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    Friday, April 19, 2019
      By now we all know that artificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay, but do you ever find yourself wondering how it will affect your life, your job, or your business? Read on for a simple summary of what AI is, and where it's headed.     Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Work and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    FSU conference celebrates center's 10 years Sentinel & Enterprise UPDATED:   04/18/2019 06:32:22 AM EDT  FITCHBURG -- Fitchburg State University's Undergraduate Conference on Research and Creative Practice celebrates its 10th anniversary this week, where hundreds of students will share exemplary scholarly and artistic work.The conference runs today, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in locations ...read more
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    Thursday, April 18, 2019
    Matthew S. Sosik, President and CEO of bankHometown, announced the addition of Stacey Berg to the Residential Lending Department as a Mortgage Loan Specialist. With over 20 years of banking experience in the Oxford area, Stacey specializes in finding the lending product that will best fit the customer’s needs. Stacey has been a trusted advisor to many, formerly with Santander Bank in Oxford for ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    By Eli Sherman Wicked Local   Posted Apr 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM Updated Apr 8, 2019 at 9:54 AM   The Massachusetts transportation system is a mess.   The problems are myriad, but generally speaking, fewer people are using public transportation at a time when population is growing. What public transportation does exist, isn’t designed well enough to get people where they need to go ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    Information relative to the Ayer Rail Trail Commuter Parking and Access Improvement Project On April 29, 2019 construction will commence on the Ayer Rail Trail Commuter Parking and Access Improvement Project. As a result, the Ayer Rail Trail Parking Lot will be closed for construction from April 29, 2019 through December 31, 2019. This project has been in the making for over 20 years and we are ...read more
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    Friday, April 12, 2019
    NASHOBA TECH: School Wins Four Gold Medals in Skills Competition By: JOYCE PELLINO CRANE Nashoba Valley Technical High School boasted four gold medals in the recent SkillsUSA District competition, held at Greater Lowell Technical High School in Tyngsborough. In all, 22 Nashoba Tech students received 18 medals, as the school also won five silver medals and five bronze medals. Winners of gold, ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Featured Articles for April 2019  Six Tips for Last-Minute Tax Filers If you've been procrastinating about filing your tax return this year, here are six tips that might help.The Qualified Small Business Stock Exclusion Small businesses benefit from numerous tax breaks. One of them is the Qualified Small Business Stock exclusion. If you're thinking about investing in a small business, here's ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
      Highway construction sometimes seems to go on forever. Take a drive on Interstates 495, 93 or 95, and you’re bound to see workers at some point. Maybe they’re adding a lane or repairing a bridge or in the middle of some other major, multiyear project, or maybe they’re simply performing routine maintenance. They just always seem to be there, always working. Michael McGurn (Westford), left, ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
     The Millionaires Tax is a Failure Posted by John Regan on Apr 11, 2019 8:34:11 AMThe “millionaires tax” is a failure.   Evidence from states that have already imposed a surtax on incomes of more than $1 million shows that the policy causes irreparable harm to the economy while generating far less tax revenue than promised. A millionaires tax will cause the same harm in Massachusetts, ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    ROLLSTONE BANK & TRUST DONATES $10,000 TO MONTACHUSETT INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK, INC. FOR SERVICES TO LOCAL HOMELESS FAMILIESLeominster/Fitchburg, MA (April 11, 2019) – Rollstone Bank & Trust today announced it has donated $10,000 to Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. (MIHN) to assist in its mission to provide shelter, meals and comprehensive assistance to homeless families ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    Workers Credit Union Reports 2018 Growth and ExpansionsCredit union holds annual meeting to release annual report to membership, community  FITCHBURG, Ma., April 11, 2019 – Workers Credit Union held its 104th annual meeting on March 26 to report its annual revenue, membership and assets growth rate, and community engagement for the year 2018 which ended in December. For the wider community and ...read more
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    Thursday, April 11, 2019
    MWCC Receives $42K Grant to Boost Automotive Program  GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College has received a $42,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education that will boost technological integration in the college’s automotive technology courses while funding a free class this summer to introduce people to the program.  “Mount Wachusett Community College is committed to ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    NECN Business talks about Maugel's "Be Your Best Self" Initiativeby: Robin Peters, Marketing Director Thu, Mar 14 , 2019    As a company, Maugel Architects is a firm that shapes the exceptional. It’s a guiding principle that drives every decision we make, including how employees are treated and supported. Recently, Chief Operator Officer John Lawlor sat down with NECN’s Business to discuss ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
    AIM, Coalition Ask Legislature to Limit MassHealth Assessment Posted by Katie Holahan on Apr 8, 2019 3:34:04 PM   A diverse coalition of organizations ranging from AIM to groups representing human services providers and home-care aides urged key legislators today not to extend the two-year assessment imposed on employers last year to close a financial gap at the state’s MassHealth insurance ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 09, 2019
     Willie’s Warriors Presents “Journey to a Cure” 9th Annual Event to Honor Local Cancer Survivors and Remember Those Lost to Cancer  (Clinton/Lancaster/Leominster MA) – A special Journey for a Cure Event will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 7pm to support the American Cancer Society Relay For Life®. The event will be held in Clinton and will provide everyone the opportunity do his or her part and ...read more
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    Monday, April 08, 2019
    Nashoba Valley Medical Center Expands Cardiology Services and Welcomes Cardiologist Sarosh Janjua, MD    Ayer, MA – Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) and Steward Medical Group recently announced the addition of Cardiologist Sarosh Janjua, MD to the medical staff.Dr. Janjua specializes in cardiovascular diseases with a focus on stress testing, preventative cardiology, and heart disease in ...read more
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    Monday, April 08, 2019
    Edible Food Finds: Golden Girl Granola Photo by Michael Piazza Golden Girl Granola began and remains a family affair. The company story started in 2007 when Deborah and Terry O’Kelly and their daughters, Catherine and Jacquie, attended their hometown farmers market in Carlisle. After researching various recipes and techniques, Jacquie suggested selling granola in not just one flavor but six, and ...read more
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    Monday, April 08, 2019
      Have you ever wondered how you can save money for a large goal, like college tuition or buying a home?Do you wonder if your children are able to manage their money, or even know money basics?Are you concerned about having enough money to save for retirement?If you answered YES to any of these questions, then you are a perfect candidate for our financial education resource for our customers - ...read more
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    Thursday, April 04, 2019
      Five Easy Tips for Maximizing Your Home's Curb AppealGive your home a chance to make its best first impression by focusing on easy upgrades that offer major curb appeal. Here are five simple tips to freshen up your outdoor space and give your home a facelift. 1) Get back to basics.Never underestimate the power of a stone walkway, quality mulch, some flowering shrubs and a couple of nice ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    03 April 2019 Dear Friends and Colleagues As a valued customer and friend of Masy BioServices, I am very pleased to share some exciting news with you.  Masy has been in discussions with Metrology Laboratories, Inc. in Rockaway, New Jersey about combining our strengths and talents.  As of today, MLI is officially the New Jersey division of Masy BioServices!  Masy and MLI were both founded over ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    ROLLSTONE BANK & TRUST OFFERS ASSISTANCE TO HOMEBUYERS THROUGH FHLBANK BOSTON PROGRAMLeominster/Fitchburg, MA (April 2, 2019) — Rollstone Bank & Trust has been selected to participate in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Equity Builder Program, which assists local homebuyers with down-payment and closing costs as well as homebuyer counseling and rehabilitation assistance.The $3.6 million ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    Museum Replaces April 20th Program with focus on The Yankee Division, WWI  In place of a previously scheduled program on WWI, the Museum will present the film Yanks Fight the Kaiser,” about the famed 26th Yankee Division’s part in the Great War, the show to start at 1 p.m. at the Museum, 94 Jackson Road on Devens.           Showing this documentary at this particular time highlights the fact ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    Leominster Credit Union to hold Spring Shred-A-Thon  Leominster, MA- Leominster Credit Union will hold a Shred-A-Thon at its headquarters located at 20 Adams Street, Leominster, MA on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 9:00AM – Noon.  Members and non-members can get rid of old, sensitive documents by shredding and recycling them at the Shred-A-Thon. All items will be shred on site by a secure ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    Leominster Credit Union Holding Annual Book Drive  LEOMINSTER, MA, April 3, 2019 –  Leominster Credit Union is joining credit unions throughout Massachusetts to collect new and gently used books during the month of April in collaboration with the Cooperative Credit Union Association Annual Book Drive.  The books will be donated to local organizations providing an educational resource for many ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    BY GRANT WELKER In the two decades since the closure of its longtime military base, Devens has rebounded with thousands of new jobs from dozens of employers like the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb or consumer distributor Quiet Logistics. Yet, the community still lacks for residents, with less than 2,000 living there, according to the U.S. Census. A cluster of brick buildings dating ...read more
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    Tuesday, April 02, 2019
    BY GRANT WELKER Nearing the end of her second academic year leading Becker College, Nancy Crimmin has an excuse for looking both backwards and ahead, with her inauguration set for Friday at Becker's Leicester campus. It's been a busy two years for Crimmin, who was first made interim president at Becker in the spring of 2017 when Robert Johnson left the school after seven years to lead UMass ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    Korry Dow Appointed President of Nashoba Valley Medical Center    Ayer, MA – Korry Dow was recently appointed president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC). Since August, Dow has served as interim president leading the community hospital, which employs a highly qualified medical staff with 115 active and associate member physicians offering community-based primary care and a wide range of ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    Good afternoon:  The draft DFML regulations have been updated and posted on the website. https://www.mass.gov/info-details/draft-regulations-for-the-department-of-family-and-medical-leave  As we move forward through the Secretary of State’s formal regulation process, we will hold at least two public hearings, in the coming months. There will also be a period for written comments. We expect to ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    Body Mind Spirit Salon and Day Spa Groton, MA Joins Sustainability Initiative to Keep the Planet More Beautiful    (Chicago–4/1/2019) As a new member of Green Circle Salons, Body Mind Spirit Salon and Day Spa, Groton, MA is beginning a comprehensive recycling / reuse program that will help to significantly reduce its environmental impact. The program helps to redirect everything once considered ...read more
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    Monday, April 01, 2019
    Boston, MA – March 28, 2019– Bristol-Myers Squibb and Concerto HealthAI, a market leader in oncology-specific Real-World Data (RWD) and advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled insight solutions for Real-World Evidence (RWE) generation, today announced a multi-year strategic agreement that will cover a diverse range of cancers, integrate multiple data sources, and apply AI and machine ...read more
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    Thursday, March 28, 2019
      Got the spring cleaning bug? While you're tidying up your home, don't forget to show your technology a little love too.     7 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Computer               We’ve turned the clocks forward and await the warmer ...read more
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    Thursday, March 28, 2019
      Practices & Experiences     People     Offices Massachusetts Legal Update       March 28, 2019Massachusetts Releases Paid Family and Medical Leave Employer Guide, Workplace PosterThe Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has released a new guide for employers on the Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA), G.L. c. 175M. The guide clarifies some ...read more
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    Thursday, March 28, 2019
    Steps for developing a small business disaster recovery plan Businesses that are forced to close down following a disaster run the risk of never being able to open their doors again. While there’s no way to lower the risk of a natural disaster like a hurricane, there are critical measures that can be taken to protect your company’s bottom line from nature’s fury. A disaster plan and adequate ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    Leominster Credit Union Endowed Scholarship at Worcester State University  Leominster, MA-  To mark the 65th Anniversary of its founding, Leominster Credit Union (LCU) has established an endowed scholarship at Worcester State University to help LCU employees, members of the Board of Directors, and LCU members—or their children or grandchildren—pay for college.“Leominster Credit Union is proud to ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
           ColorWorks Paint & Decorating Centers Acquires Harmon's Paint & Wallpaper     We are excited to share with you that ColorWorks Paint & Decorating Centers has a new location at 314 Market St. Lowell, MA! As of March 25th, 2019 we have finalized the agreement to acquire Harmon's Paint & Wallpaper. This newest storefront brings our total locations to nine!  We are ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR SERIES HELPS ENTREPRENEURS GET STARTED ON THEIR PATH TO SUCCESS Rollstone Bank & Trust is the sponsor for a free, three-part small business series that will take place on the first Wednesday of April, May and June. The events are hosted by NewVue Communities at Fitchburg State University’s ideaLab, located at 717 Main St., Fitchburg, MA 01420.Jaqueline Mastrangelo, the Small ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Department of Family and Medical Leave - News  March 26th, 2019    Employer and Employee Toolkits Now Available An Employer and an Employee toolkit have been posted to mass.gov/dfml. These tools contain helpful resources for employers and individuals to navigate the latest information regarding the Department of Family and Medical Leave in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Maximum Unemployment Duration Drops to 26 Weeks Posted by John Regan on Mar 26, 2019 6:49:33 PMShare   An obscure provision of the 2005 Massachusetts Unemployment Insurance Reform Law will next week accomplish what employers have sought for several decades – a reduction in the maximum duration of unemployment benefits from 30 weeks to the 26 weeks common in most states. The provision ...read more
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    Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Steward Medical Group’s Online Booking Makes Access to Primary Care Doctors Affiliated withNashoba Valley Medical Center EasierConvenient appointment scheduling is available 24/7  Ayer, MA - Doctors’ Day is on Saturday, March 30 and many around the nation and at Nashoba Valley Medical Center will pause to honor the contributions physicians make. While the U.S. is facing a shortage of primary care ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
      ORANGE — Get ready for another transformation. Orange’s streets, stores and cemeteries will once again be the on-screen depiction of Stephen King’s “Castle Rock.” Castle Rock will be returning to film in Orange for Season 2 — the series was renewed for a second season last August, but producers did not initially confirm there would be a return to Orange. According to Town Administrator ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
      The Baker Administration Wants to Change the Sales & Meals Tax Remittance Process & Deadline…  Contact your Legislators TODAY & Tell Them it’s a BAD IDEA!  Unfortunately, Gov. Charlie Baker’s FY20 state budget proposal proposes changes to the state’s sales and meals tax collection and remittance process.  Currently, vendors collect and remit MA sales tax by ...read more
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