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Arrowhead Acres Celebrates Green Friday Representative Soter [R-Bellingham] applauded the work that Uxbridge Farm, Arrowhead Acres, does annually to celebrate “Green Friday.” Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux and Deputy Commissioner Ashley Randle presented owners David and Vicki Morin with a proclamation from Governor Baker. “Green Friday” is celebrated annually on the same day as Black Friday to shift attention from the shopping season to the environmental benefits of selecting a fresh cut local Christmas tree. This holiday also extends to promoting other ornamentals, swags, poinsettias, and other live green decorations. The 2017 Agricultural Census reports Massachusetts having 265 Christmas Tree farms w/sales of $3.5 million statewide. “It is important to emphasize the benefits in purchasing a fresh Christmas tree. Local trees keep open space and replacement trees are planted each year. Purchasing a fresh Christmas tree reduces the number of artificial trees entering landfills. But most of all, cutting your own tree is a great family recreational activity outdoors that has become a tradition,” said Commissioner John Lebeaux. Arrowhead Acres has planted up to 35,000 trees in the past 10 years and is expecting a peak amount (1000-2000) of trees available this year. The farm has a total of 48 acres with about half in Christmas trees. The big component of the farm is with weddings, an average 100 a year, but only 10 small ones this year. New developments on the farm include renovation of the banquet hall, and barn. The farm also has a petting zoo. David Morin, a Coast Guard veteran, also used the opportunity to cut down a tree as a donation to a local Coast Guard base.

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By Christine Beauchaine 

GREEN FRIDAY - (Left to Right): State Rep. Mike Soter, Owners of Arrowhead  Acres;  David  and  Vicki  Morin,  Dept.  of  Agriculture Commissioner;  John  Lebeaux,  and  Dept.  of  Agriculture  Deputy Commissioner; Ashley Randle. “It was an honor to join David and Jacki Morin as they celebrated the start of the Christmas season and Green Friday. Arrowhead Acres is one of the many great family businesses in

Uxbridge and across the 8th Worcester District and it is especially important for all of us to support our local businesses this holiday season,” said State Representative Michael Soter.

Uxbridge Launces New Building Permitting & Licensing Software The town of Uxbridge is excited to announce that their Building Permit Application Process is now online! On December 7th, 2020, The Town of Uxbridge Building Department migrated from a paper application process to an online permitting system. Click the

"Online Permitting System" link to access any of the following Building Permit applications: Residential, Commercial, Sheet Metal, Plumbing, Gas and Electrical. For more information visit: https://uxbridgema.viewpointcloud.com.

On Tuesday, December 15th, 2020, the town of Uxbridge finished their fall annual meeting. The town meeting originally met in October, then was continued to November. The November date was then postponed to December. Due to Covid-19 precautions, the town chose to meet in a tent at the McCloskey field on Capron Street.  The quorum was reduced to 25, however 100 people were in attendance.  Sound was somewhat problematic and several people were asked to speak up or get closer to the microphones.   The meeting was not broadcast live due to technical issues but was recorded and later available on the town’s local access TV website. The goal of the meeting was to vote on article 12, which had been carried over from the earlier October meeting.  Additional articles 13, 14 and 15 were withdrawn. Article 12 sought to amend some of the town’s zoning bylaws. Article 12 was somewhat complicated.  The town moderator urged voters to ask questions and voting was divided into four separate sections for clarity. The first vote concerned religious and agricultural exceptions to zoning bylaws.  Massachusetts State Attorney General Maura Healey, ruled that an amendment passed at the 2019 fall annual town meeting, failed to meet the state’s standard of acceptability. The rewritten amendment passed 71-16. The second vote fixed a typo in the Table of Use Regulations which had allowed for cannabis related businesses to be allowed in the Agricultural Zone.  This usage is actually prohibited in the town’s zoning bylaws.  The second vote passed with 75 in favor and 19 opposed. The third vote corrected a typo in the Table of Dimensional Requirements and concerned lot size.  This passed 73 to 24.  The first three votes corrected wording and misprints but made no sig-

nificant changes to the town’s zoning bylaws. These passed with minimal discussion. The finance and planning boards, as well as the board of selectmen all unanimously recommended passage of the first three votes. The fourth and final vote concerned the height of buildings in the industrial and business districts. The amendment would have allowed for buildings in the industrial and business districts to have an additional height of up to 60 feet or 4.5 stories.  Current zoning regulations allow for 45 feet or three stories. This final issue involved much more discussion.   Proponents said that the change was necessary in order to attract businesses to the town.  It was noted that Northbridge, Sutton and Douglas all allowed buildings of up to 60 feet.  There was concern that businesses would go to other towns instead of locating in Uxbridge if the town could not meet height requirements.  It was noted that taller buildings are needed for appropriate drainage. Opponents of the amendment voiced concerns about traffic and the potential impact on neighborhoods.  There was some debate as to whether the downtown area was considered a historic district and how that might impact future development if buildings were allowed additional height. Concerns were raised about how the town would look.   Some opponents were not upset by the height issue so much as the fact that the wording of the amendment did not allow for exceptions.   One voter worried about “a handful of voters” deciding “impactful decisions.”  He suggested that the issue be revisited at the spring town meeting in 2021. All four votes required a majority to pass. The fourth vote was 59 in favor and 37 opposed and therefore did not pass.  The meeting lasted approximately 40 minutes, then was dissolved.

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Northbridge Christmas Tree Recycling Town of Northbridge Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program will take place Saturday, January 09, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Waste Water Treatment Facility located at 644 Providence Road (Route 122). Don’t throw away that Christmas tree! Bring it to the Treatment Facility where it will be recycled. Sponsored by the Northbridge Conservation Commission.

Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 15, 2020 Order concerning imposition on strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, the Town of Northbridge requires that the public follow pandemic protocols and wear masks and stay in your car for the Christmas Tree Recycling. The Commission member(s) will remove your tree.

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Letters to the Editor______________________________________

Teachers & Students missing human connection Dear Editor, When I was hired in 1992 by the Uxbridge Public Schools to replace the late, great Ed Naroian as a UHS social studies teacher, things were both simpler and more difficult. I bought a new electric typewriter for the many worksheets I would need to make, along with many eraser strips for all the typos that would inevitably follow. We used a textbook that was apparently sold by the pound. Grades were done by hand with help from a calculator, and then we filled in bubbles on a grade sheet that would be scanned for report cards. It was time consuming, and often times inaccurate and inefficient. With the opening of a brand new high school (in 2012) came many upgrades. We were supplied laptops and iPads, which many of us had no clue how to use. Textbooks were often converted to PDF files put on Google Classroom. Grades are now done on IPass, giving immediate averages and parental access. All of these are incredibly helpful in the life of a teacher, but can also bring any number of obstacles (like when the WiFi goes out). The technology was growing more powerful more quickly every day. This made me wonder about the future of the teaching profession, particularly at the high school level. This technology put almost everything a student could want or need in their hands in the form of a 1.5 pound device. Why couldn’t students learn at home? Why keep spending tens of millions of dollars on brick buildings that needed to be heated and (sometimes) air conditioned? How much longer would teachers be needed in the traditional sense?

My daughter is currently in college working on a teaching degree, and I worried that I should have dissuaded her from entering a field that could potentially be fading off into the sunset. The pandemic has answered all those questions. The essence of teaching, for me, had always been the personal connections with the students, parents, and colleagues. But, until we dealt with remote learning, I had no idea what a terrible effect isolation would have on everyone. I now understand how naive I was. The hybrid model, as frustrating as it can be, has been a “good enough for now” answer. With numbers of COVID cases rising, I fear a return to full remote, but also understand it from a public health point of view. But even the small amount of human interaction allowed by hybrid seemed to be worth it. This isn’t to say that full remote is an abject failure. Seeing the razor thin silver lining, we were lucky these events occurred when they did. If this pandemic had occurred 10-15 years ago, without laptops, iPads, Zoom, internet for all, etc., education would have effectively shut down. Technology is the tourniquet that is allowing us to get by until a return to “normal”. But, when we return to in-person, it will be the mask-less conversations that will mean the most. We can hopefully shake hands, hug, and eat together like we once did. It’s these connections that really make teaching the success it can be. I had no idea how much I would miss seeing faces without masks. I literally still don’t know what

some of my students look like this year, and it saddens me. Teaching will always be a personal experience. I only have a few years left in my career, and I have been blessed with some of the best students, parents, colleagues, and administrators a person could hope for. The experiences I’ve had over the decades would not have been possible on Zoom. Students need people, not technology, to help them adapt to the world they will someday run. It turns out, the best mode of education hasn’t changed so much since Socrates. What we want our children to learn will always evolve, but good people teaching it will also always be the constant. The teaching profession is safe. Respectfully Submitted, Hurley S. Silbor

Uxbridge High School... beautiful but hard to find Dear Editor, If your child goes to Uxbridge High School then you know where it’s located. If you’re a tax-paying resident of Uxbridge there’s a possibility that you might know how to get there. If you are not from Uxbridge you’d never find it. Why? I never understood why the sign for the school was small and ran parallel to the road making it invisible; a very poor design for such a beautiful school facility. Our high school campus is located in an out of the way area on the Quaker Highway in the south part of town. The entrance driveway for the school appears like an access to an industrial area. I think this needs to change. We need to show that we’re

proud of our high school and having a beautiful, well-marked entry would do a lot for impressions. Our students deserve to be confident and proud of their high school. When visitors come to Uxbridge they should find a graceful, well lit, distinguished entry. We should have a large illuminated sign that is perpendicular to the Quaker Highway that shouts pride in our town, our high school and most importantly, in our students, teachers and staff. Let’s start a conversation about making the UHS entry something that speaks to a quality town like ours. Sincerely, Donald P. Callen Uxbridge

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town news Uxbridge Community Gardens Ten Years & Growing Stronger “We had one of our most successful seasons ever in 2020,”commented Kim DeMers, Chairman of the Uxbridge Community Gardens. “I think a lot of people decided to stay close to home. They discovered that the Gardens provide the perfect way to do something together as a family, to get outside in the fresh air and to get some exercise.” Community gardeners range from rank beginners to very experienced growers who are always willing to help novice members get started. In addition to individual gardens, space is set aside and maintained by volunteers for the People First Food Pantry and the Uxbridge Senior Center. These gardens, and produce donated by individual gardeners, supply fresh vegetables to the Pantry and supplement the Senior Center’s lunch program throughout the growing season. The Uxbridge Community Gardens, located on town-owned land on Sutton Street adjacent to the youth soccer fields, will celebrate its tenth season in 2021. A garden is available to any resident or taxpayer from the town of

Uxbridge or from a surrounding town. Each garden measures 20’ x 25’. The cost for a single plot is $20 per year, payable with the application. Apply early, as spaces are very limited this year! The gardens are totally organic; no chemical fertilizer, pesticide or herbicide may be used. For more information about the gardens’ guidelines, download or consult the Ground Rules, Organic Gardening Guidelines and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at the Community Gardens page of the town web site. “Despite the drought, many of the gardeners produced bumper crops last year. I think that’s because the soil has now been worked for a number of years and we have figured out how to care for it properly”, commented DeMers. “Water for the Gardens has been a challenge, so we are excited to be working on a dedicated well for the Youth Soccer Program and the Gardens, which we hope will be operational within the next year or so.” Applications are now available for 2021 Community Gardens space.

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The Uxbridge Community Gardens will celebrate its 10th season in 2021. Avid gardeners (left to right) Kim DeMers, Barbara Hall, Sandra  Lemire,  Jackie  Wheelock  and  Kris  Holt  spearheaded  the effort. They posed nearly ten years ago at the edge of the empty field that would soon become thriving gardens. Download an application from the Community Gardens page of the Uxbridge Town web site at www. uxbridge-ma.gov. For more informa-

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State Senator Ryan Fattman (RSutton) announced that the BakerPolito Administration was releasing $11.7 million in funding through the Skills Capital Grant program. These grants will be awarded to communities throughout the state. The Skills Capital Grants are competitive Grants which are awarded to educational institutions across the Commonwealth with the purpose of updating equipment and expanding student enrollment in programs that provide career education. Specifically, $75,000 was awarded to the Uxbridge High School. The grant funding will go towards the purchase of workstations, hands-on instructional kits, projectors, and 3D printers that will support the school’s Innovation Pathways in Manufacturing, Information Technology, and Environmental and Life Science programs. These purchases will support students in surrounding school districts, such as the Blackstone-Millville, Sutton, Hopedale, and Northbridge school districts. "The Uxbridge High School has had great success with allowing students to explore career possibilities in a wide range of fields through their Innovation Pathways programs," said Senator Ryan Fattman. "This grant will expand those opportunities in the manufacturing, information technology, and environmental and life sciences programs, equipping students with leading technology in these fields. I will continue to advocate for funding for this organization to provide these opportunities to more students and schools throughout my district." To date, this grant program has provided over 250 grants totaling over $75 million.

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First Night Committee & Santa’s Elves help continue Christmas celebrations By Holly Gallerani "It takes a village to raise a child" is an African proverb that means that an entire community of people must interact with children for those children to experience and grow in a safe and healthy environment. Well, it took a village to bring the 2020 Uxbridge First Holiday Night Santa and Mrs. Claus tour around town to children. This year the village was the following: Uxbridge Police Department, Uxbridge Fire Department, Uxbridge DPW, Uxbridge Public Library, Uxbridge Cable Access Crew, My FM 101.3, Mendon Street Kitchen, J & D Revell and Sons, Stanley Mill Antiques, Beth Bulter, Bill and Jean Patricks, Jeanne Lovett, Dave Moriarty, Barbara Emerick, Joanne Bellacqua, Mark Blair, Dan Foley, Amanda & Steve Gallerani. Thank you to Frosty the Snowman and friends for making a special appearance during the Santa’s tour. This was the team that brought the holiday spirit to the community this year, Please show them your support and/or a thank you for all they did to lift the spirits of the Uxbridge residents during this crazy covid year. New this year was the “Light up our Town Contest” and what a great success it was! They had over 70 houses join in on this friendly holiday light competition! They were so excited to see so many fun and holiday spirited displays throughout town – A big thank you to those residents taking the time to decorate their houses. You have helped spread the holiday cheer and bring safe fun to many families which they have strived to accomplish in First Night in the last 23 years! If you like to see these

judging panel picked four winners for the five categories: Santa’s Choice, Mrs. Claus’ Choice, Most Wattage, White Christmas, and Elf Approved. The fifth category (Resident’s Choice) was determined by the Uxbridge residents. And the winners are...

Time for a long Winter’s rest. wonderful displays, please visit their facebook page: Uxbridge First Holiday Night and Mendon Street Kitchen for the competing houses. The judging panel of Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves were out judging the displays during the third week of December. The

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First Night Committee! Please go out and support local Uxbridge businesses: Hair Works, The Gift Shop, Jumbo Donuts, Dunkin, The Fudge Lady, 77 Blossom Shop, Lucilles Floral Designs, A Touch of Magick, Hanna’s Place, Hannaford, Pure Haven, Koopman Lumber, The Burger Grille, Mobil Uxbridge, Subway, Uxbridge House of Pizza, Mendon Street Kitchen, Depot Cafe, Hummingbird Holistic Center, Scafuto’s Old Time Barbershop and Theme in Basket. Uxbridge Strong!

Each winner will receive a gift basket filled with holiday goodies and local business’ gift certificates. They sincerely thank their sponsors for “Light up our Town Contest” with their generous donations. With their generous donations, they were able to support this amazing business community who has been hit hard this year. Many of these businesses have been

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School options for parents

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Did you know that the majority of American parents say they considered changing their child's education for this school year? Information about parents’ options for their children’s K-12 education is a public good, but it’s not always evenly distributed. This year in particular, families with the fewest resources have suffered from not having access to, or knowledge about, school options. At National School Choice Week, our goal is to reach parents with clear information about learning opportunities, so that every family can make an informed decision. This January 24th-30th, tens of thousands of Americans will be working together toward that goal, sharing their perspectives and experiences of all types of K-12 education during School Choice Week. There will be videos, drive-in events, online contests, state

landmarks lighting up in red and yellow for school choice, and more. We’ll be expanding our online library for parents, offering free state roadmaps detailing school options: https:// schoolchoiceweek.com/mystate/. We’ll also be launching a new online tool that allows parents to search for local public, charter, magnet, private, and online education options for their children. These resources are part of our continued mission to help parents find and celebrate the good in K-12 education, and to take the stress out of discovering the best school for each child. National School Choice Week (January 24th-30th) will be here before we know it! Here to help, Savanna Buckner Communications Manager National School Choice Week

The CDC specified the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been associated with mental health challenges related to the morbidity and mortality caused by the disease and to mitigation activities, including the impact of physical distancing and stayat-home orders. Anxiety and depression are more prevalent as these factors continue to weigh on the public. Depression is one of the leading causes of suicide attempts throughout all ages. Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in Massachusetts for ages 10 – 24? There are ways to protect against suicidal thoughts and behaviors. For example, support from family and community, or feeling connected. Reach out to others online, through social media, video chat, or by phone. One resource is The Jason Foundation, Inc., who believes that awareness and education are the first steps to prevention of suicide. The Jason Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the prevention of the

“Silent Epidemic” of youth suicide through educational and awareness programs that equip young people, educators/youth workers and parents with the tools and resources to help identify and assist at-risk youth. For more information please visit www.jasonfoundation.com on how you can get involved. If you or someone you love is struggling with depression or thinking about suicide, get help now. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800273-TALK (8255), is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The Crisis Text Line is a free 24/7 text line where trained crisis counselors support individuals in crisis. Text “Jason” to 741741 to speak with a compassionate, trained Crisis Counselor. Confidential support 24/7, for free. Thank you, Cory Watkins Chief Strategy officer / Divisional Director The Jason Foundation


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QCC offers free training in healthcare Quinsigamond Community College’s Workforce Development and Continuing Education Center (WDCC) is offering free, grant-funded Nurse Assistant/Home Health Aide and Administrative Medical Professional programs in 2021. The free 120-hour Nurse Assistant /Home Health Aide Training program provides students with the necessary theory and entry-level skills to safely provide basic nursing assistant care in a long-term care facility, acute care facility or home health care agency. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Massachusetts Certified Nurse Assistant Competency Exam. A free virtual information session will be held January 5th, 2021 via Zoom to learn more. Space is limited. For eligibility requirements or to reserve a seat in the information session, email QCC instructor Jo Sundin at jsundin@ qcc.mass.edu. This program is funded through the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Nursing and Allied Health Initiative, SNAP Path to Work. The Administrative Medical Professional program will prepare students for a career as a Medical Administrative Assistant in a variety of healthcare settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth rate for Medical Administrative Assistants from 2019 to 2029 is 19% more than the 4% average growth rate for all occupations. In QCC’s program, students will learn the roles and responsibilities of a healthcare team, interpersonal communication, medical records management and compliance with HIPAA, as well as diagnostic and procedural coding. The course will also include lessons in how to handle medical emergencies. After successfully completing the course, students are eligible to sit for the National Health Career Association’s (NHA) Certified Medical Administrative Assistant Certification Exam. To learn more, email Ms. Sundin at jsundin@qcc.mass.edu. For more information about QCC, contact Josh Martin, Director of Institutional Communications at 508854-7513 or jmartin@qcc.mass.edu.

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Uxbridge High School recipient of two state grants Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Tiano is proud to announce that Uxbridge High School and its Innovation Pathway has been named a recipient of two grants from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, totaling nearly $40,000. The first grant will enable UHS to build on its previous implementation of Innovation Pathways and plans for the implementation of a Pathway in Global Finance and Business Logistics, while the second will support virtual and hybrid learning during the pandemic, looking specifically at supporting the school’s neediest learners. Already considered a leader in the state for its implementation of Innovation Pathways, UHS has existing pathways in Manufacturing, Biomedical Science, and Information Science and Media. The Global Finance and Logistics program intends to build on these program’s successes, while emphasizing key elements of business, entrepreneurship, and supply chain

management, which includes the growing field of logistics. Should the final pathway be approved, UHS would have the first finance and logistics program in the Commonwealth. Logistics includes transportation, delivery, and the technical elements of manufacturing beyond production.

“One of  the  core  values  of our  district  is  equity.  Support  like  this  acknowledges the very real challenges that some  of  our  families  face, and  that  some  of  our  students  have,  in  accessing school  during  the  existential  crisis  of  a  generation. For  us  to  provide  equitable opportunities  for  those  students  is  an  opportunity  on which we will capitalize.”

“We are proud of our school for constantly looking to find ways to make learning authentic,” said Dr. Tiano. “Should the new Pathway be approved, it promises to connect our students to areas of great interest with growing fields and the business community around us.” The Virtual and Hybrid Learning Support grant will enable UHS staff to collaborate with students beyond the school day, particularly for those stu-

dents who have struggled with learning during the pandemic or have difficulty accessing the school building due to other constraints, including medical reasons. UHS will be enlisting professional staff, counselors, and support staff after hours and on weekends to meet with students, both in-person and virtually, as well as providing access to other online resources for students who may have specific needs.

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Uxbridge Christmas Tree recycling Scout Troop 25 Uxbridge will be hosting their annual tree recycling. Tree recycling will happen on the morning of January 9, 2021. There is a $10 donation per tree. (cash or check can be made out to Troop 25 or Uxbridge People’s First food pantry). All proceeds will be given to People

First Food Pantry of Uxbridge. To be put on the pick up schedule, please email UxbridgeTroop25Tree Recycle@gmail.com or leave a voicemail at 774-266-1384, and you will receive a call back to confirm. Have your tree ready for pick up by 8:30 a.m.

Rotary posts meeting dates The Blackstone Valley Rotary will hold their January 5th’s meeting at 12:15 via ZOOM. The meeting will feature guest speaker, Bill Paulson from the District 7910s Social Equity Task Force. He will be speaking about Rotary International’s Diversity workshop!

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Anthony Donatelli, 89 Anthony Donatelli, 89, of Brooklyn, CT formerly of Mendon, MA, beloved husband of Cynthia (North) Donatelli, died on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT, surrounded by his family. Tony was born on May 10, 1931, in Lettomanopello, Abruzzi, Italy to the late Mario and Maria (DeSanctis) Donatelli. After emigrating to America at the age of 3, Tony grew up in Uxbridge and was an all-star athlete at Uxbridge High School. He Joined the United States Navy following graduation, to serve on a minesweeper in Korea, surviving the sinking of the USS Pirate in Wuhan Harbor. After his discharge he attended Boston University to become a Physical Education teacher. His first

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January 2021 Virtual Programs at Uxbridge Free Public Library The Uxbridge Free Public Library is located at 15 North Main Street, Uxbridge, MA 01569. Please visit their website www.uxbridgelibrary.org or call 508-278-8624 x100 for the most up-to-date hours of operation, services, and additional programs. Adult Programs GENTLE YOGA Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Tune in to YouTube Live to start off your day with a yoga session with Marise Nazzaro! Search YouTube for the Uxbridge Free Public Library channel. This class is sponsored by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Thursdays, January 14th and 28th at 6:00 p.m. Tune in on Facebook Live for an interactive virtual meditation session with Jenny Xie! This class is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. RUNNING GIRL EATS Gluten Free Grains – Thursday, January 7th at 6:00 p.m. Join Running Girl Eats on Facebook Live to learn about the benefits of incorporating more gluten free grains into your diet. Sarah Roy will speak about cooking these gluten free options and using them in place of other commonly used grains. She will cook a recipe with quinoa, feature a cooking chart, and introduce a handful of recipes to try. This class is sponsored by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees. I REMEMBER: Writing Childhood Stories – Wednesday, January 20th at 6:30 p.m. Childhood tends to remain a vivid time, no matter where you find yourself now. In this relaxed (and user-friendly) writing workshop, they will recall memories from early days and hear recollections

from others. Using Joe Brainard’s whimsical memoir I Remember as a model, they will tap into tales from their youth and consider how these experiences have shaped them. No prior writing experience necessary. All are welcome to attend. To register, see website. This class is sponsored by the Uxbridge Board of Library Trustees. HOMEBUYING SEMINAR Thursday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. Are you considering leaving your rental behind and becoming a homeowner? At this seminar, you’ll learn crucial information about the home buying process and you’ll leave with all the necessary tools you need to get started on your search. To register, see website. Youth Programs TAKE-HOME CRAFTY WEDNESDAYS Wednesday mornings and afternoons. Let them know how many you would like in your curbside bag. STORY TIMES Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Join Lindsey and Iggy on Facebook Live for songs, rhymes, stories, and more! Best for ages 0-4. PJ STORY TIME Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. Join them on the last Thursday of the month on Facebook Live with cozy picture books. Best for all ages. MUSIC AND MOVEMENT with Deb Hudgins - Tuesday mornings Deb is on YouTube with more songs, rhymes, and activities about seasons, friends, and more! Visit their Calendar for the program link each Tuesday. Best for ages 0-4. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees.

TRACKS IN THE SNOW STORY WALK Tuesday, January 5th at 10:00 a.m. Winter time is the PERFECT time to enjoy the outdoors! Bundle up and join them and Beginning Bridges CFCE for a Story Walk of Tracks in the Snow by Wong Herbert Yee. The Story Walk will take place at West Hill Dam. Please visit their Calendar to register, as registration is required. Brought to you by the Friends of the Library and Beginning Bridges CFCE. BEDTIME YOGA Monday’s, January 11th and 25th at 6:30 p.m. Wind down with Lindsey and some stories as they read, relax, and do some yoga over Zoom! Visit their Calendar to register. Best for ages 6 and up. PEPPERONI PIZZA MUG MEALS Wednesday, January 6th at 5:00 p.m. Join them and Chef Julie on Zoom as they make another yummy microwave mug meal! Visit their Calendar to check

out the ingredients list and register. This program is best for ages 8 and up. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. BROWNIE MUG MEALS Wednesday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m. Warm up with a sweet treat. Visit their Calendar to check out the ingredients list and register. Best for ages 8 and up. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees. FAMILY MEALS FOR TEENS: Macaroni and Cheese - Thursday, January 21st at 5:00 p.m. Chef Julie makes much more than mug meals! Join them as they prepare and cook homemade meals for the whole family. Look below for the ingredients list, and visit their Calendar to register. This program is best for ages 14 and up. Brought to you by the Library Board of Trustees.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK CLUB Tuesday, January 26th at 4:00 p.m. If you’re looking for fun books and graphic novels to read, this is your book club! Join them for the first meeting to get to know one another and choose the first book. Monthly meetings will be on the last Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. To receive the Zoom link, email Lindsey at lcentrella@cwmars.org. LETTERS TO LIBRARIANS Have you ever had a pen pal? Do you wonder what the librarians have been up to? Email Lindsey at lcentrella@ cwmars.org to join their Letters to Librarians pen pal program! FOOT NOTE *Do you miss LEGO club? They sure do! Email Lindsey at lcentrella@ cwmars.org if you’d want to join a virtual LEGO club at the library!*

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Ways to live a Happier & Healthier 2021 By Dr. Sean T. Lordan

to find a partner! Use a food tracking application on your smartphone to record what you eat daily for 1 week. Next step, review it with your partner and pick out the flaws in each other's diet. An app like mynetdiary will intake basic information from you in order to give you an accurate calorie count daily. You should be slightly under that mark if your intention for 2021 is to lose weight. Your partner’s role is to keep you accountable to your overall calorie count, and to provide tips to “swap this for that” for simple changes to make your diet more nutritious. If either you or your partner is having difficulty with this task, consider reaching out to a nutrition coach for tips. I use Valerie Legendre, a former Doctor of PT who now is a health coach helping people to meet their holistic health goals. 3. Make a commitment. Yes, I said it. However, note that I am not talking about spending two months’ salary at the jewelry store. Make a commitment to yourself and your personal fitness. In doing so, promise yourself that you will spend 20 minutes a day exercising. Exercise comes in many different varieties. Maybe one day it is a body weight workout streamed from

1. Show gratitude. Specifically, I am asking you to track what makes you grateful. Writing down one thing each day that you are grateful for will remind you that life isn’t all that bad.(Yes, even in the midst of a seemingly never-ending pandemic.) Gratitude helps stimulate serotonin and dopamine in your brain to enhance your mood and overall well-being. My professional tip: buy a notebook and start your day by writing one thing that makes you feel grateful. If you have more time, then try something similar to what I do. I am writing “letters to my daughter” with a personal goal of contributing 3 letters per week for the entire year of 2021. The key is, if I miss a week I do not get down on myself. I may simply add an extra entry the next week. No one is perfect, so don’t give up if you forget to log. As you view the accumulation of what you have noted you are grateful for, you will notice certain topics begin to show up most often. Reflect on those items and spend more time each week nourishing those relationships and the areas that you’ve personally identified. 2. Start counting. For this you will have


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YouTube. Another day it is a combination of exercises from the free reports listed on my Website. Perhaps another it is 20 minutes on the Peloton. It doesn’t matter what type of exercise you chose; the key is that you are exercising consistently. Consistency is the ingredient essential to making gains. Equate this advice to faithfully putting $50 per week into the stock market. Overtime, your account will grow and pay dividends. What are the dividends associated with working out you might ask? The answer is simple. There are many. You will most likely enjoy a longer, healthier life, have less ailments, increased vitality, and overall reduced risk for disease. How’s that for starters? 4. Step out of your bubble, stimulate your Brain. Choose one new activity for 2021 that will challenge you. The possibilities are endless. You may choose to join a book club. Maybe you will pick up a new hobby like pottery or surfing. Perhaps it will be a personal challenge to read 50 books by the end of the year. Your brain is adaptable and always changing to adjust to the world around you. The more you stimulate your brain with new activities, the better. Your brain releases BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor) when experiencing something new, as it does during exercise! BDNF acts to enhance and improve connections among your brain’s synapses. If found in high enough levels, it has been shown to improve your memory and reduce your chance of Alzheimer’s dementia. There you have it! 4 tips to live a happier, healthier (and successful) 2021. May you have a wonderful holiday season, and may God Bless you and your loved ones. As always I can be reached at drlordan@conciergephysicaltherapy.com for any further questions or comments! Cited: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/ articles

MRMC awarded “A” grade in hospital safety Milford Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Milford Regional’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is the fourth consecutive time Milford Regional has been distinguished with an ‘A’ rating. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. “Receiving an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog four consecutive times is a real testament to our entire staff for their unrelenting dedication to all areas of patient safety,” says Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “While this recognition by Leapfrog affirms these efforts, Milford Regional is committed to providing the resources necessary to support our staff in maintaining the high standard of patient safety and quality care noted in

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The Search video series presented at St. Mary’s St. Mary's Parish will be offering The Search! This is an innovative video series that tackles the key questions of the human heart. You are invited to attend the seven sessions to better understand life and death, sorrow and happiness, science and faith, and the meaning and purpose of life. These topics and others will be explored with experts from multiple fields of science, medicine, psychology, art and religion. The Search has something for everyone, even those who are away from the church but are still seeking, and those who have never considered faith before. Join them for what should be a very

QUICK TO REPOND - Uxbridge Police and Fire Departments were quick to repond to the needs of community children this holiday season. Above are some of the officers and firefighters with State Rep. Soter (second from right).

enlightening experience beginning Monday night, February 15th and each Monday night through March 29th. Come, engage in a lively discussion or come just to listen! Together you will explore life's deepest questions and engage in thought provoking dialogue. They will meet in the parish hall from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. St. Mary Parish is located at 77 Mendon Street in Uxbridge, MA. For more information or to register for The Search, please email: thesearch@stmary uxbridge.org or call 508-278-2226.

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Soter applauds Uxbridge Police & Fire Toy Drive Representative Soter (R-Bellingham) applauds the work of the Uxbridge Police and Fire Departments for holding their annual toy drive to support the Blackstone Valley Toys for Kids and Teens program. On November 28th, members from both departments held a collection in front of the Hannaford Market in Uxbridge. Representative Soter was proud to contribute to the cause by donating a cart of toys to help fill the cruiser and truck parked out front. “It is important to help others during the holiday season,

but this year amidst all that is going on, it is especially important. For this reason, I was proud to fulfill my duty as a Representative of Uxbridge and give back to my neighbors who are struggling this Christmas season. I want to recognize both police and fire for the time that they dedicate to making sure every child in the community has a special holiday season. The community involvement that both these departments show throughout the year is tremendous,” Representative Soter said.

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Blackstone River Valley Heritage Corridor acquires Wheelchair Bicycle Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor has acquired a Van Raam OPair wheelchair bicycle to bring more adaptive recreation events to the Blackstone River Valley. BikeOn delivered the bike where additional partners in the “Opening Doors to the Outdoors” grant project, including All Out Adventures and Network of the National Library of Medicine, New England Region, gathered to celebrate. In its quest to continue providing adaptive recreation programs in the Blackstone River Valley, the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor (BRVNHC) acquired this state-of-the-art, electric-assist wheelchair bicycle. A grant received from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, New England Region (NNLM,) provided the funds to purchase a Van Raam OPair bicycle from Bike-On of Warwick, RI. BRVNHC is partnering with All Out Adventures of Northampton, MA, who will be caretakers of the bike, to offer adaptive cycling to people with mobility impairments and their caregivers in the Blackstone River Valley. A special test ride was arranged with Susan Halpin, Education and Outreach Coordinator at NNLM, and her mother, Ellie Guild. “Being involved with the “Opening Doors to the Outdoors” grant awarded to the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor has been rewarding both personally and profes-

Pictured Above  -  (back  row,  left  to  right):  Suzanne  Buchanan  of Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor; Jackie Brown of All Out Adventures; Cory Plante, Alison Zack Darrell, and Vinnie Ortez of Bike-On; Devon Kurtz of Blackstone River Valley National Heritage  Corridor;  (front  row):  Ellie  Guild;  and  Susan  Halpin  of Network of the National Library of Medicine, New England Region. sionally for me,” Halpin shared. “I have always thought that social connection was important to overall good health. With COVID-19, the importance of being connected has become very apparent to me because I am missing that connection to my family, friends and community. Those around us with physical and intellectual challenges experience the isolation many of us are

feeling currently, all the time.” According to Halpin, programs such as Opening Doors to the Outdoors and organizations like the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, All Out Adventures, and Bike-On, are addressing the need for inclusivity and for connection through opportunities that adaptive bicycles like the OPair provide. “In my experience, it’s not

only the participants who receive those health benefits,” Halpin added. “Those who volunteer to make these events happen come away grateful for the opportunity to be involved. Giving my Mom a test ride on this new bike certainly showed that to me! Gratitude is essential to good health.” Since 2017, BRVNHC has partnered with All Out Adventures to offer adaptive exercise programs in the Blackstone River Valley including adaptive cycling and adaptive kayaking. In 2019, adaptive kayaking events were made possible through a grant received from NNLM. Earlier this year, BRVNHC received an additional grant from NNLM to offer a series of adaptive cycling programs in partnership with All Out Adventures, but due to COVID-19 restrictions, those events could not be held. Instead, funds were used to acquire an adaptive bicycle that would provide additional programing opportunity in the spring of 2021. “This bike will open doors and break down barriers, and we are thrilled to be able to use it in our programs,” noted Karen Foster, executive director of All Out Adventures. “At All Out Adventures we see time and again how providing access to outdoor recreation for people of all abilities has the power to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities. The OPair Wheelchair Tandem will help us to extend the opportunity to participate in cycling to

people with mobility impairments and their caregivers.” Suzanne Buchanan, Volunteers-InParks Coordinator for BRVNHC, has been orchestrating the adaptive recreation events with All Out Adventures, utilizing the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks program. With nearly all events canceled this year due to COVID-19, Buchanan worked with NNLM to find the best use of the grant funds this year. According to Buchanan, the adaptive cycling events will highlight the beautiful resources along the Blackstone River Bikeway while lifting people’s spirits as they enjoy the ride and fresh air. “As a business serving the adaptive cycling community, we are thrilled to have such great champions of the Van Raam OPair wheelchair tandem as Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, All Out Adventures, and the Network of the National Library of Medicine,” noted Alison Zack Darrell, Business Development at Bike-On. “We're very grateful to be part of this venture, and for the efforts on behalf of inclusive cycling, that the three organizations have made.” To learn more about adaptive recreation events with BRVNHC, contact Suzanne Buchanan at sbuchanan@ blackstoneheritagecorridor.org. To learn more about BRVNHC, visit BlackstoneHeritage Corridor.org.

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~Society ~ UniBank donates to library

GENEROUS DONATION  -  Karen Yacino  presents  the UniBank donation to Simon Fairfield Library Director, Justin Snook (pictured at left) and Paul Peterson. The resources  will  be  used  to  purchase  high  demand items. 

When the Friends of the Library were preparing for the Fall Online Auction, Paul Peterson asked Karen Yacino at UniBank if they would like to contribute. The bank donated a gift basket to the auction, but Karen indicated that she would also present a request to the UniBank Charitable Donation Committee. Recently, Karen Yacino presented the Simon Fairfield Library with a $2,500 check from UniBank, These funds have been allocated to purchasing ebooks and e-audiobooks that are in high demand or have been specifically requested by patrons. UniBank provided funding for this same initiative last year, and they will use this donation in the same spirit to keep their electronic readers supplied with more up-to-date titles is a timely fashion.

Junior Girl Scout earns Bronze Award

Rory Goyette  delivers  her  homemade “New Owner” Kits to Dog Orphans, Inc. Rory Goyette from Historic Hopedale Troop 11582 earned her Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting at the Junior level. Her project focused

on helping families adopting dogs. Rory made 25 new owner kits for the Dog Orphans, Inc., a private, nonprofit, no-kill, shelter in Douglas that has been helping dogs since 1971. The bags included the shelter logo on it and contained dog toys made from recycled t-shirts, handmade dog bandanas, homemade dog treats, dog cologne and tennis balls donated by PetSmart in Millbury. By completing the Girl Scout Bronze Award girls develop more confidence by meeting new people, building courage to stand up for an issue they are passionate about and make their community a better place by putting their plan into action. Historic Hopedale Girl Scout Service Unit serves over 150 girls in grades K-12 in Hopedale, MA and is part of Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.gscwm.org. Dog Orphans, Inc., was founded 50 years ago by a small group of animal lovers dedicated to saving dogs from pain and suffering. Located in Douglas, they house stray, homeless and unwanted dogs until suitable permanent homes are found.

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John J. Lyons III, 63 John J. “Jack” Lyons III, 63, of Heritage Rd. Passed away on November 27th, 2020 after a courageous battle with Leukemia. He is survived by his wife of 41 years Cynthia H. “Cindy” (Wright) Lyons; 2 daughters Carolyn Lyons McGrath and her husband Sean of Arvada, CO, and Hillary L. Lyons of Watertown, MA; his mother Eleanor (Donahue) Backman of Cromwell, CT; a granddaughter Evelyn Cynthia McGrath; his 3 siblings Chris Lyons of Wethersfield, CT, Jeanne Delisle of Cromwell, CT, and Peter Lyons of E. Aurora, NY; several beloved nieces, nephews, and friends. Born in Boston on August 27th, 1957, he was the son of the late John J. Lyons Jr. and lived in Uxbridge 17 years.

Mr. Lyons was an accomplished global operations and business development executive. Most recently he was a partner at the Business Improvement Group Consultancy. He was a graduate of Wethersfield High School and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. After his commission he served in the US Navy, notably aboard the USS McCloy and USS John Rodgers.     A source of strength and support to everyone who knew him, Jack was a natural born leader. Always athletic, he was a competitive swimmer, a football player and coached swimming as well as softball for his beloved daughters. Jack was a world traveler, enjoyed golf and played the tenor saxophone. He was a man of great faith and supported numerous charities throughout the years.

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James M. Brennan, 77 James M. “Jim” Brennan, 77, of A St. passed away on Fri. Dec. 18, 2020 after complications from Covid-19. He is survived by his wife of 56 years Paula J. (Fitzgerald) Brennan; his 3 children Julie Boucher and her husband Phil of Thompson, CT, Paul Brennan and his wife Lisa of Douglas, and William “Bill” Brennan and his wife Tara of Douglas; 7 grandchildren Matthew and his wife Jessica Villemaire, Melissa Villemaire, Megan Villemaire, Kimberly Brennan, Jonathan and his wife Ashley Brennan, Lauren Brennan, and Sean Brennan; several nieces, nephews and good friends. Born in Worcester, MA on Nov. 13, 1943 he was the son of James A. “Pep” and Elizabeth R. (Resnisky) Brennan, and lived in Douglas all his life.  Jim worked for George Green Electrical Sales and Supplies, and later for Mercier Electric Co. in Auburn, retiring in 2007. He was a graduate of Douglas High School and was an Honorary Life Member of the Mumford Council 365 Knights of Columbus in Whitinsville. He loved to snowmobile in his younger years, enjoyed camping at Old Orchard Beach, and followed the Red Sox and NASCAR. Always social, he played cards in the Sokol Pitch League and bowled in the K of C League. He was a member of St. Denis Church.  Jim loved his clean truck, his manicured lawn, and Polka Music, but his family was most important to him. He loved them deeply and will truly be missed.  Memorial donations in Jim’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl. Memphis, TN 28105. Donors@stjude. org. To leave a condolence message for the family please visit  http://www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com.

Evelyn M. (Ezzo) Nowicki, 93 Evelyn M. (Ezzo) Nowicki, 93, passed away peacefully on Fri., Dec. 18, 2020 at Quaboag Rehab and Skilled Care Center, where she had been a resident the past 3 years. Her husband Leonard L. Nowicki died Oct. 10, 1982. She is survived by her children, Linda Steele of Hamburg, NY and Michael Nowicki and his wife Sally of Barre; 3 grandchildren, Keith Steele, Mitchel Nowicki and Shannon Nowicki; 2 great-grandchildren, Isaac and Aerionna Steele and several niece and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Michael Ezzo, James Ezzo and Caroline “Kay” Pillarella. Born in Providence, RI on Aug. 16, 1927 she was the daughter of Michael Sr. and Catherine (Castagno) Ezzo. Evelyn grew up in North Uxbridge where she lived most of her life. She was educated in the Uxbridge School system and later worked as a Specker at the former Stanley Woolen Mills in Uxbridge. Evelyn was a feisty and kind woman. She was a spitfire and always kept everyone laughing. She will be sorely missed by everyone who loved and knew her. Memorial donations can be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 381051942. To leave a condolence message please visit:  http:// www.Jack manfuneralhomes.com

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Muradian supports passage of $46.2 billion state budget State Representative David K. Muradian, Jr., R-Grafton, recently supported a $46.2 billion state budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) that increases local aid for cities and towns and commits additional spending to fund a variety of COVID-19 relief initiatives across Massachusetts. The budget, which represents a compromise negotiated by a six-member House and Senate conference committee, was enacted by the House on a vote of 147-11 on December 4, less than 24 hours after the 396-page document was filed. The budget covers state spending through June 30, 2021, and comes five months after the Legislature passed the first of three interim budgets for the fiscal year that began on July 1. Representative Muradian said he had a number of concerns about how the budget process unfolded, but felt it was important to pass the bill to ensure that municipalities, families and businesses can access needed resources during the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. “I still have many concerns about the process and the abbreviated time frame members were given to review the budget,” he said. “However, I voted yes because I believe that, during this pandemic, it is more important than ever to work cooperatively to do the people’s business. That being said, I would urge the Governor and his Administration to use the full 10 days allotted them by the Constitution to carefully review this package. While it contains several important components, it also includes some troubling pieces that should either be sent back with amendments or vetoed outright.” The FY21 budget provides cities and towns with $5.28 billion in Chapter 70 education aid, an increase of $107.6 million, along with $1.129 billion in Unrestricted General Government Assistance (UGGA) to support essential municipal services. The budget also contains additional education support by funding the Special Education Circuit Breaker at $345 million, charter school reimbursements for sending districts at $117 million, regional school transportation at $82 million, and homeless student transportation at $13 million. Representative Muradian noted that under the FY21 budget, Northbridge will receive $15,603,931 in Chapter 70 education aid and $2,241,474 in unrestricted state aid. The budget also includes funding for several important local initiatives Representative Muradian worked to secure for his district, including the following: • $21,428.57 for technology, health and safety improvements related to the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic • $25,000 for technology, health and safety improvements in public schools related to the COVID-19 pandemic To help address some of the housing challenges posed by the pandemic, the budget includes language requiring the courts to grant a continuance to tenants facing eviction for non-payment of rent due to financial hardship from the

COVID-19 emergency if the tenant has an active rental assistance application pending with the state. It also commits $50 million to the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program, and provides $125 million for the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP). The FY21 budget also provides funding to address some of the food insecurity issues that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, including $30.4 million for emergency food assistance and $13 million for the Healthy Incentives Program. Representative Muradian noted that the hunger rate in Massachusetts has increased by 59% since 2018, with 1 in 5 children now living in a food-insecure household, according to an October 2020 report by Feeding America. The budget also provides $46 million in grant funding to assist small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, including $17.5 million to help businesses with 50 or fewer employees meet their payroll, rent and utility costs. An additional $3.85 million will be made available for small business technical assistance and grants that focus on the needs of women-owned & minority businesses. Other budget highlights include: • $169 million for the Bureau of Substance Addiction Services; • $50.3 million for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention and survivor services; • $17.5 million in grants for local Councils on Aging; • the creation of an Early Education and Care Public-Private Trust Fund; • $15 million in Head Start grants; • $120 million in higher education scholarships; and • $307 million for guardianship, foster care, adoption, family preservation and kinship services provided by the Department of Children and Families Representative Muradian said the FY21 budget does not include any new, broad-based taxes. Instead, it relies on several one-time revenue sources, including a $1.7 billion drawdown from the state’s Stabilization Fund, and an accelerated sales tax payment schedule for businesses collecting more than $150,000 in sales, meals or occupancy taxes, which will provide an additional $267 million in one-time revenues.

Walmart Grant to help LPN students Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy recently received a Walmart Giving grant from the Walmart Foundation to help support the PN Class of 2021 with diversity and inclusion projects. Brianna Cloutier of Charlton, a member of the PN Class of 2021 is the Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy Liaison on diversity and inclusion projects and communicated with the Walmart Branch in Whitinsville. Cloutier made a special trip to the Walmart Supercenter at 100 Valley Parkway, Whitinsville to extend the PN Class of 2021’s gratitude for Walmart Giving’s generosity. Cloutier met with the branch’s assistant manager Michele. Cloutier was presented with an oversized check, a mock-up representation of the $1,500 grant. Gretheline Bolandrina MSN, Ed, RN, CRRN Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy Director said “as members of the Southern Worcester County community we appreciate organizations such as Walmart and we are excited for the continued collaboration. Being supported by Walmart with much needed funds is an important and fundamental

Brianna Cloutier  (on  right)  met  with  the  Whitinsville  Wallmart branch’s  Assistant  Manager  Michele.  Cloutier  received  a  representation of the $1,500 grant. piece in our work to produce real world ready, Licensed Practical Nurses. Bolandrina added, “this diversity grant will assist Bay Path Practical Nursing Academy PN Class of 2021 in projects with a diversity focus that involves current students and alumni participation.

The project is focused upon the promotion of diversity in nursing and the elimination of bias. Diversity refers to all manner including gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and any other unique attribute.”

Red Cross urges blood donation American Red Cross is urging those who are feeling well to give the gift of life by donating blood or platelets this holiday season. The need for blood doesn’t stop for holidays. Donations of all blood types are needed to ensure hospital shelves remain stocked. Make your appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCross Blood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. To encourage donations this holiday season, those who come to donate blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross Now-January 4th will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last. As COVID-19 hospitalizations increase, hospital demand for convalescent plasma has also grown. COVID19 convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation given by those who've recovered from this coronavirus. Their plasma contains antibodies that may

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help patients actively fighting the virus. Learn more about convalescent plasma and sign up to give at RedCrossBlood. org/Plasma4COVID. The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies and may now help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID19 survivors that have antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diag-

nose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, it is important that individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 postpone donation. Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – they have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance. UPCOMING BLOOD DONATIONS: Worcester Blood Donation Center, 381 Plantation Street 1/1/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 1/2/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 1/3/2021: 8:15 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. 1/4/2021: 12:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

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ValleyCAST to host epic Virtual Art & Music Makers Festival studio tours, artist demonstrations and personal interviews that will be shared on Facebook. Featured artists include printmakers, sculptors, painters, potters, metal smiths, jewelry makers, and more. Musicians include soloists, duos, and a quartet. This is an inclusive event and artists and musicians of all abilities are participating in the festival. Festival videos will be shared every Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00 p.m. beginning December 29th on Facebook and continue each week, well into

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April, until all of the videos have been shared. The videos will then live on the ValleyCAST YouTube Channel indefinitely, enabling community members to go back and view videos they’ve missed, or watch their favorites again. Videos vary in length from 6 to 21 minutes. Please visit: https://www.openskycs.org/news-events/events/virtualart-music-makers-festival for a full list of participating artists and musicians with links to their online presence. ValleyCAST’s mission is to foster a creative community in the Blackstone Valley that is inclusive and supportive of people with and without disabilities. ValleyCAST is a subsidiary of Open Sky Community Services (Open Sky is a DBA of Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Mass). This is a ValleyCAST event. Please include this ValleyCAST information: ValleyCAST’s mission is to foster a creative community in the Blackstone Valley that is inclusive and supportive of people with and without disabilities. ValleyCAST is a subsidiary of Open Sky Community Services (Open Sky is a DBA of Alternatives Unlimited, Inc. and The Bridge of Central Mass).

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senior corner Uxbridge Senior Center posts news & events Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday. This New Year brings hope and promise that we will return to a “normal” life soon. The turmoil of the Coronavirus has taken a toll on all of us. With the cold and snowy weather upon us, we will be cooped up in our homes. We hope that you look into the Pen Pal program that the senior center has introduced. Everyone is welcome to participate in this program. This is a way of socially connecting with the world in a safe, contact free environment. We are partnering with the Uxbridge High School Student Council as well as the Taft School students. We also have some senior volunteers who will be making personal phone calls. Please call the senior center if you wish to participate or if you would like more information. The senior center is proud to announce that we now have a new parking lot! This has been a long time coming, but, we are so appreciative of the Town Manager, Steve Sette, the DPW and the BOS efforts to help expedite this project. We especially want to thank Harshaw Paving & Bevilacqua Paving for the donation of the asphalt. The senior center is currently under construction as we are now remodeling our bathrooms to accommodate handicap accessibility. We look forward to our grand re-opening of the center, hopefully in the new year, so that everyone can see all the positive changes being made. We will be continuing virtual Zumba classes for an additional eight-week session. Thank you to the Uxbridge Elderly Connection for sponsoring this event. We also thank our Zumba instructor, Amy Smith, for assisting us with the continuation of these classes which so many of our seniors enjoy. The Center is hoping to work with the AARP Tax Assistance Program for folks to receive assistance in filing your 2020 tax returns. Due to the pandemic, this service may be delivered a little different from previous years. We are still working out the details but more information will follow once we know more. Please call the center for more information. The Medical Transportation Program was put on hold the end of November 2020 due to the town of Uxbridge’s COVID High Risk status. We anticipate starting up the program again by early January, this will include banking/pharmacy and shopping trips. Please note that all precautions are being made to keep everyone safe. If you need transportation for a medical appointment, please call the senior center well in advance to ensure that we have the availability. Please note that everyone is required to wear a mask and we cannot transport individuals that have symptoms of the Coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who is positive for the Coronavirus. We appreciate your understanding and flexibility during this difficult time. Thank you to all those who donated to our Auction “Fun”draiser sponsored by the Uxbridge Elderly Connection to support our Activity Department. We appreciate your generosity and support! Take care of yourself and check in with the Senior Center from time to time with a friendly phone call. We are here to help! - Lisa Bernard; Director

VIRTUAL PROGRAMS will be aired on Local Cable Channel 192 Tuesday – Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. also 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. You can also check out their Facebook page and YouTube channel. NO-COST DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING is available at CVS, 323 N. Main Street, Uxbridge. Tests are by appointment only - 508278-2456 https://www.cvs.com/minuteclinic/ covid-19-testing CLOSED FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY! Friday, January 1st, 2021 - Happy New Year! We might be apart today, but you’re always in our hearts. Take care and stay safe in these uncertain times. We miss you! NEW ZUMBA GOLD ~ Thursdays, January 7th – February 25th, 2021 ~ Interested individuals should call the Uxbridge Senior Center at 508278-8622 for more information and receive their application and waiver forms prior to the start of the program. Sessions will be sent via email to participants. Thank you to the Uxbridge Elderly Connection for sponsoring this. PLEASE NOTE: If the Uxbridge schools are closed due to snow, the home delivered meals will not be delivered. If there is a snow day on Tuesday, the lunch will be delivered on Wednesday. If there is a snow day on Thursday, the lunch will be delivered on Friday. Call if you have any questions.

FACETIME AND PEN PAL PROGRAMS The Uxbridge Senior Center in collaboration with the UHS Student Council and the National Residence Hall Honorary Bridgewater State University Campus are offering FaceTime and Pen Pal Programs for seniors. This will also include students from Taft Elementary School and senior volunteers! Call if you would like to join. UXBRIDGE SENIOR CENTER ON THE MOVE Videos will be posted every Monday at 10:00 am. Get ready to join Sally on VIRTUAL Trips in and around Uxbridge. HANNAFORD GROCERY SHOPPING every Tuesday. Pick up begins at 8:30 a.m. Please sign up in advance by calling to reserve your seat on the van. Masks are required and seating is limited. VIRTUAL CHAIR EXERCISES Every Tuesday with Sally posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page & YouTube after 2:30 p.m. Sally’s Walking Club has ended and will start up again in the Spring. BANK & PHARMACY RIDES 1st and 3rd Wednesdays – Jan 6th & 20th @ 10:00 a.m. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn as well. SHOPPING TRIP TO WALMART 2nd and 4th Wednesdays – Jan 13th & 27th @ 9:30 a.m. Only 4 people allowed on the van per visit. Call ahead to sign up. Masks must be worn.

SHAWS/OCEAN STATE SHOPPING RIDES 2nd & 4th Thursdays – Jan 14th and 28th @ 9:30 a.m. Please call at least 24 hours in advance if you need a ride. Masks must be worn and limited to 4 people on the van. VIRTUAL CRAFTS WITH SALLY Every Thursday posted on the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page and YouTube after 2:30 p.m. LIVE FACEBOOK PICTIONARY WITH SALLY Every Friday @ 1:00 p.m. Come play along with Sally & Gail. Tune in to the Uxbridge Senior Center Facebook page. Jan. 8th & 22nd will begin at 2:00 p.m. ACCEPTING DONATIONS The Uxbridge Senior Center Donation Funds are used to pay for services, programs, and activities for Uxbridge older adults and are not considered part of the Town’s operating budget for the Center. Anyone wishing to donate may do so by making checks payable to the “Uxbridge Senior Center”. Donations may also be made in honor of, in memory of, or in appreciation of. Contributions are greatly appreciated. Our seniors Thank You! NEWS FROM SHINE What if I missed the Medicare Open Enrollment Period? Can I still make a change to my 2021 coverage? People who are currently enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan have until March continued on next page

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SENioRS_________ continued from page 17 31st to switch to another MA plan or to Original Medicare with or without a stand-alone prescription drug plan (Part D) during the Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period (MA OEP). The MA OEP occurs each year from January 1st through March 31st, and it is only available to people who have a Medicare Advantage plan. One change can be made during this period, which will take effect the first of the month following the month you enroll. For example, if you switch to a new Medicare Advantage Plan in February, your new coverage begins March 1st. Changes that can be made during this period include switching to: • a different MA plan with drug coverage; • a different MA plan without drug coverage; • Original Medicare and a Part D plan; or • Original Medicare without a Part D plan.

This is an opportunity to make a change if you find your coverage is not working for you; for example, one of you doctors no longer accepts your plan. OTHER NEWS: For those with Prescription Advantage or “Extra Help”; these programs help with paying for your prescription drugs. They also offer a Special Enrollment Period allowing you to change your prescription drug plan if needed outside of Open Enrollment. • Those with Prescription Advantage can do this only once each year. • Those with “Extra Help” can change once each quarter. • The Massachusetts Medicare Savings Program pays your monthly Part B Premium that is deducted from your Social Security income. The 2021 monthly Part B premium will be $148.50 in 2021. You will also be eligible for Extra Help from Social Security to help pay your prescription drug costs. You may be eligible if your income and assets are at or below these values.

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• Individual Gross Income: $1,755/ month Assets: $15,720 • Couple Gross Income: $2,371/month Assets: $23, 600 If you want to take advantage of any of these opportunities to change your plans or be screened for assistance call your local Senior Center or the Regional SHINE Office and a SHINE Counselor can talk you through the process and any consequences of changing plans. The SHINE Program (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone), is federally funded and state administered through the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The Program annually certifies over 700 counselors statewide, that provide, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects Medicare, related private insurance products and financial assistance programs. The Central Mass SHINE Program office 508-4229931 You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Visit us at our Central Mass Website www.shinema.org for useful information and applications for various programs. The Uxbridge Senior Center is located at 36 South Main Street in Uxbridge. FMI telephone: 508-278-8622.

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Millbury COA update The following events have been annouced by the Millbury Council On Aging: BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC Every Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Blood Pressure Clinic is now held inside. Come to front door and they will escort you from there. Masks required along with social distancing! GRAB & GO MEALS Lunch meals will be available to be picked up daily at the front door, 11:30 a.m. Menu is available on Town Website, www.townofmillbury.org or the Millbury Senior Center Facebook page. A 48 hour reservation is required For more information or reservations call the center. CLOSED BUT STILL HERE While the building is not open to the public the Food Pantry at the Millbury Senior Center is available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday by calling 508-865-9247 for an appointment. Tell them what you need and you can pick it up or they will deliver it. They are still there to answer any questions you may have and they are available for your transportation to doctor’s appointments or if you need to go to the drug store for your prescriptions, they will take you there. If you don’t have a mask, they will give you one. MEAL DELIVERY Also if you are in need of a home delivered meal give them a call so they can set it up. TAKE CARE Keep safe and remember to wear a mask if you go out and to wash your hands frequently. The Millbury Council On Aging is located at 1 River Street, Millbury, MA 01527. FMI call 508-865-9154.

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school news BVT Class of 2021 Adams Scholars Superintendent-Director Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that 86 seniors at Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School have earned a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship this year. The Adams Scholarship is a recognition of academic success. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. To be eligible, students must earn Advanced and Proficient scores on the grade 10 MCAS exams in English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering (with at least one score of Advanced) and earn a combined score within the top 25 percent of their school district. Students who accept the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship and enroll as full-time students in a Massachusetts state college or university will receive a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters, which must be completed within six years of the recipient’s high school graduation. Recipients must also maintain at least a 3.0-grade point average during their enrollment. “We are proud of these students for their dedication and determination in earning this achievement,” said Dr. Michael F. Fitzpatrick. He noted that BVT views a college education as a continuation of learning for its students to further develop the skills that are needed in future career paths. Often students simultaneously pursue a postsecondary education while retaining employment in their vocational industries. Students also strategically seek private financial aid. Last year, the John and Abigail Adams Scholarships were among the nearly six million dollars in renewable scholarships and awards earned by BVT graduates. The following BVT seniors have earned a John and Abigail Adams Scholarship (students are listed alphabetically by town): Bellingham William Callery, Nathan Dynko, Camryn Krusz, and Jacob Krusz. Blackstone Jada-Jane Chapman, Avry Guilbert, Sean Tasker, and Grant Van Dyke. Douglas Mya Ackerman, Andrew Benoit, Giannah Dowen, Daria Hamelin, Abigail Horne, Ryan Masoud, and Luke Morrison. Grafton Rebecca Ashmore, Audrey Karyabdi, Catherine Rozanas, and Emily Valoras. Hopedale Gabriel Chaves-Silva, Madison Deppe, Tyler Doyle, Matthew Hayes, Rohit Kaushik, Madeleine Poitras, and Vivian Staheli. Mendon Gabriel Asacker, Cameron Duncan, Keeley Farmer, Abigail Murphy,

Robin, Sage Murphy, Elizabeth Pontzer, and Santiago Vazquez. Milford Jackson Alves, Adam Boulos, Amanda Ellis, Alaina Gobbi, Donovan Henkel, Jack Mahoney, Jacob Manor, Christopher Mason, Connor Murphy, Ryan Shaw, and Joseph Tutela. Millbury Dylann Rebidue, and Nicholas Terp. Millville Trent Allan, Ryan Caddell, Aaron Canali, Zachary Desrosiers, Nicholas Kirby, and Hayley Vecchione. Northbridge Emery Amtmann, Haley Berkowitz, Brian Bisaillon, Melanie Bisbee, Kevin Downing, Brenden Elder, Samuel Flanagan, Meghan Griggs, Kayleigh Labrecque, Michael Maietta, Luke Malkasian, Donna Ross, Kevin Sawyer, and Matthew Trenholm. Sutton Trin Astrella, and Erin Fitman. Upton Mark Driver, Cameron Eugster, John Lemieux, Richard Randall, and Kaitlyn Rankins.

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A Reader’s Grab Bag Easy as One, Two, Three! Thank goodness for the Uxbridge Free Public Library. After trying to stay safe at home for months, we’re all running out of things to do. And yet we surely face even more cold and dark New England days ahead. Closets are cleaned, old clothes are sorted and workshops have never been so neat. Even those exotic recipes that we said we would try some day have been conquered, enjoyed and filed away. The holiday boxes and ribbons are back in the attic. We’ve read every book on our bookshelf for the third time, and have gone through our whole Books-to-Read list. We could always clean the garage, but… Why not request a Reader’s Grab Bag, specially chosen for you by your librarians, based on the sorts of things you really enjoy? Simply fill out a Grab Bag request on the Library’s Home Page (www.uxbridgelibrary.org), then take advantage of Curbside Pickup. You can also call the library to discuss your options (508278-8624), or email them at uxbridgelibrary@cwmars.org. What could be easier? Check your library account settings to indicate how you’d like to be contacted. When your Grab Bag is ready, you’ll receive an email or phone message. Then call for a pickup appointment. Park in the lot at the appointed time and call the library to indicate your arrival. Your Grab Bag will be delivered right to your vehicle. Easy as 1) Order a Grab Bag, 2) Schedule your pick-up and 3) Enjoy! Grab Bags can be tailored for children or adults, with a limit of 20 items per family to be picked up at a time. You can also place regular items on hold through the library’s catalog and pick them up curbside. For pickup hours and complete details, see the home page of the library’s web site. Want more than books? Take-home Crafty Wednesday Projects for children are now available for Curbside Pickup. Call the library to reserve your kit. And be sure to take advantage of all the creative virtual programming that your library offers, from book clubs to yoga to story times. Now, isn’t that better than cleaning the garage?

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Avoid Tapping Into 401(k) Early If you’ve been contributing for many years to your 401(k) or similar retirement plan, it may be your largest pool of money. So, if you are facing a finanDarren Parent cial need, you may think about tapping into your account. After all, it’s your money – why not use it? But touching your 401(k) before you retire may not be a good idea, as it can lead to some unwanted consequences. First, taking funds out of your 401(k) now could increase the risk of running out of money during retirement, which could last for decades. Also, withdrawals taken from your 401(k) before age 59½ may be taxed as ordinary income and are generally subject to a 10% penalty for early withdrawal, although there are some exceptions. And a sizable taxable withdrawal from your 401(k) could bump you into a higher tax bracket. Therefore, if you are facing a financial crunch, you may want to explore some options before tapping into your 401(k). For starters, see if you can cut your expenses where possible and explore financial assistance programs that service providers, such as utility companies, might offer. Also, if you have an emergency fund, now may be the time to use it. For most folks, it’s a good idea to keep three to six months’ worth of living expenses in such a fund, with the money kept in a liquid, low-risk account. But even smaller amounts can help in a financial crunch.

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You might also find another source of cash in your taxable investment accounts. Any uninvested cash in these accounts is an easy place to start. You might also look at selling investments to free up some cash. However, before making this decision, you may want to consult with a financial professional to discuss the pros and cons. Another cash-generating option is a 401(k) loan, assuming your plan permits such loans. Unlike a direct withdrawal, a 401(k) loan is not taxable if it's repaid on time. (If it isn’t, you could also incur penalties.) And, although the loan may have some fees, the interest on it will be paid to your account, rather than to a bank. However, you won't earn investment returns on the loan balance, because you can’t use this money to invest. And if you leave your job before you’ve fully repaid the loan, you’ll likely have to come up with the remaining balance quickly. You could also consider using your credit cards to generate cash, but these

types of loans or advances can be quite costly. Instead, you may want to look at other possibilities, such as a home equity loan, the cash value of a life insurance policy, the “margin” on your investment accounts or a personal loan. Again, you should talk to a financial professional to discuss the tradeoffs of taking out these loans and to develop a payoff strategy, if you decide to use any of them. Your 401(k) is a long-term investment designed to meet a long-term goal: your retirement. So, if you think you might require these funds before retirement, explore all alternatives first to find the right decision for your needs. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. Please contact Darren Parent, your local Edward Jones Advisor at 5 Albert Street, Auburn, MA 01501 Tel: 508-832-5385 or Darren. parent@edwardjones.com. Edward Jones, Member SIPC.

Pain Medicine Physician appointed to MRMC Staff Milford Regional is pleased to welcome pain medicine specialist, Edward Michna, MD to the medical staff. He has joined Victor Wang, MD at Brigham and Women’s Edward Center for Pain Michna, MD Medicine at Milford, located in the Hill Health Center at Milford Regional Medical Center. The Center for Pain Medicine offers a multi-disciplinary team approach that works with primary care physicians, spine surgeons and other specialists to provide a thorough and individually tailored program for patients to manage their pain. Dr. Michna graduated in 1991 from UMDNJ- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey with a degree in medicine after earning a law

Dr. Moses joins MRMC Neurology Department Milford Regional is pleased to welcome UMass neurosurgeon Ziev Moses, MD to the active medical staff. He is accepting new patients at UMass Memorial Ziev Surgery located at Moses, MD 91 Water Street. Dr. Moses graduated from Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH with a degree in medicine in 2012. He completed a neurosurgery training program

at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital through Harvard Medical School. He continued his training with a fellowship in neurophysiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and a second fellowship in neurosurgery – spine at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. Dr. Moses’ clinical interests include degenerative spine disorders, minimally invasive spine surgery and spinal reconstruction. “We are fortunate to have the recognized expertise of Dr. Ziev Moses offered here at Milford Regional,” says

Edward J. Kelly, president & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. “The community will greatly benefit from his addition to our medical staff.” Appointments can be made with Dr. Moses by calling UMass Memorial Surgery at Milford at 508-458-4250.

degree from Seton Hall Law School, Newark, New Jersey. He performed an internship at Monmouth Medical Center, New Jersey and a residency in anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA. Additionally, Dr. Michna completed a fellowship in pain medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is board certified in pain medicine, anesthesia and palliative care. Dr. Michna is an assistant professor in anesthesia at Harvard Medical School and is the Director of Pain Trials Center, Department of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At the Center for Pain Medicine, the team offers services that include anesthesiology, psychiatry, psychology, nursing, neurology and physical therapy to treat a variety of conditions including back pain, abdominal pain, vascular pain, headaches, neuropathic pain, neck pain, pancreatitis, pelvic pain, cancer pain, peripheral neuropathy and chronic post-surgical pain. “We are pleased to offer pain management services to our patients at Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Medicine at Milford,” says Edward J. Kelly, President & CEO, Milford Regional Medical Center. Appointments with Dr. Michna can be made by calling Brigham and Women’s Center for Pain Medicine at Milford at 857-307-7246.

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Could COVID-19 Pandemic Kill Entrepreneurship? how To Make Sure it doesn’t... It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has left many existing small businesses struggling, and the continued economic uncertainty threatens to kill the ambitions of entrepreneurs who planned to launch new businesses but now must put their dreams on hold. “This crisis will end up being much worse for small businesses than the 2008-11 sub-prime mortgage crisis,” says Andi Gray, president of Strategy Leaders (www.strategyleaders.com), a business consulting firm. “That 2008 crisis mostly hit banks, mortgage, insurance, automotive – all of which were primarily big, publicly owned stock companies. The only small business dominant category was the construction sector which was devastated for years. Today’s crisis hits and potentially harms nearly every type of small business. “During that 2008-2011 period, for the first time, the number of business starts fell below the number of business failures. In other words, more businesses were killed off than were launched, and many people wondered whether we had killed entrepreneurship itself. It took five years or more for the small business community to recover from that. The COVID-19 pandemic impact is so much larger and deeper.” And when small business takes a hit, the country as a whole suffers, she says. “Small businesses make up 50 percent of the gross-domestic product and also employ half the workforce,” Gray says. “What happens to them determines what happens to the overall economy. We as a country cannot afford to fail them.” So, what steps should small business owners take to make sure they come out on the other side of the current crisis in good shape? Gray suggests a few questions for them to consider: How is your online game? If business owners aren’t already thinking of themselves as all-virtual, e-commerce sellers, they need to be, Gray says. “That’s how your customer of today and the future is going to want to buy and receive products and services,” she says. “You may need to update your website. Evaluate how good you are at social media communication and promotion. Rethink how you can get orders, track delivery, and receive payments virtually.” What’s happened to banking and access to capital? In recessions, banks shut down their credit lines, and reduce capital access if they have any concerns about a customer’s ability to pay down debts on time, Gray says. “This will get worse before it gets better. That means you may wake up one morning to find your business is facing challenges with access to capital,” she says. “To keep your credit lines open and approved, it’s essential that you put in the time and effort to work with your bank.” Without access to the proper amount of capital, she says, your business may not be able to function.

How have employees been affected? Businesses must be prepared for challenges that impact work production, Gray says. She points to a study by Microsoft that showed employees’ brains are measurably more stressed working remotely than in an office. It’s harder for remote workers to process information and they get fatigued more easily. “And that’s just one aspect of what our employees are dealing with as the world around them changes so rapidly and dramatically,” Gray says. Build in as many communication and interaction tools as possible. Is your supply chain stable? “Get prepared for more disruptions as COVID

continues to emerge and reemerge and some vendors fall away,” Gray says. “And with hurricane season followed by winter weather, many poorly funded state and local support structures could struggle." Look at how your supplies get to you. If you’re part of the supply chain, look at how you deliver supplies to your customers. “Explore alternate shipping solutions and routes – trains, planes, cars, trucks, boats,” Gray says. “Now is the time to investigate all of them. Build in redundancy.” Staying in business is difficult even without a major crisis, Gray says, as three out of four businesses fail in every 10-year cycle.

“The good news is that small business owners are known for being nimble, flexible, and resourceful,” she says. “Many of them are finding new opportunities by solving problems that didn’t exist, or weren’t priorities, at the start of 2020. If we can buy them some time, they’ll be able to retool, market their new services and products, and keep good people employed.” ABOUT ANDI GRAY Andi Gray is president of Strategy Leaders (www.strategyleaders.com), a business consulting firm. Gray’s career started in sales, marketing and new business development at Xerox, American Express and Contel. Gray

earned an Executive MBA from Columbia University while conducting research on success and failure drivers for entrepreneurial businesses. Gray writes a weekly column called “Ask Andi” in which she provides practical advice to business owners. She also authors a monthly column in Chauffeur Driven Magazine. Gray is also the cofounder of the networking group BOHCA (Business Owners Hemp and Cannabis Association), where she helps industry specific owners grow their business through strategic planning.


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It’s reassuring that in the most challenging of times, we are recognized as one of the nation’s safest hospitals...

five times in a row! As a nationally recognized healthcare leader, Milford Regional has just been awarded - for the fifth time in a row - the country’s top grade for hospital safety. Our commitment to quality care is stronger than ever, with new investments to enhance and support our team of dedicated nurses, physicians, and hospital staff in their mission to deliver the very best healthcare in our region. National recognitions are important, but continuing to deliver quality healthcare to each patient is our real reward.

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It has been proven in several studies that mask wearing in public reduces the spread of COVID-19. Outdoors, indoors, wherever you encounter people you do not live with, wear a mask to be safe. This is the single most effective way to stop the virus.

Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly during the day. Wash before and after touching your eyes, nose or mouth, touching your mask, preparing or eating food, after using the bathroom or sneezing or coughing, entering or leaving a public place. If handwashing isn’t an option, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. This practice kills the virus.

Limit gatherings to only people who live inside your household. When you must be outside of your home, always keep a distance of 6 feet or greater between you and anyone who does not live in your home. It’s hard to tell who has been exposed to COVID-19, especially those who are asymptomatic. Limiting gatherings is essential to controlling the spread of the virus.


very day since the COVID-19 challenge began, generous members of our community have reached out to help and show gratitude for the efforts of our frontline health care workers. It’s heartening to know the people we serve care as much as we do. Since the desire to help grows stronger as each new outbreak occurs, we’ve asked our medical professionals how best to answer this question, “How can I help?” From our leadership team, infectious disease and emergency medicine specialists to the nurses and staff on the front line, they all have the same answer: The best way for you to help us right now is to stay COVID-free. If you, your family and friends do these three simple things, it will go a long way to turn the tide of this virus and is the best way you can help us at Milford Regional. You can make a difference. Thank you for caring and helping us keep our community healthy. 14 Prospect Street • Milford, MA 01757 • 508-473-1190 • milfordregional.org

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