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November 24, 2014

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Fitchburg-based Rollstone Bank & Trust donated $1,200 to the Leominster-based Nicholas James Foundation, which provides iPads to teachers and speech therapists working with children with autism and special needs. Pictured, left to right, are: Stacy Maillet, president, Nicholas James Foundation; and Linda Racine, executive vice president, Rollstone Bank & Trust.


Nonprofit Bottom Line, with an office in Worcester, held its sixth annual Get In, Graduate & Go Far fundraising reception. Pictured, left to right, are: Sheila Harrity, principal, Worcester Technical High School; Robert Layne, director of outreach programs, University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Jed Smith, chief development officer, Bottom Line.


Natural gas and electricity provider Unitil hosted a Touch-A-Truck event at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster, where kids could learn about various career opportunities, including firefighting. Pictured: Unitil's Michael Grzewinski answers a question for Cole Schautis.


Stop & Shop - with stores in Central Massachusetts - donated 1,000 turkeys to the Worcester County Food Bank in Shrewsbury. Pictured, left to right, are: Julie Hersey, nutritionist, Stop & Shop; Victor Terenio, Sturbridge store manager, Stop & Shop; Dan Cramer, district director with the supermarket chain; and Jean McMurray, executive director, Worcester County Food Bank.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute men's basketball players, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass./MetroWest, made sock puppets and read to preschoolers during an Hanover Theatre event, Worcester: The City That Reads. Coach Chris Bartley is third from right, next to Melanie Perreault of Big Brothers Big Sisters.


  • Worcester-based O'Brien and Gibbons Insurance raised more than $28,000 in its Hip Hip Her Race, a 5K to benefit Abby's House, a city shelter for women and children.
  • Not Your Average Joe's restaurant in Acton donated 15 percent of proceeds from dining checks on Tuesdays in October to the Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund.   
  • PENTA Communications in Westborough has become a Toys for Tots drop off location.
  • North Brookfield Savings Bank is hosting a toy donation at its branches through Dec. 10.

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