News from our members

bankHometown Launches 14th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign

bankHometown kicks off its 14th Annual Neighbors Helping Neighbors Campaign on November 1st with a challenge to local residents to help support local food pantries and a way for the bank and its customers to make a real difference in the lives of local residents.

Customers of the bank and community members are invited to be a “Hometown Hero” for a $1 donation or a “Hometown Superhero” for a $5 donation. bankHometown then matches donations dollar for dollar and splits the funds among food pantries that serve the areas surrounding each of its thirteen offices in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition to the in-branch fund drive, Hometown Bank also sends a letter to business customers inviting their help and contributions, which the bank also matches dollar for dollar.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors donations benefit the Oxford Ecumenical Food Shelf at the United Methodist Church in Oxford; Food Share, a Southbridge-based program that serves residents of Sturbridge, Charlton and Southbridge; the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at Sacred Heart Church in Webster; the Athol Salvation Army Food Pantry; CARE Food Pantry in Clinton, the Auburn Youth and Family Services, Inc. Food Pantry and Ginny’s Helping Hand in Leominster. The Connecticut pantries being served are Daily Bread in Putnam; Friends of Assisi in Killingly and Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group (TEEG) in Thompson.

Last year’s campaign concluded with a total donation of $17,500.00, with individual checks in the amount of $2,500.00 were presented to each of the seven participating food pantries. To date, more than $117,500.00 has been distributed through this program.

Hometown Bank is a $400 million mutual bank with offices in Massachusetts (Athol, Auburn, Leominster, Oxford, South Lancaster, Sturbridge and Webster) and Connecticut (Putnam, Brooklyn, Killingly, Thompson, and Woodstock).

Educational Programs Scheduled for Manufacturers

The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center announces a calendar of educational programs that can help area manufacturers strengthen operational processes. The non-profit’s EHS Roundtable is a forum where area professionals with environmental, health, and/or safety related responsibilities learn from guest speakers, share best practices, discuss challenges, exchange resources, and build partnerships.
Confirmed topics for the monthly meeting include:

OSHA Inspections – Be Prepared, November 3: Area Director for OSHA Hartford, CT, Paul Mangiafico will present what an employer can expect from an OSHA inspection, how and why OSHA targets facilities, the Compliance Officer’s scope, citation process, updated OSHA penalty structure, and process to contest.

Worst Plant Tour, December 1: Corey Briggs from Ramboll Environ will guide participants thorough a virtual tour of the worst plant, using digital renderings of real-world EHS compliance issues. This presentation will provide insight to dangers that can happen in your facility.

Let’s Fix This, January 12: Participants will share and collaborate on environmental, health and safety challenges in their facilities. This will be a great opportunity to network and interact with local peers.

Electrical Safety, February 2: Dean Vanasse, President of Boston Safety Training will address arc flash and basic electrical safety for employees.
Energy Conservation, Efficiency Strategies, March 2: Dr. Beka Kosanovic from UMASS Amherst’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy will speak on common energy efficiency opportunities and steps to conserve energy in manufacturing facilities and review the free services the Center provides.

The EHS Roundtable has been benefiting businesses throughout Central Massachusetts since 2008 by providing a unique opportunity to learn and network with local colleagues. Meetings take place 8:00-9:30a at 33 Andrews Parkway, Devens. Registration is $30 for non-members; refreshments are served. To RSVP, visit or contact Tracy Pierce at or 978-772-8831.
The Devens Eco-Efficiency Center helps commercial, industrial and service establishments make better use of natural, material, human and economic resources. To learn more about this 10 year old non-profit visit

Fitchburg Historical Society’s Annual House Tour Presents an All-Star Collection of Local Architecture

The Fitchburg Historical Society will offer its Annual Holiday House Tour on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11 am to 4 pm. This fundraiser will welcome visitors into fourteen of Fitchburg’s architecturally significant buildings, beautifully decorated for the holidays. The Fitchburg Historical Society House Tour is one of Fitchburg’s biggest holiday events: it celebrates Fitchburg and its architecture while supporting the educational and preservation mission of the Fitchburg Historical Society, a 125-year old nonprofit on Main Street.


Some of the homes showcase architecture from the Victorian era in Fitchburg. Others date from the height of Fitchburg’s first “Golden Age,” the years from 1900 to 1920, when industrial production and population grew explosively, making Fitchburg the most important cultural center in central Massachusetts. These buildings were designed by important regional and national architects like Richard Upjohn, Henry M. Francis (based in Fitchburg), Solomonsky Architects of New York City, Boston’s Oscar Thayer, landscape designer Herbert J. Kellaway and architect James A. Britton, who was also celebrated for his restoration architecture at Old Sturbridge Village.


In addition to nine private residences, other participating venues include: Applewild School, the Boulder Art Gallery, Gerry’s Martel’s Classic Carriages, the Fitchburg Historical Society, and the Fay Club.  The Fay Club is a magnificent mansion designed by American architect Richard Upjohn (famous for the Trinity Church on Wall Street). It will serve as the “Tea Room” for the day, where House Tour participants can stop for tea, coffee and desserts.


Tickets for the December 2, 2017, House Tours are $25.00 each and can be purchased starting on Monday, November 13, at Shack’s Clothing, Mill #3, Elliot’s Jewelers, Homestead Primitives, Windmill Florist, the Mayor’s Office at 166 Boulder Drive, DeBonis & Davin Florist, Slattery’s Restaurant and at the Fitchburg Historical Society. Charles Sternaimolo (photographer), Anne Giancola (graphic artist) and to Miles Press (printers) created the posters, brochures, and tickets for the House Tours.



The Fitchburg Historical Society is located at 781 Main Street, Fitchburg in the historic Phoenix building. There is abundant on-street parking near the Historical Society and free parking behind the building. The building is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 978-345-1157, email, visit or

Business Achievers’ Bootcamp

The Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center is proud to present “The Business Achievers Boot Camp”. This event provide an interactive and exciting day of professional development for your leaders and staff members. Lunch is provided at all ticket levels. It will feature professional certified business coaches from the firm InnerOvation and DYNAMIC national speaker, coach and author, Kendall Ficklin. Energize, educate, and empower your business by attending this one of a kind event. And, by the way, ALL proceeds go to supporting local veterans via the MVOC wellness and mental health programs.


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Now casting season 2 of Beat Shazam and looking for contestants nationwide!!! This is your chance to win up to 1 MILLION DOLLARS! Casting only has a few weeks left, so please apply as soon as possible! Be sure to check out our casting flyer listed at the bottom of this email for details of how to apply –

We are also looking for many speciality teams for the show – listed below.

– Grandparents or Grandparent and Grandchild (over 18)

– Cowboys

– Fraternity Brothers/Sorority Sisters

– College Students

– Taxi/Lyft/Uber Drivers

– Doctors/Nurses

– Truck Drivers

– Cheerleaders

– Hair Stylists

– Bartenders/Waiters/Hostesses

– Coaches

– Pageant Queens

– Chefs/Line Cooks/Bakers

– Baristas

– Expecting Mothers

– Plumbers 

– Bouncers/Security Guards

– Back-Up Dancers

– Flight Attendants/Pilots

– Fitness Instructors

– Veterinarians 

– DJs

– Lunch Ladies

– Janitors

– Bodybuilders/Wrestlers

– Construction Workers

– Plumbers

– Mechanics

– Mail Men/Women

– Firefighters/EMT’s

– Police Officers

– Lifeguards

– Race Car Drivers

– One Hit Wonders

If you fit any of the specialty teams listed above – when applying for the show please make sure to note this under question #2 on the casting application (exactly how it is listed above). You can apply at

A+ Firearms Training Schedule Update

A+ Firearms Training of MA here with a class schedule update.

Our next scheduled class is the Handgun Selection.  Please note, in an attempt to help our customers, we have changed the date from Friday, November 3rd to Sunday, November 5th.  The class time has changed as well to 8:30am to 1:30pm.

In this class you are given the opportunity to shoot three rounds from each of 12 handguns to help you determine what size handgun fits you best and how much perceived recoil you can safely handle.

You start with a .22 caliber “pocket” pistol and progress upwards in both physical size and caliber to a .357 Magnum and military spec 1911 (.45caliber), as well as the Smith & Wesson Governor which can shoot .45 Long Colt, 45 ACP, and .410 shotgun shells.

This class should enable you to purchase the correct fitting handgun just for you, instead of getting one that’s too big/small and that you may not be able to handle the recoil.  Then you would have to trade it in, at possibly hundreds of dollars loss for one of the correct fit for you.

Call NOW to register for this class.

Cost is only $110 to shoot 12 guns.  This is the best deal you can find anywhere around.

Trees for Soldiers

Trees for Soldiers is a month long project starting the Friday after Thanksgiving and runs right up to Christmas.  We provide Christmas trees at no charge to military men and women.  This year on December 8th the Boston Bruins Foundation will be here from 1-3 to show their support for our organization and to spread the word about this program.

EANE Compensation Consulting Services

Let us work closely with your organization to develop base, variable, and total rewards programs that align with and support the achievement of your key business strategies and goals!


It is our goal to design equitable and defensible pay systems that will help attract and retain high caliber employees and enhance employee engagement.

We will collaborate with your management team to help you to define and align your compensation philosophy with your mission, business objectives, fiscal capabilities, and retention efforts.

Our customized services include:

  • Developing base compensation, pay grades, and salary administration guidelines through the use of position evaluations, market analysis, and salary range development.
  • Determining whether a bonus or other variable pay plan is right for your organization.
  • An FLSA review, auditing your exemptions to ensure proper documentation to provide a safe harbor for your organization.
  • Designing a performance management system that will align performance measures to your organization’s culture, behavioral competencies and business objectives, linking individual pay increases with performance.


For more information about our Compensation Consulting Services, contact Patti D’Amaddio at or by phone at 877-662-6444.

Fitchburg State University Launches New Student Jobs Site connects Fitchburg State students with local businesses looking for part-time help. On the student jobs website, students can search/apply for jobs and businesses can submit their part-time job openings for review by the university. The service is free for both students and businesses.

Interested businesses should visit to create a profile and post their available jobs. For more information, they can contact the Director of Career & Advising Centers Erin Kelleher at or 978-665-3151.

Clinton Public Schools Cordially Invites You to Attend a Workforce Development Breakfast

Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
In the Clinton High School Library

A Hot Breakfast will be served

The purpose of this breakfast is to gather input from local employers to help Clinton Public Schools ensure that our graduates are college and career ready.

Our goals are to identify:
• The skills that all of our students need to be ready to enter the workforce
• Any specific vocational or early college program which would make our students more ready to enter the local workforce
• Opportunities for work-based learning experiences for our students

Please RSVP by November 30th
To Mary at (978)365-4200 or

We look forward to meeting with you and thank you for your support of the Clinton Public Schools