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Gator’s Pub celebrates 30 years with food and volleyball

By Magda Dakin

When a restaurant makes the 30-year milestone and is still owned and operated by the same family you know they’ve figured out what makes the patrons happy and have mastered the art of providing it.

For the past 17 years, Gator’s Pub at 1402 Victory Highway in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, has been operated by Kerry McGee. “I started working here 26 years ago, when there were three partners, one of t... Read More

South County restaurateurs feeling pinch of $12 minimum wage

By Rod Lee

Some of South County’s leading restaurateurs would probably not be surprised to hear one reason that Durgin-Park, a renowned eatery in Boston’s Faneuil Hall marketplace, is closing up shop after two centuries in business.

Famous for such New England staples as chowder, shepherd’s pie, prime rib, pot roast and Boston cream pie, Durgin-Park opened its doors when John Quincy Adams was president.

Massa... Read More

Charlton Optical voted best optical shop in Worcester County

By Janet Stoica

Where is the best optical shop in Worcester County?  Did you say Charlton?  Yes, Charlton…and because of their loyal base of satisfied and happy customers, Peter Maly and his capable staff have captured the Best Optical Shop Award in the Worcester Telegram’s 2018 Annual Best of Central Mass. Awards. “There must be over 200 optical shops in this area,” said Mr. Maly, “and we are very proud that our customers... Read More

Tax gurus point to good, bad and ugly of new law

By Rod Lee

For Tom Dufour and Mary Tolic who should and do know a little something about such subjects, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017” is the proverbial mixed bag of good and bad for residents of the Commonwealth about to file their tax returns for 2018.

Mr. Dufour is general manager/franchisee/senior tax consultant at Liberty Tax Service with offices on Southbridge St. in Auburn and Greenwood St. in Worcester.... Read More

PawSteps ʽnot your grandfather’s veterinary clinic!’

PawSteps ʽnot your grandfather’s veterinary clinic!’

By Rod Lee

Not in their wildest dreams could animal lovers who turned out for an open house at the new PawSteps Veterinary Center on Granite Street in Whitinsville on December 8 have imagined the kind of facility they were going to be introduced to.

In breaking away briefly from h... Read More

BVAA Hosting Stephen Di Rardo's. "With Dad"-Photo journal of 20 year battle with Alzheimer's Disease

The Blackstone Valley Art Association is proud to present Stephen Dirado’s  award winning photo journal “With Dad”.  Stephen saw photography as a way to connect and to document his father’s emotional, mental,and physical state as he fought Alzheimer’s disease.  He used his camera to provide an intimate look of the family dynamics of caregiving and the passing of time.  He continues the narrative documenting his mother’s life, dem... Read More

2019 Call for Grant Applications: Janet Malser Humanities Trust

The Janet Malser Humanities Trust is now accepting applications for the 2019 grant cycle. Ms. Malser set up the charitable Trust in order to support the arts and humanities, community service and conservation in the towns of Dudley, Oxford, and Webster, MA.

The causes for which funding will be considered include: “the restoration and preservation of historic sites; the furtherance of art and music in the schools, both publ... Read More

R. J. LaCroix celebrates 30 years of excellence in professional floor cleaning

Amy Palumbo-LeClaire

Thirty years ago a door closed for Rich LaCroix while working in the armored car business, transporting cash. “One of my partners got killed in a holdup. It made me get serious.” Another opened. It was a different kind of business, and one he invested in wisely. He’s long since been in the professional floor cleaning and restoration business.

Mentored by Tom and Kathy Brown of Auburn’s former Fa... Read More

Community generosity keeps kids warm

Worcester, Massachusetts - Each year Worcester Community Action Council, Inc. undertakes a Coat Drive in order to provide new winter coats to all of the children enrolled in the agency's Early Head Start, Head Start, and Healthy Families of Southern Worcester County programs, as well as for the children of the teen parents enrolled in the agency's Job & Education Center (JEC). More than just a new coat, the program se... Read More

Monte Bianco Restaurant adds beer and wine to the menu

By Janet Stoica

A short drive down Thompson Road in Webster to Thompson, Conn., brings you to a wonderful little restaurant named Monte Bianco, at No. 1097.

Monte Bianco just celebrated its three-year anniversary, serving up some of the most delicious food in Connecticut’s Quiet Corner.

Owner and Chef Manny Campoverde recently added some flair to his tasty Italian dishes by serving craft beer and vino. Steady... Read More

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