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A Master Plan for Southbridge: Your Ideas Needed

We strongly encourage you to join us for one or more of these important meetings regarding the future of Southbridge.  Whether you live or do business in Southbridge, your feedback and suggestions are welcome!

Added by CMS Chamber Online on October 30, 2012 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Storm Update #2

We just finished another conference call with Secretary Bialecki. Given the magnitude of the storm, Massachusetts is pretty lucky to have weathered the storm so well. Logan airport is open and flying planes. All public transportation is operational again. There are less than 300,000 people in MA without power and service is being restored quickly. While nine hospitals lost power, all have been able to remain open with the use of their generators. There are some road closures, mostly due to…

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Added by Alexandra McNitt on October 30, 2012 at 12:38pm — No Comments

Storm Update

Having just completed a conference call with Secretary Bialecki, I wanted to provide the following update. The coast is starting to get high winds and flooding. Several roads have already been closed, and many more are anticipated. The T will be closed at 2:00 today until further notice. People across the state are strongly encouraged to get home early today and stay there. The state has many resources at the ready, and they'll be deployed as needed. If anyone learns of any particular…

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Added by Alexandra McNitt on October 29, 2012 at 12:49pm — No Comments

'Fenway Park 100th Anniversary' Author to Speak at Old Sturbridge Village Nov. 8

'Fenway Park 100th Anniversary' Author to Speak at Old Sturbridge Village Nov. 8

Award-winning writer John Powers debuts OSV Distinguished Speakers Series

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (Oct. 25, 2012): Sportswriter John Powers, co-author of the 100th anniversary commemorative book, Fenway Park: The Coolest, Cruelest and Longest Running Major League Baseball Stadium in America, will speak in the Stephen M.…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on October 26, 2012 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Chamber Members: Free Cinemagic Theater Rental Contest

Cinemagic has a new contest open to all Member businesses of the Chamber of Central Mass South! Come up with a fun, creative use for one of the theaters at Cinemagic, Sturbridge. Send it to the email address below and your organization can win a Free Theater Rental! Winner to be announced at January's Fun at Five.

Official Rules for…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on October 23, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Harrington HealthCare System Now Accepts Fallon Senior Plan

Harrington HealthCare System Now Accepts Fallon Senior Plan

 

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass. -- October 4, 2012 -- Harrington HealthCare System is pleased to announced that all its facilities, including Harrington Hospital, Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard, Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, and its Physician Hospital Organization, will accept Fallon Senior Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan offered by Fallon Community Health Plan.

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on October 4, 2012 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

The Chamber of Central Mass South is currently accepting nominations for our Annual Awards to be presented in November. Below you will find a link to the criteria and nomination forms for three awards. Please help us recognize greatness among us! The following awards will be presented at our Annual Meeting in November:

Business of the Year

Presented to an outstanding business in the community. They must have been in business at…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on September 24, 2012 at 4:25pm — No Comments

Iris Gomez presents Immigrant Dreams in Life and in Literature

IRIS GOMEZ is an award-winning writer and nationally-recognized expert on the rights of immigrants in the United States. On Thursday, October 11, 2012 she will return to the Jacob Edwards Library to present a program on Immigrant Dreams In Life and In Literature. The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. in the Reading Room, at 236 Main Street, Southbridge. All welcome! The Friends of Jacob Edwards Library will provide light…

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Added by Margaret Morrissey on August 23, 2012 at 9:48pm — No Comments

Boston Bruins Blades and Special Guest to visit Jacob Edwards Library

On Monday, August 20th at 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Blades and a Special Guest will visit the 

Jacob Edwards Library at 236 Main Street, Southbridge.

The library successfully applied for a grant to have a Reading Rink - one of five libraries across the state! To encourage participation, the Bruins (mascot Blades and other VIPs) are making special library visits to award Boston…

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Added by Margaret Morrissey on August 15, 2012 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Chamber Donates to OSV Gristmill Project

Chamber of Commerce Helps Fund Old Sturbridge Village Gristmill Repair

Keeping the wheel turning  -- Central Mass. South Chamber of Commerce board members recently donated $500 to help replace the Old Sturbridge Village Gristmill's water…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on August 1, 2012 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Community Harvest Project: Fruits & Vegetables for Hunger Relief

Are you looking for a fun, team-building, community service experience for employees? 

Look no further!  Community Harvest Project, a non-profit organization with a mission to build an engaged and healthier community by bringing volunteers together to grow fresh fruits and vegetables for hunger relief, is partnering with Cheney Orchard in Brimfield.  Together, they plan to donate thousands of pounds of apples to hunger relief…and they…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 25, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Attitude Is Everything

When it comes to resilience, attitude really is everything. Having an optimistic view of yourself and confidence in your strengths and abilities creates conditions for success and healthier living.

To start, let me be clear. When I talk of optimism, I do not mean that rose-colored glasses, Pollyannaish-way of looking at the world. True optimists know bad things happen; they experience tragedy just like everyone else. But what separates optimists from their pessimistic brothers and…

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Added by Rita Schiano on July 23, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Hollow Brook Farms Seeks Volunteers, Skilled Workers for July Barn Raising

OLD FASHIONED BARN RAISING

Hollow Brook Farms is having a second Barn Raising!!

Permit is in hand, we just need the help of all the wonderful people who have had us in their thoughts and prayers this past year…

An Old Fashioned Barn Raising has been set for JULY…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on July 18, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

How Taking One Small Step Can Change Your Life

Can taking one, small step really change your life? Proponents of kaizen think so. (And for the record, so do I.) Kaizen is a means of making great and lasting change through small, steady increments. Kaizen's practical roots are based in the Japanese management concept for incremental (gradual, continuous) change (improvement): breaking tasks into small, manageable steps.

However, kaizen is also a way of life philosophy based on making little changes on a regular basis; it's about…

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Added by Rita Schiano on July 16, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Chamber Executives Association Introduces Discounted Health Insurance for Small Businesses

Chamber Executives Association Introduces Discounted Health Insurance for Small Businesses

Long-awaited discounts for small businesses are here. The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE) recently introduced the Chamber Health Coop, a group purchasing program that makes health insurance more affordable for businesses with 1 to 50 full-time employees.

Any small business that belongs to one of the more…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 25, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Technology Grants to Businesses

Technology Grants to Businesses - MBI Makes Award

Small businesses and Non-Profits in the Quaboag Valley and Southern Worcester County regions will have an opportunity to advance their technology capacity and know-how through this new program funded by the Mass. Broadband Institute (MBI). MBI has awarded the QVCDC $150,000 to select regional businesses and make sub-grant awards over the next two years. Training, equipment, websites and…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 18, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Late Show Comedian to Emcee OSV's Gala, September 15

Old Sturbridge Village Gala Set for Sept. 15, 2012

Celebrity Emcee to be Comedian Eddie Brill of the Late Show with David Letterman

Theme: "It Takes a Village"…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 13, 2012 at 12:53pm — No Comments

EF Educational Homestay Programs Donates to Tornado Relief, Seeks Host Families

EF Homestay Programs donates to Tornado Relief. From left to right, Charlie Berkinshaw (EF Operations Manager); Diane Sullivan (Charlton Site Director); CMS Chamber Executive Director, Alexandra McNitt; Denise McGee (EF Marlborough Program Leader); and Christine Habermann (EF New England Area Manager).   

Sturbridge, MA, May 29, 2012 -…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on June 4, 2012 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the Chamber of Central Mass South!

The Chamber is very pleased to welcome our newest Member businesses, many of whom joined us at the May 15 Member Appreciation Fun at Five held at Old Sturbridge Village! Join us in welcoming these new Members to our community and to the Chamber!

America's Best…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on May 17, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tourism Marketing is Smart Business for Massachusetts

A Message From Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray



Tourism Marketing is Smart Business for Massachusetts



In the spirit of National Tourism Day, it is a good time to take stock of the tourism industry and its benefits to the Commonwealth.



From Pittsfield to Provincetown, the Commonwealth is a compelling and attractive tourism destination.…

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Added by CMS Chamber Online on May 9, 2012 at 4:34pm — No Comments

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