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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.

North Brookfield, FamilyFirst complete merger

Michael Novinson |

North Brookfield Savings Bank said it was to have completed its merger Sunday with Ware-based FamilyFirst Bank.

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