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Hometown Bank to add Leominster branch

Rick Saia |

Hometown Bank of Oxford has received state and federal approvals to open a new branch in Leominster at the entrance to the Mall at Whitney Field, the bank announced.

Ten area communities receive block grants

Ten Central Massachusetts communities will receive federal community development block grants that total about $6.6 million for a variety of uses, notably housing and infrastructure upgrades.

Oxford company sued for alleged asbestos violations

Emily Micucci |

An Oxford environmental company has been sued for allegedly failing to follow proper procedures while removing materials containing asbestos from a Sturbridge home, Atty. Gen. Martha Coakley's office...

Commerce Insurance agrees to $14.6M settlement

Michael Novinson |

Webster-based Commerce Insurance Co. agreed Monday to pay the state $14.6 million to settle claims that it overcharged motorcycle owners on their insurance policies.

Worcester #3 in US in employment by foreign firms

Michael Novinson |

Foreign companies now employ nine percent of Greater Worcester's workforce, the third highest among the top 100 US metropolitan areas, according to a study.

Warren solar project complete

Emily Micucci |

Local officials and representatives from Boston-based renewable energy company First Wind will mark the completion of a 14-megawatt solar project in Warren on June 23 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

WBJ honors 6 as Family Business Awards winners

Family relationships can be complicated. But in some cases, those blood relationships can be tested and even strained when there's a family business involved that needs caring and nurturing.

Central Mass Family Business Awards 2014: Hyde Tools, Southbridge

Susan Shalhoub |

Being in charge at Hyde Tools is not a birthright.

Southbridge Hotel has new operator

Emily Micucci |

Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center has selected the Shaner Hotel Group as its new management company, according to a statement from Pennsylvania-based Shaner.

Old W. Brookfield pub returning to its roots

One of the nation’s oldest operating taverns is undergoing a major renovation in West Brookfield, part of an effort to revitalize the town center.

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