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    Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    No mystery: Studio produces winnersThe Lowell Sun UPDATED:   08/11/2018 06:35:16 AM EDT By Scott Shurtleff sshurtleff@nashobavalleyvoice.com DEVENS -- Set in Maine, the acclaimed Hulu series "Castle Rock" has a particularly local storyline. Much of the first season was filmed around the Lowell area and Merrimack Valley, with its base in a nondescript warehouse complex deep in a remote ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
      Massachusetts’ Grand Bargain: Paid Family Leave and Minimum WageKnowing that business groups, labor interests, and progressive activists were posed to present three separate ballot measures this fall, the Massachusetts legislature decided to act first, and in June passed a law dubbed the “Grand Bargain.” It creates a permanent annual tax holiday weekend, increases the minimum wage to $15 by ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    'Castle Rock' shoot keeps N.E. Studios rollingSentinel & Enterprise UPDATED:   08/14/2018 07:02:13 AM EDT By Scott Shurtleff sshurtleff@nashoba valleyvoice.com DEVENS -- Set in Maine, the acclaimed Hulu series "Castle Rock" has a particularly local storyline. Much of the first season was filmed around the Lowell area and Merrimack Valley, with its base in a nondescript warehouse complex deep ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    BY GRANT WELKER The president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Sal Perla, has resigned, the Ayer hospital announced Tuesday. Korry Dow, the hospital's CFO, will serve as interim president as of Tuesday. Perla has been named the president of Norwood Hospital, which, like Nashoba Valley Medical Center, is part of Boston-based Steward Health Care. Perla joined Nashoba Valley Medical Center in ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    Leominster Credit Union holds Annual Meeting and Election of Officers to the Board of Directors  LEOMINSTER, MA - The Annual Meeting of Leominster Credit Union was held recently at the Credit Union’s Executive and Operations Building in Leominster.  The President’s report presented the financial highlights for 2017. Total assets ending 2017 increased to $677 million from $643 million at the end ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    Bryley Information and TipsAugust 2018My Software Has Reached End of Life. Now What? When software reaches end of life (EOL), all of a sudden you find yourself wondering what impact will this have on our organization?  Take a moment to understand what vulnerabilities may be at hand and what are some best practices for planning ahead.Continue Reading >   Refund and Recovery Scams "Scam ...read more
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    Monday, August 13, 2018
    Small Business Financing: Securing a Loan Whether you need money for startup costs or expanding your business, understanding what a bank wants and how to prepare for it properly, can mean the difference between securing financing you need or having to scrape together cash from other sources.Dube & Hazelwood, P.C.19 Water Street Leominster, MA 01453www.dh-cpas.com 
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    Monday, August 13, 2018
    Rollstone Bank & Trust recently donated $5,000 to the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, which serves over 400 students in grades 7-12, hailing from 40 Massachusetts cities and towns. Proceeds will allow the school to expand its program offerings to educators and families. “As a Bank invested in our communities, RBT takes great pride in supporting local schools and other ...read more
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
    Important Community Notification from the Nashoba Boards of Health Regarding General Information on the West Nile Virus In recent weeks the Department of Public Health has announced the discovery of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in communities in the Nashoba Health District.  WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this ...read more
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
    How A Revitalization Plan Helped A Beloved Family Tavern Weather The Great Recession        Bob HouseContributoriEntrepreneursI write about anything related to buying or selling small businesses      In December of 2007, the United States experienced one of the worst economic downturns in history with the burst of the housing market. Dubbed ‘The Great Recession,’ the financial crisis saw the ...read more
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    Friday, August 10, 2018
    The redevelopment of a 190,000-square-foot Pepperell industrial building got another big boost from MassDevelopment, which has supplemented its original $2.25-million loan with another $1.45 million. The project, Pepperell Place, includes the redevelopment of a formerly vacant industrial building into a business center. Lexvest Chapel, LLC, an affiliate of Shirley-based Lexvest Group, is the ...read more
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    Thursday, August 09, 2018
    BAKER PLANS TO GREEN-LIGHT SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND Gov. Charlie Baker plans to authorize a sales tax holiday for this weekend, his office said Thursday morning, but the fate of the rest of the economic development bill and a slew of others due for action Thursday remains unclear. Baker is due to act by Saturday on the $1.15 billion economic development bond bill passed by lawmakers on the ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    Staying safe as kids head back to schoolThe new school year is almost here -- do you know what school bus signals mean for drivers on the road? What about if your child needs to contact a parent or loved one during the school day? Find basic safety tips and advice.    LEARN MORE  Thanks to you, in July, we:   Opened 45 shelters, helping to provide more than 9,000 overnight stays ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    7 Remedies for Slow Computers        If you're asking the question “Why is my computer so slow?”, you are not alone. It's one of the most common concerns for computer users.  Your machine can slow down for various reasons. Some issues are easily fixable. For others, you might need to look into the problem more closely. Below are 7 tips ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    DOR Issues Guidance Regarding this Weekend's Sales Tax HolidayThe MA DOR has released the following “Draft Emergency Regulation 830 CMR 64H.1.8: 2018 Sales Tax Holiday” in advance of the Sales Tax Holiday this weekend, August 11th and 12th.  We have been working with the Governor’s office and the DOR to put something official like this out to give members as much advance notice as possible, ...read more
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    Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    Fort Devens Museum PresentsDocumentary on a WWI Base Hospital  Still photos and film clips recreate what America’s Base Hospital No. 8 was all about as its medical staff tendered the wounded and sick in World War I at Savenay, France. A compilation of all this photography has been combined in a French documentary to be shown at Fort Devens Museum on Saturday, August 18, starting at 1 p.m. It’s a ...read more
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    Monday, August 06, 2018
    The SHINE Initiative, a Worcester agency raising awareness of mental health conditions, has named a new executive director. Fred Kaelin will take over in mid-September and will replace Paul Richard, who is retiring at the end of the year, the group announced Monday. The SHINE Initiative was founded by Leominster's Fidelity Bank in 2004 with a goal of reducing the stigma of mental health ...read more
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    Friday, August 03, 2018
    After recent sale, Moore's Lumber & Hardware moves into ShirleyBy M.E. Jones, Correspondent UPDATED:   08/03/2018 08:38:55 AM EDT SHIRLEY -- There's a new hardware store in the village, right where the old one was. Lambert's Hardware Store on Main Street is now Moore's Lumber & Hardware. Small by today's big box standards, the hardware store stayed in business for over a century, according to ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
          Welcome the August 2018 edition of the HR Advisor. In this month’s newsletter, we have the final article in our series on workplace culture, an overview of Section 7 of the NLRA and what it means for your organization, and a reminder that most states have their own list of protected classes. Thank you for reading! ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    Beacon Hill Passes Energy, Non-Compete Bills; No Agreement on Health MeasureBy John Regan, Aug 1, 2018 8:16:11 AM The Massachusetts Legislature ended its 2017-2018 formal session last night by mandating increased use of clean energy, establishing limits on the use of non-compete agreements and curbing the practice of “patent trolling.”Read more »  
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    August 1, 2018Massachusetts Legislature (Finally) Passes Non-Compete LawThe Massachusetts Legislature, at long last, has passed a bill regulating the use and enforcement of non-compete agreements in the private sector. Once “An Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” is signed by Governor Charlie Baker, it will take effect on October 1, 2018.  Read full article ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
      Sales Tax Holiday is Passed by Legislature -- Awaiting Governor's Signature Language establishing a 2018 Sales Tax Holiday (August 11/12) was included in the final conference committee report of the Economic Development legislation, H.4868, which was enacted by the Legislature early this morning.  The language, found in Section 55 of the bill, remains the same as in previous years, and is pasted ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    bankHometown welcomes Sabrina Grillo as Branch Manager of Sturbridge Branch   Oxford, MA – Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced that Sabrina Grillo has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Sturbridge Office.   Grillo joined bankHometown in 2009 as a teller in the Sturbridge Office, and was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager of the Oxford Branch in 2015.   Grillo ...read more
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    Monday, July 30, 2018
    Reorganized APAC Board of Directors Announces Appointment of Scott Kurland to New Executive Director Position        FOR RELEASE AT WILL  Ayer, Mass., July 30, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Ayer Public Access Corporation (APAC) announced the appointment of Scott S. Kurland as executive director of the non-profit local-access television organization for the town. Kurland had been serving ...read more
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    Monday, July 30, 2018
     E-NEWS   Senate Votes to Include 2018 Sales Tax Holiday in Economic Development BillThe MA Senate this week debated economic development legislation, taking up S.2625, An Act Relative to Economic Development in the Commonwealth.  The Senate voted 31-6 in favor of Amendment #1, relative to establishing a 2018 Sales Tax Holiday, with the language identical to what had already passed in the House of ...read more
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    Monday, July 30, 2018
    DORCHESTER — Today, Governor Charlie Baker announced this year’s affordable rental housing awards, which will provide $57 million in direct subsidies for 19 projects to fund the development, renovation and preservation of housing opportunities throughout the state. Since 2015, affordable housing awards have led to the creation and preservation of more than 6,300 housing units alone, furthering ...read more
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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
    Bryley Systems Inc., a Top 501 Managed IT Services Provider, acquires the Managed IT and Cloud Services division of Competitive Edge Services, Ltd.Clinton, Ma-July 18 2018   Bryley Systems announced they have acquired the Managed IT and Managed Cloud Services division of Competitive Edge Services, Ltd.  As a growing Managed IT Services and Managed Cloud Provider, Bryley Sytems recently ...read more
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    Thursday, July 26, 2018
      Beware of Yet Another Email Scam dubbed "sextortion"Do to The Nature of Its Subject     Yet another scam has surfaced in the email world, this time with a pretty sensitive subject...online pornography. And even if that type of thing is not your cup of tea, the email becomes more believable when a password you've previously used is ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
      Have you ever wondered whether turning your computer off at the end of the day really mattered? Or why no one seems to talk about antivirus for your mobile phone? If so, you're not alone, and our techs have the answers!         FAQsAlso known as: frequently asked questions   Questions which are supposed to be ...read more
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    Wednesday, July 25, 2018
    The Future Home of Clear Path for Veterans New England    We are pleased to announce that we acquired the property at 84 Antietam Street (formerly 4 Antietam Street) Devens, MA as the future home of Clear Path for Veterans New England. The 21,000 square foot building will be renovated to accommodate an onsite dog training facility, industrial kitchen and dining area, peer to peer mentoring ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    From day 1, Ayer sushi restaurant on a rollBy Scott ShurtleffPOSTED:   07/06/2018 07:35:56 AM EDT AYER -- Before any advertising or announcement, Osawa Japanese Restaurant is already popular due to word of mouth. Quietly opening on June 12, the new restaurant is building a loyal group of patrons and not just from Ayer. A more raucous, grander ceremony, complete with ribbon cutting and other ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 24, 2018
     Additional briefings have been added!! RAM Pulls Sales Tax Ballot Question, Accepts "Grand Bargain" Compromise - $15, Paid Family/Medical Leave, Sunday/Holiday Premium Pay Repeal, Annual Sales Tax HolidayFind out why, and what’s in it…   Join fellow small business owners to learn about what was included in the final “Grand Bargain” legislative package. This legislation bundled parts ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    With the help of state Sen. Jamie Eldridge, D-Acton, a $6 million earmark for the Littleton Common Smart Sewer Project was procured for the project which has been in discussion by town officials and residents for the last several years. “I was happy to secure this critical funding for this important environmental protection project, which will provide sustainable, clean water to Littleton ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    What's Included in a Respite Stay?Wondering what's actually included in a short-term respite stay at Nashoba Park and what the benefits are?  Check out this Respite Fact Sheet >>  Nashoba ParkIndependent & Assisted Living 15 Winthrop Avenue, Ayer, MA 01432978.772.0707 | NashobaPark.com
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    SBA Offers Disaster Loans for Massachusetts Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by a March Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm  ATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP)s in Massachusetts that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans.  These ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Fitness Redefines Retail at The PointFitness options that promote healthy lifestyles are a must-have for today's successful retail destinations. Located among shops, restaurants, grocery, hotel, office, and cinema, The Point's fitness and health and wellness offerings include:MetroRock Climbing Center, a world-class climbing facility that offers visitors a non-traditional workout in among the most ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Summer Golf SpecialNow thru August 30, 2018Play Monday thru Thursday between 10:00-11:50am and receive a $20 voucher to Shaker Hills with all regularly priced greens fees ($79). All players who qualify for the Senior, Active Military & First Responder discounted rate of $59 will receive a $10 voucher. These vouchers may be used towards a future purchase at Shaker Hills in the Golf Shop or ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    New General Manager Selected Following Retirement   LITTLETON – The Littleton Electric Light and Water Departments’ Board of Commissioners has appointed Nick Lawler as the new general manager to follow Scott Edwards, who will retire in August.   Edwards has served LELWD for 26 years, the last four as general manager. Lawler has served as the assistant general manager for nearly four years ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Calling All Community Groups, Non-Profits, and Businesses    NationalNight Out on Tuesday August 7, 20186:00-8:00PMNorth Middlesex Regional High School      This FREE event is part of a “nationalcommunity-buildingcampaign that promotespolice-communitypartnerships and neighborhoodcamaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live”.    Come set up a table, promote your ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Bryley Systems Promotes Raymond Baldez to Senior TechnicianBryley Systems Inc., a Top 501 Managed IT Services Provider and repeat winner of the Channel Partners 360° Award, promotes Raymond Baldez to Senior Technician.Clinton, MA – July 11, 2018   Bryley Systems, a growing Managed IT services provider company, promotes Mr. Baldez to Senior Technician. Raymond joined the Bryley technical team in ...read more
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    Monday, July 23, 2018
    Bryley Information and TipsJuly 2018How to Dispose of Your Old Cell PhoneIf you purchased or received a new smartphone recently, you may be wondering what to do with your previous phone. Only about 10% of our mobile devices are properly recycled. Where do they go? Many remain hidden in a desk drawer or some other forgotten place. More often, they find their way into the trash and end up in ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 17, 2018
    MWCC Graduates 22 in First Class of Second Chance Pell Pilot Program at MCI-Shirley  SHIRLEY – A group of 22 inmates of MCI-Shirley received their Small Business Management certificate last month from Mount Wachusett Community College as part of a national pilot program designed to provide education as a means of reducing recidivism and easing the transition out of prison.  “Many of the students ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    To update the athletic field campus designed for student athletes in 1962. The project includes a new artificial turf field, new track with 8 lane straight, new plaza and concession stand with bathrooms, new bleachers and lights, upgraded soccer fields, addition of new soccer field, new softball field and new fencing, backstops and dugouts for softball and baseball. Expanding and opening the ...read more
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