in the Westborough Newcomers Club’s giving fund and donated throughout the year to a variety of causes within the town.
Convenient parking is available in the lot on Paul Street. For more information, call the church office at 508-853-9400.